May/Jun
2018

Have an Empowered Birth Experience

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Written by Brittany Baker

MANY PEOPLE PLAN FOR THEIR WEDDINGS, SPENDING TIME IN PREMARITAL COUNSELING, RESEARCHING VENUES AND HIRING VENDORS. SO WHY, WHEN IT COMES TO THE BIRTH OF OUR CHILDREN, DO WE NOT EQUIP OURSELVES IN THE SAME WAY? LET’S HEAR ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PERINATAL EDUCATION FROM SOME LOCAL CHILDBIRTH EDUCATORS. 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR CHILDBIRTH 

Perinatal Education Coordinator Amy Fry at Olmsted Medical Center Women’s Health Pavilion has been coordinating and teaching perinatal education classes for 18 years. She works with expecting families through childbirth and breastfeeding classes and shares resources for additional support.  

 

May/Jun
2018

Mamma Mia!

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Written by Emily Watkins

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! ON SUNDAY, MAY 13, WE TAKE TIME TO REMEMBER OUR MOMS AND OTHER WOMEN WHO HAVE CARED FOR US. OF COURSE WE LOVE OUR MOTHERS EVERY DAY, BUT THIS HOLIDAY GIVES US AN EXCUSE TO PAMPER THEM THE WAY THEY DESERVE. 

HONORING MOMS AND EMOTIONS

Although this day is a happy one for many, it’s important to remember that Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for those who have lost their mom. It can be a time to reflect and honor those women who have gone before us and whose memories we cherish. The woman who is credited with advocating for Mother’s Day did so to honor her own mother who had passed away.1 

 

May/Jun
2018

Handy Gal's Guide to Home Maintenance

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Written by Cindy Mennenga

THE BEGINNING OF SUMMER IS A TIME OF REBIRTH AND RENEWAL, A TIME TO ADORN THE EXTERIOR OF YOUR HOUSE WITH PLANTERS AND HANGING BASKETS, CREATING WATERFALLS OF COLOR. EARLY SUMMER IS ALSO A GREAT TIME TO CATCH UP ON LESS GLAMOROUS PROJECTS AND MAINTENANCE AROUND YOUR HOUSE.

TAKE A GOOD LOOK

Now is a great time to assess winter’s damage to your home. Notice the condition of your driveway; is it in need of upkeep or repairs? What about your yard? Do you need to sod or reseed some areas that suffered damage from our harsh winter? 

 

May/Jun
2018

Kitchen by the Sea

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Written by Bob Freund

ROCHESTER COUPLE KAREN AND TOM BARRIE HAVE LIVED IN THEIR FOUR-BEDROOM HOUSE FOR THE PAST 26 YEARS. “WE WANTED TO DO THE KITCHEN FOR (THE PAST) FIVE YEARS,” ACCORDING TO KAREN. THEY LAUNCHED THEIR KITCHEN RENOVATION AFTER DECIDING TO STAY IN ROCHESTER. THE PROJECT TOOK THREE MONTHS OF CONSTRUCTION, FROM JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2017. KAREN SAYS IT WAS WORTH THE MANY MEALS COOKED OUTDOORS ON THE BACKYARD GRILL WHILE THE KITCHEN WAS OUT OF COMMISSION. 

SEA FOAM GLASS BACKSPLASH

The Barries couldn’t create an ocean view outside, but they could bring the atmosphere of a seaside cottage inside their Cape Cod-style house on Rochester’s southwest side. 

The homeowners and local design-build firm Beyond Kitchens gutted their dark, dated kitchen to transform it into a bright and open space with a hint of the sea. As they rebuilt the kitchen, they added accents reminiscent of the East Coast, where Karen spent part of her childhood. 

 

May/Jun
2018

Clutter Happens

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Written by Sara Lohse

My closet _____________________________________________________:

A:  Is tidy, well-categorized, and has homemade labels. Dare I say, beautiful?

B:  Has some semblance of order; however, I own more blankets than a hotel. 

C:  Makes me assume a “defensive” position. If opened, something will fall on me. 

Regardless of your answer, everyone battles with clutter. Even professional organizers have organizational challenges. But as a professional organizer, I understand what causes clutter and have strategies to deal with it. 

 

WHY THE CLUTTER?

The short answer…life. People have so many sticks in the fire; they’re just trying to keep the house from burning down. Life continues to throw new opportunities (or obstacles) our way and something has to give. 

 

May/Jun
2018

Budgeting and Savings

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Written by Alison Rentschler

WOMEN HAVE VARIOUS FINANCIAL GOALS AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF THEIR LIVES. BUDGETING, SAVING AND INVESTING SHOULD BE CONSIDERED. ROCHESTER AREA FINANCIAL EXPERTS PROVIDE A FEW WAYS YOU CAN CREATE A BUDGET, PLAN SAVINGS GOALS AND DETERMINE INVESTMENT STRATEGIES.

FOR YOUNG WOMEN

Women’s goals for budget and savings can vary at different life stages. Brittany Schultz, paraplanner for Kari Douglas of Echelon Wealth Services, a private practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, explains that young women in their first jobs might have savings goals for things like a home, a wedding or retirement. She notes they might want to create a budget, establish an emergency fund and build credit. 

 

May/Jun
2018

Raising Rochester

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Written by Renee Berg

VETERAN ROADTRIPPER MEG HAFDAHL LOVES PACKING THE FAMILY’S RV AND HITTING THE OPEN ROAD WITH HUSBAND, LUKE, AND SONS FOX, 10, AND DEXTER, 6. THE COUPLE BOUGHT THEIR RIG A YEAR AGO AND SPENT LAST SUMMER EXPLORING. 

“The boys were big enough, and we wanted it to be a summer memory they looked back on with nostalgia,” says the Rochester mom. “Last summer we went to the Wisconsin Dells, as well as the Iron Range, Kamp Dels and a few other Minnesota places. We loved it!” 

THE JOURNEY, NOT JUST THE DESTINATION

Sarah Larson always heads to the family’s lake cabin near Itasca State Park with sons Reed, 6, and Trey, 4, for two weeks each summer. Larson has learned how to approach the five-hour drive for best results with her tykes. She packs a bag full of library books, sticker books, Matchbox cars, crayons and paper and props it in the back seat for whenever the boys get restless.

 

May/Jun
2018

Strengthening Body and Relationship

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Written by Holly Galbus

A WEALTH OF OPTIONS EXISTS FOR MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS WHO WANT TO SPEND TIME EXERCISING TOGETHER. THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS FOR BOTH THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND THEIR HEALTH AND WELLNESS THAT CAN LAST A LIFETIME.

A STRONGER BOND

“A mother plays a key role in her daughter’s physical activity level,” says Nicole Cummings, group fitness and yoga instructor at Olmsted Medical Center. “The role modeling a mom does can improve her daughter’s health and fitness behaviors, and instill habits that are an investment in her future fitness. And stronger emotional bonds will grow as they laugh and have fun together.” 

 

May/Jun
2018

Tiffany Piotrowicz: Always Moving Forward

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Written by Erin Pagel

“TERRESTRIAL LOCOMOTION. IT’S WALKING THE EARTH. IT’S MOVING FORWARD,” DESCRIBES TERRALOCO OWNER TIFFANY PIOTROWICZ REGARDING THE RUNNING STORE’S NAME, WHICH INTENTIONALLY EXCLUDES THE WORD “RUNNING.” AFTER A FEW MINUTES WITH TERRALOCO’S DOWN-TO-EARTH AND FRIENDLY OWNER, IT IS EASY TO SEE THAT “MOVING FORWARD“ DESCRIBES PIOTROWICZ AS WELL. 

BUSINESS OWNER

A Rochester native, Piotrowicz studied paralegal and English at Winona State University. This may not be the typical education of a business owner, but she had been working at the running store as a manager when the opportunity to buy TerraLoco arose. Though she didn’t see herself as a business owner (at least not at that time), Piotrowicz seized the opportunity anyway and has owned TerraLoco since 2015. 

 

May/Jun
2018

My 2-Year-Old Gets It

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Written by Kathryn Lenn

When I peel back through my parents’ photo albums, there is a common theme…pages and pages of me posing, trying on my new school clothes, smiling in an exaggerated fashion to prove how cheerful I was. I loved being the center of attention. I needed the attention. It was my life source.

LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER

Fast forward 20 years. I am now an adult with a career and a home and a husband (and am severely embarrassed by my neediness as a child). Enter my daughter, Cecelia. From the moment she was born, Cecelia had an audience in us, her mom and dad. She is totally her mother’s daughter. Now I get to see what my parents experienced. And, let me tell you, it is such an amazingly entertaining show. 

 

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