May/Jun
2018

Rochester Area Moms

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Written by Gina Dewink

IMAGINE COMING HOME WITH YOUR NEWBORN BABY, WEARY AND ELATED, TO FIND SOMEONE HAD COOKED YOUR DINNER FOR YOU. NOW IMAGINE A TROOP OF PEOPLE BRINGING YOU MEALS WITHIN THOSE FIRST FEW DAYS. THIS IS WHAT THE ROCHESTER AREA MOMS GROUP CALLS THEIR MEAL TRAIN, AND IT’S JUST ONE OF THE MANY PERKS OF BEING A MEMBER OF THIS LOCAL GROUP.

Amanda Nigon-Crowley, head chair of Rochester Area Moms, says, “I always find it heartwarming to see busy families making time for one another, yet that’s just what Rochester Area Moms is all about—making time to connect.”

HANGING OUT IRL (IN REAL LIFE)

Rochester Area Moms is an activities and support group for mothers interested in connecting with other women and families who are at a similar stage in life. Originally called F.E.M.A.L.E., the group evolved into Mothers & More and eventually became Rochester Area Moms in 2016. The group has been active in Rochester for more than 18 years. “The majority of members join when their children are in the infant or early years of childhood,” Nigon-Crowley explains. “But many stay until the children become school-age.” The mission to empower and educate mothers while providing opportunities for connection is what drives the group.

 

May/Jun
2018

Jeremiah Program

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Written by Nicole L. Czarnomski Photography by Fagan Studios

THOUSANDS OF SINGLE MOTHERS IN SOUTH-EASTERN MINNESOTA RECEIVE SOME TYPE OF GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE AND STRUGGLE TO PROVIDE THE BASIC NEEDS FOR THEIR CHILDREN. JEREMIAH PROGRAM’S HOLISTIC APPROACH HELPS TRANSFORM TWO GENERATIONS AT A TIME BY PROVIDING EDUCATION, TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR BOTH MOTHER AND CHILD.

JEREMIAH PROGRAM EXPANDS TO ROCHESTER

Jeremiah Program was founded in Minneapolis in 1993 by Michael J. O’Connell.  He gathered leaders in the area from the key sectors of business, education, faith, government and philanthropy to move the vision forward. The program has continued to expand into other cities across the nation.

 

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

Local Author Cindy Mennenga Releases “Nell’s Way”

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Written by Catherine H. Armstrong

JUST WEST OF ROCHESTER ON HIGHWAY 14 IS A MAJESTIC STRUCTURE HOUSING A LOCALLY OWNED PET STORE AND BOARDING FACILITY, LEASHES & LEADS. FOR YEARS I’VE HEARD ACCOLADES FROM FRIENDS, PRAISING THE BUSINESS FOR ITS PET TRAINING AND BOARDING SERVICES. I’VE ALWAYS INTENDED TO VISIT BUT NEVER MADE THE TIME UNTIL READING “NELL’S WAY,” A BIOGRAPHY WRITTEN BY LOCAL AUTHOR CINDY MENNENGA, WHICH RECOUNTS THE LIFE OF NELL MONTGOMERY MITCHELL—THE HEART AND SOUL BEHIND THE CONCEPT AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY LEASHES & LEADS. 

DEDICATED TO SERVING OTHERS

Published in November 2017, “Nell’s Way” is a beautiful tribute to a woman whose life was guided by her faith, an unwavering love of family, and a dedication to improving the lives of others. In addition to being the financial backer who gave life to Leashes & Leads, she was actively involved in all aspects of the business’ philosophy, epitomized in the family-friendly feeling one gets when visiting the property.

 

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.

 

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