Top 15 Posts of 2017

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It’s hard to believe that 2017 is nearly in the books! Rochester MN Moms Blog would like to thank you you, our community of readers, for your continuous support of what we are doing for moms and parents in the Rochester area. 

2017 has been a momentous year!! Here are a few highlights:

  • We launched an online community for all Rochester moms!
  • We published hundreds of new blog posts written by our team of writers
  • It was thrilling to host nearly 1000 of you (and your families) at our events this year!
  • Partnered with area organizations to help with needs (United Way and Ronald McDonald House)
  • And laughed and cried with you through your lives…the ups and the downs

It is a tremendous honor to live life with all of you in our lovely city of Rochester, MN  Thank you for allowing us to serve you and thank you for trusting us. We’ve got so much in store for 2018…we’re just getting warmed up!  

We’d love to pause and reflect back on our top posts of 2017.  Was there a particular post that resonated with you this year (on this list or not)? If so, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

 

15. Celebrating Mixed-Race Couples on Loving Day!

“You’ve probably never heard of “Loving Day,” but I’m sure you know of someone in your life whom it aims to celebrate. “Loving Day” was created to honor mixed-raced couples and to shine light upon the progress our society has made regarding the issue.” Read More…

14. Babywearing in 10 Easy Steps

“Before I had children, I thought people put their babies in wraps and carriers mostly for snuggle time. That sounded adorable, so I registered for two (baby wraps, not babies). It was only after I opened one of the boxes and unwrapped a single piece of fabric longer than the entire first floor of our house that I realized I may have made a huge mistake.” Read More…

13. Being Friends: 39 Ways to Tell a Friend She's Beautiful

“Dear Friend…

I am turning 39 years, which means this is the last year I can give gifts in my 30’s. So, I wanted to make this year’s gift extra special.

This gift is for the days you don’t feel beautiful.” Read More…

12. 5 Family Fun Hikes in Rochester MN

“Some weekends you want to stay in and relax, other weekends you want to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather as a family.  Here are some family-friendly hikes in Rochester that require little work on your car’s odometer.” Read More…

11. 5 Items a Nurse Mom Keeps in the Medicine Cabinet for Cold Season

“Here are 5 remedies that I have used over the years and recommend as both a nurse and a mom. I am fairly confident none of them will CURE their cold and cough, but they will help you and your children sleep a little better. More sleep means happier kids and a less grumpy MOM, which contributes to faster healing for everyone.” Read More…

10. Dear Teenage Children, GO TO BED! (Your Parents Want to Have Sex!)

“As your parents, we enjoy hanging out with you in the evening, playing games, and chatting.  Sometimes you stay up later than us doing homework watching TV, or texting. I am sure you are oblivious to the fact that your late night tendencies are putting a damper on your parents’ sex life.  Is this something we should talk about?  Well probably not, unless we want to pay for your counseling.  But if we were going to talk about it, here is what I would tell you.” Read More…

9. Raising Children Without Religion

“We are raising our children without religion. Here is how we’re attempting to build character in our kids regardless of religious choices.” Read More…

8. Mean Moms on the Playground

“We live in a pretty diverse neighborhood with a lot of young families.  There’s even a small neighborhood park a couple houses down.  It seems like the perfect environment for new friendships–both my son’s and mine–to flourish. But they just haven’t materialized.  And it’s not that I haven’t tried.” Read More…

7. To the Mom at Target Who Made Me Cry: We Need More Women Like You

“I saw you walking towards me with your two children. You seemed so blissful with your non-waddling walk. I smiled internally as I saw you interacting with your two young kids. “That’ll be me one day,” I thought, “…one day in the far-off future, but I’ll get there.”” Read More…

6. Love: Because We Need It

“She was truly the light at the end of my tunnel.  She was a nurse who used nothing but her instincts to help a stranger through a storm by showing love.” Read More…

5. First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage...

“I was pregnant when my marriage fell apart. Divorce papers were filed when I was 6 months along and the divorce was final when my son was one year old.” Read More…

4. How to Dress Like a Mom (Not a Regular Mom, a Cool Mom)

“5) Apply dry shampoo

You’ll start to wonder if, like the chinchilla, you might never bathe in actual water again and dust is all you need to clean yourself. You’ll know you’re doing it right when your two-year-old sees a container of baby powder in someone’s bathroom and her first instinct is to dump it on her head.” Read More…

3. Tater Tot Hotdish: The Ultimate Minnesota Comfort Food

“There are many ways to make Tater Tot Hotdish and each family has their preferred method.  Some use fresh vegetables, others use frozen or canned.  One family may like their hotdish bubbling with melted shredded cheese, another might like to top theirs with Kraft Singles. I’ve even seen some people who prefer to use giant frozen hash-brown patties instead of the tiny, little tots. The possibilities are endless!” Read More…

2. #ThirdChild

“#thirdchild: Baby wipes to the neck folds. Good thing that postpartum nurse cleaned her up right, because this child will not see the inside of a tub for the next three weeks. Or something like that. It’s hard to remember because the days will make whooshing sounds as they whizz past your face. Only the most offensive of diaper blowouts will merit a bath, which you will accomplish one-handed at the kitchen sink while child #2 buries herself in Tupperware lids. ” Read More…

1. I Am a Cancer Mom, But Please, Don't Call Me Strong

“Guess what?  We are tired.  We are weak.  We are terrified.  We wear T-shirts with our kids names on them, and call them fighters and warriors. As cancer moms, we have to pump our children full of toxic medicine, catch their puke in buckets, hold them down for pokes and dressing changes, send them off to surgery, just to cry in the corner of the waiting room.” Read More…

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