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A True Story About Forgiveness & Love

I believe hands down the best way to teach others how to love is through actions and example.  Here is one woman’s extraordinary story of overcoming hate, overcoming the loss her son and forgiving her son’s killer. Read More »

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Bringing an Idea to Life

Starting a business can be incredibly challenging, especially when you and your potential partners all have full time jobs and personal lives.  But when you have something you believe in you’ve just got to go for it! Molly Mogren, one of the co-founders of Namakan Fur, share’s how she and her friends took a great idea and turned it into a business.
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A Love Based on Self-Sacrifice

Krynn Ledah Umm shares the “hard path” she walked through heartache, sacrifice and joy.  Out of respect for the privacy of those mentioned, all names have been changed along with some minute details, but this is her truth and a small glimpse into her journey to place her child for adoption. Read More »

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Book Review

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By Laura Roth

I love historical fiction.  Since it often revolves around wars, particularly the Civil War or the World Wars, those periods have been the backdrop for many of the books I read.  So, when I saw Saffire by Sigmund Brouwer, a novel set in Panama during the building of the Panama Canal, I was immediately intrigued to learn about an unfamiliar-to-me era.  When I realized that Saffire is the name of a little girl who is searching for her mother who has disappeared, my mom instincts kicked in, and I was hooked. Read More »

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From Broken Spirit to Spoken Word

By Laura Roth

 As Melessa and I finished interviewing Terry McDaniel (read that post here), she told us about Karla Smith, a spoken word artist whose day job is running a photography studio where Terry often works when styling photos.  We met up with Karla at her work and loved learning about her inspiration to become an artist, as well as how she overcame some incredible challenges as a young mother and artist, and how they have influenced her now, as an older mother with an adopted two-year-old son!

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Social Baking

by Laura Roth

Zoë François is my Julia Childs. Her recipes are inspiring and beautiful, yet Zoë is the perfect balance of technique and approachability.

When Zoë agreed to be interviewed, to say I was thrilled would be an understatement.  (There may have been a little bit of squealing and excited jumping.  Maybe.)  She is every bit as delightful in person as she seems in her cookbooks and websites, Breadin5.com and Zoebakes.com.  I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I did!

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A Lifetime of Helping

Joan is a study in contrasts.  She is always impeccably dressed, with a smile on her face and often some of her legendary fudge sauce or cookies to gift in her hand.

At first glance, no one would suspect that this woman who is sweetness personified had survived two divorces (later re-marrying her second husband), the kidnapping of one son, and the tragic death of another. Read More »

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Karla Kritz and Deb Holten: Vibrant Entrepreneurs

Melessa worked with Karla and Deb years ago at a seasonal giftware company.  Karla was her boss, and she was an incredible mentor to Melessa, particularly teaching her the importance of pacing herself.  Karla and Deb worked there together for fifteen years, before Deb left to become a buyer for a national retail store.

When Karla was downsized in March, she didn’t want to retire, but she was not looking forward to getting up every day and looking for a job that she wasn’t passionate about.  She and Deb toyed with the idea of opening a popup store, but soon realized that the costs would be more than a lease.  Then they checked out a space in St. Paul, and they immediately knew it was the perfect space in the perfect location to open their new clothing and home decor shop: Vibrant Decor and Style.  It opened just last month.  Brace yourselves.  It’s gorgeous AND affordable (a delightfully dangerous combo during the holidays)! Read More »

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Panghoua Moua: Keeping Dreams Alive

Most of Panghoua Moua’s life has been a challenge, to say the least.  After growing up in Hmong refugee camps in Thailand, she and her husband thought all their problems were over when they immigrated to the United States.  But just two years later, they were involved in a fatal car crash that left her husband wrongfully imprisoned for almost three years, until a judge declared their later-recalled Toyota to be at fault.  Keep reading for Panghoua’s story, and how her family is rebuilding their life. Read More »

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The Importance of a Smile

by Laura

Jessica got braces last week, and I’ve had smiles on the brain.  I had braces as a kid, and I remember how impactful it was on my approach to life.  It seems silly in a way, but having a confident smile made me more confident in almost every aspect of my life. Read More »

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