Favorite Summer Netflix Picks

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Let’s face it – we can’t spend every single day at the park or the lake. We all need a break sometimes. Or it’s just way too hot and humid to be outside, or a summer storm rolls in. Whatever the reason, my kids and I have our go-to Netflix shows and movies to watch when we stay in.

Avery (8)

  • Dolphin Tale
  • Magic School Bus Series
  • Any Disney/Pixar Movie
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Care Bears (that show has really changed since I watched it in the 80s!)

Lauren (10)

  • Sofia The First (she will be so excited when Elena of Avalor and Doc McStuffins come to Netflix!)
  • Tarzan (the good one, with Phil Collins and ‘N SYNC doing the music)
  • My Little Pony
  • Littlest Pet Shop

Hannah (3)

  • Moana
  • Zootopia
  • Hotel Transylvania 2
  • Anything her sisters are watching

The Mom (30-something)

  • Parenthood the series
  • Supernatural (currently working my through Season 1 again)
  • Parks & Rec – hands down my all-time favorite show
  • Grace & Frankie
  • Being Human (US version)

On My To-Watch List

  • The Originals – I have only seen the first season and I didn’t really pay attention
  • The Ranch
  • The Last Kingdom
  • Anne With An “E” – I’m having a really hard time with this one, because I LOVE the original so much

What do you like watching in the summer? Have any recommendations for us? 

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Summer Book Club | Kids Edition

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Summer Book Club | Kids Edition

This week, Avery chose a book about a piranha. Samson: The Piranha Who Went to Dinner by Tadgh Bentley. Avery’s almost 8, and enjoys chapter books (shorter ones – she hasn’t quite moved into Harry Potter territory yet), but this wasn’t a chapter book. I try to have them pick out their own books, for the most part, even if the books seem a little too easy – or a little too hard.

Samson is beautifully illustrated. He’s definitely the cutest piranha I’ve ever seen! Samson the “foodie” piranha loves to explore, unlike the other piranhas. He wanted more than just the same old thing, day after day, especially food. Samson learned that some new, fancy restaurants were opening nearby, so he ventured out to try them.

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The best things about the book are the phrases the other fish say to Samson. A few of Avery’s favorites were: “Salty mother of mackerel!”, “Scaly Neptune’s crabcakes!”, and “For the love of smoky sea bass!”

Basically, the story is about always being yourself – being you is okay. Samson learns that if the world doesn’t have what you want – a fancy restaurant with yummy food – you do what you have to do to get what you want. You don’t have to hide what you are.

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I found a cute activity to do along with the book! We will be trying this soon! All three of my kids loved this book!

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Bigfoot Days

Bigfoot is real. He’s out there, man. In Remer, Minnesota, to be specific. The founder of Remer spotted some tracks in the early 1900s, which he believed were made by Bigfoot. After that, there were several sightings all around the area for many years. You can read all about Remer’s Bigfoot history here. (Seriously. Go do that. It’s really interesting!)

There are several activities planned for Saturday, July 8 in Remer.

  • Breakfast will be pancakes from 8-11am
  • For all of you runners, there’s a Bigfoot 5k at 9:30am
  • There will be a bouncy house and games for kids starting at 10am
  • At 2:30pm, the MN Bigfoot Research Team will be holding a Town Hall-type meeting, complete with storytelling
  • Don’t miss the Bigfoot BBQ contest at 3!
  • Kids Bigfoot Calling Contest starts at 4pm
  • And for the grown ups, at 10pm, there’s a Bigfoot Calling Contest for you!

At 12pm, hundreds of ATV riders will be departing from Remer, on the 1st Annual Cancer Sucks ATV ride. As a cancer survivor (he completed 3 years of chemo for leukemia in January), my brother signed up and will ride for cancer awareness.

Here’s a shot of Bigfoot that I took last summer, near Thunder Lake 🙂

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Up North Parent

A Little Background on Up North Parent

Up North Parent was created on my 31st birthday – something positive on a not-so-good day. It was during a morning play date at the mall where we all thought it would be such a fun thing to do, and get us all out of the house – and exercising our creative muscles. Between the three of us, there are two photographers (one professional, the other a hobbyist) and a professional writer). Later that night, during a birthday pedicure, we actually bought the domain, signed for email and social media, and made this happen.

Up North Parent
I am so grateful for Becky and Laura. They have been so supportive throughout my divorce (which is still ongoing) and I am so excited to be a part of something so awesome!

A Little About Up North Parent:

We are three moms in different stages of life, providing tips, reviews and encouragement so parents can thrive in life, not just survive. We have some fun things planned for the rest of the summer! Stay tuned!

You can find us at our blog, Up North Parent, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Don’t forget to enter our giveaways on Instagram and Facebook!

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My Favorite Websites for Writers 

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I’ve been writing since I was a little kid. Fiction is my favorite, though I have done some poetry and a few songs (way, way back in the teen years…) As it turns out, I don’t know all there is to know about writing. Shocking, I know. So when I need to look up how to write a kick-ass protagonist, or whether or not I should outline my story, I go to these sites for assistance.

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Helping Writers Become Authors

If you only read a few posts from KM Weiland (the author) read the posts on the Resources page. SO MUCH amazing information for new writers!

Well-Storied

I’ve been following Kristin for a few years, back when she was She’s Novel. She recently re-branded to Well-Storied but she still has the best advice and her workbooks are very thorough and so helpful!

Bridgid Gallagher

She’s on a blog hiatus at the moment due to traveling and writing a book (seriously, go check out her Instagram!) but her blog is packed full of great tips for writers.

EA Deverell

She has one of the most comprehensive freebie libraries I have seen. All of it is GOLD!

Little Novelist

The cutest header photo and a blog with something useful in every post!

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Camp Nanowrimo July

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Tomorrow is the first day of Camp NaNoWriMo. Twice a year (April and July), NaNoWriMo has “Camp”, where you can work on any writing project you want. You don’t have to have a set word count, like the NaNoWriMo in November. You don’t even have to write a novel. You could write songs, poetry, edit a work-in-progress.

I will be working on a short story that I started a few months ago. I am aiming for 15,000 words (which may not qualify as a short story, but it won’t be a full-length novel, so I don’t know what else to call it.

I don’t know how much of it I will share, if anything, but I am planning on posting weekly updates all the way through July with my writing schedule and word counts.

As of today, my word count is 1,583.

Do you love writing? You should join in!

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Scheduling Time During The Summer | Part 1

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I have been lazy this summer (so far, I mean, it’s only mid-June!) But my kids have things to do and places to go (parks and lakes and fishing and camping and and and) so I need to be a little more intentional with my time, making sure that I get all of the grown-up things done, so I can have fun with my kids. 

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I’ve been doing a lot of reading about block scheduling right now – Ali Edwards has a post about this, and it’s how she gets all of her awesome projects done. I know that it’s not a new concept, but it’s new to me. I even have a board on Pinterest just for this. The next step is sitting down and actually figuring out a schedule! I’ll be using Google Calendar (color-coding!) and my inkWELL Press planner.

Stay tuned for my next post – how I put together my schedule – including fun and family time!

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Day In The Life Tips

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Day In The Life is Ali Edwards’ project. You can learn more about it on her blog. 

I am documenting two days this year, since I don’t have the kids every day. I want to focus on routine, but also how things have changed since becoming a one-parent household.

I haven’t had success with documenting an entire day before. I always forget by about noon, and by the time I remember, it’s bedtime and too dark for photos.

This time, I am setting an hourly reminder in my phone, which will tell me to take a photo (either with my phone or my DSLR – really want to use the DSLR as much as possible) and to make a note with what the photo was about and some feelings about the moment.

I’ll be using VSCOcam for editing photos (legacy 04 preset) and the Filmborn app with the PANF black and white preset. For putting together a layout, I will be using the Project Life app, with the Project 52 Fresh Edition. I haven’t decided which template to use (6×8 or 12×12) but it will most likely be 12×12, since I usually take too many photos and can’t leave any out.

Are you joining in on June 20? 

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Day In The Life 2017

This year, Ali Edwards chose June 20 for A Day In The Life. I am doing two days, since June 20, I won’t have my kids with me. I want to document both – what I do when my kids are with their dad, and when they are home with me. Next week, I will be sharing how I will be using the Project Life app and one of my favorite designer’s kits. 
I created a free download of some photos you may want to include in your documenting. You can sign up to receive it here or by clicking the image below!

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Summer Reading Recommendations

I have the hardest time finding good books. I’ve been stuck in a YA paranormal rut forever, but would really like to branch out and start reading “grown-up books”. I’m not a big non-fiction fan, but there are some that seem interesting. So I want to know, what are you reading this summer? What’s on your list? Fiction, non-fiction, any and all genres. Let me know!!

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