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Meaghan Swanson

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4 Things You May Need to Hear As the Holiday Season Begins

Tis the season, right? Whether you already have your Christmas tree up, or are staunchly on the side of "nothing red and green until after Thanksgiving," we are in it. The grocery stores are...

Thoughts on Parenting an Only Child

My baby is starting Kindergarten in the fall.  My oldest goes to Kinder this year.  My youngest is almost six.  If you haven't guessed from the article title, I'm talking about the same child in each of...

Go, See, Explore: Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona, WI

The inside portions of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center may still be closed for Covid precautions, but the outdoors is open and ready to be explored! Location Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) is located at 330...

Quit Like a Woman; The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed...

“We live in a world obsessed with drinking. We drink at baby showers and work events, brunch and book club, graduations and funerals. Yet no one ever questions alcohol’s ubiquity—in fact, the only thing...

The Pandemic Made Me Do It

No one in our household has gotten sick with Covid-19, but in the past year I think I've come down with something else. Symptoms include: lax screen time rules... more takeout dinners than normal......

Side Parts and Skinny Jeans | A Note to Gen Z

Have you seen the internet memes about side parts and skinny jeans? If you haven't, I congratulate you on having avoided this insanity that has descended upon our social media feeds for the last...

What It’s Been Like to Move to Madison, WI… During a Pandemic

At my daughter’s dental appointment recently, I was making small talk with the hygienist, and she asked if we were new to the practice.   “Oh no, we’re new to the state. Moved here in August.” “Oh....