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Amanda Fretheim Gates

Amanda Fretheim Gates is a writer and editor living in Minneapolis.

How to get a Good Night’s Sleep — Part one

Getting a good night’s sleep

This is the first post in a two part series on how to get a better night’s sleep.  Many factors can affect our sleep: stress, illness, children and more. Maybe you can fall asleep easily, but wake up for good in the middle of the night. Or, maybe it takes […]

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Feeling Beautiful After Breast Surgery

Post-reconstruction hope with two women.

After breast cancer, lumpectomies, mastectomies or reconstruction, many women aren’t sure how to feel about their bodies. You’re dealing with asymmetry, drainage, discomfort and more. And, not only do you look and feel different, so do your undergarments and clothing. Your physical appearance and sexuality is put to the test. […]

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Avoiding Winter Colds & Flu

Winter healthy mother and daughter

Avoiding illness this winter may seem impossible, especially if you have kids in daycare, are frequently visiting hospitals or doctors’ offices or have coworkers coughing next to you. If on top of it, you’re stressed and tired, you’re only more susceptible to colds and flu. Caregivers need to stay healthy, […]

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8 Essential Questions about Respite Care

8 Essential Questions about Respite Care

If you’re a full-time caregiver, you can’t do it all. If you feel like you could use a break every once in awhile, don’t be afraid to ask for help or look into respite care. What is respite care? You can continue to care for your loved one in your […]

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Spreading Joy this Holiday Season

Spreading Joy this Holiday Season

It’s so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of the season. Yet, once the food has settled and the gifts opened, it’s also a great time to do something for someone else—and sharing this act with your family makes it even better. It’s been studied that those who […]

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