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Many people say Luke and I go together like “peanut butter and jelly.” Well the craziest thing is we work very hard on our relationship to have the beautiful relationship we have.

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Parents grow humans. Whether you are a birth parent, step parent, partner to someone who has kids, our job is to grow them, just like trees, flowers, and giraffes. The ingredients for growing a human include food, water, love, respect and knowledge.

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My professional life is as diverse as everything else in my life. I live by the four descriptions: silly, strong, lucky and honest and I guess that is what got me to where I am today.

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The World

I want to change the world. My husband has pushed me to “change the world, one child at time.” He tells everyone he knows “my wife is on a mission to change the world.” Well he is right, but I wish he dialed it in a little bit.

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I am Alise, however my legal name is Alyssa. But it is pronounced A Lisa. This is so strange because my whole life I have been called Alyssa (A Lisa) but clearly spelled Alyssa (as in Alissa). When I asked my parents “why,” their response was the strange part. They named me after the flower “alyssum.” So really my name was intended to be Alyssa (Alissa). So that was that.

I was born in Northern Minnesota with a whole lot of black hair. My hair has been a “thing” my how life. In fact, my Brother has always said I am a hair farmer. I truly think he is jealous, but regardless I have a lot of dark brown hair.

If I had four adjectives to describe my life it would be (in no order) Silly, Strong, Honest, and Lucky. Why lucky? I just happen to get myself in situations I don’t intend to. For example, after I graduated from College with my Bachelors, I wanted to go to Nursing school. I applied to the U of MN, which invited me down for an interview. With 85 percent of the interview completed, I was asked “why do you think you would be a candidate for our inaugural Post-Baccalaureate Nursing program?” Great question, I thought, I was applying for the BSN program, so I am not sure how to answer that. Of course, I did answer it and leaving the U, I thought…

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Trips to Chicago

Posted by Alise on 6.19.19

Opening a center in Chicago never seemed like the best idea. However, I was convinced after numerous asks and understood it would be “turnkey.” It wasn’t turnkey at all and I am over that. But, I do have some pretty crazy adventures in my trips to Chicago so far. I reflected on the fact that in 2018 I spent 12 weeks there. 12 weeks! That is a whole quarter. No wonder I can still smell the popcorn in the O’hare airport.

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Traditional Marriage

Posted by Alise on 6.14.19

I remember dreaming of my Prince Charming to come marry me. I dreamed of a fairy tale just like Disney depicts in their movies. In short, things didn’t go as planned. Recently I was talking to a few couples and we were talking about roles in marriages…

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My Life Before Children

Posted by Alise on 5.21.19

Once upon a time, I didn’t have children and life was very different. I never planned things because I was someone free to do whatever, whenever I wanted to. Outside of my work obligations, I could do literally whatever. By no means does that mean I liked it better than what I have now; children bring a different side of life and I dearly love my children.

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Kids and Patience

Alise shares an excellent way to teach patience to our children.

Kids and Holiday Stress

Alise makes 4 excellent points on dealing with holiday stress.

Summer Break

Alise provides some thoughtful parenting tips for summer break.

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