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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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Where is the Mojo?

Posted by Alise on 5.10.20

I am sure I am not the only person that started out 2020 with high aspirations, lofty goals, and a plan for the first year of next decade. The first two months of 2020 started out in line with those goals. Then the COVID-19 crisis happened…. First let me define Mojo. To me, Mojo is […]

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My year in review….2019

Posted by Alise on 12.31.19

Every New Year’s Eve, my Husband and I sit down and write our goals for the next year. New Years is my favorite holiday.  Why?  Because no matter what happened during the year, I always think turning the page into a new year is one of the most refreshing moments in life.  And this year, […]

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Growing Up in a Different World

Posted by Alise on 10.25.19

Yes, I have hit that age where noticeably my children are growing up in a world different than I did. My oldest daughter, Franchessca, “the rule follower” is 12 and sometimes seems like she is going on 18. I already have my hands full with Victoria, so it seems more apparent when Franchesscca gets in trouble.

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Stop The Flu Spread

Alise, as a registered nurse, provides excellent advise on stopping the spread of flu germs.

Indoor Activities For Kids

Alise provides some excellent experiments for kids to engage when the weather dictates remaining inside.

Valentine’s Day Crafts

Alise shows some great examples of crafted Valentine’s Days presents.

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