Erin Pennings is a Midwest transplant from Alaska. A copywriter and marketing strategist by trade, she loves telling stories through the lens of humor and irreverence. As a runner and hiker, she is passionate about getting families outdoors and learning about new places and things and also volunteers with Hike It Baby as a writer for the national team, and local Green Bay Area branch ambassador. You can learn more about her adventures on SalmonAtSeven.com and ErinPennings.com
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This Summer We Need To Focus On Our Humanity

The Focus on our Humanity The article that I set out to write, is a very different piece than the article I find myself called to write today. I had planned to talk about how despite...
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My Daughter Is The Wild Child You Hear About

When my son was three, I was sure that he was the wild child, the leader of the pack. As it turns out, he was just a very active three-year-old who loved to entertain....
New to the area? Northeast Wisconsin Welcomes You

New to the Area? Here’s 13 things that might have you scratching your head.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since moving to Northeast Wisconsin, it’s that the regional flavor goes far beyond the Packers, beer, and cheese. In fact, there’s a whole host of regionalisms that I’m still...

6 Tips for Getting Out the Door Quickly This Winter (with your sanity intact)

The hardest part about outdoor winter fun is that it can take almost as long to get ready as it does to actually play outside. Sometimes longer. Getting out the door quickly doesn’t always...
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How to Layer Kids Ages 0-18 for Winter Fun

They say, there’s no bad weather as long as you have the right gear. And this is true with kids too...you just have to decide on your own threshold for winter fun. For some...
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Rising Above the Anxiety and Mom Guilt

Unless you're truly looking at mental footage to see how you can do better, Monday morning quarterbacking accomplishes nothing. So yes, do your best to rise above, but dwelling on how you could have done better isn't worth the anxiety 99% of the time.
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My son had a febrile seizure at age 5…and it was terrifying

He came home from school a little tired, but his generally happy and sassy self. Normal for a Friday afternoon. He had a snack, snuggled up on the couch and hung out. I noticed he had a little fever, but since it was just barely 101, I didn't worry about treating him, just gave him some fluids and snuggles. After all, they tell us that fevers are good as long as they're under 104. It went up to 102, but he wasn't that uncomfortable so I decided to hold off on giving him anything until bedtime.  And that's when it all fell apart.
Going Dairy Free in America's Dairyland | A Survival Guide

Going Dairy Free in America’s Dairyland: A Survival Guide

When we first decided to make the cross-country move from Alaska to Wisconsin, I was excited about all of the cheese. The squeaky cheese, the molten cheese, the gourmet cheese, the beer cheese. All of it.

Why I’m Removing “Can’t You Just” From My Vocabulary

As women, and as moms in particular, overextending ourselves is a way of life. It’s made harder by the fact that not only do we try to shoehorn more in, but there’s the perception that we need to make more time to fit in little things.  Especially when “Can’t you just…” is thrown around like we need to do more, to be more.
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No, Really. No Gifts Please: 10 Non-toy gift ideas

Well, I know that I hate showing up to a kids' birthday party empty handed. And what's more I know I'm not alone. In fact, recently, my son was invited to a birthday party that explicitly requested no gifts, and yep, you guessed it. We stopped at the store and picked up a ball.