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Riot and Frolic
Minnesota
Awesome
Interests: ballroom dancing, crafting, sewing, cooking, working out, running, decorating, reading, listening to music
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It's winter in Minnesota. Yeah yeah, I know it's not Winter, it's Autumn, but the windchill is below 10°F and there's snow on the ground, so WINTER. Going from inside to outside is not entirely pleasant and you probably want to get to another inside destination as quickly as possible.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Riot and Frolic
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Contrary to evidence, I do not enjoy being pregnant. It makes me feel like Chris Farley, and while comparing oneself to a comedy legend seems awsome, I'm talking about the sweaty and out of breath part, which is not awesome. Besides being held back by social restraints, not being to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Riot and Frolic
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Number Week was an interesting concept since I'm dealing with people who kind of know how to say numbers in the commonly accepted order and vaguely know what those syllables represent. On the plus side, it was a very easy and "learny" week; on the minus side, crafts were relatively... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Riot and Frolic
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How many times have you been told to "stand up"? More than 10. Probably 100 times. Just. So. Many. Times. And then you finally learn where Newfoundpostureland is and you have to "stand up" a whole different way: with forward poise, leftward lean, separation of Church and State (or ribs... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Most days I'm amazed that I've made it as far as I have. Meaning, I'm amazed I'm still alive AND that my age reflects a number most people relate to "adulthood". Because there are days (let's not mind the percentage here) that I eat cookies for breakfast, or stay up... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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I made bad waffles last week. In the grand scheme of things, clearly this is not an issue. In fact, many would hashtag it #firstworldproblems. But in the minutiae of my day, IT IS EVERYTHING. I plan fantastic breakfasts SO I GET OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING. If I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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My life is in a perpetual and precarious balance between overachieving and total slacking. Over the weekend, I like to plan out my next week, prepare nerdy/artsy/schooly stuff (for the girls' activities or for my own projects), and catch up on stuff that slipped through my to-do list's grasp. But... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Sometimes there's 9 ladies in group class and 3 men. Sometimes you want to even out the ratio by switching roles. Here's how, when, and why you should lead as a regular follow: How Should I Lead? confidently Since you were brave enough to cross the gender divide, be brave... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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I could also name this "The Not Great Pumpkin". Maybe you'll disagree but I label this #uninspired. Sunday Pumpkin carving: The Godfamily took the little ghouls (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. HA HA HA. Ha ha... [sigh]) for the seemingly annual Pumpkin Carve. For some crazy reason, I didn't take any pictures of their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Yo. Happy Monday. Here's the November Mixed Tape (click here for mobile users). November Mixed Tape by Riot and Frolic on Grooveshark I included some tracks from the Theme Weeks ("Particle Man" and "Ghosts", duh") and some other super nostalgic songs about triangles (FRENTE!). I really want to love the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Since I've been told my children are ABSOLUTE ANGELS, here's how to make your children awesome like mine: Have no idea what you're doing. It's reeeeeally helpful if you didn't spend any time around children smaller than yourself growing up; hopefully you didn't have any babysitting experience, younger siblings, or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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This is my most important post EVER. Why is Harry Connick Jr. building planter boxes for familyhandyman.com? Not that I doubt his skills, it just seems like an odd side project. Chemex or French press? This will be a life altering choice. I can feel it. [Bodum claims this is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Monday Books for the week: hey, big surprise - a lot of parents plan ahead and like, check out holiday themed books before the actual holiday. Therefore, those of us who are just getting the hang of this planning-ahead-and-taking-care-of-our-children thing and are looking for ghost books the week of Halloween... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. The day after that is Christmas. The next day is 2015. I'M NOT FREAKING OUT. But I am planning ahead. I get to host Thanksgiving this year which fulfills a small part of my FEED ALL THE PEOPLE quota, because let's face it, my extended family isn't... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Fake nails = $60 Tanning = $70 Makeup application = $70 Hair updo = $80 Feeling like a million bucks? = could be cheaper While it's AWESOME to use the talented vendors available at competitions, sometimes time and money can keep you from using their services. Instead of walking on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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A week themed after the most simple geometric shape might not sound like fun, but this was our best week yet. Whether we can attribute that to the AMAZING theme or to my getting my act together is up to you. MONDAY Paper building blocks: a project that was perfectly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Ballroom shoes are a tortuous necessity. While they do make dancing "easier" with their slippery grip, finding the right pair can be a lifelong challenge. I've worn the same two styles of shoes (Rhythm and Smooth, respectively) for 10+ years and I'm not planning on changing anytime soon. It took... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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I'M NOT A HIPPIE! But... A) I own a refrigerator B) Europe does many things better than the U.S. C) I'm a big fan of real food.* Recently, I've been buying eggs at the farmers' market and milk from a... cow. Like, nearly, straight from a cow. Yes, RAW MILK.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Food: it's mine. If I doled it out in some sort of serving size while you weren't around, then the servings per container is ONE. Meals are one thing. I LOVE making food for people and want everyone to eat and eat and eat. But snacks? NO. NO SHARING. This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Farm Week basically became Where Food Comes From Week and since it involved food, I was happy. Monday I was not super on-the-ball with my planning this week, so we started off slow, with a trip to the library. I wish I had spent more time researching kids' books, because... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Dude. Apple Week. How can one NOT be excited when there's food involved? Monday Apple cards: I made my own template for a cut-open apple using some parchment paper and MY IMAGINATION. Again, I reliquished my not-so-inner perfectionist and let the ladies loose with their sketchy hand-eye coordination and scissors.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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This is not aimed at you, small weird offspring of mine. No, it's aimed at YOU, my dancerly friends and acquaintances. Stop trying to grow up so fast. Ballroom dancing is a great, social, musical, fun, athletic thing to do. It is also a technical, PROGRESSIVE, CUMULATIVE skill to learn.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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In case you needed a reminder, there are rules for this subject. But let's get more in detail BECAUSE YOU ASKED: Being pregnant is Weird. There is A PERSON in there. THAT is Weird. I sweat a lot as it is, and a lovely side effect (this time around) is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Am I embarrassed about loving all of Christina Perri's songs? MAYBE. Was I late to the party on the Meghan Trainor train? MAYBE. Do I make up for it a little with up-and-coming bands like Wet and Sylvan Esso? MAYBE. Enjoy October, yo. October Mixed Tape by Kathryn Bratt on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Recently, I got one of those damn FitBit devices. I have the super boring black one, but I want THIS ONE I'm a sucker for fitness-tech gear and figured it was a nice stepping stone to getting a heart rate monitor.* Along with keeping track of my exercise (eventually there... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Riot and Frolic