My $27 Wedding Dress

My elopement was really the first of three planned weddings. The second is in Maharashtra, India, in traditional Hindu style with my husband’s family. The third is in our home in Minneapolis, with close friends and family and a ceremony incorporating my parents and children, who are not able to go to India, and traditions […]

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Ep. 0: Introducing FO-MO: Dating and Relating As a Former Mormon

I’m Anna Renvall, a writer and self-help enthusiast in Minneapolis. Thanks for listening to FO-MO: Dating and Relating As a Former Mormon. I’m creating a platform for the stories of navigating relationships, sexuality, feminism, and other social issues as a former Mormon. As a former Mormon myself, I hope to build a sense of community […]

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My Best Advice for Navigating Divorce

  Thoughtful people, including my friends, colleagues and acquaintances, and even customer service representatives, offered heartfelt condolences when I informed them of my divorce. I felt awkward, because by then I had already shifted into renewal and optimism. Getting divorced was the final step in a deliberation and uncoupling that had gone on for years. […]

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How to Make a Peace Table at Home

I made a Montessori Peace Table for my home, and I am happy to report that it has worked to decrease conflict and increase peace. A peace table (or peace corner) is a space dedicated to grounding thoughts and feelings, practicing meditation or silence, and resolving a conflict.

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Play Kitchen Inspo

      This play kitchen is one of those things that is for my kids, but really it’s for me. All three of us (me and my six-year-old and my three-year-old) had the same reaction when we saw it: gasp!…stare in admiration…pretend to stock it with delicious food.

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What We’re Reading

The other day I pulled out my–urrr, my kids’–winter and Christmas picture books. We don’t have enough shelf space for all our books, and fine, I admit, I am kind of a stickler about reading/watching seasonally appropriate media only. So, I rotate books with strong seasonal associations. Tomorrow, I’m surprising the kids with Seuss’ How […]

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#kidvignettes

Each month, I feature beautiful, funny and quizzical ways children contribute to a home’s esthetic. Whether it’s wall art, rows of race cars, dandelion bouquets or yogurt murals, children offer a fresh perspective and a sentimentality to interior design. Share your moments by tagging them #kidvignettes. I confess, I have been an angry mom today. […]

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How I’m Raising Bilingual Kids

  Growing up, I always considered myself 100% Finnish and 100% American. I am Finnish on my mother’s side, born in Finland, and raised in the United States. I didn’t feel the need to choose between or split my identities, and I believe that was in part because I grew up speaking Finnish with my […]

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Best Tips for Photographing Kids

A few weeks ago, I went to J.C. Penney’s portrait studio for a couple of school photo supplements, and I was shocked that despite the fact that a rainstorm ruined the kids’ hair and they hadn’t had their afternoon snack and they were on strike from standing in one place, the photographer got some cute […]

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Drama-Free Dressing for School

For the first month of the school year, my husband and I had morning battles with our 6-year-old about appropriate school clothes for first grade. When we said, “Go get dressed,” she’d come out of her room wearing a leotard and ballet flats. Veto! And then we had an exasperating back-and-forth of which clothes were […]

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