Jessie Veeder

Jessie Veeder

Jessie is a singer/songwriter/writer and statewide columnist living on her family’s ranch near Watford City with her husband and daughter. She blogs at veederranch.com . Reach her at jessieveeder@gmail.com. (facebook.com/veederranch)

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    Taking a trip without the kids builds more than just your relationships

    Every spring, since as long as they could make it happen, my sister-in-law and her husband take a trip someplace tropical. With three daughters—now fifteen, twelve and ten—the couple has spent countless hours navigating schedules and car pools, coaching softball, packing snacks, braiding hair, cheering on half-time tumbling shows, bumping volleyballs, nursing hurt feelings and […]

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    Consider physical therapy for pelvic rehab

    “Women need to know it’s not normal.” That was the reason Jadah Kerr agreed to talk about her experience with physical therapy for pelvic rehabilitation after having her fifth child. “You see commercials for adult diapers. Women joke about wetting themselves when they sneeze. You’d think it’s just normal, but it doesn’t have to be […]

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    6 ways to channel spring with your kids

    If I told you spring arrives this month would you believe me? I checked the calendar and March 20th makes it official, but I’m not so sure. All my years as a North Dakotan have taught me not to rely on spring until at least July 4th. This might be especially true this year. Because […]

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    Homemade desserts capture the spirit of Valentines Day

    Restaurant reservations, red roses and sparkling jewelry all are par for the course on Valentine’s Day. However, nothing may epitomize the holiday more than a decadent chocolate treat. When heart-shaped chocolate boxes are not enough, resourceful gifters can turn to homemade desserts to really capture the spirit of Valentine’s Day. This recipe for “Hot Cocoa […]

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    For better or for worse

    Twelve years ago I said “I do” in front of a big oak tree that had likely been growing roots on our ranch for close to 80 years. I stood beside a twenty-three year old man who I’d known since I was twelve years old, I held his hand and I made a promise to […]

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    Let’s Eat Cake!

    At Prairie Parent, we believe every celebration calls for cake. And these days, gourmet and theme cakes are everywhere, even (and most fun) at children’s birthday parties! Two local bakers have taken the cake game to a new level and are ready to help make your cake dreams come true.   The Cake Life 238 […]

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    Christmas Card, O Christmas Card!

    Capturing the perfect Christmas card photo can be a challenge when kids are involved, but sometimes that magical moment just creates itself! Readers show us that the season can bring out the most memorable expressions. Winning Cover Photo submitted by Jessica Haak Edlund of Jamestown, ND of children Kenlee, Alyse, Marshall, Lily. Photo by Lisa […]

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    How to take a Christmas card photo

    Step 1: Set unrealistic expectations. To properly achieve this, head to your favorite mom blog to find that she has already published a series of her perfectly groomed clan in matching Christmas jammies decorating the tree, laughing. hugging and looking like they love one another while reaching to put the star on top. And if […]

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    Show them how to be grateful

    At the end of November, two days after Thanksgiving, my oldest and first daughter, Edie, will turn three. And almost three, apparently, is the age when you become aware of your birthday and what it means, because for the past month or so, birthdays have been the big topic of conversations at our house. Her […]

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