• Weekend Recap

    Well we just had a super awesome weekend and I wanted to share about it. Craig still can’t be in the field because of the rain but that didn’t stop us from planting at home! We went and picked up some bridal wreath spirea and some hydrangeas to plant. About $250 later, we’ve got the…

  • What’s a DINK WAD?

    Yes, you read that right. This week on the podcast we are interviewing one of my best friends Gabe. Gabe identifies as a DINK WAD which stands for “dual income no kids with a dog.” Our podcast is typically based around mom life and Gabe offers a unique perspective on what life on a different…

  • A Lesson…

    We went out to eat last night and to make a very LONG story short, we waited a LONG time for our food. So long in fact, I ended up taking my very impatient 18 month old outside after he made several scenes in the restaurant. We were out walking on the sidewalk, and Anders…

  • Saved You a Seat

    A throwback from January 2021: Is there anything more comforting than knowing someone saved you a seat? Remember that “new kid in the cafeteria feeling?” Feeling like you didn’t belong? Feeling like the odd one out? I was scrolling through my feed and I saw those words “saved you a seat” and they really hit…

  • The Past Week…

    It’s been a pretty busy week. A lot of people have been asking where I’m working or what I’m up to career wise. I’m currently taking nursing contracts in local hospitals. Some are on the med surg floor, some are just ER, but mostly covering maternity leaves and short staffing. I’m kind of like my…

  • I Love This Bar…

    I Love This Bar…

    We are so fortunate to live so close to our favorite bar and restaurant: Riverside. Riverside Bar and Grill is halfway between my house and my mom’s house. We always get excellent service and I’d hold their prime rib up against anyone’s. It isn’t fancy but I know just about everyone there by name. We…

  • Friedman Fam Update

    Friedman Fam Update

    I wanted to share a little bit about what I’ve been up to the past 6 months. First of all, we got gerbils. I had a hamster named Junie B when I was in 1st grade and I LOVED her. She was so sweet and let me hold her and play with her. So for…

  • New Blog, New Haircut, New Me?

    New Blog, New Haircut, New Me?

    Well welcome to my little corner of the universe, formerly known as thepinkshoelaces.com and now known as mypinkshoelaces.com. I’m not going to lie, it was a pain in the you know what to try and get this new blog set up. My sister Kayla usually does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to…

Hey there, I’m Kalissa!

I’m a Midwest mama of three crazy boys. I’m a nurse by night and professional napper by day. While I started blogging in 2019, I launched an Etsy shop in 2021 so I can spend more time at home with my family and less time working as a nurse.

I love mountain biking with my hubby Craig, creating new recipes, podcasting with my gal pals, small town living, roller skating, Taylor Swift, and getting way too personal with strangers on the internet.

I’m so glad you’re here and I hope you stick around!

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