• 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…

  • An Update/Home Remodel

    An Update/Home Remodel

    I want to thank everyone for the well wishes and encouraging words about the loss of my blog. Many suggested I use this Facebook page to share updates in the meantime, I think I’ll do that. While I was taking a break from the blog we completed some EXTENSIVE renovations on our home – with…

  • Bad News.

    Bad News.

    Hey guys, it’s been a minute. Unfortunately I’m not writing this morning with good news. But I feel the need to make a post to update you all on the status of The Pink Shoelaces. If you’ve been reading my blog since 2019, you’ll probably recall that The Pink Shoelaces has a meaningful origin story…

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.

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