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NEW Nisswa Play Group. Perfect Way To Beat The Winter Blues!


(Ages 6 & Under)
Where: Nisswa Community Center
When: Monday & Wednesday
Time: 9:15am – 12:30pm
BRING a bag lunch if you want!
Price: $2.00 per child/pay at the door.
(Parents must stay with their children.)
Ride on toys, slides, parachute, blocks, cars, balls, etc.
Fun for all ages!!!
Contact Paula with any questions at 218.838.7808
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Sunday Spotlight: A Recap Of A Pretty Cool Week

Happy Sunday my peeps!! If you are wondering if I am dragging my feet on our beloved Sunday Spotlight feature…well Yes…and NO.

Yes, I am kinda draggin my tootsies, but it’s for a specific reason. I am holding off because I want our nice plump Edition 8 Coupon Packs to be available to YOU before I get too crazy with profiles from our Mom Squaders. I have some great interviews “on deck” just waiting to be released too. Just to give you a little teaser, this upcoming Edition (that should be out by June 1) is full of some pretty cool deals, unique new businesses, and some kick-butt information.  I am STOKED`to get into everyone’s hot little hands, but I want to do things in the proper order.

BUT, before June 1, skate on over to our Edition 7 roster page and give er one last look-see.

OK, recap time! Was it a a full moon this week??? Good Lord people were a tad..spazy this week. Maybe it was the impending Rapture. Maybe y’all won’t be here tomorrow to read this fine, well-crafted post of mine. But if the end of the world is coming, maybe I’ll do something I’ve never done and have always wanted to. Like Drunken Facebooking, perhaps. Do I have time? Does the world end quickly? Or do we have time to get a few things off the Bucket List first? Just askin.

ON to the “good stuff” of this last week. Firstly I want to say what a BLAST the Positive Charge Premier was Tuesday night. For those who aren’t aware, Brainerd Rotary worked on this amazingly cool campaign called Positive Charge. Positive Charge is a community wide photo adventure that will display positive messages and motivational statements in storefronts across the Brainerd lakes area. Photos of community members having fun — in groups, solo, with pets, props, whatever — will be featured holding signs with their messages, in their writing, answering one question. Why do you love living here?

The result of this project was the “World Premier” Tuesday night which bff Shannon dubbed as a “17 minute continuous smile.”  Here’s the link to watch it yourself and let’s see how many people you recognize.!/video/video.php?v=1894033822809&oid=160812023972966&comments
And here’s a few favs of mine:


Highlight #2 was that I officially kicked off the new project of Lakes Area Mom Squad which is…(drum roll) Social Media Training and Consulting! Thanks to Greg and Mel at Bearly Used & New for entrusting me with their Facebook page…and NO, I will not be Drunken Facebook there. I am however, going to ask you to pop over there and “Like” their FB page cuz, well let’s face it, I would be doing my job and I didn’t require ,demand, force request you do so.!/pages/Bearly-Used-and-New/184755868780
If you have an interest or a need for some Social Media assistance, click HERE and check it out.

Mom Squad News: Mom Squader Sandy Strom: Independent Avon Representative will be one of the stops this Thursday night during Nisswa Chamber Lucky Ladies GNO event! Pop by Sandy’s house for deals and treats. Get more info about this fun Girls Night Out event HERE!

And lastly, this one is all about me,Me,ME!!!! Sorry, but I am excited. Speaking of Bucket List, here’s one off of mine. I have always wanted to Guest Post on one of the “A-List” blogs and I achieved that this week. Boo-yah! A big THANK YOU to Stacie Vaughn and her amazing blog Simply Stacie for giving me the opportunity to share my knowledge on her blog. Here’s my story, and be sure and subscribe to Stacie’s blog too.

Toodles for now!

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18 Months, 1 Day, and 47 Seconds Ago, I Started A Little Blog

Not too long ago, I was doing some “housecleaning” on the Mom Squad blog and I came across our Very.First.Post.

WOW, where did time go? Our blog is getting all growd up.

It seemed like just yesterday that the concept of Lakes Area Mom Squad was born, but we will hit the big “two-year-mark” this June. Seriously cause for celebration if you ask me.

I read somewhere that, if your biz can make it to the 5 year mark, you’re golden.

Only three more years to go 🙂

Now I don’t want to get all misty-eyed and reminiscent on you..oh what the’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.

I’m amongst yourselves.

It’s been a great ride and I can’t wait to see where the path unfolds next. Mom Squaders have come and gone, but we also still have our core of veterans who have been with us since Day One. We like that. We like our regulars (love you Sandy, Curt, Shannon, Mabel!) and we love new peeps too. It ensures that our Editions keep evolving and changing. We don’t want to be stale and and 

Every Edition is different too. Some flow smoothly (like butta, baby) and some I swear will put me into an early grave. But all in all, it is just so freakin Worth.It.

Here’s an excerpt from our very firstest post..and it goes a little sumthin like dis:

Cuz This Is How We Roll… (October, 2009)

Welcome to our blog! For those of you that are unfamiliar with the world of blogging, hang on to your bloomers because it is an exceptionally cool and fun world to be a part of. Ooooohhhh…the kick-butt things we have planned for our little blog!!!! 🙂

First, a bit about LAMS. Lakes Area Mom Squad is a “Marketing Project” that taps into Mom-owned or Mom friendly businesses, brings them together, and creates a network of like-minded Momprenuers. Together, we pool our talents, resources, marketing dollars, and desire to grow our businesses through the distribution of free-to-the-public coupon packs. Interested? Rock on.

And the cherry on the ice cream cake would be, we will be doing this on a strictly local level. We want to shine a big ‘ol spotlight on businesses of all sizes and encourage local residents and visitors to keep their dollars in our Brainerd Lakes community. We are big advocates of “Buy Local” and firmly believe in putting “your money where your house is”.  Reade to tap into the “Power of Mommy? Awesome. Me too.”

Cool beans, ‘eh? And behind every successful team are amazing team members. My BIGGEST kudos goes to the ever-fabulous Miss Shannon Janco. Her dedication and persistence has kept me going even when it would be easier to give up (which, I could never do since I am pretty sure she’d hurt me if I did). She taught me the best opportunities are sometimes disguised as roadblocks, and I am my own worst enemy.

I am sure 50 years from now Shannon and I will be sittin in the Old Folks Home, plotting our next project and harassing all the old codgers there. We will be in full bling, swearing like sailors (oh wait, that’s just me), and probably networking like our ship’s going down. Look out world. The Dynamic Duo is just gettin warmed up.

Wonder Twin Powers, ACTIVATE!
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Lakes Area Mom Squad Is a New Chamber Member!

Becky Flansburg owns Lakes Area Mom Squad. The Ispace concept is modeled after Coco MSP in St. Paul. It is shared office space to rent by the hour, week, month, etc.Front Row L-R: Stephanie Veith, LarsonAllen LLP; Christina Landree, Pro Staff Personnel; Becky Flansburg, Lakes Area Mom Squad; Mavis Verville, RiverWood Bank; Ashley Flemmer, Baxter Chiropractic.Back Row L-R: Dan Hegstad, Lakeland Public Television/Lakeland News; Ryan Rosenwald, CTC; Joe Schulte, Region Five Development Commission; Brad Fleming, Klein & Fleming Insurance Services; Merle Ihne, AFLAC; Diane Rook-Johnson; Lemieux Johnson Financial Group, LLC; Harry Brodmarkle, Midwest Security & Fire, Inc.

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