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Janelle Brandon
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Janelle Brandon is a library marketing professional, wife, mother,
writer/blogger and birth professional.

She is the author of the children's Kindle eBook, Raccoons' Treasures, a light-hearted, whimsical story that has children and
adults alike questioning what they value most.

Armed with a degree in theatre arts, she enjoys adventure on and off
the stage and page. When not writing books, or contributing to
magazines and newspapers, she takes in the pleasures of all seasons
with her husband, son, and daughter in Northwest Minnesota.

She blogs at

Entries by Janelle Brandon

5 Traps That Sabotage Great Sex

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 2:50 PM

I'm likely having more sex than you are.

This isn't meant to come across as bragging. It's meant for you to take a moment and evaluate your sex life.

Here's my story. I've been banging the same person for 13 years. Since I was 20 years old. We have two...

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Don't Put the Baby's Blanket in the Microwave!

(4) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 5:21 PM

I have one piece of advice for new mothers: Don't put the baby's blanket in the microwave.

This is a public service announcement. It happened to me and it can happen to you.


Let's back up a bit. The year is 2007. I'm...

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Garages Terrify Me

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 12:19 PM

In the fall of 2008, when my husband and I were looking to purchase our first home together, we met with a realtor. She learned about our likes and dislikes, our price range for purchasing a home (under $100,000 and move in ready). She took us around to a handful...

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"Eff Iggy" Reformed Me: A White Girl's Take on Madd Mary's Graphic Video

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 11:27 AM

California rapper Madd Mary released "Eff Iggy" the last day of June and a day later, I viewed it on the recommendation of Minnesota rapper Atmosphere, whom I respect and follow on Twitter.

I was appalled. In my opinion, the music video was nothing short...

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Protecting the Threshold

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 12:31 PM

I've watched women work too damn hard to have their rights and access to birth control restricted and/or decided upon by anyone other than themselves, their partners and their healthcare providers.

You see, I work at the threshold; I'm a birth worker (a doula and midwife assistant). It's this sacred...

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One Year = $15,000 Less in Debt, No Yelling at My Kids, Marriage Intact

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:13 PM

By March 2013, 11 years into our relationship, my husband and I had racked up $23,000 in credit card debt, $36,000 in student loans and during our worst arguments, had uttered the "D" word (dreaded divorce) to each other as a solution to never seeming to have enough. Enough money,...

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Ladies: Personal Financial Disclosure Is Key to Setting You Free!

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 1:58 PM

It was the summer of 2004. I'd graduated from the University of Minnesota several months prior and had just received my first student loan repayment notices in the mail.

I was six months into my big girl job, having landed a gig in marketing at a performing arts center in...

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Accepting 30

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 8:06 PM

On November 3, 2011, I turned 30 years old. I celebrated with my mother on Sanibel Island in Florida. It was magical.

A friend once told me, "Things calm down when you turn 30. You won't be as restless as you were in your 20s. You'll be more content."


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Who's My Best Friend? Friendship for the Modern Mom

(3) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 3:52 PM

I'm feeling like Tina Fey in search of my Amy Poehler.

There is a running joke in my family that dates back to 1987. At my brother's seventh birthday party, I asked the room full of his friends, "Who's my best friend?" My family hasn't relented in giving me a...

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