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Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
11:20 am
last-minute openings in hoop-making class tonight!
Come to Lake Harriet Spiritual Community (44th and Upton Ave) tonight (Wednesday) from 5-7pm to make your own collapsible hoop. Perfect for all levels, from "never hooped before" to "addicted to hooping!"

The cost is $45, and all materials are provided. RSVP by emailing me, or just show up!
Hope to see you!
Friday, April 9th, 2010
7:08 am
Want to make a collapsible hoop and learn to use it?
The info is all here: http://www.harmonyhoops.com/classes.htm

Sunday, April 18th from 6-8pm.

I'll bring the materials and help everyone build a collapsible hoop and tape it with the fancy grip-tape. Then we'll spend an hour learning the basics and some beginner and intermediate tricks and maneuvers to keep it interesting and fun. All ages welcome: bring your kid or a friend and save $5 each!

Check the website for details: http://www.harmonyhoops.com/classes.htm

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
12:06 pm
hoop class and yoga class beginning 1/27/10
Plenty of space available so far: sign up with a friend! :)

here is the link for the hoopclasses:

Hoop Class in Edina for MCTC

and here is the link for the yoga classes:

Beginner Yoga in Edina for MCTC

come move your body, lift your mood, improve both how you look and how you feel. :) i love helping in this way.

(posted to some twin cities sites)

Monday, October 12th, 2009
4:58 pm
Hoop-making workshop + beginning hoopclass!
By request, here's another workshop. I hope the hoop-curious can make come check it out. You'll leave with your own hoop and an armful of tricks and moves to get you started. You'll leave after a great workout, a lot of laughs and fun, and you'll definitely be a hooper. :)

When: Sunday, October 18th from 6-8pm
Where: Kuk Sool Won on University
Cost: $70, which includes all materials for your own collapsible hoop!

Email or comment to register or ask questions. Details also here: http://harmonyhoops.com/classes.htm

hoop, hoop!

Sunday, August 16th, 2009
9:20 pm
hooping and yoga classes at MCTC open for registration

all the info is there, including a direct link to register for either hooping, yoga, or both. hooping is nearly full, but plenty of space in yoga!


Monday, August 10th, 2009
11:25 am
Need help from other moms/wives!
I'm in a quandry and, while I usually talk with my husband about things, I cannot talk to him about this, so I'm hoping that my friends can help. He's incredibly discontented with his life and, at least partially, blames me. I can't help that I got pregnant and bore him a child, like I can't help being disabled and (temporarily) sick. But he's going on about how I'm not fulfilling his needs. Since I've been back from a visit with my parents, I've been trying to be more attentive to him and his sexual needs. Even while I was sick with a fever (and recovering), I've worn skirts almost every day because I know he likes it. The last couple of weeks, I haven't been able to do much, but I even got up early one day and did his laundry and made him pancakes. I'm doing all I can, but I'm struggling with my own difficulties. Does it make me selfish? My counselors say no, but he says I'm always thinking of myself. All I'm trying to do is take care of myself enough so that I can take care of my husband and my children. I feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders and I don't know how to cope. WF sometimes says that I'm like a teenager who never grew up, but a teenager doesn't worry so much about her responsibilities (at least most teenagers.) I love him desperately, even if he doesn't always believe it. I want to see him happy, but he makes like it is impossible for me! He sometimes seems to believe that I'm with him out of convenience. How can I convince him that I truly love him and can make him happy? And, he's a cynic; how do I convince him that life offers multiple chances at happiness, not just one?

-Jen (signing my own name because I'm really serious about this)

Current Mood: distressed
Thursday, August 6th, 2009
1:53 pm
TV show reviews for kids (on PBS) from a fellow mom
Hi. I studied a little child developmental psychology in college, as well as being the mom of two boys. I thought I would share my impression of some of the childrens' programming on PBS, as well as ask for your input.

Sesame Street: Always a classic, though they're putting out fewer shows these days than they used to, resulting in a lot of reruns. Interestingly, if you buy the DVDs of "classic" episode collections, they include a warning that these shows are intended for adult viewing and "may not be appropriate for today's viewers". Go figure. I guess old episodes aren't politically correct enough.

Clifford: Great books, and a good enough TV show. Focuses on interpersonal dynamics, with the added bonus of a giant red dog. Last few episodes we watched focused on friendship, honesty, and the importance of listening to your conscience.

SuperWhy: Great for beginning readers. They go on adventures to discover new words, characters, and solutions to their reading difficulties. A lot of emphasis on story classics, such as the Three Little Pigs and The Emporer's New Clothes.

A Big World: Not a lot to appeal to adults, I'm afraid, but educational in the aspect of nature and conservation. All the animals sing and dance, which is sometimes painful, but kids love it.

Curious George: If you are like me, you grew up with these books. Focus on problem-solving, as well as simply figuring the world out.

Dragon Tales: Again, not a designed for adults show, but my youngest seems to love it. Revolves around the idea that a magical chant transports kids to a magical land inhabited by dragons and other creatures. A lot of focus on personal/emotional development. I think I would have loved this show as a young child.

Please don't take these as professional reviews, but I thought they might be helpful, particularly if, like me, you are working to find educational ways to pass the summer.
1:13 pm
Looking for ways to make a little extra money (for a SAHM)
I am looking for a small way to supplement our family's income. I'm a SAHM and I'm disabled, which means I have an irregular schedule and I can't commit to working a strict, pre-arranged schedule. I've heard that most work from home business opportunities are a scam. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've considered babysitting, but my husband worries that I won't be able to rely on my abilities to be capable of working on a schedule. Please help! We really need money and, while I receive social security disability payments, it's not enough.
Monday, July 20th, 2009
11:02 am
A great resource I found
I just found the most amazing, helpful website and I wanted to share: www.sittercity.com. I've been struggling to find a competent babysitter for our 5-year-old who has autism and I found this site. There's a fee, but they have a free trial if you want to check it out (and if you just want to browse the listings, there's no charge.) You can enter all kinds of things into the search criteria to find a sitter near you, including age, experience (including for special-needs kids), price, first-aid certification, and background checks. Even when I entered a comprehensive list of criteria, I found over 50 listings, all local. I'll let you know how it goes, but in the meantime, I highly recommend you check it out!

Current Mood: excited
Monday, July 6th, 2009
11:47 am
Hoop-making workshop + beginning hoopclass open!
Hi. :) I love that some of you have come up to say hi to me out and about in the Twin Cities.

I'm having a collapsible-hoop-making workshop this upcoming Sunday, followed by a beginning hoopclass. Hooping has gotten so popular that I can hardly keep up with hoop-making! It's a fantastic deal, and space is limited, so don't delay if you are interested. Details here:

Hooping makes me feel good. That's why I do it. And I'd like to make my city a happier, more positive place. That's why I share it. <3

Sunday, April 19th, 2009
10:32 pm
Any other expecting moms here?
I saw in the user info that pregnant moms are welcome, too.  Are there any other expecting moms here?  For those of you who are already proud parents, where were your favorite maternity finds, especially for professional clothes?  Thanks in advance!!
Thursday, October 30th, 2008
9:34 am
yoga class, hoop class, hoop workshops
There's a hoop class beginning next Wednesday at MCTC, from 6-6:45pm, 11/5-12/17. It's the perfect time to register, and you can do it here:

MCTC Hooping Class

I also teach a yoga class at MCTC on Wednesday evenings, directly after the hooping, from 7-8pm. It's a lovely combination, and it's a slow-flow class that will take your swirling, whirling hoop-energy and focus it beautifully into strength, balance, and a peaceful mind. You can register for yoga here:

MCTC Yoga Class

Also, this Sunday, November 2, I'll be holding a Beginning Hoop Workshop from 6-8pm at Kuk Sool Won Dojang in St. Paul.

The cost is $45 for this workshop, and no prior skills are needed. Please tell friends, bring friends! I provide the hoops and music, and you simply come dressed to move and stay hydrated.

Finally, there is an Intermediate/Advanced Hoop Workshop on Sunday, November 16th from 6-8pm at Kuk Sool Won Dojang in St. Paul.

The cost is $55 for this workshop, and it will help if you are able to chest hoop in one direction prior to this workshop. If you have taken a beginner course, you are most likely ready, because you are welcome to work on as many or as few intermediate tricks as you'd like. I'll teach step-throughs, jump-throughs, flows, continual lifts, kick-starts, and some basic choreography, in addition to chest- and arm-movements.
Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
11:01 pm
Help me help sick and disabled children
Walk Across America is a nationwide fundraiser put on by Together for Kids, a not-for-profit alliance of children’s hospitals dedicated to building a healthier future for America’s children. Together for Kids raises funds to support the pediatric programs and services at 53 member hospitals across the United States.

By participating in the Walk Across America event, I am helping sick and injured children throughout the country receive top-quality medical care.

To help me reach my Walk Across America goal, please visit my participant page at:


Here you can learn more about the Walk Across America event and why I have chosen to walk for this important cause.

Thank you for your support.

My goal is to raise $1000, so if just 20 people gave $50, I will reach my goal. And remember, your donation is tax-deductible, too.
Thursday, September 11th, 2008
5:19 pm
Yoga class open for registration!

Want to take a nice, slow, beginning yoga class? Not a wussy one, but not a power yoga class, either. Emphasis on breathing, strength, balance, and flexibility, working our way up slowly and gently. A kind class, not a boot camp. I'm certified and friendly, and I've been teaching for ...5 years, I think.

Tell your friends...we've got a nice, big room, so we may as well fill it.

Beginning Slow-Flow Hatha Yoga
Wednesdays from 7-8pm

Register for yoga here:


Also, I teach a hooping class right before the yoga class. It's a beginner class, too, and a ton of fun. I provide the hoops and hot music, you come for the fun and awesome ab-workout.

Register for hooping here:

cross-posted, in case you care.
Thursday, August 21st, 2008
9:33 am
Moving Back...
Hello There!
I just thought I would introduce myself, in hopes of possibly finding some new MN people for my flist. My family and I are moving back to the cities after a short run of things here in Las Vegas. The last time I was in the cities when I graduated from Bethel. Since then I have gotten married and now I have a son. I was hoping I might find some new people to converse with via LJ through this community. I know that LV communities were very helpful in finding out new things around town and such, I can only hope I will be so lucky with the twin cities forums. Thanks so much, and feel free to add me and introduce your self on my LJ if you feel so inclined. Take care and have a great day!!!
Friday, August 15th, 2008
9:49 am
Beginning Hoop Workshop this Sunday
What: Beginning Hoop workshop. No prior experience necessary; skills from beginner through intermediate will be covered.
When: Sunday, Aug 17th 5:30-8pm. Please arrive on-time!
Where: Kuk Sool Won dojang in St. Paul
Cost: $45

Email me to reserve a spot; jess at harmonyhoops dot com.

Here's a link to the recent video from the Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/video/25950279.html?elr=KArks5PhDcU9PhDcUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUnciatkEP7DhU
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
2:14 pm
Looking for tae-kwon-do class for son
Hi. I have an almost-11-year-old son and am currently looking for a tae-kwon-do class for him that emphasizes discipline as well as skills, preferably near northeast Minneapolis or Brooklyn Park. Can anyone recommend any places? Thanks.
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
11:20 am
Beginning Hoop Workshop
Registration is now open for the Beginning/Intermediate Hoop Workshop on Sunday, May 11 from 6-8:30pm. To reserve your spot, please respond with your name and phone number or email jess at harmonyhoops dot com. Those who pay in advance will be guaranteed a spot: all others will be be subject to space and hoop-availability, and will need to form a line at the location.

First, the details:

What: Hoop workshop. No prior experience necessary, skills from beginner through intermediate will be covered.
When Sunday, May 11, from 6-8:30pm. Please arrive on-time!
Where: Kuk Sool Won dojang in St. Paul
Cost: $45

No need to bring a hoop, but if you have one, you are encouraged to bring your own. I will have some available, but your "favorite" size may be taken, and you may have to use a hoop that is larger or smaller than you'd prefer. Dress comfortably: no belts or necklaces.

Methods of payment:

1. Paypal to jess at harmonyhoops dot com
2. Mail cash or check (address provided upon request)
3. Bring cash or check in person to ongoing hoop classes (see below for current classes)

Remember, paying now guarantees your spot. These workshops traditionally fill up, so don't hesitate if you're interested! Even if you have told me via email or in-person that you are interested in this workshop, you must respond to this email in order to register, and you must pay before being guaranteed a spot.

Learn some skills and tricks so you can enjoy the next HoopJam even more! :) There will be lots of opportunities to hoop in the sun and warmth, and it's a good time to learn hoop-skills!

details on my website: harmonyhoops dot com
Thursday, April 10th, 2008
8:14 am
Hello Minnesota Moms!

I don't know if this is allowed, but I thought you ladies might be the perfect group to talk to. I'm a senior in the clothing design program at the U of M and I'm currently working on a class project where we are developing a line of sustainable children's clothing for a certain big-box retailer that may or may not be based out of Minneapolis *ahem* if you catch my drift. My group and I have put together a couple of surveys asking about how parents like to dress their children and how children like to dress themselves. As I'm sure most of us probably shop at the previously mentioned retailer, I'd love to get your opinions!

FYI - we are currently focusing on girl's clothing for ages 4-12, though our proposed brand would include both sexes. We wanted to fully develop both, but with only so much time and resources, we had to focus on one or the other. I'd love to hear responses from ALL moms in here!

Thanks everyone!

SURVEY: Click Here to take survey
Tuesday, April 8th, 2008
11:05 am
Hi my name is Cat, I'm a single mom in Minneapolis. My son is 15 months old. My roommate is also a single mother and she has a 3 yr old daughter so our house is always a lot of fun. I'm a full-time student and I work so sometimes I feel like I'm going insane! lol.
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