Photo credit: Sarah Elizabeth Photography

Raised, but not born, in Milwaukee, Melanie moved to Minneapolis in 2002 for college, and has called it her home ever since. True to her heritage, she is both a Gophers fan and a Packers fan. She is a scrunchy mother of two children, too many cats, and one spoiled dog.

With a master’s degree in nonprofit management and bachelor’s degree in family social science, she spent over a decade working with family service nonprofits. She is currently working in early childhood education at a public school district and lower school education at a private school, while finishing a Masters in Education and Talent Development and Gifted Education certificate. Most importantly, her number one job is working for the most demanding bosses ever–a six-year-old girl and and almost four-year-old boy.

When Melanie had free time, she enjoyed 90’s alt-rock, horror movies, gourmet cooking, running, traveling, doing yoga, and reading murder mysteries. Now, you can find Melanie attempting photography, enjoying Netflix, and pairing tantrums with wine. You can learn more about Melanie’s parenting journey, Giada-like cooking, Martha-like organization and more on her blog Footprints & Tantrums.

Melanie is also a contributor for the Twin Cities Moms Blog and the TODAY Parenting Team.

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