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Annual Bowlathon

Our 19th Annual Bowlathon is Sunday April 22nd, 2018 at Cedarvale Lanes in Eagan. There will 2 bowling times, from 11-12:30 and 1-2:30. Kids 'n Kinship participants AND Community groups are both invited. Start practicing and forming your teams!
Community teams sign up here.
Kids 'n Kinship participants sign up here.
Can't bowl? You can donate or do a sponsorship here. 

Rick's Annual Bike Sale

Rick's 10th Annual Bike Sale is Saturday May 12th, 2018 from 9 am to 1 pm at Superior Service in Apple Valley If that decent-condition kiddie bike, cruiser, or mountain bike is collecting dust in the corner of the garage, consider donating it to a great cause.

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Bowlathon 2018 is Coming!!

Save the Date: April 22nd

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Match highlight Winter 2018 Deena and Talia

It is 5 year anniversary time for this wonderful match! "Over the years, I have watched her grow from a silly, fun loving young girl into a caring, responsible teenager." Says Deena

The match began in January 2013 through our school based mentor program. Deena visited Talia in her third grade classroom every Friday. They would occasionally read, work on a journal, play a game or visit the media center. Now that Talia is older, they get together outside of school and enjoy games and watching movies and in warmer weather, they do outdoor activities like bike riding, going to parks, and having water balloon fights. One of the things Deena says she enjoyed the most was making gifts with Talia for Talia's friends and family for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, and Christmas.

"The match is going great after all these years. The ladies still get together on Fridays during the school year and on summer break. They cook/bake and do crafts together...among other things. Talia is excited to get to know Deena’s grandchildren." Says Talia's mom

Talia has become part of Deena's family, spending time with Deena and her husband, their children and grandchildren and helping with garage sales. And speaking of sales: Last summer Deena and Talia started collecting grocery store receipts. The receipts are from any Spartan Nash store through a program called Direct Your Dollars. Local Spartan Nash stores include Family Fresh in Farmington and Econofoods in Northfield. People mail their receipts in; Deena and Talia collect and organize them. They just accumulated $150,000 in receipts earning $1000 to support mentor matches in Kids 'n Kinship! Way to go ladies!!!

New Years Resolutions and Habits

Monday, February 5, 2018

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? How are you doing with them if you did? The beginning of the year is such a great time to start new habits and rhythms in our lives. But it’s also hard! Have you talked with your mentee about anything they are trying to change in their lives? Do you see an area where they could possibly begin a new habit to help them? What does it take to effectively change our habits and develop routines that work for our lives?

There is some good research out there to help us create new habits and change or modify old ones. I’m going to share some of the latest research on habit formation I have found helpful. My hope is that you’ll walk away from reading this ready to evaluate you and your mentee's habits and routines and confidently work toward improving the areas that matter most to you this year.

Here are two interesting articles on how to put into practice a new habit. Take a look and comment below, add anything you find helpful or share any resources or ideas you might have! We can all learn from each other. Thanks for reading and have a great day!!


The 3 R’s of Habit Change: How To Start New Habits That Actually Stick
By James Clear | Behavioral Psychology, Habits Your life today is essentially the sum of your habits.

How in shape or out of shape you are? A result of your habits.

How happy or unhappy you are? A result of your habits.

How successful or unsuccessful you are? A result of your habits.

What you repeatedly do (i.e. what you spend time thinking about and doing each day) ultimately forms the person you are, the things you believe, and the personality that you portray.

But what if you want to improve? What if you want to form new habits? How would you go about it?

Turns out, there's a helpful framework that can make it easier to stick to new habits so that you can improve your health, your work, and your life in general.

Let's talk about that framework now…

Before we talk about how to get started, I wanted to let you know I researched and compiled science-backed ways to stick to good habits and stop procrastinating. Want to check out my insights? Download my free PDF guide “Transform Your Habits” here.
The 3 R’s of Habit Change

Every habit you have — good or bad — follows the same 3–step pattern.
Reminder (the trigger that initiates the behavior)
Routine (the behavior itself; the action you take)
Reward (the benefit you gain from doing the behavior)

I call this framework “The 3 R's of Habit Change,” but I didn't come up with this pattern on my own. It’s been proven over and over again by behavioral psychology researchers.


All habits form by the same 3–step process. Here's an example: the traffic light turns green, you drive through the intersection, you make it closer to your destination. Reminder, routine, reward. (Graphic based on Charles Duhigg's “Habit Loop” in The Power of Habit. Created by James Clear.) How can you use this structure to create new habits and actually stick to them?

Here is the Second Article:

How Habits Work

From the appendix to The Power of Habit:
Change might not be fast and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.


Identify the routine

Experiment with rewards

Isolate the cue

Have a plan

Obviously, changing some habits can be more difficult. But this framework is a place to start. Sometimes change takes a long time. Sometimes it requires repeated experiments and failures. But once you understand how a habit operates – once you diagnose the cue, the routine and the reward – you gain power over it.
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