2016 Financial Recap


From a personal standpoint, 2016 wasn’t a great year. My mother-in-law passed away in January, and my family and I had a string of medical appointments in February and March that racked up a TON of expenses. Not a great way to start the year. In fact, it was horrible. But in some sort of weird way that I can’t explain life moved on, and I discovered how resilient humans truly are.

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Carson Park Bucket List


“Do the people of Eau Claire realize they have within the city limits the best piece of ground in the state for a park?” – Eau Claire Leader, 1899

Eau Claire locals love Carson Park! When I asked a group of friends what they love most about the park, I got at least a dozen different answers and numerous stories. Truth is, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another park that offers as many amenities and attractions as does Carson Park. Whether this is your first time to the park or your thousandth, I want to help you get the most out of your Carson Park experience. Here is a list of 15 must-do activities.

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Getting to Know Carson Park


I love Carson Park! Between Express games, picnics, train rides, and running around the playground with my boys, I probably spend more time at Carson Park than at any other local attraction. And I not only love what Carson Park offers my family and me today, but I also enjoy learning about what Carson Park offered locals over the past 100+ years. It’s fun to think about what the park was like all those years ago, and I love looking at old pictures of the park like the one above. I recently dug into some research about Carson Park at the Chippewa Valley Museum and discovered a few fun and interesting facts.

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Money Moose Survey


Can I ask you a favor? Could you please take 5-10 minutes to participate in a survey?

My friend Maggie over at Northern Expenditure is doing a large-scale research project about money, and her goal is to get 500 responses by January 9.

Take the Money Moose Survey

Seriously, it’ll only take you 5-10 minutes, and the more data Maggie can collect the cooler this project is going to be.

Thanks friends!

Eau Claire Footbridges: Connecting Our Community Since 1870


Eau Claire, WI has seven footbridges that span the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers. They’re all a part of the almost 29 miles of recreational trails that bring people together for work, school, and play while also offering bikers and pedestrians a breathtaking view of the scenery within the city. But how did we get here? What are the stories behind the seven footbridges that connect our community?

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Grilling Experiment


Over the past few months I’ve become super interested in city planning. I never realized how much thought goes into planning a city and how those thoughts and actions have a huge impact on the well-being of the people. I didn’t know that a poorly planned city will keep its citizens disconnected and stifle the economy and that a well planned city can foster community and economic growth.

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