Marnie Kopischke

Marnie Kopischke
Marnie and her husband, Brent — Minnesota natives and high school sweethearts — call Rochester home with their two boys, Gordon (born June 2017) and Crosby (born July 2019). A stay-at-home Mom, Marnie finds herself babbling, giggling and singing like a baby all while teaching her sons how to grow. To stay sharp and connected, Marnie freelances for marketing communication services where she exercises her brain in new ways. A passionate do-it-yourselfer, she finds herself behind a pair of safety goggles, prepping for wood, tile and art projects. Marnie loves designing spaces and shopping for home decor and her pantry is full of homemade canned goods. Her happy place? Up North at their family cabin on Lake Carlos near Alexandria.
baby in bouncy chair

My Favorite Gifts for Summer Babies

While it's fun to receive registered gifts or that adorable romper, sometimes unwrapping practical items that fit the season is even more fun!
uncle with nephew

What a Gift: Watching My Brother & His Wife Love My Kids

My brother and his wife love my children with their hearts and souls, and it shows through how they live.  I’m grateful and do not take them for granted.
Great Wolf Lodge

5 Reasons to Book a Spontaneous Trip to The Wisconsin Dells  

If you’re contemplating booking that stay for next week, here’s five reasons you should just do it!
child on potty

Goodbye Diapers, Hello Potty:  What I Saw in 5 Days

While I was a clueless first-time potty trainer (and had some anxiety over that), my son was telling me that he’s capable of listening to his body. 
recipe box

How I’m Using My Friends to Meal Plan

 Whether you’re a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM), full-time or part-time working parent — we all share some responsibility in putting food on our tables.
canning jars

Intimidated by Canning? Don’t Be!

As a child, I grew up playing cashier in our “family grocery store” which was Mom’s fruit room in our farmhouse basement. That’s how much she canned ... we had a room full of canned...
child paddleboarding

The Alexandria Chain of Lakes Part 2: Things to Do

Our trip to Debby's was special and I always knew that someday, I would vacation to a home on the water. Luckily, I married a man who shared the same dream.
sunset on lake

The Alexandria Chain of Lakes Part I:  Best Places to Eat

Sometimes our food memories are made eating out and my family has it's favorite spots when staying at our cabin on Lake Carlos, located on the Alexandria Chain of Lakes.
desert rocks

Why I Booked a Trip Just for Me

I did things I’ve never done, things I miss doing, things I’ve wanted to do and things I love doing. I moved more slowly and mindfully.

Rochester MN Guide to Things to Do With Kids Under Two 

Here is a comprehensive list of appropriate things to do and places to see for those little minds, and very busy bodies, in and near Rochester, Minnesota.