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Wise Grasshopper

Why Wise Grasshopper?
Inspiration
Why Wise Grasshopper?

The Grasshopper Goods journey has inspired many powerful connections, lessons and relationships. The Wise Grasshopper Blog is an area where I'll explore the connections between my professional, personal, and entrepreneurial lives and share inspirations, my favorite products and resources, and a few kernels of wisdom. 

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How to Teach Your Kids to Appreciate Travel
Travel
How to Teach Your Kids to Appreciate Travel

My appreciation for travel wasn’t something that I “grew into” as an adult. I’ve loved traveling ever since I was a kid - it’s just the way I was raised. My dad was a commercial pilot when I was growing up, ...

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An Outskirts Upbringing
Magical Stories
An Outskirts Upbringing

I grew up in the outskirts of the suburbs of Chicago. My neighborhood was not surrounded by the shiny skyscrapers of the city, or the tree-lined streets of some of the more popular “burbs” - we were truly on...

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Should I Go Back to School?
Lifelong Learner
Should I Go Back to School?

Grad school can feel like the next logical step for many people after receiving their undergraduate degree, while for others the decision of whether or not to pursue another level of education may come at a ...

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Photo Credit: Natural Intuition Photography
Midwesty
3 Hikes You Have to Take in the Midwest

Featured Image Photo Credit: Natural Intuition Photography The Midwest is notoriously flat, with some detractors even going so far as to call us the “flyover states”. With our vast agricultural fields, prai...

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How to Ditch Tourist Stereotypes and Travel Like a Pro
Travel
How to Ditch Tourist Stereotypes and Travel Like a Pro

A traveler’s biggest fear: being pegged as a tourist. The tourist stereotype is not so flattering, particularly internationally, and a seasoned traveler typically tries to avoid falling into the category at ...

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We Offer a Discount for Teachers. Here's Why.
Magical Stories
We Offer a Discount for Teachers. Here's Why.

Grasshopper Goods wasn’t created just because I felt like it was a good business opportunity. I had a dream of building my own shop, a dream that manifested itself through a mobile boutique, and, later a bri...

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Traditions You'll Only Understand if You Grew Up in the Midwest
Midwesty
Traditions You'll Only Understand if You Grew Up in the Midwest

I’ve always felt a special pride about living in the Midwest. When you think of this region of the United States, you think of comfort, of inherent politeness, and, of course, agriculture and the outdoors. W...

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6 Habits to Become a Lifelong Learner
Lifelong Learner
6 Habits to Become a Lifelong Learner

We have a passion for education around here at Grasshopper Goods, and I guess that all starts with my background in the field. I’ve spent years working in education, first with special education students in ...

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Our Post-COVID-19 Travel Bucket List: The First Places We're Flying After the Pandemic
Travel
Our Post-COVID-19 Travel Bucket List: The First Places We're Flying After the Pandemic

So many pieces of life have been affected by COVID-19 (a large-scale public health crisis, closing our brick and mortar shop during the first stages of lockdown, happy couples rescheduling their weddings, et...

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4 Classic Midwest Summer Activities You Need to Experience
Midwesty
4 Classic Midwest Summer Activities You Need to Experience

Nothing beats summer in the Midwest. In an area of the country that experiences winter for about half the year, warm weather and sunny days are impossible to take for granted. Midwest summers are notoriously...

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How We Got Here - The Grasshopper Goods Story
Magical Stories
How We Got Here - The Grasshopper Goods Story

How does a professor and world traveler end up with a mobile boutique and brick and mortar location in Stoughton, Wisconsin?  It’s a long story, but one worth hearing if you’ll stick around for it. I have be...

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The Grasshopper Goods 2020 Summer Reading List
Lifelong Learner
The Grasshopper Goods 2020 Summer Reading List

Is there anything better than a summer vacation? When I’m given the opportunity to turn on my OOO for a week or two, I’m likely packing our bags with a few novels off my “to-read” pile and heading out on a t...

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