Nikki Hillman

Nikki is a mom to five (two living, three angels), wife, educator, library media specialist, high-school coach, writer, church go-er, and beer drinker. Born and raised in western North Dakota (where the buffaloes literally roam), she now calls a farm just outside Horace, ND her home (#farmlife). Nikki will always be a small-town girl at heart, but loves experiencing Fargo area events; including sporting events, bars, breweries + wineries, restaurants, and shops.
child loss

Hopeful Heart Project: Finding Support Through the Loss of a Child

I am a bereaved parent and I'm far from the only one; but in the beginning, you sort of feel that way. Child loss can be extremely isolating and lonely. I am coming up on...
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2021 Summer Reading Opportunities | Fargo & Moorhead

With summer right around the corner, it's valuable to know what opportunities our kids have to check out books and participate in summer reading programs in Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead.  As a school library...

Teacher Gift Ideas to Show Your Appreciation

Challenging. Different. New. Exhausting. Evolving.  These are some of the words that come to mind as I think back on the past 12 months in education. Honestly, they could describe any year, but everything was...

Pregnancy After Loss: How Long Can You Hold Your Breath?

With March being Pregnancy After Loss (PAL) Awareness Month, it has me thinking back to my most recent pregnancy (which seems like a lifetime ago after these past 12 months). I had a healthy...

Teacher Appreciation: Virtual Style

For teacher appreciation this year, I want all teachers to know how amazing they are. And right now, we have a lot of people playing the teacher role out there. The teachers by profession,...
distance learning tips

Distance Learning Tips from a Teacher-Mom

These past weeks have been nothing short of crazy. As a teacher myself, I have found it both a little shocking what reality we are living in, and also surprising how smoothly I have...
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Simple Indoor Activities to Keep Kids Busy

Living in North Dakota, we have to be creative in the winter to keep our kids entertained indoors. Some winters are longer than others, and this spring has proven to keep us on our...
We can all learn from children's books

Lessons for All Ages: 5 Children’s Books for Kids & Adults

  As an Elementary School Media Specialist (a.k.a. School Librarian), I have the privilege of being surrounded by children’s books every day. I also have the responsibility to research, purchase, promote and read a variety...
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Show Yourself Some Love: Make Self-Care a Priority

Self-care is all the rage these days. While this is a great thing, sometimes I just want to yell, “Shut up about self-care!" I get it, I’m supposed to make time for myself, but...
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