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Published September 19, 2011, 12:00 AM

Mayville native creates cards to organize parents’ lives

Karen Lyng Asmundson knows what it means to forget an important piece of sports equipment.

By: Tracy Frank, INFORUM

Karen Lyng Asmundson knows what it means to forget an important piece of sports equipment.

During her early years as a hockey and soccer mom, the Mayville, N.D., native often had to run home to retrieve a forgotten shoe, elbow pad, or pair of skates.

But one game was too far from home and her son ended up playing in his coach’s skates.

Then, in 2004, after attending a professional organizing seminar, Lyng Asmundson, who now lives in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., decided to create a way for busy parents and their kids to easily remember all the accoutrements they might need.

“I realized there was a need for some type of reminder card for kids to be able to get out the door,” she said.

Her Get Your Gear cards are organized lists, complete with pictures, of everything a person might need for various sports or activities.

There are even cards for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and school-aged children.

The cards are $4.95 each, plus shipping, and can be ordered at: www.simplyordered.com.

Lyng Asmundson developped the cards after she was married into hockey and needed to be reminded of all the equipment that was needed for the


“The first card was hockey, primarily because there’s just so much stuff that the kids’ need and you really can’t skate without any one of the items. It doesn’t matter if it’s an elbow pad or a mouth guard or whatever,” she says.

From there, she branched out into different sports, stages of kids’ lives, and even quilting supplies.

The baby cards are among her more popular creations.

“You need a lot of stuff just to get out of the house with a baby and it’s easy to forget,” Lyng Asmundson says. “You’ve got enough going on trying to remember everything else. Having a reminder for some critical item like diapers or wipes makes a big difference.”

Lyng Asmundson’s cards have received national attention and were recently mentioned in the September issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

Lyng Asmundson’s mother, Myrna Lyng of Mayville was thrilled to find out her daughter’s cards were mentioned in the magazine.

“Karen has always been a creative problem-solver,” Lyng says. “She combines a practical approach with imagination to come up with solutions for all kinds of situations. I marvel at her creativity.”

The cards serve as a great reminder for both moms and kids and help teach kids to be responsible for their own gear, says Lyng Asmundson, whose boys are now 21 and 16.

“I developed the cards in hopes that parents’ and kids’ lives would be made easier,” she says. “We all have enough stress in the mornings, trying to get out the door or getting to a particular activity, and I was really doing what I could to help improve that process.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526