Air Fryer Parmesan Cumin Zucchini Fries with Herb Dipping Sauce & a Giveaway

I have received compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own. Included within this post are affiliate links that help support my site.  One of the latest kitchen gadgets that is "on trend" this holiday season is an air fryer. I don't own a regular oil fryer. No judgement, but it seemed to me that owning an oil fryer was a one way ticket to bad health. But an air fryer? No vast amounts of oil involved? This I had to try.  This particular air fryer is from Gourmia and can easily be ordered on Amazon. The instructions are straight forward. And even with no … [Read more...]

Eric Carle Hungry Caterpillar Foam Play Mat & a Giveaway

This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar has become worn and tattered.  It has weathered the youth of three feisty book-loving boys. I have distinct memories of each of them sitting on my lap as we read this much-loved book. Undoubtedly their favorite part was to pretend to gobble up the food the caterpillar was eating, especially all the goodies, of course.  Inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the works of Eric Carle, The World of Eric Carle, is a line of toys, games, puzzles and more. We received … [Read more...]

How to Help Kids to Conquer Their Biggest Fears

This post was created in partnership with Disney-Hyperion for the #ReadMo Ambassador program, all opinions are my own. Everyone has fears. Adults and children - everyone. As a parent one of your roles is to help children learn how to manage their fears. Having the skills to be able to navigate life through the things you're scared of is important. But let's be real. Many adults struggle with conquering and managing their fears. It should be no surprise that kids do as well.  One of my biggest fears is heights. There should be a somewhat natural level of fear of being up … [Read more...]

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Oreo Balls on a Stick

The holiday season seemed vast when I was child. I would countdown the days to Christmas and they seemed to slowly drag by. My mom didn't even allow us to officially start celebrating the season until December 1st! I'm not sure if it's my age or the sign of the times, but the holiday season seems to speed by. Christmas music is on the radio even though we haven't even had the Thanksgiving turkey.  With this post I'm definitely contributing to this early Christmas phenomena. Though for the record my house is decorated with Thanksgiving still. But once turkey day is over, it's officially … [Read more...]

Creative, Imaginative Play with Magnaflex & a Giveaway

I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.  The great gift giving season of 2017 is upon us. And so begins my attempt at discovering and gifting some of the best creative toys for my little fellas. Sometimes it can seems as though the market is only full of action heroes and violent wielding personas. To be fair, my guys have a plethora of these types of toys. To be a boy mom means you need to embrace epic heroes. While I don't diminish their need to conquer all, I also make sure I'm providing opportunities for them to play with creative and imagination … [Read more...]

5 Top Tips for Taking Kids to an Art Museum

This post was created in partnership with Disney-Hyperion for the #ReadMo Ambassador program, all opinions are my own.  Sometimes society would have you believe the predominate and iconic childhood pastime is football, baseball and/or any sort of sport. While my oldest and youngest boys do have a fondness for certain athletics my middle son is not interested in these games. He is intrigued by science and by the possibility of understanding how machines and animals work. He also considers himself an accomplished drawer. The newest release from Elephant & … [Read more...]

Slice of the Twin Cities Ticket Giveaway

I have received compensation for this post, all opinions are my own.  Minnesota Monthly has combined the best of two good things- autumn in Minnesota and pizza!! Snow is undoubtedly on our horizon, but soak up the last of fall's goodness with some family fun! On November 5th from 1-5 pm visit Minnetonka Orchard for the second annual Slice of the Twin Cities! Freshly prepared pizza from locations across the Twin Cities, seasonal beer and wine, live music, orchard visits, bonfires, hayrides and playgrounds for the kids make this a truly festive event.  Tickets:  … [Read more...]

Elements Massage in St. Louis Park & a One Hour Massage Giveaway

My experience at Elements Massage was complimentary, all opinions are my own.  Nestled in a convenient shopping location with St. Louis Park is a new massage salon, Elements Massage. I was fortunate to "test" their services and location immediately following my Ragnar Northwoods race.  After about 15 miles through rough roots and rocks, some of which was at night, with a minimal amount of sleep, my body was definitely sore and ready for a massage.  The lobby at Elements Massage was simple and calming. I filled out my essential pre-massage paperwork while I … [Read more...]

Sawdust Savvy DIY Workshop in Stillwater, Minnesota

My visit to Sawdust Savvy was complimentary, however all opinions are my own.  I recently took a little trip to Stillwater, Minnesota for a DIY wood sign class. I'm not inherently the DIY type so I was a little nervous and skeptical about the idea of building a sign. And to even add an extra level of pressure to my project I intended to gift my creations to my boss as a new baby gift. I'll cut to the chase and save you the time wondering if my venture was successful, it was. Through detailed instruction from the Sawdust Savvy staff and some careful work on my part, I was able to … [Read more...]

Maple Pecan Coffee

I received the following product for review purposes, all opinions are my own.  The fall season is officially upon those of us in Minnesota. I woke up this morning to a brisk 50 degree day. I love all that this time of year brings. Cozy sweaters, delicious soups, a chilly breeze, beautiful colors and warm coffee. I wish I could wrap up all that goodness and spread it out a bit over the entire year. Such as fall is, I must soak it all up while I can as the season is short-lived.  I've previously used a single serve coffeemaker that requires pods for all of my fall flavored … [Read more...]

Hilde Cracks the Case: Hero Dog! Giveaway

I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.  School is finally in full swing here in Minnesota. It seems to me that Minnesota starts school much later than many others across the nation, with sessions not beginning until after Labor Day. Regardless, my boys and I have nightly conversations that circle around math, history, and reading requirements. Each of my fellas has his own level of required reading. Keeping them engaged and excited about reading can occasionally be an issue, but based upon my experience it's all about finding the right … [Read more...]

Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark

While our visit to Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark was complimentary, all opinions are my own.  Waterparks and kids are synonymous. I'm not entirely sure when these fun-filled places began to pop up, but they sure didn't seem to be around when I was a kid. My biggest joy was a trip to the local swimming pool that had exactly one diving board and zero slides. These days my boys have visited their fair share of waterparks. Each site has their own special features and offerings and we discovered this was certainly true at our recent visit to Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark.  … [Read more...]

An Awesome Minnesota Bucket List: 30 Things to Do in Minnesota

I realize that Minnesota isn't exactly a premiere travel destination for many. That being said, there are many great sites in the state that visitors and long-time resident should checkout. Like any list my particular one is slanted towards those activities that I find the most meaningful. I have a preference for all things history, art and natural wonders. And I need to fully disclose that there are likely some very awesome Minnesota sites on this list that are not included, the sheer reason for this is that I limited myself to those places that I've actually visited. I didn't want to … [Read more...]

Fall Wafer Almond Bark

And just like that summer is almost complete and fall is on the horizon. The only season that seems to stay for any great length in Minnesota is winter, of course. Here fall means the beginning of school and the start of the impending cool, crisp, colorful time of year. It's hard not to entirely become captivated by the amazing display of beautiful autumn leaves.  My fellas love the vast array of treats that are available this time of year almost as much as they enjoy the scenery. Any dip into Pinterest will provide you with a plethora of fall-inspired goodies to select from. In that … [Read more...]

The Cove of Lake Geneva

While my stay in Lake Geneva was complimentary, all opinions are my own. There are a few tricks I've learned through the years by being a mom of three boys. Call them parenting hacks. Call them common sense. However you see the situation, with experience hopefully comes some degree of wisdom. A few of these bits of knowledge circle around ensuring my boys have a love of books and learning. At one point I felt that I had mastered the art of keeping a toddler entertained at a restaurant. But one of my more important and long lasting nuggets of enlightenment circles around traveling with … [Read more...]