Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes


Happy Pancake Day! During this season of frosty snowflakes and chilly temperatures, I enjoy making waffles or pancakes for breakfast on Sunday mornings.  My youngest son is something of a waffle connoisseur. He would probably eat them everyday if he could. His affinity doesn't transfer to pancakes with quite the same level of enthusiasm, but nonetheless he is still a fan.  In an attempt to temper his passion for all things carb-induced I made these Whole Wheat Oatmeal pancakes. I feel a little bit better serving pancakes with whole grains, though of course they taste best cooked in … [Read more...]

Win a Richard Petty Driving School Experience!

I have not been provided any direct compensation for this post, however this giveaway is affiliated with the company I work for. #DropShopandOil #CollectiveBias #ad #client  Calling all car racing fans!   Enter to win a Richard Petty Driving School experience courtesy of Pennzoil! Pennzoil Richard Petty Driving School "Experience of a Lifetime" Giveaway … [Read more...]

Top 5 Family-Friendly Memberships in the Twin Cities Metro


Since moving closer to the Twin Cities metro area this summer, my boys have been reveling in all the family fun destinations the area contains.  We lived in southeast Minnesota area prior to our move, so it's not as though the Minneapolis/St. Paul was a mystery to us. But our close proximity to so many fun places is a little overwhelming.  As we started to visit various museums and attractions this summer, it quickly became apparent that it made sense to purchase a membership.  Typically in as little as two or three visits a year, the membership will have paid for itself. … [Read more...]



Stan Lee presents a brand new, magical, super-powered adventure! When twelve magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese-America teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He'll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.  Super-powered. Adventures. Magic. These words are at the heart of all that my little fellas love.  This new set of stories from comic book creator, Stan Lee, are an ideal fit for my oldest son {10 years old}. Check out the video below for a … [Read more...]

Bogeyman 101: A Guide to Bogeymen Around the World


Ghosts. Monsters. Vampires. Werewolves. Yeti. Bogeyman. I remember being fascinated by these mysteries of the universe when I was child.  There was a section of my school library that had a modest collection of books focused on these various topics. I was riveted.  Now, many years later, my eldest son is equally fascinated by these myths. Perhaps it is a rite of passage, or maybe it's genetic. Whatever the case may be Bogeyman 101 aligns with the current interests of my book-loving 10-year-old son.    With glimpses into the bogeyman myths across the globe, this … [Read more...]

Christmas Appetizer Idea- Cranberry Compote


The holidays are here again. Every year is the same, this season zooms by at warp speed. I find myself with too many tasks and not nearly enough time to complete them.  Last Christmas Eve I spent hours wrapping presents.  This time around I'm all about simplifying the season wherever I can.  When it comes to entertaining and attending parties it helps to have a dish at the ready which is delicious and  easy to prepare.  This year I tested out a Cranberry Compote recipe using Brie.  I think anytime Brie is added to a recipe it is immediately a bit more … [Read more...]

Understanding the Dedication Behind Bigelow Tea


I was not compensated directly for this post, however I do have a professional connection to Bigelow Tea through my employer Collective Bias.  All opinions are my own.  #AmericasTea #CollectiveBias #cbias During this season of transition to colder temperatures and changing colors, there is a quiet comfort that comes from enjoying a warm cup of tea.  My favorite way to sip Bigelow Tea is by witnessing the morning light descend upon the autumn colors that I can view outside my windows.  I need to see open spaces to clear my mind and make me feel at ease. Luckily there … [Read more...]

Back-to-School Rules for Being a Kid


This post has been created as part of my partnership with Popsicle®, all opinions are entirely my own.  After Labor Day weekend school begins in the state of Minnesota. During this first month the temperature is bound to be summer-like one week and chilly the next.  And just like the variance in climate, these first few weeks of school can create a mixture of emotions. There are first day jitters and the excitement of making new friends, and the sudden shock that school is EVERY day.  There is no more sleeping in, no more endless hours of play.  It's time to … [Read more...]

Fostering Math Skills with Go Math! Academy™


I received compensation from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for writing this post. I've struggled to understand math from an early age. I'm no Einstein, but most school subjects came quite easily to me- except math. I remember my father painfully trying to explain fractions to me in the third grade. I just couldn't understand. I recall the feeling of my father's bewilderment and exasperation that I couldn't understand this obviously very useful and important concept. Since then I'm pleased to report that I finally conquered fractions as an adult when I started researching my genealogy. … [Read more...]

Easy Tunes with a SOL REPUBLIC DECK Wireless Speaker & a Giveaway


I received the following product for review purposes, all opinions are my own.   Listening to music is no longer what it once was.  My parents loved listening to their records.  On a record player.  This method of music officially fits into the antique category, yet I still distinctly remember the skip my favorite Christmas album would make as my mom and I made cookies.  When I was about ten years old I felt very "cool" to own a radio with a tape player.  I have some humorous tapes from that season of my life when I thought it was hilarious to tape my … [Read more...]

Summer Isn’t Over Yet with Rules for Being a Kid Guidebook


This post has been created as part of my partnership with Popsicle®, all opinions are entirely my own.  Back to school shopping is on my agenda and I've even spotted Halloween decorations in some stores, but summer isn't over yet! I live in Minnesota.  Let's be realistic, snow isn't too far off on the horizon.  Thankfully we have a few more weeks to enjoy summer fun. Inspired by Popsicle® Rules for Being a Kid Guidebook my little fellas have embraced the "Get Wet Rule".  They recently completed swimming lessons, but any form of water fun is their favorite. … [Read more...]

Summer Sparkles & Junior Adventures


This post has been created as part of my partnership with Popsicle,  all opinions are my own. Boys are busy.  When my little guys are at home there is a constant stream of movement and activity.  It's harnessing that energy into a forward moving, positive momentum that is my task.  How do I attempt to do that? With plenty of summer activities, of course!  There is no epic summer vacation this year (because of our recent move), instead we are having what I refer to as "junior adventures".   Luckily we now live in an area that has a plethora of new sights to … [Read more...]

Reading Under the Stars with the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge


I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.  The 4th of July marks the midway point for summer vacation in my opinion.  In typical fashion the season is zipping by.  Luckily there is still plenty of time for more adventures and fun.  My boys have been enjoying "discovering" their books as we unpack and move into our new house.  I knew we had quite a few books, but I can definitely confirm that we have a LOT of books after recently moving every single one of them!   As we read we are logging our minutes as part of the Scholastic Summer … [Read more...]

POPSICLE® Rules For Being A Kid Guidebook


I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.   Most of us should embrace our inner child a bit more often.  If you happen to actually be around children on regular basis you might be inspired to dive into the fun.  Or you might be caught up in the do's, the don'ts, and the musts.  It is hard not to be sucked into the responsibilities of life.   My boys seek fun openly and play everyday.  In fact if they don't have sufficient time for free imaginative play everyday- they become very crabby.  Life is limitless in many aspects … [Read more...]

Summer Fun Awaits at Noah’s Ark Waterpark in the Wisconsin Dells!


I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.  This past weekend we made the trek to Noah's Ark Waterpark in the Wisconsin Dells for a day of water and sun-induced fun.  As I mentioned in my previous post my little fellas were VERY excited to explore the park and enjoy the rides available for their respective ages.  We were fortunate to experience a beautiful day with sunny skies that were not too scorching.  As I expected the park and all it's possibilities was entirely overwhelming for my guys.  We settled ourselves in a shaded cabana next to … [Read more...]