Best 5 Things to Do at Legoland, Florida

I received complimentary tickets in exchange for this post, all opinions are my own.  A couple of weeks ago our family made the quintessential spring break visit to Florida. Our agenda included theme parks, sun, palm trees, outdoor swimming pools- all the things that Minnesota doesn't have in April. High on my boys priority list of places to visit was Legoland, Florida. Like any boy mom I feel as though Legos have taken over my home at any given moment. It's not surprising that a theme park dedicated to this toy would be a must-see.  Based upon our experience I've … [Read more...]

Family Fun Entertainment- Harlem Globetrotters 90th Anniversary Tour

I received complimentary tickets, however all opinions are my own.  Last night we had the opportunity to see the Harlem Globetrotter's at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The silly antics and impressive basketball skills made for a pleasant evening of family fun. My two older sons attended a show a few years ago, but it was my youngest son's first time. At six years old he is old enough to be amazed by the basketball skills displayed, but young enough to be confused and somewhat appalled by the showmanship. I truly think he thought he was attending a serious basketball game. The … [Read more...]

Minnesota Winter Adventures with Ice Castles

I received complimentary tickets to the Ice Castle, however all opinions are my own. It's the brutal part of winter here in Minnesota. February means cold, brittle, icy, and frozen to those of us that live in this area. This is just the reality of our environment. But living in Minnesota has certain advantages, because for the second year in a row my family has braved the cold for a winter adventure-- Ice Castles.  I don't entirely understand how they craft this monstrous creation. Obviously, it's a lot of water mixed with a lot of cold weather. There is sort of a sweet … [Read more...]

Harlem Globetrotters 90th Anniversary Tour in Minneapolis!

This post is in partnership with US Family Guide, all opinions are my own. The Harlem Globetrotters are touring the country as part of their 90th Anniversary Tour this year and they are visiting Minneapolis this coming March. We had the opportunity to see the Globetrotters a few years ago and my oldest son loved them! With their amazing basketball tricks and silly antics the Harlem Globetrotters make for a great afternoon or evening of family fun.  Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem … [Read more...]

Shop & Play at the Mall of America with the Minnesota Children’s Museum & a Giveaway

This post was created as a part of my ambassadorship with the Minnesota Children’s Museum. It's a busy time of year trying to pin down all those last minute gifts. Or maybe you haven't even started shopping yet? Whether you are a planner or spontaneous shopper the Mall of America is a festive place to visit this time of year. That being said, bringing kids along for holiday shopping can be a painful experience. I've had to drag my three little fellas essentially in circles before as I try to conquer my Christmas shopping. This year when we visited the MOA we had a great option to let my … [Read more...]

One-Pot Minnesota Wild Rice Tator Tot Hotdish

This post was created in partnership with Nordic Ware, all opinions are my own.  It could be said that I embrace my heritage a little too well. I say "uff da" on a regular basis, as well as "you betcha".  And as for Minnesota nice? According to Wikipedia "Minnesota nice is the stereotypical behavior of people in Minnesota to be courteous, reserved, and mild-mannered". That definition might as well be a description of me. Sometimes there just isn't any escaping the way we are raised and manner in which people live in this land of snow and cold.  Keeping in … [Read more...]

Fostering a Love of Books with Young Children

This was post was created in partnership with Scholastic. All opinions are my own. It seems so long ago that I was a first time mom. Currently I have three rascals that are constantly wrestling, fighting, yelling and eating. I call them my personal army. Three little boys ready to defend their ol' ma at a moments notice. But eleven years ago I was a new mom. Everything was new and exciting. My first son was just a baby and his entire life was before him with me as his guide. Like any new parent I was scared at this impending responsibility, but nonetheless I had clear visions … [Read more...]

THE STORY OF DIVA AND FLEA by Mo Williams and Tony Diterlizzi & a Giveaway

Mo Willems first captured my attention when he released the book Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!. I had never read a children's book that was quite so hilarious. The illustrations were simple. The story was goofy. And the pigeon truly seemed to come alive from the page. I was equally impressed with Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. Mo Willems has a witty way with words bringing entertaining children and their parents.  The Story of Diva and Flea is Mo's newest addition, collaborating with award-winning … [Read more...]

Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-Lot & a $50 Visa G.C. Giveaway

As a boy mom I know my little guys do not enjoy the books of my youth. No, Little House on the Prairie. No, Anne of Green Gables. No, Babysitters Club. Boys will be boys. And my eldest son currently loves reading scary stories and anything that is funny. Captain Underpants and his silly stores are the sort of hilarious tales that little boys love.  There's something rotten in the state of Ohio, and it's smellier than a pile of putrid gym socks! Steer clear--it's Sir Stinks-A-Lot! George, Harold, and their doubles, Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold, have a good thing … [Read more...]

5-Word Book Reviews & the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

This post was sponsored by Scholastic to encourage children to read during the summer months, all opinions are my own.  The end of summer is already here for many. It seems that most of the country is already hitting the books. Luckily in Minnesota we don't start school until after Labor Day. That being said, I am in the midst of back-to-school shopping.  My boys need so many supplies! Black felt tip pens with a fine point. Loose leaf paper, wide ruled. Thin washable markers, classic colors. The lists are detailed and exhausting.  And while I have their backpacks … [Read more...]

Best Places to Eat in the Wisconsin Dells

I received compensation for the creation of this post, all opinions are my own. Our family made two trips to the Wisconsin Dells area this summer. It’s such a fun family destination and is an easy trip from the Minneapolis area. Even though we have visited this location a number of times there are still new and exciting places to explore. We have yet to attend the Tommy Barlett show, but it’s high on my list of must-sees for our next trip. With regards to eating-out we have some definite family favorites in the area, but in our recent trips we’ve also explored new places. It’s that mix … [Read more...]

A Family-Friendly Adventure with Wizard Quest in the Wisconsin Dells

I have received compensation for this post, all opinions are my own.  Solve the puzzle to free the wizards. Ultimately this is the heart of Wizard Quest. Of course included in this experience are secret rooms, clues, mystery, a ball pit, and magical worlds. Why didn’t they have something like this when I was a kid? My boys have no idea how lucky they are to experience such an amazing family-friendly place. Wizard Quest is family fun at it’s best. Using your brain instead of your brawn, every science and book-loving family is inclined to enjoy Wizard Quest. Last year we … [Read more...]

Summertime Reading with Scholastic & a Giveaway

I created this post as a part of my partnership with Scholastic, all opinions are my own. The parting of July can feel like the end of summer in many regards. School supplies are prominent at stores and back-to-school commercials are abundant on TV. For some areas the school year will officially begin the first week of August. Luckily for my crew, summer isn’t really over. We have the full month of August to relish in all those last sunny moments. We spent the sweltering days of July busy with a multitude of activities.   Swimming, camping, bike riding—these are the … [Read more...]

Rides, Slides, Spills, & Thrills: Noah’s Ark Waterpark

I received compensation for this post, all opinions are my own. My two older son's have summer birthdays and will turn eleven and eight respectively.  I occurred to me the other day that my time with them is starting to essentially countdown. Yes, I have lots of years left with them at home. Yes, counting down can be somewhat dramatic. But to a mom sometimes each birthday can be a year closer to them moving out. It's important during these years to have experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. For my boys Noah's Ark is a destination that incites cheers and … [Read more...]

A World Full of Play at the MN Children’s Museum & a Giveaway

This post was created as a part of my ambassadorship with the Minnesota Children's Museum.  My children live to play. One of my five-year-old son’s favorite pastimes is to fight imaginary bad guys. They could be robots. They could be monsters. I have a hard time determining exactly “who” these guys are all the time. But what I do know is that he considers it an awful day if he doesn’t have the opportunity to play this imaginary game. At the heart of the MN Children’s Museum is a commitment to encouraging play. It seems so simple, right? Children love to play. But in today’s … [Read more...]