Best Places to Eat in Duluth

Duluth is full of amazing sites and fabulous restaurants with delicious foods. We make the trek to Duluth several times throughout the three most hospitable seasons.  During those visits we've honed in on our favorites restaurants, which is not to say that we've visited all the eateries in Duluth. Regardless I've explained in simple detail here why I've classified these restaurants as our favorite in Duluth, Minnesota.  This list isn’t in any particular order. And I’m sure as I investigate and try new places in Duluth I could no doubt add to this list. That is if I could steal … [Read more...]

Chocolate Malt-O-Meal Muffins with Chia Seeds

This recipe stemmed from leftovers. Malt-O-Meal leftovers to be exact. I have fond memories of eating warm chocolate Mal-O-Meal on cold North Dakota winter mornings. I purchased a box of this classic cereal for my three little guys to try. I envisioned them reliving part of my comforting childhood tradition. Of course, they didn't like it. And while I enjoyed a warming bowl of Malt-O-Meal as a kid, I can't say I like it the same way now, so ultimately I had an almost full box of cereal. And from that almost full box this recipe was born.  A quick search delivered the brand recipe … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Visit the Mill City Museum

On a super warm February this past winter we decided to checkout the Mill City museum. As MN Historical Society members we have visited the MN History Museum on a number of occasions, but this was our first stop at this particular site. I didn’t have any previous knowledge of the history of this area and I was amazed at the stories from the past hugging the banks of St. Anthony’s Falls. It was so unusual to have such a spectacular day in the midst of February. Looking at these pictures {minus the few glimpses of snow} you’d probably think that we visited this summer. While the bulk … [Read more...]

5 Best Places to Camp in Minnesota

Let me preference this post by disclosing that my family has an affinity for state parks. I know there are privately owned camping facilities across the state, but we’ve never tried them. I’ve had friends rave about the activities available at these locations. Perhaps at some point we will give it a try, but we definitely prefer the slow pace of life that comes with a state park visit. If you take a quick glance at the list below you’ll notice that almost all the parks are located along the North Shore of Lake Superior. I’m definitely biased, but all other locations in the state merely pale … [Read more...]

Own Your Future & Enter to Win $10,000

This post is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. As a mom of three little fellas I understand the importance of owning your future. An entire life looms before my guys with endless possibilities. Like most parents I can't fulfill all the wants of my children, nor would I want to. But I can help them map out their dreams into actionable items. And I can instill in them a strong foundation so that they can own their own futures.  COUNTRY Financial is inspiring people this summer to take charge of their future with the Own Your Future … [Read more...]

Beat the Heat at the MN Children’s Museum at the MOA

This post is in partnership with the MN Children's Museum, all opinions are my own.  At a recent visit to the Mall of America we stopped by to checkout the latest attraction at the Minnesota Children’s Museum. This microsite is a great way to beat the heat this summer. The latest attraction is a special Clifford exhibit {on display until September 11th}. My kids are a little too old to adore Clifford the Big Red Dog still, though they are very familiar with the characters. Small child that enjoy these books and accompanying TV show will no doubt be delighted by the actual big red … [Read more...]

Kailua Beach: Best Beach on Oahu

While visiting Oahu we were blessed to be able to stay with family in Kailua. Staying in a home in a residential part of the island made our Hawaii experience so much more authentic and relaxed. We did visit the bustle of Waikiki Beach {I’ll highlight that part of the trip in a different post}, but I don’t recommend staying in that area. Not surprisingly Waikiki Beach is the tourist part of Hawaii. Instead everyday we were able to visit the much more local Kailua Beach with a short ten-minute walk. Prior to my trip to Hawaii I had been swimming in the ocean once in San Diego. I … [Read more...]

FlyOver America at the Mall of America & a MN Giveaway

I received tickets to experience this attraction, all opinions are my own.  Hiding within the walls of the Mall of America is a new attraction, FlyOver America. This flight simulator is unlike any other activity in the area, offering an aerial tour of the U.S. with wind, mist and even scents. My boys love simulator rides. They are not daredevils by nature when it comes to roller coasters and other amusement park rides. When we recently visited Florida their favorite rides were all simulator based, so I knew this local version was going to be a hit.  The concept is … [Read more...]

Likeke Falls Hike with Young Kids

I had grand visions of sharing in succession all of the sights from our Hawaii trip in April 2015. I started out strong with this Favorite Moments post and even showcased the beautiful Byodo-In Temple.  And then that's where my posts ended. Nevertheless, I'm back this week to continue sharing the sights of Oahu. Our first day on the island included the amazing visit to Byodo-In Temple and continued with an easy hike along the Old Pali Road to Likeke Falls. With my brother-in-law as our guide he started to educate us on part of the local history related to our hike. The Old Pali Road … [Read more...]

Jalapeño & Avocado Deviled Eggs

In my youth I never would have touched a jalapeno or an avocado. Jalapeno's were just too spicy. And avocados just seemed to mushy. At some point in my mid-30's it seems like I woke up one morning with a burning desire for both. How in the heck does this happen? Tell me I'm not the only one that likes a certain food {now that they are older} that they previously detested?  Whatever the explanation I have a fever for jalapenos and avocados. I fairly consistently eat one avocado a day and throw jalapenos into a meal at least once a week.  It is from this passion that I created … [Read more...]

Cast from “The Office” in new “SING, DANCE, COOK” Video! & a $25 Visa G.C. Giveaway

I have been compensated for this content, however all opinions are my own.   What would you do if a bunch of celebrities showed up at your house and wanted to film a pop-up game show in your living room? You invite them inside, of course!      Check out the HILARIOUS video, "SING, DANCE, COOK" featuring Rainn Wilson, Kate Flannery, and Oscar Nunez from "The Office"! I love watching the daughter's stunned and amused reaction. I imagine I would have the same look if this happened to me:)    Rainn Wilson, Kate Flannery, and Oscar … [Read more...]

Overview of Epcot from a Minnesota Perspective

I received tickets in exchange for this post, however all opinions are my own. This April my family made the trek to Florida for the traditional Disney World experience. My boys were the perfect age for this sort of adventure at 11, 8, and 6 years old. We had previously visited Disneyland a number of years ago, but this was our first time at the Florida half of the Disney phenomenon.  First on our list of places to explore was Epcot. Ever since I was a kid I looked forward to visiting this destination that features countries from around the world. My love of geography and … [Read more...]

Elephant & Piggie Banana Cupcakes & a ThankoRama Giveaway!

This post is in collaboration with Disney-Hyperion in support of Mo Willems new book, ThankoRama.  I remember when I read my first Mo Willems book to my boys, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. My little guys kept bursting into giggles and I was equally as entertained. Mo Willems makes animal characters come alive with a simple, witty dialogue that breaks down the third wall of traditional children's books. It's just hard not to laugh when you read his books.  The newest addition in the Elephant & Piggie series has Piggie attempting to thank everyone he … [Read more...]

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...]