5 Tips to Help Make Selling Your Home & Moving Easier

This post is sponsored by Opendoor, all opinions are my own.  Selling a home is a rite of passage most people experience at some point. The process can be stressful, frustrating and exhausting. Even the mere thought of preparing your home and packing all your belongings for a move can be overwhelming for some. Of course the key to any large task is to breakdown the process into concrete steps that can be achieved one-by-one. But where to do you begin? I've previously sold two homes and I'm currently in the process of selling my third. Through these experiences I've picked up … [Read more...]

10 Best Things at Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington

While our stay was complimentary, all opinions are my own.  The new Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington is just a hop, skip and a jump from my house. What this close proximity means is an ideal and easy way to have a fun staycation. I knew the water park was going to be a hit with my crew. It's a no brainer. What I didn't understand was all the other amazing, fun things that this specific Great Wolf Lodge has to offer. I felt like a kid myself experiencing this magical place specifically designed to maximize joy.  Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington, Minnesota is a destination. … [Read more...]

Inspiring Perseverance with Fiona the Hippo & a Giveaway

Zonderkidz is partnering with me for a giveaway!  As a parent it's important to guide your children through their life. As they grow this guidance can come in different forms as the challenges they face are more complex. But for young children providing inspiring and uplifting picture books is a simple way to create an environment of positive messages. Reading with your children and discussing large picture perspectives on life creates a stage for communication that lets them ponder and develop a personal narrative on who they are as a person.  In the cute and … [Read more...]

Doo Good with Scooby-Doo & Help in the Fight to End Hunger

Thank you toWarner Bros. for sponsoring this post. Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang have teamed up with generationOn, the youth family division of Points of Light, to inspire, equip and mobilize kids, parents and Scooby-Doo fans to create meaningful change in their communities. {picture courtesy of Warner Bros from the MOA event} One in six kids in the U.S. may not know where they will get their next meal. It might seem impossible to most Americans that children, right in our own country, are hungry. It doesn't inherently make sense to me, yet it's true. And that's why … [Read more...]

Best Places to See in Oahu

Hawaii, in general, is a top destination within it's own right. But as most people know Hawaii is composed of eight different and distinct islands. I've only had the opportunity to visit Oahu {twice}, therefore my post is dedicated to some of sites I've found to be well worth a visit that are specific to this popular island.  Most people have limited time on the island so honing in on those destinations and activities that are the best fit for you are key. Quite obviously my list is skewed to my favorite activities. If you are a regular visitor to this site you'll know I prefer hiking, … [Read more...]

How Car Seats Work

This important post is sponsored by Parenting Pod.  Car accidents are slowly becoming one of the leading causes of death in the world, so we need to do everything we can in order to protect ourselves, and especially our children, from injury in the event of a car crash. The sad reality is that when it comes to car safety, adults are generally better equipped than kids. We have seatbelts and airbags to protect us, but a child's small frame can't benefit from such devices so a different solution is needed. One of the best ways to keep your kids safe in an accident is a … [Read more...]

Blue Velvet Mini Cakes for the 4th of July

First things first, this recipe is not a made by scratch story. This entire post was inspired by a box of blue cake that my youngest sweet-loving son spied in the grocery store.  The box in the picture above lead to the picture below...... No, you can't stuff these entire mini cakes in your mouth, but he sure did try.  If you are looking for a relatively easy recipe to bring to a picnic or family gathering this 4th of July, these cakes make for a pretty way to decorate a table. Rather than baking the cake in a normal cake pan, I used a cake sheet pan. I forgot to … [Read more...]

Best Things for Kids in Myrtle Beach

This post was created in partnership with the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, opinions are my own.  Since we live in the Minneapolis area it might not seem that Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a go-to destination for family fun. But Spirit airlines has a new direct flight to this coastal town and within a couple of hours snowbound Minnesota residents can be at the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. This April my crew and I explored this vacation town. Myrtle Beach Bound!  This was our first time in South Carolina so I had no previous level of understanding of the area or … [Read more...]

Family-Friendly Captain’s Quarters Resort in Myrtle Beach

This post was created in partnership with the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, opinions are my own. Myrtle Beach is a family friendly city with lots to see and do, but a visit to Captain's Quarters Resort is a destination within itself. Multiple indoor and outdoor pools, a lazy river, a bowling alley, an arcade, restaurants, whirlpool hot tubs, an outdoor kiddie waterpark, ocean view rooms and, of course, the mighty Atlantic Ocean just a few feet away make Captain's Quarters a great place to stay when visiting Myrtle Beach!  There are lots of different room configurations, so … [Read more...]

Best Places to Eat Myrtle Beach

This post was created in partnership with the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, opinions are my own.  If you follow me on Instagram you probably noticed that we recently visited the ocean town of Myrtle Beach.  A direct flight from Minneapolis to Myrtle Beach had us at the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in just a few hours. I'll be highlighting some of the must-see things to see and do in Myrtle Beach, but first I wanted to feature where to eat.  My boys are getting older now {ages 13, 10 and 8} and are no longer in the high maintenance baby or toddler stage, so eating … [Read more...]

Best Places to Stay Near Duluth, Minnesota

A visit to Duluth is a Minnesota staple. Unlike other ares in the state, Duluth and the surrounding shores of Lake Superior offer locals the chance to steps away from the typical Midwest look and feel. Duluth and the North Shore is distinct with it's rocky cliffs and deep expansive lake. Visiting in the summer and fall is my go-to, but it's certainly a destination year long.  Having visited this area since I was a child, I've stayed at a plethora of different places. Some locations have been extraordinary while others have been unmemorable. Of course, the season of your visit will have … [Read more...]

FREE Easter Printable Jokes: Seasonal Lunch Notes

Click here for the printable PDF version Adding simple little notes to your child's lunchbox or backpack is a great way to insert a giggle or smile into their day. These Easter printables from Angela of The Inspiration Edit are a easy way to add a little surprise. Check out the Inspiration Edit for lots of creative and fun DIY ideas {the sort, of which, you won't find at my site, lol}.  Click here for the printable PDF version  Of course your options with these printables are endless. They don't have to be used as lunch or backpack notes. Print a set to use for Easter … [Read more...]

Pumpkin & Chocolate Cookies

I realize it's not exactly pumpkin spice season. But it seems like a pity to only enjoy this enjoyable taste during the fall season. Also to be perfectly honest, I purchased a ginormous box of Pumpkin Spice bread mix from Costco after the fall season on discount. We've had pumpkin spice waffles and pumpkin spice pancakes......so next on the agenda was pumpkin spice cookies. The boys may never want pumpkin spice again, ever.  Krusteaz calls these cookies "mountains". Mine certainly didn't turnout like little mountains. So I'm forgoing the name mountain from the … [Read more...]

Dog Sitting with Care from Rover.com

This post was created in partnership with Rover.com, all opinions are my own.  This is Dougie. He's a labradoodle that thinks he is a little boy. He's a dog that doesn't seem to understand he weighs 110lbs and maybe shouldn't frolic around the house. He's a member of the family and my boys adore him.  Most of the time we are at home. I even work from home. But sometimes we need to travel and when we do Dougie has to find lodging elsewhere. Previously I've had Dougie stay at a local kennel. They are super friendly and I know they take good care of my dog. But it's … [Read more...]

Best Uses for Candles

This post was created in collaboration with David Oreck Candle Co., all opinions are my own.  People have been using candles for over a millennia. Obviously we no longer need candles merely to light our world, instead they have evolved to serve difference purposes.  As a longtime candle connoisseur, I've honed in on my best uses for candles in this modern age.  Before I dive into my preferred scenarios for using a candle let me briefly call attention to the reality that not all candles are created equal. The candle market is booming these days. Selecting a … [Read more...]