Best 5 Things to See & Do in Lake Geneva with Kids

My visit to Lake Geneva was complimentary, however all opinions are my own. Nestled between Milwaukee and Chicago is the summer destination town of Lake Geneva. Full of quaint homes, shimmering waters, friendly locals, a vibrant downtown and lots of family-friendly things to do, Lake Geneva has long been a point of interest for those from Chicago. Traveling from Minneapolis the boys and I recently made our first visit to this pocket of Wisconsin.  We were eager to discover all the town had to offer and we were not disappointed. We conveniently stayed at The Cove of Lake Geneva … [Read more...]

Easy Summer Raspberry Pie

Sponsored by Driscoll’s & TheFeedFeed, but my love of raspberries is all my own! Summertime in Minnesota is a revered season. When you live in a land that has the potential for months of unending snow and ice, a balmy and breezy seventy or eighty degree day takes on true significance. The boys and I have been enjoying summer with some of our favorite seasonal activities- camping, swimming, lazy days at home reading good books, and of course, enjoying some sweet treats.  As a point of proving the Minnesotan carpe diem attitude about summer, Driscoll’s, the leading brand … [Read more...]

Unleash the Power of Play at the Reopened Minnesota Children’s Museum!

This post was created in partnership with the MN Children's Museum as a part of their ambassador program, however all opinions are my own.  While the outside of the Minnesota Children's Museum essentially looks the same, I can assure you the inside has gone through a dramatic remodel. If you previously visited this popular destination, you'll know as soon as you step inside that you are in new uncharted territory. Hours of hard work has made this museum an entirely new place for kids and adults to explore. My boys were knowledgeable guides to the old site, but they were excited … [Read more...]

Choosing Kindness with Pottymouth and Stoopid & a Giveaway

This post is sponsored by JIMMY Patterson Books, all opinions are my own. Little boys can be wild, rambunctious creatures inclined to temporarily lose all reason when in the midst of rivalry. As the mom of three boys, I've seen this take place on countless occasions. I've been mystified by their behavior and I've been appalled. But like any well-meaning mother I've attempted to redirect their actions and more importantly encourage them to think through what they say and/or do.  Teaching children to choose kindness should be a primary aspect of parenthood. This philosophy is not … [Read more...]

Easy Avocado Salad

This post is sponsored by Litehouse Foods, all opinions are my own. It might be somewhat peculiar to recall the first time you tried a certain type of salad dressing. But I have a distinct memory of the first time I purchased Litehouse dressing. While grocery shopping with my mother {as a teenager} the lighthouse on the Litehouse label reeled me in. At that time I had a slight obsession with all things lighthouse and clearly this pleasing blue and white label visually struck a cord. In a matter of moments I had convinced my mother that we ought to try this interesting brand of … [Read more...]

Strawberry Milk Recipe & an Elephant & Piggie Party + a Giveaway!

I partnered with Disney-Hyperion for an Elephant & Piggie party, all opinions are my own.  Sometimes it's hard not to feel old. Like when you see young professionals entering the workforce and are convinced they are high schoolers. Or when you you realize that you grew up without the internet and cell phones. This same feeling struck me when I learned that Elephant & Piggie are celebrating their tenth anniversary this year. I swear it was just recently that I was reading these delightful "new" books to my two-year-old first born. That child, is now almost as tall a I am … [Read more...]

STEAM Science & Robotics Summer Camps 50% Off – Use Code: USFG1750

I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.  Summer camp season is upon us. Have you planned out your summer activities/classes for your children? I must confess, I'm all done. I feel like I conquered a scheduling/logistic marathon. At times like this I might covet those that only have one child to work around.  If you are in the midst of planning your summer activities or if you are just starting be sure to check out STEAM Science and Robotics Summer Camps. All of my boys would enjoy this, but my middle son would LOVE it. I love these types of … [Read more...]

20 Amazing Avocado Recipes

This isn't the first time I've confessed my love for avocados, but I felt compelled to share another post inspired by my favorite fruit. I think I'm subconsciously making up for lost time. All those years growing up in North Dakota without an avocado in sight, luckily I can purchase them in abundance these days. A co-worker of mine even gave me fresh California avocados for Christmas. Until then I had no idea there was a difference between California avocados versus the Mexican ones. It seems that I can only purchase the latter in Minnesota.  Regardless if you prefer … [Read more...]

Easy Cereal Bars

Cereal bars are one of the ultimate forms of comfort food. Cereal mixed with sugary goodness is an indulgent recipe for those of any age, but particularly for little hands.  There are lots of different recipes available. This particular one uses mostly unsugared cereal, but then adds in a hefty dose of sweetness. This definitely isn't the sort of treat to make on a regular basis, but everything in moderation, right?  Using Rice Chex, Corn Flakes, and Rice Krispies this treat left me with several half boxes of cereal leftover, which my little fellas were happy to devour. Cereal … [Read more...]

2017 Harlem Globetrotters World Tour

I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own. Those entertaining and amazing basketball players are back at it again this year. The Harlem Globetrotters visited Minneapolis this past weekend on their 2017 World Tour.  In classic Harlem Globetrotters style these talented basketball performers dazzled the crowd with their skills and their hijinks.  Big Easy was the star of the show and was full of mischief as he randomly pull audience members onto the court for some devious fun. It's amusing to watch the faces of children in the crowd, as many … [Read more...]

Simple Oatmeal Caramel Bars

I feel as though I may be letting my Minnesotan shine through a little too much lately. This could be my second bar post in the last couple of months. I guess not everyone calls bars.....bars. I don't know. I've only ever lived in North Dakota and Minnesota where bars are just bars. I'll leave this matter up to you that live elsewhere to figure out.  This recipe is handy as I find that I have most of the ingredients on hand. Well, except perhaps the whipping cream. I swiped this version from a local church cookbook that is probably almost as old as I am. I suspect you could swap … [Read more...]

Orange Cookies

This year it feels as though spring is teasing us. One week we will have 50-60 degree weather and then the next we might have a snowstorm with 20-30 degree temps. Or perhaps the issue is that I'm just impatient for warmer weather. I can't recall craving higher temperatures quite like I do this year. In an attempt to add a little sunshine to my dreary and dull spring I took to embracing oranges. The vibrant burst of color this fruit exhibits is a great way to refresh the eyes and the tastebuds.  I found this recipe in an old church cookbook. Other than the ingredient for "sweet … [Read more...]

HOMESELFE’S MOTHERLY ADVICE FOR TAX REBATES & ENERGY SAVINGS

This post was sponsored by HomeSelfe, all opinions are my own. Now that tax time is looming, it’s difficult to find all those loopholes and rebates that we’re all due as hard-working moms. Thankfully, HomeSelfe, makers of a free, energy saving app, is offering us insight on some often overlooked rebates as well as other ways we can cut down on our rising utility costs while adding to our home’s property value. Why does it seem so difficult to find fortuitous ways to save money on our yearly tax returns? Aside from programs we can sign up for to help curb our monthly bills, like … [Read more...]

The Harlem Globetrotters are Back in Minnesota!

I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own. The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show to Minnesota April 12, 13 and 15. The famed team will feature a star-studded roster that includes Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm - plus female stars TNT Lister and Ace Jackson* - the Globetrotters' one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, … [Read more...]

Easy Flatbread Taco Pizza

You can only eat tacos so many times before it's time to change things up a bit. While I'm sure my middle son would eat tacos almost every night, that doesn't mean he should. I decided to change things up a bit on my little taco fan by making this Flatbread Taco Pizza. Not surprisingly he was smitten. Now if only I could get my oldest son to like taco seasoning I'd truly be all set.  This recipe can easily be tweaked according to particular preferences. I despise dollops of sour cream on anything, though that could be a likely addition for some. For my particular version,I used … [Read more...]