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...]

Easter Puppy Chow with Robin Eggs

If you are looking for a quick way to add a little seasonal holiday fun to a sweet treat then this recipe might be a good fit. I used the traditional Chex recipe for Puppy Chow, but made a slight variation in order to add a little Easter-inspired goodness. Technically this recipe is called Muddy Buddies according to the recipe, but I've always called it Puppy Chow.  I added a few {1/4 cup} of Cadbury Mini Eggs to the chocolate chip mixture. It takes a bit longer to melt these eggs, but stirring about every 30 seconds helps. And then of course additional Cadbury Mini Eggs to the … [Read more...]

Best Places to Hike with Kids in the Twin Cities

Let me preface this post by disclosing that I've only really explored hiking opportunities in the South Metro. It is quite a drive to make it to the north side of the area, so this list is clearly biased to the south side. There are so many different parks and reserve areas to explore in the Twin Cities. I'm constantly amazed at all the areas I have left to explore. The options seem limitless.  Based upon my experience to-date here are the four places I see as a must visit destination for hiking with kids. These places are great in the spring and summer, but fall is without a … [Read more...]

Easy Chocolate Almond Bars

These bars are deliciously sweet and a great accompaniment to a strong black cup of coffee. Or if your taste-tester is freckle-faced and still in elementary school, like mine, a glass of milk would do. Consider this a warning, these bars have equal parts flour to sugar. Enjoy!  … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Stay Motivated to Run

I've been an intermittent runner throughout my adult life, but in the last three years I've become a dedicated member of the jogging club.  It's safe to say I'm entirely addicted now. The leap from casual to committed running is an evolution that I wish had happened earlier in my life.  Unfortunately while I was pregnant with each of the boys the thought of exercising never crossed my mind. What was I thinking? Sure, I would lace up my track shoes between each child, but that's just a lot of stopping and starting. No traction was ever truly gained.  About three years … [Read more...]

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

This fall we took a late season hike to Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. With all the fall leaves crunching at our feet rather than dangling from the tree tops, the woods seemed almost eerie. The park is best suited for hiking as there is not a ton of additional offerings, though there are camping spaces.  The highlight of the trip was a visit to the Hidden Falls. I'm not sure why this place is named Hidden Falls, as they the area didn't seem so hidden to me. I'm sure there is a story of some sort to provide an explanation.  While our visit lacked the beautiful fall colors … [Read more...]

PLAYMOBIL Space Rocket with Launch Site

I received the following product for review purposes, all opinions are my own. The links below may contain affiliate links.  During this era of flashy, digital toys it's important for parents to make sure to purchase toys that can captivate the imagination of children. I've long been a fan of PLAYMOBIL toys for inspiring creative play for my boys. Through the years my boys have enjoyed a variety of different thematic toys from this quality company. There is just no beating our personal favorite the Pirate Raiders' Ship Playset.  One of the newest sets to be … [Read more...]

A Visit to LeDuc Historic Estate

Hastings is a quaint little town hugging the shores of the Mississippi River just southeast of the Twin Cities. Through a couple of visits I have managed to explore the town, but there is definitely more to discover. I'll have to highlight some additional sites in another post, but first on my list to share is the historic LeDuc Estate.  Built during the Civil War this mansion was part of the ultimately folly of owner William G. LeDuc. As a businessman without a lot of business common sense, he created this magnificent home only to be house poor for the rest of his days. Because of … [Read more...]

FREE Window Decal from COUNTRY Financial

This post was created in partnership with COUNTRY Financial. All opinions are my own.  I own a thoroughly unoriginal vehicle. It's practical. It's dependable. It has a lot of room for three growing boys. Apparently lots of other suburban moms think the same thing, because we see our exact same vehicle {model and even color} everywhere.  I've attempted to add a little distinction to my conventional car with some unique decals on the back windows. It's probably the only thing that keeps me from unknowingly trying to actually enter a vehicle that isn't my own. In a … [Read more...]