2015 Macy’s Flower Show ~ Art in Bloom


Today is the official opening of Macy's Flower Show at the 8th Floor Auditorium of Macy's Downtown Minneapolis. I had an opportunity to preview the show last night.  I'll share some of the beautiful blossoms intertwined with art through pictures feature below. But what I can't share is the heavenly perfumed air within this room. It smells magnificent! While the Minnesota winter is a memory the dull brown and gray colors outside this time of year are definitely drab.  This flower shower is a way to truly embrace spring, with amazing colors and invigorating … [Read more...]

4 Simple Tips to Create Your Best Easter Meal


I have been compensated for this content, all opinions are my own. In my early twenties I remember hosting some of my first holiday meals. It was an exciting and fun time, but it was also stressful. The only truly way to learn is through trial and error. You just don't know anything until you try it. So I dove headfirst into preparing Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving meals. Now, many years later {how did I get so old?!} I have quite a bit of experience. I'm no professional, but with time comes wisdom. Well, at least that's what I strive for.  Families have different customs and … [Read more...]

James Patterson’s Public School Superhero Prize Pack Giveaway


Celebrated writer James Patterson has expanded his skills reaching into the middle school age group with his latest book, Public School Superhero. My not quite middle schooler was keen to check-out this new book!  ABOUT THE BOOK In this story about a good kid with a great imagination struggling in a less-than-ideal world, James Patterson brings his bestselling "Middle School"-style humor and sensibility to an urban setting.  Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind, he's Stainlezz Steel, super-powered defender of the weak. In reality, he's a chess … [Read more...]

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes


Happy Pancake Day! During this season of frosty snowflakes and chilly temperatures, I enjoy making waffles or pancakes for breakfast on Sunday mornings.  My youngest son is something of a waffle connoisseur. He would probably eat them everyday if he could. His affinity doesn't transfer to pancakes with quite the same level of enthusiasm, but nonetheless he is still a fan.  In an attempt to temper his passion for all things carb-induced I made these Whole Wheat Oatmeal pancakes. I feel a little bit better serving pancakes with whole grains, though of course they taste best cooked in … [Read more...]

Win a Richard Petty Driving School Experience!

I have not been provided any direct compensation for this post, however this giveaway is affiliated with the company I work for. #DropShopandOil #CollectiveBias #ad #client  Calling all car racing fans!   Enter to win a Richard Petty Driving School experience courtesy of Pennzoil! Pennzoil Richard Petty Driving School "Experience of a Lifetime" Giveaway … [Read more...]

Top 5 Family-Friendly Memberships in the Twin Cities Metro


Since moving closer to the Twin Cities metro area this summer, my boys have been reveling in all the family fun destinations the area contains.  We lived in southeast Minnesota area prior to our move, so it's not as though the Minneapolis/St. Paul was a mystery to us. But our close proximity to so many fun places is a little overwhelming.  As we started to visit various museums and attractions this summer, it quickly became apparent that it made sense to purchase a membership.  Typically in as little as two or three visits a year, the membership will have paid for itself. … [Read more...]



Stan Lee presents a brand new, magical, super-powered adventure! When twelve magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese-America teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He'll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.  Super-powered. Adventures. Magic. These words are at the heart of all that my little fellas love.  This new set of stories from comic book creator, Stan Lee, are an ideal fit for my oldest son {10 years old}. Check out the video below for a … [Read more...]

Bogeyman 101: A Guide to Bogeymen Around the World


Ghosts. Monsters. Vampires. Werewolves. Yeti. Bogeyman. I remember being fascinated by these mysteries of the universe when I was child.  There was a section of my school library that had a modest collection of books focused on these various topics. I was riveted.  Now, many years later, my eldest son is equally fascinated by these myths. Perhaps it is a rite of passage, or maybe it's genetic. Whatever the case may be Bogeyman 101 aligns with the current interests of my book-loving 10-year-old son.    With glimpses into the bogeyman myths across the globe, this … [Read more...]

Christmas Appetizer Idea- Cranberry Compote


The holidays are here again. Every year is the same, this season zooms by at warp speed. I find myself with too many tasks and not nearly enough time to complete them.  Last Christmas Eve I spent hours wrapping presents.  This time around I'm all about simplifying the season wherever I can.  When it comes to entertaining and attending parties it helps to have a dish at the ready which is delicious and  easy to prepare.  This year I tested out a Cranberry Compote recipe using Brie.  I think anytime Brie is added to a recipe it is immediately a bit more … [Read more...]

Understanding the Dedication Behind Bigelow Tea


I was not compensated directly for this post, however I do have a professional connection to Bigelow Tea through my employer Collective Bias.  All opinions are my own.  #AmericasTea #CollectiveBias #cbias During this season of transition to colder temperatures and changing colors, there is a quiet comfort that comes from enjoying a warm cup of tea.  My favorite way to sip Bigelow Tea is by witnessing the morning light descend upon the autumn colors that I can view outside my windows.  I need to see open spaces to clear my mind and make me feel at ease. Luckily there … [Read more...]

Back-to-School Rules for Being a Kid


This post has been created as part of my partnership with Popsicle®, all opinions are entirely my own.  After Labor Day weekend school begins in the state of Minnesota. During this first month the temperature is bound to be summer-like one week and chilly the next.  And just like the variance in climate, these first few weeks of school can create a mixture of emotions. There are first day jitters and the excitement of making new friends, and the sudden shock that school is EVERY day.  There is no more sleeping in, no more endless hours of play.  It's time to … [Read more...]

Fostering Math Skills with Go Math! Academy™


I received compensation from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for writing this post. I've struggled to understand math from an early age. I'm no Einstein, but most school subjects came quite easily to me- except math. I remember my father painfully trying to explain fractions to me in the third grade. I just couldn't understand. I recall the feeling of my father's bewilderment and exasperation that I couldn't understand this obviously very useful and important concept. Since then I'm pleased to report that I finally conquered fractions as an adult when I started researching my genealogy. … [Read more...]

Easy Tunes with a SOL REPUBLIC DECK Wireless Speaker & a Giveaway


I received the following product for review purposes, all opinions are my own.   Listening to music is no longer what it once was.  My parents loved listening to their records.  On a record player.  This method of music officially fits into the antique category, yet I still distinctly remember the skip my favorite Christmas album would make as my mom and I made cookies.  When I was about ten years old I felt very "cool" to own a radio with a tape player.  I have some humorous tapes from that season of my life when I thought it was hilarious to tape my … [Read more...]

Summer Isn’t Over Yet with Rules for Being a Kid Guidebook


This post has been created as part of my partnership with Popsicle®, all opinions are entirely my own.  Back to school shopping is on my agenda and I've even spotted Halloween decorations in some stores, but summer isn't over yet! I live in Minnesota.  Let's be realistic, snow isn't too far off on the horizon.  Thankfully we have a few more weeks to enjoy summer fun. Inspired by Popsicle® Rules for Being a Kid Guidebook my little fellas have embraced the "Get Wet Rule".  They recently completed swimming lessons, but any form of water fun is their favorite. … [Read more...]

Summer Sparkles & Junior Adventures


This post has been created as part of my partnership with Popsicle,  all opinions are my own. Boys are busy.  When my little guys are at home there is a constant stream of movement and activity.  It's harnessing that energy into a forward moving, positive momentum that is my task.  How do I attempt to do that? With plenty of summer activities, of course!  There is no epic summer vacation this year (because of our recent move), instead we are having what I refer to as "junior adventures".   Luckily we now live in an area that has a plethora of new sights to … [Read more...]