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...]

Minnesota Winter Adventures with Ice Castles

I received complimentary tickets to the Ice Castle, however all opinions are my own. It's the brutal part of winter here in Minnesota. February means cold, brittle, icy, and frozen to those of us that live in this area. This is just the reality of our environment. But living in Minnesota has certain advantages, because for the second year in a row my family has braved the cold for a winter adventure-- Ice Castles.  I don't entirely understand how they craft this monstrous creation. Obviously, it's a lot of water mixed with a lot of cold weather. There is sort of a sweet … [Read more...]

Harlem Globetrotters 90th Anniversary Tour in Minneapolis!

This post is in partnership with US Family Guide, all opinions are my own. The Harlem Globetrotters are touring the country as part of their 90th Anniversary Tour this year and they are visiting Minneapolis this coming March. We had the opportunity to see the Globetrotters a few years ago and my oldest son loved them! With their amazing basketball tricks and silly antics the Harlem Globetrotters make for a great afternoon or evening of family fun.  Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem … [Read more...]

Shop & Play at the Mall of America with the Minnesota Children’s Museum & a Giveaway

This post was created as a part of my ambassadorship with the Minnesota Children’s Museum. It's a busy time of year trying to pin down all those last minute gifts. Or maybe you haven't even started shopping yet? Whether you are a planner or spontaneous shopper the Mall of America is a festive place to visit this time of year. That being said, bringing kids along for holiday shopping can be a painful experience. I've had to drag my three little fellas essentially in circles before as I try to conquer my Christmas shopping. This year when we visited the MOA we had a great option to let my … [Read more...]

One-Pot Minnesota Wild Rice Tator Tot Hotdish

This post was created in partnership with Nordic Ware, all opinions are my own.  It could be said that I embrace my heritage a little too well. I say "uff da" on a regular basis, as well as "you betcha".  And as for Minnesota nice? According to Wikipedia "Minnesota nice is the stereotypical behavior of people in Minnesota to be courteous, reserved, and mild-mannered". That definition might as well be a description of me. Sometimes there just isn't any escaping the way we are raised and manner in which people live in this land of snow and cold.  Keeping in … [Read more...]

Fostering a Love of Books with Young Children

This was post was created in partnership with Scholastic. All opinions are my own. It seems so long ago that I was a first time mom. Currently I have three rascals that are constantly wrestling, fighting, yelling and eating. I call them my personal army. Three little boys ready to defend their ol' ma at a moments notice. But eleven years ago I was a new mom. Everything was new and exciting. My first son was just a baby and his entire life was before him with me as his guide. Like any new parent I was scared at this impending responsibility, but nonetheless I had clear visions … [Read more...]

THE STORY OF DIVA AND FLEA by Mo Williams and Tony Diterlizzi & a Giveaway

Mo Willems first captured my attention when he released the book Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!. I had never read a children's book that was quite so hilarious. The illustrations were simple. The story was goofy. And the pigeon truly seemed to come alive from the page. I was equally impressed with Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. Mo Willems has a witty way with words bringing entertaining children and their parents.  The Story of Diva and Flea is Mo's newest addition, collaborating with award-winning … [Read more...]

Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-Lot & a $50 Visa G.C. Giveaway

As a boy mom I know my little guys do not enjoy the books of my youth. No, Little House on the Prairie. No, Anne of Green Gables. No, Babysitters Club. Boys will be boys. And my eldest son currently loves reading scary stories and anything that is funny. Captain Underpants and his silly stores are the sort of hilarious tales that little boys love.  There's something rotten in the state of Ohio, and it's smellier than a pile of putrid gym socks! Steer clear--it's Sir Stinks-A-Lot! George, Harold, and their doubles, Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold, have a good thing … [Read more...]