Slice of the Twin Cities Ticket Giveaway

I have received compensation for this post, all opinions are my own.  Minnesota Monthly has combined the best of two good things- autumn in Minnesota and pizza!! Snow is undoubtedly on our horizon, but soak up the last of fall's goodness with some family fun! On November 5th from 1-5 pm visit Minnetonka Orchard for the second annual Slice of the Twin Cities! Freshly prepared pizza from locations across the Twin Cities, seasonal beer and wine, live music, orchard visits, bonfires, hayrides and playgrounds for the kids make this a truly festive event.  Tickets:  … [Read more...]

Elements Massage in St. Louis Park & a One Hour Massage Giveaway

My experience at Elements Massage was complimentary, all opinions are my own.  Nestled in a convenient shopping location with St. Louis Park is a new massage salon, Elements Massage. I was fortunate to "test" their services and location immediately following my Ragnar Northwoods race.  After about 15 miles through rough roots and rocks, some of which was at night, with a minimal amount of sleep, my body was definitely sore and ready for a massage.  The lobby at Elements Massage was simple and calming. I filled out my essential pre-massage paperwork while I … [Read more...]

Sawdust Savvy DIY Workshop in Stillwater, Minnesota

My visit to Sawdust Savvy was complimentary, however all opinions are my own.  I recently took a little trip to Stillwater, Minnesota for a DIY wood sign class. I'm not inherently the DIY type so I was a little nervous and skeptical about the idea of building a sign. And to even add an extra level of pressure to my project I intended to gift my creations to my boss as a new baby gift. I'll cut to the chase and save you the time wondering if my venture was successful, it was. Through detailed instruction from the Sawdust Savvy staff and some careful work on my part, I was able to … [Read more...]

Maple Pecan Coffee

I received the following product for review purposes, all opinions are my own.  The fall season is officially upon those of us in Minnesota. I woke up this morning to a brisk 50 degree day. I love all that this time of year brings. Cozy sweaters, delicious soups, a chilly breeze, beautiful colors and warm coffee. I wish I could wrap up all that goodness and spread it out a bit over the entire year. Such as fall is, I must soak it all up while I can as the season is short-lived.  I've previously used a single serve coffeemaker that requires pods for all of my fall flavored … [Read more...]

Hilde Cracks the Case: Hero Dog! Giveaway

I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.  School is finally in full swing here in Minnesota. It seems to me that Minnesota starts school much later than many others across the nation, with sessions not beginning until after Labor Day. Regardless, my boys and I have nightly conversations that circle around math, history, and reading requirements. Each of my fellas has his own level of required reading. Keeping them engaged and excited about reading can occasionally be an issue, but based upon my experience it's all about finding the right … [Read more...]

Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark

While our visit to Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark was complimentary, all opinions are my own.  Waterparks and kids are synonymous. I'm not entirely sure when these fun-filled places began to pop up, but they sure didn't seem to be around when I was a kid. My biggest joy was a trip to the local swimming pool that had exactly one diving board and zero slides. These days my boys have visited their fair share of waterparks. Each site has their own special features and offerings and we discovered this was certainly true at our recent visit to Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark.  … [Read more...]

An Awesome Minnesota Bucket List: 30 Things to Do in Minnesota

I realize that Minnesota isn't exactly a premiere travel destination for many. That being said, there are many great sites in the state that visitors and long-time resident should checkout. Like any list my particular one is slanted towards those activities that I find the most meaningful. I have a preference for all things history, art and natural wonders. And I need to fully disclose that there are likely some very awesome Minnesota sites on this list that are not included, the sheer reason for this is that I limited myself to those places that I've actually visited. I didn't want to … [Read more...]

Fall Wafer Almond Bark

And just like that summer is almost complete and fall is on the horizon. The only season that seems to stay for any great length in Minnesota is winter, of course. Here fall means the beginning of school and the start of the impending cool, crisp, colorful time of year. It's hard not to entirely become captivated by the amazing display of beautiful autumn leaves.  My fellas love the vast array of treats that are available this time of year almost as much as they enjoy the scenery. Any dip into Pinterest will provide you with a plethora of fall-inspired goodies to select from. In that … [Read more...]

The Cove of Lake Geneva

While my stay in Lake Geneva was complimentary, all opinions are my own. There are a few tricks I've learned through the years by being a mom of three boys. Call them parenting hacks. Call them common sense. However you see the situation, with experience hopefully comes some degree of wisdom. A few of these bits of knowledge circle around ensuring my boys have a love of books and learning. At one point I felt that I had mastered the art of keeping a toddler entertained at a restaurant. But one of my more important and long lasting nuggets of enlightenment circles around traveling with … [Read more...]

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...]