Learning to Ski at Spirit Mountain in Duluth & a Ski Package Giveaway

This post is in partnership with the Midwest Ski Areas Association, all opinions are my own.  Duluth and the Lake Superior North Shore is such a great place to visit. Fall, spring and summer there are numerous trails for hiking and exploring. It's an outdoor lovers paradise! But what about winter? Recently my fellas and I visited Spirit Mountain and discovered just how much fun winter can be in Minnesota! Sometimes people assume that you need to travel to far off states in order to ski. But there is so much fun to be had close to home. According to the Midwest Ski Association, … [Read more...]

Minneapolis Boat Show Ticket Giveaway

This post is in partnership with the Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show#mplsboatshow, all opinions are my own.  {photo courtesy of the Minneapolis Boat Show}  Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show is taking place again this year on January 24-27 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. To live in Minnesota is to love lake life. And in order to enjoy the lake at it's best you need a boat!  Whether you are a seasoned boat fan or new to lake life the Minneapolis Boat Show is a great way to to learn about all the newest models and technology. Leisure … [Read more...]

Outdoor Play Ideas for Kids in Winter

This post is brought to you by Kamik, all opinions are my own.  {photo credit: Everlasting Love Photography} Minnesota is blessed to produce it's own innate since of fun in the winter months with typically an abundance of snow. It is cold outside. And it does get dark early. But winter is a great time for kids to still play outside.  As a kid I have found memories of making elaborate snow forts and of the countless hours I spent sledding with my cousins. Sometimes in our modern digital age I think we forget how important it is for kids to play with no embellishments. Let them create … [Read more...]

I Come From Arizona with the Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis

While our tickets were complimentary, all opinions are my own.  It has been quite a while since the boys and I have visited the theater, so we were excited to see the newest feature from the Children's Theatre Company- I Come From Arizona. The theme of this play is such a great way to engage with children on this important and timely topic. The gist of it is this, Gabi, a Latina teen from south Chicago, tests into one of the top high schools in Chicago. A global perspectives class forces her to confront her mother about their entry into the US. Gabi has always been told by her … [Read more...]

A Cozy Fall Look with prAna

This post is in partnership with prAna, all opinions are my own.  And just like that fall is back in Minnesota. Last weekend I took the boys to an apple orchard and we sweltered in the 90+ degree heat. This week is a different story. I'm pulling out all of the clothing that involves layers. And I'm especially snug thanks to my new organic prAna sweater and pants.  This outfit is not only cozy, it's also made from organic cotton. Ethically-made clothing should be the standard in the apparel industry.  prAna considers the impact of their actions and lets their … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Help Make Selling Your Home & Moving Easier

This post is sponsored by Opendoor, all opinions are my own.  Selling a home is a rite of passage most people experience at some point. The process can be stressful, frustrating and exhausting. Even the mere thought of preparing your home and packing all your belongings for a move can be overwhelming for some. Of course the key to any large task is to breakdown the process into concrete steps that can be achieved one-by-one. But where to do you begin? I've previously sold two homes and I'm currently in the process of selling my third. Through these experiences I've picked up … [Read more...]

10 Best Things at Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington

While our stay was complimentary, all opinions are my own.  The new Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington is just a hop, skip and a jump from my house. What this close proximity means is an ideal and easy way to have a fun staycation. I knew the water park was going to be a hit with my crew. It's a no brainer. What I didn't understand was all the other amazing, fun things that this specific Great Wolf Lodge has to offer. I felt like a kid myself experiencing this magical place specifically designed to maximize joy.  Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington, Minnesota is a destination. … [Read more...]

Doo Good with Scooby-Doo & Help in the Fight to End Hunger

Thank you toWarner Bros. for sponsoring this post. Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang have teamed up with generationOn, the youth family division of Points of Light, to inspire, equip and mobilize kids, parents and Scooby-Doo fans to create meaningful change in their communities. {picture courtesy of Warner Bros from the MOA event} One in six kids in the U.S. may not know where they will get their next meal. It might seem impossible to most Americans that children, right in our own country, are hungry. It doesn't inherently make sense to me, yet it's true. And that's why … [Read more...]

Best Places to Stay Near Duluth, Minnesota

A visit to Duluth is a Minnesota staple. Unlike other ares in the state, Duluth and the surrounding shores of Lake Superior offer locals the chance to steps away from the typical Midwest look and feel. Duluth and the North Shore is distinct with it's rocky cliffs and deep expansive lake. Visiting in the summer and fall is my go-to, but it's certainly a destination year long.  Having visited this area since I was a child, I've stayed at a plethora of different places. Some locations have been extraordinary while others have been unmemorable. Of course, the season of your visit will have … [Read more...]

Minnesota Moms Earn Flexible Pay with Shipt

This post was created in partnership with Shipt, all opinions are my own.  While I currently have a full-time corporate job back when my fellas were babies and cute little toddlers I was a stay-at-home mom. For nine years my dedicated work was taking care of three little boys and managing our household. During that time I especially enjoyed attempting to perfect my cooking skills, reading tons of books to the boys and charting fun adventures for us all. But eventually what I longed for was the ability to contribute financially to the family. But with three boys age 5 and under my … [Read more...]

Camping & Backpacking PackPillow & a Giveaway

I have received compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own. It's winter in Minnesota and must of us are not camping, that is unless you are truly a hardcore outdoor lover. That being said the boys and I had a great summer camping at some of our favorite spots and we look forward to doing the same next year. But this coming summer we have a new camping essential on our packing list~ the PackPillow.  {Dreaming of summer fun and trying not to freeze.}  The PackPillow is more than just a pillow. It's a seat cushion, a backpack and a pillow all rolled into … [Read more...]

5 Top Tips for Taking Kids to an Art Museum

This post was created in partnership with Disney-Hyperion for the #ReadMo Ambassador program, all opinions are my own.  Sometimes society would have you believe the predominate and iconic childhood pastime is football, baseball and/or any sort of sport. While my oldest and youngest boys do have a fondness for certain athletics my middle son is not interested in these games. He is intrigued by science and by the possibility of understanding how machines and animals work. He also considers himself an accomplished drawer. The newest release from Elephant & … [Read more...]

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...]