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...]

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...]

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...]

STEAM Science & Robotics Summer Camps 50% Off – Use Code: USFG1750

I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.  Summer camp season is upon us. Have you planned out your summer activities/classes for your children? I must confess, I'm all done. I feel like I conquered a scheduling/logistic marathon. At times like this I might covet those that only have one child to work around.  If you are in the midst of planning your summer activities or if you are just starting be sure to check out STEAM Science and Robotics Summer Camps. All of my boys would enjoy this, but my middle son would LOVE it. I love these types of … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk – The First Flight in Minneaoplis & a Giveaway

This post is in partnership with Cirque du Soleil, all opinions are my own.  This September 28th - October 2nd, Cirque du Soleil's show, Toruk – The First Flight will be performing at the Target Center in Minneapolis. If you've never seen a Cirque du Soleil show before I definitely recommend attending a show. The performances are a visual feast with beautiful movements, colorful costumes, and phenomenal acrobatics. Each performance tells a story and this new creation is inspired by James Cameron's Avatar.  {photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil} TORUK – The First … [Read more...]

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at The Saint Paul Hotel & a Giveaway

This is a sponsored post on behalf of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at The Saint Paul Hotel, all opinions are my own. {image courtesy of The Saint Paul Hotel} The number of days until school starts is dwindling in Minnesota. I realize many students across the country have been hitting the books for a while, but in Minnesota we savor our summers, not starting school until after Labor Day. But once school starts here, the last few months of 2016 slip by very quickly. Football season, autumn weather, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are here before we know it. This … [Read more...]

Exploring Minnesota: A Visit to Historic Fort Snelling

Fort Snelling is one of Minnesota's most iconic historic sites and a visit makes for a great way to spend an afternoon with kids.  This fort {located where the Minnesota & Mississippi Rivers merge} has been a sacred area for Native Americans for centuries and the MN Historical Society does a great job showcasing the vast array of stories from the fortress and the location. At our recent visit we learned about the complicated Native American association with the fort, the unfair and sad history of Dred Scott and other slaves that lived within it's walls, and gained understanding … [Read more...]

A Glimpse at the US Bank Stadium

We braved the pouring rain this past Saturday to catch an early glimpse of the new US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. We are not likely to attend a Vikings game anytime soon, so this visit seemed like the best way to see the inside. The day was supposed to be a celebration of sorts, but the storms removed any degree of festivity that was going to take place outside. Instead when we arrived we were ushered right in as there was concern about lightening. I appreciated the degree of caution they exhibited with regards to people's safety.  The complex is....well.... huge. That is … [Read more...]