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...]

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...]