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...]

Best Places to Eat in Duluth

Duluth is full of amazing sites and fabulous restaurants with delicious foods. We make the trek to Duluth several times throughout the three most hospitable seasons.  During those visits we've honed in on our favorites restaurants, which is not to say that we've visited all the eateries in Duluth. Regardless I've explained in simple detail here why I've classified these restaurants as our favorite in Duluth, Minnesota.  This list isn’t in any particular order. And I’m sure as I investigate and try new places in Duluth I could no doubt add to this list. That is if I could steal … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Visit the Mill City Museum

On a super warm February this past winter we decided to checkout the Mill City museum. As MN Historical Society members we have visited the MN History Museum on a number of occasions, but this was our first stop at this particular site. I didn’t have any previous knowledge of the history of this area and I was amazed at the stories from the past hugging the banks of St. Anthony’s Falls. It was so unusual to have such a spectacular day in the midst of February. Looking at these pictures {minus the few glimpses of snow} you’d probably think that we visited this summer. While the bulk … [Read more...]

5 Best Places to Camp in Minnesota

Let me preference this post by disclosing that my family has an affinity for state parks. I know there are privately owned camping facilities across the state, but we’ve never tried them. I’ve had friends rave about the activities available at these locations. Perhaps at some point we will give it a try, but we definitely prefer the slow pace of life that comes with a state park visit. If you take a quick glance at the list below you’ll notice that almost all the parks are located along the North Shore of Lake Superior. I’m definitely biased, but all other locations in the state merely pale … [Read more...]

Own Your Future & Enter to Win $10,000

This post is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. As a mom of three little fellas I understand the importance of owning your future. An entire life looms before my guys with endless possibilities. Like most parents I can't fulfill all the wants of my children, nor would I want to. But I can help them map out their dreams into actionable items. And I can instill in them a strong foundation so that they can own their own futures.  COUNTRY Financial is inspiring people this summer to take charge of their future with the Own Your Future … [Read more...]

Beat the Heat at the MN Children’s Museum at the MOA

This post is in partnership with the MN Children's Museum, all opinions are my own.  At a recent visit to the Mall of America we stopped by to checkout the latest attraction at the Minnesota Children’s Museum. This microsite is a great way to beat the heat this summer. The latest attraction is a special Clifford exhibit {on display until September 11th}. My kids are a little too old to adore Clifford the Big Red Dog still, though they are very familiar with the characters. Small child that enjoy these books and accompanying TV show will no doubt be delighted by the actual big red … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]