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...]

Fostering a Love of Books with Young Children

This was post was created in partnership with Scholastic. All opinions are my own. It seems so long ago that I was a first time mom. Currently I have three rascals that are constantly wrestling, fighting, yelling and eating. I call them my personal army. Three little boys ready to defend their ol' ma at a moments notice. But eleven years ago I was a new mom. Everything was new and exciting. My first son was just a baby and his entire life was before him with me as his guide. Like any new parent I was scared at this impending responsibility, but nonetheless I had clear visions … [Read more...]

THE STORY OF DIVA AND FLEA by Mo Williams and Tony Diterlizzi & a Giveaway

Mo Willems first captured my attention when he released the book Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!. I had never read a children's book that was quite so hilarious. The illustrations were simple. The story was goofy. And the pigeon truly seemed to come alive from the page. I was equally impressed with Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. Mo Willems has a witty way with words bringing entertaining children and their parents.  The Story of Diva and Flea is Mo's newest addition, collaborating with award-winning … [Read more...]

Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-Lot & a $50 Visa G.C. Giveaway

As a boy mom I know my little guys do not enjoy the books of my youth. No, Little House on the Prairie. No, Anne of Green Gables. No, Babysitters Club. Boys will be boys. And my eldest son currently loves reading scary stories and anything that is funny. Captain Underpants and his silly stores are the sort of hilarious tales that little boys love.  There's something rotten in the state of Ohio, and it's smellier than a pile of putrid gym socks! Steer clear--it's Sir Stinks-A-Lot! George, Harold, and their doubles, Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold, have a good thing … [Read more...]

5-Word Book Reviews & the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

This post was sponsored by Scholastic to encourage children to read during the summer months, all opinions are my own.  The end of summer is already here for many. It seems that most of the country is already hitting the books. Luckily in Minnesota we don't start school until after Labor Day. That being said, I am in the midst of back-to-school shopping.  My boys need so many supplies! Black felt tip pens with a fine point. Loose leaf paper, wide ruled. Thin washable markers, classic colors. The lists are detailed and exhausting.  And while I have their backpacks … [Read more...]

Summertime Reading with Scholastic & a Giveaway

I created this post as a part of my partnership with Scholastic, all opinions are my own. The parting of July can feel like the end of summer in many regards. School supplies are prominent at stores and back-to-school commercials are abundant on TV. For some areas the school year will officially begin the first week of August. Luckily for my crew, summer isn’t really over. We have the full month of August to relish in all those last sunny moments. We spent the sweltering days of July busy with a multitude of activities.   Swimming, camping, bike riding—these are the … [Read more...]

A World Full of Play at the MN Children’s Museum & a Giveaway

This post was created as a part of my ambassadorship with the Minnesota Children's Museum.  My children live to play. One of my five-year-old son’s favorite pastimes is to fight imaginary bad guys. They could be robots. They could be monsters. I have a hard time determining exactly “who” these guys are all the time. But what I do know is that he considers it an awful day if he doesn’t have the opportunity to play this imaginary game. At the heart of the MN Children’s Museum is a commitment to encouraging play. It seems so simple, right? Children love to play. But in today’s … [Read more...]

Power Up & Read this Summer with Scholastic!

This post was sponsored by Scholastic to encourage children to read during the summer months, all opinions are my own.  School is officially out for the summer. My boys were super happy to end another successful year of school. No more homework. No more worksheets. No more early mornings. But this relaxed time of year can onset the "summer slide". No, it's not an amusement park ride. The "summer slide" is learning loss that kids experience when they don't stay in school continually. Essentially some of that valuable information they learn gets tossed out of their brains during this … [Read more...]

Create Your Own Meal of Choice at Chipotle

I have been compensated for this post, all opinions expressed are my own.  I remember the first time I ate at a Chipotle. It was before kids, meaning it was a whole other world. Picky eating didn't really play a part in that experience. Fast-forward around ten years later and now I have three little boys. Eating out with children is an entirely different experience. As my boys get older their preferences are developing. For instance my 10 year old he becoming more distinct in his choices. He used to like fish. He used to like taco seasoning. Now he refuses to eat either. Such is … [Read more...]