Friday, September 14, 2018

FREE Entrance Day at National Parks

Coming up next week Saturday is a FREE Entrance Day at National Parks for National Public Lands Day!

The above picture is one that I took at the Grand Canyon National Park.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Target 3rd Free Sunday at MN Children's Museum

Mark you calendar, because next Sunday is the third Sunday of the month and you can get in free to the MN Children's Museum (normally admission is $12.95/person.)

Free admission hours are 9am-5pm.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Target FREE 3rd Sunday at the MN Children's Museum

Mark you calendar, because next Sunday is the third Sunday of the month and you can get in free to the MN Children's Museum (normally admission is $12.95/person.)

Free admission hours are 9am-5pm.

Here is the full list of Free Admission left for 2018:

July 16
August 20
September 17
October 15
November 19
 December 17

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

Quick Vacation Workout (no equipment needed)

Are you on vacation for the next week like I am and unable to I turned your regular exercise classes or don't have access to your equipment. This is just a series of quick workouts so that I get in 15 to 20 minutes of exercise each day and targeting my whole body and working on some stretching. After being gone all week, I don't want to go back to my classes and have fallen out of shape. We all know how quickly that can happen and how far you can be trying to get back into the swing of things.

The asterix next to the yoga poses are just indication to me that these are part of an Instagram yoga challenge that I need to post a picture of.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Nine Nights of Music is FREE!!!

9 Nights of Music FREE outdoor concerts every Tuesday in July and August

You can check out Nine Nights of Music for FREE in July and August at the Minnesota Historical Society! Check out the website for free parking ideas too!

Check out the website so you can add these dates to your calendar!

Friday, June 1, 2018

FREE MN Fishing Weekend June 8-10

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June 8-10  MN residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16.

Sunday, May 20, 2018


I know I don't do reviews too often anymore. I want to be sure that a product that I'm going to review is something that fits with my blog and with our family's lifestyle, which is why I am doing a review for Dr. Jacobs castile soaps.

Castile soap is very mild and works well with most skin types. I have to admit that I do wash my face with bar soap in the morning which I am sure many dermatologists would gasp at. But along with that confession I have to also add that I use a Castile soap which is different than using traditional soap.

 For the purpose of the review I tried out the almond honey liquid Castile soap right right away at home and I absolutely adore the scent. And it left my skin feeling so clean. I do intend to bring this soap because it has a pump bottle up to our cabin to use in the bathroom. There we don't leave out any bar soap which could attract unwanted visitors.

Some things I wanted to tell you about Dr. Jacobs Naturals Castile soap is that it contains no parabens, no petrochemicals, no sulfates, no phthalates (what kind of word is that with 4 consonants in a row), no gluten, is 100% vegan and is made in the USA.

The scent base gave me to try out in the bar soap is minty cucumber mojito. The scent is refreshing. I really like using bar soaps. There is something ritualistic about lathering up the bar and your body.

Last week they sent me a large bottle of charcoal liquid soap that would be great for putting in your own pop bottles that you need to refill. I have been seeing a lot more beauty products made with charcoal as of late. It seems to be a new Beauty Trend because the charcoal is supposed to be detoxifying and purifying. The label reads that it is a three-in-one product that cleanses, softens, and sense. The scent is definitely more musky than the other two. There are directions on the bottle of how to use it as a body wash, shampoo, and shaving lather. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Too Cute Not to Share -- Our Dog Trained to Ring a Bell for a Treat

The kids spent some time working with our dog Ace to teach him to ring a bell in order to receive a treat. He is a very food motivated dog, so he learned this rather quickly.



Friday, May 4, 2018

Kids Bowl FREE!

Kids Bowl Free 

It's that time of year again where parents are looking for ideas for things for their kids to do so they aren't just sitting around home all day or complaining of boredom.

Kids Bowl Free is a program in which many bowling alleys participate and kids can come bowl for free all summer long. Here is the list of participating MN bowling alleys.  You can also go through that link to access the website and find the list available in your state!

Moms Fish FREE in MN May 12-13

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May 12-13  MN residents moms fish free.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


I was super excited to learn about these FREE Golf lessons at Cuyuna Rolling Hills. This is near our cabin up north in Minnesota.

The kids will each be able to take a free lesson in June and July. Perhaps I will get my first lesson in June.

I just randomly stumbled across this when I was looking up golf courses and driving ranges near the cabin.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Last FREE Concert at the Landmark Center for the Season!

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There will be 1 last FREE Courtroom Concerts presented by the Shubert Club in May. All of thee concerts are at the Landmark Center in St. Paul, MN and are at noon on Thursdays. For more information and to see the full concert lineup, check out the Courtroom Concerts.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Youth on Course Minnesota Golf Membership - play for as low as $1

Minnesota Golf Association

For only $15, your child (ages 6-18) can get a membership to the Minnesota Golf Association Youth on Course program and golf for as low as $1. Yes! I did type ONE DOLLAR!!!!

That cheapest rate is at the Crosswoods Gold Course on their Par 3 course in Crosslake, but all other rates at participating golf course are only $3-$5 including Brooktree Gold Course in Owatonna and the Faribault Golf Club.

Included with that membership is a bag tag and the ability to start recording their USGA Handicap.

I wish my daughter knew of friends that golf. How fun would it be to drop her off and let them go golf 9 holes.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

FREE Class on Deck & Patio Staining

Spring time is upon us and it is time to spruce up our home's exterior. Perhaps your deck needs to be brought back to life but you aren't sure just what products to use and how to do it, then you certainly need to check out this FREE CLASS at Home Depot about Deck and Patio staining this weekend!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

End of the Year Teacher Gift - Personalized Beach Bags

This was last year's end of the year teacher gift for my kids teachers. I used my Silhouette machine to make iron on letters for their names to make personalized Beach Bags. We filled the bags with a wet/dry bag, sunglasses, lotion and bottles of water with drink mixes. I thought this was a fun end of the year gift to give them to help them get ready for summer.

Monday, April 16, 2018

DIY Basketball Coach Personalized T-shirt

Remember how I mentioned one of the things I really liked about using the silhouette machine was that I could personalized things and this is a perfect example.
This was something my daughter's basketball coach had said several times during practice and she commented she was going to make him a shirt that said this. He didn't think she was serious but at their end of the season basketball party she presented him with this.
Again I had used the tinsel font that I bought from the silhouette design store and this basketball is also an image I purchased from there as well.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Ladies Night Out Idea!! FREE Class on Making a Modern Wall Planter

Get some friends together for this Do-It-Herself FREE class at Home Depot to Build this Modern Wall Planter. The class is in one week, on April 19th, so you have a week to gather your squad. They will have the supplies for sale and show you step by step how to create this project. SIGN UP TODAY!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Where Did We Go Wednesday? Mammoth Dig Site in Hot Springs, SD

This is the man of the dig site in Hot Springs South Dakota. It is an active archaeological dig site. There was no digging going on when we were there because it was a weekend and the digging is done by professionals who volunteer their time to do that.
Of course because this is the mammoth dig site most of the bones that have been found here are of different mammoths but they have found other Bones from other animals as well.
We had never been to any type of archaeological dig site before so this was our first experience. Someday I hope that we can go to an archaeological dig site for some type of dinosaur.
This top picture is of a tooth of a mammoth. Their teeth are Mashers.

They have but this dig site is only partially been excavated and they anticipate in finding many many more.

Here is one skeleton that is relatively complete that they are still working on digging out.
Here you can see one of the most complete Mammoth skulls that they have found at this dig site.

Here is a picture of my son who is about 54 in and if you look at the top of the pole there are so scratch marks those are the scratch marks that the bear that lived during that time would have made. The skeleton of that bear is and the picture below.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Teacher Appreciation Week Gifts

Since it is Teacher Appreciation Week in a month, I thought I would share some of the things that we did last year.

I tried to remember each one of their teachers at least once during the week and often more than that, especially their main teachers.

I hope this helps give you some ideas and you show your appreciation to the teachers and your kids lives in some way or other, even an email or note of thank you is very appreciated.

Monday, April 9, 2018

FREE SHIPPING on Dr. Jacobs Naturals Castile Soap

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DIY 4-H T-shirt with the Silhouette Machine

We joined 4-H a little over a year ago and the kids got new 4-H shirts when we signed up this year but they we're gray and not the bright green I associate with 4-H.
Then incomes Mom with her silhouette machine and once I found a store that sold the color green t-shirt I wanted I bought a couple and made each of my kids one. Now they will have one more option to wear when they are doing different 4-H events and want to show off their enthusiasm for 4-H.

Friday, April 6, 2018

FREE Class on Spring Lawn Prep

Is it your goal to learn more about having a well cared for lawn. Well, it starts in the spring with some preparation. Attend this FREE CLASS at Home Depot and learn what you need to know about seeding, fertilizing, water conservation and insect control. This class is NEXT weekend.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Where Did We Go Wednesday? Devil's Lake State Park

Isn't the view from near the top amazing?

I'm not going to kid you this was no easy hiking to get to this spot. There was an easier route, which we took down, but it went through the woods and I really wanted to be overlooking Devil's Lake as much as the road took us.

Devil's Lake state park is in Baraboo Wisconsin which is near Wisconsin Dells. We met some family in Wisconsin Dells for the weekend but we left earlier so that we could do additional things besides water parks.

Hiking on this was a bit much for some of us and we should have brought along a lot more water than we did. Actually, it was the adults who remember to grab water bottles and the kids did not. We had severely underestimated the intensity of the hiking.

And is definitely worth checking out the state park if you are in the Wisconsin Dells area and want to get away from all the hubbub of water parks and shopping and tourist attractions.

Monday, April 2, 2018


 I made this top as a fun sleeping shirt for my daughter. I used the impact font on the silhouette software, which it comes pre-loaded with. No need to purchase a new font if you like this one.

The other thing I didn't purchase was new heat transfer vinyl for this one. I had saved scraps and cut out each word individually.

This T-shirt pretty much sums up how some days feel to her. LOL.

Friday, March 30, 2018

4 FREE Concerts at the Landmark Center

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There will be 4 FREE Courtroom Concerts presented by the Shubert Club in April. All of thee concerts are at the Landmark Center in St. Paul, MN and are at noon on Thursdays. For more information and to see the full concert lineup, check out the Courtroom Concerts.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

FREE Kids Class to Build a Birdhouse

Get signed up now before spaces are filled so your child(ren) can build a Birdhouse at this FREE CLASS at Home Depot next weekend!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Where Did We Go Wednesday? Devil's Tower in Wyoming

At the end of our road trip this fall we did individual surveys to see what two places each one of us like the best. Devil's Tower in Wyoming was the number one place for all four of us which wasn't too much of a surprise because we had a lot of fun hiking around and exploring there.

The top picture is of Devil's Tower before we reached it. I thought that this image I was seen from the side of the road look like a postcard.
This next picture is of a picture of the legend, or one of many different Legends, of how Devil's Tower was formed.

Next we have a couple of pictures closer, when we were at the National Monument site. Devils Tower is a national monument and your national parks pass Works to get you in here as well.
We had the most incredible looking Sky while we were there to take pictures. I felt lucky that we had such blue skies with wisps of clouds. It really helped add to the contrast between the rocks and the sky.
Trying to take our own family photo at Devil's Tower. Again we had asked someone to take a picture and they took two, one of had all of us in it but didn't have all of Devils Tower which defeated the purpose and the other picture was out of focus.

A zoomed-in picture to see what the crevices look like in Devils Tower.

A couple of pictures of the kids hiking among the rocks and between the rocks at Devil's Tower. At one point we had to hurry them along because we needed to get going before it got too dark so that we could see some other things on the way home in Spearfish Canyon. If I would have known they would wanted to spend so much time hiking on the Rocks I would have budgeted even more time there.
There were so many places to climb and rocks to go underneath to explore.
We were mesmerised by the prairie dogs that lived in their own village outside of Devil's Tower National Monument. They are quite fascinating to watch. We got our fill of watching them here and then when we made our way to Custer State Park we spend more time looking for other animals rather than the prairie dogs that were everywhere there too.