We are a Leap Frog Family!

*As a Leap Frog Ambassador, I received products to help facilitate my reviews. All thoughts are mine and 100% honest. I have always loved Leap Frog products. When Maddie was around three we bought her a single letter word whammer. The word whammer came with individual letters she could switch …

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Home town Christmas

* I received a free Holiday Trolley Ride to help facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own! The Christmas season is one of the things I looked forward to as a little girl growing up in Albert Lea. I knew Lou Rich would have their traditional …

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Family Tradition at Cracker Barrel in LakeVille, MN

Cracker Barrel is a must stop for our family every time we head up to the Minneapolis/St.Paul International airport. My mother-in-law flies into the cities every time she flies into visit us from Tennessee. It is conveniently off of the Interstate 35 exit in Lakeville, MN. One of my favorite …

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When I began to think about Shopping Locally in Albert Lea, MN

Christmas is around the corner and I have begun to think about what I am going to buy for each of my kids. The older my kids get the more purposeful I have become in buying my kids presents. We have a billion toys already laying around our house. I …

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Learning to Talk Confidently

Many of you know I am a freelance writer over at donnahup.com. Writing for Donna has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. Writing for Donna has given me a voice I didn’t know I had. Recently I have been working with my family to help promote …

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Simply Charming Ceramics in Albert Lea

Mark and I believe that art is as important to our children’s education as math, science, and handwriting. Art inspires, teaches, and relaxes our kids brains. Simply Charming Ceramics in Albert Lea inspired the artist in each of our kids. They each were able to pick a ceramic pumpkin in …

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Minnesota Homeschool Field Trips

Field trips are a huge part of every homeschool families year. There is nothing better than hands-on experiences in which the kids can see the practical application for their sit down work at home. For example the Minnesota Zoo hosts a math day at the zoo every November. During this …

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Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

We generally try to find field trips that cost as little as possible. My goal is to spend between $0 to $5 max. per person. We are a family of six and anymore than that adds up quickly. We almost always pack a lunch and snacks which makes our field …

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Rolling into Roller City in Mason City! Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota Gem!

Growing up my family has always been close to my moms sister Sharon. We spent many weeks during the summer at her house. Any Friday we had off of school meant a possible weekend at her house. I have so many amazing memories spending time at their Northern Iowa home. …

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Come One, Come All! It’s History Fest Week in Mankato, Minnesota!

Walking back through history Last year we were introduced to the History Festival in Mankato, Minnesota by a good friend of ours. They had been going with their boys for a few years and absolutely loved it. Mark and I try to fill our schedule full of field trips in …

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