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 …

Continue reading

Cedar Valley Resort in Whalan, MN

*I received a stay at Cedar Valley Resort to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own. Mark and I survived ten years of marriage together! To celebrate our accomplishment we wanted to use this opportunity to get away from everyday life. We arranged with relatives to …

Continue reading

Revival of a Small Town

I was born and raised in Albert Lea, MN. A town surrounded by rural farming communities. You will only find a traffic jam in our great town during the Fourth of July parade which is held on the third of July rather than the fourth. You will also experience a …

Continue reading

Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery

When Mark and I discussed where we wanted to go for our 10th Anniversary it was a no brainier! We agreed we should head towards Lanesboro, Minnesota! One of the big reasons was because we knew we could stop at Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery! This Winery has become one of …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

New to You, My Favorite Thrift Store in Albert Lea

New to You has been a part of my childhood since the beginning. I cannot remember a time when it was not part of our shopping route. When my sisters and I were in need of new shirts, pants, or dresses New to You was our first stop. Now that …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

Myre – Big Island State Park a Southern Minnesota Gem!

Some of my best childhood memories are of my parents, two sisters, and I loading up in the family van and heading to any number of Southern Minnesota’s State Parks. Now as an adult with a family of my own I love being able to Explore Minnesota‘s State Parks through my …

Continue reading