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The Great Minnesota Get-Together [GIVEAWAY]

This post is going to be short and sweet. Fellow Minnesotans, it's that time of year again! Time to gorge yourself on more food on a stick than you could ever imagine and people watch like you've never people watched before.

The Minnesota State Fair begins this Thursday, August 27th. I think it's been about 5 years since the last time I went. Some people ritually go every year, we're just not those people. We go often enough that it's not overkill for us. It's the biggest state fair in the nation according to daily attendance records, and I just can't handle that many people every year. But, I am looking forward to it this year!

GOOD NEWS: I've got a set of 4 tickets that I'm giving away to my fellow Minnesotans! Enter via the rafflecopter below...

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DIY Mess-Free Summer Road Trip Kit

I put together this kid-friendly, mess-free summer road trip kit thanks to Jif™Bars and Socialstars. All opinions are my own. #TeamJif

Road trips don't have to be messy! This summer road trip kit for kids is perfect for your summer vacations.

We spend a fair amount of time in the car in the summer: driving to Grandma's for pool time, driving to splash pads, driving to the cabin up north. During the longer trips I like to have a few essentials in the car to a.) help keep Bean occupied/satisfied and b.) help ensure that the car doesn't become a disaster zone before we arrive at our destination.

I have never been so excited to purchase a backseat organizer in my life. Sounds like the punchline to a "you might be a lame adult when..." joke, right? Really, I know this little organizer and road trip kit is going to save our lives! OK, maybe just save our sanity during road trips, but nevertheless I'm loving it!



It's Been Real, Summer 2015

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Panasonic. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation #4KPhoto #4KFun

Don't blink! Oops, you did, and now summer 2015 is over. Maybe some of you are still eeking out the last couple weeks before your kids return to school after Labor Day, as is tradition here in Minnesota, but for those of you who are back to school (or in my case, back to the studio) summer is basically over. Wah!

Recap of our last weekend spent up north at our cabin on Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota.

Luckily, we took full advantage of the family cabin and our new pal Gilly this summer. Most weekends were spent "up north" on the giant Minnesota lake known as Mille Lacs. In Minnesota, if you don't have a cabin in your family, you've got a close friend who does, and going to the cabin for the weekend is commonplace.

Recap of our last weekend spent up north at our cabin on Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota.
Recap of our last weekend spent up north at our cabin on Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota.



My Big, Little Girl

I am now the Mommy to a four year old... what?! My Baby Bean is not such a baby. The spunky, determined, opinionated, witty personality that she has had her entire life has only become stronger in her four years of life. Yes, even as a baby she knew what could make people laugh and she loved to do it. Only now, she decides that if people have been laughing at her too long it's time to "stop laughing at me!" hence, the opinionated part.

I feel so bad for this little lady, she was born during the worst week of my dance teaching career: the first week of classes. The poor kid has had a birthday party every-other year because some years I just plain have too much on my plate, as was the case this year.  She might not have gotten a birthday cake, but she got a birthday cake donut with frosting and sprinkles which is just as good, right?


21 Podcasts for the Entrepreneurial Mom [+GIVEAWAY]

As I am typing this, I am anxiously finishing up my final preparations for the start of another crazy/awesome/inspiring/exhausting/wonderful dance season. We kick off the season with an intense week of what we call Boot Camp: 5 days of intense choreography and training capped off with an all company overnight lock-in at the studio. I'm talking a sleepover with 80+ kids. Fun? Yes. Energy sucking? Yes. Worth it? Heck yes.

To prepare for this epic week of dance, I have listened to more music in the last couple months than you have probably ever heard in your entire life. OK, maybe that's an overstatement, but I really, really, really do some thorough research when coming up with themes and stories for the season's routines. I need to be super inspired by the song in order to commit and know that I will be listening to it on repeat for the next 10 months.

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