Brainerd Lakes Area, Shopping, Thrift Store

Gently Used and Previously Loved | Thrift Stores in the Brainerd Lakes Area

A thrift shop (also known as a thrift store, charity shop, hospice shop or resale shop) is a retail establishment typically run by a charitable organization to raise money to be used in accord with the organization’s stated charitable purpose. And since saving money is in everyone’s wheelhouse these days, more and more shoppers are… Read More Gently Used and Previously Loved | Thrift Stores in the Brainerd Lakes Area

Kids, Motherhood, Parenting, Summer

Going to the Beach with Kids | 12 Summer Must Haves to Make Beach Trips a Success

Once upon a time, I thought going to the beach was a relaxing, restful way to spend the day. And then I had a baby. Now, a trip to the beach is mostly filled with trying to keep my son Raleigh from stealing other kids’ toys. It doesn’t matter that we brought an entire bag… Read More Going to the Beach with Kids | 12 Summer Must Haves to Make Beach Trips a Success

Brainerd Lakes Area, Minnesota, Resorts, Restaurants

Time to Relax on Mille Lacs | Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort

There was a time when the idea of a grand resort and gathering place on Mille Lacs Lake was just a seed of an idea to Chuck and Marilyn Appeldoorn. As business owners and residents of the Twin Cities/Metro area, this ambitious couple dreamed of owning a resort where families could experience summer activities, excellent… Read More Time to Relax on Mille Lacs | Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort

Fatherhood, Motherhood, Parenting

Extreme Parenting Moments That Are Funny Only in Hindsight

Parenting is tough. Many moons ago I heard another mom liken parenthood to trying to peel an orange with a screwdriver. It’s super messy and someone is bound to get hurt. But being a parent is filled with many heart-warming moments too. Raising children is an amazing experience, and one that will fill your heart… Read More Extreme Parenting Moments That Are Funny Only in Hindsight

Brainerd Lakes Area, Kids, Product + Service Reviews, Road Trips, Zoo

Pine Grove Zoo Little Falls, MN | The Second Oldest Zoo in the State of Minnesota

Pine Grove Zoo is a gem in Little Falls, Minnesota, and it’s a hidden treasure to many (even those who live only 30 minutes away!) It offers a wide variety of animals, many of which aren’t at other local zoos. It also provides a beautifully landscaped, well maintained layout that allows for a quick trip around the zoo, or a more leisurely day, depending on the time available. We all commented that it is the perfect size for a trip around the zoo before the kids start to get tired and cranky. We were able to get in and out before the nap time meltdowns began!… Read More Pine Grove Zoo Little Falls, MN | The Second Oldest Zoo in the State of Minnesota