Brainerd Lakes Area, Kids, Motherhood, Parenting, Thrift Store

Previously Loved | Thrift Store Shopping Hacks for Busy Parents

I can’t even begin to tell you how stoked I am as to how popular our previous post, Gently Used & Previously Loved -Thrift Stores in the Brainerd Lakes Area has been with UpNoPa readers. This subject is near-and-dear to my heart for many reasons, but the main one is how, over the last 20+ years,… Read More Previously Loved | Thrift Store Shopping Hacks for Busy Parents

Brainerd Lakes Area, Fall, Self Love

6 Tips For Autumn Self-Care | Cozy Blankets, Colorful Leaves and Pumpkin Spice Everything

It’s finally autumn. My favorite month. I love all the coziness, colors and coffee. I am going to try not to rush the season this year, like in previous years. Winter comes so fast – grey skies, icy roads, and freezing temps – so I’m all for soaking up the warmth of the sun and… Read More 6 Tips For Autumn Self-Care | Cozy Blankets, Colorful Leaves and Pumpkin Spice Everything

Health, Parenting

The Hope Squad | Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Resources

Guest post from Essentia Health of Brainerd Did you know that September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month? And since we all know suicide touches families, friends and the entire community, the UpNoPa Moms thought it would be best to share some Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Resources that are available right here in our own community. Suicide… Read More The Hope Squad | Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Resources

Crafts, Kids, Parenting

National Grandparents Day | 4 Ways to Make Them Feel Extra Special

Grandparents love every gift they get from their grandchildren. It doesn’t matter if that gift is a leaf, rock, flower or a beautiful painted canvas, it’s the thought (and the cute gift giver) that counts. September 10th is National Grandparents Day, an unofficial holiday focused on celebrating grandparents everywhere. And while even a hug would… Read More National Grandparents Day | 4 Ways to Make Them Feel Extra Special

Brainerd Lakes Area, Product + Service Reviews, Restaurants

Fresh to Table | Irma’s Kitchen at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake

A huge thank you to Cragun’s Resort for welcoming us and showing us around the resort grounds before treating us to lunch at Irma’s Kitchen. This post is possible because of them! “Fresh to table”…that philosophy would make any appreciator of good, quality food smile and Irma’s Kitchen on Gull Lake delivers on their promise… Read More Fresh to Table | Irma’s Kitchen at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake

Books

Celebrating National Read a Book Day with a Girl Power Booklist

National Read a Book Day is coming on Wednesday, September 6th! Anyone who knows me well knows I like chocolate, naps, and BOOKS. And reptiles…but we won’t “go there.” It seems to creep people out 😉 As project manager for Multicultural Children’s Book Day and a life-long reader, my world is always filled with books… Read More Celebrating National Read a Book Day with a Girl Power Booklist