Brainerd Lakes Area, Crafts, Product + Service Reviews

Have Paint, Will Travel | The Traveling Art Pub of Brainerd

A huge thank you to the team at Traveling Art Pub for allowing us to participate in one of their painting events free of charge, so we could share about our experience with you! Something Fun in the BLA: The Traveling Art Pub Something fun and unique has taken the Brainerd Lakes Area and beyond by… Read More Have Paint, Will Travel | The Traveling Art Pub of Brainerd

Brainerd Lakes Area, Education

Star-Studded Event | Forestview Planetarium at Forestview Middle School in Baxter

As a parent of school-aged kids, I had been aware of the Forestview Planetarium at Forestview Middle School in Baxter for quite some time and I knew it was a super-cool resource and learning tool. But it wasn’t until the winter of 2016 that I personally was able to really experience it for myself. It… Read More Star-Studded Event | Forestview Planetarium at Forestview Middle School in Baxter

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

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

Brainerd Lakes Area, Health, Product + Service Reviews

Enjoy The View | Quality Sunglasses from Lakes Area Eyecare

A big thank you to Lakes Area Eyecare for partnering with us, giving us the royal treatment, helping us choose the perfect complimentary sunglasses, and giving us the lowdown on sunglasses and eye safety. This post is made possible by them!  They were old, scratched and even a little bent. They were the sunglasses that… Read More Enjoy The View | Quality Sunglasses from Lakes Area Eyecare

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