Brainerd Lakes Area, Product + Service Reviews, Shopping Features

Bette Mae’s Boutique | A Unique Destination in the Westgate Mall

“To be successful in business these days, business owners need to create a unique shopping experience for customers.” Wise words from long-time business developer and owner of Bette Mae’s Boutique, Cathy Hughes. Bette Mae’s has been on the UpNoPa moms’ radar since we started “mall walking” at the Westgate Mall in the mornings last spring.… Read More Bette Mae’s Boutique | A Unique Destination in the Westgate Mall

Brainerd Lakes Area, Product + Service Reviews, Shopping Features

Deb Hess Jewelry Art | Custom Jewelry to Help Women Tell Their Story

Deb Hess Jewelry Art in Little Falls, Minnesota creates custom jewelry to help women tell their story. Each beautiful handmade piece of jewelry touches the soul of the person who wears it. We want to send a huge heartfelt THANK YOU to Deb for gifting us several of her gorgeous creations so we could share… Read More Deb Hess Jewelry Art | Custom Jewelry to Help Women Tell Their Story

Health + Wellness Features, Product + Service Reviews

An Exceptional Place for Children’s Eye Care | Lakes Area Eyecare

We’d like to thank the amazing staff at Lakes Area Eyecare for once again treating us like royalty, and for providing their services to us for free so we are able to share our thoughts with you. We are so grateful! “There’s more to children’s eye health than just their vision.” This phrase shared by… Read More An Exceptional Place for Children’s Eye Care | Lakes Area Eyecare

Crafts, Product + Service Reviews, Recreation Features

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

Food + Dining Features, Product + Service Reviews

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

Health + Wellness Features, 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

Golf Features, Product + Service Reviews, Summer

Our Kind of Golf | Wildwedge Mini Golf in Pequot Lakes

This post is made possible by Wildwedge Golf and RV Park, who provided us with a complimentary mini golf and maze adventure, in order to write about our experience. Thank you! In an area with world-renowned golf courses, you’d think chances would be good that the three of us Up North Parent moms might be… Read More Our Kind of Golf | Wildwedge Mini Golf in Pequot Lakes

Brainerd Lakes Area, Kids, Product + Service Reviews, Recreation Features, Zoo Features

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