Back to School, Kids, School

The New Preschool Option (and Why Americans are Loving It)

There is no shortage of preschool options for children today. Public, private, faith-based, secular, homeschool, Montessori… the options abound. And now there’s a new preschool option, one that’s taking America by storm. The new option for preschool is called Forest School, and it has arrived in the Brainerd Lakes Area! I (Laura) first heard about… Read More The New Preschool Option (and Why Americans are Loving It)

Brainerd Lakes Area, Family Activities, Travel

Cultural and Historical Destinations Perfect for an Up North Road Trip

“Let’s go for a ride.” Those were five words I was always excited to hear as a child. My (Becky’s) family was big on what we called ‘Sunday Drives;’ a day when mom would pack the picnic basket and we’d all pile into the Family Truckster for a fun day exploring the Brainerd Lakes area… Read More Cultural and Historical Destinations Perfect for an Up North Road Trip

Brainerd Lakes Area, Family Activities

Lakes Area Music Festival offers a Sensory Friendly Music Event

     Lakes Area Music Festival (LAMF) has partnered with Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative (PBEC) has joined forces to bring the Lakes Area a sensory family music event!      On July 29th from 4:30-6: 00 p.m., LAMF and PBEC will be showcasing a string quartet performance that includes a meet and greet with the… Read More Lakes Area Music Festival offers a Sensory Friendly Music Event

Holidays, Product + Service Reviews, Shopping Features, Winter

3 Reasons Basic Invite Wins at Holiday Cards

This post is sponsored by Basic Invite, a company revolutionizing the holiday card industry. It’s the middle of summer, so Christmas cards and the holiday season might seem far away right now. But we all know the holidays will be here before we know it. As soon as stores begin to clear the back-to-school things,… Read More 3 Reasons Basic Invite Wins at Holiday Cards

Essentia Health, Food + Dining Features, Health + Wellness Features, Self Care + Wellness

Eat More Veggies! – Three Easy Ways to Guarantee You Eat Your Vegetables

{Guest post from Jean Larson, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors.} Do you struggle to get enough vegetables each day? I encourage all my patients to shoot for four to six cups of vegetables every day. One strategy that helps you increase your vegetable intake, and your… Read More Eat More Veggies! – Three Easy Ways to Guarantee You Eat Your Vegetables

Brainerd Lakes Area, Family Activities, Gardens and Outdoor spaces

How Master Gardeners are Empowering the Minnesota Public

{Guest post from Master Gardener and Extension Educator for the University of Minnesota’s – Master Gardener Volunteer Program, Jackie Froemming} The Master Gardener Volunteer Program uses research-based horticulture knowledge and practices to inspire change and promote healthy people, communities, and environment. Extension Educators have developed educational toolkits for volunteers to use in their communities to… Read More How Master Gardeners are Empowering the Minnesota Public

Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features, Recipes + Food, Self Care + Wellness

Four Ways to Naturally Balance Blood Sugar

Guest post from Jean Larson; licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health, one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. People with diabetes aren’t the only ones who need to lower their blood sugar levels. The American Diabetes Association says 1 in 3 American adults has pre-diabetes, which means their blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal… Read More Four Ways to Naturally Balance Blood Sugar