Books, Kids, Parenting

Baby Scientist Books – Making Science Interesting for Preschoolers

How many of you wanted to be a scientist when you grew up? Chances are, not too many kids list “scientist” as their future career goal when being a princess or astronaut looks so much more appealing! I (UpNoPa mama Laura) wanted to be a paleontologist when I grew up because I loved fossils, so… Read More Baby Scientist Books – Making Science Interesting for Preschoolers

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)

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

Brainerd Lakes Area, Education, Kids, School

STEAM Programming at the Brainerd Public Library

Have you heard of STEM (or STEAM in this case)? An acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and math; STEAM is a popular focus in schools and programs directed toward children. STEAM programming has come to the Brainerd Public Library, and the best part — it’s completely FREE! We have a member of the AmeriCorps… Read More STEAM Programming at the Brainerd Public Library

Kids, Motherhood, Parenting, Winter

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Bug-Loving Kids | Gift Ideas for Kids Who Love Bugs

If you’ve got a kid who loves bugs, you might be wondering what sort of gifts you can get them. This can especially be a challenge if you’re not quite the bug enthusiast they are! (Raising my hand with you!) We’ve got a list of the best gift ideas for kids who love bugs to… Read More The Ultimate Gift Guide for Bug-Loving Kids | Gift Ideas for Kids Who Love Bugs

Family Activities, Kids, Motherhood, Parenting, Winter

Ideas of Holiday Traditions Your Family Will Love

December is arguably my most favorite month of the year. Sure, it’s usually cold in Minnesota, but I don’t mind the snow and cold one bit until AFTER the new year. It’s still new and pretty, and I’m 100% ok with a white Christmas! I love everything about the holiday season, from the music and… Read More Ideas of Holiday Traditions Your Family Will Love

Fall, Family Activities, Kids, Parenting, Volunteering

How to Cultivate Gratitude in Kids | Help Your Kids Give Thanks

This time of year, gratitude and thanksgiving are at the forefront of everyone’s mind. The holiday season seems to inspire us to count our blessings and appreciate what we have to be thankful for. For those of us who are raising children, we likely want to encourage and teach our children to experience gratitude this… Read More How to Cultivate Gratitude in Kids | Help Your Kids Give Thanks

Books

How to Start a Book Club | Everything You Need to Know About Book Clubs

Both of us moms here at Up North Parent love to read. I’m not sure if it’s the fact we’re both introverts (reading is our favorite way to refill our energy buckets), or if living in Minnesota with our insanely long and often harsh winters further encourages our love of reading. Whatever it is, we… Read More How to Start a Book Club | Everything You Need to Know About Book Clubs

Family Activities, Kids, Parenting, Summer

Half Birthday Celebrations | Half Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

My birthday is in the beginning of December, and I live in Minnesota. That means for all of my birthdays, it has been cold and 95% of them have had snow on the ground. My sister, on the other hand, was born in July. Her birthdays have always been just after the midpoint of summer,… Read More Half Birthday Celebrations | Half Birthday Party Ideas for Kids