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

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, Thrifting

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

Brainerd Lakes Area, Food + Dining Features, Lodging Features, Resorts

Time to Relax on Mille Lacs | Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort

A huge thank you to the team at Appeldoorn’s who welcomed us with open arms and gave us the grand tour. They gave us the opportunity to have a delicious meal and try FlingGolf, on the house. This post is possible, thanks to them! There was a time when the idea of a grand resort… Read More Time to Relax on Mille Lacs | Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort

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