Books, Family Activities, Kids

5 Wonderfully Diverse Coloring Books for Kids and Tweens

Anyone who knows me (Becky) knows that adult coloring is something I truly adore. It’s a form of relaxation that is portable, doable, and never fails to help me “power down” after an intense day. And honestly, I’m kinda picky about what I want to spend my time coloring. So when I stumble upon a… Read More 5 Wonderfully Diverse Coloring Books for Kids and Tweens

Family Activities, Mindful Living

Blizzards | It’s All About Perspective

The threat of multiple impending winter storms seems to be promoting sheer panic for those in the southeastern areas of the U.S. while us Northerners are secretly thrilled that the resorts, ski lodges, and the snow-toy dealers will have a banner selling year. Blizzards are inconvenient, messy and yes…COLD. We can complain bitterly about them… Read More Blizzards | It’s All About Perspective

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

Brainerd Lakes Area, Family Activities, Local Parks, Summer

Brainerd History Week and the 39th Annual This Old Farm Pioneer Days

The UpNoPa moms LOVE this community where we live, work and play every day. Heck, that’s how Up North Parent came to be in the first place! We created Up North Parent because we are passionate about supporting thriving families and strong communities and wanted to provide inspiration for both. We also believe that the… Read More Brainerd History Week and the 39th Annual This Old Farm Pioneer Days

Brainerd Lakes Area, Family Activities, Self Care + Wellness, Summer

The Up North Parent Healing Gardens Tour

“Going for a drive” is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to enjoy summer while also taking in the sights, sounds, and attractions that the Up North/Lakes Area has to offer. And anyone who’s lived here for more than one season knows that gardening is a BIG DEAL in this community. Rightfully so since dirt… Read More The Up North Parent Healing Gardens Tour

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

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Family Activities, Self Care + Wellness

The String Yank Technique | How to Remove a Fish Hook if You’re Caught in the Fishing Fun

Guest Post written by Essentia Health; one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. Fishing and the Lakes Area go hand-in-in had, but the medical team at Essentia Health also knows that the two sometimes get “tangled” together is a not-so-fun-way. The lakes draw many to live and vacation in our beautiful area. However, a common injury for… Read More The String Yank Technique | How to Remove a Fish Hook if You’re Caught in the Fishing Fun

Brainerd Lakes Area, Family Activities, Kids, Money, Parenting, Summer

Summertime Money Making Ideas for Teens

Summer break is always a time deeply anticipated by kids, but sometimes not-so-much by their parents. Three weeks into summer vacation is when the shiny newness of not being in school starts to tarnish and boredom sets in. Whether your kids are 5 or 15, parents know what bored kids do. Bored kids tend to:… Read More Summertime Money Making Ideas for Teens

Brainerd Lakes Area, Family Activities, Food + Dining Features, Product + Service Reviews, Recreation Features

Jack Pine Brewery of Baxter, MN | A Not-So-Typical Local Taproom Experience

This post is sponsored by Jack Pine Brewery. Thank you for welcoming us and making this post possible! Some of the best businesses in the Brainerd Lakes Area are the ones who had humble and authentic beginnings. Jack Pine Brewery is one such company. Laura and I (Becky) recently had the pleasure of visiting this… Read More Jack Pine Brewery of Baxter, MN | A Not-So-Typical Local Taproom Experience