Books, Fall

Books and Pets to Curl Up With This Fall | Reading Recommendations from #UpNoPa

As the leaves turn glorious colors and the temps get into the I-think-I-need-a-jacket-today range, we think it’s a safe bet that many of us are looking forward to “chillaxin’” days of being curled up with a furry pet and a good read. With that in mind, here are our picks for Books and Pets to… Read More Books and Pets to Curl Up With This Fall | Reading Recommendations from #UpNoPa

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

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

Parenting, Product + Service Reviews, Shopping Features

The Art of Writing a Thank You Note | Is It Lost Forever?

The art of writing a thank you note is something that is falling victim to our digital age. An opportunity to show gratitude to someone and give them some mail to smile about, a thank you note is an easy way to show you care. This post is sponsored by The Invite Lady and her… Read More The Art of Writing a Thank You Note | Is It Lost Forever?

Kids, Parenting, Thrifting

Previously Loved | Thrift Store Shopping Hacks for Busy Parents

I can’t even begin to tell you how stoked I am as to how popular our previous post, Gently Used & Previously Loved -Thrift Stores in the Brainerd Lakes Area has been with UpNoPa readers. This subject is near-and-dear to my heart for many reasons, but the main one is how, over the last 20+ years,… Read More Previously Loved | Thrift Store Shopping Hacks for Busy Parents

Fall, Self Care + Wellness

6 Tips For Autumn Self-Care | Cozy Blankets, Colorful Leaves and Pumpkin Spice Everything

It’s finally autumn. My favorite month. I love all the coziness, colors and coffee. I am going to try not to rush the season this year, like in previous years. Winter comes so fast – grey skies, icy roads, and freezing temps – so I’m all for soaking up the warmth of the sun and… Read More 6 Tips For Autumn Self-Care | Cozy Blankets, Colorful Leaves and Pumpkin Spice Everything