Farm Babies at the Minnesota Zoo {Giveaway!}

zooThe farm babies are back at the Minnesota Zoo for the month of April and my littles and I paid them a visit over spring break.


We loved it, I knew Miss F would especially love the baby animals and hands down her favorite were the baby goats who loved nibbling right out of her hands.


The pigs, the cows, the bunnies  were all out to visit last week on a nice sunny day and we even got to enjoy a ride around the Conservation Carousel, something we’d never done before.


The Wells Fargo Family Farm is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 30 and there’s always a lot going on.


Activities Include:

Hay maze in the Machine Shed 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

zoos2Weekend Activities:
9 a.m. – Enrichment at Snow Monkeys
10 a.m. – Enrichment at Brown Bears
11 a.m. – Enrichment at Sea Otters or Meet a Bird Keeper at Tropics Trail
1 p.m. – Enrichment at River Otters
2 p.m. – Close Encounters at End of Tropics Trail
University of Minnesota Bee Squad (April 18 & 19) – Learn why we should be more “bee friendly.” Get up close to a live hive and learn more about these important pollinators at the Farm.
MN Pork Growers Oink Booth (April 25 & 26) at the Farm
Daily Cow Milkings: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. at the Farm
Limited tram rides will be available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


I’m excited to give ONE reader a family FOUR pack of admission passes to visit the farm babies this month.

You can enter the rafflecopter giveaway right here.

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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. The Minnesota Zoo invited us to visit the Wells Fargo Family Farm last week over spring break and granted us complimentary admission. All opinions expressed are mine. The Minnesota Zoo has provided the free admission passes for the giveaway winner.

Moms Rock! Expo Coming to Minneapolis

Moms Rock! Expo is coming to Minneapolis this spring so mark your calendars, grab your girlfriends and make a weekend of it because the Minneapolis Convention Center will soon by crawling with MOMS!


Moms Rock! Expo (May 2-3, 2015) is two amazing days, just for moms, filled with inspiring and informative Keynote Speakers, Real Talk Panels, “We Get Moms” career information sessions and a whole bevvy of demonstrations, tips, ideas and resources to help all moms Live Life Easier & Healthier in the best way possible. If Minnesota is to remain a great place to live, work, and play, we need to celebrate Moms and Support Families! Moms Rock! Expo is two special days (just for moms, women and girls) that will showcase the Best that Minnesota has to offer to help moms Live Life Easier!

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear well known speakers, attend seminars on various parenting and life topics, make up, cooking and career demos and if you do decide to bring those kiddos along, they can do science experiments with Kitchen Pantry Scientist and even meet peg + cat from PBS Kids.

The main stage speaker roster is pretty amazing too: Tamera Mowry-Housley, Lee Woodruff and Jaime Primak Sullivan.


Tickets are available now for $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. Children ages 4 and under are FREE. The event is kid friendly but don’t feel like you have to bring kids, you can make it a girls weekend easily by booking a downtown hotel.

U.S. Bank has teamed up with Moms Rock! Expo to create and sell this exclusive Military Moms Rock! T-Shirt! 100% of the proceeds benefit military families. The goal is to support Operation Shower; an organization that provides baby essentials and organizes group baby showers for expectant moms whose husbands or partners are or will be deployed during the pregnancy. See more at:

Moms Rock! Expo is sponsored by 3M, U.S. Bank, Target, Medtronic, Microsoft, Truvia, KARE 11, myTalk 107.1, TPT and MSP Magazine.

I’m so excited to be giving away a FOUR pack of tickets to Moms Rock! Expo. You can enter the Rafflecopter giveaway right here.

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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Moms Rock Expo! has gifted me tickets to the event and is also providing the winners 4 pack of tickets.

My Fifth Stitch Fix


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Mommy, I Need You.


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