Six Things To Know Before You Go to Junk Bonanza *Giveaway*

It’s the most wonderful time of September. It’s Junk Bonanza time. One of my favorite annual sales is back and of course, better than ever. This year’s sale is once again held at Canterbury Park September 22-24. There will be three FULL days of junk shopping.


If you are a junk-lover or aspire to be, here are five things you need to know about Junk Bonanza:

1. The entire event stems from a garage sale. Founder Ki Nassauer would sell vintage style items at an annual event in Long Lake. The event grew to become more than just Ki’s sale and now includes vendors from all over the country. In addition to twice a year in Minneapolis, there are also Junk Bonanzas in Portland and San Diego.

2. Not just anyone can be a Junk Bonanza vendor. Vendors must apply and be juried. Also? Most of that junk needs to be 40 plus years old. Ki prides the event on being one of a kind, not having too many of the same vendors and also making sure they are quality. There will be some certain handcrafted items {think jams and jellies} available that clearly aren’t 40 years old.

3. Nearly 15,000 people attended the 3 day event in Minnesota last April. FIFTEEN THOUSAND people! That’s a lot of junk lovers.

4. There’s more than just shopping happening at Junk Bonanza. Think demonstrations, make and takes and giveaways. New this year: An interactive paint by number canvas attendees are invited to grab a brush and paint each day between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. See the full activity schedule here.


5. Leave the stroller at home. Better yet, leave the kids. While many of the vendors and shoppers mights be parents as well, this shopping experience is best if you leave the kids and all the kid gear at home. Do you really want little Susie breaking a valuable piece of junk because she’s bored?

6. Tickets are $10/day and you can get a handstamp and come back if you want. Feeling like you’ll want to go more than once? Buy an early bird ticket, $25 gets you early access day one of the sale plus admission the entire weekend. Canterbury has free parking and will be selling food and beverages throughout the day. {Think Bloody Mary’s and cheese curds!}

Junk Bonanza takes place at Canterbury Park

Early bird hours are  8 a.m.-10 a.m. on day one of the sale

September 22 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

September 23-24  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Have you ever gone to Junk Bonanza? What’s been your favorite purchase?

Want to win a FREE ticket to Junk Bonanza? Enter my giveaway right here–>
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Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReSTORE opens THIS Weekend

If you are a Fixer Upper, home reno lover or just a lover of DIY you aren’t going to want to miss the Fixer Upper Twin Cities ReStore opening this week. The newest store is located at 2700 Minnehaha Avenue South in Minneapolis.

ReStore is a home improvement outlet that sells donated materials to the public, with revenue supporting Habitat for Humanity’s work building, rehabbing and repairing homes for families in the Twin Cities.


The grand opening of the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore kicks of Thursday Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. with an official board cutting. There will be giveaways all day long, plus you can enter for a chance to win the Saturday grand prize drawing for a NEW refrigerator!

Check their website for all the details, including info on special appearances from Amy Matthews and Alexis Thompson.

Also, if you love browsing DIY projects, check out this part of their site. SO MANY IDEAS!

Whether you’re looking for a deal, a new DIY project or just ideas that you can fix up, you’ll want to check out the store.



Living the Beach Dream in the Mazda CX-9

Thanks to Drive Shop and Mazda I got to zip around Cocoa Beach, Florida in the Mazda CX-9 last month for our end of the summer girls trip.

At home I’m a minivan mama so I wasn’t sure what it would be like zipping around in a sporty SUV. Spoiler alert: I LOVED it! Wheels that don’t scream hockey mom? Sign me up!


Instead, it screamed sporty, fun, luxury. And it felt so nice.


The exterior was machine gray and the interior was auburn. It truly felt like we were driving a luxury, sporty SUV around town.





Mazda CX-9 interior features:

7 passenger seating

Leather seats and leather covered steering wheel

2nd row sunshades

Heated front seats

Push button start

Advanced Keyless entry

Bose AM/FM/HD/SAT speakers

8″ color display with rear camera

Aluminum and Rosewood interior trim

Navigation System

Sirius Satellite Radio


Third row seating for the win!

Mazda CX-9 exterior features:

20″ alloy wheels

Power open/close rear lift gate

Power Moonroof


Safety features:

Rear back up sensors

Lane departure warning

Smart Brake support

Traction Control and Roll Stability


We picked up the car in Orlando and headed to Cocoa where we mostly used the car for trips to the beach or for pool breaks. I loved the feel of the sporty, luxury car.

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Having our own wheels definitely made our girls trip!


Have you ever driven a Mazda CX-9? 

Disclosure: Thanks to Drive Shop and Mazda I was loaned this vehicle free of charge during our trip to Cocoa Beach. All opinions and photos are 100% mine.

Save on Cirque du Soleil Tickets at Target Center

I have never been to a Cirque show but am so excited to see one later this month at Target Center.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: TORUK – THE FIRST FLIGHT, The newest Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar will be at Target Center Sept. 28- Oct 2.

My readers are invited to save $10 on select tickets with code: TORUK10

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Purchase link here. 

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Have you ever been to a Cirque show?

Disclosure: I’ve received two tickets to Cirque du Soleil Toruk at Target Center for sharing this ticket discount. All opinions expressed are mine.

Save Money on Krazy Kids Inflatable Run in St. Cloud this Month

We’ve all heard of all the crazy, fun runs for adults- color runs and mud runs and other obstacle courses

Why should adults have all the fun?

There’s going to be a Krazy Kids Inflatable Run in St. Cloud later this month and it’s sure to be a good time for kids of all ages.

On September 17, join lots of other families for the fun run at Powder Ridge.

Ages 3-12 {minimum height of 36″ required} will get to try their hand at a 1.5 mile inflatable course.

No two races are alike, there are 11 “KRAZY” inflatables from start to finish, one water stop and start and finish are located next to each other. The best part for parents? You can run along side your kids in the Parent Viewing Lane.

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Registration is NOW open but filling up fast. You choose your child’s start time and if you register before Sept 16, it’s just $29. Save even more by using Simplicity15 to save 15% on registration.


Groupon Makes Finding Things to Do with Kids Easy

This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are mine.

I am always up for adventures with my kids. I’m a firm believer that experiences are always greater than things which is why when you come to our house you’ll see we don’t have the latest and greatest anything, rarely buy toys {like maybe Christmas?} and why I try to limit my kids electronics/tv usage as much as possible.

That’s not to say we don’t have nice things, we do, but we just choose to spend money on experiences, travel, seeing and doing things.

But doing things can get spendy, wanting to try something new and not sure how the kids will like it can be risky. Enter Groupon.

There are always a surplus of activities and deals for local events and happenings on Groupon. We’ve used Groupon Things To Do to try new things and also visit places we’ve been a dozen times before.

From bowling to painting to swimming and even sightseeing, there is always something on Groupon worth checking out and saving a few dollars in the process.
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We most recently used a Groupon Things to Do deal for a local bowling alley and laser tag but other times we’ve used it for date nights and other venues.

Right now, if you’re in Minnesota, there’s a Valleyfair admission Groupon that will save you $20 on admission! SCORE!

Have you used Groupon to discover and save on things to do in your area? What’s been your best deal so far?

hum Makes Driving Safer, Smarter for Teens {& Their Parents!}

This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are mine.

We’re on our second teen driver in the house. T has had his license close to 18 months now and M has had her permit nearly six months. In another half a year, we’ll have another teen driver.


So many people think that makes our lives so much easier.

And it does. But it doesn’t.

Because we try not to depend on our kids to get other kids places and also because we WORRY.

Where are they going? Who are they with? When will they be back? Umm, do they really know how to get there?

That sort of stuff.

Enter hum.


{Which by the way isn’t even just made for teens but for ALL drivers!}

hum is a tool and app that monitors everything related to the vehicle.

Speed, distance, GPS.


By connecting part of hum to your dash and downloading their free app, you are in the know at all times about the vehicle. {And when I say connecting to your dash, that is really it. Once that was in, we were set and everything else was accessible via my phone app.}


Can’t remember where you parked? No worries. Want to find out how fast junior is going on the side roads? You got it.


One perk I really like is that it tracks your data like your mpg and your driving habits so when you are thinking about making a road trip you can use that data to estimate what your approximate costs will be. I mean, do we live in the future or what?

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hum also has special features to make driving safer and the ability to call for help or roadside assistance distraction free.


The investment to own hum and have it’s monthly service {currently exclusively available through Verizon} is low.

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Because the value is high.

Having peace of mind about your auto health, speed, safety, location? All in all hum could be a game changer for many families with teenagers.

Do you have experience with teenage drivers? What has brought you peace of mind as they start driving and venturing away from home? 

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions at Target Center

I have always loved watching gymnastics. I was never a gymnast myself but always wished I could do the aerial movements with the kind of grace we see displayed on tv.

From time to time, my friends and I would “pretend” we were gymnasts with elaborate floor exercises that bordered on a dance so poorly choreographed we would most often find ourselves in fits of laughter.
My littlest little really wants to give gymnastics a try this fall and I’m excited to watch her try the beam and tumble around, working her muscles and exploring her little capabilities.
We’re really excited to be able to go see Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics at Target Center in October.
Tickets are available now and from today through September 5 you can save 15% using code: TC2016 right here. 
I also have TWO sets of TWO tickets to give away to TWO lucky readers! You can enter the Rafflecopter giveaway right here:

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Disclosure: Target Center has given our family passes to the event as well as passes to give away to a reader. All opinions expressed are mine.

Christmas in August at The Saint Paul Hotel

It’s Christmas in August at The Saint Paul Hotel!


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Christmas in August at The Saint Paul Hotel

It’s Christmas in August at The Saint Paul Hotel!


Tickets to the beloved “It’s A Wonderful Live: Radio Play” go on sale Wednesday August 24 and the Saint Paul Hotel is pulling all the stops for this year’s Christmas tradition

On Wednesday, August 24, from 4-6 p.m., The Saint Paul Hotel will open its James J. Hill ballroom for a special advanced sales event for the hotel’s 11th annual production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.


Four costumed cast members from playwright Joe Landry’s acclaimed adaptation, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, will be on hand to greet guests, sing carols, and entertain early ticket purchasers. The Saint Paul Hotel staff will greet guests at multiple ticket sales tables accommodating both group and individual ticket purchases for the popular production, which features a three-course lunch or dinner as well as the live performance of the holiday classic.
Tickets for It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play and the accompanying multi-course meal are $65 per person for the luncheon shows and $85 per person for the dinner performances, including tax and gratuity. Please note: Parking is not included in the price. The dinner and show last approximately 2.5 hours. Guests are also invited to arrive one hour before show time to enjoy a social time with a cash bar.

Special Offer
The first 10 people who purchase two tickets or more at the August 24 event will receive a gift certificate for one overnight stay at The Saint Paul Hotel (other restrictions apply). An additional 10 gift certificates will be given to the first 10 phone orders (651.228.3860).



In addition to the special offer, there are lots of other ways to get into the holiday spirit at The Saint Paul Hotel Wednesday:

Help put the finishing touches on the decorating the James J. Hill room for the holidays

Decorate-your-own Christmas cookies,

Make your own snow,

Participate in a contest to wrap the best Christmas package, Winner will receive a $50 gift card to M St Café.

A wintery Saint Paul Hotel backdrop from which to take selfies and

Sip complimentary “Sleigh Ride” cocktails — a preview of the new specialty drink, which will be served at this year’s performances.

These and numerous other touches will help guests indulge in some early holiday spirit as they ensure their seats for this popular, memorable holiday outing.

I’m excited to be at The Saint Paul Hotel Wednesday at 4 p.m. joining in the festivities and I’ll be posting on social media while I’m there. I’m also excited to give one reader TWO tickets to the December 8 luncheon performance next Wednesday on Facebook

This is one holiday tradition you don’t want to miss out on.

Tell me: Have you seen It’s A Wonderful Life: Radio Play at The Saint Paul Hotel? What is one of your favorite holiday traditions? 

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