Captain America: Civil War Opens Nationwide Today


I wasn’t able to go to the pre-screening for this one so I asked my friend Charles Awad to cover for me. Here’s his review:  Captain America: Civil War marks a return to silver screen starring role for Marvel’s resident great American hero. Similarly to Winter Soldier, Cap faces long odds, tough decisions and unexpected betrayal, […]

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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Teacher Appreciation


This next week is teacher appreciation week and a few weeks later, the end of the school year. It always sneaks up on me and I’m never quite sure what to do to say “Thank You” to the people who spend their days loving, leading and teaching my children. I put together a little list […]

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On Loving the Teenage Years.


I always thought I would be more sad as my kids moved from little to big. That I’d miss the nursing and the carrying and the sippy cups and carseats. Perhaps I just haven’t had time to miss these stages. In our 12 year marriage I’ve spent 5.25 years either pregnant or nursing. Perhaps the […]

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Four Things to Know about Diary of a Wimpy Kid at Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis


Last night H and I saw the world premiere of Diary of a Wimpy Kid the musical at Children’s Theatre Company. I’ve been anxious to see this because The Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series was one of H’s favorites awhile back so I knew he would be excited to see the story come […]

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On Last Babies.


We knew before we even saw her face that she would be our last baby. We didn’t even know if there would be a last baby. But our “just one more” longed for, wanted and prayed for baby arrived on the scene nearly three years ago and now it seems impossible to imagine life without […]

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Guest Post: Five Steps to a Non Perfect {yet Fantastic!} Party


My name is Gianna Kordatzky from Family Fun Twin Cities, and I took over Samara’s blog to talk about something near and dear to my heart. Party planning. There are so many reasons to have a party. Birthdays, Anniversaries, Surprise Parties, Baby Showers, Fall Parties, Spring Parties. I love to plan them, but even I […]

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Six Every Day Money Saving Apps & Sites

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Everybody loves saving money, right? While we do some traditional saving and planning- college and retirement and the like and definitely believe it’s important, there’s something about “mindless” saving. Saving money doing the things you’re already doing and using that money for things like trips or spending money, etc. These are six every day money […]

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Free Mrs. Meyers Soap & $10 Credit at ePantry, now Groves Collaborative


You know I’m a big fan of ePantry. Anything that makes my life a little bit easier and saves some time is a win for me. We’ve been using ePantry for almost a year now on things like Mrs. Meyers cleaning products and soaps and prior to Miss F being out of diapers, diapers too. […]

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The Angry Birds Movie Bird Island Experience at Mall of America


Angry Birds fans unite and get excited for the upcoming Angry Birds movie that will be released this May in theaters nationwide. This Saturday, April 2, the Mall of America is having a very fun Bird Island experience that is sure to be fun for the whole family! The Angry Birds Movie will take over […]

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BOGO Tickets to Joseph at Orpheum Theatre March 31


Thursday night is Family Night at the Orpheum!  Buy one full priced adult ticket, get one kids ticket free! Use Passcode: FAMILY Offer is valid only for the March 31st performance at 7:30pm, for all sections while seats last. When selecting your seats, be sure to enter FAMILY as the Offer Code and that the […]

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