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What It’s Like to Tour Paisley Park Where Prince Lived, Worked and Recorded

I was shocked and saddened when Prince died on April 26, 2016. I bet you were, too. An incredible talent like his is rare indeed and the world cried purple tears that day. As a former Minnesotan and huge Prince fan, I am sorry to say I never got a chance to see him in concert. […]

“The Unofficial Guide to Mall of America” ~ Tips for Visiting the Largest Mall in the USA

If you love to shop and want to visit the largest mall in the USA, or if you’re planning a trip to Minnesota, you need to read The Unofficial Guide to Mall of America. This informative book is filled with handy tips for visitors to this mega entertainment complex of stores, restaurants, aquarium, and indoor amusement park. Once […]

Bloomington, Minnesota – An Affordable & Fun Family Vacation Destination

Bloomington’s central location between the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and outlying suburbs makes it a fabulous spot for a Minnesota vacation. With no sales tax on shoes or clothing purchases plus reasonably priced hotels and restaurants, a vacation to Bloomington is an affordable choice. There are a lot of misconceptions about Minnesota, for example, that the state is made up […]

Win a Weekend to Bloomington, Minnesota – Home of the Mall of America

Whether you’re a spa-goer, thrill-seeker, sports-lover or shop-till-you-dropper…Bloomington, Minnesota has got you covered. Bloomington is best known as the home of the Mall of America, the second largest mall in the USA, but there’s much much to explore beyond the mall. As a former Minnesota resident, I’m happy to share with you the Bloomington Pick Your Pack Sweepstakes! The […]

Science Museum of Minnesota for Hands-On Learning and Fun

Whether you’re looking for a place to learn about dinosaurs, experiment with interactive science exhibits, play a round of educational mini golf, or just escape the snowy (or sunny) climate for awhile, the Science Museum of Minnesota has got you covered. With 70,000 square feet of exhibition space, you will probably not be able to experience everything at this museum […]

Padelford Riverboat ~ Sail the Mississippi & Learn Minnesota History

Children and adults alike will enjoy a cruise along the Mississippi River aboard a paddle boat with the Padelford Riverboat Company, especially when plied with the correct number of potato chips! Setting sail from Harriet Island in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, most cruises take about two hours and include educational commentary about the river and its role […]

Mickey’s Diner – A Fun Joint for Families in St. Paul, Minnesota

Mickey’s Diner has everything a diner should have: greasy food, thick milkshakes, jukebox tunes, and cranky waitresses. Serving up good eats and free downtown parking 24 hours a day since it opened in St. Paul in 1939, this restaurant was designed to resemble the dining railroad cars of its time. I remember coming here as a kid from the Minnesota suburbs and […]

Why to Visit Minnesota’s Twin Cities with Kids

Whenever I visit Minnesota, I am struck by how green, green, green the landscape is. Leafy trees and expanses of lush grass as well as lakes both big and small abound. In the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, a myriad of cultural activities like live music and theatre plus kid-friendly attractions galore can keep any family entertained.

The Travel Mama’s Top 3 Hidden Gem Destinations

Shhh…here are my threefavorite hidden gem destinations.