A shopping event bursting with Minnesota pride

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Do you love handmade jewelry, gorgeous bags, cheeky letterpress cards, chocolate, beauty bars, beeswax, Minnesota-pride icons, beer, and tater tots? Of course you do. Love the idea of supporting Minnesota artists, designers, and makers even more? Of course you do. That’s why you are definitely going to want to check out the HAMMS Event on […]

Easy movie night party for tweens

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Movie night might be the easiest tween birthday party theme ever. Easy for you, fun for them, win for all. Here are some photos and ideas from my son’s movie-themed sleepover party. Set the stage All you need to make a theater is a large screen, chairs in rows, and a concession stand. Our concessions are […]

Six ways to make it easier

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Yes and Yes, a blog we both follow and fellow Minnesota blogger, published this great post: How to make your life a million times easier (slight exaggeration). We both liked it, and found ourselves thinking about the little ways we simplify and make things easier for ourselves by removing the decisions required by the seemingly endless […]

The grownups are coming

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I don’t want to be a helicopter parent. But I’ve just spent all morning on the junior high parent portal and coaching my seventh grader through a tearful “corrective” and “proactive” action plan process. Because my smart, funny, adventurous, gifted-program, advanced-placement, first-born son is getting an F. And a D+. And a C. Excuse me […]

Put on shoes, step on porch

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Put on shoes, step on porch is my brother’s mantra for getting himself going on a training run. That’s all you have to do, he says — put on your shoes, go outside, take a couple steps. No matter how long the run is, it always starts that way. When I had my second heart […]

Our favorite posts of 2013

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Readers choose their favorites, of course, but sometimes we just want to write about what we love. These are our favorites from 2013. Jen’s favorite posts Don’t get me wrong, I love a good freezer casserole or adorable hedgehog baby onesie how-tos as much as the next girl, but I love these posts too, which […]

Top read posts of 2013

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December is not only the end of the year, but it is also our blog’s birthday. It has been two years since Breanne and I met for that first Borealis lunch, writing lists, trying to think of the perfect name for our blog, and wondering what our friends and family would think. We’ve written 225 […]

How to make fabric ornament gift tags

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If you are all done shopping but have yet to wrap up your gifts (and you still have the emotional and mental capacity for crafting), these gift tags are so cute — and fast and easy. I found this idea on Pinterest (naturally) last year, and my partner-in-crafting-crime Kristen and I set about making several […]