Sarah Jackson
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Tim Webert of Plymouth was at his son’s hockey game in 2014 when he witnessed the tragedy of a seemingly healthy young boy dying because of an undiagnosed congenital heart condition. “We immediately wondered if our kids had healthy hearts,” Webert said. “As I sought options to have their hearts checked, I was told there are no readily accessible tests that are both accurate and affordable.”  And so Webert left a high-powered career in marketing and product development to create a new... more
On-the-go water for kids!
Most kids love juice boxes. But if you’re trying to cut back on sugar, they’re not a great choice. Fortunately, mothers Laurie Ambrose from Chanhassen and Lisa Amundson (a dentist from Woodbury) — sisters who collectively have six kids! — have come up with a cool alternative that’s perfect for families.Their new kidsWATER drink... more
Soups you can sip!
With summer arriving — and a different kind of “busy” coming our way — we know we’re going to need convenience foods (that are also swimsuit-body-friendly).But that doesn’t have to mean scavenging half-eaten granola bars and the kids’ leftover Goldfish crackers.Thanks to a local stay-at-home mama, there’s another option — organic, gluten... more
MCM is back!
The Minnesota Children's Museum's St. Paul campus (closed since December) will celebrate a $30 million expansion and renovation — including 10 new exhibits and 35 percent more space for visitors — with a free block party on June 17 (advance tickets required for free museum admittance). A Target Free 3rd Sunday on June 18... more
Birdtown boutique
Robbinsdale really is the new, hot place to be.It’s where you can find two of the Twin Cities’ trendiest restaurants — Pig Ate My Pizza and Travail Kitchen & Amusements (not to mention Victory 44, just a stone’s throw to the east in North Minneapolis). In the heart of Birdtown — on a single two-block stretch — you’ll find the... more
A Stride Rite that’s staying open!
Last month, many parents were bummed to hear that a beloved longtime kid-shoe purveyor — Massachusetts-based Stride Rite — was closing all of its corporate locations in late April, including the store at Southdale, and outlets in Eagan and Albertville. But we have good news: The locally owned Stride Rite store at Rosedale Center (... more
Swimming for all
Drowning is a leading cause of death for children with autism, according to the National Autism Association, due to kids’ tendency to wander and seek isolation — often in unsafe environments — when overstimulated by crowds.To combat this high risk, Sonja Brown, six years ago, founded a unique swimming school in Minnetonka — Swim... more
Sitter app for parents
Paul and Kristen Abdo (pictured above) of Edina were on their way home from a night out — trying to figure out how long they’d been away and if they had enough cash to pay their sitter — when they realized: There must be an easier way to not only pay the baby sitter, but also to book sitters.So the parents, who have three kids, created... more
Open fetal surgeries offered in Minneapolis
The Midwest Fetal Care Center in Minneapolis was a marvel when it opened a year ago, offering life-saving fetal surgeries to babies in utero, including twins. Now the center has expanded its services to include open fetal surgeries with a special emphasis on treating spina bifida.Literally meaning “split spine,” the condition (which... more
Museum opening delayed
The Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul, rather than reopening in mid-April as planned, will welcome visitors in June, due to a logistical delay in its multi-million-dollar renovations.The contractor hired to fabricate the parts of The Scramble — the museum’s new four-story climbing adventure, featuring two towers, a spiral slide and... more
Mom, you’re hired!
Stay-at-home moms — and veterans — often face huge challenges when trying to return to the workforce. Many employers mistakenly view them as unemployable or undesirable because of their so-called employment gaps. But the Minneapolis office of the IT-consulting firm York Solutions has successfully launched a new initiative... more
A go-to pant for mamas
Navel pants — created by Sarah Longacre, the beloved founder of Blooma (a local yoga studio and haven for mamas and mamas-to-be) — are on sale now online.After making an early debut at Bellyrama at Lake Harriet this past September, the high-rise comfy pants, which include a removable 9-inch belly band, cost $70 (20 percent off if you... more
Apple of our eye
Have you tried Opal apples? These gold-skinned Washington State-grown orbs are crunchy and sweet — dare we say good enough to rival Minnesota’s own Honeycrisp?But what really sets these babies apart is their ability to resist oxidation (that yucky browning that happens almost immediately after you slice an apple). Opal apples... more
2 more new indoor play spaces!
Sure, spring is technically “around the corner,” but in Minnesota, our reprieve from the cold usually comes not in March or April, but as late as June!Fortunately, we’ve got the scoop on indoor play spaces for kids in the Twin Cities — including more than two dozen venues — at mnparent.com/indoor.Two new additions to our list... more
New PBS Kids channel from TPT!
Big news: More Wild Kratts, Daniel Tiger, Nature Cat, Ready Jet Go! and Splash and Bubbles are coming your way! Yes, this month, TPT (Twin Cities PBS) is launching a new 24/7 broadcast channel devoted entirely to PBS Kids content.Existing on-demand clips and full episodes ... more
Habit-breaking smart bracelets
Do you have a kid who engages in potentially harmful, subconscious behaviors such as excessive nail biting, skin picking or hair pulling?You’re not alone. Millions of Americans suffer significantly from these issues, including many children.But now there may be a solution for such Body... more
Win a trip!
Minnesota Parent is giving away a FREE Winter Family Fun vacation for a family of four at Lutsen Mountains (valued at more than $500).This prize package includes 2 nights lodging, 2 days of lift tickets and 2 days of ski rentals for a family of four, all coinciding with the Family Fun Nights at the Summit Chalet, featuring... more
A new holiday tradition?
You’ve heard of The Elf on the Shelf. The 2004 children’s book and doll set has become a beloved, playful tradition among many families. It’s also caused backlash from parents who dislike the concept of a nanny-state elf who spies on kids and evaluates their behavior for gift worthiness.Well, what if you could have the playfulness of an... more
Hit the slopes (or trails)!
Winter is coming. Are you curling up into a fetal position with your favorite Slanket yet?Well, maybe you could skip the cabin fever this year. What if you could embrace winter by getting into skiing, snowboarding or even just tubing as a family? Check out more than a dozen winter-fun destinations in Minnesota at skiandboardmn.... more
Improv parenting
Parenting can be infinitely frustrating. It’s a grind that can suck the life out of even the most playful of parents.How can you bring back some of that magic?The answer, according to two Minneapolis moms, may be improv parentings classes, play days and camps. Improv Parenting is the brainchild of mother-of-three Keren Gudeman, an... more
Chef tools for kids!
It’s autumn: What better time to get the kids in the kitchen?And what better tools than the Le Petit Chef set from Opinel.Minnesota Parent’s 8-year-old tester (not exactly a huge culinary-arts enthusiast) loved this stainless steel knife-peeler set.Each tool encourages proper hand positioning with strategically placed learning rings that... more
Kick it up a notch
Lil’ Kickers — a year-round children’s soccer program focused on child development — has come to the Twin Cities.Founded in Seattle in 1999, Lil’ Kickers has grown into national franchise with more than 100 locations in 28 states.It’s been popular in Chicago for more than 10 years and is now expanding north with two Minneapolis... more
Childcare at MOA
Date night, anyone? Girls’ night? Guys’ night? How about just a little “you” time?Drop N’ Shop — an entertainment center for children — is now open at the Mall of America and offering drop-in childcare for ages 6 weeks to 12 years.Located on Level 3 at Sears Court, the facility offers activities such as Zumba and yoga for kids, arts and... more
Science Museum updates!
Heads up: The Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul will be closed from Sept. 6 to 9 and Sept. 12 to 16 for annual maintenance.Technicians will use the time to tune up the exhibit galleries and the Omnitheater for the fall and winter seasons.Upcoming events at the museum include: Playdates: Every Tuesday between 10 a.m. and noon,... more
A sensory-friendly backpack for school!
Students at the University of Minnesota have designed the “world’s first sensory-friendly backpack.”The Nesel Pack (a play on the word “nestle”) is a backpack for kids with sensory-processing issues, including children on the autism spectrum.It features specially designed straps with chest clips that create the feeling of a hug, plus... more
Cool kid's clothing
One Posh Closet, a Minnesota boutique featuring new and previously worn designer women’s clothing, is now offering children’s clothes.Founded by Nicole Jennings — wife of Super Bowl Champion NFL wide receiver Greg Jennings (see family photo above) — the Minnesota-based business started online in 2013, built around high-end pieces... more
The Lion King offers a special sensory performance on July 30
 Broadway is joining the sensory-friendly scene with a special performance of Disney’s The Lion King at 2 p.m. Saturday July 30 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.This one-time performance — geared toward people with sensory, social and learning disabilities and their families — is the first-ever sensory-friendly performance of a... more
Two new inclusive playgrounds
The Twin Cities is home to an increasing number of playgrounds designed for kids of all abilities.St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development is hosting a grand opening on July 20 to celebrate the completion of the multi-million dollar renovation and expansion project at its Minnetonka campus.Among the features is a new... more
New fetal care center
The Michael and Ann Ciresi Midwest Fetal Care Center — a new 6,700-square-foot clinic located in The Mother Baby Center in Minneapolis — opened March 14.It’s the first and largest advanced fetal care program in the Upper Midwest, made possible by a partnership involving Children’s Minnesota, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minnesota... more
MSP hacks for parents
July and August are the busiest months of the year at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the heaviest due to business commuters.Here are some amenities that might ease your pain: Quick Ride Ramp: Located a mile from Terminal 1 off Highway 5 at the Post Road exit, this ramp offers parking for $14... more
Doing The Dells this summer?
Wisconsin Dells — the self-proclaimed Waterpark Capital of the World (and a popular destination for Twin Cities families) — has announced what’s new in town for the upcoming summer travel season. Here’s a sampling:Slideboarding: This new ride at Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort relies on a slideboard, which looks a bit like a short... more
Beware of pool drains
Under the federal law, all public pools and spas must have a variety of anti-entrapment systems installed.But not every pool or hot tub is public and not every pool is compliant with the law, which was named after a young girl who drowned after she was trapped under water by the suction from a hot-tub drain.Here’s what you need to know,... more
Win the Okee Dokee Brothers' new CD!
The Okee Dokee Brothers are releasing their third CD/DVD — Saddle Up: A Western Adventure Album — on May 13. To celebrate, Minnesota Parent is giving away three signed copies! Enter to win by sending us a photo of your kid(s) playing outside for our June Outdoors Issue to editor@mnparent.com with a subject line of “SADDLE UP!” ... more
Stylish designs by a local mom
Meet Kimberly Senn of Edina.The now-mother of two boys left her career in advertising in 2009.During that time, she painted three canvases to hang over her baby’s crib — a triptych of a paper airplane soaring away. Her artwork quickly became a hit with friends and family, and Senn found herself making art — a lot of it — for a... more
Pillowfort is here!
Target’s new kid-centric decorating line — playfully named Pillowfort — is out now and we have to admit: It’s pretty adorable. Created by Target’s internal product design and development team, the line is crafted to appeal to parents and their kids, including a variety of themes that aren’t overly boyish or girly. Prices for... more
Got multiples?
If you’re parenting or expecting multiples, Welcome Baby Care needs you! Birth rates for multiples are increasing, and the Edina-based postpartum doula agency wants to learn from local parents about their needs. Parents or expecting parents of multiples are invited to share their most pressing challenges in a 23-question online... more
We're hiring a summer intern!
Minnesota Parent — an award-winning, 50,000-circulation glossy monthly magazine serving the Twin Cities — is looking for a journalism or writing student to serve as its 2017 summer intern. This position includes writing, reporting, researching and interviewing during the summer months at Twin Cities summer camps and classes. Our... more
Foodie magazines for kids!
Which would you rather have your kids learn — where food comes from (and how to cook and eat it) or the habits of dinosaurs?This pointed question comes from Jill Colella, the St. Paul founder of not one but two gorgeous bimonthly magazines for kids that encourage food savvy as well as early reading: Ingredient is for ages 6–12 and, new... more
Solace for moms
You are enough. And Jacquelyn B. Fletcher’s hand-stamped words — in Dear You: Messages For Moms, released in February ($16.95) — will give you permission to connect fearlessly with that truth. Billed as a manifesto for mothers, Fletcher’s latest book (a sweet Mother’s Day gift) features the imagined voice of Your Heart, which gives... more
Why you should drink New Zealand wine
If you’re a wine drinker, you may have noticed that a lot of wine comes out of New Zealand, especially sauvignon blanc, the country’s most famed grape. What you might not know, however, is that Minnesota now boasts a local connection to the kiwi wine scene: Nigel Avery of Sileni Estates — a certified sustainable winery in the famous wine... more
How to avoid flame retardants
Did you know that many household products — upholstered furniture, mattresses and children’s products, especially those containing foam (such as changing table pads and car seats) — can contain toxic flame-retardants?Once thought to slow the spread of fire, flame retardants have proven to be ineffective while also posing serious human... more
Plymouth teen honored
Fourteen-year-old Maria Keller of Plymouth has been named a 2015 honoree by the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes for her non-profit organization, Read Indeed.Each year, the Barron Prize celebrates 25 inspiring, public-spirited young people who have made a significant positive difference in the world. Maria was honored for her work in... more
Toothbrush delivery!
Did you know dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush every three months?It’s not because the bristles wear out. Alas. It’s because the average toothbrush contains more than 10 million bacteria, often including E. coli and staph. Ew. Hint: Flush your toilet with the lid down to reduce airborne bacteria that can collect on your... more
Are you a deal seeker?
How do these deals sound to you? • Take $2 off each admission ticket at the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul.• Get $5 off a purchase of $25 or more at the Hard Rock Café at the Mall of America.• Enjoy two-for-one admission at any of the four Pump It Up locations in the Twin Cities.These are just a few of the local discounts... more
WhipEye author honored
St. Paul author Geoffrey Saign has hit the jackpot with his 2014 book, WhipEye.Not only are teachers, kids and Amazon reviewers raving about his middle-grade urban fantasy thriller (the first in a series), it’s also received two pretty big literary honors this year — first place in children’s fiction from the 2015 International Book... more
Bob is back!
Bob the Builder — a longtime classic amongst the toddler set — is back as of Nov. 7 with a new look and feel, ending a nearly three-year hiatus. (New episodes of Bob the Builder haven’t aired in the U.S. since 2012.)Viewers can expect an entirely new look for the series (updated CGI-animation) and its namesake, Bob, plus and an extra-... more
Nordstrom open at Ridgedale
Big news for Nordstrom fans: The new Ridgedale location in Minnetonka is now open and includes some family-friendly features — just in time for your holiday shopping escapades.In the kids’ apparel and shoe department, families will find a playhouse with a 32-inch touch screen with interactive games, plus a selection of books and toys.... more
Bouqs arrive in Minneapolis!
Need a quick, super-last-minute hostess gift or holiday greeting?The Bouqs Co., a floral-delivery service, has arrived in Minneapolis, offering same-day bouquets with free delivery.Thanks to a partnership with Lake Harriet Florist, you can order flowers to be delivered in as little as two hours in select areas of the Twin Cities.Bouqs... more
Beanstack books for your child
The Saint Paul Public Library is the first library in the state to offer a new — free — children’s book-recommendation service called Beanstack for ages infant to 12. Families anywhere can sign up for book-recommendation emails based on their children’s reading skills, age and interests such as “Ninjas, Pirates and Warriors,” “... more
Kid-friendly coffeehouse
Southwest Bloomington isn’t exactly a hotbed for independent gourmet coffee. But the newly established Mugshots Coffee Co. — at 10518 France Ave. S. — is a definite exception to that rule, serving locally roasted Dogwood Coffee (including espresso drinks as well as Chemex and Clever Dripper pour overs), local pastries and dairy... more
Your Twin Cities guidebook
Tom Weber, a host for Minneapolis Public Radio, is out with a new book encouraging local exploration — 100 Things to Do in the Twin Cities Before You Die.“A lot of times people hear about cool things and make that mental note, ‘I should do that some day,’” he said. “When it comes time to think of things to do, they forget. I hope this is... more
Explore the Twin Cities with a cool, local app
Traveling around Minneapolis-St. Paul just got a lot more fun! Kid Around Town, a new free app by Twin Cities app designer and mama Aneela Kumar, is a family-friendly travel guide to top destinations around the Cities, featuring virtual scavenger hunts, trivia questions, photo challenges and a variety of other city “missions.”Developed... more
sKIDaddlers knows places to go!
When Renee Piersa of Bloomington and Erica Myking of Burnsville became parents they quickly discovered the vast array of family friendly activities available in the Twin Cities.It didn’t take long before the longtime best friends — both Apple Valley natives, both moms to two girls, both working full-time — had a list of favorites... more
In-person princess parties!
Princess-themed parties have been around for a long time, but the sensation of Anna and Elsa has given the trend a dramatic boost.Tiny Diva Princess Party offers a variety party options with characters from Frozen, including a single princess for $175, two characters for $300 (Anna and Elsa or Anna and Kristoff) or a cast of four (Anna,... more
A bucket list for Minnesota families
Minnesota has so many amazing attractions for families, it’s hard to know where to start. Fortunately, Christie Gove-Berg, a Minnesota native, Forest Lake resident and mother of three, has created a handy glossy paperback guidebook: Minnesota Must-See for Families: An A-to-Z List ($12.95), including tourist attractions both natural... more
Toy-sharing takes off
Most parents love to provide new toys for their children to keep them learning — and engaged for more than a few minutes. Brand-new toys, however, are just plain expensive. Fortunately, Twin Cities businesses and organizations are stepping up to fill that need.Elizabeth Wilcox of Golden Valley — a mother, a former Chinese-immersion... more
Rock out with the Teddy Bear Band
This year marks the Teddy Bear Band’s 30th anniversary. To celebrate, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and the state of Minnesota have proclaimed June 28 Teddy Bear Band Day in honor of the group’s decades of early childhood music education for young kids, including 8,000 concerts to date! You can stomp and clap with the band ... more
Rainy day fun
Not every summer day is sunny. Thunderstorms often chase us indoors. But you don’t have to stay cooped up at home, thanks to nearly 30 Minnesota bowling alleys offering FREE bowling for kids, all summer long.See kidsbowlfree.com for details.   more
A science podcast for kids!
Looking for a fresh way to bring science to life? Brains On! — a new podcast for kids — answers a variety of listener questions. Each episode is about 25 minutes long and is hosted by a different kid. Find out: How and why do jellyfish sting?What makes paint stick? How do volcanoes erupt? Does video game music affect you?In a world in... more
Get crafting with fun boxes by local moms
Two local stay-at-home moms — Nikki Anderson of Plymouth and Bethany Wilde of Minneapolis — have started a new service that delivers boxes full of simple, nature-inspired crafts to your doorstep.Blossom Box Kids’ subscription options include three months of boxes for $55, 6 months for $100 and a year for $200. Or... more
Local clothing companies cater to kids
Twin Cities parents: If you like to get creative when it comes to outfitting your kids, you’re living in the right city!The Patchery — the brainchild of Amber Gunn Thomas of Plymouth, a marketing professional and mother of two — is inviting parents to become part of the clothing-design process.Here’s how it works: Visit the thepatchery.... more
Bedtime game-changer?
Are you sick of bedtime battles and — when you do finally get your kid in bed — the same old picture books?Well, maybe we parents ought to change things up a bit.John Olive, a Minneapolis father, author and playwright, has a suggestion: Put the books aside once in a while. Instead, dim the lights, lie down and make up your own stories.... more
Museum: Bigger and better!
Good news! The Minnesota Children’s Museum has announced a $28 million building expansion to provide 34 percent more space for visitors.All the museum’s galleries will be reinvented to focus on the important skills kids develop through free play. Other new additions will include a four-story climbing tower, a cafe with a seating area, a... more
Grammy No. 2 for the Okee Dokee Brothers?
The Okee Dokee Brothers’ latest album, Through The Woods, has received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Children’s Album.We’re so not surprised. Their last album, Can You Canoe?, won a 2013 Grammy.If you don’t have these energetic, beautiful albums already, it’s time.They’re just what you need for indoor dance parties as winter drags... more
New apple!
January isn’t exactly the month you’d expect to see a brand-new apple variety coming to Minnesota grocery stores.But that’s exactly what’s happening, just in time to help with your eat-right New Year’s resolutions: Pazazz, a descendent of the popular Honeycrisp apple, is making its debut in a handful of U.S. markets, including... more
Yoga for kids
Kid Yoga Minnesota and Sunshine Morning Care recently opened at 2836 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. You’ll find kids’ yoga classes, of course, but also flexible morning child care, yoga camps, yoga training for classroom teachers and custom yoga classes for special needs individuals. Learn more at kidyogamn.com. more
April Chatter
 If you’re from the Twin Cities Metro area, chances are you’ve heard of the MayDay Parade, Ceremony and Festival, a can’t-miss event hosted each year by In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater (HOBT). This richly narrative parade, featuring larger-than-life handmade puppets, dancing, performances, stilt-walkers, costumes... more
Chatter // In brief
Want to surprise your budding college student on high school graduation day or the day after they receive their acceptance letter? Go to ftd.com/college and send a bouquet of roses in your child’s new school colors, complete with logo vase. The University of Minnesota roses in gold and maroon arrived in full glory at the offices of... more
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Kinderberry Hill is hosting its second annual Halloween Candy Drive from November 1 to 9 at its six Twin Cities locations. The candy drive is part of Kinderberry Hill’s mission to encourage healthful eating habits for young children. The community is invited bring any extra Halloween candy to a Kinderberry Hill location during... more
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Woodbury teen Zach Manske, 13, is one of four boys who will alternate in the role of Billy Elliot in Billy Eliot the Musical, at the Ordway, beginning on Oct. 9. He has been touring with the production across the U.S., balancing performance and schoolwork; Last month we reported that Blooma was opening a new location in St. Paul on Selby... more
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Safe routes to school Hennepin County Public Health is developing Safe Routes to School (SRTS), implementing policies and procedures in multiple school districts including St. Louis Park, Eden Prairie, Brooklyn Center, Osseo, and more. Most significant, says Bradford Kissel, communications coordinator for the county, is the... more
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Minnesota Private College Week hits June 25 to 29 this year, helping families and prospective students get better introduced to private colleges and universities. Sessions will run twice daily on 17 campuses statewide. Read more about it here at/ mnprivatecolleges.org/mpcw; Auditions for Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, also known... more
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It’s Minnesota Museums Month! Minnesota has approximately 600 museums—one for every 9,000 residents, which is twice as many as the national average. Every county in the state has at least one museum—55 in Minneapolis-St. Paul alone. During the month of May, special events and programs will take place at museums across... more
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Parent testedQuick, and quick dried  “I gave Ethan one of the dried pouches in his applesauce for dinner and it was a hit!” What is our parent tester talking out? A new powdered baby food brand, NurturMe, that is all natural, organic, gluten-free, and made of quick-dried fruits and veggies. Giving parents the... more
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Parent testedPlant-based Easter eggsLooking for an alternative to the hard plastic Easter eggs for the upcoming holiday? A new Minnesota company, eco eggs, manufactures its eggs with corn starch instead of petroleum so they are 100% renewable, biodegradable, compostable and sustainable. Minnesota Parent did not get to test the composting... more
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Sweets for your sweetieBe our friend on Facebook by February 10 for a chance to win a six-pint pack of Graeter’s Ice Cream, just in time to delight your favorite valentine. Hand packed and made with 100% cane sugar, no trans fats, and no rBST, it’s a treat you can find locally at Kowalskis, Lunds/Byerlys, Whole Foods, and... more
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Gyro bowl You’re in the car and your kid has a bowl of dry cereal to munch on for the trip. But the end result is that most of the food ends up between the cushions and not enough is ingested. Welcome the Gyro Bowl—a product that uses 360-degree technology to keep items inside the plastic sphere. The bowl stays open side up,... more
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BirthstonesThinking about giving a gift that celebrates a birthday? Here’s a handy guide to birthstones.JanuaryGarnetFebruaryAmethystMarchAquamarineAprilDiamondMayEmeraldJunePearlJulyRubyAugustPeridotSeptember SapphireOctoberOpalNovemberCitrine, TopazDecemberTurquoise, TanzaniteCelebrate a December birthday in styleWin a pair of... more
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Build a BeezerRobbinsdale husband and wife team Ben and Julie Lindaman recently created a portable and collapsible playhouse made of recycled cardboard, called Beezer Playhouses. Recognizing that while cardboard playhouses are fun, there are some inherent challenges, such as their lack of durability, and the fact that eventually they... more
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Ladybugs and Lullabies hair clipsThese hip hair toys for cool kids actually stay put—even on hair as fine as peach fuzz. The special shape of the clip provides an optimal amount of hold that has been proven to stay in just a few strands of hair. Check out these no-slip bows and clips at ladybugsandlullabies.ca.Special needs... more
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Parent tested Keeping cribs safeNew Minnesota Parent office baby, Will, is currently testing Minneapolis-based Breathable Baby, a mesh crib bumper that promotes airflow, keeps arms and legs from getting stuck in slats, and collapses to help prevent climbing. With the increased awareness of crib safety, the Breathable Bumper is an... more
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u.s. study of children’s health seeks ramsey county womenThe National Children’s Study — the largest and longest study of children’s health ever conducted in the U.S. — is now enrolling pregnant women and their children in Ramsey County to better understand how a child’s family history and environment... more
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teens & alzheimer’s challengeThe Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is issuing a challenge to teens this summer to become involved with community service projects that help those with Alzheimer’s disease. The foundation is hoping to encourage awareness and involvement, while working to bridge intergenerational... more
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gtcys auditionsDon’t miss the GTCYS auditions beginning Friday, June 3 and extending through the 11th. What’s GTCYS? The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies program serves over 500 elementary through high school students in six school year and three summer orchestras. Beginning to advanced students develop musically and... more
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CHEAP DATE NIGHT art-a-whirlIt’s the largest open studio and gallery tour in the U.S. showcasing more than 500 artists including potters, painters, sculptors, musicians, photographers, printmakers, and more. Whew. Trolleys move through the central area, should you need a lift between galleries. Grab your honey’s hand and head... more
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Decadent date nightA three-course dinner for two, plus a bottle of wine — for $50? Yes! And the cheers grow louder as we hear that the restaurants involved are D’Amico properties, owned by some of the nicest people in the business. Every Sunday, D’Amico Date Night is in full force at Masa, Parma 8200, Café Lurcat... more
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indoor fun for cold weather monthsWhen children are trapped indoors by cold temperatures, the walls of your home rapidly begin to close in. Youthful exuberance and energy simply cannot be expelled by playing quiet indoor games, but the typical horseplay that would take place out of doors usually is not conducive to the survival of your... more
February Chatter
PARENT TESTED! Cool CuffsUltra cool and edgy, Cool Cuffs are thick, soft 100% cotton cuffs featuring intricate detailing and a rugged look. They also feature a snap closure to keep the cuff in place, while still being easy to wear and easy to remove. One size fits most ages 4 to 7 but this parent does confess that she could fit the... more
January Chatter
Testing the products so you don’t have to; pointing out places and things we find of interest. gender prediction testOur curiosity was piqued just enough to give this product a go, sending it to someone who already had her sonogram and knew she was having a girl. IntelliGender’s Gender Prediction Test is a simple-to-use... more