The Holidays


Today’s post is a little different. I asked Dani to come home with me for the holidays as she has become part of my family, as a handful of incredible people in my life have over the past year (you’ll see them riddled throughout my page). Today, as a recap, I asked her to post […]

December 28, 2015

4th Annual Winter Wares (Circa Gallery)


This past weekend was the 4th Annual Holiday Pottery Party called, Winter Wares at the Circa Gallery in Minneapolis. While held in a gallery, the festivities weren’t what you would have expected… This was party where you could meet the Artists and actually put their art to use. Often times, art can feel inaccessible and […]

December 16, 2015

Happy Hanukkah!

Holidays, Retail

Happy Hanukkah! [pretend it’s shaped like a menorah]. If you’re on my Holiday Card list, then you know my holidays start now. I’ll be eating a lot of sufganiyot and bunuelos in the next few days. No matter what your beliefs, may these eight days bring you light, love and calories. Festival Of Lights, Galleria […]

December 7, 2015

My Holiday Gift Guide

Food & Drink, Holidays, Retail

Need a little inspiration in deciding what to get the Minnesota-enthusiast in your family (or for yourself – who’s judging!) this holiday? Let me help a little. Here are some of my most favorite gifts, all from some of my most favorite Minnesota companies. Each of these places has a great story, too! So I […]

November 24, 2015

Fright Farm Haunted House

Historical & Museum, Holidays

Looking for more Halloween things to do? Add the Fright Farm Haunted House in Maplewood to your Spooky Bucket List. Housed in the Ramsey County Poor Farm which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places having been built in 1918, the location alone is sure to send chills down your spine. The Haunted […]

October 22, 2015

Anoka: The Halloween Capital of the World


If you’re a #Halloween #holiday fan, like myself, plan to spend some time in #DowntownAnoka, specifically leading up the big day. With a rightful claim to fame as the #HalloweenCapitaloftheWorld, #Anoka deserves the accolade. From hosting one of the first #Halloweenparades in #1920, in an attempt to take the “trick” out of “#trickortreat”, to having […]

October 18, 2015

The Butcher Shop House of Gore


Just in case your clamoring for ideas of #spooky-theme places to go between now and #Halloween, might I suggest #theButcherShop #HouseofGore in #StPaul… Boasting itself as the #Midwest’s Goriest #hauntedhouse, it celebrated its fifth year of #BellaLugosi-meets-#Creepshow bloody #horror. If you know me, then you know I love #oldschool, #1950s #grindhouse #horror and this place […]

October 17, 2015

Ice Castles

Holidays, Parks & Geology

Tonight’s bucket lister was the Ice Castles in Eden Prairie (also in Utah, Vermont and New Hampshire) at Miller Park. They have Fire performers Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30-8:30pm, every half hour. The whole place is a maze with fountains and tunnels and walkways, and yes, you will even find Olaf. If you are planning […]

January 16, 2015

Macy’s Holiday Lane


If you’re having trouble getting into the holiday spirit or if you just love being festive, I recommend stopping by Macys Holiday Lane in the Nicollet Mall downtown. It’s up the road from the Minneapolis Holiday Market and you can stop by the Elf display upstairs after and have something from Mrs Claus Bakery. It’s […]

December 17, 2014

2nd Annual Holiday Bake Sale (Union Depot)

Events, Holidays

If you are you big fan of sweets (like me) and you’re looking for something festive to do today, I completely and totally recommend coming to the Union Depot Holiday Bake Sale in St Paul. This is the second year they’ve done it and it is incredible, they really have gotten better every year! Coffee, […]

December 16, 2014

2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting (Union Depot)

Events, Holidays

The second part of tonight’s festivities at the Union Depot… The Christmas tree lighting, fireworks, hot apple cider and being serenaded by Kat Perkins! You might know her from The Voice but she’s a Minnesota native favorite around here (and looked adorable!) It’s hard not to fall completely in love with the Depot as they’ve […]

December 6, 2014

1st Annual Minneapolis Holiday Market

Events, Holidays

This is a new one for the bucket list; the Minneapolis Holiday Market. It’s a replacement of the former Holidazzle parade (now the Holidazzle Village) in the Christmas, err, Holiday Market. I say that because of the fiasco about the stickers / mugs. They modeled this after the European Christmas Markets like Christkindlmarkt, complete with; […]

December 5, 2014

Macy’s Santaland

Events, Holidays

On your list of things to do this holiday season, I highly recommend stopping in at the 48th Annual Macys Santaland “A Day in the Life of an Elf.” It’s in downtown Minneapolis in the Nicollet Mall, just a short walk from the Minneapolis Holiday Market (I’ll post about that later). Whether you have children […]

November 30, 2014

Halloween Light Show

Holidays, Music

Just in case you were wondering what the Halloween Lights off York in St Paul look like. Stop by tomorrow, on from dusk til 10pm. Bring something for the food shelf OR be like me and forget and just give cash. It’s always better when it’s for a good cause!

October 30, 2014

William A Irvin Haunted Ship

Events, Holidays

If you love Halloween, haunted houses, ghosts, serial killers, zombies, scary monsters, and if you love being confronted by your primal fears, then I highly recommend the William A Irvin #haunted ship in Duluth just off of Lake Superior. Just listen for Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson music and you’re there. It runs the month […]

October 11, 2014

Winter Solstice (American Swedish Institute)

Events, Holidays

Celebrating the Winter Solstice in the Enchanted Forest with s’mores! (from site)  ASI celebrates winter’s longest night with extended hours on Sunday, Dec. 21 from 3-7 p.m.! Enjoy bonfires and make Scandinavian S’mores in the Holiday Square, take a self-guided tour of the Turnblad Mansion’s holiday exhibit, Winter Wonderland and FIKA will be open late for […]

December 21, 2013