Posts from ‘Twin Cities’


One of the highlights of the past week was attending a speaker reunion for Ignite Minneapolis. If you haven’t heard of it before, there are Ignite talks that happen all around the country. People talk about things they are passionate about in a 5 minute presentation. The catch? You can only have 20 slides and they auto-advance every 15 seconds, whether you’re ready or not!

I’ve attended three of the six Ignite Minneapolis presentations, but was sad to have missed Mykl Roventine’s presentation at the first Ignite evening “When good people pick bad fonts.” Mykl is a friend of mine and I was excited to hear he planned to give a repeat performance at the speaker reunion. It was so funny, especially for people who have a bone to pick with Comic Sans.  Watch now, it will only take 5 minutes.

What would you speak about at an Ignite presentation? They are looking for passionate speakers for the next event – learn more here!

And if you’re interested in my Ignite topic, you can see it here.


Note: This post is about my experiences going through the process to get LASIK eye surgery as a brand ambassador of Joffe MediCenter.

It’s my first day of vacation for the holidays and I’m reflecting on all of the things I need to do in the next couple of days (like most of us), plus feeling all the feelings of general merriment and peace from sleeping in and hanging out with my kids for a few hours this morning.

I’ve been working on focusing on one moment at a time and trying not to be overwhelmed, as we all seem to be during the holidays. So far it’s working, even though I had some urgent things pop up for work this morning and needed to put my work hat back on for awhile.

It’s been two and a half weeks since I had LASIK at Joffe MediCenter in Minneapolis and I’m feeling really great about it. The first week was a bit of a daze, as I was constantly adding drops to my eyes and I couldn’t wear make up (even to work, gasp) and I had some trouble focusing on things up close (like my smart phone) and night driving was a bit daunting. But this last week things have really stabalized and I have noticed everything getting better overall. I’ve been able to stop using the prescription drops and now only use the regular over the counter kind — I’ve found it really helps to use the gel version  at night to keep my eyes moisturized through the night.

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Have you ever been to a corn maze? I’ve heard about them but haven’t actually been to one until now. We headed to Sever’s Corn Maze last weekend to check it out and had a great time! I expected a corn maze and some pumpkins – what I didn’t expect was all the fun activities they also had an exotic animal petting zoo, a giant corn pit, magic shows,a giant jumping pillow, pig races, pony rides, camel rides, great food… wow we kept busy! Here are some pictures from our afternoon:

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((We received free passes to preview the butterfly exhibit, for which we are super grateful. Opinions are my own.))

Have you heard about the new butterfly exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota? We couldn’t wait to check it out and are grateful we were invited as guests on a media pass. We love the Science Museum of Minnesota and we are big butterfly lovers in this house (see how we raised a butterfly a couple of years ago)!

It did not disappoint! Jason and I brought all four kids to the museum – the butterfly exhibit includes both a butterfly house where you can interact with live butterflies and an Omnitheater film: “Flight of the Butterflies.” We had the opportunity to experience both and had a wonderful time!

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Allergies to common foods such as peanuts, eggs and shellfish are on the rise, leaving families and schools more confused than ever on what is safe to eat. And, Halloween is one of the trickiest holidays for kids with food allergies to navigate.

Twin Cities parents, children, teachers and medical professionals are invited to attend a special Halloween-themed Food Allergy Resource Fair event Saturday, October 11, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Hopkins Eisenhower Community Center at 1001 Highway 7 in Hopkins.

For the first time at the event, children can trick-or-treat, stopping at approximately 40 vendor tables that will hand out allergy-friendly candy (free of the top 8 allergens which are peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat). Children are encouraged to wear costumes for the event. Tips for safe Trick-or-Treating with food allergies will also be shared with families.

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