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Showing posts from April, 2014

F is for Fairy Gardens

Fairies are flocking to the gardens of families all over the Twin Cities this spring.  Don't be surprised if you see one pop up in your neighborhood or even in your very own back yard.   If you wish to attract your own fairy, pixie, or gnome be sure to create a welcoming environment.  They really don't need much and are quite creative in their own right. It was about six years ago when we made our first fairy garden.  It was very simple.  Using the base of a terra cotta pot, we filled it with sand and spent a whopping $5.00 at Michael's picking out the tiniest items such as a mini watering can, flowers, and wooden painted birds, bees, and ladybugs.  The fairy surprised us that night by sprinkling fairy dust (it looked a bit like red glitter) all over the garden.  We always knew the fairy had come because some of the items would be moved when we looked at it in the morning.  The fairy didn't come every night so it was always fun to look and wait for chan

S is for Straw Bale Gardening

Yesterday I set up 10 bales of straw for my first ever straw bale garden thanks to local landscaper and pictured gardener extraordinaire Kate Clarity at Walnuts n Pears!  She had a local farmer deliver 120 bales of straw her home yesterday and let us local urban gardeners in on the action.  Can't wait to see how this turns out.  For more information on Straw Bale Gardening check out this KARE 11 feature about Joel Karsten and his book .  I'll keep you updated on our little garden through the summer.

Twin Cities Live!

Today I get to hang out with Elizabeth Ries & Dez from KS95 at Twin Cities Live, 3 PM, Channel 5 to talk about Free & Frugal Family Fun! I'll be Highlighting Heartfelt , Brickmania (free first Thursday 5-9 PM and second Sundays), and Twin City Railroad Museum. I'll be plugging Chinook Book and The Big Ticket (save 30% on Nickelodeon Universe, Sea Life Aquarium, Water Park of America, Minnesota Zoo, Great Clips IMAX Theatre, and Science Museum of Minnesota). AAA members can save an additional 10% on The Big Ticket.

Minneapolis Mother's Day Craft Sale

Free & Frugal Family Fun will be for sale tomorrow in addition to other local artists at 6030 James Avenue South, Minneapolis from 1 - 3 PM including Ann Hotz Creations: Watercolor, Wire, & Word. Are you looking for a unique, inspirational gift for Confirmation, Easter, Mother's Day, Graduation, or for yourself? Stop by to see the creations. Construction Alert: Crosstown Hwy 62 will be closed tomorrow as they take down the Xerxes Bridge. Take the side streets.

Free & Frugal Family Fun For Sale!

Free & Frugal Family Fun has been published!  You can order your copy today for $10 + shipping.  Click here to order . You can also purchase the book for $12 + shipping on Amazon .  The book is currently for sale at Heartfelt in Linden Hills and Bellies to Babies in Richfield. 10% of the net profit from the book is donated to Minnesota Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association , a non-profit dedicated to educating, advocating, and supporting individuals with food allergies.