Archive - November 2015

Winter Capsule Wardrobe Project 2015
Read Aloud Wednesday– ‘How Martha Saved Her Parents From Green Beans’
3 Twin Cities Free & Budget Family Events for Nov. 21-22, 2015
Earn Some Christmas $$ as a Family
Fun with Dad! Brickmania Toyworks Open House
Experience Feed My Starving Children with Family Fun Twin Cities
The Magic Flute with Kids
Downtown Minneapolis Christmas Checklist
Twin Cities Free & Budget Family Events for November 14-15, 2015

Winter Capsule Wardrobe Project 2015

Thrift StoreIt’s that time again: Switching our capsules.
To be honest, the boys didn’t need many new items, a couple more sweatshirts (replacing t-shirts) and St. Paulanother pair of warm athletic pants. They were done.

The girls and mom on the other hand?  We had a few more holes to fill in.  FFTC partnered with Arc’s Value Village to bring you a real-life look at thrift shopping for your capsule wardrobe.  In doing this, Arc’s Value Village provided us a 20% discount for our purchases.  No other compensation was exchanged, and boy, do I have things to share with you!

This is going to be fun.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Read Aloud Wednesday– ‘How Martha Saved Her Parents From Green Beans’

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This month’s Read Aloud Wednesday is in honor of Thanksgiving.  Knowing that many of you will have green beans on your table, your family will appreciate this book.

Read Aloud WednesdayHow Martha Saved Her Parents From Green Beans

“Eat your beans like Martha!”

“Remember what happened with Martha didn’t eat her beans!”

This book was written by Tori’s favorite author of all time–David LaRochelle.  I can’t blame her for loving his work.  He’s an incredible author and person, for that matter. Read More

3 Twin Cities Free & Budget Family Events for Nov. 21-22, 2015

Be sure to check our Family Fun Calendar for more inspiration on how to get out and about with your family this weekend and beyond!


bachmans2Holiday Open House featuring Santa & Albert’s Arrival and Annual Holiday Play
@ Bachman’s on Lyndale, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis

When: 9am-4pm
Cost: Free
Details: Welcome Santa and his sleigh Saturday morning (9:30am) to kick off the holiday season! Kids can visit the live reindeer corral and stop by the craft counter for crafts and activities. Cookies, juice, and coffee available for snacking. And of course, see the annual Santa & Albert holiday play at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m.and 3:30 p.m.

2012-11-17_15-26-06_744[1]Math & Science Family Fun Fair
@ University of Minnesota TC
Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis

When: 10am-4pm
Cost: Free
Details: It’s a day jam-packed with hands-on STEM fun. (And this is coming from a mom who didn’t appreciate math and science until she had her own kids!) Highlights include free ExploraDome shows, playing with robots, and really cool exhibits that truly get kids excited about chemistry, engineering, physics and much more. Get the complete schedule here and note that the special “Physics Force” and “Energy and U” shows require (free) tickets that are picked up at the event check-in. My own kids had a blast at this event; plan to spend several hours.


A Charlie Brown Christmas
@ Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins

When: 4pm
Cost: Sunday’s 4pm show is a pay-what-you-can performance.
Details: Tickets to this show are available at the box office only.

Earn Some Christmas $$ as a Family

Sponsored PostFocus Pointe GlobalThis past summer, my daughter wanted to go to Camp Shamineau.  We were excited for her, but we weren’t sure how we would pay for it.  Then, we qualified for two different marketing research opportunities:  one for me and one for Kyla.  By participating in these two experiences, we were able to cover 90% of the cost of camp!

Now, with Christmas approaching, extra income can become a huge priority. Participating in a focus group or product test is a fun and easy way to earn some extra spending money – from $75 to $250 for only a couple of hours of your time. Some opportunities even make it possible for your whole family to participate. Read More

Fun with Dad! Brickmania Toyworks Open House


Family Fun With Dad

I thought it would be the perfect thing for the men in my life to do.
So on the 2nd Saturday (This was way back in February, 2013), they tootled down Central Ave to Northeast Minneapolis to Brickmania Toyworks’ Open House.

Now please keep in mind that I did not go.  I sent the boys.  The boys don’t use many descriptive words…their descriptive vocabulary is limited to one word that may or may not be an adjective.  Chris, on the other hand, speaks in complete phrases if not in complete sentences.  He just doesn’t use very many.  So while I am excited to tell you about Brickmania Toyworks’ Open House, I am telling you now. You will need to go for yourself. Read More

Experience Feed My Starving Children with Family Fun Twin Cities

Last year, I visited Feed My Starving Children for the first time.  It was a wonderful experience.  And one we have done again and again with my kids. This year, you can join FFTC on Monday, November 23 from Noon-2 p.m. 

If you are interested in joining us, we have reserved 20 spots for you to join us.  They have very strict age guidelines.  All volunteers need to be over 5 years old and the adult to child ratio is very important to adhere to.  If you want to come, but need childcare, please let us know under the contact button.  We will arrange for you to be able to come.

Click here to register to join our FFTC Packing Team.

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The Magic Flute with Kids

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to mix the animation styles of Salvador Dali and Tim Burton with the theatrical elegance of a Charlie Chaplin silent film and do it all onstage live to a comedic opera by Mozart? Who hasn’t? Read More

Downtown Minneapolis Christmas Checklist

ChristmastimeintheCitiesFor me, there is something magical about taking the bus downtown any time of the year. I feel like I’m a part of this city that I’ve made my home. That’s why I choose to work downtown. Christmas is my favorite time to hop a bus downtown. There is so much to do. I always make my family meet me for lunch at least once and usually we head down on a weekend at least once, too. Here is my checklist for this year. Read More

Twin Cities Free & Budget Family Events for November 14-15, 2015

Have you heard that the popular open houses at Brickmania Toyworks have re-opened the second Saturday of each month? They are no longer free, but a family of four can attend for $10 and enjoy the LEGO train layouts, play tables and much more. Also this weekend are free tours at the Raptor Center on the U of M St. Paul campus and a host of free family programs hosted by Three Rivers Parks. As always, check our Family Fun Calendar for more inspiration this weekend and beyond!

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