Sunday December 1, 2013
Do you need help buying toys for your children this Christmas? Organizations like the Minnesota chapter of Toys for Toys, and the Salvation Army can help. Each year they organize toy drives and then distribute toys to children around the Twin Cities. Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a non-profit who collect donated bikes, tune them up, and then distribute them to children on a big give-away day; this year on December 8.
The earlier families can register for toys the better, usually by the end of the first week of December. For example, the Salvation Army asks families to register to receive children's toys by December 5.
Find more info on signing up or registering for toys this Christmas: organizations who can help with Christmas gifts, toys and bicycles for children in the Twin Cities.
Sunday December 1, 2013
Is there a perfect boot for the Minnesota winter? Something that can deal with cold, wet, snow, ice, but also be appropriate for all of the events of daily life - smart at work, busy errands, casual days, and holiday parties?
After many years of testing many different kinds of footwear during the snow, ice, cold and wet of Minnesota winters, I have come to the conclusion that unless you are a 6-year-old boy, or otherwise don't care about fashion or style, there is no perfect boot.
What's the solution? Something practical is a must, plus being prepared to carry and change into stylish shoes once you arrive at your destination is the solution arrived at by many Minnesotans.
So: practical winter boots: what kind of boots should you buy? Reviews and advice on different types of winter boots.
Sunday November 24, 2013
Even though we've barely had any natural snowfall this season, it's been cold enough for ski hills to make enough snow to cover a couple of runs. If you are raring to get out on the slopes, expect early season conditions and plenty of company on the run or two that are open. Still, it's a nice way to get outdoors during this long holiday weekend.
Here's the latest from local ski hills for Thanksgiving weekend.
Afton Alps: Open at the weekends with 3-4 runs and some terrain.
Buck Hill: Open daily, closed Thanksgiving Day, reopening Friday and Thanksgiving weekend. Currently 4 runs open.
Trollhaugen: Open daily, closed Thankgiving Day. Currently 7 runs open plus two terrain parks.
Welch Village: Open on the weekends, currently two runs open. Expected to be open November 29 and Thanksgiving weekend.
Wild Mountain: Open regular hours with several runs open. Expecting to have the majority of runs open by Thanksgiving weekend. Open every day including Thanksgiving.
The further north you go, the more chance of natural snow: Lutsen Mountains are open. For Thanksgiving weekend, they will be open November 28 until December 1, and projecting 7-12 runs.
Saturday November 16, 2013
Thanksgiving falls very late this year, on Thursday November 28. We'll have more time to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, and then a very short time to get ready for Christmas and fit in all our the holiday plans.
What are you cooking for Thanksgiving dinner? Or perhaps you'd prefer someone else to cook? What will you do with your out of town guests? Do you need a hotel for them? And how will you entertain them - what's happening on Thanksgiving Day, and what events are on Thanksgiving weekend? (Hint: lots of Christmas-themed events). What about working off all that Turkey - how can you get outside and be active?
All about Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving resources in Minneapolis and St. Paul