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Articles in Mandy Cowley, Summer Fun, Tommie Loftin, Ellen Mecholsky, May Guides, Holidays and Out & About

Nickelodeon Universe: Bloomington, Minnesota

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Located in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, the Nickelodeon Universe theme park has reopened after a hiatus due to COVID-19. With some restrictions put into place, you can assure the park has your family’s safety as its top priority, an... Read full article

Toy Safety for Kids During the Holidays

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Pretty soon, the floors of your home will be cluttered with new toys that were brought by Santa. And while the holidays are a time for giving, for many children, what they receive can be harmful. ... Read full article

Travel: The Park at OWA

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My family and I were recently invited to Foley, AL to visit The Park at OWA for the weekend. We decided to take advantage of the fun weekend getaway, especially since it’s only a 3.5 hour drive from Baton Rouge, LA. ... Read full article

Curb the Gimmies with the Spirit of Giving

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Do you ever cringe like the Grinch whenever your child rushes through Christmas gifts and does not stop for a second to say thank you? Society’s commercialized view of Christmas has led too many kids to learn the cultural perspective–get, get, get, a... Read full article

Halloween Aftermath

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This morning my son woke me up with, “Can I have some candy, please?” I asked him if he had eaten a healthy breakfast yet. He said, “I ate a little, but I can’t eat too much because then I would be too full to eat candy.”... Read full article



Amazing Parks and Playgrounds in Our Backyard and Beyond

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Every afternoon when I pick my girls up at carpool, I know I can expect one question in particular, “Can we go to the park today?” My girls adore going to the park. Last summer, we made visiting as many new parks as possible part of our summer bucket... Read full article

Teaching Children to be Thankful

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As we approach the holiday season, our minds often turn to things for which we should be thankful: health, family, shelter, friends—all of these things become more important during this time of year. ... Read full article

It's King Cake Season!

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Let Ralph's Market bring Mardi Gras right to your door! ... Read full article

Christmas is the Best Season

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Before kids, Christmas felt a lot less stressful. My first year as a mom, I found myself buying Christmas presents in the Spring. I stored them away in a closet and would pick up toys and gifts all year long. I think that’s the most significant chang... Read full article

Rolling with the Good Times: Navigating Baton Rouge’s Mardi Gras with Kids

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When my husband and I moved to Baton Rouge, we had absolutely no idea about Mardi Gras. I mean, sure, we had heard of “Fat Tuesday” and had the vague sense that beads were involved, but the Louisiana Mardi Gras EXPERIENCE was a complete unknown. That... Read full article

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