Ridgedale’s Mamapalooza 2013: Spring Fashion and Beauty Event

Ridgedale Mamapalooza 2013 Spring FashionI am beyond excited to share this upcoming event with you guys, and I think you will all love it too!! On May 11th, the day before Mother’s Day, Ridgedale Mall is hosting an event called Mamapalooza! It’s going to be a day for women to enjoy fashion and beauty plus get pampered! This FREE event (yes, it costs you nothing!) will be so much fun!

Let me just tell you a little bit about all the featured activities that will be going that day:

  1. Enter to win giveaways and a free makeover sponsored by Aveda New Reflections
  2. Spring shoe fashion show
  3. Special performance by Stages Theater
  4. FREE mini-makeovers by Sephora
  5. FREE food and wine sampling by Macy’s
  6. Meet local stylists to get tips for your wardrobe
  7. Meet KOOL 108’s Lee Valsvik

Oh and a big PS – I will be one of those local stylists I mentioned in activity #6! I know! I’m pumped!!

AND – the BIG feature that I just have to mention is that Ridgedale Center is running a contest where you could win one of FOUR makeovers (a $500 value in hair, makeup and outfit!)

Want to enter to win? You can do so here: Facebook.com/ridgedalecenter

Oh and another big PS on that last bit, I am styling one of the winners of the contest!! That winner will definitely be going home as one beautiful, stylish woman! πŸ™‚ So excited!!!

Mamapalooza Spring Fashion Event Details

  • Where: Ridgedale Center (Minnetonka, Minnesota)
  • When: May 11th from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • Cost: Free!!!
  • What: Weren’t you paying attention? Read the above, silly!

I hope you guys enter to win a makeover. How can you resist? It’s easy peasy to enter and that payoff is going to be awesome. If nothing else, will you at least stop by and say hi to me at this awesome event? You know where to find me πŸ™‚



REVOLT Fashion Show: April 27th, 2013

revolt fashion show 2013Love fashion and helping out a good cause? Then I’ve got a great event for you to check out tomorrow. On Saturday, April 27th, you can attend REVOLT4hunger and help feed the hungry, plus check out some hot new fashions.

Intrigued? You should be. Did I mention that there will also be a cash bar with specialty cocktails and you can sample complimentary, locally brewed beer as well?

All proceeds will be going to Finnegans Community Fund to help feed the hungry in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.

Here’s the details:

Wrevolt fashion show feed the hungryhen: Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Time: 5:45PM – Doors Open
6PM – Beer Tasting, Cash Bar, Silent Auction (bid to fight hunger!)
7PM – Fashion Show Begins!

Where: FACES Mears Park Atrium in Saint Paul, MN
380 Jackson Street, St. Paul 55101)

Cost: General admission is free. VIP seating is $50 per seat and includes table seating along the runway and an exclusive swag bag!

How: Get your tickets to REVOLT4hunger here!

Sounds like an awesome night, plus it’s a great opportunity to help out around your hometown! Check it out πŸ™‚


Minnesota Pet-Friendly Places

pet friendly places in minnesotaThings are so much easier when you’re able to bring your pets along. I say this mostly because if I have to leave my pup for more than 3-4 hours, then it’s a no-go. She’s young yet so she is usually squatting with puppy eyes when I get home from longer trip, just waiting to use the bathroom.

Anyways, that being said, when I find things that I can bring her to, it just makes life easier! I don’t need to run home and let her out and/or feed her then leave to get things done.

That being said, I wanted to highlight a few places you can bring your dog around Minnesota that you guys might enjoy!

Shopping With Pets

Shopping with your pet can be fun! Here are some places you can shop with your dog or cat:

  • Petco and Petsmart locations
  • Smitten Kitten (off Lyndale in Minneapolis)
  • Urban Outfitters (Uptown)
  • Primp Cheap-Chic Boutique
  • Rick Rack Boutique (Minneapolis)
  • Magers & Quinn Booksellers (Minneapolis)
  • Common Good Books (St. Paul)
  • Corazon (Minneapolis)
  • Gear Running Store (Edina)
  • Hoigaard’s (St. Louis Park)

Eating & Drinking With Pets

Of course, sometimes you want to just sit and enjoy a drink or cup of coffee or a bite to eat. Some places you can do this are:

  • French Meadow (Minneapolis)
  • Sebastian Joe’s Linden Hills – Patio Only (Minneapolis)
  • Amore Coffee (West St. Paul)
  • Bob’s Java Hut
  • Coffee & Tea Ltd (Minneapolis)
  • Gigi’s Cafe (Minneapolis)
  • JJ’s Coffee & Wine Bar (Eden Prairie)
  • Sister Sludge Coffee
  • Wilde Roast Cafe (Minneapolis)
  • Amore Victoria
  • Birchwood Cafe (Minneapolis)
  • Bread & Pickle
  • Longfellow Grill
  • Lucia’s Wine Bar
  • The Lowbrow
  • Toast Wine Bar & Cafe
  • Victory 44
  • Trattoria Tosca

Parks For Your Pet

Pets need to burn off energy somewhere, but where is the best place to go when it comes to Minnesota pet parks? Here’s a start to the thousands:

  • Ruff House Canine Indoor Social Club (Edina)
  • Brooklyn Park Off-Leash Dog Exercise Area
  • Crow Hassan Off-Leash Area
  • Crystal Community Dog Park
  • Cleary Lake Dog Park
  • Elm Creek Park Reserve
  • High Bridge Dog Park (St. Paul)
  • Locke County Dog Park
  • WAG Farms Dog Park

Resources For More Info

I used the Sidewalk Dog Directory resource to find these awesome pet-friendly places. They have loads more and it’s definitely worth checking out! They also have great resources for pet grooming, dog walkers, veterinarians, boarding, doggy daycare and more!

The Sidewalk Dog website also has a HUGE directory of dog parks around the area. Visit their Dog Parks page to check out their long list.

If you’re looking for a place to stay or visit and you want to bring your pet, check out BringFido.com to explore your pet-friendly options.

I hope this helps you guys out when it comes to finding great places that love your pet as much as you do. Well, almost anyways πŸ˜‰


HAMMS Event: Saturday April 20th

If you don’t have any plans for tomorrow (Saturday, April 20th) then you should check out the Hamms event going on at the old Hamms brewery shipping docks in St. Paul. The event goes from 10am to 7pm and is open to men, women, and DOGS! (The pup will totes be coming with hubby and I!)hamms event minnesota

What is it? The Hamms event is a “Minnesota Market with a twist”. You’ll find products for guys, gals and pooches alike. Plus, while you shop the 25,000 sq ft space, you’ll get to sip some wine and beer, enjoy some grub and check out some food trucks. Sounds awesome, right??

The founders of the Hamms event have pledged to give up to $5,000 to one of the vendors there to help them take their business to the next level. Your ticket sale will help make up the funds for this, so come on and get your tickets here! It’s $10/person and kids under five years old are free.

I know some of you are going to skim this post to see what’s up, so I’ll highlight the important details for you. Ready?

  1. Who: Local Minnesota Vendors
  2. What: 25,000 sq feet of shopping local products for men, women, and dogs plus wine, beer, and food
  3. When: Saturday, April 20, 2013 (10:00am-7:00pm)
  4. Where: Old Hamms Brewery Shipping Docks – 713 East Minnehaha Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106 (top floor)
  5. Why: To feature some great products, and give up to $5,000 to one lucky vendor to help their business

I’ll be there, and I know lots of others who will be as well. As for the vendors, you will definitely want to check them out. Here’s a list of some of the awesome Minnesota brands and products you’ll find tomorrow:

  • Cocobear
  • Fidelis Co.
  • Urban Junket
  • Moss Envy
  • Mammaste (how cute is that??)
  • Epitome
  • Unrefined
  • Scrappy Products
  • Bodylish
  • Kedrin
  • Irely Intimates
  • Worker B
  • Nelli Designs
  • Jeanne Beatrice
  • And LOTS more…

Oh, and one last thing. You should check out the sponsors who helped make it happen.

That’s all for now. Hope to see you there!


Minnesota Spring, Look on the Bright Side

minnesota winterOkay, we’re all guilty of whining that we’re tired of winter and why do we have snow in the spring time? But I was thinking tonight during yoga, we actually have a few things to be thankful for even despite this weather. At this point, you’re probably thinking, “Nope! Can’t think of anything.” Let me share with you a few things I came up with.

1. We don’t have mosquitoes right now.

2. We currently don’t have to mow our lawns.

3. Had any peeling sunburn lately? Nope, me either!

4. What better way to hide a few extra pounds than four layers of clothing?

5. No mosquitoes.

6. You don’t have to deal with poison ivy or wood ticks! Yuck.

7. You can have a fire in your fireplace and it’s cozy not crazy.

8. You can breathe when you step outside right now with no humidity.

9. Seasonal allergies? You’re probably loving this long winter.

10. No mosquitoes!! That’s good enough for me πŸ™‚

Am I right? Did you at least enjoy a couple of these things? I told you that you’d be thankful, didn’t I?



4 New Apps You Need to Download Today

If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with apps and finding ones that make life easier. I frequently (and very geek-ily) use the phrase, “There’s an app for that!” as ashamed as I am to admit it. Anyways, I’ve done some scouting and I’ve found some awesome new apps that you must check out. You can thank me later πŸ™‚


wunderlist app reviewThis is by far my favorite and most used app for productivity. This app allows you to make different lists and add things to them quick and easy. But there’s more to that. You can share lists with people. So I installed this app on my husbands phone as well and shared my grocery list with him. Now when either of us need something, we put it on the list. When we’re at the store, it’s easy peasy to find what we need. Never again will we forget the list at home!

Not only that, but I’ve made lists for our Youth Group, for the blog (duh!) and for other Shopping needs like socks or shampoo. And as a bonus feature, you can set your email preferences to let you know when things are added to the list or completed (so if hubby stops at the store and gets that chocolate ice cream, you won’t make a special trip to get it too!) Awesome.


soundhound app reviewThe other day I was at the store and I heard a song being played. (It doesn’t matter, but for those of you who are curious kittens, the song was “Piano in the Dark” by Brenda Russell)

Anyways, I couldn’t believe that the song has the same lyrics as “I Cry” by Flo Rida. I would have never been able to find out that the song was Piano in the Dark, if I didn’t have SoundHound. I just held up my phone and let it listen to the song. Within seconds, it had the title and artist for me. Winner!


gravy appNow this app works better if you live in the cities. Specifically, Minneapolis. The app gives you the choice of what you feel like doing. You can click that you want to do: Whatever, Lively, Classy, Brainy, Playtime. From there it gives you a list of things nearby that fit the bill, on that given date. Fun, right?


gympact appThis app is one that me and my husband have been using for about 6 months now. We started setting a pact to workout 2 times a week. Now we are up to four! Anyways, you set your own pact for how many times a week you will workout and if you achieve that, you get paid! If you miss though, you have to pay. You’ll have to scrounge up $5 for each day that you miss of your pact. The goal of this app is to motivate you with money. And it works! I’ve got about $40 in my reserve, just for working out! Gotta love that. Let me know if you join! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Check out these apps, and let me know how you like them. If you have an app you adore, be sure to leave the name of it in the comments for others to check out too!

Sarah (Ruby)

Post-Christmas Exhaustion

post Christmas tired spellOh boy. Well the holidays somehow managed to come and go. Right now I feel like one of those cartoons where the character is just standing around, minding their own business when something/someone whizzes by at super-speed and the cartoon, as a result, gets spun in whirls of circles! That and tired. I mostly I feel tired.

Christmas always sneaks up on me, and before I know it, it’s back to work I go! How did that even work this year? We spent all weekend (plus Monday – Christmas Eve, and Tuesday – Christmas Day) running around, place to place. The house was a complete mess when we finally made it home around 10:30pm on Christmas Day. Then it was up and at ’em on Wednesday morning, time to work! I tell you, my eyes weren’t even working until at least 10am.Sleepy Taz

Hubby got me a Kitchenaid mixer for Christmas, and some new winter boots (he got me Ugg winter lace-up boots but we returned them for Sorels) they are adorable, and tall, and warm! Just what I needed! πŸ™‚ As for the Kitchenaid mixer, I told him that I would think about keeping it. Which is usually what I always tell him when he has spent way too much on a gift for me. I did it with my iPhone, the iPad, and now the mixer. We’ll see.

For now, the promise of Friday is what keeps me going. That and long naps after work!!

From who I’ve talked to, I’m not alone in the post-Christmas exhaustion spell. Can you relate? If so, have you got any tips on how to get past the no-good-very-bad-grogginess?

One more day til the weekend!

Sarah (Ruby)