Anna Berend

Holidazzle, Minneapolis, Nicollet

A Guide To Family Holiday Activities In The Twin Cities

Despite the chance of bitter cold and snow or maybe because of it, the twinkling holiday lights, the glittering decorations, festive music and activities of downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul warm the soul and make the spirit, well, bright.

11/25/2011

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Just Like Homemade: Best Holiday Pies

Finding a pie to buy is easy. Finding a really good pie to buy is hard.

11/23/2011

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Pre-Meal Workout: A Guide To Thanksgiving Runs & Walks

Thanksgiving is all about family gathered around the table with a big turkey in the middle, right? Well, not always. One holiday activity that’s a good idea for several reasons is to participate in a Thanksgiving run/walk.

11/19/2011

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A Guide To Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities

Thanksgiving is usually a time for families gathering together in a warm, cozy home, eating big meals, chatting, relaxing, watching football, playing games and being thankful for each other and a plenitude of creature comforts.

11/18/2011

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Creative Outlets: Paint Your Own Pottery Studios

When the weather turns cold and blustery and it’s time to head inside, the days can get long and monotonous, especially with little ones underfoot. It’s during these times when all the toys have been played with, all the puzzles solved, the games played out, the books read, and the screen time used up, that an art project sounds appealing.

11/11/2011

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Guide To Twin Cities Indoor Climbing Walls & Caves

If you’re looking for unique ways to stay in shape or challenge your agility as the weather gets cooler here in Minnesota — no problem. Why not take a stab at rock climbing?

11/05/2011

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Country Picnics: A Guide To Pizza On The Farm

While there is plenty of excitement in the city, sometimes it’s nice to head out of town and into the country. As the saying goes, getting there is half the fun. And that is certainly the case when it comes to the drives out from the Twin Cities to these three pizza farms.

10/29/2011

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A Scary Good Time: Twin Cities Family Halloween Events

As early as July, my kids start thinking about Halloween. They begin plotting and planning their costumes and thinking about what spooktacular events they want to attend.

10/28/2011

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Chili Guide: Clear Your Head, Set Your Taste Buds Free

A hot, steaming bowl of chili is just the thing to chase away the chill of old man winter. The thing about chili is that every single person who makes it has a different spin on it.

10/26/2011

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Making the Grade: Guide To Twin Cities Tutoring Sources

As a parent of a child just entering kindergarten, I haven’t had the opportunity or need for tutoring yet. However, tutoring is becoming an important component of education.

10/14/2011

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A Guide To Twin Cities Fall Festivals

At the start of each season, I like to make a list of things I want to attend, experience or taste before the next season makes its timely appearance.

10/08/2011

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Pumpkin Patch Pickings: A Guide To Pumpkin Farms

The quest for the perfect pumpkin can take you all over the Twin Cities. No matter which direction your map sends you, you’re sure to find a pumpkin farm on the outskirts of where urban ends and country begins.

10/07/2011

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Family Guide To Discovering Downtown St. Paul

A mix of old and new makes St. Paul a perfect place for families to spend time exploring. There are a number of family-friendly places to visit in downtown St. Paul.

09/02/2011

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Best Sweet Rolls In The Twin Cities

Whether you like yours with cinnamon, sugar and thick cream cheese frosting, with pecans swimming in ooey, gooey caramel or with chocolate swirling through the sweet doughy rounds these rolls are sure to make your morning bright.

08/31/2011

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New Organic And Locally-Sourced Restaurants In Mpls.

There is an abundant crop of new fresh, organic and/or local restaurants popping up in South Minneapolis this season. Each of these spots have a unique identity and wildly different menus and atmospheres.

08/24/2011

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Like Riding A Bike: Nice Ride MN Bike Share Program

Have you noticed the cool, lime green bikes all over downtown Minneapolis? It’s all part of a new non-profit program called Nice Ride Minnesota.

07/23/2011

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Family Fun Guide To Hopkins

Hopkins cozies right up to the Western side of Minneapolis, but you can’t mistake the small town, vibrant old main street feel of this tiny city of 17,000 people. Much of the town is still centered on Main Street just like it was in the 1950s. There are a variety of fun-filled family-friendly events and activities to enjoy in Hopkins.

07/22/2011

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A Guide To Minnesota Water Trails

When the topic of whitewater rafting was suggested to me my first reaction was, “There’s whitewater rafting in Minnesota?” It turns out there is, but there is only one river designated as a whitewater trail by the Department of Natural Resources. So, if you’re feeling adventurous check out the gnarly tour down the St. Louis River, but if you’re looking for a slower more relaxed ride, there are some of those listed, as well.

07/16/2011

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Family Fun Guide To Prior Lake

Home to 23,000 people, Prior Lake has a quaint downtown with inviting shops, lovely parks for all kinds of activities, a beautiful, sparkling lake and a family-oriented attitude.

07/15/2011

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Family Fun Guide to Lake Harriet

When the sun is shining and my family finds that we have a few spare hours or a whole spare day with which to amuse ourselves, more often than not, we head to Lake Harriet.

07/01/2011

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Summer Lawn Events At Brit’s Pub

Ever thought of jumping the pond for a visit to London? You know what’s cheaper, simpler and doesn’t require a passport? A trip to Brit’s Pub & Eating Establishment in downtown Minneapolis.

06/25/2011

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Best Cookies In The Twin Cities

To find the best cookies in the Twin Cities was no easy feat. There are an abundance of wonderful bakeries in the area. Over the last month, I have taste tested many of the cookies these bakeries have to offer.

05/09/2011

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Best Cheap Dates In The Twin Cities

Who says you have to spend a bundle on a date to have fun? Some of the best dates are creative, low budget affairs.

05/06/2011

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Best Things To Do In Richfield

Nestled in the middle of the Twin Cities metro, Richfield offers easy access to the cities, but retains the small town feel with a population of less than 35,000.

04/04/2011

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Best Brunches For Families In The Twin Cities

When a family with young diners is considering going out for a meal, a wise choice is breakfast or brunch.

03/20/2011

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