Robbinsdale: Surprise Hail Storm in May

Levi Big Hail Robbinsdale MN

I live in Robbinsdale, MN and I’ve never seen golf ball size hail in person before…until today when a surprise hail storm hit. This is one of the smaller pieces Levi picked up after the hail storm had subsided. I managed to grab my phone and record it while it was in process. And suddenly the sky exploded with ice #hail A video posted by Jen (@lifewithlevi) on May 3, 2015 at 3:13pm PDT It was crazy. We knew it {Read More}

$500 Karina Dresses May Giveaway


It’s a new month, which means it’s time for a new giveaway hosted by the Karina Dresses Frockstar™ team! Karina Dresses are my favorite. I have a closet full of them, and I still don’t think I have enough. They’re made right here in the US, and they design them with different body shapes in mind so that you can find one that flatters you specifically. Last month, I wore my yellow Penelope dress to speak at Ignite Minneapolis. Getting {Read More}

Canary Yellow Penelope from Karina Dresses

Penelope dress with pockets - Karina Dresses

A canary yellow dress with pockets for summer? Yes please. I’ve had my eye on the sleeveless Penelope dress from Karina Dresses for a while. It’s finally starting to warm up here in MN, so I wanted something fun. The Canary Cubes print practically screams for summer. I originally fell in love with the Penelope style in February when I brought the 3/4 sleeve version to Las Vegas for a work trip. The tiny bit of pleating in the front makes {Read More}

5 Minutes on Stage: Ignite Minneapolis


Last week I spoke at Ignite Minneapolis, a really cool local event that involves beer, a microphone, and 5 minutes up on stage in front of a packed audience. The Riverview Theater was sold out, with about 650 people filling the seats. Surly Brewing generously provided free beer, and the audience was primed to be entertained & enlightened. What is Ignite Minneapolis? Ignite is a high-energy evening filled with 5-minute talks about people’s passions. Talks range from the poignant to the funny {Read More}

Preschool Activity: Make a Bird Feeder From a Toilet Paper Roll

Easy preschool activity - make a bird feeder out of an old toilet paper roll.

Now that Levi is in preschool, I’m always on the lookout for easy projects we can make together, like this bird feeder you can make from an old toilet paper roll. We did this in his preschool class recently, and he was thrilled with the results. Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder Project Supplies:  Cardboard toilet paper roll Bird seed Shortening or peanut butter Plastic knife or spatula String Instructions:  To keep things from getting too messy, cover your workspace with {Read More}

10 Tips for Switching to a New Cell Phone

tips for new cell phone

I love trying out new tech, but sometimes switching to a new cell phone can suck. New phones don’t come pre-loaded with all your apps or contacts in the same place as your old phone, and if you’re switching models, the buttons are probably in different places and there are new features to learn, too. Since I switch cell phones often as part of the Verizon influencer team, I thought I’d share some of my tips to ease the transition {Read More}

Keeping Kids Active On a Budget

Keeping Kids Active

Exercise has many wonderful benefits – it builds strong bones, maintains a healthy weight, and even improves self-esteem. The one benefit that millions of families overlook is how physical activity can create a stronger family bond. With summer right around the corner, consider some of these ideas to keep your kids active on a budget. Family fitness activities teach valuable life lessons like teamwork, communication and organization. You don’t need to spend a fortune to make memorable memories. Sometimes, all {Read More}

Karina Dresses Purchase: The Sophie

Checking myself out in the Sophie dress

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t just wear Karina Dresses because they send them to me to feature on my blog or because I’m an affiliate – I also buy them because I love them so much. They have some really good sales, so sometimes I treat myself by buying a new dress. A few months ago they had a 50% off clearance sale, so I snagged this Sophie Dress for $30. Total steal, in my opinion. The Sophie Dress isn’t {Read More}

Best Buy Exclusive: AMD FX APU HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop

AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart

Looking for great gaming and entertainment performance in a laptop? Take a look at the AMD FX APU HP Envy Touchsmart. Disclosure: I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card in exchange for sharing information about this new Best Buy exclusive product. There are affiliate links included in this post. The HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop features AMD’s most powerful mobile processor – the AMD FX Special Edition APU. Whether you’re mega multi-tasking or in the middle of an intense game, this {Read More}

Glee Season Finale – I tried not to cry but just couldn’t help it

Glee cast

Image credit: Wikimedia Two things you should know about me right off the bat: I have no idea when the season finale actually aired because I’m perpetually behind on actually catching up with TV shows. I cry during sad movies and TV. Like, a lot. To the point where Mykl often has to ask if I’m ok because I’ve turned into a sobbing mess totally unlike my regular assertive, snarky self. Tonight I reached a breaking point on some website {Read More}