Minnesota Vikings License Plate Frame – $11.71!

Hey, football fans! Right now Amazon has this Minnesota Vikings License Plate Frame for just $11.71 (reg. $16.99)! As far as I can tell, this is the lowest price this has ever been on Amazon.

Shipping is free for Prime members or on orders of $25 or more.

SKOL Vikings!!!

A Free “No Registration Weekend for ATV Riders” in Park Rapids

Do you love to drive and ride your ATV as much as we do?  Watching my husband come in full of mud and laughing, wondering how much of a mess he created is always fun.  Looking for somewhere new to ride?  Put September 7-9th on the calendar and head to Park Rapids, ATV riders can ride Minnesota trails for free on ‘No Registration Weekend’.  So many great places to explore and even more fun when you don’t have to pay the registration fee.

**All-terrain vehicle users registered for private or agricultural use can explore both the old and new trails without cost Sept. 7 to 9. Typically they would pay the registration fee ($60 for three years) to ride the public trails.

About the event:

Minnesota has 3,000 miles of state forest and grant-in-aid trails available to ATV users. The state also has more than 200 miles of new trails that were completed this year.

Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota ATV trails that weekend as well, without the need for a nonresident trail pass ($30 annually). This is the fifth year that Minnesota is providing ATV riders with free access during “No Registration Weekend.” The date was pushed back from June so new trails could be completed, including the 159-mile route connecting communities in northwestern Itasca County, as well as a trail connecting Balsam and Bigfork.

Mississippi Paddle Share Program

Have you heard of the Mississippi Paddle Share Program?  I recently learned about it and hope to take advantage of it this summer.  We don’t own our own boat and although we have access to a canoe, it’s not convenient for our family of four.  Last summer we spend a day kayaking in southern MN and really enjoyed it, I shared our experience here.

If, like us you don’t own your own kayak but have done it before, the Mississippi Paddle Share Program is something you may want to check out.  You can choose to rent a single-person or tandem kayak.  There are five different places you can choose from:

  • Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park to North Mississippi Regional Park
  • River Park to North Mississippi Regional Park
  • North Mississippi Regional Park to Boom Island Park
  • Lowry Avenue Bridge to Boom Island Park
  • Hidden Falls Regional Park (North Entrance) to Harriet Island Regional Park

More information on the availability, price and hours of the program can be found here.



Minnesota United FC Soccer – Discount Tickets Including Field Access

Got a soccer fan in the house? Right now you can get discount admission to the Minnesota United FC Soccer Game on Saturday, 5/26 at 7 pm when you order through Groupon! Plus, the deal includes pre-match field access. How awesome is that?!

Options include:

Plus, today only (Monday, 5/21) you can use the coupon code HAPPY to save an extra 20%, dropping the price to just $29.20 or $39.20!

Here’s a peek at the seating chart to see where the purple and red sections are:

For pre-match field access, please arrive outside section 125 by 6:15 pm; late arrivals will not be accommodated. Field access experience lasts approximately 30 minutes.

When the North American Soccer League was reborn in 2011, Minnesota stepped up to claim the resurgent league’s first championship since 1984. Then dubbed the Stars, the team changed names in 2012, becoming the Minnesota United FC and making a second consecutive appearance in the NASL title game and they are continuing to usher in a new era of soccer in America.

There is a limit of 8 tickets per person, and they will be emailed 48 hours prior to the match. Must purchase together to sit together. Go to Groupon to get yours!

Free Twins Hats and Discounted Tickets through Minnesota DNR for License Holders

Got a 2018 Minnesota fishing or hunting license? You can get a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap along with a special ticket offer available through the Minnesota DNR with games on select dates from May through September!

License holders can purchase a reserved game ticket and receive a special Twins cap at the following games:

  • Sunday, 5/20 at 1:10 pm vs. Milwaukee Brewers
  • Saturday, 6/2 at 3:10 pm vs. Cleveland Indians
  • Sunday, 6/24 at 1:10 pm vs. Texas Rangers
  • Sunday, 7/15 at 1:10 pm vs. Tampa Bay Rays
  • Saturday, 8/25 at 6:10 pm vs. Oakland Athletics
  • Saturday, 9/8 at 6:10 pm vs. Kansas City Royals

Tickets are $19 – $24 each for the Home Run Porch or $42 – $49 for the Field Box, depending on the game selected. You’ll receive your cap at the game.

For more information, please visit the DNR website.

Try Hockey for Free Day – Saturday, March 3rd


Try Hockey for Free Day is Saturday, March 3, 2018! USA Hockey and over 500 local programs across the country will encourage kids ages 4 to 9 to come to a local participating rink and try youth hockey as part of the NHL’s Come Play Hockey Month. All locations have a limited amount of equipment available for use.

To find the closest location to you, visit tryhockeyforfree.com, search with your zip code, and click the pinpoint for event details and to register. There are many participating rinks in Minnesota.

Contact the local participating host site with any questions or USA Hockey at (719) 538-1124 or ComePlayYouthHockey@usahockey.org.

Ice Skating in Saint Paul

This time of year is when winter can’t quite make up it’s mind.  Will spring arrive early or will another snow storm show up on our doorstep?  It’s still important to get outside and have some fun.  Ice Skating is a great outdoor activity.  Saint Paul has some great rinks to skate on.  Not quite sure which ones are still open?  Check out their website or call ahead.

Saint Paul has fourteen general skating rinks, as well as the WinterSkate refrigerated general rink at Landmark Plaza and three additional refrigerated hockey rinks located at Phalen Recreation Center, North Dale Recreation Center, and Palace Recreation Center. McMurray Field has four rinks used exclusively for broomball and Groveland Recreation Center has a large oval rink. All hockey rinks have boards and nets. Non-refrigerated rinks are typically ready by the end of December and stay open through February, weather permitting. Refrigerated rinks may be open earlier in the season and stay open longer in the year.

  • Cold Weather Policy: Rinks will close if temperatures reach -25F.
  • Warm Weather Policy: In order to prevent extended closures due to damaged ice, rinks will close if meltwater is visible on the surface.

Hyland Winter Fest

Hyland Winter Fest

Photo credit: Three Rivers Park District

The Hyland Winter Fest takes place this Friday and Saturday.  There is lots of great winter fun to participate in or watch, your choice – Skiing, Snowboarding, food, music and more.  It’s all happening at the Three Rivers Park District Hyland Hills Ski Area. Check out the event FB page for updates and specifics.

Photo credit: Three Rivers Park District

Fire pits, Freestyle Ski Competitions, Merch discounts, Our first ever Soup Bowl (we’re pinning the cooks against each other for your enjoyment- Tasty Soup), adidas – Das Tables Competition!, Pisten Bully Groomer Rides and we’ll have a live DJ outside on the Ski Hill!

Hyland Hills is hosting some fun activities on Feb 2nd and 3rd.

Hyland Winter Fest Schedule


Friday Night:
Nybora Freestyle Nightshine Slopestyle Event

Nybora Freestyle Big Air Ski and Snowboard
adidas – Das Tables Competition
Soup Bowl- The cooks in the kitchen will make their best soups and you judge the best!

Both Nights we’ll have a live DJ from JJuice Music & Entertainment on the Hill from 5-8,
Great Food
Merchandise Deals and more!

Winter Fete in Bloomington

It’s time for the the 14th annual Bloomington Winter Fete.  A family friendly winter celebration filled with a variety of activities.   It begins January 20 and goes through the 28th.

  • Skiing activities
  • Biking events
  • Ice Skating
  • Winter Kite Festival
  • History Festival

Check out the website for all the details.


Central Park Ice Skating Loop: Maple Grove

Maple Grove Central Park Ice Skating Loop

One of our favorite things to do in the winter is ice skating.  We enjoy exploring different ponds and skating rinks.  It can be a great thrifty sport, especially if you own your own skates.  Skates can be found at thrift stores or check with friends and neighbors to see if they have skates collecting dust.

Some friends of ours recently moved to Maple Grove and told us about the Central Park Ice Skating Loop.  We’ve visited the park in the summer and loved it.  It’s now on our list to try the loop for skating in the winter. You can find more information here, on their website.

Do you have a favorite ice skating spot that we can try out?  We love to explore new places!