Minnesota Garlic Festival


Saturday is the day to enjoy and learn about all things garlic.  Games, music, and of course food can all be found at the Garlic Festival.  The 12th annual event takes place this Saturday, August 12th in Hutchinson.  Rain or shine so be prepared to enjoy the day.  You can purchase tickets in advance or when you arrive, we found a BOGO deal for this event here

Minnesota Garlic Festival is the premier event for lovers of garlic, great local foods and good times! Family friendly, fun filled and fragrant, this festival features fantastic foods, celebrity chefs, marvelous music, area artisans, goofy games…and lots of GARLIC – all in support of a healthy environment, sustainable farms and vital rural communities in Minnesota.

We’ll continue our tradition of unique entertainment, with festival favorites returning, plus some new acts. There are plenty of activities for the kids, including the popular kite flying attraction, the Peculiar Pragmatic Promenade, and old-style country picnic games.

MN Garlic Festival is a ZERO WASTE event! We make a concerted effort to produce no trash – if you can’t take it home, it’s recycled, re-used or composted.

Creative Kidstuff Warehouse Sale

Creative Kidstuff Warehouse Sale


One of our favorite stores for finding birthday gifts is Creative Kidstuff.  There are now several locations sprinkled around the twin cities. Our favorite section of the store is the games, with at least a couple out to try.  It’s a great store, if you’ve never been, add it to your summer bucket list.

This week there’s a big reason to check out Creative Kidstuff.  It’s time for their giant warehouse sale. It starts Wednesday, August 9th and goes through Sunday.  Located in Minneapolis at the headquarters.

Oh my!! This is a sale beyond sales. We are clearing out the actual Creative Kidstuff warehouse. There are so many buried treasures – you have to see it to believe it! There will be deals upon deals and a lot of surprises.

Join us on Wednesday, August 9 to shop a day early! Get a head start on shopping for just $3 cash admission. It will be worth your purse change, we promise!

Shop, then shop again. On Sunday, August 13 anything remaining will be an ADDITIONAL 50% off!

Sale Hours:
Wednesday, August 9 –– 4pm to 7pm ($3 cash admission)
Thursday, August 10 –– 10am to 2 pm
Friday, August 11 –– 10am to 2 pm
Saturday, August 12 –– 10am to 2 pm
Sunday, August 13 –– 10am to 2pm

Sale Location:
(parking in back – follow the signs)
Creative Kidstuff Headquarters
3939 East 46th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406

The Fine Print:
The $3 admission on Wednesday, August 9 is cash only (exact change appreciated). We accept cash and credit/debit. Unfortunately we cannot take personal checks. All sales are final. Public restrooms are not available.

Kids are welcome to attend! We recommend strollers if that’s age appropriate, and all kiddos must stay with their adults at all times. Our warehouse is just that – a warehouse – and was not designed with the safety of children in mind. We’ll do our best to kid-proof the place, but keep those little ones close!

Prince or Princess Dress-Up Wednesdays at Como Town

Do you have a little one that loves to dress up?  it’s time to find the princess or prince outfits and save some money. Como town has a special promotion taking place Wednesdays in June.  If your child goes to the park on June 21st or 28th dressed in a royalty theme costume from 10am – noon you will be able to purchase an unlimited ride wristband for only $13.95, (saving $8).  What a fun idea!

Be a prince or princess for a day!

Every Wednesday in June from 10am – noon is dress-up day at Como Town. Come to the park dressed like royalty and collect a bounty! You will receive an unlimited ride wristband for $13.95 ($8 savings).

If your child tries to put on their Halloween costume multiple times a year, now they can! Dress them head to toe in their favorite royal garments and come to Como Town. Our face painters can complete their look with fun, eye catching designs.

Get the costumes washed and ready for June 7, 14, 21, and 28. We look forward to seeing you and your royal clan at Como Town!

5 Ways to Save Money on Gas + HyVee Gift Card Offer + #HYVsave10 Reader Giveaway

Disclosure Compensation5 Ways to Save Money on Gas

When we’re looking at a monthly budget, one item that can always make a big dent is gas for our cars! Living without a car can be difficult for most of us, so the only option is to keep that expenditure in control. You can get a good start with these ideas for 5 ways to save money on gas:

5 Ways to Save Money on Gas


  1. Drive Less – Yes, most of us need our cars, but do we really need to make as many trips? Try to combine errands into one big trip or do them on the way home from work or school. Carpooling is a way to drive a lot less!
  2. Watch Your Brakes – Excessively braking not only causes your brake pads to wear out quickly, but it also wastes gas! Stop with plenty of time and you’ll improve your car’s efficiency
  3. Check Your Tire Pressure – If your tires are under-inflated, they will wear out faster AND waste gas. Proper inflation reduces tire friction and gives you better gas mileage.
  4. Don’t Leave the Engine Running – If you’re waiting to pick someone up or eating that food you just picked up at the drive through, turn off your engine and save gas.
  5. Look for Discounts on Gas Purchases – You can pay a lot less for gallon if you get a discount on every gallon you purchase. Use a loyalty program like the one at Hy-Vee and save even more with the current offer running right now! Check out the details below!


If you visit your local Hy-Vee store now through April 18, 2017, you can score a great gas deal and earn 10 cents off per gallon with every $25 purchase of select gift cards or earn 20 cents off per gallon with every $50 purchase of select gift cards. Here’s how it works:

  • Find a Hy-Vee Store near you
  • Purchase select gift cards and save 10¢ cents on gas for every $25 purchased in gift cards or 20¢ cents every $50purchased
  • Participating Gift Cards include: Nike, Xbox, AMC Theaters, Fandango, American Express, Game Stop, Ruby Tuesday, Lane Bryant, Chili’s, Applebees, Michaels, iTunes, Petsmart, Groupon, Carnival
  • Take advantage of this offer before it ends on 4/18/2017.

You can make this offer an even better deal by using your favorite rewards credit or debit card to purchase. That way you can earn points, miles or a percentage back on your purchase on top of the great gas savings offer. Depending on the type of gift cards you choose, you can even use them to buy gasoline, making your savings come full circle!

Reader Giveaway: We have teamed up with several other great blogs to bring you this reader giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card! For your chance to win, just leave us a comment and complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 4/17/17. Good luck!

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