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Great Ideas for Bringing on the Halloween FUN

Halloween is a time of witches, princesses, super heroes and goblins. From a child’s perspective…it’s about candy and fun!  Here’s some fabby ideas and tips for getting the most our of All Hallows Eve:

Halloween Safety Tips to Keep Your Little Spookables SAFE from Hiller Real Estate

Halloween safety tips

Giving previously-loved kids books a new home: Book or Treat at


An exceptionally clever way to repurpose TP rolls and glow sticks!

Glow in the Dark Eyes - All you need are toilet paper rolls and glow sticks - #halloween #party #decorations | Click Pic for 27 DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas for Kids:

Clever, clever, clever…

5 simple games using plastic eyeballs for Halloween class party:



Halloween Treats

200+ Free Halloween Coloring Pages For Kids 

200 Free Halloween Coloring Pages For Kids

Essentia Health Hosts FREE Kids Community Health Event!

Essentia Health Hosts FREE Kids Community Health Event on Thursday, June 16

Make a date to enjoy this FREE Essentia Health Kids Event on June 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, at Brainerd High School.

This unique event is designed to give children an opportunity to engage in fun activities with medical professionals. Children will participate in fun and healthy minute-to-win-it challenges to get their bodies moving and have a chance to win prizes. Adults can make connections with medical professionals while you cheer your kids on jumping rope with Dr. Jane Winter, rolling an oversized ball through an obstacle course with Dr. Emily Day, shooting pucks with Dr. Troy Couture, playing a life size game of tic-tac-toe with Dr. Minto Porter, balancing dice on a tongue depressor with Dr. Dean Smith, shooting hoops with Dr. Jeremiah Eisenschenk, and many more!


Essentia Health

FREE Kids Community Health Event!

Enter Brainerd High School gym, 702 S 5th Street, through the south side entrance.

Events include:

PUCK SHOOTING CHALLENGE with Dr. Couture (how many pucks can you get in the net in 1 minute!)

JUMP ROPE CHALLENGE with Dr. Jane Winter  (who can jump rope the most times in 1 minute!)

A BIT DICEY GAME with Dr. Smith (Build a tower of dice on a tongue depressor in 1 minute!)

DEFYING GRAVITY GAME with Karen Opp, NP (Keep 3 balloons in the air for 1 minute!)


WEEBLES WOBBLE GAME with Aaron Nelson and Ashely Palmer, Athletic Trainers (how long can you wobble but not fall down!)

OBSTCLE COURSE with Dr. Day (roll oversize ball around cones in 1 minute!)

STACK ATTACK GAME with Dr. Kempf (how many times can you tower and restack cups in 1 minute!

SHOOT HOOPS with Dr. Eisenschenk (how many baskets can you make in 1 minute!)

LOOK MOM NO HANDS GAME with Dr. Osborne (how many balls can you move without using your hands in 1 minute!)



Get the full scoop HERE!

Kids Camp!-Activities for the Backyard or Wilderness

Summertime is the time for kids to enjoy the outdoors. If you and your children are planning to have some fun camping in National or State Parks, the Kids Camp!-Activities for the Backyard or Wilderness book is very helpful for your kids to read though before leaving. It is aimed for kids Grade 3 to about Grade 6.

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First of all, it starts with the all important “packing” section and what to bring along on your camping trip. Learn what clothes to bring, how to make your own warm ponchos, how to make your own camping gear. It reminds you not to forget a first aid kit and maybe a camping journal. Kids will love the snack ideas and recipes such as energy bars, fruit leather, banana chips etc.

The book also gives guidance on where and how to set up camp (for the camp novices). Kids even learn how to make their own broom to keep tents clean or how to make their own rope. Learning knots is important for any camper, and the kids will get detailed instructions on how to tie overhand knots, bowtie knots and others. In addition, the book is full of fun craft, game and nature activity ideas that kids can get themselves excited about while at camp. Whether your kids like weather watching, wildlife watching, or make leaf stencils and pine needle necklaces, this book is full of great ideas on camp food, activities, crafts and tips and advice on how to stay safe during your camping adventure.

I would certainly recommend this little book of camping advice for any youngster excited about their summer camping trip. Grab your copy of this great summer book HERE.

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Moms! Get your SAVE on with this awesome eBook!
The Moms Guide to Saving Money“My goal, for writing The Moms Guide to Saving Money, is to share ideas with you about how you can save money for your family, make money from home, and make it easier plus more affordable to reach your goal, whatever that may be. I will share with you tips to prepare your family for your journey to be a stay-at-home parent or to teach your family how to save money.” Becky Mansfield

I truly think ebook will be helpful to far more people then STAHMs or WAHMs. This ebook is for anyone who wants to start saving now in hopes of working less in the future. It would be helpful to ANYONE who is just looking for ways to supplement their income. It’s perfect anyone who loves to make their dollars stretch as far as possible.
Within the pages of this ebook, readers will learn so many tips, ideas & secrets to help them save more money & live easier! The stress of money can be a big one if you let it; but a work-around is to learn to take control of your money NOW. Spend less & save more, live below your means (not above it) and do so the easy way! Grab your copy of The Mom’s Guide to Saving Money HERE.This book was previously called You Can Be a Stay at Home Mom on One Income, but because it is filled with money-saving ideas Becky opted to change the title to The Moms Guide to Saving Money.


Whatever the title, the info inside is worth it’s weight in gold. SERIOUSLYGood info…and so much more. And for less than the price of a pizza! Consider the affordable $9.99 cost an investment in your future. Let’s git ‘er done.

28 Ways To Explore The Brainerd Lakes Area as a Family This Summer (2016 Version)

28 Ways To Explore The Brainerd Lakes Area as a Family This Summer (2016)

Created by the Mom Squad Central of Brainerd, MN

Things to do in Brainerd

Visit a Zoo! Our area has two wonderful zoos in a 30 mile radius. Check out the Pine Grove Zoo in Little Falls and Safari North Park in Brainerd. AND, if you are I the mood for a little jaunt, be sure and check out one of my favorite zoos; Paul Bunyan’s Animal Land in Bemidji. Read more about it here.

Get Your Art On: The Franklin Art Center and Crossing Arts Alliance has wonderful programs and events happening all summer. They also have great programs for kids including Art Camps.

Learn More About Trains: The Northern Trackers Club in Crosslake has depictions on display of historic and contemporary railroad heritage of the settlement and economic development of north central Minnesota from the early 1900’s to the present. Things to see at this museum includes a 1/2 scale replica of the William Crooks loco and cars, operating model railroad layouts, museum (artifacts, photography and interpretative displays and exhibits

Croft Mine: Mining is a huge part of our area’s history and the Croft Mine Historical Park is built on 17 acres of the original Craft Mine. This park includes an interactive underground mine tour and museum.

Go Down on The Farm: The Farm at St. Matthias offers wonderful events, like their Social Animals-Field of Dreams, many growing and picking opportunities, and appearances by the Evergreen Grass Band.

Check out some Bike Trails: Our area has several paved bike trails including The Cuyuna Lakes Trail and the Paul Bunyan Trail. The Cuyuna Lakes Trail Association exists to promote, create, and maintain paved bicycling trails connecting various communities in and around the area known formerly as the Cuyuna Iron Range.

Crow Wing County Fair: The Fair is coming! Mark your calendars for August 2- August 6, 2016. The fair began as an agricultural event for the purpose of providing a place for county residents to exhibit their products. Youth projects such as 4-H and FFA were able to enter and compete for prizes. While many aspects of the fair have changed over the years, the main philosophy remains the same, to provide opportunity for our patronage to touch base with the agricultural heritage of Crow Wing County.

Attend a Music Event: There are many chances to hear live music outside this summer in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Check out events like Bands in the Park – Pequot Lakes Trailside Band Shelter, Crosslake Outdoor Music Series 2015 at Crosslake Town Square, Iconic Music Fest and Lakes Jam.


Just One More Thing…

FREElance FREEdom

Summer fun is such an important part of life…BUT, I know you need to make a living as well. I firmly believe that earning all money in the world is not worth sacrificing the most precious moments in your life for. Not only is it OK to take a break, but it is imperative that you do so. Luckily there is a way to earn an honest income AND be able to have the flexibility to take time to smell the roses in life.

Soooo….want to know more? Have you been secretly (or not-so-secretly) dreaming of working from home, making an honest living and flexing that work around the needs of your family? NO, this is not one of those assemble-rubber-duckies-for-ten-cents-a-bird gig. Those type of gigs suck….right along with the “Make money taking surveys!” silliness. I am talking about taking the skills you already have and finding people/clients who are willing to pay you for your knowledge/help/guidance.

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My commitment to this subject is a sincere desire to help others. My goal in becoming an “expert” on the topic of working from home successfully (re: emotional and financial success) isn’t to come across as a giant smartypants. My goal is to help readers, and women just like me, discover that there IS “life beyond the cubicle.”

I want to educate newbie and veteran solopreneurs (in my fun and quirky style) that working from the comfort of home and supporting a family is totally possible. My FREElance FREEdom ebook is not “the fluff” of working from home. It is real life, I’ve-been-there-done-that, “no B.S.” details that share the tips, secrets, best practices, processes and resources that peel back the curtains of being self-employed and a business owner. Working from home is not all butterflies and unicorns, but it IS completely worth it.

Ready to learn about creating your own home business while earning a honest living on your own terms? Go HERE to take the first step in realizing your work from home dreams.


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