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In 2017, there are 40 Ways to Holiday!

In 2017, there are exactly 40 days from Thanksgiving Day to New Years Day. And with the elimination of the eighth floor display at Macy’s in downtown Minneapolis and Holiday Lights in the Park in Saint Paul, along with the disappointing change from tradition at Holidazzle, more people than ever are looking for new holiday activities. Enter “40 Ways to Holiday.” Each day between November 23 and January 1 will have at least one event worth checking out, along with plenty of giveaways along the way! Find the full list of days here.


Exclusive: save 40% on Maxmind messenger bags and laptop cases through January 1, 2018

November 19, 2017

I have teamed up with Maxmind Bags to get you a heckuva deal in time for the holidays!

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GIVEAWAY: Win four tickets and pit passes to Monster Jam!

Grave Digger makes its way back to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday, December 2. Enter here.


GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to Minnesota Monthly’s Best of Minnesota Party!

It takes place Thursday, November 30 in downtown Minneapolis. Enter here.

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The best birthday freebies in the Twin Cities

From a bottle of wine worth your age to free car washes, I rounded up the best freebies you can snag on your birthday. Check out my segment on KSTP-TV’s Twin Cities Live. Read more.

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Wisconsin, Unplugged: “Water Meets the Soul” in Bayfield and on Madeline Island

November 18, 2017

A summer’s weekend at your college friend’s parents’ cabin can be a blast. For starters, there’s sleeping six to a room, cooking your own meals, washing all those dishes…oh, and there’s no air conditioning. Read more.


I’m on a magazine cover!

June 8, 2017

I am honored to be on the cover of Lavender Magazine’s 2017 Pride issue. Their Managing Editor, Andy, penned a humbling piece about their selection. You can read that here.


Curiosity killed the cat: my trip to the ‘Rainbow Outlet’

May 28, 2017

So I was driving from an oil change and did a double take when I noticed the Rainbow on White Bear Avenue in Maplewood was still open. There was an ‘outlet’ sign tacked on the windows. My immediate reaction: confusion. What is an outlet grocery store? Do they send all the bruised bananas to this location? Read more.

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