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You can virtually donate a pint of ice cream to nurses and doctors

photo courtesy Sweet Science Ice Cream/Facebook

I recently posted a story about how Girl Scout Troops are donating their cookies to nurses and doctors. Now, those hardworking professionals are able to enjoy another well-deserved sweet treat.

Sweet Science Ice Cream, based out of Keg and Case Market in Saint Paul, is giving you the opportunity to virtually donate a pint of ice cream to a nurse or doctor.… Read the rest

The Girl Scouts couldn’t finish cookie sales because of coronavirus. So they’re donating them to healthcare workers.

Spring is a special time of year. The heavy jackets go in the closet and those delicious Girl Scout cookies go on sale. I’m a Samoas/Caramel DeLights fan, myself.

However, with COVID-19, Girl Scout cookie operations have come to a halt.… Read the rest

Holiday Gift Guide: Stellar Stocking Stuffers

Originally published in Lavender Magazine, November 2019

Quality doesn’t have to cost hundreds of dollars. Here is a roundup of companies, including three based in Minnesota, who are making products anyone would love to receive this holiday season. And keep reading for some exclusive deals!… Read the rest

IKEA is giving away $10 gift cards and you can get one

You have one, I have one and your crazy aunt has one: a birthday. And that’s all you need to get $10 to spend at IKEA.

I heard rumblings about this freebie but waited for my birthday to come around so I could actually confirm it.… Read the rest

Find piece of mind if you have a loved one who experiences seizures

Give Me the Mike received promotional consideration from Empatica.

In December 2014, I was diagnosed with epilepsy. I was 28 years old. There was no family history of epilepsy — or seizures — in my family. It all came as a surprise.… Read the rest

A 114 year-old Minnesota business opens its first retail store

Give Me the Mike received promotional consideration from J.W. Hulme.

J.W. Hulme started in 1905 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They expanded from making tents for the Army during World War I to gear for lovers of the great outdoors.

Today, they man much more than duffle bags and totes.… Read the rest

Gift Guide: Lookin’ and Feelin’ Good

Gift that special someone in your life with hair and skin care products from Minnesota companies.

Article originally published in Lavender Magazine, November 2018

Life changes for the better when you take pride in your appearance. Confidence skyrockets and you end up with more pep in your step.… Read the rest

Win a cookbook by The Sioux Chef!

Enter below for your chance to win “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley. Sean will soon be the next big thing in the Minnesota food scene, trust me.

There are three ways to enter, meaning you have three chances to win!… Read the rest

13 events happening December 2

Tis the season for events! My 40 Ways to Holiday guide features at least one seasonal event you can do every day from Thanksgiving Day through New Years Day. Check it out here.

Saturday, December 2 has more than one thing to check out.… Read the rest

‘Wood’ you look at that: unique gift ideas made of wood

First published in Lavender Magazine, November 22, 2017

Instead of giving an “okay” gift this holiday season, give them something “oak-y.”

Alright, the puns are done.

These Minnesota- and Wisconsin-based businesses are creating or sourcing special gifts that’ll last longer than the popsocket or fidget spinner you were planning to purchase.… Read the rest