Friday

Pocket Your Dollars


Pocket Your Dollars is an awesome website that I use every week to help me with my gorcery shopping and couponing.

Seriously!

I contacted Carrie--the developer--a couple of weeks ago and have since been mentioned on their website!

How cool is that?

If you haven't checked out Pocket Your Dollars, I highly recommend you do to help save money on your groceries (and to see A Traveling Thought's name in "lights!")

Go Fish Giveaway WinnerS!!!

The Winner of the Go Fish Bundle is Kat!

The Winner of the Go Fish C is for Christmas CD is Bren!


Please contact me with your address information, Kat, and I will mail your bundle to you.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Go Fish Giveaway!

That was a really fun one!

Be on the lookout at Sweet Peas & Buddies for my next giveaway!

Tuesday

Go Fish in Concert

IF you ever get a chance to see Go Fish in concert, I would say GO FOR IT!  We went to the Timberwolves game  this past Sunday that was followed by their concert.
It was cut in half, but totally worth it.

Here's how the girls felt about the basketball game.


Here's how they felt after they learned they were going to get to see Go Fish.

And here's Go Fish.  If I liked their CDs, seeing them live, up close, and in person, and sweating  (okay, so that part was kind of gross!) was so beyond fun!


But what was even better was seeing the excitement in the girls' eyes.  
They were really going to get to watch them.  And hear their favorite songs.
We tried to guess what song they would start with. 
Of course, it was Snazzy!  
We went way down to the bottom and sat three rows up.  We could see everything.  While it was a little overwhelming for Princess Pea, Wordgirl couldn't get enough of it.

We met some IRL friends at the game who helped us bide our basketball time.


Went to college with this one.  He is now making a living by doing what I glared at him for at a Women's Chorale concert his freshman year.


Didn't know this guy at all except that we got him to sing at our Spring Banquet.

Went to college with him, too.  Can I just say that he's got the coolest job in the world?  He gets to hang out with his friends, traveling the country, singing, "Boom, Baboom, boom"?  Occassionally, he'll sing a word or two, and of course, he has to sing the right notes.  But seriously! I want his job!


Marching to her favorite song "Soldier in the Army of the Lord."  She was very serious about getting it right!
Singing one of his favorite songs that he shares with Wordgirl.  She was elated!


Two happy campers!

Recommendations:

  • Since this was a promotional thing, their concert was basically cut in half and they weren't allowed to meet the crowd after the show. So if you are interested in going to a Go Fish concert, make sure you attend a full concert where you can meet the guys. Princess Pea was a little tearfully sad that they didn't sing her favorite song, and  Wordgirl was sooo disappointed not to be able to meet Jamie, Jason, and Andy.  
  • Apparently, they blow off a confetti cannon at each concert.  I was NOT prepared for this.  I haven't screamed like that since high school!  Be prepared!  And don't forget to bring a piece of the confetti home because that may be the highlight of the show for your little ones!

Monday

Twin Cities More than $5


Don’t forget to check out my Go Fish Giveaway.  It closes on at noon on  March 30, 2012 




This is not an exhaustive list, so if you know of something that is happening, please leave a comment so that I can add it to the list!


Everyday
   Mill City Museum
   Kiddywampus Open Studio $8.00
   Twin City Model Railroad Museum $6.00
 
Tuesday 3/27/12
MN Science Museum Preschool Playdates
9:30am - noon
$28-$31
Free preschooler ticket with purchase of adult admission
Walker Art Center  Arty Pants Your Tuesday Playdate Morph Yourself
11:00-1:00 Morph Yourself
$10

Mall of America Diana: A Celebration 
12:00 pm-8:00 pm
$13.50-$23.50


Wednesday 3/28/12
heartfelt--Sweater workshop 
4:00-8:00 pm
$32
Jackson Street Roundhouse Tots & Trains
10:00-12:00 pm
$5-$10
Dodge Nature Center Woolly Bears:  Spring Is For Mud 
10:00 am-11:30 am
$14

Mall of America Diana: A Celebration 
12:00 pm-8:00 pm
$13.50-$23.50

Thursday 3/29/12
Tapestry Folkdance Center  FUNdamentals of Dance
7:00-8:30 pm
$8
Dodge Nature Center Woolly Bears:  Spring Is For Mud 
10:00 am-11:30 am
$14

Mall of America Diana: A Celebration 
12:00 pm-8:00 pm
$13.50-$23.50


Friday 3/30/12
Tapestry Folkdance Center  Beginning International Folkdance Class
7:30-9:00 pm
$8
Tapestry Folkdance Center Request Dancing 
9:00 pm-11:30 pm
$8

Mall of America Diana: A Celebration 
10:00 am-10:00 pm
$13.50-$23.50


Saturday 3/31/12
 Jackson Street Roundhouse  Caboose Rides
 The Bakken Museum -- Nano Days
   $5-$7
heartfelt  Needle Felted Animals Class 
   10:30 am-12:30 pm
   $28
heartfelt Felted Eggs Class
   4:00-5:00 pm
   $20
 Guthrie Architecture Tours
$12-$17
American Swedish Institute  Easter at the Castle 
9:00-10:30 am
$10
MN Institute of Arts  Expressive Elements Class 
10:00 am -12:00 pm or 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
$34
MN Institute of Arts Painting Studio:  People
12:30 pm-2:30 pm
$46
MN Zoo  Opening of Farm Babies 
$12-$18
MN History Center Global Hotdish Variety Show 
2:00 pm-3:30 pm
$6-$12
Mill City Museum Washburn A. Mill Tour 
1:00 pm
$10-$14
Dodge Nature Center Woolly Bears:  Spring Is For Mud 
10:00 am-11:30 am
$14

Mall of America Diana: A Celebration 
10:00 am-10:00 pm
$13.50-$23.50


Sunday 4/1/12
Mall of America Diana: A Celebration 
11:00 am-7:00 pm
$13.50-$23.50

Twin Cities $5 and Less 3/26/12-4/1/12


Don’t forget to check out my Go Fish Giveaway.  It closes on at noon on  March 30, 2012 


They include outdoor activities, theatre activities, and history.  I did not figure in the cost of parking that could potentially arise, so depending on your activity, you may need to plan for that.


Tuesday 3/27/12
Dodge Nature Center  Nature After Dinner:  Animal Tracking
   6:30-7:30 pm
   $5


Thursday 3/29/12
MN Landscape Arboretum  Storytime
    10:30 am (I added this as $5 or less because admission for an adult is $9, but children 9 and under are free so if we average it out per person, it is less thn $5 per person.)

Friday 3/30/12
Tapestry Folkdance Center  International Folkdance
   7:30 pm
   $5-$8


Saturday 3/31/12 
  10:30 am Requested Donation $2 for Minneapolis Residents, $4 for non-Mpls Residents 
                 Puppet Making Workshop to follow for $5/person
Riverview Theatre
    Sat Matinees
The Landing $3 Tour Days
   10:00 am-5:00 pm

Sunday 4/1/12
State Capitol Art Treasure Hunt
      $2 
The Landing $3 Tour Days
    12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Lowry Nature Center, Carver Park Reserve  Nature's Mimic
   1:00 pm -2:30 pm
   $5

Sunday

Twin Cities Free Events 3/26/12-4/1/12

Don’t forget to check out my Go Fish Giveaway.  It closes on at noon on  March 30, 2012 

This events and activities are either free or by donation only.  However, I have not figured in the cost of parking, so that could possibly be an expense you should plan for.  Leave a comment about certain events and parking for the future and I will add it in.

This is not an exhaustive list.  If you know of other activities not included on this list, please let me know so that I can add them as soon as possible.


Everyday
Ch oo Choo Bob's Train Store 
  State Capitol Tour 

Monday 3/26/12

Tuesday 3/27/12
   Minnesota History Center
          5:00-8::00 pm
   The Red Balloon Bookshop Baby Storytime 
          10:30 am
   Mall of America Toddler Tuesday Megamind Super Hero Day
         10:00 am-12:00 pm
Downtown Macy's 8th Floor  Macy's Flower Show



Thursday 3/29/12
Wild Rumpus Meet the Author  Brian Lies (Author of  Bats at the Ballgame, Bats at the Beach, More)
          6:00 pm
Landmark Center  The Schubert Club's Courtroom Concert
          12:00 pm

Como Zoo L'il Explorer Thursdays Featuring Fantastic Frogs
          10:00-12:00 pm
Walker Art Center  Free Thursday Nights
         5:00-9:00 pm
Minnesota Institute of Arts  Family Studio Seven Generation Dragon Puppets
          6:00-8:00 pm

Saturday 3/31/12
Landmark Center   Uncle Sam Worked Here:  History Conversation Series
         10:30 am
*Updated* The Red Balloon Bookshop Norm Barnhart of Amazing Magic Tricks 
          10:30 am
Maplewood Nature Center Spring Open House 
        1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Orchestra Hall  At the Ballet

Sunday 4/1/12
St. Michael's & St. George's Ukrainian Orthodox Church  Ukrainian Easter Egg Bake & Sale
      11:00 am -2:00 pm
Kroening Nature Center  April Fool's Camoflauge Challenge
       1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Richardson Nature Center  Amazing Amphibians
        3:00 pm-4:00 pm


Friday

Enjoying Go Fish



I know I have shared this with you, but your house could be enjoying Go Fish just like we do!

Enter my giveaway!.


Go Fish has got something to give away.

Don’t forget to check out my Go Fish Giveaway.  It closes on at noon on  March 30, 2012.




This is the third year that the Go Fish Guys have created a Vacation Bible School curriculum.  This year's edition is Praise.  The focus is on praising God and each day it's for a different aspect of His character:  Greatness, Authority, Providence, Power, and Love.  Personally, I think their curriculum is relatively inexpensive and that's always helpful.  It's simple with lessons for each day and activities with the main focus being on the music.  (go figure!)

These guys are busy dudes.  Not only are they producing VBS curriculum, but Go Fish has its own record label (I think that's what it's called).  They do not just produce their own music, but they have produced Denver and the Mile High Orchestra's children's album "Groovy."

If you want some fun, poppy, easy listening, you  need to check out "Groovy."  JackJack asks us to put it in all the time and as soon as it starts, he starts to groove by wiggling his little bootie!

Every house could use a children's album from GFK Records.  So enter my giveaway to be able to have some in your house!

Go Fish's goal is to give away the love of Jesus because despite what the world is telling you and leading you to believe, Jesus really does care about you and love you.  So even if you don't win the giveaway, Go Fish wants you to know that Jesus loves you and that He died for you.

And I want you to know that too.

Monday

Stone Arch Bridge

Don’t forget to check out my Go Fish Giveaway.  It closes on at noon on  March 30, 2012 
There is a place in Minneapolis that spans over that Mississippi River with the picture perfect view of St. Anthony Falls.  With 23 Stone Arches, this bridge was once used as a railway from 1883 to 1978.  Refurbishing and redesignating the bridge began in 1980.
We traveled to the historic Stone Arch Bridge--a National Historic Engineering Landmark built by James. J. Hill--one warm March afternoon without Princess Pea who was with a friend (LD).  Instead we went with Wordgirl's friend AJ.
It's a fun and free excursion to do when the weather is beautiful: in the summer and in the winter.  It is a part of the St. Anthony Falls Heritage trail connecting foot traffic from Mills Ruin Park on the west bank to Father Hennepin Bluffs Park on the east bank.  It's the perfect place to amble.  Take two steps and stop to climb up to see over the fence.  Take another two steps. Stop and look over the fence.  Take two more steps; stop to look.  At this rate you aren't even at the river!   You may feel the urge to hurry them along, but it's not necessary.  What better way to enjoy the river and weather than to amble across the Stone Arch Bridge?






 It's a great place to enjoy the weather with hundreds of other walkers, cyclists, and dog lovers. You will see walkers wearing babies and pushing empty strollers.  You will see children in wagons.  You will see matching bike riders and will hear bells.  You may run into a musician or two.



video


But don't, let me repeat, DON'T give the children only a penny (because that's all you have) to put into the musicians' collections.  Or they will do the following:

  1. Tell the musician that they gave him a penny. 
  2. Explain to the musician that if he had 100 pennies, he would have like a dollar 
  3. And enthusicastically convince the musician that every little bit helps. 
It is far better for everyone's sake to give him nothing than a penny and a lecture. Or sneakily give him what you can yourself.

"Mom! I just can't see the falls!  Oh, AJ!  There you are!"


Highlights:

  1. Gorgeous view of the river 
  2. The bridge is about a 1/2 mile long which is a perfect length to enjoy the scenery, but not too long for little feet.
  3. There is a small pay parking lot that is very inexpensive.  $1 for the first hour.  We were able to enjoy the bridge for an hour and be back before our time expired. (Maybe we should have paid before we left on our walk, but we didn't get a ticket and eventually, I did pay) 
  4. Dancing to the accordian player. 

Disadvantages:
  1. Being short means you are easily pushed around.  Poor JackJack got knocked down by a man who was 6'4".  
  2. There were a lot of people on the bridge.  A lot of people.  However, those people were Minnesotans who were thrilled to be outside without a winter jacket, boots, hats, and mittens duirng the first weekend of March; so I think we will let it go.


This bridge is part of the Twin Cities history, and while it's beautiful, it's also a blast for everyone to enjoy!


Twin Cities for More than $5


Don’t forget to check out my Go Fish Giveaway.  It closes on at noon on  March 30, 2012 




This is not an exhaustive list, so if you know of something that is happening, please leave a comment so that I can add it to the list!


Everyday
   Mill City Museum
   Kiddywampus Open Studio $8.00
   The Landing $5/adult, $3/child

Tuesday 3/20/12
MN Science Museum Preschool Playdates 9:30am - noon  Free preschooler ticket with purchase of adult admission

Wednesday 3/21/12
heartfelt--Sweater workshop  4:00-8:00 am $32
heartfelt -- Preschool Egg Festival  10:30-11:30 am $10 per child/ $5 thereafter

Thursday 3/22/12
American Swedish  Institute  Easter Feathers & Fun Preschool Program 10:30 am-12:00 pm $10/preschooler

Friday 3/23/12
heartfelt -- swordmaking class 4:30-6:00 pm $40/student

Saturday 3/24/12
 Guthrie Architecture Tours
 MN Landscape Arboretum Sugarbush Pancake Breakfast & Maple Syrup tours 9:00 am-1:00 pm  $9/member, $11.50/nonmember, $6/child
MN Science Museum  Explore Nature Event
MN Children's Museum Imagination Corner with MacPhail Center for Music 10:00 am and 10:40 am
MN Children's Museum Saturday Evening Grossout!  Already Been Chewed 4:00-8:00 pm
James J. Hill House Art Explorers: Hats & Fashion 2:00 pm $6/person
Maple Sap Harvest Workshop Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post Onamia 1:00 am-4:00 pm $10/nonmember
State Capitol Votes for Women Tour 1:00-2:30 pm $9/adult,  $6/child
Tamarack Nature Center Sugar on Snow 1:00-4:00 pm $7/participant
River Centre Donnie Smith Bike Show 9:00 am-7:00 pm $12/participant
Minneapolis Convention Center Twin Cities Pet Expo 9:00 am-6:00 pm $9/person (print the linked page for $1 off)

Sunday 3/25/12
American Swedish  Institute  Easter Feathers & Fun Preschool Program 1:00-3:00 pm $10/preschooler 
American Swedish Institute Youth Slojd Workshop Crazy Creatures Woodworking 1:00-3:00 $50/student
MN Landscape Arboretum Sugarbush Pancake Breakfast & Maple Syrup tours 9:00 am-1:00 pm  $9/member, $11.50/nonmember, $6/child
River Centre Donnie Smith Bike Show 10:00 am-5:00 pm $12/participant

Minneapolis Convention Center Twin Cities Pet Expo 10:00 am-5:00 pm $9/person (print the linked page for $1 off)
Mill City Museum Baking Memories: Tunnel of Fudge cake, the Bake-off & the Bundt Pan 2:00 pm $11/adult, $6/child

Highlighted Event:  Target Center Timberwolves Faith and Family Night  2:30 pm ($13 tickets still available on 3/19/12 when I called to purchase mine--little does Wordgirl know but we are going there to celebrate her birthday!)

Sunday

Twin Cities $5 or Less Activities Week of 3/18/12-3/25/12


Don’t forget to check out my Go Fish Giveaway.  It closes on at noon on  March 30, 2012 


These activities are mostly during the weekend.  They include outdoor activities, theatre activities, and history.


Thursday 3/22/12
MN Landscape Arboretum  Storytime -- 10:30 am (I added this as $5 or less because admission for an adult is $9, but children 9 and under are free so if we average it out per person, it is less thn $5 per person.)

Saturday 3/24/12 
  10:30 am Requested Donation $2 for Minneapolis Residents, $4 for non-Mpls Residents 
                 Puppet Making Workshop to follow for $5/person
Riverview Theatre --Sat Matinees
Warner Nature Center Maple Syruping Day 1:00 pm-4:00 pm (Marine On St. Croix)
The Landing $3 Tour Days --10:00 am-5:00 pm
MN Landscape Arboretum Weekend Family Fun:  Spuds & Buds -- 12:00 pm -4:00 pm
Dodge Nature Center Annual Pancake Breakfast

Sunday 3/25/12
State Capitol Art Treasure Hunt  
The Landing $3 Tour Days --1200 pm-5:00 pm
MN Landscape Arboretum Weekend Family Fun:  Spuds & Buds -- 12:00 pm -4:00 pm

Twin Cities FREE Activities for the Week of 3/18/12-3/25/12

Don’t forget to check out my Go Fish Giveaway.  It closes on at noon on  March 30, 2012 

This week's list of free activities includes some of our favorites:  storytimes and Como Zoo.  There are also some free Expos and Festivals and Concerts to attend.

This is not an exhaustive list.  If you know of other activities not included on this list, please let me know so that I can add them as soon as possible.


Everyday
Ch oo Choo Bob's Train Store 
  State Capitol Tour 

Monday 3/19/12

Tuesday 3/20/12
   Minnesota History Center--5:00-8::00 pm

Wednesday 3/21/12

Thursday 3/22/12
  The Red Balloon Bookshop Toddler Storytime -- 10:30

Friday 3/23/12
Carpenter Nature Center (Hastings) Bird Banding -- 8:30 am-12:00 pm

Saturday 3/24/12
Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee Spring Into Gear -- 11:00 am-2:00 pm
heartfelt Free Watercolor Egg Class -- 10:00 am-1:00 pm (drop in)
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory Spring Flower Show Opens -- 10:00 am-6:00 pm
*Updated* Nokomis Public Library Portraits of Us:  A Celebration of Family and Heritage 1:00 pm-4:00 pm 
*Updated* Wild Rumpus Meet the Author Brandon Mull (author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series)-- 1:00 pm

Sunday 3/25/12
Ukrainian American Community Center -- Ukrainian Egg Festival -- 11:00 am-2:00 pm
Landmark Center Philippine Day -- 12:00 pm-4:00 pm
Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center  Artstart's The Animal Share Children's Concert
                            2:00 Art Activities,  3:00 Concert Performance
*Updated* Wild Rumpus Meet the Author Susan Troller  (author of Cluck From Jungle Fowl to City Chicks) 12:30-2:00

Friday

Go Fish Tidbits and Giveaway

My kids had the chance to interview Jason from Go Fish. 

Here is how the interview went down: 

Wordgirl--almost 7
Princess Pea--5
Dash-3
JackJack--almost 2

JackJack doesn't have any questions.  He just grooves to
all the songs.

 Majorly!  He runs around the house looking for me during
the Nananana part of I Love To Tell The Story yelling "Na!  Na!  Na!"
 Then, when he finds me, he grooves until I pick him up to dance.

 So we are slightly enthusiastic Go Fish fans at our
house.

 Me--Okay, guys.  What do you want to know about the Go
Fish Guys?

 Wordgirl--What songs are you going to sing?

 Me--Okay, that's not going to work.  Pretend we just got
done listening to their concert.  They've already sung their songs and we
have had a blast.  Now, what do you want to know?

 Wordgirl--What are their favorite songs?

 Dash-I wanna know  about Up, Up, And Away! 
 (*Superhero*)

 Princess pea--How do they write their songs?

 Wordgirl--I wanna know if they are brothers. Are they
daddies?

 Princess Pea--Or how about mommies?

 Wordgirl--They can't be mommies!  That doesn't make
sense.

 Dash--Up, up, and Away!  (Can you tell what his favorite
song is?)

 Wordgirl--Speaking of Go Fish, Mom, can you turn on Snazzy?

 And with that, we listened to Love Like This and the
interview was over!

Jason's gracious answers


Favorite songs: That's a hard one to answer. If you're asking what my favorite Go Fish song is..........I'd have to go with 'Soldier in the Army of the Lord' (off Kickin' it Old School) That is one of my favorite songs to sing in concert. The kids always sing at the top of their lungs with us.

Superhero: (Up, Up, and away.....) Jamie wrote this song because his boys are always pretending to be their favorite Superhero. Batman, Superman, The Hulk, you name it. It's a fun song. In fact, many kids have come to our concerts wearing capes and running around flexing their muscles when we sing that song. It's pretty funny. 

Are we brothers?: No. However, kids always think Jamie and Andy are twins since they're both bald.  We always get a chuckle out of this........

__________________________
Now it's your turn to try to win some of Go Fish's stuff.  Go here and enter the Go Fish Giveaway in honor of 2 of my kids' birthdays.


Friday Freebie

So I got my program back!  When you order from MyMemories.com your program stays on your account and you can download it to your computer and if that computer dies (ahem, not that that has ever happened to anyone), you still have it and can download it to your next computer!

Thank you MyMemories.com.

And here are this week's pages!


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Here's the freebie!
By making these .png files,  you can use them with any software.  However, you have to put them on your page a little differently.

After you expand these compressed files, see here, you can use these freebies easily.

You have 2 options.  You can add your page as an embellishment (you will need to click on the other options at the bottom of the pop up window to go to your files) or as a photo.   Then, you enlarge the image to fit your page.  There you go!

If you like these  MyMemories.com pages, you can go to their website to learn more about their packs and their MyMemories Suite v3.  I wasn't sold on this software at first, but the more I play with it, the more I am enjoying it!

If you choose purchase this software, you can use my code on the checkout page to receive $10 off and $10 worth of free merchandise. (Disclosure:  I receive a small compensation if you use this code, but at no cost to you!)

This is my code STMMMS49979


Bonus: 
If you purchase MyMemories.com Suite v3 now until Saturday, March 31, you will receive a one year membership to RAKStar.

You may be asking, "What is RAKStar?"
RAKStar is Digital Scrapbooking Community that offers monthly free kits and opportunities to earn points for gifts and special bonuses. 
This is incredible! Look at the offer!

So, let's do the math:
 $39.99 MyMemories Suite Software
-$10.00 Using your promo code
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$29.99 Payment
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+$10 in free merchandise
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=$29.95  Free Bonus

Is that not cool?    I am so excited for this special.  To get the free membership, I need you to email me your receipt.  I will forward it onto the powers that be.  

I'm so excited for this opportunity for you.  

Thursday

St. Paul : Alexander Ramsey House

courtesy of mnhs website
Alexander Ramsey was the first governor of Minnesota. Thus, the county I now live in is named for this man--Ramsey.  I have also named my teddy bear from my dad Ramsey.  Not Alexander, just Ramsey.

The first Minnesota governor's house that he shared with his wife, Anna, and his daughter, Marion, is still preserved today.  It was one of the highlights of my 6th grade field trip.  After touring the Victorian Era house, I believe we had lunch there in the "courtyard."  I don't know if they called it the courtyard, but that seems much more sophisticated than just backyard.

I think we had an apple.

The house is located in the Irvine Park neighborhood (St. Paul is filled with neighborhoods) and it took 4 years to build--from 1868 to 1872.

Man, they were patient back then.

No raising a house in one week for them!

Maybe we should learn a thing or two from the ol' gov'na.

The Minnesota Historical Society has preserved the Alexander Ramsey House and offers tours to the public (for a small fee) at Christmastime.  They also offer scheduled school field trips and have summer day camps for young women and men who are interested in experiencing the life of a child growing up in the late 1800's.


Wednesday

Lynn's Cake and Candy Supplies


Lynn's Cake & Candy Supplies has been open for over 30 years.  When the current owner, Lynn, acquired the business, she ran it from inside her home.  Holding business hours in your home can be difficult, and soon it was time to move.  The store has been in 4 different locations since the decision to move.   Currently, Lynn's is located at the corner of University Avenue and Mississippi in Fridley Minnesota.  It's approximately a mile and a half north of 694.

They are open Tuesday through Saturday.

 In the whole metro area, they are the only store that offers what they do.

Let's tour around  their store and learn what Lynn's Offers:

An entire way wall and then some of specialty cake pans.  Each cake pan comes with baking and decorating instructions.  They have spiderman, strawberry shortcake, dinosaurs, bears, ponies, dogs, cars, trains, dolls, boats, batman, butterflies, flowers, the list goes on and on.  Pretty much any cake pan you are looking for, they have.  You rent the pans for $3 per day.  But can I tell you a trick?  If you rent it on Sunday, you get to keep it until Tuesday for the price of a one day rental.  Bonus!
 

Lynn's has cake boards and the papers to cover them.

A huge assortment of Wedding Cake toppers.

Various cake accessories: figurines and large toys to place on the top.
Cupcake and Muffin papers:  Simply brightly colored to flowers.
Frosting and decorating gel.  Kinds that are good for cakes and kinds that are good for cookies.
Birthday candles
Colored Pastes.  Let me tell you one thing about these colored pastes.  They are not like supermarket food coloring. These pastes are so vibrant that it takes a millimeter of gel to color an entire container of frosting.  These coloring pastes will last you a very very long time.
Can we say sprinkles?

Cake filling and more and more frosting.  In case you were afraid you were going to run out.  You need this much to dirty ice your cake.  What?  You've never heard the term dirty ice?  This is my new favorite phrase that I learned from TLC's Cake Boss.
Dirty Ice--the first layer of frosting your spread on your cake.  It makes it possible to decorate your cake without crumbs ruining the whole effect.

Sugar flowers for the top of a wedding cakes.

Flavoring, flavoring, flavoring.

Cookie cutters.  Geometric shapes, Christmas shapes, Easter shapes, animals, etc.  My purchase?  A Square.  The perfect square.

Another shelf unit of pans.

Disposable storage and transporting materials.

Wedding Cake pedestals.
pedestals
Candy molds.  My sister-in-law picked up some teapot mint shapes.

Discontinued items that are popular.  Lynn told me that she has these different type of cake pans because some people are looking for them.  They get these from different buy out opportunities.  I appreciate Lynn's attention to the small details.  She's not necessarily doing this for the big bucks.  She is willing to have items sit on her shelf because she knows one day, someone will want it.  So she keeps it for that unknown someone.


This is a very busy and popular place.  This is Lynn's classroom.   Lynn's offers many different classes from cake decorating to candy making.  They offer prescheduled classes and private classes.
This is what they have scheduled for this spring.

Cake Pops and Cupcakes (all  supplies included)SaturdayMarch 31st11:00p.m.-3:00p.m88$36
Beginning Rolled Fondant - Daisy Cake (kit included)ThursdayApril 5th5:00p.m. - 7:00 p.m.85$62
Patchwork Cutter Demo - Nicholas Lodge Fairy CakeThursdayMay 3rd6:00 - 9:00 p.m.1010$10
Mom's Day Parent/Child Cupcake (all supplies included)SaturdayMay 12th11:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.5 pairs5$40



Computer imaging is also available with the help from staff

Every decorating tip you could possibly want.  You can't decorate a cake without the proper equipment.

This is just a brief glance of Lynn's Cake and Candy Supplies.  I know I have missed some very vital assets, but if you need anything for your cake making project, this is seriously the place to come.

Lynn's does not offer cake ordering, but many of the staff there are private bakers who would love to help you if that is more your style.

Me?  I like to try to do it on my own.
Let me show you how Lynn has helped me!

1.  My first purchase ever from Lynn's was cupcake papers for Wordgirl's 1st birthday.

2.  Then, cupcake papers for Princess Pea's first birthday.

3.  Then, cupcake papers and decorations for Dash's first birthday.

Do you see where this is going?

Until one day, I tried her fancy cake pans.

1.  Police Car



2.  Strawberry Shortcake--Albeit a sickly SSC, but that's not the pan's fault.


Highlights:


  1. The store is laid out spaciously. 
  2. The available supplies seem unlimited. 
  3. The staff is incredibly helpful!  They are friendly and have an amazing knowledge. 
  4. Most of their inventory is kid-friendly.  The things at the bottom of the shelves are mostly fine for young hands. And no one panics when children enter the store. 
Disadvantages:
  1. There is only one location in all of the twin cities and it is up in the northern metro.  If you live in the southern metro, the drive is completely worth it, but it is a hike. 
  2. There were some x-rated items.  They were hidden away, but I'm not a fan of those things. 
  3. Sometimes there is too much to choose from and it's really hard to make a decision. 
I love Lynn's Cake and Candy Supplies because for any amateur cake baker, this is the best starting point.  For any professional cake baker, this is the best place to get absolutely any item that you will need:  vintage or modern.