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    Twin Cities Picks: January 2008


    Where to Get a Free Makeover in Minneapolis-St. Paul


    By Megan Torrini

    No one will argue that moms want, and deserve, a feel-good experience and a fresh new look, and what better way to do this than with a free makeover. Working, taking care of the home, and everything that goes along with taking care of the children really takes its toll on a parent, especially mothers. Let's face it- moms just don't have the time or energy to take care of themselves as much as they'd want to. Women in the Twin Cities have several options when it comes to finding a free makeover.

    The Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio
    The legendary Merle Norma ... Continue reading Where to Get a Free Makeover in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

    Birthing Resources in the Twin Cities

    A local guide to Birthing Resources in the Twin Cities area:

    Birth Pathways- Offers a series of classes that emphasizes labor and birth as a natural process, which focuses on the person as a whole. This 7 week session meets once a week and covers topics like planning, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, and postpartum care. Private classes are also available. The classes are taught by Amy Pass, who is trained in various different methods of child birth techniques. She uses a combination of methods to fit each mother depending on their individual needs.
    Located in S. Minneapolis (call for appo ... Continue reading Birthing Resources in the Twin Cities.

    Indulge in an Overnight Delight

    By Telly Scotchmeyer

    So you really need a getaway but you can't afford a vacation? Terrible week at work, but the kids have a birthday party on Sunday, and you can't take the whole weekend off? Consider a local escape -- one night at a nice hotel in town can be a great way to rejuvenate without excessive time or expense.

    Find a place in town that fits your budget. Have the kids stay over with friends, or pay a babysitter to spend the night. Pack a small bag with toiletries for the night, and you're off. Twenty minutes later you're laying in a king-sized bed, watching movies and ordering room service. Somehow w ... Continue reading Indulge in an Overnight Delight.

    Twin Cities Toy Stores: Good Enough Stuff

    By Erin Garner

    It's only taken two years for me to memorize the robotic songs that my daughter's toys play. I can even hum the buzzes and beeps or tap the rhythm of the lights of most of them. Frankly, I'm so tired of all the vibrating, buzzing, beeping, singing, wiggling, wobbling, and clanging that I was recently tempted to give all these toys away. But, since they are likely to break before I have a chance to gather them for rummage, I have decided to just stop buying so many cheap, plastic toys. Instead I have committed myself to buying toys (and not too many at that) that require my children to actually use their imaginati ... Continue reading Twin Cities Toy Stores: Good Enough Stuff.

    Minnesota Family Getaways


    Yes, it's still winter but there's no reason to be house-bound. Within a short drive from the Twin Cities are quick getaways the whole family can enjoy.

    The animals at the Lake Superior Zoo don't mind the weather, especially the resident polar bears, Bubba and Berlin. You can also check out the Great Lakes Aquarium where the otters are always a big draw.

    In addition to the animals, popular area attractions include the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, where kids can climb aboard restored train cars, and Carnival Thrillz, an indoor family entertainment center with miniature golf, laser tag, bum ... Continue reading Minnesota Family Getaways.