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When it comes to juggling kids, a slow summer is a joy



Summer is really in full swing now, what with the 4th of July just a few days away and all. And for the first time in forever I'm feeling like we've struck gold when it comes to the juggling act that is having a bunch of kids, activities, work and free time opportunities.

Here's what we did different this year-

1. We asked our kids what they wanted to do. Want to play soccer? How about guitar lessons? So many times WE think we know what our kids want to do but I'm always surprised by what they say yes and no to.

2. We listened to our kids. Two of our kids said no to a local soccer program and I was struggling. The program is pretty low commitment and inexpensive, thinking it might be something fun to break up the day I started to ask, "Why not?" Then I remembered that chances are I would be regretting signing them up anyhow especially if they didn't really want to do it.

Listening to our kids meant that each of our kids {minus the 2 year old} only ended up in ONE activity and for three of our kids these activities are just one time a week. Score!

3. We planned ahead. I started thinking about summer in March and how I wanted to look. I arranged my work schedule so that I could still have time at home with my kids and not feel overwhelmed. We also did this when it came to groceries and chores. Planning ahead not only has saved us money {on things like groceries} it's made me more productive {by planning work ahead of time} and we've been able to manage household chores {by planning which kid does which each day and scheduling a deep clean}.



It has been a fantastic summer already. Plenty of time for the park and the pool but also not feeling like I'm slacking off professionally. How do you juggle the summer for your kids?

Minnesota's Largest Candy Store

UPDATED June 4, 2015: Minnesota's Largest Candy store opens Sunday, June 7 for the 2015 season! ENJOY!


Memorial Weekend came and went and as of today, we're on summer break around here. School's out for summer!

While it felt like summer would never come after what was the longest winter ever followed by the least spring-like spring ever. But at last the sun is shining, Minnesotans have pulled out their shorts and swimsuits and we are kicking off three months of fun.

We start the summer wide open with possibilities of what we really want to do and see and where we want to go and while sitting at the pool or the park is great fun, there are always a few extra special activities or events that are on our summer bucket list. 

First up, Minnesota's Largest Candy Store in Jordan which opens for the season on June 7.

Perhaps you've seen the bright yellow building on the side of 169 as you've travelled to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival or towards Mankato. We stopped in last summer on one of those 100 degree days needing a little change of pace.

The novelty store carries every sort of candy one can imagine.  From current candy favorites to classics you can never find anymore, to licorice galore and European favorites, you'll never see so many candies in one place again.

Prices range from just a quarter on up and there is some pricey candy to choose from. When we went we gave our kids each a $5 budget and they still managed to each fill a bag of goodies.

There are also many sodas and rootbeers to choose from, many of which come in old fashioned glass bottles.

Fresh baked apple pies and other goodies are right on site too. Bacon lovers? Don't miss their bacon flavored everything. An entire section devoted to bacon.

If you even have an inkling of a sweet tooth you really can't go wrong visiting this little big specialty store. It's a fun little jaunt from the metro area and yet something different enough to keep kids happy. It’s a whimsy, funny, touristy store and not the same old, same old.

Minnesota's Largest Candy Store is a little behind the times in the way that they do not have a website, rarely answer the phone and only accept cash. They are only open seasonally as well. When they open for the summer on JUNE 7 daily hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Have you been to Minnesota's Largest Candy Store? What did you buy?

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