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Samara Postuma: So you want to take in a Twins game. With kids.



Now that the Twin's season has begun and school is getting out soon, maybe you're thinking about taking your kids to Target Field for a game. Here's some tips, tricks and advice for making the visit extra special.

1. First timers? Stop at the guest services booth for a "First Game" certificate and sometimes even a coupon for concessions.

2. Save money on concessions by buying your kids meal in section 311 and bringing your own drinks. Yes, you read that right. You can bring sealed, unopened bottled water, up to 32 ounces and soft sided juice or milk. {Think juice boxes.} Another pro tip- feed your kids ahead of time. The sights and smells at the stadium are overwhelming and will prompt a lot of "I want this" or "I want that" but if they go with a full tummy, in theory, you might be able to get away with a treat or two.

3. Get there early. Not only can you catch batting practice and get some good photo ops but you might even be able to get in on a Target Field tour. Check their site for full schedules of when this is offered.

4. If it's Sunday, kids can get pre-game autographs and run the bases after the game.

5. Visit Hrbek's for Twins memoribilia and a walk down memory lane.

6. Live out in the 'burbs? Really make it an experience and take the light rail to the game. Driving? Park in Ramp B or C.



Have you taken your kids to a Twins game? What advice do you have for parents or first timers?

Kidding Around: Creative gift ideas for Mother's Day


Mother's Day is just a few days away and I've put together a list of my favorite Mother's Day gift ideas:

1. For the mom who hasn't printed out pictures in 3 years:

Enter Chatbooks.


If mom is always snapping away on Instagram, yet rarely prints photos, she will love these. Each 60-page book is just $6 and you can subscribe so that mom gets 1, or 5, or all at one time. Download the app and use code AWKWQH3L and your first book is FREE.

2. For the busy mom who likes to read:


SAVOR by Shauna Niequist is the perfect book for moms looking for a daily dose of encouragement and prayer. Each day is just a page long, includes a real life story, a thought-provoking question and, often times, a scripture. 

3. For the mom with little voices:


They grow out of their little voices so quickly it's so nice to have a way to preserve them and hear them and remember just how sweet they sounded. I love these Hallmark books that are available at local Hallmark stores as well as CVS and Walgreens. Dads, take an hour with your kids and record their answers  moms will treasure it forever.

4. For any mom:


Several years back I read in a magazine something about buying a sketchbook and having your kids write you a note or draw you a picture each year. It is by far my favorite Mother's Day gift ever. My husband plans time to take the kids and have them write a note and draw a picture  they even print a few photos from the year to include.



It is so fun to read and look at each year and it's where I save all of the other cards and pictures they make at school for Mother's Day. It's the most treasured gift I receive each year.

What are the best Mother's Day gifts you've given or received?

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