10 strange things about Minnesotans

1) It’s MinnesOta not MinnesoTA. Leviosa

Minnesotans are proud of their accents. You betcha. But crack a joke about basically living in Canada? Don’t you dare!

2) Everything I once called a casserole is now a hot dish. fancy

If it isn’t made in a specifically designated casserole dish, it is a hot dish. Apparently.

3) Forget Duck, Duck, Goose.  You will now play Duck, Duck, Grey Duck.ridiculous

My husband says the “fun” in this is that you can now trick people by saying “Duck, Duck, GREEN duck” or something.

4) You must be a Vikings fan, unless you live almost on the border of Wisconsin, in which case rooting for the Packers is acceptable.gosports

Not that I’m a big sports fan in general, but I miss in-state rivalries.  Iowa vs Iowa State is WAY more exciting than being expected to root for your state!

5) Topic #1 in conversation is traffic.  How was your drive? Did you take 494? How is 52 today? You live in Town A . . . isn’t that about a 12 minute drive?


I’m still new around here, so I haven’t the faintest idea which way is the best way to get from point A to Point B.  Nor do I care if 52 is a little backed up heading south today.  Maybe it’s a big city thing.

6) Minnesotans hate Iowa. hate

Hate it I tell you. Just don’t remind anyone that Okoboji is in Iowa.  They like Okoboji.

7) Living here takes the fun out of the Mall of America. runaway

I just laugh, because I remember being super jealous of friends who made weekend trips to the mall, and now that I live here, we avoid it like the plague most of the time.

8) All of the sports teams here are pretty much awful, but they are still diehard fans.Icantwin

This one I understand. I’m a Cubs fan (just please don’t tell the Minnesotans that!).

9) Goodbyes take forever.saveyourselves

I don’t know why, but it seems that when you say goodbye to someone the first time, it means another 10-20 minutes before you ACTUALLY part ways.  If you have the chance to leave at the first goodbye TAKE IT IMMEDIATELY or you will never leave.

10) I’m so excited to stay here!!


Minnesota has it’s quirks, but I absolutely love it!


Monday’s Bright Spot: Easter Edition

This Easter Sunday, I had the privilege of sharing the gospel with large group of 3-5 year olds.  I got to play with them, sing and dance with them, listen to the Easter Story with them, and talk about what Jesus did for us with them.  It was great, and obviously opened the doors for some great quotes, as every situation with this age does! I thought I would share a few of them with you this week!  Continue reading

NYC on a budget!

You may remember a month back when I posted about the AMAZING flight deal my husband found for NYC.  Well, last Saturday we packed our backs and hit the road for O’Hare International Airport.  We got to New York late Saturday night and left early on Wednesday.   It was an amazing trip and a surprisingly inexpensive vacation (for being in a tourist trap big city!)

NYC on a budget!

NYC on a budget!

Since I have been giving tips on finances and how we as recent college grads make the most of our money, I thought this trip would be a great example to show you how you can travel for cheap if you save throughout the year.  We have been putting $50 a month towards a travel fund.  If we have leftover money at the end of the month and have paid a significant chunk towards our debts, we put it in our travel fund as well.  By doing this, we pre-paid for our vacation.  We paid cash for everything accept for the flights as well.   It was great feeling to enjoy ourselves without breaking the bank!

How much we spent:Including all flights, transportation, accommodations, food, museums, souvenirs, etc we were able to spend just under $450.

How we did it:   Continue reading

New York City, here we come!

Hey all!

Finding inexpensive yet awesome ways to have fun is tough when our favorite fun activity is traveling.  I love traveling but I always feel like it is too expensive, then my awesome husband proves me wrong.  

One of my best friends lives in New York Coty right now.  Cody and I have always wanted to go.  Today he surpised me by finding flights there.  How much are we spending?


Total. For round trip flights for two.   

If you are willing to pack lightly and look for great deals, traveling can be much more inexpensive! 

Obviously, we will be looking for great deals on while we’re there as well, which I will post about when I can, but for now, I’ll dream of a fun spring break in NYC with my best friend!