POSTED Monday, March 31

My parents own a plant that’s older than I am. A gift for their wedding, this scheflerra lived with Mom and Dad in their first apartment in Toledo, Ohio. It made the transition to the small town of Grinnell, Iowa, when my dad took a basketball coaching job at a local college. It nearly froze to death on their move to North Dakota, after which, it was pruned from a 5-foot, jungle-like masterpiece to barely the size of an indoor basil plant.

POSTED Monday, March 24

If you’re like me, you’ve heard about (and maybe tried…) a multitude of fitness regimes. High intensity training, strength training, cardio, yoga, Pilates, yoga-lates, boxing, piloxing (yes, that’s a thing)… the list goes on. But when it comes to what’s best, often the choice is more about what you’re going to stick with. For someone with a competitive spirit who loves team workouts, the new CrossFit Excelsior is for you.

POSTED Monday, March 17
Janice Marturano, founder of the Institute for Mindful Leadership

With Spring trying desperately to, well, spring, many of us are starting to feel ansty. A spring cleaning is in order: taking stock of our habits, our tendencies and our routines and deciding if they're still right for us. What can help? A little push from a lake-area wellness center and a former General Mills vice president.

POSTED Monday, March 10

Need to stretch your legs a little now that it's bearable to be outside again? Join local community members on Saturday, March 15, and dress in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day at the 2nd Annual Jake O' Connor's Luck O' the Lake 5K Fun Run. Jog through the scenic terrain of Excelsior and Greenwood and support the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce.

POSTED Wednesday, March 5

As we round the bend into spring (maybe? hopefully?), I’m ready for a little something new. The doldrums of winter have loosened their icy grasp and I’m on the verge of catching spring fever. 

For me, the fever starts in my home. It needs a little deep cleaning, a bit of a spruce. Everything in my house seems to have a permanent imprint from wet, muddy, snow-encrusted boots and the staticky air feels dull, thick and dusty from lack of open windows and air flow.

POSTED Tuesday, February 18

Join community members and local celebs this Thursday, Feb. 20, for Sizzle for a Cause, a local chef competition to have fun and raise funds for ICA Food Shelf. A the second-annual event, five local restaurant chefs and one amateur will compete for the title and the coveted Golden Cleaver Award.

POSTED Tuesday, February 11
Trunk Bay, St. John's Virgin Island

Though the sun may be shining today, it's not quite beating the chill out of the air. We've been neck-deep in chilly temps, blustery winds and snowy storms for so long now, I can barely remember what it feels like to not wear long underwear under my jeans. I assume you're all feeling the same.

POSTED Wednesday, February 5

Since 1984, Minnesotans have made their way to Lake Minnetonka for the unique frozen golf event, the Chilly Open to celebrate the winter season. This year’s theme is the Olympics, so dress up like your favorite athlete and grab your friends and family to enjoy all the food, fun and frozen festivities on Saturday, Feb. 8.

POSTED Tuesday, January 28

While most people dread the gray, slushy weather that this month brings, I’ve always loved February for a selfish reason: It’s my birthday month! Along with celebrating for the entire three and a half-ish weeks, I usually try to pamper myself in some way. My side job as a beauty blogger reminds me to do something unique that makes me feel like I’m taking good care of myself—pedicure, a massage or a facial.

POSTED Tuesday, January 21
Flurry Scurry 5K Fun Run

While we all may be feeling the wrath of the Polar Vortex, as Minnesotans, we can't be contained! Beat the wintery weather this weekend by attending The North American Pond Hockey Tournament and participating in the Flurry Scurry 5K Family Fun Run