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Wednesday, June 27, 2012


That's right! We have a date! 

We're all getting together for some Minnesota Blogger style fun! 

After looking over everyone's responses, July 24th seemed to work for the most people.

We decided on Psycho Suzi's because it's pretty central, has a great patio, and let's be real... 
there are some great photo opps, which is the most important thing for every blogger!

Let's all plan on meeting on the patio at Psycho Suzi's at 5:30pm!

If you didn't reply to the original blog post, you can still come! We'd LOVE to meet you! 

If you could, please comment on this post letting us know if you'll be there, just so we have a head count.

We'll be sending out an email to everyone that will be attending about a week prior, but please don't hesitate to email/comment if you have ANY questions! 

Can't wait to meet you!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Minnesota Blogger: Andrea from Keeping Up With the Sonneks

Hello- my name is also Andrea, my friends call me "Andera" [said like an-dare-a]- since we are friends, you can call me this too ;)

So a few [too many words] about me… in a nut shell; my husband and I have been together for almost 10 years [married for 2 years], we have a baby girl soon to be turning ONE- “baby a”

I am a SAHWM [stay at home working mom] occasionally working as a server when sanity is needed. We are a family that is on the go all. of. the. time.- which inspired the name of my blog Keeping up with the Sonneks.

I began blogging to keep memory of all our fun activities week to week. I was a big time journal keeper [we're talking journaling daily and dating back to ohh....2nd grade!] after reading/following a good friend’s blog I decided to finally make the electronic jump! That was in 2007 and I have been blogging ever since! Life has been UBER busy with a baby, so I am always trying to catch up & keep up on blog life; posting, reading, commenting & following!
My blog header is a great representation of life right now, it is composed of three photos. The first photo is one of our engagement photos; hubby Aaron and I started dating in 2002 and then in 2008 became engaged!

The second photo is from our wedding in Cabo San Lucas- we were married February 20th, 2010. We loved everything about our beach wedding- with a large MN party a couple of months after we
returned home.

The third photo is Avrie- our daughter, who was born into our lives last year on the 28th of June . We now experience a brand new kind of love here in the Sonnek household. Babies are truly AMAZING!

As a busy working mommy, I do my best to keep track of our doings as life QUICKLY
evolves all around us- but sometimes life it just TOO quick even for me!

Now I am going to try NOT bore you with some bits of randomness in my life via 5 photos and a little bit of a description/story behind each one.

Ok... I am a Beach bum/Sun Goddess- I LOVE the sun, I LOVE being tan and tan lines are like candy to me- so sweet!! This photo below is from our wedding vaca, where a bird pooped on me- BUT not even a little bit of drippy bird poop will ruin my sunny day! See… I’m still smiling!
I can get a little bit goofy at times… AND I always laugh with my mouth open. It’s strange but if you look back at my photos as a kid and all through life, there I am laughing- mouth WIDE open! I even find that my daughter does this as well! My cousin and I [who also laughs with her mouth open] have coined the term OML as “open mouth laughing”. Example... in the photo below it was last day of grad school, soo.... I was up late and with the assistance of self timer- I went a little crazy {an no... hubby was not home- but my dog was, she KNOWS I am nuts!} anyway- notice that 3 of the 4 pictures, I am OML all the way!

“Hi, my name is Andrea, and I am picture-holic” it true... I am a Photo-fanatic! and I take SO [way] too many photos, and photos of EVERYTHING! Naturally, my favorite subject this past year has been my baby girl [poor tiki, my dog]. I have managed to kept up with a ‘365 photo project’ of her all year long. It’s really pretty simple, I snap anywhere from 1 to 2,876 pictures a day and each Tuesday I share 7 favorite photos from the week & a little update on baby girl’s doings for the week. It’s so fun seeing her grow from a TINY fragile infant to a beautiful happy little girl- I am so happy I have been able to maintain this main highlight on my blog. Here is a side by side photo of weeks 1 & week 50. [biiiig sigh…..]

I am one of "those" that LOVE my birthday AND I also love YOUR birthday as well. I am a Birthday Guru- if you tell me your birthday I WILL remember it. It’s a true talent, passed down from my Grandma. I also have a “birthday buddy”. Him and I celebrate together each year! This is Kevin, he’s a triplet and, ladies… he’s SINGLE!

Last but not least- I am many roles but being Mommy is one of the greatest! Below is a nice SOOC of me with baby girl! I am usually the one behind the camera, so I know later on in life I will treasure sweet little moments of Mommy & baby caught in time {even if I do have a glass of wine in hand} hehe OML ;)

If you feel like I am kind of cool- feel free to also see what I find to be interesting via Pins, Tweets & Photos. Thanks a lot Pinterest- you keep me up WAY too late, on too many nights pinning my heart away! "Tweet Tweet" Twitter- I am a BAD tweeter, but you can find me out there once in a while- my last twitter bender, as I will call it, was used when I flew out to LA last year [8 months preggo] to meet BRITNEY SPEARS! yes... totally met her! hellooooo Instagram- one word: OBSESSED!

PS: If you would like to become a featured Minnesota blogger, feel free to contact us at minnesotabloggers@gmail.com!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Last Call for Happy Hour #1

Hi all!

This is just a reminder to cast your vote on the date of our first Minnesota Happy Hour. We'd like to start ironing out the details, but first we need to decide upon a date. Which is why if you'd like to attend, we need to know what date works best for you.

The choices are:

Tuesday, July 10th
Tuesday, July 17th
Tuesday July 24th

It's guaranteed to be a lot of fun, so hop over to this post and leave a comment about which date {hopefully} works for you! Thanks :-D

And of course if you ever have any questions, suggestions, or concerns you can email us at minnesotabloggers@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Minnesota Blogger: Andrea from Love Is...!

Hey there! I'm Andrea & I blog over at Love is...

I love the idea of this blog & being able to connect with other Minnesota bloggers! So awesome!

I started my blog when the now hubs & I were planning our September 2011 wedding, because I found it a great way to document everything & comment with other brides. Since then it's turned into so much more. I'd say I fall into the lifestyle blog category, since I blog about a little bit of everything.

The ladies have asked me to describe myself in 5 pictures, because what's a post without pictures?!

I'm an auntie to four - 1 boy & 3 girls. Being an aunt is the best & cuddles like this are amazing!

I'm an avid hunter & outdoors women. I bow hunt for deer, gun hunt for turkey, duck, goose, pheasant & fly fish, all with my husband. It's an awesome way we connect & spend time with each other.

I'm super family oriented. Family is everything to me.

I loved planning our wedding. Seriously, loved everything about it. I'm an organizer, planner & total type A! And seeing everything on our wedding day, that we put so much work into, was priceless.

The hubs is my best friend. We met in November 2006 & have been together everyday since. Love him so!

Thanks for having me Kelly & I hope you ladies stop by Love is... & say hi! I would love to see you there! You can also follow me Twitter & Pinterest!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wanted: Blogger Friends for a Minnesota Happy Hour

Grrrrrrrrrrrl. Look at you with your JCrew Bubble Necklace, rockin' those white skinnies.

Though... why aren't you wearing shoes? Haha... Ooops.

Even though you may not have feet, WE WANT TO HANG OUT!!

We can chat about blogging, life, pets, husbands, friends, and why oh why we live in the great state of Minnesota ;-)

But first?

We need to discuss a date to get this shindig going.

If you would like to spend a few hours over drinks and food with some of the nicest ladies in Minnesota, we'd love to have you! For our first Minnesota Happy Hour, possible dates are:

Tuesday, July 10th
Tuesday, July 17th
Tuesday, July 24th

If you think you'd be able to attend either of these dates, PLEASE comment below so that we can get a head count going. We'll try our best to plan happy hour around 5pm at a fun, easily accessible, and inexpensive venue.

More information to come as soon as we get a good idea of which date would {hopefully} work for you!

And PS: If you're nervous for this guaranteed-to-be-fabulous blate {"blogger date" FYI ;-)}...
Don't be.
Carolyn, Kristin, and Kelly met up for the first time just a few weeks ago and had a BLOGGIN' FILLED BLAST.

Go ahead and tell us (and any other Minnesota Blogger friends) what date would work for you. Stay tuned and hope to see you there!!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Minnesota Blogger: Kristin from Busy Bee!

Hi everyone!

My name is Kristin and I blog over at Busy Bee.
I am so excited to be kicking off the Minnesota Bloggers featured bloggers!
Thank you to lovely Kelly for starting this blog.
What an amazing idea!

Anyways about me...

Again, my name is Kristin.
and my blog is Busy Bee.
Titled because I am a busy girl but I also really love bees.

My blog started when my boyfriend (now husband) and I opened our own coffee shop, Coffee Buzz (see, I told you...I love bees). The blog served as a way to keep our friends and family both near and far up to date on all the exciting happenings of starting our own business. Slowly I started to document more than just what was going on within the four walls of Coffee Buzz and then....
I got engaged!
Then my little blog turned in to a full-fledged wedding planning blog! And thank goodness! I got so many amazing ideas and some fabulous advice from the blog world.

Now, a couple of years later, here we are. Busy Bee is now "the every day story of me." I write about what I'm doing, what I like, what I don't like and now about being pregnant! 
I'm due November 8th (just 3 days after my 1 year anniversary!)

We decided that one of the requirememnts of these fun little feature posts is that you have to describe yourself in 5 photos...because who doesn't love pictures?

So, here it goes:

I am addicted to the sun. I get actual anxiety if it is above 75 degrees and sunny and I am not in the sun. 

 I am die-hard. I have been a University of Minnesota Gold Gopher football season ticket holder for 9 years and I cheer on my team win or lose (and normally it's lose). I am also die-hard in my love for Twisted Tea. 

I'm a mom. I have 3 1/2 year old Fur Baby named Bailey and a little human nugget making it's debut in November. 

I have the world's best friends and family, a lot of people say that, but I'm legit. These people have won awards. 

I'm living a real life Fairy Tale. 
I have been in love with my Prince Charming since I was 5 years old. It took him 12 years to catch-on, but we finally got there. Now I get to spend every day of the rest of my life with my very best friend. 

It was great meeting all of you today! 
I hope you will stop by Busy Bee and say "hello!"
And why you're at it, go ahead and follow me on Twitter and Pinterest

If you're interested in being featured on Minnesota Bloggers send an e-mail to minnesotabloggers@gmail.com