5 Minneapolis Conventions To Attend This Winter

5 Minneapolis Conventions To Attend This Winter

Instead of bearing the cold, head over to the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Looking for something different to do in Minnesota this winter that doesn't involve being outside and half-frozen? The Minneapolis Convention Center holds events almost every weekend. Instead of sitting at home, get out and attend one of these amazing conventions with your family, best friends, or even on your own before winter is over.

1. Discover The Dinosaurs

Discover the Dinosaurs is a walk-through exhibit for all ages. It features over 20 different realistic dinosaurs from different time periods. You can drive "Jurassic Jeeps" on the raceway, play mini golf, dig for fossils, and even go on scavenger hunts. It's a perfect family event and history lesson packed into one incredible experience!

When: February 10-12, 2017

How much: $28 for kids, $24 for adults.

More information here.

2. Home & Garden Show

This event has over 30 sponsors, celebrity speakers, and dozens of exhibitors. Over a two-weekend span, you can walk through garden and backyard landscapes, enjoy lifestyle and kitchen presentations, learn remodeling techniques, and even tour minimalist homes. There's an annual plant sale and even an "Ask a Designer" seminar where you can let loose with all your home and garden questions.

When: February 24-26, 2017 and March 3-5, 2017

How much: $4 for kids, $14 for adults.

More information here.

3. Twin Cities Auto Show

This convention is perfect for anyone who may be on the hunt for a new vehicle, long-time auto-enthusiasts, or even someone looking for a way to fill their day. With over 575 vehicles from 37 foreign and domestic brands, you can check out (and even sit in) over 21 million dollars worth of electric cars, luxury vehicles, and classic cars. Want to be put in a drawing to win gas for an entire year? This event is a must.

When: March 11-19, 2017

How much: $6 for ages 11-15, and $10 for 16+

More information here.

4. Twin Cities Women's Expo

With a mission to enrich, enlighten, and empower women, the Twin Cities Women's Expo is an event with food, fashion, pampering, and self-care. You can find booths with essential oils, Jamberry nail products, Luluroe, Mary Kay makeup, Rodan and Fields skin care products, and Scentsy.

When: March 18, 2017

How much: $5 for kids/adults

More information here.

5. The Wedding Fair

This is the ideal Minnesota wedding event for any soon-to-be bride. Learn all about current trends and planning tips to make your special day the ultimate success. Get ideas for favors, custom invites, gifts, and decorations while enjoying the floral arrangements, three-tier cakes, and reception set-ups.

When: March 19, 2017

How much: $15 for kids/adults

More information here.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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5 Songs to Add to Your Playlist This Month

Spring into finals week (and the summer) by "cleaning up" your playlist


Here are some fun, fresh new tracks to check out as you finish out the rest of the school year and help you get out of your "music comfort zone!"

“Patience” by Tame Impala 

Genre: Electronic/Alternative

Tame Impala FINALLY released new music (!!), and this track is absolutely stunning. With frontrunner Kevin Parker staying on brand with the band's psychedelic, seemingly ethereal style, it sounds like a combination of 70s soft rock and waves of modern-day electronica, with Parker's voice drifting in and out in a kind of otherworldly, mellowed-out manner.

“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend 

Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop

Vampire Weekend is also releasing an album, entitled "Father of the Bride", on May 3rd. From the looks of it, this track relates to the theme of marriage/weddings present in the album's title, and it is a fun, upbeat song that I have been listening to a lot in the morning as I'm getting ready for class! Ezra Koenig's voice is so unique and can cover a broad range, and I highly recommend listening to some of the band's other work as well ("Step" from their 2013 release "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of my all-time favorite songs!).

“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant 

Genre: Alternative/Alternative Rock

So many great artists are (finally) releasing new albums this year, and Cage the Elephant falls into this category. This track is an absolute banger and doesn't stray much from the band's style in that it includes a lot of loud guitar and dynamic vocals. Like Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant has been around since the early 2000s, and I highly recommend checking out some of their earlier work as well (big fan of their most recent album, actually!)

“Apple Orchard” by Beach House 

Genre: Indie/Electronic

Beach House is one of my favorite bands of all time, as I find a kind of an ethereal, beautiful sadness in the dreamy style of instrumentalist Alex Scally and lucid vocals of singer Victoria Legrand. This track is from their 2006 self-titled debut and is probably one of my favorite songs they've ever released. The lyrics are poetic and perfect for the post-finals enjoyment of spring weather, in that they preach relaxation and restfulness, and the song's electronic rhythms echo the essence of spring as well. If you like this song, then I highly recommend checking out the band's other albums as well (Depression Cherry is one of my favorite albums of all time).

“April Come She Will” by Simon & Garfunkel 

Genre: 60s Pop

No spring playlist is complete without a little Simon & Garfunkel! This song is a classic, its timeless, poetic lyrics capturing the epitome of the coming of spring and all its glory. In fact, I consider the entire album (entitled Sound of Silence) to be perfect for the pleasantness and feelings of renewal/natural revitalization associated with the coming months, so be sure to give it a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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