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Last Friday we took a train to St Paul. The green line has been up for a couple months now, and that’s the train I’ll be taking to the U every day for the next two years of my life, so I was more than excited to check it out.

Why were we headed to St Paul? To check out Mickey’s Diner. If you’ve seen Mighty Ducks, you know what I’m talking about.

The diner, the food and the downtown St Paul are definitely charming, and small. I fell in like. I am glad you are only a train ride away now, St Paul.

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This girl looked like Laura Prepon! So we had to take a picture together!

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What’s better than coffee at 9 pm? Coffee at 10 pm!

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Trying to blend in with the locals

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Road Tripping to Colorado with Gillette

Disclosure: This #SmoothSummer shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias 

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Sam and I have just returned from our road trip to Colorado. We were so lucky to have been able to make this trip happen. From getting time off at work, to driving all the way there, to admiring nature, to hiking, to spending time with friends, it was an awesome trip. Except for one thing. Sam thought he could skip out on shaving that whole time. But I quickly went to Walmart (luckily they are everywhere in Colorado) and bought him the new Gillette Flexball Razor to fix that. Gillette Flexball Razors are creating a smooth summer face. Gillette provided my husband with that handsome faceI could die for, because a #SmoothSummer is the best kind of summer.

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Colorado is a perfect place. We loved it there. It was Sam’s first trip there, and I was so excited I could share one of my favorite places in the US with him. Of course, Doug and Marianne are the ones to thank, it wouldn’t have happened without them either.

I remember a couple years ago putting “Trip to Colorado” on my New Years resolutions list, and it finally happened. 2014 has been an awesome year, and I can’t wait to share the rest of it with my friends, family and you, my dear readers.

So away we go and I am going to let the pictures tell the story.

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Our first stop in South Dakota. The view was so breathtaking we had to pull over for selfies. And since it was so gorgeous, we forgot the name of this river 🙂

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We made it to Colorado right on time for Dani’s wedding. It was absolutely beautiful and special! Thank you for sharing your happy day with us Dani and Ryan!

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What trip would it have been without us goofing off at a candy store in Boulder? That’s right! A boring one! But we are far away from that, we help spread bird love!

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Hiking for 6 miles is a breeze when you are at the Garden of the Gods. But sometimes Sam got lost among the rocks.

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Since there aren’t that many bodies of water in Colorado, Sam and I opted for a frozen version of it. At the top of Pikes Peak! That was the only day I can justify him keeping his facial hair – for warmth.

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At the end of the trip we made a detour to visit Mount Rushmore, and see the presidents! Sam blended in well with all the bikers who were there for a rally.

Overall it was an amazing trip and I am happy to announce that Sam did indeed shave, on Friday, before work. He loved the razor for it’s flexibility, precision and design.

I hope you are enjoying your summer, your vacation, the great outdoors, and this post about our trip out west. This weekend we are coming down to Chicago and Quad Cities! See you there?

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Twin Cities Travelin’: Como Zoo and St Paul

Tuesdays have become one of my favorite days of the week. Aside from having Tuesdays Off (that’s my Tumblr btw 😉 ) I get to spend them with Jameson of Lessons with Coffee and explore Twin Cities like never before.

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Last week we went to Como Zoo, and since I’ve been there multiple times on field trips with kids from work, I knew I wanted to visit Conservatory Gardens. We did however tried to take a picture of giraffes walking outside through the fence, to which a little girl told us that we have to walk around and go through the entrance to do that.

The Conservatory Gardens was a lot of what I expected and more. The inside is beautiful, but I think the Japanese Garden was my favorite, including the bonsai exhibit. Did you know that all bonsai trees are shaped like a triangle? And sometimes there are accent plants that can’t be higher than the top of the pot next to them? I learned so much that day. We met a really helpful volunteer, who told us about the Japanese tea ceremony and the tea house. I love tea, but I don’t think I could drink that green tea that they serve there.

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After we visited the Conservatory Gardens the plan was to stop by The Russian Tea House on University Ave. But apparently that place is only open on Fridays 11-3! Too bad, so sad! And I was!

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So instead we stopped by Second Debut, took pictures in front of the awesome mural. And then drove to Grand Ave and ate lunch at Salut!

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Stay tuned for the nest Twin Cities Travelin’, it’ll be my Birthday edition one! Until then – Have fun!

Z & J

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Twin Cities Travlin’: MIA and Lyndale Rose Gardens

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Welcome to Twin Cities Travels. Brought to you by Jameson of Lessons with Coffee and yours truly. Today’s post will be a two in one! Our first Twin Cities Tuesday was spent at MIA (Minneapolis Institute of Art – 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404), and last week we went to Lyndale Rose Gardens. 

Originally, Jameson and I were going to simply hang out, but then thought, why not blog about it? So here we go!

Minneapolis Institute of Art has been one of those places I’ve never been to. Can you believe it? I still can’t to be completely honest. And since it’s a donation based admission (FREE!) I didn’t have to think about it twice.

We grabbed some coffee at Spyhouse on Nicolette Ave (Spy Girl is my current favorite) and walked over to MIA. The neighborhood it’s located in is a sight in itself, from the brownstones, to the carousel horse fence, to the zebra hiding in the bushes. I felt like a tourist in my own city.

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I discovered Lyndale Rose Gardens last year right on my Birthday, when Sam and I were walking around Lake Harriet. And I knew I wanted to go back there. I was also extremely interested in seeing Peace (Rock) Garden. And since I almost always have to stand out, I had to wear a “new” dress I got from Minneapolis Blogger Sale, which I thought was perfect, and if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I make hiking in a dress look as easy as 1-2-3!

We also made origami paper cranes, also known as peace cranes. I carry mine in my wallet now, I am not sure about peace, but it definitely makes me happy.

And we now have our very own #tct water bottles, that Jameson made. This week I am working on a little DIY as well.

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I hope you had a great 4th of July. I was lighting fireworks all night!

 

Milwaukee in a Day

Our trip to Milwaukee was short and sweet, but completely captivating, and I can’t wait for a chance to go back. Sam got lucky, he spent more time in the city than I did. Since I spent all day Saturday at the Blogger Bazaar, I only got a couple hours on Sunday in downtown and by the water front. Here are some pictures from our trip, as well as more pictures from the blogger event, including pictures from RpKeskar Photography. Enjoy!

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A day in life of a blogger: Mother’s Day 2012

Get ready for another overwhelming post with photos from our Sunday trip around Minnesota!

But first of all don’t forget about the GIVEAWAY! You can enter it here. Hurry, you only have a few more days to enter!

Now about our Mother’s day – since my mom is all the way back in Russia, we only had one to pay all of our attention to! My mother in law! I actually got Sam to take a picture with her!

How can you not love them?

Our mother’s day map looked like this:

That pottery place was great! They had free food and coffee too! And of course some cool stuff to look at and take pictures with! If you know me well, you know that I don’t usually buy anything at events like this, but after I am done there I go to a thrift store and find something similar (I have a post on thrifting for home coming up soon! I promise!)  So here are some shots of the place:

There were also these cute puppies, and they were so so soft, I wish I could’ve just taken them home with me!

We also got to take pictures in these awesome chairs, while the guys who were occupying them left 🙂

I also had to take a picture with a barn! These are just fun to spot here and there around the state! And I was always wondering why they were red (or very burnt out red 😉 )

Next we went to Taylors Falls! It’s a state park on the border with Wisconsin. To be honest, I wasn’t really dressed for the place, because it was so rocky, but we had fun anyways!

Look how strong Sam is!

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Outfit of the day: Urban outfitters dress and shoes, Steve Madden shades and the CVS Pharmacy reusable bag that has ORGANIC written on it 🙂

Our last stop was FRANCONIA:

It’s a sculpture garden, with some very unusual sculptures!

I hope you had fun looking through the pictures of our day with us! If you speak Russian don’t forget to check out this video! And even if you don’t speak Russian, go ahead and check it out!