We’ve been working on this top secret project for over a month and are thrilled to be sharing our Favorite Things in the Twin Cities with you! We surprised our team of contributors last Wednesday night with all of these goodies and the reviews are coming up the same – these are a perfect Top Ten of products from our favorite local businesses!
Let’s start with our favorite Twin Cities location, where we had our Favorite Things party – what girl doesn’t love Crave restaurants?!
We were thrilled to have Crave host our Favorite Things party and we couldn’t have been happier with the evening. We had a fantastic tray of desserts and drinks and just had to indulge in some of our favorites on the menu.
Crave is a top restaurant that comes to mind when you’re thinking about happy hour with girlfriends, but you may not realize how family friendly it is, so definitely keep it in mind for a night out with the family.
Crave recently joined up with Partners in Pediatrics to develop a menu for kids that has healthy choices, plus kids eat free every Sunday after 4pm if you’re part of their free loyalty program (with the purchase of an adult entree). Find Crave online, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
What we love most about these products is that they’re all from fantastic local companies – we love local and these are all products we really do think you should run out to get. Without further ado, here are our Favorite Things, in no particular order:
1: Primp Necklace We love these delicate necklaces from Primp – they’re perfect for dressing up your everyday outfit. You’ll look adorable while you run around town. Why we love Primp: With locations in St. Paul, White Bear Lake and St. Louis Park, Primp is a great spot to hit for chic, cheap clothing, including dresses, tops, skirts and basics for under $100. You can keep your style without breaking your budget. They’ve been around since 2010 with the mindset that boutique shopping should be within everyone’s budget. Keep up with Primp on their Facebook page for the latest items and find them online and on Twitter and Instagram.
2: Aspire We love this sports drink because it’s better than the rest in so many ways. It’s natural, is loaded with electrolytes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And it’s only 25 calories a bottle – win, win! Why we love Aspire: The company that was started by two Minnesota hockey dads – how could we not love them? We’ve heard all kinds of women raving about these drinks, especially moms. Their line of drinks has no sugar, artificial ingredients, coloring or additives. It’s a fantastic alternative for you or your kids. Find them online, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
3: Amy’s Cupcakes Macarons Our team is loving the French macarons that Amy’s Cupcakes gave us! Most of them didn’t make it more than a few hours after the party, for good reason. The flavors were amazing, perfectly made and the filling was unreal. Best macarons in town! Why we love Amy’s Cupcakes: We mostly love how good everything tastes! Amy’s has a ton of options – we loved the macarons, but her cupcakes and cakes are amazing too. She loves to bake and makes all of her handcrafted treats from scratch. She’ll customize your order for any event – just name it and she’ll help you make it special. You can find Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe online, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
4: Aveda Stress-Fix™ Body Creme This is an ultra-rich all-over moisturizer, with Aveda’s proven Stress-Fix™ aroma, which will remind you of the spa. We’re loving it because like all of Aveda’s products, it’s of such high quality, it gives you a full 24 hours of relief and the smell alone will instantly lower your stress level. Why we love Aveda: Okay, who doesn’t love Aveda? Even though they’re nationally known, this is a hometown company that’s been around since 1978, based in Minneapolis and they’re known for creating high performance, plant-based products for beauty professionals and consumers. Any of Aveda’s scents can make you feel like you’re at the spa, they use pure flower and plant essences and they have a full menu of products to treat you from scalp to soul. Find Aveda online, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
5: LaLaRed Key Fob We love so many of the LaLaRed products, but their adorable key fobs are almost too much. They’re well made and sturdy for throwing around in your purse over and over again, but because the straps come in fun and bright colors, it’s hard to lose your keys in the depths of your bag when it’s attached. Why we love LaLaRed: We’re long-time fans of this local business, which was born three years ago at a playdate. Leah (the Founder and designer) and a friend realized they wanted, and NEEDED, a belt that laid flat, she pulled out the sewing machine and created the original product, the “Belt Without the Bulge” and the rest is history! Leah runs the company along with her husband, Matt, and three boys (who are NO help at all in the business!), out of their home in Woodbury, where everything is handmade. They are are committed to providing high fun, high fashion and high quality to women and girls at an affordable price. You can find LaLaRed online, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
6: Wish Earrings We love these earrings because they will go with EVERYTHING. They’re a bit of crystal glam paired with an understated gray neutral stone! These will not disappoint. Why we love WISH: Katie from WISH is consistently hearing from friends how they wish they had time to shop, but with the hectic lives we all lead today, “me time” falls short. Yet, when they shop online they checkout with a hope and a prayer that the color is what it looks like on screen and that it is the right size. As a mom and a wife, Katie can relate and is all about bringing the ultimate shopping experience to you. All the latest trends that you see in the magazines, online and in the boutiques without the price tags. Take a few hours with your girlfriends, have a glass of wine, and try on all that is “ Hot Now” and actually know how it looks, feels and fits before purchasing. Come on, who doesn’t want to feel pretty? We all deserve “ Me Time” and to feel beautiful! Find Wish online, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
7: Good Karma Skincare Four-In-One Face Cream This is a ‘rave about’ product. The company spent 2 years working on this formula to get it just right and it literally is 4 products in one: day moisturizer, skin refining serum, eye cream and night cream. Plus, the container itself is so great – push down on the top and it dispenses the exact amount you need, so no waste. It also comes in normal/dry and normal/oily versions, so you can get the right product for your skin. Why we love Good Karma Skincare: Cynthia Ransom, the founder and potionmaster, is a licensed naturopath and started the business from her home in Golden Valley, then re-located to offices to the North Loop last December. They are garnering quite a reputation with many estheticians in the Twin Cities who are using and selling this skincare line. With their signature process, BioFresh, has created age-defying skincare that provides fast results using less product. Lux 7 is their natural, nutrient-dense line that works to erase the signs of time: fewer wrinkles, smooth & firm skin, and a glow that radiates from within – naturally. We also love that Good Karma Skincare supports the local group Secondhand Hounds, by donating a portion of each purchase to their organization. Find Good Karma Skincare online, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
8: Saint Croix Vineyards Seyval Blanc A a semi-dry white wine with crisp green apple and citrus aroma. Why we love Saint Croix Vineyards: This is one of Minnesota’s largest and most well-known wineries. Their international award winning wines range from the intense, oak-aged Frontenac to our refreshing La Crescent Dessert Wine. They have a tasting room that you can visit to taste their wines. While you’re there, take a stroll through the vineyards and enjoy a picnic on their picnic tables overlooking a quiet pond. You can tour the winery for free on Saturday and Sunday at noon, listen to live music each Saturday in the tasting room and enjoy many events. Find Saint Croix Vineyards online, on Facebook and on Twitter.
9: Droolin’ Moose Salty Bogs Let’s be honest, some of these chooclates didn’t even make it to the end of our Favorite Things party – they’re so good! Perfect caramel wrapped in chocolate, and we love the touch of sea salt. This is also one of Droolin’ Moose’s top selling products, and we totally get why! Why we love Droolin’ Moose: They’re an original brand created by a small family business in Bloomington. After running another business for 20 years, they wanted to take their business know-how and create a new brand, and we’re so glad they picked chocolate! With the tagline: “Gourmet treats that keep your tongue wagging” — please drool responsibly, the company’s mission is to bring a new “flavor” to personal gift giving, corporate gifting and FUNdraising by supplying the best quality, most original food product paired with fun and unique packaging. Find Droolin’ Moose online, on Facebook and on Twitter.
10: Patina’s Citrus Zinger Water Bottle This is the best water bottle we’ve ever seen, honestly. It’s an easy way to extract juice and flavor from citrus fruits and infuse them directly into your water bottle. You can put really anything in the bottom compartment and allow it to flavor your water – we’re particularly loving either lemon or cucumber because it feels like being at the spa. Why we love Patina: Patina’s been around since 1993, growing to six area locations and walking around the store is one of the best ways to spend the afternoon with a girlfriend or to escape for some me time. Their goal is quite simple – to create an environment housed with accessories for a good life. They always have beautiful products, but also fun items that you often can’t find anywhere else, and are always showcasing something new. Patina offers a shopping experience that is meant to elevate your senses, broaden your perspective and invoke a lifestyle change. Find Patina online, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
We loved sharing all of these goodies with our team, but we just can’t stop there – we’ve got a giveaway for YOU! One lucky lady will win the FULL set of our Twin Cities Moms Blog Favorite Things items – worth over $225!
Enter below – you have until Saturday at Midnight and we’ll announce the winner on Sunday. Share this post with your friends and give them a chance to win as well!
A big, giant, Favorite Things THANK YOU to one of our own sponsors, Nicole, of Charlie and Violet Photography! We love these images she caught of our party, of our group and of the excitement we all had for this fantastic get together. You can find Nicole on her website, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.