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A weekend full of Art

Loring Park Art Fair August 2nd & 3rd 
Saturday 10-6/ Sunday 10-5

August 2 & 3 · Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5
Powderhorn Park · 3400 15th Ave S · Minneapolis

Broders Pasta Bar

Broders' Pasta Bar
Broders' Pasta Bar has been on my Minneapolis Bucket List for a while.  They are always in the Best Of Magazines and have heard amazing reviews from my friends.  We finally went this week. 
Let me start by saying we had our kids with us…This is major factor in our dining experience.  Keep reading!
My husband is not a big "pasta guy".  It's usually the last thing he wants to eat unless he is carb-loading for a race.  Myself, on the other hand, live on pasta and bread.  Which is why I want to go here so badly.  We decided Monday was the day to go.   We did not take into consideration that my 2 year old woke up at 5:30 am and was a major grouch.  Or that he never sits still for more that 3 minutes.  
We have a little wait for dining room. No problem.  We get a glass of wine and sit on the beautiful patio. Except the boy won't sit. He kept running towards the parking lot and laughing hysterically. Funny to him maybe, not us.  I mean, I almost spilled my wine chasing him:) 
We decide the patio was going to be the best place for us. Even though it doesn't have pasta on the menu.  It did serve from the kids menu.  After all, they are that matters most right?   

My favorite thing was the Panzanella Salad. It was fresh and delicious.  I tried to make this at my house  last night and was totally disappointed with myself.  haha That is exactly the reason why we eat out so much! 

Heyday Minneapolis

Beautiful Restaurant & Delicious! It is a must try in Minneapolis.   
I can't lie, my favorite part was how this restaurant smelled.  Weird, right?   It smelled like a campfire.  If I closed my eyes I could imagine sitting in a Campground in Petosky MI with my parents.  Roasting marshmallows and cooking hotdogs.  Ahhhh, memories
But seriously,  the food was amazing. 

Bluebird Boutique

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2 lucky winners will have the opportunity to win 2 tickets to the Cured & Crafted Event this Thursday night! Good Luck 

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Kids Photo Session with Sara Montour- get an appointment before they are gone!

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  • WHEN · Sunday, August 10th, 2014
  • WHERE · A gorgeous natural light studio in Northeast Minneapolis 
  • GOODS · 10 minute session for 1 kiddo
  • GOODS · 10+ final proofs to choose from in an online gallery
  • GOODS · one 10x10" print of your choice
  • GOODS · 10% off additional prints + products, always
  • GOODS · 30% off additional prints + products for the first 2 weeks your gallery is up
  • COST · $100
  • WHY · Because your kiddo is adorable and 10 minutes is the perfect amount of time for a stress-free, memorable photo shoot that both you and your kiddo will love.
  • HOW · Pick an open time below and book your session. After your session is booked you will get an email with everything you need to know to be prepared for the day.
  • FINE PRINT · Because session times are limited, they are available on a first come first serve basis and the session fees are non-refundable.
  • FINE PRINT · The 10+ final proofs are available for purchase in your gallery, but the high resolution files do not come with the sessions. 
  • FAQ · Can I bring multiple kids? Of course! However, each time slot only gives us enough time for one child, so if you would like bring additional kiddos, just book multiple sessions in a row. I space the time slots out 15 minutes apart, so two sessions, back-to-back will actually give you 30 minutes instead of 20. 
  • FAQ · What should my kiddo wear? Whatever they love the most! The only hard and fast rule is to avoid giant logos, but other than that feel free to have them wear as many colors/patterns as they would like.
  • FAQ · Should we bring anything? Heck yeah! Bring your favorite summer items. I love having everyone bring their own, personal, things so when you look back on them you have photos of your kiddos favorite things at this moment in time instead of just some random photo studio props. I would also be happy to brainstorm with you to come up with the perfect idea for our little 10 minute rendezvous!
  • FAQ · Can we see some more examples? Of course! There's a gallery of some of my favorite 10 in 10 images, here, and you can see blog posts of individual sessions, here
  • ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS · email Sara at and she'll help you out!

The more events I attend the more shoes I need!

Blogging has brought on a whole new world for me.  I want to attend Minneapolis Events and get the word out about L&L.  This means I need to present myself well.  (at least that is what I am telling my husband).  Shoes are a must! 
This week I am attending Cured & Crafted as Press (insert squeal) and HOPEFULLY Glamorama. 
shoe obsession

shoe obsession by liveandlovemn featuring pointy toe pumps

I am usually not a shoe person but lately it is all I have been browsing for.  When I say "browsing" I mean web surfing.  Putting 6 pair of shoes in my online cart and never buying a single pair.  That is how I shoe shop, which is why my shoe selection is very sad!  I am more a big necklace kind of girl.  I am hoping you like my necklace so much that you don't notice my lack of style on my feet:)

Where is your favorite place to go shoe shopping?
Where can you find the best deals?

Minneapolis Events July 25th-28th 2014

Click the above picture for full details of the FLOW Northside Arts Crawl! 
Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway, Minneapolis

ArtCars + ArtBikes

Celebrating Twenty Years!

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

6:00pm around Lake Harriet, Minneapolis
ArtCars, ArtBikes, and one Couchmobile will line up at theRose Garden of Lake Harriet at 5pm.
 4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bring a picnic to eat after the parade with the ArtCar + ArtBike artists.

Open Streets MPLS 

Central Avenue Northeast

Sunday, July 27, 2014 — 10:00am-4:00pm

18 1/2th Avenue to 26th Avenue

About Open Streets Mpls

For the past three years, streets in Minneapolis have transformed to allow residents to experience their city in a whole new way — by bike, by skateboard, however they please. We call this Open Streets Mplsand it has grown from one event in 2011 to four in 2013. In 2014 we are planning six events all across the city!
We see Open Streets Mpls as the perfect chance to promote healthy living, local businesses, sustainable transportation and civic pride in Minneapolis. On multiple days throughout the year, we create miles of safe, car-free streets so that residents of all ages can walk, bike, shop, participate in spontaneous play activities, and get to know one another. 
We hope you'll join us this year on a street in your own neighborhood, and enjoy it from a different perspective. Come wander the Open Streets and have some fun! You can even bring your dog.
And of course, it's free!

If you like these events you will love: 
Thursday July 31st 

Linden Hills Farmers Market

Minnesota, Minnesota Cutting Board, ceramics

A quick trip to the Linden Hills Farmers Market was a great Sunday activity!  To find a complete list of Minneapolis Farmers Markets click HERE

Minneapolis Events July 14-20th 2014

July 15-20th~Pedalopolis

Pedalopolis is a crowd-sourced festival of fun. 

Anyone can register a ride to be included on our calendar. In June, a printed calendar will be distributed across the Cities featuring info about all rides submitted before the deadline.

BIKEFUN! will be throwing a kickoff parade and community barbecue on the evening of Tuesday, July 15th, and a huge blow-out closing party on Saturday, July 19th. Beyond that, the sky’s the limit! Create the ride of your dreams and we’ll help you make it happen.

JULY 15-20, 2014

Tuesday July 15
6:00 - Minneapolis Mural Tour
7:30 - DharmaCore's Meditate and Destroy Meditation Bike Ride

Wednesday July 16
12:00 - 2D Cloud Bicycle Distro!
6:00 - Autostraddlers (and friends) Progressive Picnic Pedalopolis Grand Rounds Ride
7:00 - It's Your Birthday Bikeride! (Part of Pedaopolis)
7:00 - HALF THE ROAD: The Passion, Pitfalls and Power of Women's Professional Cycling

Thursday July 17
6:30 - Overlooked Parks of Saint Paul Bike Tour
6:30 - Seward Neighborhood History and Architecture Ride
7:30 - The Replacements Ride

Friday July 18
5:00 - PEDALOPOLIS Tour de Breweries!!!
7:00 - RIFF RIDE
11:00 - Secret Society of Midnight Cyclists - July PEDALOPOLIS Ride

Saturday July 19
7:00 - Bedlam to Bedlam Bike Ride & SHORT JORTS DANCE PARTY

Sunday July 20
10:30 - PEDALOPOLIS PRESENTS: Malt Shop Mayhem
2:00 - PEDALOPOLIS Sequin Sparkle Glitter Beach Shine Ride!!!
4:00 - Music Bingo Ride

July 16th~Pershing Park Carnival 1-4pm

3523 48th St W MinneapolisMN  55410
When many people hear the word "carnival," they think of a sunny afternoon with a variety of booths filled with games, delicious food and plenty of prizes. The Pershing Park Carnival is an exciting, activity-filled experience for both children and adults to spend the afternoon indulging in treats that are delectable to the taste buds, while participating in entertaining, hands-on activities. Tickets will be sold for activities and concessions.

July 17th ~Linden Hills Live 6-9pm

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The third Thursday of the month, in June, July and August. 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Enjoy an evening of food, live music and conversation with your neighbors. This event takes place at 43rd St and Upton Ave in the downtown Linden Hills area.

July 18th-26th ~Aquatennial 

Schedule of Events

 Friday, July 18
9 am – 5 pm Canadian Pacific Aquatennial Tennis Classic presented by Lipton Tea & Honey,
Canadian Pacific Plaza
10:30 am Senior Alumni Association (SAA), Senior Bowling Tournament, Memory Lanes
7 pm Twin Cities River Rats Aquatennial Water Ski Show, Mississippi River, West Bank along W. River
Rd. between Broadway & Plymouth Ave.
7:10 pm Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays, Target Field

Saturday, July 19
10 am – 4 pm Creative City Challenge Play Day, Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza
2 pm – 8 pm Midtown Global Music Festival, Midtown Global Market
3 pm & 7 pm Twin Cities River Rats Aquatennial Water Ski Show, Mississippi River, West Bank along W. River
Rd. between Broadway & Plymouth Ave.
3 pm Key Log Rolling Invitational, Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun
6:10 pm Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays, Target Field

Sunday, July 20
10 am – 4 pm Star Tribune Beach Bash, Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun
Featuring the Xcel Energy Sandcastle Competition, Aquatennial Milk Carton Boat Races,
Key Log Rolling Finals & Demos, Minneapolis Fire Department, Memorial Blood Centers
Blood Drive, Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides, and more!
1 pm – 5 pm 7th Annual Minneapolis International Sister Cities Day Celebration & Ice Cream Social,
Nicollet Island Pavilion
1:10 pm Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays, Target Field
2 pm Historic Aquatennial Book Signing, Hennepin History Museum
3 pm & 7 pm Twin Cities River Rats Aquatennial Water Ski Show, Mississippi River, West Bank along W. River
Road between Broadway Ave. & Plymouth Ave.

 Monday, July 21
9 am – 5 pm Canadian Pacific Aquatennial Tennis Classic presented by Lipton Tea & Honey,
Canadian Pacific Plaza
7:10 pm Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians, Target Field

Tuesday, July 22
9 am – 5 pm Canadian Pacific Aquatennial Tennis Classic presented by Lipton Tea & Honey,
Canadian Pacific Plaza
10 am – 5 pm Best Days of The Bakken: Science, The Bakken Museum
12 pm – 1 pm 2025 Plan Quarterly Forum, Parklot on Hennepin Ave. next to Orpheum Theatre
1 pm – 4 pm SAA, Senior Coronation & Ballroom Dance, Ukrainian Event Center
7:10 pm Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians, Target Field

 Wednesday, July 23
9 am – 5 pm Canadian Pacific Aquatennial Tennis Classic presented by Lipton Tea & Honey,
Canadian Pacific Plaza
10 am – 5 pm Best Days of The Bakken: Technology, The Bakken Museum
12 pm – 2 pm Aquatennial Ambassador Organization (AAO), Meet the Queen of the Lakes Candidates,
Downtown Minneapolis, City Center Atrium
12:10 pm Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians, Target Field
5 pm – 7:30 pm Aquatennial Pre-Parade Party, Loring Park
7:30 pm Life Time Torchlight 5k, Hennepin Ave. from Basilica of St. Mary to Father Hennepin Bluffs Park
 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade, Hennepin Ave. between Dunwoody College of
Technology & 5th  St.
Thursday, July 24
9 am – 5 pm Canadian Pacific Aquatennial Tennis Classic presented by Lipton Tea & Honey,
Canadian Pacific Plaza
10 am SAA, 500 Card Tournament, Ukrainian Event Center
10 am – 5 pm Best Days of The Bakken: Engineering, The Bakken Museum
5 pm AAO, 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Commodore’s Party, Calhoun Beach Club
7 pm Twin Cities River Rats Aquatennial Water Ski Show, Mississippi River, West Bank along W. River
Rd. between Broadway & Plymouth Ave.
7:10 pm Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox, Target Field
 Friday, July 25
9 am – 5 pm Canadian Pacific Aquatennial Tennis Classic presented by Lipton Tea & Honey,
Canadian Pacific Plaza
10 am – 5 pm Best Days of The Bakken: Art, The Bakken Museum
7 pm – 9 pm AAO, Queen of the Lakes Coronation, Ted Mann Concert Hall, West Bank,
University of Minnesota
7:10 pm Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox, Target Field
 Saturday, July 26
9 am – 12 pm Tour de Camden, Starting at Creekview Park
9 am – 8 pm The Salvation Army’s MOST Amazing Race presented by CenterPoint Energy,
Various locations throughout Mpls
10 am – 5 pm Best Days of The Bakken: Math, The Bakken Museum
11 am – 10 pm Twin Cities Carifest, West River Parkway between Plymouth Ave. & Broadway Ave.
12 pm – 2 pm Global Smoothie Smackdown, Midtown Global Market
12 pm – 8 pm Midtown Phillips Festival, Stewart Park
12:30 pm – 6 pm Plaza Presents! A Day of Music, Marquette Plaza’s Richard & Annette Block
Cancer Survivors Park
 6 pm – 10:30 pm Target Fireworks, West River Parkway along the Mississippi River, Mpls
6:10 pm Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox, Target Field
Schedule subject to change without notice.
For more information visit

Niki Robison~brows are the new black

It was time for a brow transformation.  I had  (obviously) letting my brows fill in for months.  I found Niki Robison on instagram.  Every time she posted a new picture I was reminded that I need to make my appointment!  I finally did it.  
I have watched countless youtube videos on how to shape my brows.  How to use the pencils, brow shadows.  I have purchased tons of different products from Sephora.  It wasn't until Niki showed me exactly how to do it, that I DID IT!!  

  • Brush Them Into Place: Each morning, using a brow brush or a soft toothbrush, brush your brows into place. It will take all of two seconds and will leave them perfectly placed. 
  • Sparse brows? Fill Them In:  (We like Billion Dollar Brows ) Draw a line on the lower and upper brow.  Fill in with short Always use the brush to blend when you are done.  Blending is Key
  • Use a Highlighter: Putting a bit of highlighter right under the arch of your brow will accentuate the brow bone, leaving you looking younger and your eyes looking bigger.  Niki used Billion Dollar Brows Highlighter and brush.  Brush side and blend down.  


If you keep the stragglers that come in early at bay with nightly tweezing, a brow wax or threading can last a good month or more. Some people can keep the shape at home with at home waxing, as well, but we recommend just making a reoccurring monthly (more or less depending on growth) stop at the mall for a professional upkeep, especially if you let them all grow throughout the month.
There really is nothing as inexpensive in the beauty world that can make such a drastic difference in your appearance. You'll look more put together and feel beautiful each month by this simple commitment to yourself.

Here are the products Niki used on my brows:
Top:  Billion Dollar Brows Universal Pencil
Middle: Billion Dollar Brow Duo Pencil 
Bottom: Billion Dollar Brow Smudge Brush 

Make your appointment with her and tell her you heard it from L&L:

Cured & Crafted July 31st~ A Prosciutto di Parma Tasting & Craft Beer Pairing

107 3rd Ave. N. MinneapolisMN 55401 

The Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma is pairing Minneapolis’ top chefs with the city’s finest craft brewers for a night of pigging out on Prosciutto di Parma and awesome beer. We call it Cured & Crafted – you can call it ‘hamazing.’

On Thursday, July 31, stroll through the Muse Event Center, where eight of your favorite local chefs will each serve a bespoke dish, created just for the event, featuring Prosciutto di Parma and paired with a carefully chosen craft beer:
·      Jason Bush, Boneyard
·      Beth Fischer, Wise Acre Eatery
·      Sara Master, Barbette
·      Stewart WoodmanUnion
·      Aaron Uban, Porter & Frye
·      Erick Weed, Rinata
·      Landon Schoenefeld, HauteDish
·      Bauhaus Brew Labs
·      Boom Island Brewing Co.
·      Dangerous Man Brewing Co.
·      Fulton Brewing Co.
·      Indeed Brewing Co.
·      612 Brew

ONE chef will be crowned Minneapolis’ King of Parma by an esteemed panel of judges while guests will have the chance to select a People’s Choice winner and win dinner for two.
Michael Agnew, Author, A Perfect Pint’s Beer Guide to the Heartland
Sue Zelickson, Local Food Writer and James Beard Award Winner
Stephanie March, Editor, Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine’s Eat+Drink
Jeremy Iggers, Executive Director, Twin Cities Media Alliance

·      Get a FREE tattoo from our on-site tattoo artist of the Parma Crown and walk away with a whole leg of Prosciutto di Parma!
·      Vote for your favorite pairing over social media and be entered to win dinner for 2 at the winning chef’s restaurant
·      Sip unlimited craft brews and a selection of specialty craft cocktails courtesy of Norseman Distillery from two of the city's hottest mixologists; Tyler Kleinow of Marvel Bar and Johnny Michaels
·      Jason DeRusha, of WCCO-TV will be on hand to Emcee and hand out prizes all night long
·      Jake Rudh, of MPR’s the Current, will be spinning tunes all night

Regular tickets $45.000 AVAILABLE HERE!
July 31, 2014 from 7-10 PM at Muse Event Center (107 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401)
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