Colorful Baking Fun!

ADD SOME COLOR TO YOUR DESSERT MENU THIS WEEK! THESE TIE-DYE CUPCAKES ARE SO FUN TO MAKE WITH YOUR KIDDOS AND ARE EVEN MORE DELICIOUS TO EAT! Tie-Dye Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting (recipe by Live Love Texas: Course Dessert Cuisine American Keyword buttercream, cupcakes, dessert, frosting, rainbow Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 15 […]

The Practical Boy Mom

As a mom of 4 boys and 1 girl you can about imagine the amount of money it can be sometimes to cloth these kids, especially when they are constantly growing and changing. The days of hand me downs are very much a thing of the past in this household between the boys. We try […]

Ashleigh’s Favorites Package

Throughout the last few weeks I have been working on building the perfect package that allows women of all sizes and ages to enjoy! A package that fits everyday life whether you are spending a casual day at home our heading out for the day. But most of all a package that is functional and […]

Super Bowl Sunday!!

If you know me you know I love Football! I love the excitement it brings for so many, the competitiveness, the food (Give me ALL the dip) and above all, I love our family nights sitting on the couch watching our Vikes or whatever other team is playing. It’s become a little tradition in our […]

Are you weekend ready?

I remember the days when weekends consisted of not having many plans and the freedom to make plans… Zoo trips, target runs, movie nights, PJ days, cleaning and organizing at home.. You name it we had the freedom time wise to do it. The calmness was something I looked forward to each week.. Now let’s […]

Coming Soon….

I could stare at home décor all day long! Staging, decorating, and setting displays is my all time favorite thing to do! About three years ago we bought a home in Saint Peter. A complete fixer upper. Every. Single. Inch. We put lots of love and labor into the home and always knew it would […]

Refining the True Meaning of Controlled Chaos!

Whether you work outside of the home or work from home, I feel as though it is a constant juggle! Especially this time of the year. We are all jumping back into school routines, after school routines, and the never ending activities that continue into the Fall season. This year has brought many life changes […]

The Joy in Retail!

You hear so much about the brick and mortar retail experience dying but in our eyes the idea of Retail is simply changing. We have seen a lot of larger big box stores leaving various areas or going out of business all together which makes many worry or wonder what’s next? Over the last few […]

Mankato We’re Ready!

Opening day in Mankato is just days away and we couldn’t be more thrilled! As I have shared before, this year for us has been a fun year all about growth and change. This year we have really taken a step back and taken a broader look at our customers, our service areas, the products […]

Wine with me Wednesday Re-cap!

Thank you to all that were able to tune in last night for our weekly LIVE video! It is always such a great time to be able to share my favorite new arrivals, new and exciting announcements, and most of all to be given the opportunity to connect directly with you! I know it’s not […]

New Prague/Chaska

With growth comes change and with change comes growth! The saying still holds true after almost four years in business here at The Refinery. Each year we are growing, changing, and reevaluating our plans and goals for the overall business. As we look at the big picture,  one of the most important things to us […]

My Teaching Style

My dream of being a teacher started in first grade. I remember playing school with my little brother and telling my mom I needed a red teacher correcting pen. As she handed me a red, Bic pen, I shook my head and told her, “No… I need a REAL red teacher correcting pen.” With some […]

Take a chance..

Throughout the last four months we have had the incredible opportunity to be a part of the Sleepy Eye community! A community that has welcome us with open arms since the beginning. About 9 months ago I received an email from an individual by the Kurk Kramer. Kurk is the Economic Development Coordinator for the […]

4 Ways To Wear a Graphic Tee This Spring!

In the April issue of River Valley Woman Magazine, we showcased 4 ways to wear your favorite graphic tee this spring! We chose our “Gorgeous” Graphic Tank to be featured in this issue and some great ways to dress it up. Look 1: Simple & Chic You know spring is here when your favorite white […]


The month where you find those with a little extra pep in their step as sunshine enters their lives after a cold brutal winter here in the Midwest. A month where flowers begin to bloom and the excitement of seeing fun colors everywhere you turn. By now many of you are thinking its probably time […]

How To: Transition To Spring

Who else has Spring on their mind? With all of this snow and cold weather we’ve been braving, I can’t help but to daydream of warmer weather. And… with warming weather comes time for wardrobe changes and transitioning your closet from Winter to Spring! I have some great tips and tricks on how to organize […]

Packing For Vacation!

You know that part in the animated movie Frozen when the cute little snowman, Olaf, is dreaming of summer and we all know he’s not going to enjoy summer that way? Well… yeah.. that’s me and vacation this year, folks! Like it’s Not. Going. To. Happen. So, I’ve decided to act like Olaf, embrace all […]

  Many of you may be attending or even hosting a Super Bowl Party this weekend… and we are here to help you out by sharing not only some great outfits to wear, but also some great recipes that are easy, delicious, and will be loved by all guests (and kiddos)!   First let’s start […]

With another new year, comes new trends that we are all a little hesitant to try! Sometimes these new trends can be a bit scary at first, but I promise you this year some of the trends aren’t as risky as what we have seen in the past! Here are 3 trends for this upcoming […]

River Valley Woman

  As we continue our ongoing journey to connect with other women, business owners, and customers across the state we have had the amazing opportunity to partner with a local magazine, River Valley Woman. As you may remember, Ashleigh was on the cover of their September 2018 issue that featured her journey before founding The […]