Coffee Maker Product Review: Ninja Coffee Bar

Hello everyone! Today I’m trying a new kind of post: a product review. I was able to bring home a sample product to try out from Heartland America. In the name of disclaimers and complete honesty, these will be my honest, personal opinions and are not necessarily the views of Heartland America. This post is solely sponsored by Heartland America; the manufacturer of Ninja products is not affiliated with this post in any way. Ok now that that’s done we can move on to the review.

Today I am taking a closer look at the Ninja CF081 Coffee Bar coffee maker. First thing to note is that this coffee maker only takes loose coffee grounds. Sorry no pods or k-cups here. But that does mean you can make a full pot of coffee as well as a single cup or travel size mug.

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Easy Halloween DIY Decor for Your Front Door: Cat o’ Lantern

Happy fall everyone! And almost Happy Halloween. Things have been a little crazy at Home. There have been many changes, but I am still here and still crafting. Which is perfect being that Halloween is right around the corner. I’ve been staring at my neighbors decorations and realized my house is sadly lacking on the block. So I need some decor asap. While black cats are associated with Halloween, I wanted to do cute tribute to all the sweet cats in my life. From my adorable feline inspiration, I decided to create a Cat O’ Lantern to hang on my door. Pumpkins, cats, and carving this DIY brings some sweetness to the season. There’s only little time left till Halloween, but you can still add this cute touch to your front door.

In about an hour, you can make this cute little kitty to guard your front door. This kitty will greet trick or treaters with a friendly smile. You can even add in a light to welcome guests to your home. With a faux pumpkin, ribbon, and felt, you will have a decoration to enjoy and add to your Halloween decor for years to come.

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Jump into Fall Activities with These Practical Products

Happy fall everyone! I hope the autumn air has finally come where you live. Crunching through the leaves and sipping hot apple cider, is there any season better than fall? I don’t think so. You really have to make the most of this weather while it lasts. To help you savory every outdoor activity, I put together a few boards of practical products available right now at Heartland America.

With the temperature falling, a warm jacket is a must. For men who enjoy the outdoors, here is a selection of jackets that will keep them nice and comfy.

Black Fleece Lined Hooded Jacket, Truppa Men’s Black Parka Jacket, Original Deluxe Men’s Corduroy Jacket in Coffee Brown, Khaki, & Black

If you’ve got a true outdoorsman in the family, he will need a nice, warm jacket. This classic down jacket is fleece lined for warmth and comfort.  It has a removable hood and a water resistant shell to keep the elements at bay. No matter the weather, he’ll be able to enjoy the autumn activities and hunting season to the fullest.

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Settle into Fall with a Cozy Recipe for Chili with Rice and Great Northern Beans

Good day everyone and happy fall! I hope the kids are getting used to school once again. With the leaves starting to turn and the temps are finally going down, it’s really feeling like fall. That means it’s time for leaf piles, cozy slippers, and hearty soups. Ok so the leaves still haven’t turned, much less fallen in my yard, but that doesn’t mean I can’t throw on some warm socks and whip up a savory soup. While the bacon and potato chowder is my favorite, I wanted to make something different this time. Looking through my collection, I found a delicious recipe for chili with Great Northern beans and rice.

Great Northern Bean and Rice Chili Recipe

This chili is hearty but not spicy, which is great for spice wimps like me. The Great Northern beans have a great subtle flavor and texture that compliments the dish perfectly. This chili has a rich tomato base with a blend of herbs and soy sauce to create the perfect dish for a chilly fall day. Your family will enjoy this hearty chili after an evening of playing in the leaves.

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Get Back to Cleaning Routines with a DIY Magnetic Cleaning Calendar

Hello all! I hope your back to school preparations are going smoothly. Kids around the country are already back in class. But here in Minnesota, most schools truly begin after Labor Day. Just one last hooray before it’s back to homework and school schedules. It’s not the most fun, but it is nice to get into the everyday groove once again. Sadly my cleaning routine escaped out the window when I opened up my house this summer. But with the coming autumn, I’ll get it back in line. To help my cleaning become a manageable routine, I created this magnetic cleaning calendar that I know you’ll love too!

Magnetic Cleaning Calendar DIY with 2 Free Printables

Rustic and refined, this cleaning calendar is a fantastic addition to your family command center. The metal and kraft paper create farmhouse charm in this chart. The printout is clear with a pleasant font thats cute but still easy to read. With a fresh white frame and cute button magnets, your family will enjoy checking off their chores. There’s even a daily cleaning printout and a weekly deep cleaning printout. So you can easily maintain a clean and cozy home.

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Savory the Summer with a Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe

Happy August! I can’t believe it’s almost fall. Although fall is my favorite season, there is still plenty of summer fun left to enjoy. One of the major local highlights at the end of summer is the Minnesota State Fair. I don’t know about other fairs, but our state fair seems completely centered around food. That’s just fine with me. 😀 I love trying out some of the new food options and walking through the exhibits. Before I start drooling over anticipated treats, I have decided to try out a dessert recipe with a seasonal summer twist: chocolate zucchini cake. While I won’t be using any blue ribbon zucchinis, this dessert is simply delicious.

Delicious Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe

This cake is wonderfully moist and chocolatey without being too sweet. It is also one of those cakes that doesn’t need frosting. Just a dusting of powdered sugar, and you are ready to dig in. The grated zucchini inside keeps the cake nice and moist. Since it has zucchini in it, does it really count against you? Zucchini is healthy right?! 😉 Regardless if you are a fan of zucchini or not, you will enjoy every bite.

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12 Fantastic Summer Products for You and Your Family

Hello everyone! How’s your summer going? So far my family and I have had a great summer. But it’s been much busier than I anticipated, and there is not much left. I have to make the most of it. That’s why I want to share some products with you to help you get the most out of summer. Whether you have already worn out your summer shoes, are looking for a nighttime activity for your family, or simply need a few more ways to keep cool, I have something for you. So check out these fantastic summer products now available at Heartland America.

First we have a selection of women’s shoes to keep up with the hectic summer pace.
Women’s Fuchsia Physique Running Shoes, Women’s Silver Tempo Running Shoes, Women’s Black Volitation Running Shoes, Women’s Purple Aqua Shoes

Keep things comfy and bright with this pair of Physique running shoes from Fila. The breathable mesh and adorable color gives style and comfort to your casual summer. With interior padding and durable rubber soles, your feet will stay in peak condition whether you are out for a run or dashing around the mall. Read more

Enhance Your Summer Staycation with 3 Hammock Hacks

Hello! I hope you all are having a fun summer. It’s been a very hot, humid, and rainy summer here in Minnesota. But there has been a couple of beautiful days to enjoy the sunshine. For those of us who aren’t planning a vacation this summer, it is especially important to make the most of those perfect days. That’s right. There will be no vacation for me this summer. But there is something I’m beginning to plan for next year. This year I’ll enjoy a relaxing staycation at home. Since I want to save money for a bigger vacation, I’ll make the most of what I already have. Therefore I decided on 3 hammock hacks to savor my relaxation time.

3 Hammock Hacks

These three hacks are quick, easy, and great for any size hammock. First you won’t lose your book or your place in it with a cute book strap hack. Second you make a drink holder to keep your favorite iced beverage close and keep it from spilling. Finally the pillowcase brings it all together while keeping your pillow in place. With these hacks you can just relax and better enjoy your invaluable lounge time.

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The Perfect Recipe for 4th of July Grilling: Shish Kabobs

Hello! I hope your summer is going fantastically! It just seems like it’s flying by. I can’t quite believe that the 4th of July is next week already! But that also means it’s time for entertaining and fireworks. 😀 While my family and I haven’t decided where we will be enjoying fireworks this year, this shish kabob recipe will be great for an outdoor party.

Shish Kabob Recipe

Grilling is one of the best parts of summer entertaining. Your family and friends will enjoy these shish kabobs at your 4th of July party. There’s something delicious and iconic about grilled fresh veggies. Add tender marinated meat, and you’ve got a recipe for summer fun with your family instead of being stuck in the kitchen.

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Last Minute Father’s Day Gift DIY: Fish Family Keychain

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying the glorious sunshine. Do you have any fun plans for this summer? While my family doesn’t have any big trips planned, I’m sure there will be plenty of fun. Hopefully we will get to camp a few weekends this summer, but with moving we will just have to see. Both of my parents have been a great help during the move. Having a retired carpenter in the family helps with everything. My dad has continually gone above and beyond. Father’s Day is just around the corner. While I have already bought him a Father’s Day gift, I wanted to make something for him as well. Since I used shrink plastic for a Mother’s Day gift last year, I wanted to use it for a DIY Father’s Day gift this year. My dad loves to fish so I created this adorable fish family keychain.

Father's Day Fish Family Keychain DIY

This cute little keychain is a fun way to show some family pride. With a sheet of shrink plastic and some bright permanent markers, you can create a personal school of fish for your family. Save memories and signatures in these cute little fish. Dad will love this celebration of his favorite things: family and fishing.

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