Beach Towel Bag DIY – Repurposed Summer Fun

Only in Minnesota do you get weather that is a frozen tundra or a hot sauna in one year. This week we are experiencing ninety degree and above temperatures. That is much too hot for my family; so we will be in the air conditioning or at the beach. This is the land of 10,000 lakes and refreshing fun in the sun is never very far away, thankfully. But that does mean packing up all the summer essentials, but I didn’t have a beach bag…yet.

Beach Towel Bag Repurposing DIY

Most using things I already had around my house, I was able to make a great beach bag quickly, easily, and cheaply. I made a large bag so it will carry everything I need for a day at the beach. I even added pockets to keep everything neat and organized.

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Great Products to Get the Most Out of Your Summer

I hope you have had a great summer so far. It’s hard to believe that we are nearly halfway through summer vacation. But thankful there is still plenty of summer left to enjoy. I’ve been enjoying time outside and time with my family, and I’m always on the lookout for new things that will help my summer go even better. I decided to look through what Heartland America has to offer and I wanted to share some of the great products that I found with you.

Keep enjoying your summer with some great shoes for all your warm weather fun.

Summer Fun - Outdoor Style
Earth Origins Tessa Women’s Sandals, Rimrock Men’s Sport Sandals, P.W. Minor Women’s Sofia Strap Shoes, Stacy Adams TAZ Men’s Navy Suede Wingtips

Earth Origins Tessa sandals are sure to be your favorite summer sandals. The white dual leather straps are adorable and adjustable with metal accents, and the cushioned insoles offer comfort and support for summer fun.

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Lemon Cookies with Lemon Icing: a perfect summer treat!

The sun is shining and the weather has been steadily heating up so far this summer. I wish we had a pool but thankfully in Minnesota a beautiful lake is usually not too far away. I’m looking forward to sitting on the beach or in the backyard enjoying a cool glass of lemonade. It doesn’t get much more summery than that. Until I get a relaxing afternoon outside, I really want to make something sweet, lemony, and delicious. In my vintage recipe box I found a great recipe for lemon cookies.

Lemon Cookies with Lemon Icing

With help from my sweet mom, I was able to whip up some lemon icing as well, and they turned out so yummy. I brought them to a picnic and everyone happily ate them up. These lemon cookies are very easy and quick to make, which is great of busy summers.

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4th of July Twinkle Light Mini Shades DIY

Hello everyone! Are you ready for the 4th of July? I am nearly ready: just a couple of things left to finish up. I’m looking forward to the parades, fireworks, food, and patriotic fun with my family. Have you been enjoying the red, white, and blue soda floats from last week? I have soda and ice cream stocked in my fridge for the fourth. But as I was looking around my home, I discovered it needed a bit of American flair. I really enjoy twinkle lights and have them throughout my home. I decided to make mini shades for them and they turned out adorably!

Pin - Twinkle Light Mini Shades

I love them and I am planning to make more to go with my everyday decor. They are really easy and cheap to make for any decor or celebration.

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4th of July – Red, White, and Blue Soda Floats

How is your summer so far? With kids home from school, I’m looking forward to the next holiday on the calendar. Can you believe that the 4th of July is less than two weeks away? I know right?! It seems like May was just yesterday, but I must say I am looking forward to the 4th of July. With parades and fireworks, it’s going to be a busy day.

Treats are not only necessary, but my family really looks forward to them. Since it’s highly likely that my family and I will be out in the park for most of the day, I wanted to make a quick, cool treat that we could take with us. Root beer floats are always a fun treat, but I decided on creating a new twist by making red, white, and blue Soda Floats.

4th of July Soda Floats

These soda floats are fun, festive, and seriously yummy. If you have a cooler, you make these right at your 4th of July picnic.

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Thrift Store Makeover – Chic Picnic Basket DIY

Not only is Father’s Day this Sunday, but International Picnic Day is this Saturday! So why not celebrate them both with a fun picnic for Father’s Day. Ok so a Father’s Day Picnic, great idea right? Just one small problem…I don’t have a picnic basket. I don’t want one of those tiny baskets either because it doesn’t leave room for a blanket or more than two beverages. So I do what I usually do, head to the thrift store to find one. While I didn’t find a picnic basket, I found what I need to make a picnic basket just the way I want.

Chic Picnic Basket DIY

Just by using a bit of spray paint and some belts you can turn a bland but nice sized basket into a charming addition to any picnic.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Beyond the Necktie

I can’t believe that Father’s Day is less than two weeks away! Sometimes it is difficult to decide what to buy for my dad because he has so many skills and hobbies. I get my creativity from both my parents, but I think the urge to “just go for it and make things happen” comes from my dad. 🙂

With so many hobbies and pastimes to choose from, I made some inspiration boards from items offered by Heartland America. There is so much to choose from that finding the perfect gift for Father’s Day will be easy.

By using these boards, I hope you can find great gifts to celebrate the dad’s in your life this Father’s Day as well.

Here are some Father’s Day gift ideas for those dads who love playing in the great outdoors.

Father's Day Gift Ideas - Outdoors Fun
Stansport Privacy Shelter, TrekHD Underwater HD Camcorder, Coleman 1080p HD Sports Action Camera Kit, Maxam Tarp, Cobra 23 Mile Gmrs Radios, Hailey’s Optics 12-100x70mm Binoculars

Perfect for privacy when your family is camping or a place to change at the beach, the Stansport Privacy Shelter is wind and rain resistant and sets up in just minutes.

The TrekHD Camcorder is not only great at capturing outdoor memories but it’s waterproof so he can record the fun not only on the water but in the water as well.

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Buttermilk Biscuits with 3 Flavored Butters

It’s June and to me that means summer has really begun. If it has not already started, it will very soon be summer vacation for kids. This means outdoor barbecues, trips to the beach, and camping, each I’m really looking forward to this year.

With Father’s Day just a few weeks away, barbecues are getting fired up and I wondered what would be perfect with steaks and sweet corn. Checking my vintage recipe drawer, I found a recipe for flaky buttermilk biscuits. I whipped up a batch, and I know they will be very popular at any barbecue. the 3 flavored butters I whipped up as well go perfectly with these delicious biscuits.

These are really easy to make. The recipe makes about 2 dozen biscuits so you will have enough for backyard parties. They also keep well in a resealable container. Make up a batch and watch them disappear during supper.

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Enjoy Memorial Day with a Scavenger Hunt

It feels like summer has already arrived here in Minnesota, but the unofficial start of summer is this weekend, Memorial Day! While I can’t wait to enjoy the day off with my family, I know it’s important to remember the true meaning of this important American holiday.

What started as Decoration Day after the Civil War didn’t become Memorial Day officially until after World War II to honor all the fallen men and women of America’s Armed Forces. In cemeteries all across the nation, graves will be decorated with flowers and flags to honor those who gave everything to protect the freedom we all enjoy. Flags will also fly at half-staff to remember the sacrifice of those brave soldiers and raised at noon to remind us all that it’s up to us to make sure that their sacrifice wasn’t for nothing.

While this is a sobering holiday, it’s also important to enjoy the freedom that American soldiers have been protecting for over 230 years. Awesome parades and family fun will be happening all over America.  Even if you don’t have a big parade near you, it’s always great to get outside with your family. Have a picnic, play some games, and enjoy the day off.

If you need an idea for a fun Memorial Day activity to do with your family, why not have a scavenger hunt?

I have two scavenger hunt options for you. 🙂

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Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

So have you made plans for a summer road trip yet? Plans have been popping up in my mind, but nothing is on the calendar yet. To prepare for impending summer trips, I’ve been thinking of possible homemade treats to take along. The bacon snack mix that I made a while back is a great salty snack for road trips. But I also like something sweet to munch on as well, like cookies.

I turned to my trusty and slightly rusty recipe box for an easy and sweetly delicious snack for the road. I found a recipe for brown sugar oatmeal cookies.

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

Okay actually they are called “Aggression Cookies”, which sounds like they would be difficult to make. But these cookies are really easy to make. This recipe does require kneading so the cookie dough is good to vent any aggression on.

Brown sugar oatmeal cookies is a more suitable name for these yummy treats. You can also add chocolate chips to these cookies which makes them even better in my opinion. For me chocolate makes almost everything better. These cookies are really easy to make and will be gratefully devoured by your family.

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