Hi all! I swear it says September 21 on the calendar, but the nearly ninety degrees here in Minnesota is not the chilly, cozy fall atmosphere it should be. While the temperatures have been disappointing for my favorite season, it’s not going to stop me from getting in the fall spirit. With kids in school, I know they are looking forward to their favorite autumn holiday: Halloween! While costumes are still in the planning stages, I wanted to get a head start on treat bags. It has to be sturdy to hold all that candy and last year I made a super cute monster treat bag. But this year I wanted to make a bag that would be great for everyday not just Halloween. So this DIY uses a technique called needle felting to make a comic bubble bag which is adorable and durable.
This tote is not only good for kids, but for chic geek adults too. Needle felting merges the fabric together giving you a strong bond without iron on adhesive or other glues. Customize the colors to fit with your style or stay true to the bright and bold pop art style. Create your own and show everyone your fun, geeky side.
Happy fall everyone! I hope you are settling into your school routine. Now that it is finally cooling off, my family and I love getting outside and enjoying the changing seasons. Soon it will be time to play in leaf piles and sip hot apple cider. Until then I have put together ideas to get you in a cozy state of mind. I also have some great products to help you stay on top of your backyard cleanup.
First bundle up your man in these great fall fashions.
Get him a lightweight puffer jacket that will keep him nice and warm. These jackets from Hawke & Co. are exceptionally resistant to the wind and cold. They come in three classic colors and even packs into it’s own pocket making it a fantastic jacket for all kinds of adventures.
Fall is on it’s way! And so is the new school year. I just love the feel of new school supplies. When I was young, I would prepare everything for the new year right after the shopping trip. This was usually several weeks in advance. Such fun memories. Soon it will be time for routines, No. 2 pencils, and lunch boxes. In the back to school spirit, I decided to turn the classic PB&J sandwich into peanut butter waffles with jelly and whipped cream. As a bonus I decided to include a DIY this week that makes birthdays and other celebrations even more special.
The peanut butter waffles are fantastic with jelly, jam, or maple syrup. It’s a fun twist on the school staple that is even great for lunch. This waffle recipe is easy, fun, filling, and not too sweet. The bonus tablecloth DIY can be made in an afternoon and can carry birthday memories throughout the years.
Hello everyone! How has your summer been so far? Are you ready for school to start? Yeah, me neither. We are trying to get every last ounce of fun out of summer while we still can. And making s’mores is one of the best ways to savor summer. But between thunderstorms, bugs, and no place for a fire pit, I created a portable s’mores maker (or a mini fire pit) that can go indoors and out.
Using lava rock and canned heat, you can make this tabletop s’mores maker. The lava rock keeps the container from heating up and is lightweight. So you can take it anywhere. The canned heat is easy to use and replace. And there’s no sparks or ash to worry about. The s’mores maker is perfect for indoors, tiny decks, or even taking on a picnic.
Hello, isn’t summer just flying by. I can’t believe it’s already the end of July. But there is still plenty of fun and sunshine. Our extended family has decided to get together once a month throughout the summer for dinner and a bonfire. It’s great to stay in touch over the busy summer months and enjoy each other’s company. Everyone brings something to share. So I decided to raid the recipe box again. I found a simple recipe for a delicious jam cake.
This cake is light and moist with a tremendous amount of flavor. It has received rave reviews from family and friends. So I know yours will love it too. You can even try changing it up with different flavors of jam. It’s the perfect refreshing cake for summer get togethers.
It might look like summer has reached the halfway point, but there are still plenty of hot days to enjoy. Here in the land of 20,000 lakes we can’t get enough of the water, whether it’s swimming, boating, or just walking by the shore. I’m fortunate enough to live a few blocks from a beautiful lake. I love to walk by the lake and dip my feet in if I can. Minnesotans love to get outdoors and soak up all the summer fun while we can.
To get the most out of summer you will need some good shoes and sandals. Not to mention products for summer nights as well. I put together an assortment of summer footwear and evening fun from Heartland America. When you find something you like get it while you can. Supplies are limited so the faster you order the better. 🙂
Splash into summer fun with these stylish sandals.
Spending time outdoors demands quality, stylish sandals. The strap sandals from Realtree are built for comfort and durability. The bright blue goes well with jeans and the subtle branch camouflage pattern gives them outdoor style.
Happy (nearly) 4th of July! This year it’s a little odd that the 4th is on a Tuesday. But it certainly doesn’t damper Independence Day activities; it just makes the fun last longer. 😀 I’m looking forward to the fun, food, and fireworks. There are some fantastic fireworks displays around Minnesota. The ones on and around the lakes are especially beautiful. There’s nothing quite like picnicking with your family and having a great time while waiting for the fireworks to start. As we head out to the festivities this year, I wanted to add a patriotic flair to my outfit. I love scarves, but the middle of summer is not the time to add something warm around your neck. So I created a light infinity scarf with jersey knit fabric that looks adorable. It turned out so well I wanted you to be able to make your own Independence Day accessory too.
Since this light knit fabric is prevalent in most summer fashion, it makes a perfect scarf during the already hot days. The only sewing on this scarf is to attach the adorable buttons. In one afternoon, you can create your own fun infinity scarf for your Independence Day celebrations.
Hello there! Summer is definitely here according to the weather if not the calendar. I have turned on the air conditioning in my home while the oven is only used when absolutely necessary. With Father’s Day coming up, it’s going to be necessary. But who wants to bake in ninety degree weather? Not me. So this year I want to keep the baking quick not to mention easy. In my vintage recipe box, I found a recipe for peach pie. My dad loves peaches, and the recipe was really easy. So it is perfect for Father’s Day.
Using premade pie crust and frozen peaches makes this pie a snap to make. The rich cream and cinnamon filling is delicious and versatile. Just switch out the peach for apples, pears, or whatever fruit you want for a delicious pie in no time.
Hello there! How are you? I’m doing well. Memorial Day was a great time to relax and enjoy the day. Now summer is officially right around the corner. The next holiday that is just around the corner is Father’s Day. With a little over two weeks until Father’s Day, right now is a great time to order gifts online to make sure they get there in time. Then the only problem is deciding what to get the fathers on your list.
This week I’ve got some great ideas for Father’s Day gifts to give those wonderful men in your life. Whether they are a golfer, car enthusiast, or geek, you are sure to find something each of them will love. All of these items are available at HeartlandAmerica.com right now. So find the perfect gift and place your order before it’s gone.
First are some great gifts for the fathers who love to unwind at the golf course.
Hello! Are you looking forward to this Memorial Day weekend as much as I am? Hopefully your family can enjoy this three day weekend together. Also remember to spend some time honoring the brave men and women who have sacrifice so much for us. If the weather cooperates, I suggest taking a picnic basket and enjoying the outdoors. While you are soaking up the sun, keep your kids entertained with bubbles. This week I created a bubble wand and some bubble solution you can enjoy with your family.
Using a dowel rod and some cotton yarn, you can create a wand for making lots of bubbles. The single handed design makes it easy to walk around and create bubbles. Creating a web of loops in your bubble wand makes it easier to create bubbles. Which makes this project great to do with your kids. And they will have a blaster making bubbles with their own bubble wand.