Celebrate National Puppy Day: Create a Puppy Welcoming Basket and a Dog Toy

Hello and happy National Puppy Day everyone! There is nothing like bringing home a bundle of furry joy. While I don’t have a puppy at the moment, my brother has an adorable dog that he adopted from the local animal shelter. He is such a sweet pup and fills everyone he meets with love and joy. If you are thinking about getting a pet for your family, I personally recommend going to your local shelter. There are lots of wonderful animal who need caring forever homes. I have gotten pets from there, and they have added so much to my life. Since it’s National Puppy Day, I thought it be a great idea to create a basket of goodies to welcome my doggy nephew and make a dog toy for him while I’m at it.

Puppy Welcoming Basket & Dog Toy DIY

This basket is a blast to put together for new puppy parents. The rope toy is great for playing fetch in the park or chewing on while they relax. This dog toy is also easy and cheap to make. Creating a special gift for someone’s new fur baby will let them know that they are loved.

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Cereal Treat Clover for St. Patrick’s Day

Good day everyone! I hope you are still soldiering on well through this crazy winter. The dip back down well below freezing is quite unwelcome. But I suppose it is just March and could be a whole lot worse. One thing to be excited about in March is St. Patrick’s Day, which is tomorrow! To celebrate St. Paddy’s Day on such short notice, I created this delicious cereal treat in the shape of a clover.

St Patricks Day Cereal Treat Clover

This festive dessert is quick and easy to make. With just a few ingredients and some cookie cutters you can make this delightful cereal treat. It was the talk of our party and I’m certain your guests will love it too.

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Ideas to Equip You and Your Yard for Spring Cleaning

Hello everyone! I hope the weather where you are has been enjoyable, at least some of the time. Our weather in Minnesota is persists in being unpredictable. But that’s how it usually is. It is nice springy one day, and then it’s frosty winter the next. I’m already tempted to start cleaning, but with snow in the forecast I’ll just have to start preparing. This week I have some ideas of what you will need for your spring cleaning.

No matter the work need outdoors, here are some great tools to get the job done.
Spring Cleaning 2017 - Cleaning the Outdoors
Sun Joe Electric Leaf Blower, Sun Joe Shredder Joe Leaf Mulcher/Shredder, Sun Joe 17″ Electric Mower, Maxam Heavy-Duty TarpTornado Tools Gas 20″ Chainsaw

Clean up your patio, driveway, and garage floor with a Sun Joe electric leaf blower. With two speed that produce up to 215 mph wind speed, you can blast through those dead leaves and debris that you missed in the fall.

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Repurpose a Children’s Book into a Whimsical Picture Mat

Good day everyone! Thank you for stopping by the blog today. I hope you are taking sometime to read a good book and celebrate Read Across America Day. I am an avid reader myself. So I will have my nose in a good book as soon as possible. Then I will probably stay up till 3am to finish said book because that’s just the way I am. 😀 The The first author to encourage me to read, along with so many others, was the wonderful and whimsical Dr. Seuss. Today is also his birthday. So in honor of both reading and Seuss, I’ve decided to repurpose a children’s book into an adorable picture mat.

Repurposed Children's Book Picture Mat

Of course I had to use a book of Dr. Seuss. The illustrations are perfect for embellishing a picture mat. Not to mention that they are just so fun and colorful, perfect for a kid’s bedroom or playroom. With a used copy of Dr. Seuss and a thrifted picture frame and mat, you can create a whimsical place to showcase a family memory.

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Delicious One Pot Meal: Bacon and Potato Chowder

Hello, hasn’t the winter been weird in a wonderful way? Here in Minnesota we have been loving the 50 and 60 degree weather. But winter is determined to make a comeback. So while we savor every last bit of beautiful weather, I want to be prepared to keep warm and cozy. Soup is always wonderful for warming people up on chilly days. I flipped through my recipe box and found a chowder recipe. With a little adapting, I made a delicious bacon and potato chowder.

One Pot Bacon and Potato Chowder Recipe

With delicious bacon, fresh veggies, and potatoes. this thick, hearty chowder is perfect for frosty evenings. Cooking it all in one pot blends all the wonderful flavors and keeps cleaning down to a minimum. Incidentally it’s also gluten free because it uses the potatoes to thicken the soup instead of flour. Which is an awesome bonus for keeping your family warm and well fed.

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Vintage Book Planner with Free Printable Planner Pages – Repurposed DIY

Good day all! How was your Valentine’s Day? Mine was excellent and so very fun. I love spending time with my family. Now that Valentine’s is over it feels like things will get back to normal again…at least until Easter. I had wanted to share this DIY project with you back in January, but it wasn’t meant to be. With life returning to it’s usual level of busyness, this repurposed vintage book planner keeps things organized fabulously.

Repurposed Vintage Book Planner with Free Printable Planner Pages

I love that this repurposed project is completely customizable. You can make a one of a kind creation with a thrifted book, scrapbooking supplies and your imagination. Also I have designed some pages you can print out to fill your planner and keep your schedule organized year after year.

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A Sweet Recipe Full of Love: Cinnamon Twist Pastry Hearts

Good morning everyone! Just under a week till Valentine’s Day! I know lots of you already have your dinner reservation. And if you haven’t, I hope you have a plan B. Otherwise I highly recommend planning a lovely night in, which is what my family and I do every year. It’s less of a headache for everyone. This year I wanted to bake a special treat for everyone. Not everyone loves chocolate as much as I do, but we all love cinnamon rolls and cinnamon roll inspired treats. To keep with the Valentine’s Day theme, I created these delicious cinnamon twist pastry hearts.

Cinnamon Twist Pastry Hearts Recipe - So sweet and yummy!

These pastry hearts might look complicated, but with pre-made pastry sheets these tasty treats are easy to whip up. The rich cinnamon and brown sugar swirled throughout is so delicious. If you take it a step further and create the pink cream cheese frosting it’s like eating the middle of a cinnamon roll, which is the best part. 😀

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Spread the Love with a Repurposed Message Board DIY

Happy Groundhog Day everyone! It’s odd that we rely on a giant rodent for the impending forecast, but it is a cute tradition. Whether we have six more weeks of winter or not, at least we have Valentine’s Day coming up to warm our hearts. As a child I remember making Valentine’s mailboxes in class. They were so fun to make and everyone exchanged Valentine’s cards. So there’d always be a big haul of cards and candy to enjoy. I don’t get all the cards and candy I used too, which is good for my waist line. But I do get even more love from my family. So I wanted to create a message board to show off all the love in our home.

Valentine's Day Repurposed Message Board DIY

This repurposing project turns a baking tin into this lovely message board. Chalkboard paint lets you leave sweet little messages for that someone special. Not to mention that you can display all the thoughtful cards and valentines from the most important people in your life. With a little money and effort, you can create your own repurposed message board and spread the love this Valentine’s Day.

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Gift Ideas for Everyone this Valentine’s Day

Happy Thursday everyone! It is the end of January, which means spring is coming! Here in Minnesota snow, ice, and winter in general gets old very fast. But there are still a couple months before spring. In the meantime, Valentine’s Day is coming up fast.

Valentine’s Day is just under three weeks away. This is the perfect time to order gifts for all your loved ones. This week I have compiled great gift ideas from Heartland America for all the wonderful people in your life.

For mothers, sisters, best friends, or if you need to drop him a hint here are some great jewelry ideas.

Because jewelry always makes someone feel extra special, especially if received from a loved one.

Perfect Valentine's jewelry ideas to show that special lady in your life just how much you care.
Circular Sterling Silver and Diamond Contemporary Necklace, Circular Sterling Silver and Diamond Contemporary Earrings, Sterling Silver Floating Heart Necklace, White Gold and Cultured Pearl Necklace with Diamonds, Sterling Silver Heart and Pearl Earrings and Necklace Set

If you aren’t sure which style to choose, the clean, contemporary style of the circular sterling silver necklace is just right. The understated elegance of this necklace goes with any outfit for the office to a romantic dinner. Matching earring are also available. So you make it a brilliant set that any woman would enjoy.

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Overnight Oatmeal Cookies with Molasses and Lemon

Hello everyone! We are more than halfway through January. Isn’t that crazy?! New Year’s Eve seems like it was just last week and also months ago. How are you doing on your New Year’s resolution? My resolutions have been a mixture of successes and fails, but I’m still going which is the most important thing. One of the things I’ve been craving is cookies. There is nothing quite like having a warm cookie with a hot cup of tea on a snowy January day. I decided to having a small cookie was better than being so fixated on cookies that I end up eating my way out of a bag of Oreos. My great grandmother’s recipe box came to my aid with a delicious recipe for overnight oatmeal cookies.

This recipe does require chilling the dough overnight, but the promise of warm oatmeal cookies is more than enough. Both molasses and lemon zest go into these yummy little cookies giving these traditional cookies an unconventional twist. You’ll love nibbling on these oatmeal cookies with a nice hot cup of tea some cold winter day.

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