Add Rustic Charm to Your Easter Decor: DIY Nest Centerpiece

Happy Spring everyone! It is officially spring, and I can’t wait for the warmer temperatures. But we still have snow in Minnesota. A little snow can’t stop us hearty Minnesotans. If the snow hasn’t melted by Easter, we’ll just have to hunt eggs wrapped in plastic baggies like I remember doing as a child on several occasions. While I have to wait and see what the weather is up to, I can focus on making my Easter table beautiful. This year I wanted to make a centerpiece that was beautiful but didn’t overpower the table. Taking a cue from the birds I made a woven nest centerpiece.

Nest Centerpiece

This whimsical take on an avian home is a fantastic addition to any Easter decor. Transform a wire basket and an old book into this one of a kind celebration of spring. All you need is one weekend and a few basic craft supplies to create this charming DIY.

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2 Make Ahead Salads for Your Easter Table: Napa Cabbage with Ramen Crunch Salad & Broccoli and Bacon Salad

Hello! I hope everyone is having a great day! Although it certainly doesn’t look like it here in Minnesota, spring is around the corner. Not only is spring on it’s way, but Easter will be here before we know it. So Easter menus and plans need to be made as soon as possible. Since winter has seemed far too long this winter, I wanted something fresh. But days get so busy around Easter, so I need something I can make the night before. And of course the easier the better. So I decided to add two salads to my Easter menu: a Napa cabbage salad with ramen crunch and a broccoli and bacon salad.

Two Make Ahead Salads: Napa Cabbage and Broccoli & Bacon

While these are two very different salads, they can both delicious and can be made ahead. The blend of crisp Napa cabbage and crunchy toppings is a delight for Easter. Oh the other hand, there is a blend of crunch and creaminess in the broccoli and bacon salad. The sweetness of raisins adds another yummy layer this salad that your Easter guests will devour.

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Fend off the Snow and Keep Cozy with these Great Winter Products

Good day everyone! I hope your Valentine’s Day was full of love and sweet surprises. While mine was fantastic, the cold and snow of a Minnesota winter is a little discouraging. I can’t head for warmer climates so I need to make the most of it. So I decided to put together a collection of items to help you beat the winter blues.

One of the best ways to keep the blues at bay is to make your home warm and cozy.

Warm Up Your Home - Winter Products 2018
Retro-Fit Stainless Steel Shower Panel, Softie Twin Down Alternative Comforter, Electric Stove Fireplace Heater, Infrared Tower Heater, Charcoal Velour Blanket, Northpoint Deer Print Berber Blanket

Banish the winter chilled with a warm relaxing shower. This stainless steel shower panel delivers a spa feel without a complete bathroom remodel. The retro-fit design using your existing plumbing. So it’s easy to install. You will love the three adjustable shower jets, ergonomic shower-head and a hand-held sprayer. It’s perfect for turning any shower into the ideal place to warm up.

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Reviving a Valentine’s Day classic: DIY Valentine Box

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! It’s difficult to believe that it’s less than a week away! Seeing all the hearts and glitter reminds me of middle school. We always celebrated Valentine’s Day in middle school by decorating our classroom and crafting Valentine boxes. Since every student gave valentines to the entire class, we would need a sizable box. It was a little like Halloween with glitter and hearts instead of skulls and other creepy things. This year I decided to revive and improve my favorite grade school project by making a Valentine Box for our whole family. Now we can fill the box with love, encouragement, and a bit of candy to enjoy together on Valentine’s Day.

Spread a little love and a lot of fun with this easy Valentine’s DIY. Using a simple box, you can create a mailbox for handmade cards and sweet treats. After you’ve celebrated and shared all the sweet sentiments, keep all those precious cards safe in your box to enjoy for years to come. This fun throwback to old school Valentines Day is a project the whole family will enjoy.

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Fall in Love with a Divinely Delicious S’more Sundae

Good chilly morning everyone! Winter weather has been especially cold and unpredictable this year. The only thing for it is to bundle up on the couch with some ice cream… Okay so that does seem strange, but studies have shown that Americans eat more ice cream in winter than in the summer. Perhaps it’s an unusual nostalgia for summer. Well if you are going to be snuggling with your loved ones, why not treat them to a delicious s’more sundae.

Fall in Love with this delicious S'more Sundae

An easy graham cracker ice cream with a gooey brownie make this s’more sundae something to savor. The warm chocolate and the cold sweet ice cream are the perfect combination. Whether you are in love with s’mores or need a divine dessert for Valentine’s day, you will love it.

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Keep Essentials Organized While You Travel with These Packing Hacks

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all ended 2017 with family, friends, and fun. So far 2018 has been great for my family and I. And it’s about to get even better. Very soon I’m be leaving the snowy winter of Minnesota for the much warmer climate of Florida. Yay! I’ve been planning this vacation for nearly a year, and I can’t wait to hop on that airplane. Some of you might also be planning a getaway this winter. So I thought I’d share some of the packing hacks I use to keep organized and prepared for anything.

Organize your luggage with these Packing Hacks

Using things you already have, you can stay organized and prepared for any travel mishaps. These simple hacks will eliminate packing headaches and add a bit of personal flare to your luggage.

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Sped Your Christmas Cash on Something Fun

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas! Leading up to Christmas was absolutely crazy, but Christmas day was wonderfully relaxing. We spent time opening presents, eating well, and enjoying each other’s company. So Christmas was definitely a success! Now back to real life. But I did get some cash this Christmas. Although some of it needs to go to grownup expenses, I still have some left over to treat myself to something nice.

As I was browsing through, I decided to put together a collection of items for your Christmas cash. Because after the craziness of the holidays, we all need to give ourselves a little treat.

For the ladies out there who been going nonstop, here are some great items to make the rest of your winter wonderful.
After Christmas Treats for Women
Landway Women’s White Alpine Jacket, Outerboundry Elevate Women’s Blizzard Jacket, Muck Women’s Black Waterproof Chore Boots, Sterling Silver Snowflake Necklace, Plymouth Mocs Women’s Dark Brown Ankle Tie Slippers

First you are going to love this stylish white jacket from Landway. The breathable polyester shell proves great wind and water resistance for those sloppy winter days. It has a detachable hood and even an interior pocket for your cell phone. Winter can be harsh on you and your valuable electronics.

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The Perfect Dessert for Your Christmas Party: Peppermint Cream with Chocolate Wafers

Merry (almost) Christmas everyone! Less than two weeks until Christmas, are you ready? Now that there is snow on the ground, it feels a lot like Christmas. But I’m still not quite ready. For all those who have their gifts bought and wrapped, hats off to you! My list isn’t quite finished yet. One thing I am ready for is the extended family Christmas party. As you know, I love to give new twists to classic flavors and recipes. So this year for the party, I gave peppermint a different twist by making a peppermint cream dessert with chocolate wafers.

Peppermint Cream Dessert Recipe with Chocolate Wafers

This layered dessert is light and refreshing. The blend of peppermint and chocolate is perfect for the holidays especially after a hearty Christmas feast. Cream softens the peppermint flavor so even those who avoid candy canes will love it. This yummy dessert is destined to become a Christmas favorite at your holiday party.

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2 Naughty & Nice Ornament DIYs to Encourage Your Kids to be Christmas Helpers

Happy holiday greetings everyone! Wasn’t Thanksgiving delicious? I think I’ve finally recovered from a delightful food haze. But there’s barely time to catch my breathe. Christmas will be here before we know it. With each passing day kids are getting more excited for Christmas. I love the enthusiasm, but it can add even more crazy to the holiday season. Santa’s has his helpers and every parent needs their kids to help out around Christmas time. So I decided to take a page from Santa’s playbook and create two kinds of Naughty and Nice Ornaments with some reward and consequence ideas to go with them.

2 Christmas Naughty and Nice Ornament DIYs

These ornaments look great on the tree and encourage kids to make the right choices this holiday season. The inspiration for these DIYs is to reward kids for acts of kindness as well as helping out around the house. But they also recognize when attitudes and actions need some improvement. They are a cute and fun way to have teaching moments even during Christmas time.

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Cheesy Artichoke Dip in a Sourdough Bowl

Happy Thursday everyone! I had to recheck my calendar but it’s true: Thanksgiving is in one week. It seems like November just started. Soon it will be Christmas. Can you believe it? But lets not forget Thanksgiving. This year my family and I will be heading over grandma’s. I’m expecting anywhere from twenty to thirty relatives at Thanksgiving this year. Yeah, it’s a big group when the relatives get together. The dish I’ll be bringing this year is a cheesy artichoke dip.

Cheesy Artichoke Dip in a Sourdough Loaf

It’s so hearty and yummy that it makes a perfect appetizer for the chilling holiday season. Making it in a sourdough loaf not only adds flavor, but also is a great serving dish. You can also make the center into croutons for plenty of bread for dipping. This cheesy, rich, gooey dip is fantastic for any party especially Thanksgiving.

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