Weekend Family Fun: DIY Bubble Wand and Bubble Recipe

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.

Bubble Wand DIY

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.

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Soft and Chewy Homemade Caramels with Crushed Pretzels

Hello! I hope your Mother’s Day was fantastic. My family and I spent the day enjoying some of my mom’s and my favorite treats. It was filled with fun and delicious treats. Fresh from my culinary adventure, I wanted to make something I had never attempted before. First I tried to make taffy, but that did not turn out well. Instead of soft, stretchy taffy, I got rock hard unicorn horns. So I decided on something slightly less ambitious; homemade caramels. At least there’s no pulling hot sugar with this recipe.

Homemade Caramel Recipe with Pretzels

It is surprising how simply this recipe is. With a bit of patience and a lot of stirring, you can make this soft, buttery caramel. Adding the pretzel gives this super sweet candy a bit of salt and crunch. Homemade caramel can be intimidating, but this recipe breaks it down step by step. So you can treat your family and friends with homemade candy.

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Quick and Easy Mother’s Day Wrap Bracelet DIY

Good day all! Hasn’t the weather been just glorious? It’s lovely to get outside for a walk without getting carried away by mosquitoes. I’m looking forward to speeding more time outside with my mom this weekend. That’s right Mother’s Day is this weekend! While I’m not completely unprepared, it would be nice to add a little something extra to my mom’s gift. Checking my craft closet I found some sheets of Shrinky Dinks®* plastic. I’ve loved this stuff ever since I was a kid. So I decided to give this kiddie project some grownup elegance and create a wrap bracelet for my mom.

Mother's Day Wrap Bracelet DIY - Easy, quick, and super cute!

With a bit of ribbon and some jewelry supplies, this wrap bracelet DIY is elegant and easy to make. It’s also a great project to do with your kids which makes it extra special for mom. In an hour or less, you can create a unique bracelet that mom will love to wear.

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A New Take on a Classic Family Dinner: Mom’s Mexican Lasagna

Happy Cinco de Mayo tomorrow everyone! I hope you have the opportunity to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Mexico. Perhaps I’ll be able to sneak in a little siesta. 😀 This week I wanted to make something delicious and easy not just for Cinco de Mayo but for any day. I wasn’t sure what to do so I did what I always do. Called my mom and asked for her opinion. My mom is the best cook I know. I might be biased, but she did have her own catering business. Just saying, seriously delicious family dinners. She is amazing and so generously sharing one of her recipes: Mexican lasagna.

Mom's Mexican Lasagna

This is seriously simple and delicious. Full of cheesy goodness and not spicy for all those true Minnesotans like myself. Using tortillas instead of noodles is brilliant. This recipe is fantastic for dinner, whether it’s Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, or Tuesday.

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Treat Your Mom to Something Special this Mother’s Day

Good morning everyone! Spring has officially sprung, and these April showers are sure to bring out beautiful May flowers. My family and I have been enjoying the weather when we can, but no one likes to be soggy and cold. At least everything is turning a lovely shade of green. It’s easy to get caught up in the joys of Spring, but don’t forget Mother’s Day is just over two weeks away!

There’s still time to order something special for your mom this Mother’s day. Or to give your man a little nudge in the right gift giving direction. This week I have put together an assortment of gift ideas for relaxing, cooking, and enjoying the backyard. All of these great gifts are available at Heartland America while supplies last.

Mothers do so much for their family and friends; they deserved to be pampered with any of these gifts.
Mother's Day Gifts to pamper your mom.
Liteaid Anytime Jacuzzi Jet, St. John’s Medical Foot Spa, Tonusa Stainless Steel Shower Panel, Queen Size Sherpa Blanket, Standard Memory Foam Pillows

There’s nothing like unwinding in a Jacuzzi. With the Anytime Jacuzzi Jet, you can turn any tub into a relaxing oasis. It sticks to the side of the tub and easily removes so you can take it anywhere. The adjustable jets gives you just the right kind of jet where you need it most.

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Turning Original Butterscotch Brownies into Espresso Chocolate Chip Blondies

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic day so far. The Easter holiday with my family was wonderful, but I’m glad to get back to normal. Of course normal means I don’t really have a theme for my bakes. So I headed to my great grandmother’s recipe box again for something delicious. She had two recipes for butterscotch brownies that were exactly the same, but by two different people. If school taught me anything it’s that when the teacher repeats something it is important, and probably on a test. I decided to do a little test of my own by turning the original recipe into something even better. With a bit of experimenting, I created a recipe for espresso chocolate chip blondies.

Espresso Chocolate Chip Blondie Recipe

Experimenting with food and flavors is always fun. This time I’ll share great grandmother’s original butterscotch brownies and my espresso chocolate chip blondies. They both turned out deliciously. So why not try them both and decide which is the best butterscotch brownie recipe?

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Easy Easter Door Hanger: Repurposed Frame Collage DIY

Good day to you all! Are you looking forward to Easter? I certainly am. The whole weekend is jam packed with all sorts of things to do. Parks and churches across the city are hosting Easter egg hunts. Baskets and jelly beans are flying off the shelves. While I was putting the finishing touches on my Easter preparations, I remembered I don’t have anything festive for my door. So I decided to make a door hanger that I easily can change for every season.

Repurposed Frame Collage Door Hanger

With a few frames from the thrift store, this door hanger can be changed for each holiday. I have also created an adorable mini Easter banner printout  to share with you. It is entirely up to you how you wish make this versatile project your own.

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Get a Hop on Easter with this Easter Egg Carrot Cake Recipe

Good morning all! Can you believe Easter is only two weeks away? The entire weekend is going to be chalk full of activities and family time. I have such fund memories of Easter growing up. The whole family would get together at my grandmother’s house at church. First we’d have an Easter egg hunt, then Sunday lunch, and finally a jelly bean hunt before sitting down to visit and play games. As you can imagine, Easter usually lasts all day for our family. So this year I thought I would bring a fun dessert for everyone to enjoy. After looking through my great grandmother’s recipe box, I found a yummy recipe for carrot cake. To make it a special treat I made an Easter egg shaped carrot cake.

Easter Egg Carrot Cake Recipe

This egg shaped cake is actually easy to make and only uses one batch of carrot cake batter. The allspice instead of nutmeg is a nice change and doesn’t overwhelm the cake. Your family will adore and devour this delicious carrot cake this Easter.

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Get New Gear for Spring so You and Your Family can Enjoy the Outdoors

Hello everyone! And hello spring! I feel like I talk about the weather all the time. But in Minnesota the weather is always unpredictable and a topic of discussion. Thankfully this week is going to be perfect for enjoying time outside with family. It’s so nice to actually enjoy the outdoors without having to worry about freezing to death. Before walks, water sports, and camping, I need to replace some items that wore out last year. To get the gear I need this spring, I first checked out Heartland America. Right now they have a variety of products to make the most of the coming spring and summer months. So I wanted to share with you a few of the things I found that will help you stock up for spring.

Get your guy ready to tackle outdoor work and play with great spring gear.

Get your guy ready to tackle outdoor work and play with great spring gear.
Del Mar® Nautical Dive Watch, 3 Pack Landway Polo Shirts, 3 Pack Gray Earth Cargo Shorts, Rimrock Grey Sport Sandals

Don’t lose track of time outside with this nautical dive watch from Del Mar®. This sturdy and handsome watch is made to last with a screw down crown and mineral glass lens. It also features luminous hands so he can check the time even when the sun goes down.

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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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