Monster Trick or Treat Bag DIY for a Kid Friendly Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner. I hope your family’s costumes are ready for trick or treating. I was thinking of a cute way for kids to collect candy. Many people use those plastic pumpkins, but those are just asking to be spilled all over the road. I want to avoid the tears and candy carnage; so I decided to make a better treat bag.¬†Your kids will love feeding candy to this friendly monster treat bag, and it is perfect for keeping candy safely inside.

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This treat bag is cheap, easy, and quick to make. You can even involve the kids in making this little cutie. But I recommend you apply the hot glue for obvious reasons. ūüôā This also makes a¬†great kids project for a Halloween party.

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Make Halloween Classy with this Mini Top Hat DIY

Happy October everyone! I am thoroughly enjoying sipping some hot tea while looking at the beautiful fall leaves outside my window. It may seem early in October, but¬†I’m starting to get ready for Halloween. I really want to get a head start this year; so I can enjoy time with my family. Costumes may be the most time consuming of my Halloween preparations.¬†I’m not into scary or creepy stuff, but I do love my tea as much as any Victorian. So I decided to embrace my inner Mad Hatter and create an adorable mini top hat as part of my costume this year.

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One of the many things that I love about this mini top hat is that it doesn’t take much fabric or trim to make. It turned out so well. So I just had to share it with you. Because who doesn’t need a mini top hat this Halloween? ūüėÄ

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Cookies ‘N Cream Funnel Cake: a Delicious State Fair Treat

One of the best¬†things about¬†the end of summer here¬†is the Minnesota State Fair. Otherwise known as the “Great Minnesota Get Together”. Through the twelve days of the fair, there are animals, concerts, activities, and lots of food. You can pretty much find anything on a stick and many things deep fried. Most Minnesotans eat their¬†way through the fair walking it off as they go. I must confess I am one of these people. French fries, cheese curds, and all you can drink milk for $2 are always on my list of what to eat. Also on my food list are deep fried Oreos¬ģ and funnel cake. So yummy!

I wanted to be able to enjoy and share a¬†sweet, fair treat throughout the year. So I decided to not only make these desserts but combine them into a decadent dessert. This recipe for Cookies ‘N Cream Funnel Cake is a sweet tribute to delicious¬†the¬†State Fair food.

Cookies 'N Cream Funnel Cake

These are actually easy and quick to make. Depending on how big you like your funnel cakes, this recipe will make a enough for at least 4 people and easily 6 people. The crushed chocolate cookies in this funnel cake adds yummy, rich flavor.

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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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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, it’s important to remember the true meaning of this important American holiday.

Starting as Decoration Day after the Civil War, it 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. ūüôā

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Road Trip Essentials for Traveling with Kids

Summer’s nearly here, and that means it’s time to plan for…road trips! I have many fond memories of road trips, mostly heading up to the north shore of Minnesota on Lake Superior. This is a nice three hour road trip, but my family has also made the big road trips to places like Yellowstone National Park and Orlando, Florida. Those trips involve at least a couple of days when you have kids in tow.

Family road trips can be wonderful, but also quite challenging with kids. But planning ahead and being prepared can make all the difference to make your travel time as smooth as possible. I want to share with you some of my tips and tricks for surviving the long car ride together.

Road Trip Essentials for traveling with Kids

Long or short road trips can be tough on kids, but these easy and inexpensive tips can make the time pass as smoothly as possible.

First things first, make the car as comfortable as you can.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Home with Heartland

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Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are spending today surrounded by family and friends enjoying this wonderful holiday.

I would like to take a moment to share some of the things that we are thankful for here at Heartland America. I asked my co-workers and here are some of their responses:

“I’m thankful for my beautiful children and grandchildren. Also for all of the dogs and horses on this planet. They make life worth living.”

“I am thankful for having a job and waking up every morning to a wonderful family.”

“Everyday is a gift. I’m thankful for friends and family and the time I got to spend on this earth with my parents who are now in heaven.”

“I am thankful for my job.”

“I am thankful that we still have our freedoms and live in America where we can still say “God bless you” and raise our children according to our beliefs.”

“I am thankful for my amazing wife and beautiful 8 month old healthy baby girl celebrating her 1st Thanksgiving.”

“I am very thankful I still have my mom and family. I am thankful I get to meet my fiance’s brother and family that is coming up for Thanksgiving since their mom passed away few years ago and see family all reunited.

Ps. I am also thankful that¬†everyone can get together as a family and celebrate good memories and time together.”

I want to thank everyone who contributed!

What I am thankful for? I have so many blessings to to grateful for this Thanksgiving: my wonderful family, my awesome friends, my sweet kitty, and the amazing job that lets me bring this blog to you.

I also want to thank you, our readers and customers. You make what we do possible. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

All of us here¬†at Heartland America wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving and safe travels whether it’s across the country or across the street.

Please let me know what you are thankful for by leaving a comment. Remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.

Give Thanks for Great Family Games with Printable Thanksgiving Crossword Puzzle

So you have your table decoration plan, the dinner all set, and the rest of the house ready for Thanksgiving. The feast is all planned out, but what about after? Granted the turkey induced coma will keep your guests occupied for a while but if your family is anything like mine, Thanksgiving is an all day affair with leftovers offered later because there is always a mountain of food after the Holiday feast.

So instead of sitting around chatting in little groups, why not bring everyone together for some family fun?

Give Thanks for Great Family Game - with Printable Crossword

Here are a few games that can be enjoyed by the whole family throughout Thanksgiving Day.

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Frightfully Fun Family Games for After Dark

Halloween is coming up fast, and you know what that means. It’s time for costumes, trick or treating, and sweet sugar highs. Here are some great games¬†to conquer the sugar rush.

Frightfully Fun Family Games for After Dark

First after dark game idea is the game of Sardines.

It is played in complete and utter darkness. It can be played outside, but I prefer playing it inside. Playing inside seems a bit more scary and far more controlled. Usually it is played with a medium to large group of people. I would recommend ages of preteen on up because younger children might panic in the dark. Make sure your house is clean and anything really valuable is put away because accidents are prone to happen in the dark.

Close all the blinds and turn off all the lights in the house. You can even cover over backlit clocks and such to eliminate as much light as possible. Set clear room boundaries: for example you can keep it all on one level or designate certain rooms as off limits.

Then choose one person to go off and hide while the rest of the party waits in a small room or even outside the front door for 1-3 minutes. The person hiding must find a spot and STAY THERE and be as quiet as possible!

After the time is up, everyone starts looking for the person that is hiding. Remember to go slowly and give your eyes time to adjust because nothing ruins a great game faster than someone getting hurt. The seeking¬†party can talk or in my case giggle uncontrollably and nervously. Whoever finds the person hiding¬†must hide with them until everyone finds them. This usually ends up with everyone crammed in the same spot like…Sardines. ūüėÄ Read more