Stay Cozy and Arm Knit this Polar Fleece Scarf

Oh boy, it’s cold outside! There have been subzero temperatures and snowstorms here in Minnesota. I’m constantly having to bundle up to venture out to get necessities like milk and coffee. I would rather stay inside and make things: particularly on those blizzardy days. For the DIY this week, I decided to make something soft that’s also great for braving the chilly outdoors. This polar fleece scarf is arm knit to create big, fluffy loops of coziness.

Arm Knit Polar Fleece Scarf DIY

Arm knitting is really easy to do and creates a quick, chunky scarf. The “yarn” is made out of polar fleece which won’t fray or pill. The polar fleece makes a super soft scarf to keep you warm and cozy this winter.

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Keep Your Healthy Resolutions on Track with these Great Products

Happy New Year everyone! A brand new year is just beginning, and I hope to make the most of it. What resolutions have you made to start this year off right? The ones I’m hoping to maintain this year are probably similar to the ones you’ve made: get organized, live better, and get active. Thankfully Heartland America has a bunch of products to help us all keep our healthy resolutions. I’ve put together a few collections of items that will make those New Year’s resolutions easier to keep the whole year through.

Let’s start with getting in shape.

Gym’s can be expensive and intimidating, especially if you are not in the best shape. Heartland America has a great selection of exercise equipment so you can get in shape in the comfort of your own home.

Cardio Trainer Mini Trampoline, Standard Bench with 80 Lb. Weight Set, Cardio Mini-Cycle, Fan Stationary Bike

Both you and your kids will love having this Cardio Trainer Mini Trampoline. After months of being cooped up inside it’s wonderful to jump around with a fun aerobic workout. This mini trampoline comes stabilizing bar, durable construction, and folds up for compact and easy storage.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Popping Mini Lemon Cupcakes

Welcome back! I hope you had a fantastic holiday weekend with your family and friends. My family had a great Christmas. Guess what I got for Christmas…a new mixer! It looks beautiful, works beautifully, and is now proudly displayed on my kitchen counter. The new mixer has already come in handy with making dessert for New Year’s Eve. As the holiday bustle is still calming down, I decided to make something easy, mini lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting.

Since Christmas is filled with chocolate and gingerbread, I wanted something light and fresh for a New Year’s Eve party. Adding some cracking candy gives these delicious mini desserts even more pop! It makes a great dessert for your New Year’s bash.

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Soft & Crackly Ginger Cookies

Christmas is this Sunday…eeek! I didn’t think Christmas would sneak up on me this year, but it has especially when it comes to baking. I’ve barely baked any Christmas treats this year! My gifts may be bought and mostly wrapped, but my cookie jar is sadly empty. This Christmas tragedy must be remedied posthaste! Turning to my trusty recipe box, I found my great grandmother’s recipe for soft and crackly ginger cookies. Baking one of my great grandmother’s recipes is a perfect way to cherish all of my family at this wonderful time of year.

Soft & Crackly Ginger Cookie recipe. Perfect for Christmas time!

My great grandmother was certainly on to something with these delicious cookies. These ginger cookies are so soft and yummy that they disappeared in two hours and I swear I only ate two.The ginger with a bit of clove gives a Christmas-y spice without being overpowering. Best thing is that you can make up the dough beforehand and have fresh baked ginger cookies on Christmas Day.

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5 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Hello everyone! Here at Heartland America, we’ve been crazy busy making sure all your Christmas gifts arrive on your doorstep. I want to thank everyone for all the orders that have been coming in. There is still a little bit of time to get your orders placed in time for Christmas. So for all those who are still need some gifts, I’ve got some great ideas for you!

  1. The gift of warm hands will warm their heart.

Gloves make an awesome gift for everyone. You can never have too many gloves especially if you live in a bitterly cold winters of Minnesota. These great insulated gloves are available Men’s and Women’s black leather and Men’s and Women’s brown leather. So they are perfect for every style and anyone on your list.

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Add Color to Your Christmas Tree with a DIY Origami Ornament

Can you believe that Christmas is just a little over two weeks away! For the first time in a long time, I’m very nearly done with my Christmas shopping already. So I can relax and enjoy the holiday season with my family and friends. Now I have time to plan fun Christmas activities for the holidays. One of the things that we have done in the past is make something crafty at the big family Christmas party. This year the party is happening after Christmas Day, but I still want to have some festive fun. This origami ornament is the perfect craft that the whole family can do. And it won’t cost me anything really, bonus!

Inspired by simplicity, frugality, and my love of coloring books, these ornaments are a fantastic way to bring people together at Christmas. Everyone in the family from grandma to young nieces and nephews can make these adorable little ornaments.

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Spread Holiday Cheer with a DIY Frosted Christmas Shadow Box

I’m so bummed! It’s December, and there is no snow here in Minnesota. I know! It’s quite a shock to us as well. Although it is nice that the roads have been lovely, and I haven’t had to shovel. But it does not feel like Christmas without snow covered landscapes and frosted window panes. With the possibility of not getting a white Christmas, it’s even more important to make the inside my home festive and bright. I filled my faux tree with ornaments, but the rest of my home needs a bit more Christmas cheer. Inspired by the frost that should be on my windows, I created a frosted Christmas shadow box.

It reminds me of making “baby feet” with my hands on the car window. Glitter and glue makes the frosted effect: so melting isn’t a problem. Adding a string of lights inside the shadow box, gives off a warm holiday glow. You can make it completely your own with any word or simple clip art. The background can be whatever you want too.

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Gift Ideas for Your Christmas List

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic day with family and friends. While you enjoy delicious food, you might already be planning your Christmas shopping. I try to avoid the crazy crowds on Black Friday and shopping on Thanksgiving is not an option. That’s why I enjoy online shopping so much. No near crashes or parking lot mayhem. Heartland America is a great place to start your online shopping. While I was planning my list, I put together some gift ideas for your Christmas list.

First of all, I’m sure you have some kids of all age who have electronics on their wishlist.
Playtek Quadcopter Drone with WiFi and Camera, Dell Duo-Core 14″ Laptop Computer, iLive DVD Player/Boombox, Bell+Howell Cinema HD Digital Camcorder, Fisher 37″ Surround Sound Bar

Remote control drones are still a hot gadget, and they keep getting better and better. This quadcopter from Playtek comes with a control to plug a smartphone into. So you can experience the flight right from your iPhone® or Android®.

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Sweet Potato Muffins with Toasted Marshmallow Icing Recipe

Thanksgiving is just one week away, and I’m so excited. It’s always lovely to gather with friends and family to enjoy the day. When the extended family gets together, it’s a big group. Everyone brings a dish or two to share. This year all of the main dishes have been assigned so I decided to make a dessert. But I still wanted the dessert to be inspired by Thanksgiving. Sweet potato casserole is a Thanksgiving essential on many tables, especially in the south. Taking that as my inspiration, I created a delicious and unexpected dessert that everyone will enjoy: sweet potato muffins with toasted marshmallow icing.

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The mellow sweetness of the sweet potato is a perfect harvest flavor. The slightly toasted marshmallow adds a bit of sweet whimsy to these muffins. There have already been rave reviews from my family for these sweet potato muffins. I am certain they will be a big hit at any Thanksgiving gathering.

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Thanksgiving Favors: Mason Jar Place Holders with Harvest Trail Mix

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just two weeks away! Every year our family has a lot to be thankful for, and this year is no different. While some of our family can’t make it for Thanksgiving, we will have a time of fun and fellowship with all the family and friends that are near. But I’m never quite sure who is going to make it. So I decided to come up with an alternatives for place cards. This DIY for mason jar place holders is the adorable and functional result.

Mason Jar Place Holders with Harvest Trail Mix. The chalkboard painted lids are great to write guest's names.

The lids are covered in chalkboard paint. So guests can be added or subtracted very easily. Filling the jars with yummy trail mix is perfect treat for your guests to take with them. It’s especially handy for people with a long way home or hoping to brave the Black Friday rush.

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