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.
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.
Fall is on it’s way! And so is the new school year. I just love the feel of new school supplies. When I was young, I would prepare everything for the new year right after the shopping trip. This was usually several weeks in advance. Such fun memories. Soon it will be time for routines, No. 2 pencils, and lunch boxes. In the back to school spirit, I decided to turn the classic PB&J sandwich into peanut butter waffles with jelly and whipped cream. As a bonus I decided to include a DIY this week that makes birthdays and other celebrations even more special.
The peanut butter waffles are fantastic with jelly, jam, or maple syrup. It’s a fun twist on the school staple that is even great for lunch. This waffle recipe is easy, fun, filling, and not too sweet. The bonus tablecloth DIY can be made in an afternoon and can carry birthday memories throughout the years.
Hello everyone! How has your summer been so far? Are you ready for school to start? Yeah, me neither. We are trying to get every last ounce of fun out of summer while we still can. And making s’mores is one of the best ways to savor summer. But between thunderstorms, bugs, and no place for a fire pit, I created a portable s’mores maker (or a mini fire pit) that can go indoors and out.
Using lava rock and canned heat, you can make this tabletop s’mores maker. The lava rock keeps the container from heating up and is lightweight. So you can take it anywhere. The canned heat is easy to use and replace. And there’s no sparks or ash to worry about. The s’mores maker is perfect for indoors, tiny decks, or even taking on a picnic.
Hello there! How are you? I’m doing well. Memorial Day was a great time to relax and enjoy the day. Now summer is officially right around the corner. The next holiday that is just around the corner is Father’s Day. With a little over two weeks until Father’s Day, right now is a great time to order gifts online to make sure they get there in time. Then the only problem is deciding what to get the fathers on your list.
This week I’ve got some great ideas for Father’s Day gifts to give those wonderful men in your life. Whether they are a golfer, car enthusiast, or geek, you are sure to find something each of them will love. All of these items are available at HeartlandAmerica.com right now. So find the perfect gift and place your order before it’s gone.
First are some great gifts for the fathers who love to unwind at the golf course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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? 😀
Summer is winding down, and it’s nearly time for the kids to go back to school. But before that happens, my extended family has an annual family reunion. Despite the fact that fall is just around the corner, the weather is still hot and sunny. So I volunteered to bring a cool, summery dessert for the whole family to enjoy. I looked through my great grandmother’s recipe box and nothing seemed to fit. So I asked my mom and as always she had a fun and yummy recipe for a Watermelon Ice Cream Bombe.
It is super easy to make, and it only uses four ingredients. You can make it days ahead of time and leave it in your freezer until you need it. My family loved it, and I’m sure yours will also enjoy this clever play on a favorite summer melon.