A Simple and Fun Way to Bring Your Family Together: DIY S’mores Maker

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.

Indoor-Outdoor S'mores Maker - Fun and Easy DIY to Bring the Family Together

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.

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Father's Day Gift Ideas 2017

Great Gift Ideas for the Dads in Your Life this Father’s Day

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.

Father's Day 2017 - Golf Gift Ideas
24 Pack Recycle Golf Balls: Titleist, Bridgestone, Callaway, Taylormade, or Nike; Collapsible Chipping Basket, Heavy Duty Turf Mat, Black/Green TriLite 3-Wheel Push Cart

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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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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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Cereal Treat Clover for St. Patrick’s Day

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.

St Patricks Day Cereal Treat 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.

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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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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.

mini-top-hat-diy

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? 😀

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Watermelon Ice Cream Bombe: 4 Ingredient Summer Treat

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.

Watermelon Ice Cream Bombe Recipe

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.

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Great Products to Get the Most Out of Your Summer

I hope you have had a great summer so far. It’s hard to believe that we are nearly halfway through summer vacation. But thankful there is still plenty of summer left to enjoy. I’ve been enjoying time outside and time with my family, and I’m always on the lookout for new things that will help my summer go even better. I decided to look through what Heartland America has to offer and I wanted to share some of the great products that I found with you.

Keep enjoying your summer with some great shoes for all your warm weather fun.

Summer Fun - Outdoor Style
Earth Origins Tessa Women’s Sandals, Rimrock Men’s Sport Sandals, P.W. Minor Women’s Sofia Strap Shoes, Stacy Adams TAZ Men’s Navy Suede Wingtips

Earth Origins Tessa sandals are sure to be your favorite summer sandals. The white dual leather straps are adorable and adjustable with metal accents, and the cushioned insoles offer comfort and support for summer fun.

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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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