Add Rustic Charm to Your Easter Decor: DIY Nest Centerpiece

Happy Spring everyone! It is officially spring, and I can’t wait for the warmer temperatures. But we still have snow in Minnesota. A little snow can’t stop us hearty Minnesotans. If the snow hasn’t melted by Easter, we’ll just have to hunt eggs wrapped in plastic baggies like I remember doing as a child on several occasions. While I have to wait and see what the weather is up to, I can focus on making my Easter table beautiful. This year I wanted to make a centerpiece that was beautiful but didn’t overpower the table. Taking a cue from the birds I made a woven nest centerpiece.

Nest Centerpiece

This whimsical take on an avian home is a fantastic addition to any Easter decor. Transform a wire basket and an old book into this one of a kind celebration of spring. All you need is one weekend and a few basic craft supplies to create this charming DIY.

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Reviving a Valentine’s Day classic: DIY Valentine Box

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! It’s difficult to believe that it’s less than a week away! Seeing all the hearts and glitter reminds me of middle school. We always celebrated Valentine’s Day in middle school by decorating our classroom and crafting Valentine boxes. Since every student gave valentines to the entire class, we would need a sizable box. It was a little like Halloween with glitter and hearts instead of skulls and other creepy things. This year I decided to revive and improve my favorite grade school project by making a Valentine Box for our whole family. Now we can fill the box with love, encouragement, and a bit of candy to enjoy together on Valentine’s Day.

Spread a little love and a lot of fun with this easy Valentine’s DIY. Using a simple box, you can create a mailbox for handmade cards and sweet treats. After you’ve celebrated and shared all the sweet sentiments, keep all those precious cards safe in your box to enjoy for years to come. This fun throwback to old school Valentines Day is a project the whole family will enjoy.

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Sped Your Christmas Cash on Something Fun

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas! Leading up to Christmas was absolutely crazy, but Christmas day was wonderfully relaxing. We spent time opening presents, eating well, and enjoying each other’s company. So Christmas was definitely a success! Now back to real life. But I did get some cash this Christmas. Although some of it needs to go to grownup expenses, I still have some left over to treat myself to something nice.

As I was browsing through HeartlandAmerica.com, I decided to put together a collection of items for your Christmas cash. Because after the craziness of the holidays, we all need to give ourselves a little treat.

For the ladies out there who been going nonstop, here are some great items to make the rest of your winter wonderful.
After Christmas Treats for Women
Landway Women’s White Alpine Jacket, Outerboundry Elevate Women’s Blizzard Jacket, Muck Women’s Black Waterproof Chore Boots, Sterling Silver Snowflake Necklace, Plymouth Mocs Women’s Dark Brown Ankle Tie Slippers

First you are going to love this stylish white jacket from Landway. The breathable polyester shell proves great wind and water resistance for those sloppy winter days. It has a detachable hood and even an interior pocket for your cell phone. Winter can be harsh on you and your valuable electronics.

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The Perfect Dessert for Your Christmas Party: Peppermint Cream with Chocolate Wafers

Merry (almost) Christmas everyone! Less than two weeks until Christmas, are you ready? Now that there is snow on the ground, it feels a lot like Christmas. But I’m still not quite ready. For all those who have their gifts bought and wrapped, hats off to you! My list isn’t quite finished yet. One thing I am ready for is the extended family Christmas party. As you know, I love to give new twists to classic flavors and recipes. So this year for the party, I gave peppermint a different twist by making a peppermint cream dessert with chocolate wafers.

Peppermint Cream Dessert Recipe with Chocolate Wafers

This layered dessert is light and refreshing. The blend of peppermint and chocolate is perfect for the holidays especially after a hearty Christmas feast. Cream softens the peppermint flavor so even those who avoid candy canes will love it. This yummy dessert is destined to become a Christmas favorite at your holiday party.

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2 Naughty & Nice Ornament DIYs to Encourage Your Kids to be Christmas Helpers

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.

2 Christmas Naughty and Nice Ornament DIYs

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.

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Cheesy Artichoke Dip in a Sourdough Bowl

Happy Thursday everyone! I had to recheck my calendar but it’s true: Thanksgiving is in one week. It seems like November just started. Soon it will be Christmas. Can you believe it? But lets not forget Thanksgiving. This year my family and I will be heading over grandma’s. I’m expecting anywhere from twenty to thirty relatives at Thanksgiving this year. Yeah, it’s a big group when the relatives get together. The dish I’ll be bringing this year is a cheesy artichoke dip.

Cheesy Artichoke Dip in a Sourdough Loaf

It’s so hearty and yummy that it makes a perfect appetizer for the chilling holiday season. Making it in a sourdough loaf not only adds flavor, but also is a great serving dish. You can also make the center into croutons for plenty of bread for dipping. This cheesy, rich, gooey dip is fantastic for any party especially Thanksgiving.

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Early Start on Your Christmas 2017

Skip the Lines and Start Your 2017 Christmas Shopping

Hello everyone! I hope you had a fun and safe Halloween. Now that it’s November, I’m already beginning plans for Christmas. I love Thanksgiving, and it is fast approaching. But Christmas is my favorite holiday and needs much more planning. Although I don’t start putting up Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving, it’s never to early to start shopping for Christmas gifts. This year promises to be busy. So getting a head start on shopping will help the rest of the holiday season proceed as smoothly as possible.

Over at Heartland America, there is a great selection of Christmas gifts from electronics, to men’s apparel and treats for special ladies in your life. This selection of great gifts will give you a head start, but there’s even more at Heartland America.

 

Christmas gifts to keep your techies happy.
Gifts to keep your techies happy this 2017 Christmas season
Coleman Xtreme2 Underwater 16MP Digital Camera, Jamsonic Wireless Heaphones, RCA Twin Mobile DVD Systems, Slide Smart Watch

Is an adrenaline junky on your list? Get them a camera that will capture all of their adventures, no matter the weather. The Coleman Xtreme2 16MP digital camera isn’t just waterproof. It is freeze-proof to 14°F and shock-resistant. So no matter where their journey takes them, this camera will capture those epic moments.

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A Sweet Treat for Your Harvest or Halloween Party: Candy Filled Spiced Pumpkin Cereal Treats

Hi everyone! Finally the leaves are turning, the weather is getting cozy, and autumn is here at last. I can’t get enough of this beautiful time of year: leaf piles, rich colors, and beverages, especially hot tea. I know kids and adults are looking forward to the holidays fast approaching us. There are some great autumn parties on the horizon. So I wanted to come up with a truly fall treat for the entire family. Hoping to be essentially fall-ish, I made spiced pumpkin cereal treats filled with candy. They are not only shaped like adorable little pumpkins but are flavored with pumpkin spice. Let’s face it, pumpkin spice is unavoidable this time of year.

Spiced Pumpkin Cereal Treats Recipe

These tasty treats are easy to make packed with flavor…and candy. Combining pumpkin spice, cereal, and candy into adorable pumpkins is fantastic for harvest and Halloween parties alike. This autumn twist on the classic treat that your entire family will love.

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4th of July Flair: DIY American Flag Infinity Scarf

Happy (nearly) 4th of July! This year it’s a little odd that the 4th is on a Tuesday. But it certainly doesn’t damper Independence Day activities; it just makes the fun last longer. 😀 I’m looking forward to the fun, food, and fireworks. There are some fantastic fireworks displays around Minnesota. The ones on and around the lakes are especially beautiful. There’s nothing quite like picnicking with your family and having a great time while waiting for the fireworks to start. As we head out to the festivities this year, I wanted to add a patriotic flair to my outfit. I love scarves, but the middle of summer is not the time to add something warm around your neck. So I created a light infinity scarf with jersey knit fabric that looks adorable. It turned out so well I wanted you to be able to make your own Independence Day accessory too.

American Flag Infinity Scarf DIY

Since this light knit fabric is prevalent in most summer fashion, it makes a perfect scarf during the already hot days. The only sewing on this scarf is to attach the adorable buttons. In one afternoon, you can create your own fun infinity scarf for your Independence Day celebrations.

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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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