Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all ended 2017 with family, friends, and fun. So far 2018 has been great for my family and I. And it’s about to get even better. Very soon I’m be leaving the snowy winter of Minnesota for the much warmer climate of Florida. Yay! I’ve been planning this vacation for nearly a year, and I can’t wait to hop on that airplane. Some of you might also be planning a getaway this winter. So I thought I’d share some of the packing hacks I use to keep organized and prepared for anything.
Using things you already have, you can stay organized and prepared for any travel mishaps. These simple hacks will eliminate packing headaches and add a bit of personal flare to your luggage.
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.
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Good day all! Hasn’t the weather been just glorious? It’s lovely to get outside for a walk without getting carried away by mosquitoes. I’m looking forward to speeding more time outside with my mom this weekend. That’s right Mother’s Day is this weekend! While I’m not completely unprepared, it would be nice to add a little something extra to my mom’s gift. Checking my craft closet I found some sheets of Shrinky Dinks®* plastic. I’ve loved this stuff ever since I was a kid. So I decided to give this kiddie project some grownup elegance and create a wrap bracelet for my mom.
With a bit of ribbon and some jewelry supplies, this wrap bracelet DIY is elegant and easy to make. It’s also a great project to do with your kids which makes it extra special for mom. In an hour or less, you can create a unique bracelet that mom will love to wear.
Happy Thursday everyone! It is the end of January, which means spring is coming! Here in Minnesota snow, ice, and winter in general gets old very fast. But there are still a couple months before spring. In the meantime, Valentine’s Day is coming up fast.
Valentine’s Day is just under three weeks away. This is the perfect time to order gifts for all your loved ones. This week I have compiled great gift ideas from Heartland America for all the wonderful people in your life.
For mothers, sisters, best friends, or if you need to drop him a hint here are some great jewelry ideas.
Because jewelry always makes someone feel extra special, especially if received from a loved one.
If you aren’t sure which style to choose, the clean, contemporary style of the circular sterling silver necklace is just right. The understated elegance of this necklace goes with any outfit for the office to a romantic dinner. Matching earring are also available. So you make it a brilliant set that any woman would enjoy.
Mother’s Day is just a little over a week away! You know what that means…shopping! I love shopping for and giving gifts. Finding that perfect gift that you know the other person will love is such a thrill. I can’t wait to find that special something that will make my mom’s face light up.
Heartland has a great selection of products that would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift.
I decided to put together a few boards to help me decide what would be best for my mom. I hope these ideas will help you find the perfect gift for your mother. Or if you are a mother, you can direct your loved ones to these great gift ideas.
Jewelry is always a lovely gift for any mother. Here are some great ideas to add some sparkle and bling to your mom’s special day.
Diamonds always make a breathtaking gift. This ¼ carat diamond tennis bracelet is a beautiful gift that will bring out a sparkle in your mom’s eyes.
If your mother is more traditional, there is nothing more lovely and timeless than a pearl necklace. It will add an elegant touch to any wardrobe.
St. Patrick’s Day is just one short week away, and people will be happily engaged in all sort of Irish themed fun whether they are actually Irish or not. New York boasts of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade, Chicago famously dyes the Chicago River a vibrant green, and Seattle has an entire Irish Week Festival right downtown. All across the US, there will great St. Patrick’s Day festivities to enjoy with family and friends.
Although my heritage is more Scottish than Irish, I still really enjoy the holiday. It’s fun to see people in green and some of my red headed friends joke about being constantly asked if they are Irish (but they aren’t). They do look awesome in green though. 🙂
I wanted to show my love for Ireland, but since it’s still early spring, coats are still required and cover up cute green fashion. So I thought of making a hair accessory. In true American fashion, I decided to blend different cultures to create something different and adorable: a Kanzashi Shamrock Hair Clip.
Kanzashi are Japanese hair ornaments made up of fabric folded flowers. I’ve been in awe of the beauty and variety of hair ornaments and flowers. After searching the internet and books, I found one of the more simple ways to create a petal and knew it would create an adorable shamrock.
Isn’t it so cute?! I just loved how it turned out. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to create a bunch of petals while watching TV. Would you like to make one too?
Luckily, this week’s DIY is this adorable Shamrock Hair Clip!
Going through my bedroom the other day cleaning and organizing, I was doing pretty well making everything spiffy until I reached the top of my dresser. The top of my dresser is not only a catchall but also is where my jewelry resides. I have a lot of cheap but cool and beautiful costume jewelry and I do love it. But it tends to end up scattered all over the top of my dresser, in the bathroom, and on various tables all over my home.
In the spirit of my New Year’s resolution, I decided to create a dual purpose jewelry organizer lamp. Yep, a lamp that is also an organizer for jewelry. I live in a small home, so things need to either be multifunctional or hold copious amounts of stuff. I’m sure you can relate that life requires a lot of stuff, especially as a woman.
It didn’t just need to hold a lot of jewelry and provide light to my bedroom; it also needed to look good and not be expensive to make. Heading to the thrift store and the hardware store, I was able to make this jewelry organizer lamp for under $25. If you have an old lamp at home then you can make your own for even less.