4th of July Twinkle Light Mini Shades DIY

Hello everyone! Are you ready for the 4th of July? I am nearly ready: just a couple of things left to finish up. I’m looking forward to the parades, fireworks, food, and patriotic fun with my family. Have you been enjoying the red, white, and blue soda floats from last week? I have soda and ice cream stocked in my fridge for the fourth. But as I was looking around my home, I discovered it needed a bit of American flair. I really enjoy twinkle lights and have them throughout my home. I decided to make mini shades for them and they turned out adorably!

Pin - Twinkle Light Mini Shades

I love them and I am planning to make more to go with my everyday decor. They are really easy and cheap to make for any decor or celebration.

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Thrift Store Makeover – Chic Picnic Basket DIY

Not only is Father’s Day this Sunday, but International Picnic Day is this Saturday! So why not celebrate them both with a fun picnic for Father’s Day. Ok so a Father’s Day Picnic, great idea right? Just one small problem…I don’t have a picnic basket. I don’t want one of those tiny baskets either because it doesn’t leave room for a blanket or more than two beverages. So I do what I usually do, head to the thrift store to find one. While I didn’t find a picnic basket, I found what I need to make a picnic basket just the way I want.

Chic Picnic Basket DIY

Just by using a bit of spray paint and some belts you can turn a bland but nice sized basket into a charming addition to any picnic.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Beyond the Necktie

I can’t believe that Father’s Day is less than two weeks away! Sometimes it is difficult to decide what to buy for my dad because he has so many skills and hobbies. I get my creativity from both my parents, but I think the urge to “just go for it and make things happen” comes from my dad. 🙂

With so many hobbies and pastimes to choose from, I made some inspiration boards from items offered by Heartland America. There is so much to choose from that finding the perfect gift for Father’s Day will be easy.

By using these boards, I hope you can find great gifts to celebrate the dad’s in your life this Father’s Day as well.

Here are some Father’s Day gift ideas for those dads who love playing in the great outdoors.

Father's Day Gift Ideas - Outdoors Fun
Stansport Privacy Shelter, TrekHD Underwater HD Camcorder, Coleman 1080p HD Sports Action Camera Kit, Maxam Tarp, Cobra 23 Mile Gmrs Radios, Hailey’s Optics 12-100x70mm Binoculars

Perfect for privacy when your family is camping or a place to change at the beach, the Stansport Privacy Shelter is wind and rain resistant and sets up in just minutes.

The TrekHD Camcorder is not only great at capturing outdoor memories but it’s waterproof so he can record the fun not only on the water but in the water as well.

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Enjoy Memorial Day with a Scavenger Hunt

It feels like summer has already arrived here in Minnesota, but the unofficial start of summer is this weekend, Memorial Day! While I can’t wait to enjoy the day off with my family, it’s important to remember the true meaning of this important American holiday.

Starting as Decoration Day after the Civil War, it didn’t become Memorial Day officially until after World War II to honor all the fallen men and women of America’s Armed Forces. In cemeteries all across the nation, graves will be decorated with flowers and flags to honor those who gave everything to protect the freedom we all enjoy. Flags will also fly at half-staff to remember the sacrifice of those brave soldiers and raised at noon to remind us all that it’s up to us to make sure that their sacrifice wasn’t for nothing.

While this is a sobering holiday, it’s also important to enjoy the freedom that American soldiers have been protecting for over 230 years. Awesome parades and family fun will be happening all over America.  Even if you don’t have a big parade near you, it’s always great to get outside with your family. Have a picnic, play some games, and enjoy the day off.

If you need an idea for a fun Memorial Day activity to do with your family, why not have a scavenger hunt?

I have two scavenger hunt options for you. 🙂

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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.
Mother's Day Jewelry Gift Ideas
Diamond Tennis Bracelet, Pearl Necklace, Trillion Amethyst Earring & Necklace Set, Sterling Silver Floating Heart Necklace, White/Black/Grey Pearl Necklace, Bracelet, Earring Set, Sterling Silver Pearl Set

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.

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Rustic Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier DIY with Solar Lights

Spring is in full swing here in Minnesota, the backyard is calling me…and telling me it needs some new decor and more cleaning (like picking up sticks which I hate doing). So I will leave the sticks for another day and focus on making things pretty. Winters can be exceptionally harsh here in good old Minnesota and most things left outside tend to rust or disintegrate. While having a wonderful backyard is a major priority for me, the only things I leave outside are either created for the outdoors or things that I don’t really care if they get wrecked.

So when it came to lighting my backyard table, I needed something that would last outside, but I also needed it to be inexpensive. I have seen a lot of adorable outdoor chandeliers with solar lights instead of using regular lights. This is an idea that I can get behind, but a traditional chandelier doesn’t really go with my decor. So with a lot of help from my dad, I was able to create a rustic mason jar outdoor chandelier with solar lights.

Rustic Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier with Solar Lights

I love how it doesn’t necessarily look like a solar chandelier. The mason jars and wood really give this chandelier the “look” I was going for and will also withstand the unpredictable Minnesota weather.

This outdoor mason jar chandelier DIY has lots of rustic charm, it doesn’t require a lot of supplies, you can make in one afternoon, and it’s even solar powered.

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DIY Backyard Scrabble

Although the weather has turned a bit chilly here in Minnesota, spring is coming…I just know it! So despite the cooler temperatures, I want to keep the outdoor theme going with a DIY to enjoy in the backyard with family and friends. Honestly I would love to have a huge chess board in my yard with four foot tall pieces, but I don’t know where I would put it. But the idea did direct me to other games that could possibly be enlarged for outdoor fun. I saw an awesome backyard Yahtzee game, but my family is more into word games than dice games. So a big backyard Scrabble set is the perfect DIY project.

It turned out great and the tiles weren’t difficult to make just time consuming. You need 100 Scrabble tiles for a game so this turned into a weekend project.

I’ve seen some backyard Scrabble sets out of ceramic tile, but I decided to make the Scrabble tiles out of wood fiber board for a couple of reasons. First, wood fiber is much lighter than tile so it’s much easier to play with. Also the wood fiber tiles won’t break as easily as ceramic, which makes them much more kid friendly. They are also cheaper to make. But you will need some workshop tools to make these wood Scrabble tiles.

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Ideas for Enhancing Your Backyard

Hello Spring! Ok, so spring officially started March 20th, but it’s really starting to feel like spring here. This means that it’s time for spring cleaning my home inside and out. I’m really looking forward to enjoying the outdoors, especially my backyard.

But before I can really enjoy the outdoors, the weather needs to warm up a bit more, and my backyard needs some enhancing to make it the oasis that I want to enjoy all summer long. I’m hoping to make it not only a relaxing sanctuary but also make it great for entertaining. I might also need some new tools for cleaning up my yard.

After looking through HeartlandAmerica.com, I have found some great things to make any backyard a beautiful and fun oasis that can be enjoyed all spring and summer. If you’ve got spring fever as well and hope to enhance your backyard, I hope this will inspire your backyard dreams.

The person who will be spending the most time in your backyard is you, so why not make it into your personal oasis?

Create a Tranquil Backyard Oasis
Portable Sprinkler System, Collapsible Rain Barrel, Coach Style Solar Lights – 2 pack, Green and White 15ft. Privacy Netting

Keep both your lawn and garden green with a portable sprinkler system. You can move it around to the places you need and each sprinkler head has an adjustable spray so you can water plants: from shrubs to tiny seedlings.

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Bird Seed Bagels DIY for the Backyard Birdwatcher

The weather has been cold and unpredictable as it always is during a Minnesota winter. Although it is a frozen tundra outside, life still goes on and braving the cold is an everyday challenge. I have to admit that it does look lovely and curling up with a hot tea while watching as the birds and other wildlife scamper about is quite relaxing. Full bird feeders and a variety of bird houses around the yard keep a wide variety of activity in the backyard.

February is actually National Bird Feeding Month, so I thought why not make something for my wild feathered friends this week? So searching the web and my library of craft books, I was inspired to create Bird Seed Bagels.

Bird Seed Bagels DIY

This DIY is easy, cheap, and 100% of it can be used by the birds.

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