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How To Make Peppermint Ornaments

Hey everyone, It's Lindsi popping in again to say "hi" and to share with you these awesome peppermint ornaments I made with my kids. I saw these originally made with crushed candy canes but thought it would look much prettier with peppermint candies. As you know, my family loves making crafts with the candies. Remember the candy wreath we made? You won't believe how easy these ornaments are to make! You'll need just a few things: Peppermint candies Metal cookie cutters Cookie sheet Parchment paper Non-stick Cooking spray (such as Pam®) Toothpick Oven 1) Start by unwrapping all your candies. This is the hardest and most tedious part. Go ahead and preheat your oven to 350° F while you're unwrapping the candies. 2) Next, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Then spray the cookie cutters with non-stick cooking spray to prevent sticking to the cutters. 3) Place your cookie cutters on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet and fill them with the … [Read more...]

“Eyelash Crack”

Good Morning Lash Ladies! Lash Ladies? Yup, that's what I said! Lindsi here....I want to introduce you to a fantastic, no scratch that, incredible product! My friend Molly introduced me to "Lash Crack" a couple of months ago and it is indeed that....addicting! I have had so many compliments on my eyelashes since I started using 3D Fibers from Younique (my virtual party link) I can't even keep track. People are commenting on the thickness of my lashes, the length of my lashes and just the over all look of my lashes. I am incredibly impressed and I know you will be too! I've had a ton of questions about this awesome product. So let me give you some info and a story of why Younique and why this crazy busy mom of 4 boys (7 and under) decided to give it a try! First and foremost...I LOVE working with a bunch of WOMEN and MOMS and my favorite buyers are WOMEN and MOMS! So, as a crazy busy mom, my daily routine consists of a quick shower (if I get that in) and a quick application … [Read more...]

The longest indoor zip line in North America to open at Mall of America®

Mall of America® welcomes Barnacle Blast Zip Line, the newest attraction in Nickelodeon Universe®, opening Friday, July 18. With more than 800 feet of high-flying adventure, Barnacle Blast is the longest indoor zip line in North America. Thrill-seeking guests can leap from a platform more than 60 feet above the ground, flying 405 feet across Nickelodeon Universe, suspended by a single wire. Once riders land on the platform on the far side of the park, they get to jump again and zip all the way back. The zip line takes riders on an aerial tour of Nickelodeon Universe, gliding over the carousel, past the ferris wheel and above thousands of people. Barnacle Blast is the newest experience added to the Dutchman’s Deck attraction, located in the northwest corner of Nickelodeon Universe. Dutchman’s Deck includes the Ghostly Gangplank high ropes course and Anchor Drop slides. “We are thrilled to offer a brand new attraction to our guests this summer” said Jennifer Lauerman, Senior … [Read more...]

Lindsi Loves Stitch Fix!

This is Lindsi doing a guest post for you all. Have you missed me? I just had to share my experiences with Stitch Fix. Please note that Stitch Fix did NOT ask me to write a review about their service/product. I did this of my own free will because I honestly think every busy mom could use a quality service like this in their life! Please also know that I will receive a $25 credit if you sign up…but the good news for you is that if you spread the word with your own link you too can earn $25 for each person! Some of you may have heard about Stitch Fix before….but some of you haven’t. Remember that feeling when Christmas morning finally came? Well that is the same feeling I got when my Stitch Fix box finally arrived! What is Stitch Fix? It’s a fantastically fun website where you have a virtual stylist! When you sign up for your first “fix” you fill out a questionnaire about your personal style, likes, dislikes, needs, and “no thanks.” It’s not just black and white questions “do … [Read more...]

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

This winter in Minnesota has been brutal. If it's not frigidly cold out, it's dumping snow. Today is no exception. We're under yet another winter storm. Needless to say, hot chocolate has been our favorite way to warm up during this long winter.  Homemade hot chocolate mix makes it cheap and easy to drink.  This is one of the best recipes we have found.  Warning, this recipe makes a ton for multiple uses.  Cut it in half if you don't drink hot chocolate often. 3 Cups nonfat dry milk powder (powdered milk) 2 Cups powdered sugar (confectioners sugar) 1 1/2 Cups Cocoa powder (we use Hershey’s cocoa) 1/2 tsp salt Stir in 3 Tablespoons of mix with 1 Cup hot milk. Top with whipped cream or mini marshmallows. There you have it...the best homemade hot chocolate mix ever!   … [Read more...]

7 Last Minute Holiday Cleaning Tips #SteamBoost #ad

This holiday cleaning tips post is brought to you by Swiffer® as part of a Type-A Parent Community Sponsored Post. We've made it no secret that we are a fan of Swiffer® products on our blog.  Both of us swear by them for quick and easy clean ups and holiday cleaning is no exception.  Today we're bringing you 7 last minute holiday cleaning tips using Swiffer® products including the SteamBoost Steam Mop. 1)  Hidden room of clutter Don't stress about organizing all your clutter right now. You've got other things to worry about. Simply put all your mess in one room and keep the door closed until you have time to actually sort and put away your piles of stuff. 2)  Use disposable plates and silverware I'm not saying to use them for entertaining, but if you can get away with it, good for you! Use disposable products the evening before and the morning of your entertaining. That way you don't have to worry about doing so many dishes. 3)  Santa's (I mean Mommy's) little Elves Get … [Read more...]

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