Easy Home Décor to Make for Spring

Holographic Vase

Spring has officially arrived in all aspects. Whether you are out enjoying the fresh spring air on a walk or are working on some spring cleaning indoors, this season has fully begun. When people think of spring words like flowers, rain, and outside usually come to mind. If you are looking for some seasonal decor ideas, here are a few easy ideas that can help you jump right into the season!

  1. Holographic Vase

This eye-catching vase will be sure to add a new look to any room. By simply using vinyl film and spray paint, you can showcase any spring flowers in your home. This shining piece can also be a fun gift to give to friends or a Mother’s Day gift. 

Robin’s Egg Speckled Mason Jars
  1. Robin’s Egg Speckled Mason Jars

Mason jars always add a fun rustic look wherever they are. These jars highlight a robin’s egg and oddly enough get its unique look by painting with a toothbrush. 

  1. Seed Packet Wreath

Use this craft to brighten your front door this season. If you already garden, simply save your seed packets to be reused. This craft is pretty easy and can be customizable to your liking by adding ribbon, flowers, and whatever seed packets you want.

Seed Packet Wreath
  1. Mason Jar Herb Garden

What better way to bring spring indoors than to start your own herb garden indoors? Choose from a variety of herbs to start off with planting. Click the link to watch a video of how to start one today.

  1. Wooden Birdhouse

This craft is meant to remain outdoors after making and can be painted, stained, or left in its original state. Get creative and add whatever twist to make this birdhouse your own!

Try adding any of these crafts to your home to add to the lively season. Customize each of these crafts to your liking and have fun while making them!

Snacks to Bring to any St. Patrick’s Day Party

Irish Coffee Cake

With St. Patrick’s day quickly approaching, the perfect themed snack would be a way to show off your cooking skills at any event. Whether your cooking is superb or could use a bit of the luck of the Irish, we’ve gathered a few recipes that any cook can find a way to perfect for any occasion. Check out the following recipes and find something that you feel up to the challenge to try out!

  1. Irish Coffee Cake

Try out this chocolatey dessert and add a cream liqueur to it for an extra surprising touch!

  1. Cheddar-Beer Fondue

This gooey creation can be a tasty treat for any group to share or for a one-on-one date.

  1. Grasshopper Bars

These bars add a splash of color and can cure a chocolate craving for any event! This dessert is easy to make and can be a great treat for any occasion.

St. Patrick’s Day Puppy Chow
  1. St. Patrick’s Day Puppy Chow

This four ingredient snack is easy to make and can leave a minty taste for anyone who snacks on it!

  1. Leprechaun Fudge Popcorn

This green candied popcorn treat can be a tasty addition to any party whether for kids or a work event. Customize this recipe to your liking and pick your choice of what product brands to use.

  1. Fluffy Key Lime Pie

Looking for an easy pie recipe? This recipe takes two minutes to make, has to refrigerator for two hours, and can serve eight people for any get together. 

  1. Chocolate Mint Dream Cookies

These easy to make cookies add a chocolatey mint twist to the basic cookie recipe. This recipe makes roughly four dozen cookies when finished.

Pot of Gold Fruit Rainbow
  1. Pot of Gold Fruit Rainbow

This recipe is fairly easy and can use your choice of fruit for certain colors. Add a bowl at the end with either chopped bananas or rolos to be your “pot-of-gold.” Follow the graphic to see how you would display your festive fruit arrangement.

Try one or multiple recipes and bring them to your next St. Patrick’s day event. These festive snacks will be sure to share a little luck with all those who eat them.

Celebrating Women’s History Month

This month is designated to recognizing and remembering all of the hard working and empowering women that have come before us. Their contributions have paved the way for all women to continue on by adding to society and making power moves.  In honor of all the women who have come before us and have contributed to society in some way take some time this month to celebrate women’s history month by doing any of the following:

  1. Study up on your Women’s History

Take the time to stop and learn a little more about women’s history this month. Get educated on some powerful women who added to society. https://www.womenshistorymonth.gov/ 

  1. Plan a Girls Trip with your Gals

Plan a trip with some of your girls whether to brunch, a shopping trip, or a weekend retreat. If you are looking for a getaway to take your gals to, register for Lake Geneva’s Annual Women’s Weekend that will take place May 1st-3rd this year! Click the following link to learn more or sign up today! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-weekend-lake-geneva-2020-tickets-86408653609 

  1. Read a New Book by a Female Author

Look online and find a book that suits your style. Whether a book written by J.K. Rowling diving into the magical world of wizardry or a classic written by Jane Austen, read up on some literature you haven’t read before.

  1. Listen to Iconic Hits Sung by Women

Many strong women sing some powerhouse songs that have become great hits for any occasion. A few of these women include: Whitney Houston, Adele, Rhianna, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, and more. 

  1. Write a Thank You Letter to A Woman in your Life that Inspires you

Take a moment to thank a woman in your life who has changed you or inspired you. Whether a teacher, coworker, or neighbor, tell them the impact they had on you and thank them for their influence.

  1. Treat Yourself

Enjoy a day getting pampered at a spa or go out and buy those pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing up recently. You deserve a break and are allowed to treat yourself for all your hard work. 

  1. Go get Lunch or Coffee with your Mother or Grandmother

It is always important to make time for family and one way to do this is by scheduling a date with some strong women who raised you. They helped to shape who you are today so take the time to show them a little appreciation.

  1. Attend a Women’s History Event near you

Join a march this month or look for a museum with an exhibit dedicated to women. Your options here are limitless and depend on where you live as well.

Ways to Appeal to Someone’s Love Language

To some Valentine’s Day is a way to show a little extra appreciation to that special someone in their lives. Others might not enjoy the holiday as much though. There are five main love languages: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. Everyone’s love language is personalized to themselves and some even relate to having multiple languages speak to them. Here’s how to appeal to each love language:

  1. Words of affirmation

This language can be shown appreciation in multiple ways. Simply writing a card or having a deep conversation with this type of person can really go far in their eyes. They dwell on the words that you say and thrive off of them.

  1. Quality time

Quality time is pretty self-explanatory and simply goes back to just spending time with that person. Some people enjoy doing this by staying in and watching a movie, others enjoy getting dressed up and going out to dinner or a local event going on.

3. Receiving gifts

This type of love language is straightforward. They appreciate the materialistic things that you bring to the table. Some basic ideas to gift someone for Valentine’s Day could be giving them flowers, candy, or a picture of the both of you.

  1. Acts of Service

This language can be hard to get right at times. In doing acts of service for someone, you appeal to making their life easier by going the extra mile to do something for them. You can do this by simply helping them run an errand or assisting them in a project they are working on.

  1. Physical Touch
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Physical touch is also more self-explanatory. Simply giving them a hug, kiss, or holding their hand really helps them to feel appreciated and cared for.

Love languages can be confusing at times and also change as people do. When it boils down to it, if you want to show someone that you care for them just make an attempt to appeal to their likes. Try to stop and take the time to show someone you care about them this week whether it be your significant other, a friend, or a coworker.

Snacks to Make for Any Valentine’s Event

Valentine’s Day Rice Krispie Treat Cupcakes

Whether you are a mom trying to come up with a last minute snack to send to school with your child for their Valentine’s party or you were simply asked to bring a snack to a Valentine’s themed event and you are struggling to come up with an idea, these easy to prep ideas will be a solution for you. All these ideas are creative and can even be given out to a few friends or coworkers you want to show appreciation to.  Each treat has a festive twist that will be sure to woo any crowd.

1. Cupid Kabobs: These fruity treats are easy to make and add a healthy twist to an already sugar filled holiday. Pick from a variety of fruits to customize them to your liking.

2. Valentine’s Day Rice Krispie Treat Cupcakes: Kids always love rice krispie treats and this treat adds a little extra love to them. Top of this treat with white or colored icing and a candy piece of your choice.

Peppermint Candy Pops

3. Peppermint Candy Pops: Using candy canes, you can make these cute little hearts really pop at any event. Add ribbon to the sticks to add a cute decoration to this candy.

4. Valentine’s Popcorn: This mix is sure to add a splash of color to any array of treats at a party. This treat allows you to also be creative by taking out any of the ingredients and adding whatever else you want to snack on.

5. Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies: These sweet treats pop with their marbled color at any event. This recipe includes a step by step video to show you how to make these showstoppers.

All these treats will impress at any event and can be an easy snack to bring to any occasion. Comment below if you try any of these recipes on your own and let us know what you think!

Easy to Make Handmade Valentine Decorations

In a few days, the month of February begins and it’s crazy to think that January has already flown by! With the month of February, comes the celebration of Valentine’s Day as well. If you are looking for a gift to give that special someone or just want to add some more holiday decor to your home, check out these crafts. Here are some crafty ideas to add a little extra love to your home during this time of year! All these crafts are inexpensive and can be stored to be reused every year too.

1. Hanging Paper Hearts 

Try hanging these paper hearts around your home to add a rustic look to your living space. Choose to make a few strands or a whole bunch!

  1. Giant String Heart

This giant string heart can add a pop of color to any room and also can serve as a great gift to a loved one. This craft can be one that the kids can even help with too.

  1. Ribbon Valentine Wreath

Looking for an inexpensive piece to go on your front door? Try making this curly creation! Add your own twist by picking whatever ribbon you’d like to have.

Hanging Paper Hearts 

Try hanging these paper hearts around your home to add a rustic look to your living space. Choose to make a few strands or a whole bunch!

  1. Heart Wreath

This heart wreath can be hung by a fireplace or draped by a window. This crafty piece adds a bit of simplicity wherever it’s hung and can also be made using colored yarn as well.

5. Wire Heart Picks 

If you are a plant lover, this is the home decor piece you’ve been looking for! All you need is wire, wire cutters, pliers, and any kind of plant you wish to have.

Any of these decorations can add to your home and show off your crafty side as well. All of these crafts only require a few things to make the entire piece. With all this love in the air don’t forget to treat yourself this time of year as well.

Breaking Bad Habits

Happy New Year! With the new year here, many people have probably made New Year’s resolutions in hopes of breaking some bad habits that they’ve deemed need to be resolved from their lives. Resolutions don’t always work out though because people struggle to break out of their old ways. Instead of creating those cliche resolutions that usually fall through; we should focus on setting realistic goals to break those bad habits we have. Here are a few steps to get you started:

  1. Make it Conscious

The first step is to realize that there is a bad habit that needs breaking in the first place. Whether it is something as little as cracking your knuckles or something bigger, it helps to know a target for what to work on bettering.

  1. Have a Better Reason for Quitting

Dig deep and find a bigger meaning for why you should give up on this habit. Make it personal so you find a fulfilling purpose in what you’re doing.

  1. Set Realistic Goals

Fixing something, in any case, usually just doesn’t happen overnight. It’s easier if you set attainable goals to set yourself up for success.

Bad habits rub us the wrong way, but it depends on you and your level of motivation for change to occur!

Sources: https://time.com/5373528/break-bad-habit-science/ 

Halloween Party Treats

It’s that time of the year again, Halloween! Whether you are hosting or attending a Halloween themed party, these treats are sure to make everyone want the recipe. Are you looking for something cute and simple? Make some Reese’s Bats. Interested in a pumpkin-flavored dessert? Try the Pumpkin Fudge! Here are some treats that your friends and family are sure to love!

Candy Corn Ghost Cupcakes

These cute cupcakes are the perfect traditional treat for a party. If you want something that is cute that everyone will enjoy, these cupcakes are the perfect treat for you!

Halloween Candy Bark

Candy Bark is a common treat during the holidays and this Halloween version adds a colorful twist! This recipe is a simple, unique, and delicious option to impress your friends.

Ghost S’mores Dip

S’mores are a campfire staple that kids and adults will enjoy. This spooky dip is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for parties with all ages!

Reese’s Bats

These cute bats are a fun treat for any Halloween party! Chocolate and peanut butter is a crowd favorite at any occasion. These cute bats are sure to go fast!

Pumpkin Spice Blondies

These delicious treats require a little more time to make, but it is definitely worth it! Blondies are a classic party treat and these Pumpkin Spice Blondies add a yummy fall twist.

Pumpkin Fudge

If you want to go the extra mile with your fall treats, this Pumpkin Fudge is the perfect dessert for you! It may seem like extra work, but the prep time is only 10 minutes before it chills in the refrigerator until it is set. 

This wide variety of Halloween treats are sure to impress your guests. Whether you are looking for something cute and simple or a divine dessert these treats are perfect for your party!
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Fun Easter Treats

Easter is an exciting holiday with egg hunts, candy, and family time that everyone looks forward too. This year, bring a treat that the whole family will love! Here are a few suggestions:

Easter Chick Cupcakes

These cupcakes are bright, fun, and topped off with Peeps. Not only are they cute, but these delicious vanilla and buttercream frosted cupcakes are sure to be loved by even picky eaters.

Find the recipe here!

Bunny Dirt Cups

Dirt cups are a classic treat that kids love. Put a fun Easter twist on them this year with candy eggs and Peeps instead of gummy worms!

Find the recipe here!

Bunny Butt Pretzels – Peanut Butter Easter Treats

These treats are the perfect mix of salty and sweet! Try these Bunny Butt Pretzels this holiday and give your family a treat they will love.

Find the recipe here!

Easter Egg Popcorn Bars

These festive bars are cute, yummy, and easy to make. With marshmallows, kettle corn, and mini Cadbury eggs as the main three ingredients, your kids will be asking you to make this delicious treat again next Easter!

Find the recipe here!

Easter Oreo Bark

This recipe is simple, quick, and requires almost no prep time. Made with vanilla candy coating, crushed Oreos, and sprinkles, it can not get much tastier than that!

Find the recipe here!

Sugar Cookie Easter Egg Nests

This fun twist on sugar cookies brings the Easter egg hunt inside. Made with cookies and mini Cadbury eggs, everyone will love them. Check out the recipe site to see how they can even double as place settings!

Find the recipe here!

Which recipe will you try this Easter?

Easter In Lake Geneva

Easter is just around the corner, how will you celebrate? Lake Geneva has some fun events going on that the whole family can participate in!

Easter for Kids

Your kids are sure to enjoy the Easter egg hunt at the First Evangelical Church & School! In addition to the Easter egg hunt, the day will include crafts, the Easter story, and more!

Ages? 3 years old – 5th grade

Where? First Evangelical Church & School

When? April 13th from 9:00AM-11:30AM

For more info follow this link!

Beginner Cookie Decorating Class

This class will familiarize students with the basic cookie decorating techniques! Each student will decorate six cookies and receive Crystal’s sugar cookie and royal icing recipes.

Cost? $50 per student

Where? Crystal’s Custom Cookies

When? April 13th from 10:00AM-12:30PM

For more info follow this link!

Easter Brunch at Grand Geneva

You do not want to miss this extravagant Easter Brunch! It will include malted waffles, rock shrimp summer rolls, unlimited mimosas, and a delicious dessert bar. The Easter Bunny will also be attending to take photos and hiding the eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt at 1PM!

Where? Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

When? April 21st from 10:00AM-3:00PM

For more info follow this link!

Which event will you attend?