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.

Healthy Easy Snacks to Curb Those Cravings

Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries #SundaySupper
Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries

Looking for new snack ideas for the new year? Trying to spice up some of you new kitchen creations? Here are some unique healthy recipes to tryout this year that are sure to crave those late night cravings and midday munchies!

  1. Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries

Try this healthy snack that is easy to prepare and even better for you to indulge in!

Healthy Baked Carrot Fries - 2Teaspoons
Baked Carrot Fries
  1. Baked Carrot Fries

Looking for a healthy alternative to swap for your love of fries? This recipe is definitely one to help curb those cravings.

  1. Apple Nachos

This recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, while also being a healthy treat for all ages.

  1. Crackers and Chocolate Hazelnut Spread with Banana

A salty yet sweet combination that is easy to prepare and enjoy.

  1. Banana, Kale, and Almond Milk Smoothie

Wanting to try a new smoothie recipe? This simple creation is sure to give you a healthy does to start any morning.

  1. Roasted Garbanzo Beans

If you are pinched for time to make a snack to bring to an event, try making this snack that can be thrown together in a pinch!

  1. Almond Butter, Yogurt, and Fruit Parfait
Dark Chocolate and Nut Clusters
Dark Chocolate and Nut Clusters

This mouth-watering treat is sure to be the perfect substitute for that late night ice cream craving and also allows you to customize it to your liking! 

  1. Dark Chocolate and Nut Clusters

Here is a recipe that includes healthy fats and protein to fill anyone up.

  1. Rosemary Roasted Nuts

Going to that family gathering or party still and don’t know what to make? Try this easy to prep recipe that definitely leaves a savory taste.

  1. Crunch Coated Bananas

Try this recipe that is easy to bring on the go and easy to make.

These easy to make snacks will be sure to help you change up your snacking habits this year and can be a great dish to pass at any event!

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/ 

10 Activities To Do This Holiday Season With Your Family

Written By: Emma Passig

With the holidays approaching quickly, how do you have time to prepare and also brainstorm ideas to get the whole family into the festive spirit too? Don’t worry about the brainstorming part! This article contains multiple ways to get the family to join in on the holiday festivities.

  1. Write Letters to Santa

If your family writes letters to santa this holiday season, you can send your letters to this address!

  1. Spend a Day Making Holiday Cookies

Cookies are always a great treat to bring to the holiday parties this season, so why not just make a day out of it by making cookies with the kids? Here are some of the best holiday cookies to make with links to the recipes: 

Eggnog Cookies, Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies, Candy Cane Cookies

  1. Build a Snowman

With all the snow we get during the winter, what better way to brighten up your yard than to add a snowman! Use any old hats and scarfs you have to bundle up your snowman too.

  1. Make Holiday Cards for those in Local Nursing Homes and Deliver Them

What better way to spread Christmas cheer to all then to hand-craft cards to those who may not get to spend time with loved ones this holiday season? A simple card can go a long way to brighten up somebody’s day and mean the world to them.

  1. Create New Ornaments for your Christmas Tree

Homemade ornaments always add an extra touch to the tree. Here are some crafty ornaments to make to add to your decor collection this year: 

Snow Sled Ornaments, Sprinkle Ornaments, Peanut Snowman Ornaments, Snowball Ornament

  1. Go Sledding

Struggling to squeeze in a workout with your busy schedule this holiday season? Need a way to spend time with family and friends? Then go sledding!

  1. String Popcorn for Edible Decorations

Grab some popcorn, string, and a needle to string popcorn up to hang in your home this holiday season. Warning: pets don’t always appreciate the food hung up taunting them (spoken from experience!)

  1. Go Ice Skating

Need a date night idea or an activity for the kids to do? Why not take them ice skating? Local rinks rent skates if you don’t have any. If you don’t know how to skate that’s okay too, you will learn with practice and time.

  1. Create Paper Snowflakes 

A way to decorate your windows this holiday season is by cutting out some snowflakes with paper. Fold the paper and cut your snowflakes out to your liking.

  1. Learn how to Roast Chestnuts

Get a fun new snack to try with this activity and enjoy learning how to keep your family away from eating this treat too fast.

Friendsgiving: How to Host Your Best One Yet

Written by: Madi McDonald

Ready to host your first Friendsgiving? Well then you found just the right place. We are here to give you the background of Friendsgiving, ideas/tips on how to host, and activities to make the night a blast.

What is Friendsgiving?

Friendsgiving comes from the blend of Friends and Thanksgiving. Even though the term “Friendsgiving” seems to have been around for a long time, it is surprisingly new. The term Friendsgiving first appeared around the year 2007 in twitter posts, and around 2008/2009 it started to show up in lifestyle pieces. It wasn’t until 2011 when Friendsgiving appeared in a national ad campaign for Bailey’s Irish Cream. 

Just like how Thanksgiving is typically spent around the table with close friends and family, the new tradition of “Friendsgiving” is just the same, except just with your close knit friends. Friendsgiving is a time to show your thankfulness for your friends and to enjoy with less expectations and stress of an actual Thanksgiving. Friendsgiving is typically hosted around/near the time of Thanksgiving, with the most popular and common days on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving or the Friday after.

Ideas/Tips for Hosting

Being a host can be stressful, but we want to ease that stress and make your Friendsgiving a stress free time. It is important to plan ahead, when you are hosting Friendsgiving, especially when it comes to cooking. A suggestion we have is that you cook the turkey beforehand, so if anyone of your friends need to use the oven or the kitchen, it won’t be crammed in the kitchen. Another piece of advice to hosting, is to ask your friends to bring items, such as food, drinks, games, etc. Make sure that you tell your friends specifically what food/drinks to bring and how much to bring, so you as the host can stay organized and no one will bring a duplicate item. Another tip, is at the end of Friendsgiving, have everyone help in the clean up so you can all get back to enjoying each others company. The last tip I have for you is as a host you may want to include decorations, such as, a festive table display. That could include a festive tablecloth, festive napkins, special plates/silverware, and cute festive centerpieces. Get creative in your decorations, as there are many DIY projects out there with decoration ideas for your Friendsgiving.

Fun Activities

If you are wondering what to do during Friendsgiving besides just sitting down and eating, consider doing some fun activities. We have a list of options below of activities you can do throughout your Friendsgiving. Feel free to get with your friends and plan/make up other types of activities though. There is not limit to what fun activities you can plan during your Friendsgiving!

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!
For more Halloween Treats click here!

What To Do With Your Last Summer Month in Lake Geneva

Go to a beach!

Our favorite beach in Lake Geneva is the Riviera Beach which is conveniently located between some great local shops and restaurants!

Go on a nature walk

Our favorite walk to do in Lake Geneva is the Geneva Lake Shore Path. Round trip it is a beautiful 21 mile hike, but you can shorten the walk to make it as short or as long as you’d like!

https://www.visitlakegeneva.com/things-to-do/outdoors/shore-path/

Go to a Winery

The Studio Winery in Lake Geneva is a great place to visit over the summer. They have a wide selection of wines and helpful staff who will gladly help you find your perfect bottle. They also feature live music some nights!

https://www.studiowinery.com/

Go on a Shopping Spree

Some of our favorite stores are; Delany Street Mercantile for all your unique gift needs, Gallery 223 for a beautiful piece of art, the Lake Geneva Antique Mall for an interesting antique, and the Cornerstone Shop & Gallery for home décor, accessories, and artisan products!

Gallery 223: https://www.facebook.com/Gallery223GLAF

Lake Geneva Antique Mall: www.visitlakegeneva.com/listing/lake-geneva-antique-mall/980/

Cornerstone Shop & Gallery: https://www.cornerstoneshoppe.com/

Go to an Outdoor Movie

The Riviera Beach features Moonlight Movies on the Beach once a month. August’s movie will be The Princess Bride and will be played on August 7th at dusk (around 9:00 pm)! This event is FREE, but there will be popcorn, candy and refreshments available for purchase at the concession stand.

https://www.visitlakegeneva.com/event/moonlight-movies-on-the-beach/3555/

Go on a Picnic

Visit one of Lake Geneva’s beautiful parks for a fun picnic with family, friends, and/or a significant other! Our favorite parks are Big Foot Beach State Park and Flat Iron Park.

Big Foot Beach State Park: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/bigfoot/

Flat Iron Park: https://www.visitlakegeneva.com/listing/flat-iron-park/1641/

Go to a Concert

Lake Geneva hosts a ton of amazing live performances over the summer. Some of our favorites are: Concerts in the Park which is hosted every Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Flat Iron Park, live music by Triple D in the Waterfront every Saturday from 9:30 pm to 1:30 am, and Live Music Fridays every Friday at the Grandview Restaurant.

Concerts in the Park: https://www.visitlakegeneva.com/concerts-in-the-park/

The Waterfront: https://www.theabbeyresort.com/lake-geneva-restaurants/the-waterfront/

Grandview Restaurant: https://genevainn.com/dining/

Summer in Lake Geneva, WI

This summer Lake Geneva, Wisconsin has all kinds of fun activities to participate in! Whether you are looking for some family fun or a romantic date night, Lake Geneva has an event for everyone.

Out Of Reality Cartoon Art Exhibit

Come and see hand-drawn sketches, featured Fairytale sketches, and live coloring demonstrations of tips and tricks that help sketches come to life!

When? June 22nd from 9am-6pm & June 23rd from 10am-5pm

Where? Avant Cycle Cafe

Price? FREE

Geneva Outdoor Market

Enjoy a wide variety of vendors and local pop-up shops each week only one mile outside of Lake Geneva!

When? Saturdays from 9am-1pm, June 1st to October 5th

Where? N3252 County Rd H, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147

Price? FREE

VISIT Lake Geneva Concerts in the Park

Relax in the park while listening to live music in Lake Geneva. With a wide variety of genres, there is a weekend that everyone can enjoy!

When? Thursdays from 6pm-8pm, June 13th to August 8th

Where? Flatiron Park

Price? FREE

Take advantage of the fun and free summer events that Lake Geneva, Wisconsin offers and make this summer one to remember!

Women’s Weekend 2019 Is Finally Here!

Lake Geneva Women’s Weekend 2019 is finally here, April 26th to 28th, and we have the inside scoop on all the events, itineraries, store deals, and parties you need!

Registration

This year registration will be held from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at Harbor Shores. Here you will sign in for your weekend of fun, receive your goodie bag, and be able to add additional events to your itinerary. The goodie bag is filled with important information like your map of Lake Geneva, the passport of savings, a list of the stores sponsoring the event, and some fun items that the Women’s Weekend Team and local stores decided to throw in!

If you haven’t signed up for Women’s Weekend yet there is still time to get in on all the fun activities listed! Registration will be open until the event begins on Friday, April 26th so you have plenty of time to register and sign up for the events listed of the itinerary below! Just follow this link to get started!

Kickoff Party

The kickoff party is in the Riviera Ballroom from 7:00pm to 11:00pm and is included in the registration fee that you paid. It will include food, drinks, dancing, raffle items and provide the perfect atmosphere for you to let loose and enjoy your weekend away!

Events/Itinerary

For more information on these events check out our events page on our website with this link!

Downtown Artist Series

This year there will be a Downtown Artist Series that is included with registration! Local businesses will be hosting artists work that you can see during your walk through downtown. For more information about the series follow this link!

If you have any questions during the weekend please feel free to ask the Women’s Weekend Team!

Women’s Weekend Sponsors

Strawberry Fields – Bronze Sponsor

Strawberry Fields is a women’s clothing boutique located in downtown Lake Geneva, WI. They carry innovative seasonal collections from a variety of designers, as well as exceptional jewelry, shoes, and accessories. Whether you are looking for an outfit to wear to your next big event or jewelry that will accent your favorite dress, Strawberry Fields has just what you are looking for! Stop by this weekend to find your new favorite outfit!

Stay up to date on all the new fashions with Strawberry Field’s Facebook page!

Supporting Sponsors

The Olive Oil Shops

The Olive Oil Shops in Lake Geneva, WI offer a selection of Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars.  It also has Gourmet products which includes Pasta and Sauces, Olives and Olive Products, Bloody Mary Mixes and more! Right now they even have Summer Seasonal items such as Barbecue Sauces, Mustards, Ketchups, Mayonnaise and Aioli’s.They also carry beauty products like Sugar Scrubs, Body Butters and Olive Oil Soaps.

For more information visit their website with this link.

Seasons On The Lake

Seasons on the Lake where quality & small town charm blend to create a unique shopping experience for the whole family. It is located downtown Lake Geneva, WI just one block from the lake. They offer all kinds of gifts for every season as well as every day. They carry, Davinci beads, Jim Shore, Demdaco, and so MUCH more. So stop in this weekend and shop the day away!

To stay up to date on all Seasons On The Lake has to offer follow their Facebook page!