Handmade in the Heartland


Have the Cutest Locker in School with LLZ by LockerLookz

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A couple weeks ago I was back in Nashville spending some time with family and catching up with my 14 year old sister, the cute girl in the photo above.  She's going to be a freshman this year! Holly's birthday is on Christmas so I always celebrate it with her on June 25th, this year I splurged and took her on a trip to Charleston, SC.  It was so fun to spend time with this cute girl, although being around her and my cousins for 4 days totally made me feel old for the first time in my life. ha! Going into high school in a school where she will wear uniforms (they instituted uniforms my Sr. year, talk about annoying!) her locker will be a source of personal style and she was super excited about the new line LLZ by LockerLookz and how it totally transformed the lockers we went and tried it out on.


Saturday Style: Little Girl Ellie Dress by Persnickety Clothing

Saturday Style: Little Girl Ellie Dress by Persnickety Clothing

June bug is almost 2! I can hardly believe it and yet I've been thinking of her as "2" for months now.  She def has the tantrum down pat, and she's a little tall for her age.  She follows her brother around and mimics him which is cute and sometimes not so cute, especially when her brother is a not so perfectly behaved 3 year old. :) One thing I love about having a girl is dressing her up, I mean how fun is it to buy teeny girl clothes?! I was super excited when I received an email from persnickety clothing asking to dress little June bug in one of their dresses and show it off to you.  They sent me the Ellie dress and its adorable.  Stinkin' adorable. 


KC Finds Friday: Jackie at En Vogue Salon

Best Hair Stylist in Kanas City

Hair.  Its a big deal, right?!  I'm an adventurer when it comes to my hair, I should probably put up photos of the transformations that my hair has gone through in the last 10 years. It would be more than 10 photos. :) I like change and I'm not afraid to cut it or grow it out or cut it again, but here's the deal I'm totally afraid not having a great stylist.  Starting in high school I went to this amazing guy in Nashville- Gordon- and even through college when i would go home for holidays he would do my hair, heck even the first year we moved to Kansas City I went home to Nashville to get my hair done.  The thing is once you find someone who is really great its terrifying to let anyone new touch it.  Finally I realized I needed to grow up and find someone in my own city.  

Back in 2011 I was really into groupon and so I went out on a limb and purchased a salon discount groupon and made an appointment.  I was SO lucky to land with Jackie.  When I first saw her Max was 4 months old, my hair was long and having the post baby fall out and it just looked boring.  I asked her to go bright blonde and cut it into a bob with strait across bangs, total transformation, and she made it look perfect. It was the start of whats sure to be a very long relationship.

Best Hair Stylist in Kanas City

How much does your hair affect how you feel about your appearance everyday? I'm pretty sure its like 80% of my happiness.  (of my happiness about how I look, not life in general, geez I'm not that vain) And this girl knows how to cut and color, really well.  She has taken me from long flat blonde to short bob bright blonde to short brown to long brownish reddish and every time I leave her chair I feel great. 

She's easy to work with trying to get exactly what you want- she'll ask you for photos so she can really understand the color and cut that you are going for and then she'll execute it with precision.  I got more compliments on my bob than I've ever gotten on any cut in my life! So Kansas City friends if you're looking for a new stylist give Jackie a call and schedule your appointment. 

She works at En Vogue Salon at 6727 W 119th St. Overland Park KS 66209 and the number to book is 903-495-4634, tell her I sent ya! :)


Easy Weeknight Dinner: Veggie Pad Thai

Easy Weeknight Dinner: Veggie Pad Thai

I love a fast dinner that I can throw together in twenty minutes and everyone loves it.  Okay when I say everyone I mean the kids eat two bites and then ask for a hot dog and Matt and I enjoy our entire plate.  Pad Thai is one of those dishes you can make with almost anything you have in your fridge.  The staples of the dish are the noodles and pad thai sauce but what you mix in with the noodles is totally up to you.  I've done bell peppers, carrots, asparagus, snap peas, snow peas, chicken, beef, shrimp.... and the list goes on.  Its a great clean out the fridge dish because its so versatile.  By the way feeding my kids has started to become the bane of my existence its like they hate everything I cook! arg! Hopefully your kids are not as picky as mine and will enjoy this delicious easy weeknight dinner of veggie pad thai.


Summer Fruit Kabobs & Dip with DIY Washi Tape Toothpicks

Summer time means lots of friends gathering in backyards, on patios and by pools.  When I entertain I usually make really simple recipes that don't require being in the kitchen away from my guests.  However no one said simple has to mean boring! I love fresh fruit in the summer, who doesn't? I mean I probably eat at least 10 watermelon a summer, not joking. :) So when serving fresh fruit to friends how about making little mini kabobs? And even better pop some washi tape on to toothpicks and you've got the cutest darn kabobs you ever did see. The citrus fruit dip in this post is delicious however my nutella fruit dip is still my favorite :). 


Watermelon Lemon-Limeade

Watermelon Lemon-Limeade Recipe

Do you remember when I showed you watermelon mint sorbet and told you how much I looooove watermelon? Well I'm here to keep my word and bring you a few more recipes to highlight this delicious fruit of summer.  Today I give you a delicious drink that you will want to keep stocked in your fridge for the next two months- watermelon lemon-limeade.  Its sweet and tangy and the perfect refreshing drink to take to the backyard and watch your kids run through the sprinkler. I for one am all about making my days a bit sweeter. 


The Perfect Pool Bag Made with Oly*Fun

This post is sponsored by Oly*Fun, I have been provided with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Handmade in the Heartland! 

DIY Perfect Pool Bag made with oly*fun

If you're like me going to the pool with kids kind of makes you feel like a pack mule. You need the towels, snacks, sunscreen, pool toys, goggles, life vests, swim diapers, regular diapers, wipes... you get my point.  When I was introduced to oly*fun fabric my first thought was that it would make a perfect pool bag.  Oly*fun is a new fabric developed by fairfield that is really similar to a lot of the fabric that your reusable grocery sacks are made out of, it has little circle indents, if you look closely you can see them.  Its kind of an amazing material, it doesn't tear, its super lightweight, you can sew it, glue it, staple it, pin it or tie it.You can write on it, paint it, embellish it, stamp it or stencil it, you can scissor, rotary, or die cut it.  You can use it as fabric or use it as paper and you can use it indoors and outdoors. The only thing it won’t do is fray, tear, or fade so don’t bother hemming it. I love the way my pool bag made with oly*fun turned out, and I mean how cute is that beach ball pocket? 

DIY Perfect Pool Bag made with oly*fun


Hey Birthday Girl - free printable and gift idea

Hey Birthday Girl free printable for your friends birthday

I'm excited to share today 101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends, including my Hey Birthday Girl free printable. I am joining forces with Kristen Duke in her Birthday Celebration Week along with over 100 talented bloggers sharing lots of inexpensive ideas and free printables! All week long, Kristen is sharing birthday tips and giveaways so be sure to check out her Party.

I love giving gifts to my friends just to let them know I remembered their special day and the truth is I've used these Merci chocolates that I pick up at target for $5 for thank you gifts and friend gifts of all kinds.  Who doesn't love chocolate and especially adorably packaged chocolate.  Make it even more special with my Hey Birthday Girl free printable you can download HERE. Keep reading after the jump for 100+ more birthday gift ideas and free printables! so fun!

Hey Birthday Girl free printable for your friends birthday


Why I love my Diaper Genie & New goals to be a better mom

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There are many things in my life that are modern conveniences that I am SO grateful for, dishwasher anyone? I mean can you imagine living without a washing machine, freezer or heck your computer with internet? I've felt especially grateful for internet because our internet has been out for a week (as I type this I'm at a friends house because AT&T still has not fixed it, arg!) But one thing that I'm super in love with is my diaper genie.  I was given one as a baby gift when I was pregnant with Max and I put it in the nursery and used it all of the time.  However the true love for this little device came when June was born and we had 2 kids in diapers. If you've never done that you seriously can't imagine the amount of poopy diapers that is produced.  

We live in a townhouse so the bedrooms are upstairs and the main living area is downstairs and then we also have a finished basement where the kids play.  Once we had 2 kids in diapers I quickly realized I did not want to run upstairs every time there was a poopy diaper for multiple reasons so we started putting them in the garage. As you can imagine the garage started smelling like poop.  So we tried to do a DIY diaper genie by wrapping the diapers in grocery sacks and then putting them in a small plastic trash can, it did NOT work.  Our entire garage still smelled like poop. gross. So after a few months of enduring the disgusting smell we bought a 2nd diaper genie for the garage.  It was kind of amazing how quickly the poop smell went away and stayed away with this fabulous invention.  

So here we go friends I've got a great deal for ya.  Diaper genie has a promotion going on that when you purchase 3 refills at Target you can submit your receipt and get a $25 spa finder wellness gift card for free while supplies last.  Just go to THIS website for all the details. I looked at the spa finder wellness website and there are several spas in my area that I could go use the gift card at, $25 off a massage for purchasing something I already love? yes please! 


Animal Jam Computer Game Fun!

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We are on vacation in Nashville for the 4th of July I love having the extra hands who love to play with the kids! Sometimes you still need to pull out some tricks when your not in your own space, being on vacation is great but having very exploratory kids in someone else's home can be treacherous, am I right? So I pulled out my computer and introduced Max to Animal Jam, the awesome computer game made by the people over at National Geographic Kids.  I talked about animal jam university in THIS post, which is an awesome resource to get great ideas for kid activities and today I'll show you how Max loved the actual computer game.

Animal Jam Computer Game Review
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