Handmade in the Heartland

Oceans of Fun 2017

It's officially summer in Kansas City and there is no place I'd rather be with my kids than at Oceans of Fun! This post contains tips for taking younger kids to the park. This post is sponsored by Oceans of Fun, all opinions are my own!
Last week Matt's sister was in town with her family, she has 6 children and 3 of them are 6 year old triplet boys! We decided to beat the heat and take everyone to oceans of fun. It was a blast, the perfect day for all our kids! Leaving the park they all were exhausted but so happy. Walking to the car one of the triplets said "that was the funnest day ever!" 😊 #MomWin!

Father's Day: Say Thanks With Steaks!

Father's day is NEXT Sunday! Can you believe that?! I've got the perfect quick and easy solution for your Father's day gifts. Kansas City Steak Co. sent me a Signature Gift Box Steak Combo to test for you all. (I'm happy to do taste testing on steak!) The result in my honest opinion is that this steak is so delicious, top quality and perfect for gifting. 
You may remember my post from December where I taught you how to cook the perfect steak. I still stand by all those tips and tricks for pan searing the best steak you've ever had! This strip steak was cooked with that exact method. This time I added a fresh chimichurri sauce over top and it was delicious!

Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

This simple recipe for strawberry lemonade popsicles is going to be a hit at your house all summer long, promise! This post has been sponsored by Simply Orange. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Last summer I purchased my popsicle mold and much to my kids' dismay I did not make many popsicles. Bad mom. I'm kicking this summer off right with these strawberry lemonade popsicles. Guys, they are delicious. They are simple, only 3 ingredients, and my kids have been loving them!

Flavor of Kansas City at Worlds of Fun

For the first two weekends in June Worlds of Fun has a special food & drink event called "Flavor of Kansas City" happening! I went yesterday with my best friend and our kids and we had a blast! This post is sponsored by my friends at Worlds of Fun. All opinions are honestly my own. 
What's better than a fun filled family day at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City? A fun filled day at Worlds of Fun WITH really amazing food. The flavor of Kansas City is well worth the ticket price for this food and drink special event happening right now! 

Frozen Hot Chocolate

Summer is right around the corner and I've got the perfect summer treat to cool you down and satisfy your sweet tooth! This recipe for frozen hot chocolate is so easy, fast and delicious! You and your family are going to love it! This post is sponsored by my friends at AE Dairy, you know I love all things AE!
Have you ever had frozen hot chocolate? It's this cold chocolatey drink originating from a cute little cafe called Serendipity in New York City. They serve it in a huge parfait bowl with straws for everyone. If you've never had it, it's kind of a mix between a chocolate shake and a chocolate smoothie. It has the distinct taste of hot chocolate because you add hot chocolate powder to it. It's cool and refreshing and a great treat for a hot summers day. 

Home Decor Print & Beautiful Candles

Decorate your shelves with gorgeous heritage collection candles from Chesapeake Bay Candle Company and this free "home is wherever I'm with you" printable! This post is sponsored by my friends at Chesapeake Bay Candles, thank you for supporting the brands that support Handmade in the Heartland. 
What are your favorite scents? I've always leaned toward fresh clean smelling things like citrus, fruity florals and anything that smells like fresh laundry. Scent is kind of a funny thing; it amazes me how much it can change my mood. I love the Heritage line from Chesapeake Bay Candle. I was sent Bay Cottage, Wild Lemongrass and White Gardenia and I love them all!

Triple Threat Kansas City Burger

The triple threat Kansas City burger is piled high with three different meats, topped with a slice of the best cheddar cheese and crispy shallots, it might just be the best burger you'll ever eat. The post is sponsored by my friends at Sprouts Farmers Market.
You guys. THIS burger. It might be my favorite recipe on the blog to date. Maybe it's because my husband said it was the best burger he's ever eaten and trust me, we have eaten a lot of fancy delicious fifteen dollar burgers. This one, this one is pretty freaking amazing. In true Kansas City style it's piled high with 3 different meats- burger patty, bbq pulled pork & maple glazed bacon. Topped with real vermont cheddar cheese and homemade crispy shallots then finished off by slathering Sir Kensington's special sauce and mayo on the inside of a homemade burger bun. Are you hungry yet???!

How to Cut Paper Peony with Cricut

This step by step video and photo tutorial teaches you to how to make a paper peony Mother's Day lip balm gift. This post is sponsored by Cricut, all opinions are always my own! Thanks for supporting the brands that support Handmade in the Heartland. This post contains affiliate links. 
Cricut cut peony flowers for Mother's Day
For my senior thesis in college, I majored in fashion design, I made a collection of wedding gowns. This was 2008, long before I knew anything about Cricut. One of the dresses I made was a short little number covered in silk flowers. Hand. Cut. Flowers. Each flower had layers on layers and I probably spent over 100 hours that semester cutting flowers. OH how I wish I had known about the miracle machine that is the Cricut Explore! Not that it was around back then, but if I had a time machine... 😉
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