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It's All Good, Yo. {A Handmade Christmas Indie Craft Market | December 14th}


A Handmade Christmas | Indie Craft Market

Stop by the Huckleberry Row booth for your chance to win this plate, absolutely free:

{No purchase necessary}
For more information, see or visit and "like" A Handmade Christmas on Facebook here can't wait to see you there!

Beat the Heat Summer Expo | June 29th

COMING: JUNE 29, 2013 | Beat the Heat Summer Expo

DETAILS WHAT:      Beat the Heat Summer Expo WHEN:      June 29, 2013 TIME:       9am - 3pm WHERE:    Event Center | Christian Family Church (next to Cabelas)
                    2300 Heritage Place NW, Owatonna, MN  55060 MORE:      For additional details, go to Beat the Heat Summer Expo Event {Facebook}

Many different type of vendors will be represented, people who do direct sell businesses, those who sell product they make themselves and even a DJ service will be there to check out.
No crowded aisles at this event, with the large area we have available, you'll be sure to have a nice relaxing time as you stroll along checking out all the great products.
'Like' our Facebook page and stay up to date on all the different vendors that will be there. Beat the Heat Summer Expo.

**See you there!!**

Prepare for Summer Vendor & Craft Show | June 1st

DETAILS WHAT:      Prepare for Summer Vendor & Craft Show WHEN:      June 1, 2013 TIME:       12pm - 6pm WHERE:    AmericInn Hotel, 245 Florence Drive, Owatonna, MN  55060 MORE:      For additional details, go to Prepare for Summer Vendor & Craft Show {Facebook}
Hope to see everyone there!

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters {by Michael Mitchell}

1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.  

2. Always be there. Quality time doesn’t happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she adds years to her life… add life to her years.

3. Save the day. She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional.

4. Savor every moment you have together. Today she’s crawling around the …

Support Our Troops Paracord Bracelets {New Product}

It's not too often that I get face time with my son Christopher to confer about the 550 Paracord bracelets that are available in my Wild Apple Design shop. He's a busy kid, with Boy Scouts, baseball, trap shooting, and his 4.0 GPA {proud mom!}. Since he makes the paracord bracelets, it's important that the two of us talk about new ideas, color combinations, new braiding techniques, etc. every once in a while. So, today was a bonus ~ My son and I had some good brainstorming on the paracord bracelets, AND you'll also get the pleasure of viewing of his right forearm in the photos below since he also served as my MODEL today!
For those of you who aren't aware, we are a military family. My husband joined the Army when he was 17, was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, and is also an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran. In fact, my husband just finished his final drill weekend with the Minnesota National Guard three weeks ago. These paracord bracelets are made by o…

Mother's Day Vendor Show {April 27}

Mother's Day Vendor ShowDETAILS:

WHAT:      Mother's Day Vendor Show WHEN:      April 27, 2013 TIME:       9am - 3pm WHERE:   Owatonna Community Center, 1380 S. Elm Ave., Owatonna, MN  55060 MORE:      For additional details, go to Mother's Day Vendor Show {Facebook}

Spring Fling Craft & Vendor Show

Spring Fling Craft & Vendor ShowSaturday, April 6, 2013
9:00am until 3:00pm

Owatonna Community Center 1380 N Elm Ave.  Owatonna, MN 55060
Celebrate spring by shopping with over 30 booths full of spectacular items from crafters and vendors.Great gift ideas for Mother's Day!This is an event you won't want to miss. Make a day of it and bring a friend!

Free: 30 Coke Rewards Points!

If you collect Coke Rewards points, you know that 30 points will make a nice little ka-ching in your account.

Here are 30 free points, courtesy of Family Dollar.  

Code 10099144423516 = 10 pointsCode 10099755715372 = 20 points
If you're not familiar with the way the MyCokeRewards program works, visit and sign up for a free account today.  Entering codes from participating Coca-Cola products earns you points, which you can redeem for rewards, use to enter sweepstakes and contests, and receive special offers.

Codes can be found on 14 brands: Coca-Cola     Diet Coke     Coke Zero     Sprite     DASANI     POWERADEMinute Maid     Fanta     Barq's     Fresca     Pibb     Mello Yello     FUZE     Seagram's

Codes can be found: Under capsInside tear-off on 12-packsOn multi-packs wraps

Never Too Early for Spring Cleaning

Clutter. It's everywhere.

It seems like I'm forever cleaning the clutter, and just when I think I'm gaining some ground ~ ugh! There's another pile that somehow flew under the radar.  I'm also a big fan of organization {it's an inner joy that may not always show on the surface}, so whenever I find a trick or tip that can make life more streamlined, I try to share it with others.

This little trick I actually came across accidentally, and I figured hey ~ maybe it will work for you too.  

I have a jewelry armoire.  You know the huge jewlery box on legs with outswinging doors on the side for hanging necklaces, multiple drawers, and a top that lifts up for even more storage.  
PRO: Great storage space for all of your jewelry {and then some}.  
CON: Nowhere to put the huge jewelry armoire. 

Currently, my armoire sits at the top of our stairs, on the way to my office. And since I create jewelry, I'm uber-picky about what I actually wear myself. Let's just say that v…