May 22, 2013

Prepare for Summer Vendor & Craft Show | June 1st

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!

May 19, 2013

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 house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Some day soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You
better cherish it while you can.

5. Pray for her. Regularly. Passionately. Continually.

6. Buy her a glove and teach her to throw a baseball. Make her proud to throw like a girl… a girl with a wicked slider.

7. She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.

8. Go ahead. Buy her those pearls.

9. Of course you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play anyway.

10. Enjoy the wonder of bath time.

11. There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.”

12. It’s never too early to start teaching her about money. She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager… and on her wedding day.

13. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday. In a pinch, donuts with pink sprinkles and a candle will suffice.

14. Buy her a pair of Chucks as soon as she starts walking. She won’t always want to wear matching shoes with her old man.

15. Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait until her wedding day.

16. Take her fishing. She will probably squirm more than the worm on your hook. That’s OK.

17. Learn to say no. She may pitch a fit today, but someday you’ll both be glad you stuck to your guns.

18. Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.

19. Teach her to change a flat. A tire without air need not be a major panic inducing event in her life. She’ll still call you crying the first time it happens.

20. Take her camping. Immerse her in the great outdoors. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces. Leave the iPod at home.

21. Let her hold the wheel. She will always remember when daddy let her drive.

22. She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.

23. When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Encourage this practice.

24. Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Teach her anyway.

25. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.

26. It is in her nature to make music. It’s up to you to introduce her to the joy of socks on a wooden floor.

27. If there’s a splash park near your home, take her there often. She will be drawn to the water like a duck to a puddle.

28. She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.

29. If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool too. Don’t be intimidated if there are no other dads there. It’s their loss.

30. Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.

31. Teach her to roller skate. Watch her confidence soar.

32. Let her roll around in the grass. It’s good for her soul. It’s not bad for yours either.

33. Take her swimsuit shopping. Don’t be afraid to veto some of her choices, but resist the urge to buy her full-body beach pajamas.

34. Somewhere between the time she turns three and her sixth birthday, the odds are good that she will ask you to marry her. Let her down gently.

35. She’ll probably want to crawl in bed with you after a nightmare. This is a good thing.

36. Few things in life are more comforting to a crying little girl than her father’s hand. Never forget this.

37. Introduce her to the swings at your local park. She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.

38. When she’s a bit older, your definition of higher and faster will be a lot closer to hers. When that day comes, go ahead… give it all you’ve got.

39. Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps. WARNING: She has no concept of muscle fatigue.

40. She might ask you to buy her a pony on her birthday. Unless you live on a farm, do not buy her a pony on her birthday. It’s OK to rent one though.

41. Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas. Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together.

42. Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.

43. Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day. Enjoy her caterpillar years.

44. Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday. Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother herself, or when you think she needs them most.

45. Learn to trust her. Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.

46. When in doubt, trust your heart. She already does.

47. When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

48. Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor.

49. This day is coming soon. There’s nothing you can do to be ready for it. The sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be.

50. Today she’s walking down the driveway to get on the school bus. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.


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May 4, 2013

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 our son and a portion of the proceeds are donated to local organizations that assist soldiers, veterans and their family members. Current donations from the bracelets sold are being made to Soldier's Angel's, a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to the men and women of all branches of the U.S. military, veterans and their families. For more information on Soldier's Angels, their mission or how you can donate directly to help a military or veteran family, CLICK HERE.

Our paracord bracelets are made from 7-strand Kernmantle style 550 cord. Includes a black, side-release squeeze buckle.

Support Our Troops Paracord Bracelet features the following colors:
  • ACU camo paracord to represent the uniforms of those soldiers who have served in past conflicts, and those who still serve today.
  • RED paracord to signify R.E.D. - Remember Everyone Deployed, until all of our soldiers return home.
  • Yellow paracord woven through the bracelet into a yellow ribbon to show honor and support for our troops, no matter who or where they are. 



Wild Apple Design also has a variety of pre-made paracord bracelets available in the Etsy shop. You can also customize your own bracelet with one or two colors. {There are 153 color combinations available!}


These also make great custom gifts for graduates, birthdays, summer parties, wedding party gifts and lots of other great events at a great low price!

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