Creating the Perfect Outdoor Space with Plow and Hearth

With summer in full swing, we are all excited to get outdoors with the family and spend quality time together. All winter long, and most of the spring you spent cooped up indoors through bad weather and bitter temperatures. Now, it’s finally time to get outside and soak up the sun. The best part? Getting outdoors brings enjoyment through the summer and far into the fall. What better place to enjoy all of the beautiful weather to come with the family than from the comfort of your own backyard? Now, all you need to do is create the perfect outdoor family space. Sound overwhelming? Let Plow & Hearth help!

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Making Summer Cleaning Fun with Casabella

Keeping a clean house is a challenge, even in the best of situations. With warmer weather bringing more outdoor activities and full days of the kiddos home without school, balancing cleaning with making summer memories can be difficult. Using cleaning tools that make keeping the house together can free up time, allowing you to focus on what’s important this summer.

Today, we want to share some of the tools from Casabella that will take the work out of cleaning your home. Be sure to tune into our Facebook Live video event on June 29th at 9 pm EST (or watch the replay later on) to learn more and see the products in real life. 

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Eating Organic Foods With 9 Children To Feed? Absolutely!

How in the world do you feed nine children!? AND organic foods at that? Prioritize. It really is that simple. Whether the children were planned or not, they’re here now, and beyond breastfeeding or formula, it’s now time to move them onto solids. Perhaps you’re one of those crunchy mommas who want nothing but the most naturally grown and chemical free foods to ever touch your child’s lips – or you’re just good with wholesome food, organic on occasion is fine. Either way, you really do want organic, but let’s be real. Organic foods are 40-100% MORE expensive than their conventional counterparts, so let’s set aside feeding one child organic, but NINE!? Yes, and with a budget most families are on for a family of 4-6!

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How to Cut the Cable Cord

If budget living has you looking to cut expenses, doing away with the $100+ cable bill might be a great item to remove from your monthly cost list. Do you really need all 300 channels, or are you just regularly watching only 5-10 of your favorites?

We’ve outlined the steps you need to go through to cut your cable bill for good, and still have access to everything your family wants to watch.

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9 Signs That You Need A New Mattress

There are some big purchases that we all have to make. Some things are just necessities, and even though we might not like opening our wallet up for these big ticket items, at some point we have to do so. One of those purchases is a mattress. You have to sleep, and unless you want to start sleeping on the floor, you need a mattress. Here’s the problem many of us have when it comes to mattresses: we don’t know when to buy a new one. We hold onto an old mattress long past its usefulness, and we suffer because of this. Mattresses aren’t designed to last forever, and just like everything else in our world, technology is making mattresses smarter and more comfortable. As parents, we already are lacking in the sleep department. Make the sleep you do get count by replacing your mattress. Not sure if you need to start shopping for a new bed? Here are nine signs it is time to upgrade to a new mattress.

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5 Unique Ways To De-Stress As A SAHM

STRESS – let it go, and we’ll say it again – let it go! A world where you live (yes, the home with the little relaxation-suckers, aka your kids) – without stress actually does exist. If you have the theme song from Frozen in your head right now, you’re in the perfect place! It’s a place where you can magically create through your mind, fingertips, and choose to intentionally take the leap of de-stressing yourself in your own home. Stress can save your life or destroy it, and since there aren’t any saber-tooth tigers in your living room, we’re giving you five unique ways to make the bad stress – never really bother you anymore.

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9 Activities to Enjoy with Your Baby and Dog

Almost half of the households in the United States have a dog. Adding a new baby into the family can change the dynamics and the routines in your home. Sometimes it can be traumatic for your first furry love, but it doesn’t have to be like that. You always can find ways for your dog to be an active member of your child’s development.

Today we will talk about nine activities that your dog will enjoy with your baby.

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10 Whole 30 Week Night Crock Pot Dinners

The Whole 30 can be a daunting challenge for those who are accustomed to swinging through a drive-thru, grabbing take-out, or just whipping up a pre-packaged meal for dinner. The thought of having to plan out and prepare 3 meals a day for 30 days can be discouraging. Add to that the busy lives we all lead, whether working 10 hour days or toting kids to and from school, doctor appointments, and soccer, the thought of having to cook a meal EVERY night is overwhelming. However, after completing one Whole 30 and now six more, this new, healthier way of eating has become a way of life for my family.

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Family Life Unfiltered with Burrow

When you set up your living spaces, are you setting them up for real life with your family? Do you let your kids live on your furniture, or do you find yourself constantly fretting over stains and rough play? Is your home a place where everyone is comfortable, or does it feel more like a museum? It doesn’t make sense to fill our homes with stuff that we feel the need to tip toe around. Why do we let our furniture control us? Your sofa shouldn’t be the boss of you. However, until now we have had two choices when buying a sofa: buy something cheap and replace it every few years once your family wears it out or buy something expensive and fret over every movement around that sofa knowing you can’t afford to replace it anytime soon. You can have a sofa you love and you can live your family life unfiltered, thanks to a super cool new company called Burrow

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Six restaurants to visit in and around Minneapolis

The Minneapolis area is a beautiful place to live and visit. If you are planning a trip this summer, consider visiting Minneapolis to explore a new city. This area of our country offers so much, from all the attractions at The Mall of America to art museums, world class hotels, and incredible dining. Foodies, pay attention! You will want to hit up this area immediately. The dining choices are endless, and the food experiences are memorable. Here are six of our favorite restaurants to visit in and around Minneapolis.

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12 Cocktails for your Mother’s Day Brunch

Celebrating brunch as a family is sometimes harder than it initially sounds. In addition to cleaning the house, now you have to make a big meal first thing in the morning, not to mention wrangling the rest of the crew into proper clothing for Grandma. After all that’s said and done, you’ve earned a drink. 

Our rule for brunch drinks is that if it has fruit in it, you can have it with breakfast. We’ve selected a handful of our favorite brunch cocktail recipes for you to try out for your Mother’s Day celebration. There’s even a few options for those of you who can’t currently enjoy the full strength version of our choices! Don’t worry, we’ll make sure to put back a few in your honor.

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Muffins & More Recipes for a Beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and for those of us with littles, a day to ourselves is usually not in the cards. Our kids are more excited to celebrate us than we are, and just love showering us in homemade cards and gifts, breakfast in bed, or brunch with the family. Although you may be leaving brunch prep to the hubby this holiday, and knowing that the kids will want to help, leaving him with a few tips or easy recipe suggestions would be kind to say the least.

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What You Do Not Know About Coil Spring Mattresses

As it’s estimated, we spend a colossal 26 years of our lives sleeping; it’s surprising most of us don’t take sleep as seriously as we perhaps should. In fact, few of us make a conscious effort to keep our bedding and mattress up-to-date and to optimum quality, simply because we forget! But a bad mattress can have hugely detrimental effects on your sleeping pattern and overall quality of sleep, which can result in serious symptoms throughout the body over time if not rectified. But luckily, there is one universal mattress renowned for its variety and composition, and that’s the coil spring.

Due to the various sizes of springs available when manufacturing a range of mattresses, coil spring forms can offer different degrees of support dependent on your preference. So, if you’re looking for a new coil spring mattress or simply want to learn more information about them, below you’ll discover where they originate, different types, and the best methods of shopping for one!

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Responsible Reptile Ownership for Kids

Whether the critters creep, crawl, slither, or slide, our children – curious as they are – have all “oohhed” and “ahhhed” over the cool creatures of the cold-blooded class. The Wild Kratts aren’t the only ones who love reptiles, as these exotic animals appeal to many of our kids. Reptiles come in many different shapes and sizes, with neat rotating eyes, long curling tails, and all the bold, bright colors of the rainbow.

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