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Homespun: Amish and Mennonite Women in Their Own Words Review

Anyone who knows me well, knows I love the Amish – the simple way they live and their deep faith and family roots.  When I was asked to review Homespun: Amish and Mennonite Women in Their Own Words, I was honored to do so.  I have enjoyed getting a glimpse into the lives of the authors and seeing how I can use their advice and ideas in my own home and life.

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Santa Boots Decoration

Santa Boots Decoration | Mini Van Dreams

These Santa boots were definitely not made for walking… but, they would look adorable on your mantle or as an extra-special way to give small gifts, gift cards, or candy.  The best part is, you can make these in a couple of hours and have them ready for gift giving or to decorate your home.  Go beyond the boring gift packaging this year, and give them their own Santa Boots!     (more…)

Pepperoni Pizza Chili

Pepperoni Pizza Chili via Mini Van Dreams

Pepperoni Pizza Chili– the best of both worlds.  You can’t beat a good pot of chili or a pepperoni pizza.  This recipe for pepperoni pizza chili is both… perfect for football season or a cool fall day after raking leaves.  Definitely, make this one your own– throw in your favorite pizza toppings.  Black olives.  Mushrooms. Green peppers.  Yum.  Enjoy!

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Christmas at the Falling Down Guesthouse

Christmas at the Falling Down Guesthouse Review | Mini Van Dreams

Get ready to meet Britain’s worst inn keeper!  Lilly Bartlett has done it again with her new release, Christmas at the Falling Down Guesthouse.After a phone call interrupts a nice dream she’s having, Lottie finds out her Aunt Kate has been hospitalized after a car accident.  Reminiscent of the phone call she received during her parents’ dream vacation, Lottie bundles her daughter and herself off to Wales to see Aunt Kate.

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Elegant Pumpkin Decorations

Elegant Pumpkin Decorations | Mini Van Dreams

Check out the elegant pumpkin decorations I made!  I love when I can use holiday decorations more than one holiday… so, when I saw these unpainted pumpkins on Oriental Trading’s website I knew I had to make something with them that I could use the entire autumn season!  I wanted something more classy and elegant than just orange pumpkins, so I decided a little sparkle was in order – everything is better with glitter!  Keep reading to learn how to make these super easy elegant pumpkin decorations!

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Pumpkins for Sale Project

Pumpkins for Sale | Mini Van Dreams

If you are new to Mini Van Dreams, you may not know that Fall is my favorite season – the pumpkins, the gourds, the leaves changing, and Halloween.  My fall decorations are on the skimpy side this year, so I thought I’d create something fun and fall.  So, I came up with this fun bucket of pumpkins for sale.  I hope you enjoy!

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Graeter’s Free Ice Cream Day!

Cones for the Cure = Free Ice Cream! | Mini Van Dreams

Psssst…. Head over to a participating Graeter’s in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Lexington, Louisville, Pittsburgh, and Chicago for a free scoop of Elena’s Blueberry Pie ice cream Thursday, September 7th from 4 until 8 PM!  While you are there donate a $1 or $5 for a “cone for the cure” and help The Cure Starts Now fund research for pediatric brain cancer!  For more information about Cones for the Cure, visit my post!

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Free Ice Cream at Graeters!

Cones for the Cure: The Cure Starts Now

The Cure Starts Now and Graeter’s have teamed up again to raise money for the Cones for the Cure campaign!  The campaign is running at participating Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Lexington, Louisville, Pittsburgh, and Chicago Graeter’s locations.  They will be helping to spread the word about The Cure Starts Now and help the organization find the “homerun cure” for cancer, while focusing on pediatric brain cancer.

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The Cure Starts Now: Cones for the Cure

Cones for the Cure = Free Ice Cream! | Mini Van Dreams

Today starts the annual two week campaign for Cones for the Cure in conjunction with Graeter’s Ice Cream.  Participating Graeter’s locations in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Lexington, Louisville, Pittsburgh, and Chicago will help The Cure Starts Now find a cure for pediatric brain cancer and all cancers.

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The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett

The Big Dreams Beach Hotel | MIni Van Dreams

Lilly Bartlett is back again with another fun rom-com book – The Big Dreams Beach Hotel!  If you don’t remember, Lilly Bartlett is actually one of my favorite authors – Michele Gorman!  The Big Dreams Beach Hotel is a great, feel-good read that would be perfect to read during the upcoming Labor Day weekend!   (more…)

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