Celebrating Milestones


I’m celebrating a milestone birthday this year. I’m told that it’s a milestone because it has a zero in it, but it doesn’t feel especially extraordinary to me. According to my family and friends, this magical milestone means that my vision will soon deteriorate along with my confidence in driving at night followed unceremoniously by hearing loss (which I suspect my husband will secretly look...

Christmas Lights on Winter Walks


The title of this blog post feels dishonest because it doesn’t feel like winter in Minnesota at all. With temperatures in the 50s over the weekend, our snow has melted and the streets are a sloppy mess. Most people seem thrilled by this turn of events, I am not. I love the snow. I love  bundling up in my homemade knitwear, hearing the crunch of snow under my feet, and feeling like I have...

Weekend Nonadventures


Monday posts are supposed to feature my weekend adventures but what do you write about when you finally catch up on cleaning and miscellaneous projects around the house? That can be an adventure in and of itself. I tackled the housecleaning with gusto, finally catching up on Serial. If you haven’t been listening to this podcast, you should. Serial is a new podcast following one story over...

Ten Great Minnesota Winter Moments


With winter officially underway in Minnesota, I have been thinking about all of the things I’d like to do this season. I decided to look back at last winter for inspiration, here are some of my favorite moments: The beauty of magical snowstorms: Exploring frozen waterfalls, Minnehaha Falls changes completely during winter and you have the park to yourself: Searching for Snowy Owls in...

The Great Pumpkin


For Day Three of my Five Days of Halloween celebration, I bring you The Great Pumpkin. No, I’m not talking about the Charlie Brown Special, I’m talking about the big squash that is carefully selected for carving into the terrifying specter of Halloween night: When it comes to jack-o-lanterns, it is important to put serious thought into the pumpkin selected. For maximum success, it is...

Halloween Magic: CANDY!


When celebrating Five Days of Halloween, one cannot forget the candy. I know that some people are opting to hand out healthy snacks nowadays, but The Husband and I are Halloween purists and go straight for the candy. Not only do we go for the sweets, but we buy enough candy to feed an army of trick-or-treaters: Each Halloween season when we prepare to make our purchases, we have visions of...

Halloween Magic: Flying Ghosts


Get ready for a spooky week here at Squeaky Green Machine as we celebrate Five Days of Halloween! What does it take to have a great Halloween? We have a few ideas that we’re ready to share! Day One is about home decorating inspiration, allow me to introduce Frank the Flying Crank Ghost. This animated ghost was built by The Husband in 2009 and has been intriguing kids (and adults!) ever...

Heidi Van Heel

Heidi Van Heel

Writer, freelancer, and believer in magic living in Minneapolis. In my free time, I love reading, exploring the great outdoors, and experimenting in the kitchen.

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