Budget-friendly options for an Affordable Summer Oasis #ChurchAndDwight

We have a beautiful deck with an amazing view in the side of the house. I often sit out there and watch the kids play, drink tea with my friends or BBQ with the family. Last year for Mother’s Day I received a beautiful patio set for the deck. Every year we buy a newContinue Reading …

Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

Being a redhead I just can not handle the heat and sun. I spend a lot of the summer hiding under my big umbrella on the deck or looking for a shady spot. I love being outdoors, but not in the sun. I am always looking for ways to keep cool while still enjoying theContinue Reading …

Family Camping Tips for the Wilderness

Family camp outs can be a lot of fun, until someone realizes that they are not prepared for something unexpected.  It is the preparedness that usually makes people over-pack for a camping trip, for fear that they will leave something behind that they may or may not need. Here are 5 family camping tips thatContinue Reading …

Spend the Summer with Kobo #OpenUpKobo (Giveaway)

Today we spent the day at the splash pad with friends. We first went for lunch with a friend and her daughter then headed to the park so the girls could play. While the girls played on the climbers then the splash pad, I found a shady spot and started reading my book. I wasContinue Reading …

Blackberry and Thyme Gin & Tonic

It has been quite some time since I enjoyed a Gin & Tonic. Like anything, I love to change things up and make them my own. This yummy Blackberry and Thyme Gin & Tonic is like nothing else I have ever tried before! This recipe for Blackberry and Thyme Gin & Tonic is a refreshingContinue Reading …

5 Must Have Toys for Summer

The weather is warming up and the weekends are such a joy! It is hard not to start thinking about the summer and having the kids home to enjoy every minute with. We love to be outdoors and any opportunity I have to pull my children away from the TV I will take. I thinkContinue Reading …

Cooler months still require sun protection

Just because the lazy days of summer are over that does not mean you should toss out the sunscreen! The sun is strong and often my worst burns come when I do not expect them. This means those cloudy Autumn days and those chilly but bright winters ones. If you are outdoors, you need toContinue Reading …

Columbia Sportswear for Spring

With every changing season we need to change up our wardrobe and add a few items no matter what. With my teen boys these items seem to always be shoes and jackets. I had hoped they had stopped growing but they have not and it is getting trickier to find clothes and shoes that fitContinue Reading …