Outdoor Activities You Need To Be Doing This Summer
Summer is here! Wahoo! Time for fun, family vacations and the chance to kick back and relax. My favorite part about summer is the great weather that allows me to do so many fun outdoor activities. Here are some fun summer activities you should try this summer:
Read A Book In Your Favorite Outdoor SpotWhether it’s in my backyard in my hammock, sitting by the beach or laying on a blanket in the park, reading a book outside during the summer is one of my favorite things to do. There is something so relaxing about being out in the fresh air, quietly reading a good book and enjoying everything that summer has to offer.
Go Camping With Your Friends/FamilyCamping is one of the most popular summer traditions. It can be as simple as pitching a tent in your backyard for the night or as much as driving to the mountains in the middle of nowhere and laying beneath the stars. Even the least outdoorsy people, like me, can enjoy camping if you’re with people you care about.
Splash Around At A Nearby Pool/ Water ParkWhile summer brings fun and sun, in a lot of places it also brings very hot weather. The kind of weather where you can only be outside for short periods of time during the day. The best cure to a hot day is to find a pool, go to the beach, get a day pass to a water park or even turn your sprinkler on and cool yourself off. There is something so refreshing about a dip in a pool on a hot day.
Sit Outside At Your Favorite RestaurantsEven though you can go to your favorite restaurants any time of year, summer is a great time to move your meal outside and sit under an umbrella while you eat and get some fresh air. If it is too hot, getting into a nice air conditioned building for a great meal is also a great getaway during the summer.
Indulge In Ice Cream and PopsiclesMy favorite cure for the summer heat is to eat lots of ice cream and popsicles. There is something so satisfying about eating ice cream on a hot day. You can also opt in for a healthier option if you choose and try some fruit salad for a refreshing summer snack.
Gather Around The Campfire And Roast MarshmallowsOnce the sun goes down, the best end to a great summer day is to roast marshmallows and make s’mores by the campfire. After dark, temperatures drop and the fire is just what you need to warm up a bit while enjoying a yummy marshmallow treat.
Summertime brings a chance for some of the best activities and these are just a few you can do to make the best of your summer vacation. The key is to relax, have fun, and enjoy all that summer has to offer.
Here’s to All the Moms: How to Make Mother’s Day Memorable
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, which means time is running out to find the perfect gift that shows your mom how much she truly means to you. Whether you want to celebrate your grandma, your mother-in-law, your mom, or you are a mom yourself, Mother’s Day is the time to show that special woman in your life how special she is and what better way to do that than with a gift that shows you care. For some that may be something small but meaningful while for others it means going all out. Whichever you choose, here are some ideas for how to make Mother’s Day memorable.
Create Something Handmade
Since I was a little girl I can remember coming home each Mother’s Day from school with a homemade gift. Whether that was a handprint, pipe cleaner flowers, or a note, my teachers always made sure I designed something from the heart to bring home to my mom. Now that years have passed, I still find that the best gift is something homemade. While I no longer made a handprint picture for her, I find other way to create special homemade gifts. For example, a painted canvas of her favorite quote or a picture collage of photos of us. These ideas may take some time, but the effort and the time is part of the gift.
Cooking Her A Meal
In our home, my mom was always the chef. She always made sure that all the kids were well-fed and had delicious, healthy meals every day. On Mother’s Day, this is the time to let her sit back while you cook her one of her favorite meals. The meal does not have to be extravagant (though it can be), it just has to be made with love. Maybe even pop open a bottle of wine and serve her a glass while she watches you cook.
Doing Chores Around The House
My mom is superwoman and along with cooking yummy meals for us, she also made sure we had clean laundry, vacuumed floors, clean dishes and a dust free home. Like I said, she is superwoman. So on Mother’s Day I like to take the time and find a chore that she either does not like to do or is a difficult one, i.e. cleaning the oven or stove. I try to help around the house on a regular basis but Mother’s Day chores are the ones that do not happen as often.
Treat Her To A Spa Day
Mother’s Day is a great time to treat the woman who does everything for everyone else to a day all about herself. Schedule her a facial or a massage so she can sit back, relax and let someone else take care of her for the day. You can even make the appointment for you as well so that you can have a spa day together with some quality time.
Write a Handwritten Note or Card
One of my favorite gift that my mom still cherishes was a handwritten note I wrote to my mom telling her how much she means to me and how much I appreciate her. It was not expensive or fancy, it was even on a simple card, but I was able to use words of appreciation as a gift instead. So even if you think you cannot afford a Mother’s Day gift, sometimes all you need to do is right a handwritten note.
Send Her Flowers
If you live far away, a great way to celebrate your mom is to send her a bouquet of flowers. Flowers are not only beautiful but they are a special way to show you care and are thinking of them. There tons of websites that will ship flowers to an address for you on the day you request. If you don’t live far away, you can still send flowers as a great Mother’s Day gift.
While Mother’s Day may not seem like an important holiday to some, it is a day to give back to the woman who has given everything to nurture and raise you. These are just some ideas of gifts that you can create to make Mother’s Day memorable for the woman who does everything.
Tips for a Spring Filled w/ Self Care
Spring is finally here, which means it is time to wipe off those winter blues and start this spring off with a fresh start. Not only do I love to spring clean my home, but I also love to spring clean my mind and body with some goals that I set for myself to accomplish. The winter is always dark and dreary and so I make it a goal to find strength and joy in even the little things once spring rolls around. Here are some tips to try if you want to start your spring with a new look too!
What is on your self-care list this spring?
Spring Break: How to Plan the Perfect Getaway
Did you hear? The groundhog saw his shadow and six more weeks of winter are upon us. Do not be too sad though, while winter may be around for a few more weeks, before you know it spring break will be here. Spring break is the perfect time to get away, whether that be tanning on the beach or skiing in the mountains. Rather than focus on the sadness of more winter, turn your attention towards planning the perfect spring break getaway where you can relax, have fun and enjoy a nice vacation.
Here are some tips for planning the perfect getaway:
Choose The Right Destination For You
While most people believe that spring break means sand and sun, that may not be your ideal vacation. Decide for yourself what would be the best trip for you. Maybe you do want to find warmer weather or maybe you would rather hit the slopes and finish the day with hot chocolate.
After deciding what type of atmosphere you want, you then have to decide whether you want to stay close to home or be a world traveler. If your spring break is long, you may find yourself wanting to take an international trip. There is so much to do and see overseas, you just need to find the best fit for you. If you decide to stay in the United States, you can weigh your options on whether it is better to drive or fly. If you are like me, finding the cheapest option is always a better option, but sometimes flying is better than driving. You just need to decide whether you want to break the bank or fly for cheap.
Cheap vs. Luxury Travel
Since I do not travel often, I always like to take the time to really plan the trip and save up enough money to enjoy my vacation. This may not be the case for everyone, as sometimes trips can be planned last minute or you just really need to getaway. Whichever method you choose, make sure you still plan smart. Even if you have money to spend, that does not mean you have to spend it all. Take the time to really research your destination. You can find flights that are cheap without choosing the worst airline. There are many websites that can help you find the best ones. Also search multiple hotels before choosing the one you want. Some offer special rates at certain times of the year, while others may have different room options with different views. Do your research and find your best fit.
Pick The Perfect Travel Buddy
Before I even begin deciding where and when I want to go on spring break, I first need to figure out who is coming with me. So ask yourself, is this a family trip? Do I want to go with just my friends? Will I be bringing my kids or just getting away with my husband? Deciding who you are going on vacation with is key to deciding the perfect getaway location for you.
Pack With Your Destination In Mind
Now the week has finally come. Spring Break is right around the corner and the last thing you need to do before you can relax is pack. I always find that I overpack and never end up wearing half of the clothes that I packed. Before you begin packing, check the weather at your destination. Do you need warm clothes, i.e. sweaters, boots and coats? Or do you just need some bathing suits, sunscreen and flip flops? Make sure you pack enough to get you through your trip, but also leave a little bit of room for any souvenirs you may bring back.
Now you are ready to go on vacation. You have chosen your travel buddy, found the perfect destination, researched and decided on flights and hotels, packed everything you may need, and now all that is left is to board the plane or pack up your car and be on your way.
Winter Bucket List
Winter is in full force and before the cold weather has gone for the season, I always like to make a bucket list of things I want to do before all of the snow has melted away. I encourage you to do the same. Make a list of all of the things you want to do this winter, and try your best to stick to them. I am the queen of lists and love to write down things I want to accomplish and then enjoy just as much crossing them off once they are done.
Here are some things on my list this year:
Go Ice Skating And Sledding
This is a winter staple in our house. Every winter we make it a point to go ice skating at least once and go sledding once the first snow hits. This is one of my favorite winter traditions.
Drink Hot Chocolate
After a long day of sledding or ice skating, I love to make a cup of hot chocolate and add tons of marshmallows. Hot chocolate is the perfect cold weather treat after a day spent in the snow and ice.
Have A Movie Day
Winter weather in our hometown usually means lots of snow and freezing temperatures. When those days come, one of my favorite things to do is curl up on the couch with tons of blankets and binge watch my favorite shows and movies all day.
Stay In Your PJS All Day And Make A Blanket Fort
If you are planning to do #2, you may as well incorporate #3. Staying in my pajamas all day under those cozy blankets is one of my favorite and most relaxing things to do. Add to that a blanket fort in the living room and you have the perfect day. If you are extra adventurous, you can even sleep in the fort for the night.
Build A Snowman
Once the snow has finally piled up enough, you can pull on your snow pants and boots and pack together a snowman. Add some arms, a nose, mouth and eyes, and maybe even a hat. Maybe even build a snow family.
Have A Snowball Fight
After our snowman is built, our family usually ends the day with a snowball fight. They usually get pretty intense. One side builds a large barricade, the other builds a trench and we all end up laughing hysterically and covered in snow. This tradition is one I could never forget each winter as it brings so much laughter and joy in our family. Find a tradition like this for your own family and I promise, you will never forget to add it to your bucket list.
Read A Book By The Fireplace
Every year I vow that I will read more books, and every year I never read as much as I had hoped. Yet there is something that draws me to the idea of a warm fire and a good book. I do some of my best reading curled up by the toasty fireplace.
Do Something Nice For Someone You Care About
Every season I try my best to remind someone how special they are. Whether it’s a close friend, family member, colleague or even a stranger, I always try and do something nice, especially in the cold winter, to show someone they are important. Not only does it leave them happy and feeling special, but I promise you, you will leave feeling good too. Here are some ideas if you want to add this to your own bucket list: cook a meal for a friend, buy them flowers for no reason at all, write them a note to tell them how much they mean to you, or give them a gift to show you care.
Plan A Spring Vacation
If you are ready for the snow and cold to be over, use the end of winter to plan a spring vacation. That way you have something to look forward to while you wait for winter to end. Maybe plan to go somewhere you have never been before or maybe just somewhere that has a beach. Either way, use the vacation as a way to get you through the harder days.
I love writing my winter bucket list this year as it reminds me to take advantage of time and each season.
Do not wish winter away too soon.
Make your own bucket list and enjoy everything winter has to offer.
3 Tips to Keep Your Floors Clean From Winter Weather
The first snow has come and gone and with it the excitement of winter weather. I love the sight of a white, snowy yard, but as soon as that first beautiful snowfall has melted or maybe browned with dirt. Now that the snow is here to stay, your floors seem to be getting dirtier and dirtier as you and your family track in dirt and snow through the house. No need to worry, with these tips you can keep the rest of your house clean while allowing yourself to continue to enjoy the snowy weather.
If you follow these tips you are on your way to a clean, snow free home. Now you can enjoy the winter weather without the stress of dirtying your floors. Now it’s time to go out and make a snowman and play in the snow. Enjoy!
New Year, New You. How to Make the Best Resolutions
It is that time of year again. The first day of 2018 is officially here. Time to get out a pen and paper and create your goals for the coming year. You have the best of intentions. You think, “I will definitely accomplish all of these this year.” But before you know it, life gets in the way and you soon forget all of those things you were hoping to do. Believe it or not this happens to all of us, but there is a way to create New Year’s resolutions that are attainable.
First things first, sit down at a table with a pen and a piece of paper. Find a moment when the kids are asleep or a room where you can be uninterrupted. Now, jot down seven or so things you want to accomplish this year.
Alright, now’s the important part. Reread the list you just made and cross out anything that is a long shot or is more of a dream than a reality. The key is to choose things that you know you can accomplish. Now, this is not to say you shouldn’t have dreams, but you should not write any of those down unless you really plan to work hard to achieve them.
Yes, I know everyone wants to work out more or read more or just find more time to themselves, but you also do not want to be disappointed if you make that resolution and do not follow through.
Okay, how is your list looking now? A little bit better? Now find the resolution that you can start immediately. Put that one right up top as your very first to do. Then order the rest of them based on when you think you can begin them.
Here is an example:
Now go and find that quiet spot and write some awesome New Year’s resolutions!!
How To Host The Best New Year’s Party
The New Year is right around the corner and if you are like me, you love to ring in the new year surrounded by family and friends. However, sometimes it can be overwhelming planning and hosting a New Year’s party. There are a few things you can do before and during the party to help ease some of that stress and allow you to start the new year off right.
Welcoming in the new year is always fun and even if you are hosting, you still want to be able to enjoy your night. If you try these tricks, you can help lessen your load and destress before the new year begins.
Have A Happy New Year!
Tips and Tricks to Make Your Holiday Bright
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The holiday season is finally upon us which means it is time for holiday decorations, holiday crafts and activities, and of course, the mess that comes from all of these things. In order to help make your holidays bright and keep your home looking nice and clean, there are a few tips you can try.
The inside of the house always becomes the biggest mess if you are like me and love to decorate every inch of your house in holiday décor. Before you start pulling out the new decorations, I suggest taking your fall decorations and putting those away first. We like to rotate our decorations and have them organized in our storage unit, that way they are easy to find when we need them again and our storage space stays clean.
Once the fall décor is put away, it is time to bring out the holiday decorations. If you want to be even more organized, you can store your holiday decorations by the room they go in. You will be able to decorate efficiently and you won’t be running around each room or end up with a huge mess of decorations in one place. Bringing out the holiday decorations is also a great time to clean/rearrange your home. Before putting out the new decorations, take the time to pull out your furniture and vacuum under it, dust the fans, clean up any messy areas, and make sure your house is ready for the new decorations to be put out. The changing of the seasons is a great time to really deep clean your home.
Now that your home is clean it is time to decorate. If you want your tree to be the center of attention, make sure to place where everyone can see it. Be careful though to make sure it is away from the fireplace or any heating vents because those could dry your tree out quickly and could also be a fire hazard. With the tree all set, you can move into decorating the rest of the house with holiday touches. One of my favorite are holiday candles. They make your home smell wonderful and really make you feel like the holidays are here. They are also good for covering bad smells or just to help make your home smell clean.
With the inside of your home ready for entertaining, you can also add a few touches outside. My favorite thing to do is to add some pretty lights outside. They are especially great since the sun sets so early in the winter. You can even hang a pretty wreath on your front door or a garland on your porch. These extra touches are inviting and make your house look beautiful.
The holidays are a wonderful time to show off your decorating skills, but they can also be stressful because you want everything to look perfect. Use these tricks and I promise you, your home will be holiday ready in no time.
Winter Is Coming! (Preparing Your Home For Colder Weather)
Winter is right around the corner, which means it is time to get your home ready for colder weather. If you are like me, being cold is one of my least favorite things so I try and make sure my house feels nice and cozy for when those freezing temperature hit. I also like to try and use the heat in my home as little as possible to decrease that always increasing electricity bill. If you are looking for some ideas on how to warm your home while avoiding the heater as much as you can, check out some of these tips.
Blankets, Blankets, Blankets
One of my favorite things about winter is snuggling up under a cozy blanket. I have more blankets in my home than I know what to do with. Whether they are fluffy, soft, big, small or just used for decoration, I have blankets everywhere. You can use blankets as a nice touch for decorating for the holidays but you also want to make sure they are cozy too for when you need to snuggle up under them. The key is to have a basket or a bin that you can keep all of the blankets in. This will help prevent blankets being strewn all over the house and making it look messy.
Get Your Fireplace Ready
Whether you do it at the end of the winter season the year before or before it begins, you want to make sure you fireplace is clean before the cold weather hits. One day it will be chilly and you will want to run and turn the fireplace on, but you have to make sure it is clean first or else you will have a smoky, bad smelling home from the dirt and dust that has accumulated in your fireplace. Whether it is wood burning or gas, you want to make sure you check your fireplace and make sure it is all clean before you use it. Once it is, make sure to use it as much as you can. There’s nothing better than cozying up by the fireplace on a snowy day.
Turn Your Fans
If you have fans in your home, don’t be afraid to use them in the winter. While it may seem like using a fan would only add to the cold, you can actually use them to help distribute the heat in your home while also decreasing your heating costs. The key is to make sure your fans are turning clockwise. This will cause the cool air to go upward, causing the warm air to be brought down into the warm. If you are worried about still feeling the cool air from the speed of the fan, turn it down to its lowest setting. This will still help add heat to your home and is a great way to cut back costs.
Candles Aren't Just For Smelling
One of my favorite things to do during winter is to light some festive candles and make my home smell wonderful. While the scents of winter add an extra touch to my home, the candles are also great at helping keep the house warm. I do not suggest going out and getting an enormous amount of candles because they can be expensive, but a few on each floor of your home will add a decorative touch and will also help to keep the heat.
Winter weather does not have to mean always being cold.
If you try some of these tips, you will be able to help keep your house nice and warm while also keeping it neat and tidy.
Stay warm and enjoy this winter season!