Stand Up Paddleboarding at Morgan Falls Overlook Park

In an effort to squeeze just a few more fun outings from our summer, we decided to head out this weekend on an outdoor adventure. My husband's co worker had done some stand up paddleboarding at Morgan Falls Overlook Park in Sandy Springs, Georgia (a northern metro Atlanta city) so we decided to give that a try. If you aren't familiar with stand up paddle boarding, it is sort of a cross between kayaking and surfing. You are standing on a board with one oar in your hand that you use to navigate your way around a lake or slow moving river. It was … [Read more...]

Glamping: What is it and where should you go?

This post about glamping has been sponsored by The Ranch at Rock Creek, but all opinions expressed here are my own.When I was in college at the University of New Hampshire, I joined the Outing Club. I had never been camping a day in my life but it sounded like fun. I had a blast exploring the White Mountains over the next few years. These were some serious outdoors type people; we would hike 8 miles into the woods just to get to a tent platform, and we had to carry our own water, and pack out our trash. Then there was that 3 AM incident … [Read more...]

How to Plant a Teabag Garden

This discussion about how to plant a Teabag Garden has been sponsored. Ever have one of those days where the teenagers are belligerent, the dog escapes from the yard, and your dishwasher decides to start leaking all over your kitchen floor? I seem to have those days an awful lot! At the end of such a day I look forward to a cup of tea, usually accompanied by something in the chocolate family. Using teabags in the garden is a great way for me to reduce the carbon footprint of my teabags!A mug of hot chamomile tea can be the … [Read more...]

Tips for Planting a Butterfly Garden to Support the Pollinators!

Last year, my daughter's Girl Scout Troop planted a butterfly garden at the local elementary school. It was a very educational service project and the girls were in charge of every step of the process. They had to do the research on what types of plants to put in their butterfly garden, do the shopping, weed and plant the bed, and then water for a couple of months until it became established. They did a wonderful job and I like to think that they learned a few things along the way while still having plenty of fun! I thought I would share the … [Read more...]

Attract Birds to your Yard with Popcorn Balls!

This post about how to attract birds to your yard was inspired by a product I received for review but all opinions expressed are my own.Birds are one of a gardener's best friends. They are great at eating all those little pests that take over our garden plants every year. Caterpillars, beetles and all sorts of creepy crawlies do their best to leave us with fruits and veggies that are full of holes and very unappetizing. In order to attract birds to your yard, you want to create an environment that they feel safe in and that has everything … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Wooden Bird Feeder

This post has been sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own.My children’s favorite treats during the summer are ice and yogurt pops. As a result, we end up with an awful lot of wooden sticks by the time September rolls around. In an effort to reuse as much as possible, I give the sticks a good rinse and store them in my art bag for future crafts. One project that caught my eye this month was this easy, DIY wooden bird feeder. Bird watching is a favorite hobby at my house and a great learning experience for kids to help … [Read more...]

Should You Consider a Salt-water Pool? #sponsored

This salt water pool post has been sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own.When my husband and I were house hunting a few years back, we viewed a number of homes with backyard pools. I never had a pool growing up and thought it might be a great investment for our kids to enjoy. After doing some research, I quickly realized that owning a pool is a lot of work. If you are thinking about putting a pool in your backyard, consider replacing the traditional pool with a salt water pool. I’ve put together a list of salt-water … [Read more...]

Sun, Swimming, and Summer Fun with Snapple Iced Tea #Snapple5050

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community. This shop Snapple Iced Tea post has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.My kids have been off from school for two months now and I am pretty sure that 90% of those days have been rainy. Honestly, we have had so much rain the last couple of months that the garden is practically under water and the kids are going stir crazy. What happens when teenagers don't get out of the house on a regular basis? They drive me nuts, … [Read more...]

Natural Spa Experience and Getting Back to Nature at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines #sponsored

This natural spa experience post has been sponsored by Hyatt Regency Lost Pines. I received one night stay at Hyatt Lost Pines Resort at no charge with access to their amenities in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed here are my own.During my recent trip to BlogHer Food in Austin, Texas last month I got the chance to visit the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa. I thought it would be wonderful to pamper myself with a natural spa experience before the chaos of the conference set in. I don't get to pamper myself on a daily … [Read more...]

Today’s Garden Update and Gardening Tips

Every year I plant an amazing array of plants in my garden with high hopes of providing my family with a plethora of fresh produce. Then, come July, I have become stressed out and depressed over my LACK of garden produce and the incredible amount of work that is required to grow it! Mother Nature has not been kind to Georgia this year and we are now 14 inches over average rainfall for the year. And with the thunder rolling in right now, I am thinking that number will be going up another inch before morning. I decided to share a few gardening … [Read more...]

Green Up Your Camping Routine! #SCJgreenerchoices #spon

This post on how to green up your camping routine is sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own. Camping and hiking are two of my family’s favorite spring and summertime activities. I love getting back to nature, exploring the woods, cooking over a fire, and ignoring my cell phone every once in a while! Camping is a great way to teach children to appreciate nature and the importance of eco-friendly planning during trips. Check out my article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a few ways to reduce your … [Read more...]

Creating an Eco-Friendly Outdoor Living Space #SCJgreenerchoices #spon

This post about Eco-Friendly outdoor living spaces has been sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own. My family spends quite a bit of time in our backyard during the spring and summer months. We love to grill, enjoy bonfires, entertain friends and just relax outside. Over the years, we have made a number of changes to our backyard and patio in an effort to create a more eco-friendly, outdoor living space. If you enjoy backyard entertaining and would like to improve the design of your terrace, consider some of my … [Read more...]

Organic Gardening: What Do You Need To Know? #DigIn #Ad

This organic gardening discussion is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. All opinions express here are my own.If you have been following my blog for the last couple of months, you will have seen several articles about my ongoing organic gardening experience with The Home Depot. I have been organic gardening for the last several years, with some plants and growing conditions being more successful than others. I am always on the hunt for new organic and heirloom plants and this year I ordered the Bonnie organic plants … [Read more...]

An Update On My Organic Garden #DigIn #ad

This post on maintaining an organic garden is sponsored by Home Depot but all opinions expressed are my own.Here in Georgia, our summer planting season starts around mid to late April so we have a fairly long growing season. In fact, we have multiple growing seasons here in the Atlanta area. Cool weather plants can be planted in February, summer plants go in around late April and then we can also plant in late August for a fall crop. Needless to say, I find myself quite busy maintaining an organic garden for 6 to 8 months every year. I have … [Read more...]

Eco-Friendly Spring Activities for Kids #SCJgreenerchoices #spon

This Eco-Friendly Spring Activities post is sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own.During the cold, winter months it is often hard to find fun activities that keep kids busy. After being cooped up inside for much of the winter, I am looking forward to spending some time outdoors. If you are looking for a few creative ways to keep your older kids busy this spring, come check out my post on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a few eco-friendly spring activities! Disclaimer: I have been … [Read more...]

6 Must Have Gardening Supplies for Comfortable Gardening #SummerSolved #spon

I spend a lot of time in my yard during the spring and summer tending to my garden. Between building the garden beds, tilling soil, putting in plants, nurturing them, and (hopefully!) harvesting my crop I wish I got paid by the hour! It is a time consuming but enjoyable way for me to get exercise and provide food for my family. However, it isn't always easy or fun. It can be hot, sweaty, buggy, and downright irritating at times but I keep doing it anyhow. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment! I have found, over the years, that there are many … [Read more...]

Tips for Organic Gardening Success #DigIn #Ad

This organic gardening article is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. All opinions expressed here are my own.If you are trying to go green and get healthy, one of the most enjoyable ways I have found to do this is to grow your own organic fruits and vegetables. You do not have to be a master gardener or have a super green thumb to be successful at growing your own food. You just need a few tips for organic gardening success and some basic supplies. I spend a lot of time out in my yard during the spring and summer … [Read more...]

Getting Excited for Outdoor Projects with Home Depot! #DigIn #sp

This outdoor projects post is sponsored by Home Depot but all opinions are my own.Spring is officially here and while it still may be a bit chilly outside, I have begun mentally planning my outdoor projects for the season. My family spends a lot of time outside between playing, gardening, and just hanging out by the fire pit. I love having our backyard space as a place that is both functional and attractive. Over the past few years, the exterior of the house and the yard have gotten a bit neglected. A lot of our time, effort and money has … [Read more...]

Backyard Design Ideas That are Good for the Planet #SCJgreenerchoices

Fall is my favorite time of year to get out of the house and do some yard work. I love the crisp cool mornings, the smell of fallen leaves and the beauty of the autumn colors. If you are heading out to your yard to do some much needed maintenance, check out my tips on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for backyard design ideas that are good for the planet!Backyard Design Ideas Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.  … [Read more...]