Summer Gardening Tips for a Bountiful Harvest

Summer gardening is always a bit less fun for me than spring gardening! The weather is hotter, the weeds are taking over and the bugs are hungry. However, if I am going to manage to get any harvest at all this summer I need to stay ahead of the game. I thought I would share a few of my summer gardening tips to help you maximize your harvest this year. Check out my post on essential gardening supplies and get outside! Chores for Your Summer Garden Checklist There are always a ton of summer gardening chores to be done but some are easily … [Read more...]

Easy Tips for Grilling Vegetables Perfectly!

If you are looking for healthy barbecue ideas, these tips for grilling vegetables will come in handy this summer. With grilling season starting soon, everyone is throwing hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. What about grilling vegetables? I rarely see slabs of eggplant or skewers of bell pepper on the grill at my neighborhood pool party. When you imagine a meal cooked over the grill, most people usually think of steaks, burgers and hot dogs. One way to reduce your carbon foot print this summer is to learn how to grill vegetables instead of … [Read more...]

Sustainable Bathing Suits and How to Care For Them

While some people might just be seeing crocuses pop up out of the ground, we here in the south are heading towards summer. This week it will be almost 90 degrees and the pool opens in 2 weeks. Of course, summer for us means lots of time spent at the pool. Are you looking for a new bathing suit? There are a number of sustainable bathing suits on the market today that will help you green up your summer routine. I thought I would share a few brands that I have found, as well as some tips on how to care for bathing suits to extend the life of your … [Read more...]

Easy Rainbow Craft: Bottle Cap Rainbow Magnets

With the beginning of spring comes sunny days, blooming flowers and baby animals. It is one of my favorite times of the year and it inspired me to get crafty and make this easy rainbow craft to share with you all today. My husband has a bucket in the garage where he tosses his bottle caps so bottle cap crafts are easy for me to get supplies for! Since we are heading into Earth Day, I loved the idea of an upcycled craft that was not only pretty but functional as well. We all need more refrigerator magnets, right? If you are looking for an spring … [Read more...]

Healthy Summer Tips and a Goddess Garden Safe Sunscreen Review #SunSafeGoddess

This safe sunscreen post is sponsored by Green Sisterhood and Goddess Garden however all opinions are my own. #SunSafeGoddess Summer is almost here and my kids have exactly one week left until summer vacation. Not that I'm counting, of course! Summer vacation brings a relaxed atmosphere to the house that I love but having two teens lounging about all day is enough to drive me batty! I have already started planning ways to create a happy and healthy summer for the whole family. There are books to request from the library, new bathing … [Read more...]

A Taste of Summer with a Pineapple Breeze Mocktail Recipe #Outshine

I created this  Pineapple Breeze Mocktail Recipe with #Outshine fruit bars as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars by Crowdtap. All opinions expressed here are my own. Now that the holidays have passed and we are moving into February I am completely and totally over the whole winter thing. Thoroughly sick of brown grass, sweaters, my heating bills, and everything else having to do with the cold weather. I am ready for spring and summer to arrive. I miss flip flops and tank tops and playing in my garden but for another month or two I … [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...]

Easy Mexican Corn Dip Recipe with Amaize Sweet Corn

This easy Mexican corn dip recipe is sponsored by Amaize sweet corn but all opinions expressed are my own. With summer at it's peak, I am thrilled to be seeing a vast array of seasonal produce arriving at the grocery store and farmer's markets. Even my back yard garden is starting to yield a few hot weather crops. (only a few but I keep my fingers crossed!) Corn, tomatoes and onions are all abundant and inexpensive this time of year and with the Fourth of July coming up tomorrow I was looking for creative recipes to bring to the neighborhood … [Read more...]

Healthier Fourth of July with Mango Relish #Recipe and Applegate Hotdogs!

This healthy fourth of July post is sponsored by Applegate but all opinions expressed are my own. Summer is here and what better way to enjoy the hot weather than to send my husband outside to grill up our dinner! With cookouts, picnics, barbecues,  and parties, there will be a lot of hot dogs eaten in the next month. I don't usually buy traditional hot dogs because, honestly, I am fairly concerned with what goes in them. There is always a ton of jokes about hot dog ingredients but have you ever read the ingredient label? For a … [Read more...]