Want to be Hiking at 50? Here is Some Important Advice to Follow!

This post about hiking at 50 has been sponsored by DePuy Synthes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central.  All opinions are my own. I decided to start hiking when I was in college and it is by far my favorite way to exercise.  While I spend more time in the gym than I do on the trail, stationary bikes do not bring me the sort of enjoyment that I get from setting off on a hiking trail.  But, hiking definitely gets more challenging the older I get! Keep reading for a few middle aged hiking tips as well as information … [Read more...]

How to Keep Snakes Out of Your Yard for Greater Peace of Mind

If you have pets and small children, you may be wondering how to keep snakes out of your yard to help keep them safe. I know this is a huge concern for us here in Georgia. A few years ago, my husband and I found two rather large copperheads in our yard.  Needless to say, there was a lot of commotion over this fact since they are poisonous. I am a huge nature lover but I can't have poisonous snakes in my yard.  Unfortunately, we had to kill both copperheads which was very upsetting to all of us. What I really want to do is to keep snakes away … [Read more...]

How to Spruce Up Your Mailbox with Very Little Effort!

Ever look at your mailbox and think it needs a bit of TLC?  Are the numbers peeling off and the paint chipping?  If your mail is getting wet and your mailbox flowers are dead, I am going to share a few tips on how to spruce up your mailbox with very little effort! How to Spruce Up Your Mailbox with Very Little Effort! Understand Mailbox Rules Before You Start! We spent some time this weekend painting, repairing, and decorating our mailbox.  We knew that our homeowners association had mailbox rules that we had to follow.  I know, it is … [Read more...]

How to Grow Dill and 7 Fresh Dill Recipes to Use it All!

I absolutely love fresh dill, however, I hate buying it at the grocery store.  Do you know how much dill I usually use in my recipes?  About a tablespoon.  Do you know how big a bunch of dill is at the store?  HUGE!  Usually, when I buy a bunch of fresh dill I am left with a ton that just ends up being thrown away.  If you learn how to grow dill at home, you can save yourself a ton of money.  Of course, since you have a huge amount of it right at your fingertips, you will need to come up with a ton of ways to use fresh dill before it goes to … [Read more...]

How To Attract Butterflies To Your Yard This Spring

Are you wondering how to attract butterflies to your yard this spring? Butterflies play a very important role in our ecosystem since they are considered a pollinator.  Pollinators are vitally important for the health of our food system and essential for most plants to exist.  Due to numerous reasons, the pollinator populations are suffering right now.  Numbers are dropping and that should be a huge concern to everyone.  How can we help?  What can the average person do to improve the health of the pollinator population?  The first thing you need … [Read more...]

How to Protect Your Bird Feeder From Squirrels

Have you ever watched squirrels steal all the bird food you put in your feeder?  If so, you are probably wondering how to protect your bird feeder from squirrels that decimate your seed supply! Here in Georgia, we get many varieties of birds that live here year round.  There are also many migratory species that fly through on their way to or from their seasonal homes.  As a result, my husband and I are very diligent about keeping our bird feeders well stocked, even during the cold winter months. Why go through all the work of attracting birds … [Read more...]

Fall Outdoor Decorating Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank

I must admit that I enjoy scrolling through Pinterest looking at fall outdoor decorating ideas for my porch and yard.  The front porch is the first part of your home that guests see right?  I want it to be warm and inviting!  With Halloween and Thanksgiving fast approaching, let's take a minute to add a bit of character to the outside of our home! When you are done decorating, clean the patio furniture and get ready to sit and visit with the neighbors! Fall Outdoor Decorating Ideas that won't break the bank!   Start with the … [Read more...]

Camping Tips for Beginners that Will Make Your Outdoor Experience FUN!

Camping, whether as a family or on your own, offers an amazing experience for very little cost. It is a great way to unplug you and your family from the everyday hassles of life. You will learn to enjoy the simple pleasures of a glorious sunrise or a quiet shared meal.  However, you do need to read up on a few camping tips for beginners if you really want to have a pleasant experience. You'll also need to invest in some equipment!  However,  once you are done planning,  you will have everything you need to escape the city and enjoy Mother … [Read more...]

How to Attract Bats to Your Yard and Why You Want Them There!

Years ago, my family went caving in Kentucky.  We learned quite a bit about the plants and animals in the surround areas and the guide was passionate about bats.  The bat population in many areas is decreasing due to the spread of numerous fungal illnesses and a serious loss of habitat.  Learning how to attract bats to your yard can be a great way to do your part to support the local bat population.  You may think they are a bit intimidating but honestly, they need our help if they are going to thrive!  Here are a few ways to attract bats to … [Read more...]

Mosquito Protection Tips to Help You Reclaim Your Backyard!

Last week, my family and I headed to Florida for spring break.  The first half of our trip was spent exploring Everglades National Park which was an absolutely amazing trip.  Except for the mosquitos.  They were absolutely everywhere!  With the threat of West Nile virus, Zika virus and so many other nasty illnesses, I read up on a TON of mosquito protection tips before we left.  Of course, your backyard won't have anywhere near as many mosquitos as the Everglades does but it's still smart to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Mosquito … [Read more...]