Hiking with Teens: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Family hiking can be a great way to get exercise and have fun with your teenagers.  Or, it can be a horrible experience that will ensure your teens never set foot in the woods again!  Here are some tips for hiking with teens so that your outdoor family adventure is one you will want to repeat! Make Family Hiking a Priority My husband and I have always been avid outdoors type people.  Long walks in the woods are far more enjoyable for us than a cruise or an island vacation.  Yes, we would rather get dirty and sweaty … [Read more...]

How to Keep Snakes Out of Your Yard and Garden

If you have pets and small children, you may be wondering how to keep snakes out of your yard naturally 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.  From snake traps to snake repellents, what works and what doesn't to repel snakes from your yard and garden? Kids and Poisonous Snakes Don't Mix I am a huge nature lover but I can't … [Read more...]

How to Clean Patio Furniture and Enjoy Your Outdoor Space!

Kick off spring with a clean patio!  Deck and patio furniture often takes a beating over the winter leaving it dull, dirty, and gross when spring rolls around.  Here are a few tips on how to clean patio furniture so you can enjoy your outdoor living space as the weather warms up.    When old patio furniture is functional but UGLY I love spending time out on my patio in the spring and summer.  However, living in the moldy, pollen loaded south meant that I had to learn how to clean patio furniture the first … [Read more...]

Garden Journal Ideas and Tips for Year Round Record Keeping

Keep track of your garden successes and failures with a beautiful but functional garden journal. Whether you want to design your own garden journal pages in a pretty notebook or use garden journal software, keeping a journal of your gardening is important.  Here are a few garden journal ideas and tips for year round record keeping of your backyard gardening.   Keeping Track of Garden Ideas Usually, garden inspiration comes to me at the craziest of times.  Sometimes it's late at night, or while I am in the shower and … [Read more...]

Planting Bulbs in Spring for Vibrant Summer Flowers

Can you plant bulbs in spring?  YES!  You definitely can! Summer-blooming flowers like dahlia and gladiolus are best planted in the spring after all danger of frost has passed. Early spring is the best time to look for summer bulbs for sale at your local nursery. What bulbs are planted in the spring? Keep reading to find out! The Best Time To Plant Flower Bulbs With the weather already warming up here in Georgia, we have daffodils blooming and the scent of hyacinths in the air.  While most bulbs are planted in the fall for … [Read more...]

Hiking Tips for Women: What the books don’t tell you!

If you are planning a hiking trip soon and happen to be female, you might want to remember these hiking tips for women as you plan your trip. Going hiking is great exercise and a lot of fun.  Don't let lack of experience make it a not so enjoyable time! Why Hiking is the Best Exercise When I was in college, I joined the Outing Club.It was my first taste of what hiking and camping were really all about.  The club was a great group of people who had been enjoying the  great outdoors for many years and lived to tell about … [Read more...]

Patio Upgrade Ideas for Luxurious Outdoor Living

These patio upgrade ideas are part of a sponsored post for Best Buy.  All opinions are my own. When my husband and I moved into our new home, the first thing we did was have a stone patio put in.  We went all out with a seating wall, fire pit, and stone steps and haven't regretted one single penny spent on the project.  Our outdoor living space is truly my favorite part of the house! We have incorporated several patio upgrades into our budget since then and there are several more that we have planned.  I thought I would … [Read more...]

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

There are many reasons for wanting bats in your backyard.  But, just because you want them there, doesn't mean they will come!  Here are a few tips on how to attract bats to your backyard.  And some interesting bat facts about why you want them there! Why Is the Bat Population Decreasing? 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 … [Read more...]

Spray Painting Plastic Outdoor Furniture for a Frugal Patio Upgrade

Looking for a frugal patio upgrade?  Try spray painting plastic outdoor furniture for a clean new look for your old lawn chairs and tables! This easy outdoor DIY project took less than an hour and most of that was waiting for paint to dry.   It's not perfect, mainly because I am not an artistic person.  But, cheap plastic patio furniture is easy to clean and paint so no need to spend a lot of money on new outdoor furniture!  Frugal Patio Upgrade Desperately Needed! When my husband and I moved into our home 15 … [Read more...]

Early Spring Garden Vegetables to Plant NOW!

I am so excited that it is almost time to start planting a spring garden!  Living in the south means that I have 3 seasons to plant my crops, however spring is my favorite one of all.  What can you plant in spring?  Every plant has a season and you need to know which plants will do best in the climate you live in.   While some of you might still have snow on the ground, you need to start planning ahead. Which spring garden vegetables should you plant? Here are a few of my favorites!   Essential Gardening … [Read more...]