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!This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

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

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...]

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...]

Tips for Organic Gardening with Kids for a Fun and Rewarding Experience!

Kids learn best when they are able to get involved with the learning process. Organic gardening with kids presents a great opportunity to teach your children valuable life lessons with hands-on experience. The most important thing to keep in mind when trying to get your kids engaged in the organic gardening process is to keep their interest. Plant growth takes time, and from seed planting until harvest time of vegetables or flowers, kids often lose interest. Use these tips to capture and hold their attention so you can have a successful summer … [Read more...]

Planting Bulbs in Spring for Vibrant Summer Flowers

With the weather already in the low 60's here in Georgia, we have daffodils blooming and the scent of hyacinths in the air.  While most bulbs are planted in the fall for spring blooming, you can still plant bulbs even after the snow melts.  Planting bulbs in spring will bring you a nice rainbow of colors in your yard during the summer.  However, you need to follow a few of these easy planting tips and make sure to buy the right type of bulbs. I will share a few tips and affiliate links to get you started on your bulb planting journey!How … [Read more...]

How to Grow Your Own Herb Garden

One of the best ways to add flavor to your food is to learn how to grow your own herb garden.  Fresh herbs are not cheap at the grocery store and once you buy them, they go bad fairly quickly.  I cannot tell you how many times I have gone to grab the cilantro only to find that it is slightly slimy and no longer usable. There goes another $1.00 right into the compost bin.  Herb gardens are a very easy way to ensure that you have fresh herbs right at your fingertips whenever you need them.  Not only do you get fresh flavor in your recipes but … [Read more...]

Garden Journal Ideas and Tips for Year Round Record Keeping

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 other times it is the dead of winter. If you are looking for garden journal ideas, the first thing to keep in mind is that gardening is a year round hobby.  I have been gardening for years and have definitely had my share of ups and downs when it comes to results.  Some years I have a plethora of cucumbers and others I get absolutely none.  Sometimes I am hunting for the right type of carrot seeds in March and other … [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. When I was in college, I joined the Outing Club and got my first taste of what hiking and camping were really all about.  I had a great group of people at my disposal that had been enjoying the  great outdoors for many years and lived to tell about it.  I was taught how to put up a tent, build a fire, and prevent bears from rummaging in my food stuffs.  I was NOT told quite a number of things that I have … [Read more...]