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...]

Easy Gardening Tips that Won’t Break the Bank

If you are looking for easy gardening tips, you need to keep an eye on your budget.  Some gardening ideas sound great, but are incredibly expensive.  I have been a fan of frugal gardening for years so I decided to share a few easy gardening tips that won't break the bank!Backyard Gardening on a Budget I have been gardening for many years...ever since my preschooler came home one day with a Lima bean plant that he grew in class that he wanted to put in the ground. Well, the boy is now a teenager who asks for Trinidad Scorpion … [Read more...]

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...]