Fall Hiking Tips for Beginners

This post about fall hiking tips for beginners is sponsored by Best Buy.  All opinions are my own. I have hiked a lot of trails over the years and the best season to hike in is definitely FALL!  As beautiful as it is, however, fall can be a challenging season for hiking. Learn how to stay safe while hiking in fall by keeping in mind a few of these tips. Important Fall Hiking Tips for Beginners If you are new to the outdoor life, keep in mind that hiking in the fall poses a few unique challenges.  While it is a beautiful … [Read more...]

Tips for Staying Active with Your Dog

Want to exercise with your dog to stay healthy and have fun? There are a few things you should consider before you get started.  Staying active with your dog can be beneficial to both of you, but don't jump into it too quickly!   How much exercise to dogs need? The amount of exercise a dog needs is really dependent on the breed and age.  If they are putting on weight or destroying your house, you may want to increase the activity level of your pet. Many years ago, my husband and I discovered the joy of competitive dog … [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...]

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 … [Read more...]

How to Prepare for a Camping Trip to Stay Safe and Have Fun

Camping is a wonderful way to spend time with the family.  Getting outdoors and unplugging for a few days is a great way to reconnect with each other while you have some fun.  Once you invest in the right gear, it also becomes a very inexpensive way to go on vacation.  You can rent a campsite for significantly less money than you can stay in a hotel. Knowing how to prepare for a camping trip can make or break your outdoor experience.  Heading into the woods unprepared can leave you with soggy socks and unhappy memories!  Check out my hiking … [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...]

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...]