On the Road in July

Can you even believe that it’s August 1? That means 4 months until December!!! (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist!)

Moving on, moving on… let’s not think about Christmas just yet! How about a peek at the top posts here on the blog in the month of July?

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1. Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Graeter’s! – The giveaway is over, and heck, the month is over, too, but there’s NEVER a bad time for ice cream! Especially Graeter’s! 

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The Summer Holiday Shelf!

According the calendar, it’s now summer! Well…it’s been summer for a while now – but I’m not as quick on the draw as I used to be, that’s for sure! All I know is, school is out, the temps are rising, and I am officially the hottest pregnant-with-twins-woman who has ever been on the face of the planet pregnant with twins. I really am. In fact, what’s the hottest planet? Is it Mars? Maybe THAT’S the face of the planet I’m on. I’m HOT, y’all. I KNOW it’s summer!

So, if it’s summer, then of course, it’s time for me to reveal my Summer Holiday Shelf! Here we go…

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The more shelf designs I do, the more I think that simple is best. But I love how this one pops with the yellow, black and white!

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The Perfect Garden for the Perfect Summer!

It’s finally that time again! The winter coats are packed away, the washing is hanging up outside and the men of the world are taking their rightful place at the barbecue. Yes, it’s summertime! Now that the season of ‘Taps Aff’ weather (a very scientific way of measuring warm weather) is upon us, it is the perfect time to create a beautiful summer yard for all of the family to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a new theme or perhaps your grass just needs sprucing up, it’s important to have your garden exactly how you want it. 

Here are some fantastic ideas to bring it all together!

Bifold Doors to Bring Together Home and Garden

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One of the best ways to make the most of your yard in summer is with Origin  bi fold doors, such as those sold by Ekco. Unlike traditional patio doors, bi-fold doors fold all the way in thereby opening up your home and giving you unparalleled views of your garden. Not only do they look stunning, bi-fold doors have a low threshold which removes the barrier between indoors and outdoors essentially creating one huge living space for you to enjoy in summer. Bi-folds give a wonderful sense of space and light and allow you to keep your home cool in summer.

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7 Fun Ideas to Keep Your Day Entertaining…at Home!

Although right now we’re in the throes of Spring (my allergies can totally attest to that) Summer will soon be upon us! I just wrote an article for the magazine I contribute to on How to Organize Your Summer Vacation, and then it dawned on me: maybe not everyone GOES on summer vacation. I mean, growing up, we always did. I guess I got used to that. But some folks would rather be at home, which is a great way to spend the summer, too! As long as you’re not hearing the words, “I’m bored!” within the first day of Summer vacation. Ugh. 

So when Katleen Brown contacted me about a post full of ways to keep a day at home entertaining, I figured it was the perfect follow-up! She’s got some fantastic ideas here! Check them out!

Sometimes, staying at home can cause boredom, especially if one is not creative enough to figure out what can make a day spent indoors FUN. For those with children, it can be unfortunate if one has no ideas on how they can make the stay at home enjoyable. 

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It is essential to learn about ways to keep the children, and yourself relaxed and entertained as you spend time indoors.

Make Finger Puppets

This is one way of letting the children have fun as they exercise their creativity.  They can remain busy for several hours, and therefore, you will not have to listen to them complaining of boredom or wanting to go out.  They do not need a lot of things for this activity. They only require having papers and paint boxes as well as some glue.  You can help them make monsters or even animals. Using these tools, you can help them to make stories. If you have one child, you can help him or her through the whole process and provide moral support. However, you can invite other kids to your house and have them work with your child. If you have two more kids in the house, you can assist them for a while and then leave them to have fun and exercise creativity on their own.

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Get Your Backyard Ready for the Season

Here in Florida, it’s as good as summer. The high today is slated for a whopping 92 degrees with thunderstorms. Yep! Welcome to summer in Florida! 

So when Emma Lawson asked me about doing a guest post that would teach all of us how to get our backyard ready for some summer fun, well, I know MY backyard needs some help! How about yours?

With summer already knocking on our door, it is high time we scoop up spring blossoms and mow the law so that the beauty of our backyard can shine freely. However, getting your backyard ready is not an easy task, and you should plan it out before you start making any significant changes. In order for your yard to look perfect you should invest your time and enthusiasm, but not necessarily a lot of money.

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Can you imagine spending warm summer nights sitting outside with family and friends with a drink while listening to soothing buzz of insects? The only thing missing in that picture is soft light enveloping you. If getting expensive lamps is not an option, you can make your own garden lights using nothing more than mason jars, some white paint and string. Wrap jars with string and paint them white (or any other color). The results are great: your own garden lanterns in which you will put candles and place on your porch or table. You can also use a string of ordinary Christmas lights and cover them up with cupcake liners.

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