7 Tips For Planning The Perfect Picnic

    The arrival of spring means it is time to get outdoors and dine alfresco style! Eating a meal outdoors can be wonderfully relaxing and entertaining, and it can be beautifully budget friendly as well. If you want to prepare a picnic for your family or someone special, take a look below at 7 tips for planning the perfect picnic and creating a meal they will always remember! 1. Choose a scenic spot.
 You want the location to be beautiful and pleasing to the eye, so consider a park or field with some nice landscape. You also want to be sure the spot has trees, so if it gets too warm and you crave some shade you have it. Check out local nature conservatories, parks, and orchards to find the perfect spot. 2. Take comfortable blankets and chairs. Not everyone is use to dining outdoors, so you want to be sure everyone is comfortable. Large blankets and pop up chairs are perfect for giving everyone a cozy place to rest and eat. If you are worried about a wet ground, take … [Read more...]

Make Sure Your Kids Are Healthy And Safe This Summer! #HealthyCampers @MinuteClinic #Ad

*I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for Minute Clinic and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.      Now that the month of June has begun, my sons are looking forward to finishing school and starting their summer vacation.  This will be an important time for them to enjoy the warm weather and to spend quality family time together.  I also realize, however, that it is crucial that I make sure they are healthy and safe during these months as they prepare to engage in physical and outdoor activities.     Some kids will be attending day camp or sleep away camp and it's important that they be deemed physically fit to participate in all camp activities.  Our boys love to play sports so they will be playing basketball and enjoying the outdoors.  Even if your child's camp or sports team doesn't require it, it is important to make sure that your kids are healthy enough to take … [Read more...]

Bring Home An EPIC Adventure On Blu-ray And DVD August 20th! #EpicTheMovie #Giveaway

*This post was written by me on behalf of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.  I received a DVD of the film to review.  All opinions are 100% mine.     The creators of Ice Age have done it again with the debut of this year's animated adventure EPIC on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Deluxe Edition Blu-ray, and DVD this August 20th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  The film encourages families to bond with nature and to end the summer together in the great outdoors.     In the film, a teenager is transported to a magical world where a nature spirit named Queen Tara asks for her help in supporting the "Leafmen" in their quest to save their existence and ours from evil warriors.  They all band together in order to save the world around a storyline that encompasses the beautiful message of reconnecting with nature.     EPIC features an all-star voice cast that includes Colin Farrell, Oscar® Winner Christoph Waltz, and Steven Tyler!  Audiences are transported to a deep forest … [Read more...]

What Are Some Fun Summer Activities To Keep Kids Engaged? #PCBigDay #Ad

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats.  All opinions are 100% mine.     The Summer can be a great time to spend some quality time with your family and to enjoy some fun outdoor activities with your children.  It is important to keep kids engaged during their vacation from school so that they can be productive during their time off.  There are many exciting activities that you can do with your kids that can help them to nurture and foster their interests and to teach them how to set and accomplish personal goals.     Personally, we love to get outside during the warm weather and have some fun together riding our bikes.  It allows all of us to enjoy some fresh air while getting some great exercise.  We also take the time to enjoy the scenery and nature around our neighborhood while we ride together and laugh and talk together.  I can't think of a better outdoor activity to get our boys up and about during the Summer.     Since we have … [Read more...]

Aerobie AeroSpin Yo-Yo Review and Giveaway!

    We absolutely love outdoor activities in my family.  My husband and I especially love sharing activities with our children that we enjoyed immensely during our childhood.  Both of us have fond memories of playing Jacks and trying new tricks with our Yo-Yos when we were kids.  This is exactly why we were thrilled to have the opportunity to review the new Aerobie AeroSpin Yo-Yo with our boys.     The AeroSpin Yo-Yo is not your average Yo-Yo.  As a matter of fact, it is precision crafted with a soft grip that is not only easy on the hand, but also easy on your home and furnishings.  It has an adjustable strap for both string and looping tricks which makes for extra long sleep times achievable even for beginners.     Our boys are ages 9 and 6 and they spent hours trying out new Yo-Yo tricks using the Aerobie AeroSpin.  They loved the vibrant color varieties of the AeroSpin which is available in blue, red, and yellow.  Each AeroSpin comes with its own booklet full of 36 pages of … [Read more...]