Warm sand, palm trees swaying in the ocean breeze, the smell of coconuts and suntan oil; who wouldn’t want to live in a beach paradise? On the East Coast, Florida is the prime beach location. It’s warm for most of the year, its mostly surrounded by the ocean and it only occasionally gets the horrific weather. Wouldn’t you just love to build a home in Florida? Yeah, me too.
This week is Outdoor Living Week and I’ve shown you some great house plans that give you a wonderful space and some great grilling gadgets. But what if you aren’t in the market for a new house and you don’t have a nice place to grill? Well, we can fix that. Grab your tools and let’s build us a deck!
Building a deck is a relatively simple process. Basically, if you know how to use hand tools and a measuring tape, you can build just about anything. So, we’re going to walk through the basic process of building your own DIY deck.
I don’t think it is any coincidence that Father’s Day is in the middle of June and that June is when you really start grilling out. So in honor of Father’s Day, I went and found 20 of the coolest grill gadgets. Some of them I have seen before, some we actually own ourselves and some just make me go “Oh that’s cool!” And all of these products are available with Amazon Prime shipping so if you have prime, you can get it delivered in two days.
Well summer is in full swing and that can only mean two things; mosquitos and oppressive heat. No, wait that wasn’t what I meant to write. I meant to say Father’s Day and Cookouts! Yes! Father’s Day is right around the corner kids and I hope that you have that perfect gift picked out for dad. And what do dads like to do? Grill out and give you unnecessary advice. So let’s celebrate dad this week with our Outdoor Living Week! Starting with some house plans that make you want to slap some hot dogs on the barby.
This year is shaping up to be both dangerous and deadly. So far this year there have been over 1,000 preliminary reports of tornadoes in the United States alone. Of that number, nearly 800 have been confirmed. In those storms, 38 people lost their lives. There have been at least 4 confirmed EF4 tornadoes in 4 different locations. Let’s keep us all safe this year, ok?
In 1993, there was an historic flood throughout the Mississippi Delta and its tributaries. I was a child at the time, but I remember hearing my parents talking about the river rising and the chances of the levee breaking. I didn’t understand what was really going on at the time, but I remember that we took steps both at home and at school to be prepared for if the flood came. We were spared that year but thousands had their lives ruined. Forecasters are saying that this year may be the year that we see a devastating repeat of the Great Flood of 1993.
With the temperatures rising and the days getting longer, swimming is just too much of a temptation to be ignored. A relaxing dip in a cool pool, lake or river is perfect for these hot summer days. But a relaxing day can turn tragic in an instant. Death due to drowning claims over 3,500 people per year. And to make it worse, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under 5. As a mother of 2 beautiful little girls, I never want to see anything bad happen to a child. So let’s talk about swimming safety.
Summer is here! The kids are out of school and the temperatures are skyrocketing. It’s time to uncover the pool and get it ready. Maybe this year you won’t have one of the kids tromping through the house with wet feet and walking all over your carpets. Or maybe you won’t have the pile of soggy clothes sitting in the laundry room smelling faintly of chlorine and sunscreen. Who are we kidding? You need a pool house.
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. It is also the day when many of the pools and swimming areas open officially for the season. What’s more iconic in summer than relaxing next to a pool or swimming in its cool depths? Honestly, it’s one of the things I look forward to every year. I have great memories of swimming in the summers. Rivers, lakes, creeks; it didn’t really matter to me where we swam as long as it was cool and we were able to splash around. My favorite place to swim, though, will always be a nice clear pool. What about you?
The temperatures are warming up and summer activities are gearing up for their return to popularity. Public pools will open up soon, despite the snow that was dropped on the northern states recently. And while I’m writing this, my oldest child is attending her last day of school. It’s time to get the family together for all of those great summertime activities: swimming, water play, throwing water balloons, and pouring foundations.