The holidays are approaching and if you’re anything like me, you’re already doing some browsing online, so I’m sharing some smart online holiday shopping tips to help you save money, time, and your sanity during Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s, and beyond.
Shopping in stores is a complete drain on most consumers. During the Halloween season, you dread going to the stores that sell costumes because it’s like a mad house. I know I do! The closer Halloween gets, the longer the wait to try on costumes.
It’s no fun.
It’s no different on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or during the Christmas rush. Chaos ensues – especially when anything in the store is limited in quantity, and you wind up going all over town trying to find an item – sometimes encountering rude shoppers and surly clerks.
You’re ready to decorate your home and want the best outdoor decorations for Halloween. I feel you there! I love creating a spooky landscape for me, my family, my friends, and trick-or-treaters.
My Hunny is also a fan of decorating the outside of our home, but he leans more toward the scary whereas I lean toward the spooky and fun (and I guess scary is fun – sometimes for me and definitely for him and some of our visitors!)
Halloween often marks the beginning of the proceeding fall season, and many people use this as an opportunity to begin decorating for fall.
The following decorating tips provide family-friendly Halloween decorations that aren’t too scary, but are great for this season – perfect for how I like to spook up the place. Read more
Even though it’s still summer, I know I’m already thinking about back-to-school and I thought it would be fun to share my 8 best kids lunch boxes with compartments – also known as Bento boxes. These make for great school lunches and adults love them, too.
What I particularly like is that you can create hundreds of combinations beyond sandwiches and chips.
In fact, packing these lunches has practically become an art form!
There are even accessories to make endless varieties of lunches that don’t include peanut butter and jelly sammies (but of course there are even more ways to pack your favorite sandwiches!) Read more
If I’m going to be living outdoors for a few days, I want easy cooking ideas for camping. I certainly don’t want to be spending too much time prepping food and the quicker I can cook up something for me and the fam, the better!
I also really want to enjoy every part of the process, from the food prep to sitting with my family and chowing down, to enjoying an after-dinner treat.
If you are brand new to cooking while camping, it can be intimidating. It seems like there is so much you need; from cookware and utensils to various tools and supplies just to make basic foods.
Here, I’m talking to beginners. This is meant to give you some basic things to start with, from lists of items to bring with you to easy and delicious starter meals. This is a great starting off point for your campsite cooking adventure!
Campfire Cooking Equipment and Supplies
Before learning about the different foods and snacks you can prepare for your family during the camping trip, it helps to learn about some essential campfire cooking equipment and supplies you’ll need.
Don’t feel pressured to purchase all of this gear since, as you will soon learn, some foods need nothing more than some aluminum foil or a skewer stick. However, it is a good idea to build up your stock, slowly and gradually adding these items to your camp cooking set. Read more
I’m all about beach day hacks and when I saw some of these almost perfect ones, I thought to myself, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
Some I already do when I go for the day. (Boogie board sled, anyone?)
See, if you’ve ever been to the beach, it’s not all coconut scents and sparkly water (though, there’s a lot of that!)
There’s sand. And hot sun. And little shade.
When you have little ones – or…even not-so-little ones – that can make for a long day that leaves everyone sunburned and cranky (but with great memories…especially if you remember to bring your camera!) Read more
The weather was so nice today that I started thinking about picking up a portable hammock with stand for enjoying some quiet time in my yard. A yard that doesn’t make it easy for me to hang up a hammock between two secure places.
No trees. No poles. No wooden beams. Nothing.
And today in sunny southern California, the sun is out, the weather is cool, the sky is a bright blue…and I’d love nothing more than to chill out in my yard with my cockapoo and take a nap.
Evenings are still pretty cool but it would be so easy to curl up in one of these with a blanket and a book – maybe even my current crochet project – and just relax.
You have guests coming, you’re visiting friends or family, or you’re going camping and you want the best queen air mattress with built-in pump available. I hear ya! I frequently visit friends and family and there have been times I needed a high-quality air mattress to make sure I got the best night’s sleep I could.
I also like knowing that when we do have overnight guests, they are as comfortable as I can make them – not sleeping on the floor or a less-than-ideal couch.
And yes, I’m one of those campers who prefers the comfort of an air mattress as opposed to a sleeping bag on the ground (to those of you hard-core enough to rough it like that, I salute you!)
Now if you’re in the market for the best queen air mattress with built-in pump, I have some great finds for you.