Savor Summer with Outdoor Sports (and a contest)

  Hard to believe we are starting to hear the words ‘back-to-school” spoken on a regular basis these days and football schedules are available for fall planning.  Say it isn’t so!  Let’s really take advantage of these last days of a favorite season! As you know, Dixie Ultra has been sponsoring a Summer Sweepstakes, giving entrants a chance to win great prizes all summer long. Opportunities to #savorsummer –winning a new grill, an inflatable raft, and Dixie products for those wonderful BBQs. It’s been a lot of fun to highlight all the great activities of summer – eating outdoors, water play and now we turn the focus to outdoor sports.  Even a little heat doesn’t keep us from playing.  Whether it’s tennis, soccer, baseball, golf, Frisbee, or practicing for our favorite … [Read more...]

10 Reasons to See a Concert at a Small Local Theater this Summer

Guest Post by Scotty Reiss I’m so over the big arena concerts: the scramble to buy super expensive tickets that get you a seat near the roof from which performers look like ants on the stage. It’s just not worth it. Luckily, hundreds of great bands are booked into local theaters—many of them historical treasures—around the country, and it’s a growing trend. My local theater, the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut, is a fabulous destination for any sort of show. Recently I went to see The English Beat and it’s an experience I’ll smile about forever. But most towns have a playhouse (a listing of historic theaters is here), so here’s why you should take a look at the schedule and buy tickets to see a favorite band: With only a several hundred seats, … [Read more...]

Five Tips for Meal Planning with Success

If you want to make one change in your life that will dramatically improve your ability to make homemade food for your family, start planning your meals ahead of time. “Learning how to put your favorite meals together into a schedule is a vital kitchen skill that every adult should master.” - Conquering Your Kitchen, page 49 Why Bother Meal Planning? When I began to move away from processed food in favor of a homemade lifestyle a few years ago, the logistics were overwhelming. Day after day, I labored over decisions about what to eat for the next meal. I found myself heading to the grocery store four or five times a week picking up food for the next couple days. It was a stressful transition. But then I discovered meal planning, and life became so much easier. Meal planning … [Read more...]

Time For The Reveal With Valspar and Ace Hardware

It’s reveal time.  When I told you about the summer colors we are loving this year, I said I would tell you how we were going to get them in our lives in a big way and here it is: That’s right – paint chips.  I recently received a “color wheel” full of inspiration in the mail from Valspar Paint  and Ace Hardware . Have you ever felt overwhelmed in the paint section of a large home improvement store? Too much to look at, maybe not enough help or not the right help? Good news! Ace Hardware has teamed with Valspar to create a boutique style experience in their stores. Just like the curated, edited experience you have in a clothing, beauty or jewelry boutique – it’s now available at Ace in The Paint Studio. The beautiful blue green aquas we loved were perfectly portrayed in Valspar … [Read more...]

Easy Summer Entertaining – A Yellow Tail Sangria Party

In the midst of this past awful polar votex winter, I had a yearning for summer.  I wanted to be outdoors, spending time with friends and yes even a little sweat would be more than perfectly acceptable.  So way back in February I got to work planning to host a girl’s weekend in June. 2 days with just the girls. Busy schedules do mean you have to plan in advance…. Getting together with friends you have known for years is so much fun. Gals who understand where you have been and support where you are going.  I knew that along with stories, catching up, and relaxation, there would be laughter and activities.  I also had an idea to invite old friends who knew each other and some new friends who had not met, and wanted to plan a mixer to kick off the weekend. This is where Yellow Tail’s … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Save Money on Summer Travel

10 Ways to Save Money on Summer Travel by Tonya P Many families look forward to the last day of school so they can put their summer travel plans in motion. After all, what can be better than spending time away with the family? I can think of one. How about returning home from vacation with money in your pocket? Here are some of my best tips to help you save money on summer travel with your family. 1. Book your hotel in advance, but continue to look around. If you’re booking directly from the hotel, you either save the most by booking far in advance or by waiting until the last minute. It sounds like a gamble, but it doesn’t need to be. Go ahead and book in advance, most hotels will not charge you until you check-in (confirm this with the hotel). You can continue to check … [Read more...]