Picture Worthy Moments Just Outside Your Door

You don't need to go on vacation to get great photo captures. Some of the best picture worthy moments are waiting for you right outside your door. Here are some ideas for must-take pictures while you are relaxing on the home front.1. Nighttime Great pictures don't always have to be taken during the day. With the right setting on your camera you can capture the gorgeousness of the night moon before you say goodnight. (Photo Credit: Angujuana)2. Chalk Fun You can't deny the whimsical feeling that sidewalk chalk brings. The driveway is your palate with endless possibilities. (Photo Credit: Carrieanne Miranda)3. Trampoline Action While the trampoline has gotten a bad rap through the years, I love this idea of using it for good. Change your viewing angle and add some balloons to … [Read more...]

7 DIY Fire Pits You Can Build

It's s'mores season! That yummy, sweet, crunchy, ooey-gooey treat that has made many a childhood memory. Summer evenings are made for s'mores. When the temperatures begin to dip, it's time for melting marshmallows over an open flame...getting them ready to smoosh up next to a chocolate bar in-between graham crackers. OH THE YUM. Don't have a fireplace or regular access to a bonfire? How about a fire pit? There are many commercially available at hardware stores, but why not consider building your own? We've got seven great DIY projects, from simple to complex; all would be awesome s'more-makers.In-ground fire pit with a gorgeous organic perimeter. Tutorial by Laura Catherine. Concrete fire pit bowl tutorial by eHow. Would be great in a modern or rustic setting.Lovely tabletop … [Read more...]

7 Succulent Gardens You Can Create

Succulent gardens are perfect for those with-and without- green thumbs. They take less watering than the average garden, require far less maintenance, and are pretty forgiving when it comes to soil. Best of all? They come in a wide variety of colors and are sure to add amazing texture and interest to any garden.Upcycling and succulent gardening? An all-around win! This succulent pallet garden by Justina Blakeney is divine.Boxes full of succulents! Clever ideas like this just always make me happy. From Design Sponge's Teeny Tiny Gardening interview.Vertical garden of succulents by Flora Grubb Gardens, complete with a very thorough DIY tutorial.  Love the idea, and it could work in any type of decor, from modern to country and everything in between.Adorable tabletop bowl full … [Read more...]

Finding Magic on a Leprechaun Hunt {an Outdoor Game for Kids}

One of my favorite parts of having a two year old is exploring the world through her eyes. Everything is new, oh-so exciting and I know that I am building in fun traditions with her. Those memories she will have forever!Every holiday has its charm, and St. Patrick's Day is no exception! This year, Izzy and I decided to head out into the woods to see if we couldn't find a leprechaun, or at least his treasure!  Having your own Leprechaun Adventure is easy, and an affordable alternative to throwing a party. You and the little's can get out, explore nature and by the time you're done with your aventure, a nap will be in order!  Exercise AND a tuckered out kiddo-sign me up!For our adventure, we chose a selection of green and gold coins and a fun pot. Since everyone knows that the pot of … [Read more...]

Twenty Summer Date Ideas

Want some ideas on what to do with your sweetie this summer? It can be hard thinking of things to do sometimes. Let these ideas help inspire you. Don’t limit yourself to them. Use them as a springboard for even more. #1. Go on a PicnicThis is an obvious summer date idea that gets forgotten way too often. Honestly, when did you go on a real picnic? Pack up a basket or cooler of sandwiches, cold friend chicken, fresh fruit, and drinks. Smoked salmon and crackers are also good. Or you can grab something from a restaurant and take it with you. Depends on you entirely. Don’t forget the blanket. Find a shady place without a lot of people around and sit at a picnic table or on the ground. Make it really special with a bottle of wine.#2. Spend the Day at the ZooThe zoo isn’t … [Read more...]