The SMART Back to Basics Summer Project. Bring it ON!

I’ve spoken to hundreds of moms and everyone seems to have the same complaint. How do we get our kids off electronics and back to basics? How do we teach them to connect with people on a deeper level? How do we teach them to search for a solution using their minds and not just with a push of a button?Sometimes I just want to shout, “Stop looking down and take the time to look up, connect and enjoy the moment.” I am determined to teach them the amazing benefits of life unplugged!And voila, that inspired me to set up my summer of getting back to basics plan begins! It’s time to look up, connect and experience real feelings, real emotions, real people, real nature – everything REAL and NOTHING electronic.I’m calling it 'My SMART Back to Basics Summer Project'. The goal is to … [Read more...]

ten best Beach essentials

Ready, set, sunscreen!  Sand and sea are just the start of a fun family vacation with these top essentials.My family always looks forward to a summer retreat to surf and sand.  A lazy morning sipping coffee on the beach, reading, swimming, and walking as far as we can looking for seashells.  My boys compete to dig the biggest hole ever, stopping only to eat and to catch a few waves to cool down.  Are you planning to visit the shore, and spend your day catching the rays with friends and family?  You'll need a towel , blanket, cooler, and straw hat.  If you are missing anything , you are in luck as we have rounded up a few of our favorite must haves for the shore.Stake in the Sand Beach Cup Holder - $10.95Just perfect. Made of sturdy, weather resistant plastic. Holds most … [Read more...]

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...]