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A Taste of Summer

Spring is here and summer is not far behind, which means plenty of backyard BBQs, pool side parties, and outdoor office outings. Read more »

Father's Day

Celebrating Dad!

Sunday is Father’s Day, it’s time to catch up on  some quality time with those great men in our lives that do so much for us every day. Read more »


Cinco de Mayo!

Planning a party for Cinco de Mayo? What a better place to get your party supplies! No matter what type of party you’re planning, we got the goods for you! Wine glasses, margarita glasses, plates, servers…we got it all, and probably stuff you didn’t think you needed.

I’m not a “big” party planner, meaning I like small, intimate affairs, but summer parties (yes, early May is considered summer in South Florida) tend to get bigger, because we’ve got the pool, and the sun, and outdoor grills going, so Cinco de Mayo is usually the first big party of the year for us.

This Cinco will be no different. If I could invite you all, I would, but I can show you what I’ll be using at the party and it’ll be just like you were there!



Picnic on Earth Day!

Monday is Earth Day, a day to raise social consciousness about our lovely and bountiful home planet. I could go into the politics about Earth Day, but I really don’t want to ruin anyone’s day. I’m not the best environmentally conscious person out there, but I do try to be cognizant of my and my family’s impact on our world.

What better way to celebrate Earth than to have a picnic, surrounded by her beauty? Spend a day outdoors, reading, playing football, walking on trails, maybe getting a jump on Arbor Day and planting a tree, put in some new flowers…man, makes me want to head out now!

I’m sure you may be thinking to yourself how to have a picnic and still honor Earth Day, a traditional “green” holiday? Easy, with recyclable plates and cups! Many manufacturers’ offer recycled products or products made from renewable resources like sugar cane, so that we can shrink our carbon footprint.

No matter how you celebrate Earth Day, or even if you don’t, just keep in mind that if we all recycle, and try to use as many recyclable products, products made from recycled materials and renewable resources, we’ll be able to celebrate a healthy Earth for many millennia’s to come! Happy Earth Day!



Camping Time!

Well, maybe not for our northern friends, but down here in Florida its perfect camping weather! Camping supplies are being unearthed from the garage, tents set up in back yards to be aired out, and grills are being scraped clean, ready for campsite burgers and steaks. Bring on the s’mores, it’s time to camp!

When I was younger, I camped a lot. As long as I had my trusty first-aid kit, I was comfortable. I loved waking up in the morning to the sounds of the woods around me, snuggled into the warmth of my air mattress. Yes, I said air mattress. I love to camp, but I need the comforts of home! That meant air mattresses, fluffy pillows from home, and my comforter as opposed to a sleeping bag.


We also had a camp kitchen, a portable countertop that had three levels and lantern hooks. It held my grill, my drip coffee maker (can’t go camping without that), and had hooks so I could hang my skillet and utensils, along with a paper towel hook. One level of the counter top held my paper plates and cups, and the other level held my plastic tote with our dry goods.

We also brought with us a heavy duty ice chest (read: massive) that would hold all of our cold stuffs and keep the ice for about two days before we had to refill it. Our tent was huge, and slept up to 12 people, although we were only two. I need room to move around and not feel cramped. And have clearly designated dressing areas and sleeping areas. We don’t camp as much anymore, and I miss it. Maybe that’s something to bring up as an alternative for summer vacation! What do you do for camping fun?



Happy Fall Ya’ll!!

Well, a day early anyway, but since I’m not here on Saturday’s and Sunday’s to write this wonderful blog, I figured its better early than late. And since this is my absolute favorite time of the year, I thought, Hey! What a great blog to write!

There is just something perfect about autumn. In September, the temperatures are just right (well…not here, but in other places), and you get that slight chill in the morning and a lovely breeze at night. Air conditioners get turned off (again, not here. You’d melt) and windows get opened. Humidity drops and mums and pansies crop up on porch planters, along with corn stalks and gourds. Leaves start turning into the scarlets, golds, and oranges that turn hillsides into gorgeous paintings of bright color.

The other thing I love about autumn is firepits. In October’s past, some of my best nights have been sitting around a fire with friends, light jackets and the heat of the fire offering protection from the brisk night air. Ghost stories around a firepit on Halloween night are just something that has to be experienced..especially if your firepit is bordered by a deep, dark, spooky forest. In October, ghosts hang from trees, jack-o-lanterns glare at you from front porches and stoops, and on one fun night, little goblins and ghuolies rush from house to house, looking for sweet treats.

November is a time for football and Thanksgiving! What other month do you get a pass to eat as much as you want, turn on the TV to watch a football game, and then fall asleep? Well, without recrimination, anyway. Leaves are burning in piles outside, putting the smell of burning wood in the air. The nights get even cooler, and most likely you will have to scrape frost off your car windows in the morning. Thanksgiving comes and you eat like a glutton. Then Black Friday comes and you waddle to the stores at 4 A.M., still full from your midnight snack, and shop like a glutton.

I tell ya, fall is just about the best season. Outdoor activities aren’t impeded by bugs and sweat, and inside activities consist of crafting and baking. What more could a person ask for? Not much more, I can tell you that! What are you doing to make this a great fall season?

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