Picnics & Popsicles

Picnics & Popsicles

Disclosure: The following is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied an outfit from FabKids in exchange for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in.  Well, summer has struck North Carolina with a vengeance (and I know we are not alone)! Two straight weeks of temps in the mid to high 90s, plus a few 100 degree days in there AND almost no rain. Basically the moment the kids got out of school we hit a heat wave that kept them in the house all. day. long. Finally, the high temps fell to a balmy 88 degrees and we took the opportunity to pack up a quick picnic lunch and enjoy some time outside. The kids were so excited to play outdoors. …

Joy Williams - Venus

Joy Williams – Venus [music]

Disclosure: I participated in the Joy Williams Venus album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own. Honestly, before I was asked to review this album I had no idea who Joy Williams was. That is, until I read she was one-half of the four-time Grammy Award-winning folk-rock duo The Civil Wars. I have several of their albums and especially love the popular songs “Dust to Dust” and “The One That Got Away“, not to mention the Taylor Swift Hunger Games song “Safe & Sound” in which they were featured. The Civil Wars broke up in August 2014 citing “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition” as reasons for why they were “unable to continue as a touring entity.”   Williams wrote her first …

Survive the Summer Heat with Bj's Wholesale Club

Survive the Summer Heat with BJ’s Wholesale Club

Disclosure: I am part of the BJ’s Wholesale Club Blogger Ambassador program. The following is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in, and use myself. Well, it’s official! Even if the calendar doesn’t quite agree, summer is here. And it has hit North Carolina with a vengeance. We are only on day 6 of summer break and I’m ready for fall. What the heck am I going to do to survive the next 10 weeks of “vacation”?!? It’s too hot to do anything outside. I’m a fair-skinned redhead convinced I will die from spontaneous combustion if I go outside when it’s over 90. Air conditioning and ice pops are my best friends. …

Tasty Tuesday - Not So Sweet Tea

Not So Sweet Tea

I love iced tea. When I was little my mom would make iced tea all summer long and I always had to drink from her glass. For some reason it tasted better than the glass of iced tea I poured for myself. (My kids do this to me now and it irritates me to no end. So sorry mom!!) We have been living in North Carolina for just over a year now. I’m very much enjoying the Southern hospitality, mild winters, beautiful fall weather, and early spring gardens. I love nearly everything about the South. Except for the summer heat and–please don’t lynch me–sweet tea. It’s too sweet and there is a bitter aftertaste I just can’t stomach. After trial and error I found a perfect alternative to traditional Southern sweet …

$300 Father's Day Giveaway

$300 Father’s Day Giveaway [winner announced 3/21]

Who couldn’t use an extra $300?!? Click on the button below to enter to win $300 Cash!   Father’s Day Giveaway! Sponsored by The Everyday Home  and Our Good Life   |   Denise Designed Toadstool Pond  |   Brunch with Joy An Oregon College and  My Mom Made That  |   Homemade Ginger Yesterday on Tuesday Click here to enter. Giveaway is sponsored by The Everyday Home and all inquiries should be directed here.

Kick off the Summer Season with FabKids!

The Unofficial Kickoff to Summer – FabKids Review

Disclosure: The following is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied an outfit from FabKids in exchange for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in.  Yay!! It’s time for fireflies, outdoor fun, barbecues, and S’Mores! Even though we have two weeks left of school the unofficial kickoff to summer is here! I don’t know about yours, but my kids have pretty much checked out of school already, which is unfortunate since they have EOGs (comprehensive end of the year testing) next week. Hopefully, we can keep it together just a little bit longer! I know I am counting down the days until school’s out –>> did you see the countdown clock in my sidebar, lol?!? We got a little taste of …