How to Pack a Cooler

How To Pack A Cooler

Taking a "mental health day" today....but Kaitlyn's got this covered! :-) Kaitlyn writes...... I spent at least a week or two nearly every summer as a kid on a family vacation. My family had a travel trailer so most of those vacations meant long hours in the car. And long hours in the car always meant yummy snacks and ... Continue Reading

Melon Granitas – A Simple, Refreshing Summer Treat!

Melon Granitas

I don't know about where you are, but where *I* live, we are definitely in the dog days of summer! With temperatures in the 90's I was looking for a refreshing dessert idea and happened to come across a recipe for melon granitas that fit the bill perfectly! A granita is kind of a cross between a smoothie and shaved ice, and ... Continue Reading

How To “Pimp” Your Potting Bench

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Last Mother's Day my husband Dave did something extraordinary! He built me a potting bench! :-) While this may not sound like an extraordinary gesture to some of you, to me it was truly a red-letter day because it was the first thing he's ever built for me. You see, building stuff is not his thing, but in a true gesture of ... Continue Reading

How To Take Sparkling Fireworks Photos!

sparkler art

Can you believe next Friday is the 4th of July?! How is that possible!? This summer is positively SCREAMING by! Oh well, no still have 6 more days to prepare....including brushing up on your picture-taking skills. Ever wondered how photographers capture those amazing fireworks and sparkler photos? Wonder no ... Continue Reading

19 Simple Tips To Overcome The Fear Of Haggling & Save Money!

How To Haggle

Hate to haggle? Me too! As much as I love a good deal...I'm rather lame at negotiating. Luckily, I have a business partner (my nephew Scott) who is very good at it! He apparently takes after his grandpa, my dad, who is GREAT at haggling! That particular gene apparently skips a generation. :-) Research shows that despite the ... Continue Reading

Rustic Peach Raspberry Slab Pie

Peach Slab Pie

Last Thursday I had the distinct pleasure of meeting the one-and-only Martha Stewart at an event at the Macy's store in Salt Lake City. She was there doing a book signing for her latest cookbook "Martha's American Food" and I got to have a good sixty seconds of one-on-one time with her. :-) Yes, it was short, but still very ... Continue Reading

40 {MORE} Uses For My 4 Favorite Oils + A Free Printable

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A little over a year ago I introduced you to my four favorite essential oils (lavender, lemon, melaleuca, & peppermint) and just a SAMPLING of all the great things you can use them for! I even made up a FREE PRINTABLE that turned out to be incredibly popular! I was just starting out my essential oil journey with Spark ... Continue Reading