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

Potting Bench Makeover 17

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

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you all have some fun and safe activities planned. :-) One of the fun things we did last year was take some pictures using sparklers! Well OK, *I* didn't take daughter-in-law Kaitlyn took them, but I was SO impressed when I saw them. I had NO IDEA that ANYONE could capture such ... 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

My 4 favorite oils 3

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