Tuesday, October 21, 2014

6 Finishing Touches for an Extraordinary Patio

Is your patio an extension of your home? If you look out there and see just the basics, plus a few toys that need to be put away, you may not be drawn to using that space. Contrary to popular belief, you can have kids and also have nice things. Besides, if your outdoor living space was a little more welcoming and stylish, you might actually get more use out of that valuable real estate. You may even be more comfortable inviting your child's friends' parents over for a cookout. Below are a few finishing touches that will make a bold statement.
  1. Outdoor Canvas Art - Yes, outdoor canvas art really does exist, and it is spectacular. The canvas is just as nice as something you would have inside your home, only it is given a special coating that protects against environmental elements. There is a huge selection of outdoor canvas art which can be found online at stores like SoothingCompany.com.
  1. Umbrella - You can't imagine how much more often you will want to use your patio, if you have an umbrella to provide a little shade. This is especially important if you have fair-skinned children who burn fast. Eating lunch outside on a Saturday may sound fun, but the thought of applying sunscreen, knowing you won't be out there long is just too much of a headache. Sit them under the umbrella and you won't have to.
  1. Rug - One of the most forgotten elements also tends to have the biggest impact on an outdoor space. A large decorative rug makes the patio feel like a real room. Plus, everyone can take their shoes off without worrying about stepping on hot cement or decking. You can just spray the rug with the hose when it needs cleaning
  1. Bird Accessories - When you have a bird feeder and fountain nearby you will feel yourself naturally drawn to the space. This is especially true if you can look out a window and see the bird's out there. You will start noticing that the same birds tend to return every day around the same time. Your child can name them and watch for them to return.
  1. Water Feature - The sound of cascading water always improves a space. You will feel as though you have your own little tranquil oasis out there. Plus, it will act like a sound barrier so you are not so bothered by neighborhood noise.
  1. Centerpiece - Nearly everyone has a centerpiece on their kitchen, dining room, and coffee tables, but few add a centerpiece to their table outside. If you are entertaining or if your family is just spending time outside for the day, fresh cut flowers are a nice touch. Your kids can always paint rocks to put in a wicker basket for a centerpiece. Even a citronella candle is better than nothing.

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Harvest Chex Mix

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Harvest Chex Mix

I was searching around the internet for a new fall snack!  I found this amazing recipe on the Betty Crocker website.

Delicious easy snack that you make right in your crock pot.

Click HERE for the complete how to make recipe on the Betty Crocker website.

Simple ingredients needed: 
  • Cinnamon, Wheat, and Vanilla Chex Mix (I could not find Vanilla so I used Honey Nut)
  • Pecans
  • Mini Graham Crackers
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Vanilla
Delicious - the mix is glazed! It also makes a huge amount - perfect for my family of 5.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

#PenguinsMovie ~ THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR hits theaters everywhere on NOVEMBER 26, 2014 in 3D!

Release: November 26, 2014, in 3D
Directed by: Simon Smith, Eric Darnell
Produced by: Lara Breay, Mark Swift
Cast: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare and John Malkovich

Super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched.  Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private.  These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind.  Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.  Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

5-hour Energy

5-hour Energy 

Great way to get that extra energy needed to be a MOM!

Concerned about the ingredients? 
5-hour Energy Shots ingredients can be found 
by clicking HERE

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