Sunday’s Best Linkup – #127

 

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Welcome to Week 127 of Mother 2 Mother Sunday’s Best Linkup.  This is the first week of  The world’s Greatest Dads. We’re looking for crafts, recipes, party ideas, cocktails, and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linkup too. They’re are great for inspiration.
Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like.  Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the party too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger.  All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board too!
The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best Linkup featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best Linkup will be promoted on Twitter.  In addition to the Post With the Most Clicks, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best Linkup host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Linkup Hosts Are:

Sunday's Best Linkup


Debbie at Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains  Kim at Life in a House of Testosterone 

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother  and Brittany at A Mama Tale

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Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, Bloglovin;, or Instagram; before you leave.

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Rhonda selected Transferring a Cabinet from the Junk Pile from Electric Red Barn  

 

DIY cabinet makeover

Debbie selected How to Perfectly Wrap Gifts from Keeping It Real 

gift ideas

Kim selected Broccoli Salad from Delightful Repast  

broccoli salad recipe

Brittany selected Book Ends for the Sports Loving Dad from Across the Blvd. 

Father's Day gift ideas

The Post with the Most Clicks

 Beer Cake from Tschi Tschi 


Father's Day gift ideas

and

Our Favorite Theme Post(s)  – The World’s Greatest Dads

Dad’s Day Delight from Marilyn’s Treats 

Father's Day ideas

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you participating on Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again; you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!


Penny Embellished Picture Frame

penny embellished frame

Looking for a unique gift for a friend.  Try making this penny embellished picture frame.  You can use it to frame a picture or a printable.  It’s unique and budget friendly too.  So, pick up a gold frame from the Dollar Tree or your favorite dollar store, and let the fun begin.

You will need the following items:

  • Gold Frame (I used a 4 x 6)
  • Glue gun
  • New pennies
  • Wet cloth

 

 

A 4 x 6 frame uses approximately 32 pennies.  The size of your frame will determine the number of pennies needed. I started at the bottom and moved around the frame.  Ensure the pennies are heads up and fairly new.  After all, if you will be giving it as a gift you want the frame to shine.

First, remove the paper from the picture frame and replace it with one of the quotes. You will one to complete this step first.  Trying to insert your quote after the pennies have been glued to the frame can be difficult.  The pennies have a tendencies to fall off if you place the frame face down.

Check out our quotes and feel free to download one for your frame.  I didn’t include a border because I didn’t want to distract from the frame once the quote was added.  Sometimes less is more.

penny quotes

 

Place a dab of glue on the back of each penny, and press it on the frame.  I found that the hot glue held the pennies in place better than the Elmer’s glue.  If your children will be working on the frame, Elmer’s glue may be better.

However, don’t place a large amount of glue on the pennies.  Pressure will cause the glue to spread, so you don’t want an excessive amount on the pennies.  Position the penny on the frame.  Wipe any glue mishaps before it dries.  Cover the entire frame with pennies.

penny embellished frame

 

 

Last, once the pennies have been added, allow the frame to set overnight to ensure the pennies are not disturbed.  We hope you like our embellished picture frame.  Finally, use your penny stash and a dollar frame to create this awesome gift.

How to Get Your Kids Away from the TV and Active

getting kids active

 

The last school bell has rung and summer is here.  Kids could spend the entire summer watching TV or on a mobile device. However, watchful parents ensure kids are getting outside, exercising, and staying away from digital screens. Here’s to an active summer and the joys of movement.  Check out our tips on getting kids active:  

Get a Job

Depending on their age, help kids get a full or part-time job for the summer. Does working at a local pool, taking breaks to swim and being in the sun, sound so bad?  Fortunately, younger kids can work limited hours at bagel shops, lemonade stands, etc.

 Read That Book Series

Some kids are assigned books to read for summer. I ’s usually long, something the child does not want to read and is reserved for the last week of summer. As a result, take the pressure away.  As a result, add a few exciting and fun selections. Take your child to the bookstore and have them select the first book out of a series.  If they like it, they’re likely to continue reading the series.

Volunteer Your Time

Kids have a lot of time on their hands in the summer. So much that they can hold a part-time job and still have a lot of free time. It would be altruistic and look great on college applications if they devoted time toward volunteering at a local YMCA, food shelter, local business, etc. Ask around town or do a Google search to find volunteer opportunities in your area.

Get in Shape

Exercise is healthy, and with child obesity a serious issue, it’s encouraged that kids find an athletic hobby such as biking, skating, jogging, etc. The mild temperature and the sunshine make it easy to engage in an activity or sport. Inquire about sports their friends play or take kids to the sporting goods store and see if any equipment piques their interest. Getting kids active is a parental responsibility.  

See the State

Some kids attend great schools and live in peaceful and safe neighborhoods.  But, some kids don’t even know what it’s like in other parts of their state. Schedule time to take your child on some road trips. While having a destination in mind like a museum is enriching, the experience of seeing other places and people can be enough. Use this weather app to choose the best days to take road trips.

Help at the House

Kids grow to be adults and later moms and dads. So as adults , take care of things around the house such as laundry, cutting the grass, making minor repairs, taking care of the pets and so on. The summer is a good time to increase a number of things a child does around the home so they can lend a hand. Perhaps a minor money incentive or reward could inspire them to do even more!

We hope you enjoyed the tips on getting kids active. Get creative, and demonstrate that being active is not boring and most importantly it’s healthy.

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #126

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Welcome to Week 126 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.  This is the first week of The world’s Greatest Dads. We’re looking for crafts, recipes,  décor, cocktails, and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linkup too. They’re great for inspiration.
Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board too!
The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best Linkup featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best Linkup will be promoted on Twitter.
In addition to the Post With the Most Clicks, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best Linkup host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Linkup Hosts Are:

Sunday's Best Linkup


Debbie at Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains — Kim at Life in a House of Testosterone 

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother — Brittany at A Mama Tale

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains: Please connect with Debbie on Facebook and follow her on Bloglovin, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter before you leave.

Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, Bloglovin;, or Instagram; before you leave.

Brittany from A Mama’s Tale:  A Mama’s Tale: Please like Brittany’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, or Pinterest or before you leave.

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Rhonda selected How to Use an Old Trunk in the Garden from Penny’s Treasures 

gardening ideas


Debbie selected No Yeasted Braided Bread from Treat and Trick   

   braid recipes


Kim selected Patriotic Coastal Art from Across the Blvd.    

 Patriotic Ideas

 

Brittany selected Make Smores Indoors from Marilyn’s Treats 

  Smores Recipes

 

The Post with the Most Clicks

 

Marquee Monogram from Across the Blvd.      

 Monnogram Crafts

and

Our Favorite Theme Post(s) –  Remembering Our Heroes

 

How to Teach Your Toddler About Memorial Day from A Mama Tale    

 Memorial Day Ideas
and
Patriotic Printables
                                                                                                         and
                                                              Patriotic Party Plans from 3 Winks Designs
patriotic decorating idea
Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you participating on Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!


Destination Wedding and Party Rentals

 

party and destiation weddings rentals

 

Planning a destination wedding, birthday party or social gathering?  Check out Archive Rentals, they’re waiting to be your premier party and destination wedding coordinators.  Their locations include northern and southern California as well as Mexico.  The locations in Mexico include, Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen.  So, remove the stress from planning your event.  Archive Rental will help you with furnishings, staging or designing your event.  No event is too big or too small.

They offer a variety of tables and chairs for rent and vintage rentals.  If your style is country, check out the farm table and barrel stools.  They will set the tone for any country affair. Furthermore, they offer accessories including cowhide throw pillows, neon BBQ signs, wooden farm shutters and more.  Need a little wow factor?  Add in the barn wall.  It a great backdrop for photos.

If you’re thinking of a beach themed party, check out the soda shack.  It is sure to get your guests attention.  A  suggestion would be to serve bottles of Coke, Pepsi or Nehi.  Perfect for those wishing to have a non-alcoholic drink.   Additionally, the soda shack would be a great conversation piece.  Also, add the nautical collection and along with the canoe and you’re on your way to a lively party.

I hope that you’re feeling inspirational at this point.  If you’re planning a destination wedding Archive Rental is located in Mexico.  Picture a wedding on the beautiful white beach with ocean waves crashing in the background.  Or a roof top wedding with the ocean in the background.  Sounds so romantic doesn’t it.  So, let Archives Rental help you plan the perfect wedding and reception.  Flowers, arches and seating can be provided. Make a note of your idea place settings too.  Archive Rental can style the perfect table for you and your spouse and 100s of guests.

Finally, you can be assured that you will be receiving quality service and products.  Archive Rental has clients as large as HGTV, Victoria Secret and Stitch Fix.  But, they have also have clients like you and me.  Therefore, put them at the top of your list for assistance with your next event.

 

24 Things To Do In Washington, DC

 

things to do in washington, dc

Washington, DC is the nation’s capital.  It’s the perfect place to spend a week or even a few days.  It’s family friendly, and has 100’s of attractions.  You will find historical sites, restaurants and sports events.  Check out my list of things to do in Washington, DC.:

  1. The Smithsonian – First, you can spend days at the Smithsonian.  It’s the world’s largest museum.  Includes 19 museums, galleries, gardens, and the National Zoo.  You can check out the Air and Space Museum, African American Museum, National History and more.
  2. Holocaust Museum – During The Holocaust, 6 million Jews were persecuted and murdered by the Nazi regime. Also, Gypsies, the handicapped, homosexuals, and Jehovah’s Witness were targeted.
  3. Madame Tussauds – Second, be sure to grab a photo opp with wax figures of past Presidents.  Furthermore, there’s First Ladies, sports figures, historical icons and more.  Purchase tickets on-line.
  4. National Harbor – It’s a great place for family fun.  Hop on the Capital Wheel.  You will have a great view of the National Cathedral, Washington Monument, and the Masonic Temple.  You can also shop at the local Farmer’s Market.  Be sure to pack a few chairs for a free movie night.
  5. Arlington Cemetery – Visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  You will find John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy Onassis gravesites as well as the Changing of the Guard.
  6. Lincoln Memorial – April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.  In March 1867, Congress approved the Lincoln Monument Association.  It’s goal would be to build a memorial to the slain 16th President. The Lincoln Memorial is also the place of Martin Luther King’s iconic I Have a Dream Speech.
  7. The Capitol – The US Capitol sits on approximately 274 acres.  The Statute of Freedom sits on top of the Capitol.  The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate work in the Capitol.  It also houses The National Statuary Hall, which contains 100 statues. Each state has contributed 2 statutes.   Click here to book a tour.
  8. Washington Monument –  So, the Washington Monument stands at 555 feet tall.  Unfortunately, it is closed and will not reopen until 2019.  However, you can still roam the grounds for photo opportunities.
  9. Mount Vernon – Check out the plantation and 21 room mansion of George Washington.  It’s sits on the banks of the Potomac River.   The grounds include 500 acres and Washington’s family tomb.
  10. MLK Memorial – The memorial is covered with famous quotes by Martin Luther King.
  11. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – Largest Catholic Church in America.
  12. National Cathedral – The National Cathedral is the length of two football fields.  Therefore, allow plenty of time to during your visit.
  13. International Spy Museum – No visitor can spend time in Washington, DC ad not add the International Spy Museum to the their list of things to do in Washington, DC. Visitors can interact during their visit.  After all, there’s a little spy in all of us.  Furthermore, you can break codes after you take on a cover.  Afterwards, identify disguised spies or become the subject of covert surveillance.
  14. White House – Add the White House to you list of things to do in Washington, DC.  Schedule your tour through your Congressional  representative’s office. Request tours up to 6 months in advance.  Schedule it at least a month before the requested tour date.
  15. Ford’s Theatre –  Site of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination by John Wilkes Booth.
  16. St. John’s Episcopal Church – Located in Lafayette Square across from the White House.  Every US President has attended St. John’s at least once.
  17. Bureau of Printing and Engraving –  It’s true money doesn’t grow on tree, but you can watch it being printed.  Did you know the life span of a $1 dollar bill is almost 6 years.  But the life span of a $100 dollar bill is almost 15 years.  Tours are not available on week-ends.
  18. National Mall – Next, check out the 200-year-old American elm trees.  You will also find the National Archives, National Gallery of Art and U.S. Botanic Gardens along the National Mall.
  19. Pierce Mill – Pierce Mill is the only 19th century gristmill operated by the National Park Service.  It originally operated from 1829-1897.
  20. Capitol Riverfront – Additionally, the Capitol Riverfront is located on the Anacostia River.  It is home to MLB’s Washington Nationals and Yards Park.  Yards Park provides water fun for kids.
  21. Chinatown – There are approximately 20 Chinese and Asian restaurants in Chinatown. Most are owned by Asian American families. Also, Madame Tussauds and the International Spy Museum are nearby.
  22. Embassy Roll – Massachusetts Avenue, NW, is home to more than 170 foreign embassies.  So, take a stroll down Embassy Roll.  It’s a great history lesson.
  23. Petersen House – Last, Abraham Lincoln was moved from Ford’s Theatre to the Petersen House.  He died, April 15, 1865.
  24. Frederick Douglas Home – Also, visit the last home that Frederick Douglas lived in before his death.

Finally, I hope that you liked my list of things to do in Washington, DC.  Pick a few items and enjoy the day with your family and friends.  Additionally, you may also like 9 Budget Friendly Activities in Virginia Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Tips To Make Living With Your College Graduate Easier

 

college graduates

 

Today, college graduates are facing several factors that make coming back to the nest an ideal option.  Some factors include,  student loan debt, job unavailability and sky-high rents.  And for the first time in modern history, living with parents is the most common living arrangement for 18-34-year-olds.

However, before you freak out when your college graduate decides they want to move back home, read these tips on how to make it work:

1. Treat your child like an adult

That means, not doing their laundry for them or giving them money for a movie. Don’t fall back into the same parental role you played when they were little. A college graduate should not expect the babying treatment.

Also, let them grow their independence. If you let them, they will be more prepared for life.  And word to the wise; stay out of their personal relationships.

2. Insist that your child get a job

After four or more years of basically job-preparation, your college graduate may be expecting their dream job to land in front of them like it’s complementary of a degree.

But you know the real world doesn’t work like that.  So should your child. It isn’t healthy for your child to be dependent on you financially while they search for their “dream job.” They’ll be more prepared and confident for life if they can pay for their own expenses.

If your college graduate is binge-watching Netflix and swiping on Tinder all day, that’s a red flag that the living arrangement is not working.

3. Consider charging rent

Next, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. So, this is something your college graduate needs to know. Most importantly, this strategy works best if you have a plan for why you’re charging rent.

One idea is to collect the money and build a nest egg for your child.  They can access the money when they’re ready to move out. Or, you can use the rent money toward your graduate’s student loans.

4. Have your child plan to pay off student debt

So, one of the biggest reasons college graduates fly back to the nest is money.  They can save money by living with you. Expect them to live within their means.  Encourage them to save their money and pay off their student debt.

5. Set a reasonable goal for when it’s time for your child to move out

Most importantly, don’t allow your college graduate to get stuck in the comforts of home. That’s why they need to set goals.  Therefore, helping them set goals will help them spread their wings and fly.

Talk with your child about what will work for both of you. For example, when will the time to leave be? Will it be when loans are paid off, or in one year after they’ve saved x amount of money?  Make sure your college graduation understands the plan. 

Also, ask yourself how much support you can afford. Therefore, you can’t take care of your child if you aren’t taking care of yourself first.

Finally, it does not have to be a problem when your child wants to live at home after graduation.  As a matter of fact, help them get better prepared for their future. Just follow these tips to make living with your college graduate easier. 

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Sunday’s Best Linkup – #125

Sundays Best linkup

 

Welcome to Week 125 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.  This is the first week of Remembering Our Heroes. We’re looking for crafts, recipes,  décor, cocktails, and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linkup too. They’re great for inspiration.

Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board too!

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best Linkup featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best Linkup will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Post With the Most Clicks, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best Linkup host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Linkup Hosts Are:

Sunday's Best Linkup

 

Debbie at Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains — Kim at Life in a House of Testosterone 

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother — Brittany at A Mama Tale

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains: Please connect with Debbie on Facebook and follow her on Bloglovin, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter before you leave.

Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, Bloglovin;, or Instagram; before you leave.

We would like to welcome our new host Brittany from A Mama’s Tale:

A Mama’s Tale: Please like Brittany’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, or Pinterest or before you leave.

Snag a Button!

Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. Please let your readers and followers know by placing the Featured Blogger banner on your site.

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Rhonda selected Raspberry Swiss Roll from Delightful Repast

 

dessert ideas

Debbie selected Colorful Curb Appeal  from Angie the Freckled Rose  

 

   container gardening ideas

Kim selected Herb Garden for Men from Frau Tschi Tschi   

 Father's Day Gift Ideas

 

Brittany selected Teachers Rule from Dazzled While Frazzled

  

 

teacher gift ideas

 

The Post with the Most Clicks

   

Yard Artwork or Photography Backdrop  from Penny’s Vintage Home     

 photo backdrop ideas

and

Our Favorite Theme Post(s) –  Remembering Our Heroes

 

Patriotic Banner from My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies   

 patriotic banner
 Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you participating on Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!


Port Authority Rolling Cooler Review

rolling cooler

I received an offer to review a product from Apparel N Bags, and readily accepted.  I love their products.  I’m going to the beach in a few weeks, and decided to check out the Port Authority Rolling Cooler.  I love being able to take cool beverages and snacks to the beach.  It seems like service takes forever when you’re waiting for a waiter or waitress to bring an order.  It’s even worst if when you have hungry, thirsty children who are demanding to have their cravings satisfied.

The box finally arrived.  As usual, Apparel N Bags didn’t disappoint. The cooler was about the size that I expected. I selected black and grey; however, it comes in black and red and black and blue. It’s a quality product as the majority of their products are.  The zippers are sturdy, in my opinion will hold up for some time.  There’s a pocket on the front, which could be used to hold keys, money, a tablet, or that book you’ve been wanting to read for months.

 

Port Authority Rolling Cooler

 

You can see the width of the cooler below.  There’s plenty of room for ice, drinks and snacks that need to be on ice. There’s a shelf that fits inside the cooler if you need to keep things cool, but you don’t want the items directly on ice.

 



Additionally, the rolling cooler has side straps just in case you need to get a good grip when lifting it to and from your vehicle. The handle was easy to raise and lower.  There is also a zippered compartment on top of the cooler.  It’s not as large as the compartment on the front of the cooler, but it provides additional space.  Perfect for small plates and utensils. The best feature, the price is only $40.00.  Awesome!

Finally, Apparel N Bags has a large selection of apparel, which includes Nike and Adidas golf shirts, Nike hats, business shirts and a host of other items.  The prices are unbelievably low. I suggest that you head over and check out this site for yourself. They have a great selection of bags in an array of colors. I highly recommend this backpack. It’s a great for a Christmas gift, but it’s also a perfect place to pick up a birthday gift or items just for you.

Note:  I received this rolling cooler as compensation for the review for this post; however, my opinions are my own.

You may also like: Apparel N Bags – Ladies Laptop Tote Review

Organic Gardening 101: Making the Most Out of Your Backyard

 

So you decided to have your own garden, grow your own produce and go organic. However, as safe as it will make you feel going organic is difficult. But, knowing that your family is eating healthy is worth it.  Having pesticide-free food and knowing that your pets are playing in a garden that is free of toxins it is worth it.  Chemical solutions are there to help ease gardening, but they harm your produce and also make the soil chemical-dependent. Organic gardening will take some time, and more effort, but the results will be invaluable.  Check out these other backyard vegetable gardening tips too.  

Check the soil

Not all soil is the same. There are times when the soil is already filled with certain minerals or slightly acidic. These situations won’t allow for a good harvest.  The best way to prepare would be to take a sample of the soil and send it to your local horticultural laboratory. They will send back a report with the analysis results.  It will contain the pH value and advise which actions could be taken to improve the quality.

Which plants to choose

There are quite a lot of options to choose from, and in the end, it all depends on the purpose of your garden.

     Making your own produce – choosing to feed yourself and your family can be quite a feat. Don’t be discouraged if you are unsuccessful at times. For a beginner, it is important to choose plants that are not as demanding.  For example, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce are easy to grow. 

How to plant

It is wise to choose the location of your crops on their necessity for sunlight. Mark the areas where each plant should go, and be sure to not overcrowd the plot.  So, be sure to leave enough space for air to circulate freely.  As a result, this lessens the odds of fungi growing. Furthermore, the plants won’t over shade each other, risking crop failure.

Organic pesticides

Chemical pesticides are proven to be harmful to people. They are highly effective at protecting the crops, but at what cost? The chemicals the plant absorbs can affect their texture and taste.  Most importantly, pesticides cannot be washed off. Choosing organic, home-made alternatives can more often than not just as effective. One organic and consumable pesticide is Lemongrass.  Lemongrass not only repels certain plant-eating insects, but it also works against mosquitoes.  Furthermore, it doubles as a seasoning and tea herb for human consumption.  Also, ladybugs or praying mantises naturally hunt the pests you have overrunning the garden.

Fertilizing and watering

Even if you choose low-maintenance plants, to get the best results, you will need to regularly water and “feed” them. You can never be too careful when watering.  Water at the base of the plant to avoid damage. When it comes to fertilizer, the best compost is the one you make yourself. Designate a place in your garden for a compost bin.  Mix organic waste, soil, water and open air to create the perfect balance of carbon and nitrogen enriched compost.

 

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Weeds

Weeds are a pest as much as insects. Its seeds make it almost impossible to root out, especially if you decide to go herbicide-free. And if not controlled as quickly as possible, they tend to spread out and take over the entire garden, bit by bit. There are several ways in which you can suppress the growth and spread of weeds, and all include using your own two hands, some strength and some mulch. Placing mulch around plants will help reduce weeds. And when it comes to mulch, you have a few choices:

     Wood chips – unless you have personal access to the source, these can get pricey
     Burlap
     Straw – a short – term, but cheap solution
     Lawn clippings – high in nitrogen, so they should be used only near plants that need them

Finally, the food tastes better when it’s brought to the table by your own two hands. Organic gardening provides as a good alternative to farmer’s markets.  However, it requires patience and dedication. Make this project easier, by sharing experiences with other gardeners.  Connect with other gardeners on-line, join online forums, and include your friends and family. 

About the Author:  Victoria Lim is a journalist, freelance stylist and a girl with a distinctive taste for home decor. She’s quite passionate about writing, sharing tips and DIY projects.