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Summer Travel Season is Coming: 7 Fun Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained on the Road!

Summer Travel Season is Coming: 7 Fun Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained on the Road!

DISCLAIMER: THIS POST IS SPONSORED.   ALL OPINIONS ARE  OUR OWN.  SEE MY DISCLOSURE/ PRIVACY POLICY. THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS.   Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a self-proclaimed homebody, traveling with kids is a different experience. It’s a horse of a different color, […]

Let Your Child Imagination Run Wild at Wegmans Food Market Exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Virginia.

Let Your Child Imagination Run Wild at Wegmans Food Market Exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Virginia.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wegmans & Macaroni Kid. All opinions are my own. I was given tickets to facilitate this review. Playtime is always fun when kids pretend in real life situations. When I was a kid, my favorite moments were […]

Tips for Creating a Pet-Friendly Family Yard for Summer Fun

Tips for Creating a Pet-Friendly Family Yard for Summer Fun

This post is a collaboration with TurfMutt. All opinions are of their own. Image credits: TurfMutt 

People aren’t the only ones who love to spend time in the family yard during the summer months. For the family pet, the outdoor living room serves many purposes – providing a place to relax, burn off some energy, play safely with friends (human and furry), and do their “business.”

To help everyone – including your pets – enjoy the family yard this summer, consider these tips from TurfMutt. He’s the spokesdog for the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s (OPEI) environmental education program. TurfMutt is a former rescue dog who paws it forward by helping kids and their families learn about the benefits of their family yard for people and pets. As a former street dog himself, TurfMutt also advocates for pet rescue organizations and causes. 

Skip Fake Grass
Artificial turf (a.k.a. fake grass) is never a good idea, especially if you have pets. Plastic grass gets very hot during the summer, is challenging to clean, and is anything but environmentally-friendly. It cannot be recycled, and it requires water to clean and cool it. Be a backyard superhero and select real turfgrass. 

Pick the Right Plants & Grasses 
As for which kind of grass to choose, go for something hardy that will withstand a high volume of traffic. Buffalo and Bermuda grasses can be a good choice, depending on your climate zone. For other plants and shrubs, check the ASPCA’s list of toxic and non-toxic garden plants for advice before buying. You’ll want soft, yet sturdy, foliage near walkways – save the delicate decorative flowers for elevated flowerbeds and patio pots.

Choose Natural 
There are many non-toxic ways to prevent pests in your backyard, which is good news for your people and pets! Wind chimes near flower and garden beds can help keep pets and pests away. Scented marigolds repel unwanted insects while attracting spider mites and snails. Lavender smells amazing and repels fleas and moths. The oil in basil plants can keep mosquitoes and flies away.

Consider Pollinators & Other Wildlife 
While you want to keep some pests out, remember that nature starts in your backyard! Your family yard provides habitat and food for birds, butterflies, bees and more. Each of these species help pollinate human food crops and flowering plants, so take them into consideration when you’re selecting your living landscapes.

Create a Doggy Dream Yard
One final tip – there’s no shame in going all out to make your yard a dream for your dog! Remember, your outdoor living room is one of his favorite places to be. Some ideas include adding a splash pool for your pup, creating a sandbox for Fido to unleash his love of digging or adding a puppy pergola to provide shade for Sadie. Be creative! Your canine will thank you.

Eating What I Want Is Fun: Celebrating National Eat What You Want Day

Eating What I Want Is Fun: Celebrating National Eat What You Want Day

National Eat What You Want Day is celebrated every May 11th! Since there are so many fun types of National Holidays, this one should be the most highly anticipated holiday of the year! For many some, they may think it’s a day to throw away […]

How To Find Good Family Law Solicitors

How To Find Good Family Law Solicitors

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. This post is in collaboration with Anna Wrench. She is a contributor to The Mommy Cooler Blog. All opinions are hers. See Bio below. Image credit Shutterstock Relationships have become very dynamic today. Analogous to the earlier times, […]


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COUCHBED IS What Families Need In Their Homes!

COUCHBED IS What Families Need In Their Homes!

DISCLAIMER: THIS POST IS NOT SPONSORED. THIS POST IS IN COLLABORATION WITH CouchBed . ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.  SEE MY DISCLOSURE/ PRIVACY POLICY. THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. CouchBed, the manufacturer of the cooling-gel memory foam mattress that doubles as a couch, announced today […]

Parents Bring the Vegas Experience to you with Confetti Casino!

Parents Bring the Vegas Experience to you with Confetti Casino!

After a long day being after the kids, working or hours spent tackling life’s to-do lists, we’re all looking for the best way to de-stress and relax. In other words, as parents, all need our “me” time. Usually, for me, this might mean cuddling up […]

As the Kids Will Play, So Can The Parents On The Weekends At Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

As the Kids Will Play, So Can The Parents On The Weekends At Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

The festival officially kicked off  May 27th but you have a few  weekends left until July 1 to enjoy amazing food selections and savory drink specials, the Food and Wine Festival has to offer to  Busch Gardens goers Don’t miss out on all the fun and […]

MilSpouses: Practice Self-Love This Year With SpouseLink!

MilSpouses: Practice Self-Love This Year With SpouseLink!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored.  This post is a collaboration between  SpouseLink on behalf of FitFabFun.This promotion is in no way sponsored by Facebook or FabFitFun. See my disclosure/ privacy policy.   It’s no secret that MilSpouses are used to putting others first. Whether it’s your […]

Get Excited to See 12 Strong Coming soon to Theaters on Jan 19!!! See my Review and Score Tickets to Take a Friend Giveaway!

Get Excited to See 12 Strong Coming soon to Theaters on Jan 19!!! See my Review and Score Tickets to Take a Friend Giveaway!

This post is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Warner Bros. Pictures. I received information to facilitate me on my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation in RWM http://media.thereviewwire.com/   Time for another action-packed […]