Celebrating Halloween can be so much fun, especially if you plan ahead. While the traditional night of trick-or-treating still remains popular, many families are opting to celebrate at home. Here are five ideas to get you started.Continue reading Celebrate Halloween at Home
When most people think of outdoor entertaining, they picture summer barbecues and pool parties, but there is more to the great outdoors than hot weather and warm breezes. If you have a lovely patio or deck, there is no reason to spend all your time indoors just because summer has ended and given way to fall. The great outdoors still has plenty to offer, and there are plenty of ways to make outdoor entertaining work all autumn long.
One of the best ways to get your patio or deck ready for the rigors of outdoor entertaining is to invest in a quality heat source. Whether you add a fire pit to your patio or a gas-powered heater to your deck, there are plenty of ways to keep your guests warm and cozy on those cool autumn nights.
You can also take advantage of the same Tiki torches that made your summer pool parties so much fun. These torches can also be excellent natural bug repellents, keeping those troublesome fall insects from wrecking your party.
The great thing about outdoor entertaining in the fall is that there are so many opportunities for themed parties and get-togethers. You can host a celebration for the dawning of the autumnal equinox, put together an adults-only trick-or-treat night for Halloween and take the traditional meal outdoors when Thanksgiving rolls around. The possibilities are nearly endless, and autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.
No matter what the occasion, decorating your outdoor living space will make your parties more festive. Whether you choose the natural beauty of autumn leaves, string orange lights around your deck for Halloween or festoon your patio with paper lanterns, the right decorations will make your outdoor entertaining more special.
The right food and drink can also make a big difference in your outdoor entertaining, so spend some time whipping up some specialty cocktails with an autumnal theme. From apple cider spiced with rum to concoctions with pumpkin, nutmeg, gingerbread and other fall flavors, the drinks you create will give your outdoor bar a seasonal flavor – and give your guests something great to drink.
Be sure to provide the same selection of non-alcoholic creations for the kids and abstaining adults. You can use the same fall flavors for these family-friendly drinks – just skip the alcohol.
The fall season is the perfect time to host an outdoor party. The steamy hot weather is gone, the nights are still pleasant and there are lots of fun holidays and other occasions to celebrate. The winter weather will be coming soon enough, so you do not have to hide inside your home quite yet.
Summer is almost over! The cicadas are buzzing, the sunblock is running low, and the children are groaning in anticipation of their return to school. The transition from the relaxed atmosphere of summer break to the structured environment of school can be a stressful time for adults and children. Here are fifteen suggestions to help make the switch easier.Continue reading 15 Tips for Going Back-to-School
Most people are aware that they should include regular cardiovascular exercise as part of their workout routine if they want to enjoy good overall health. Aerobic exercise helps with weight control as well as improving bone strength and heart health. However, most people think of running or cycling rather than walking when it comes to exercising the cardiovascular system. So, why is a brisk walk a brilliant choice of aerobic exercise?Continue reading Reasons To Start Walking More
Ah, summer! Sandy beaches, sunbathing, picnics . . . and sunburns. With all the time that we spend outdoors during the hot months, the probability of getting at least slightly sunburned once or twice is pretty high. Children are particularly at risk since they often squirm around too much to be sure that their sunblock has been evenly applied.Continue reading Natural Sunburn Relief
Dads and other father figures in your life can be some of the most difficult people to buy gifts for. It may seem like your dad, grandfather, husband, or brother has everything or maybe he just doesn’t seem to want anything.
Here are 10 unusual gift ideas for all kinds of men. Your gift recipient will be sure to appreciate them.Continue reading 10 Unique and Fabulous Gifts for Dads
We would all love to give our mothers extravagant gifts for Mother’s Day, but that isn’t always possible. Inexpensive gifts, if they are creative, can be just as welcome as expensive ones.Continue reading Mother’s Day Gifts on a Budget
Can you automatically tell that it’s spring or fall by your allergy & hay fever symptoms? Like clockwork, every March millions of allergy hay fever sufferers develop an annoying runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, postnasal drainage, and itchy watery eyes. Although not a life-threatening health problem these symptoms can be miserable to deal with.Continue reading Allergy Tips
For many families, Easter can spell a dietary disaster. Easter baskets, in particular, can pose a serious threat to healthy eating habits. Many of the most popular treats, from jelly beans to peeps to chocolate eggs and bunnies, are full of sugar. After weeks of denial, these sweet treats can tempt even the healthiest eaters, young and old, sometimes to disastrous effect.Continue reading Ideas for Happy, Healthy, Easter Baskets
Are you looking to enjoy a romantic night with your significant other, but tired of overpriced delivery and don’t want to risk going out? If this is you, then perhaps staying home and having a quiet night in is the way to go. It’s less stressful, less expensive, and the options are truly endless. Read on to get some ideas for how to make your next Valentine’s Day the best one yet!Continue reading Creative Valentine’s Day Ideas for a Fun Night at Home