Best home ice cream makers

Posted by    |    July 27th, 2015 at 7:59 am

Nothing tastes better in the summer than a bowl of delicious ice cream. After the Blue Bell scare, many people have decided to simply make their own ice cream at home. It’s surprisingly easy, and the flavor combinations are as limitless as your imagination. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great machine that will keep your house screaming for ice cream. Here are five of the best-rated ice cream makers on the market.

Beat summer boredom

Posted by    |    July 24th, 2015 at 11:49 am

The newness of summer has worn off, and many kiddos are hitting that antsy, bored stage with a month still to go before school starts. If you are running out of ideas (and out of money for camps!) these ideas may help you infuse some fun back into the final weeks of summer.

How to help your home beat the heat

Posted by    |    July 24th, 2015 at 11:33 am

There’s no question that we have entered the truly brutal phase of a Texas summer. 100+ degree days have become the norm, and if your house is like mine, the air conditioner is struggling to keep up. Here are some good tips for keeping your house cool during the dog days of summer.

How to help your wood fence go the distance

Posted by    |    July 16th, 2015 at 10:54 am

Upgrading to a nice board-on-board fence can make a dramatic difference in the appearance of your backyard. Keeping it looking nice is another matter entirely. It is surprising how quickly a newly-stained, beautiful fence can begin to look weathered and gray. While it’s impossible to completely protect your wood from the elements–particularly in a part of the country with temperature extremes like in Texas–but regular maintenance can keep it looking great for many years. Here is an article explaining what type of maintenance you should do for your fence and how often it should be done.

Delicious recipes for hosting a summer gathering

Posted by    |    July 16th, 2015 at 10:52 am

Our palates tend to naturally shift in the summer to lighter, fresher fare to help our bodies combat the stifling heat. Accordingly, your hosting menu will look quite a bit different than it will in just a few short months. If you feel like you have exhausted your list of go-to summer goodies, here is a list of delicious light and refreshing dishes sure to please your guests-and your family.

Best portable wireless speakers

Posted by    |    July 14th, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Having a reliable and great-sounding method of playing music from your iPhone while hosting an outdoor gathering is a must! Many newer homes come equipped with a built-in bluetooth stereo system. The wired speaker systems in older homes are often cumbersome with today’s technology, requiring add-in gadgets to make them compatible. I am all about easy and cost-effective solutions, so I am a big fan of investing in a good portable wireless speaker that puts out great volume and sound so all you have to do it just turn it on and go! 🙂 Here are some of the best-rated options!

Getting rid of poison ivy

Posted by    |    July 8th, 2015 at 11:50 pm

Poison ivy is the mosquito of foliage. So annoying, hard to get rid of and seemingly everywhere in the summer. But you don’t have to surrender your garden to this pest. While getting rid of poison ivy without winding up itching from head to toe (or killing the plants you DO want) can be challenging, this guide helps you know how to say goodbye to poison ivy and hello to a beautiful yard and garden.