Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer time outdoor living space

 I love the summer. Although it is hot as Hades in Atlanta, this is my favorite time of the year. Having fun in the great outdoors attending concerts, sitting by the pool and even simply hanging out in my backyard brings me joy. In the evenings I particularly enjoy looking at the stars in the night sky from the deck off of my bedroom. For years I have simply walked around the deck or leaned against a railing as I enjoyed a cool breeze and fireflies lighting up the sky. One day when my man was visiting I explained that I wanted to move my patio sofa to the deck so that we could enjoy it together. I understand that standing up looking at stars is not everyone’s cup of tea and why not make it a comfortable space? And that is pretty much where it ended. I pulled out some cushions- the wrong ones and have enjoyed the space but haven’t really made it my own.

Before the redo 
So, to make this a place of true comfort and solitude, I decided to makes some changes. I am a bug magnet, when I sit outside I am inevitably eaten up by bugs. I’ve gotten used to it but at night when I’m scratching myself to death in bed I regret my time outdoors. So, I took a trip to Walmart to get some candles that are serve two purposes, ambiance and bug repellent. I choose Cutter Citro guard candles - two decorative (metallic silver and metallic copper)  that burn for up to 20 hours and two glass encased candles that burn for up to 12 hours. 

I brought up my Walmart Better Homes and Gardens (BNG) table from my patio and strategically placed my candles on patterned burlap from the fabric section. I also brought up the proper cushions for my BHG seatee and (newish) BHG throw pillows that I rarely take the time to place outside.
My furniture is probably about 6 or 7 years old but I will say that it has stood up to the test of time. The four piece Azalea Ridge wicker patio conversation set can still be found at Walmart.

To add to the comfort, I am using my wireless speakers and can spend evenings looking at the stars, bug free, listening to melodic music! I’m very happy with my outdoor living space and plan to use it daily. Check my video below to see the deck!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summer Dresses at Walmart #ad

If I were to take inventory of the clothes in my closet, the vast majority of them are appropriate for the summer. There is something about long hot days that make me want to play dress up in clothing that is lightweight, flowy and looks good. I am a sundress type of girl, I think I might have 2 pairs of shorts in my wardrobe and I barely wear them. Dresses are my summertime attire and I am constantly looking for items that are both cute and fall into my tight budget. On a recent trip to Walmart, I was pleasantly surprised to find a variety of dresses and even more available on There were short dresses and maxi-dresses, patterned dresses and striped dresses. Basically, something for everyone.

Style is very individual but I will tell you that I found a dress that matches my personality completely; the No Boundaries Junior’s textured tube dress. First of all, I love color - orange. It is my go to summer color for nails and toes so I was thrilled to find a dress in this color. It is strapless which is my favorite style of summer dress and since I’ve had the ones I already own for many years, this is a welcome addition. The lacy material looks great and finally the length reflects my playful demeanor. But the best thing about this dress is the price, it was only $14.88! I can wear it to the park or on a date, I know this dress will be on frequent rotation this year.

I’m happy about this purchase and am looking forward to adding more dresses to my wardrobe. The dresses I saw in store started at $7.99, considering the price points, I see my dress collection growing exponentially this year!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Summer Fun in Atlanta - The Little Pirate Mermaid

photo credit: Bill Jones

My son has been out of school for two weeks and we are enjoying the summer together. I’ll be sharing some of our adventures with you with my Summer Fun series. Today I’d like to highlight a place that we have enjoyed ever since my son was a wee one - The Center for Puppetry Arts. We’ve seen numerous shows at The Center for Puppetry Arts and have enjoyed each and every one of them. Last week we had the opportunity to check out The Little Pirate Mermaid. The Little Pirate Mermaid is the story of pirate princess celebrating her 16th birthday by visiting topside and spending time with pirates. I won’t give the story away but it was great family fun for kids ages 4 and up.

The standout for me in this show was the set design. I loved the mermaid rod puppet that was the narrator of the show. It was really a surprise when she started speaking to us at the beginning of the show. As is the norm with all performances for children at The Center for Puppetry Arts, at the conclusion of the show the puppeteers spoke to the audience about the techniques used during the performance. This show incorporated marionettes, rod and shadow puppets.   It was visually engaging and at a one hour run time it was long enough to keep the attention of both young and old.

The Little Pirate Mermaid is running from now until July 17th.  Tickets are $10.25 (members) and $20.50 (nonmembers). Tickets include admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, which features a Global Collection and the Jim Henson Collection, the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Henson puppets and artifacts, as well as entry to the exclusive Create-A-Puppet Workshop, where patrons can create their own Wise Owl Marionette to take home! Create-A-Puppet To-Go kits are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 404-873-3391.

Disclosure: I received media tickets for the show, all opinions are my own.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Never lose your keys again with The Tile Tracker! #vzwbuzz

When I am in a rush to get out of the house, I inevitably can’t find one of two things - my keys or my phone. In a perfect world I’d leave them in a consistent place every day but I’m just not that organized. I’ve always wished there was some type of tracking device that I could use to keep up with these important items. Well, thanks for my relationship with Verizon, I was sent a Tile and it is basically a GPS for my keys and my phone! The tile is simple to use, I downloaded the app onto my phone and synched my phone with the Tile. Next I attached my Tile to my keys and I was all set up. Easy peasy!

Of course I had to try it out so I put my keys in my living room, opened the app on my phone and choose “find my Tile.” Immediately I heard music and followed it right to my keys. The app also uses a map to show you how close you are to your item if you are too far to hear it ring.  You might notice that I mentioned only having one Tile but guess what? I can also find my phone with it. If I have my keys in hand but am unable to locate my phone, I simply press the E twice on my Tile and my phone starts ringing. The best part? Even if I have my phone on silent, it will ring when I call for it!

Gone are my worries about trying to find my keys on hectic school mornings when I am rushing out the house to get my son to school. I am not fearful of losing my phone in the house because I know I can find it with my Tile. Tile can be used on any item you like - phone, car, tablet, computer or anything else that might get displaced. If your item is lost or stolen out of range, you can put an alert on the Tile app and if it comes in proximity to anyone using a Tile, a message is sent to the Cloud and you to tell you where your item is! I almost forgot to mention, you can sign into the Tile app from a friend or family member’s phone and locate your item too! You can also register your Tile with multiple members of your household to increase your ability to find things!

The Tile is available at the Verizon store, $69.99 for a pack of 4. I really love my Tile and think it makes a perfect Father’s Day gift. I know I am not the only person scrambling to find items that I misplace and the Tile makes finding things simple!

Disclosure: I am a Verizon lifestyle blogger, I am occasionally sent items to try and share my experiences. No other compensation is received and as usual, all opinions are my own.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Walmart has everything you need for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows #tmnt2 #ad #walmartmoms


This is a sponsored post. 

 Summer is in full swing here in Georgia. My son has had field day, fun day, award day and of course the last day of school! Our weather is in the 80s and 90s and we wear shorts daily around here! Quite frankly, it is sometimes difficult for me to remember the days of living in New York where school isn’t out until June and summer weather doesn’t hit until the end of June or early July. My son and I are ready for the summer and all of the fun it entails. Our first adventure together? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows!

My son is a huge TMNT fan. We saw the first one together and have spent countless hours watching the series together on television. He already has a few t-shirts and toys that are TMNT themed but with the release of the new movie, it is time for him to get fully outfitted and Walmart is the one stop shop for it! Walmart has items in all categories including: grocery, apparel, toys, action figures, bedding, and even a fishing pole! 

You can check out the large selection by visiting where you will find exclusive merchandise, recipes and ideas on how to celebrate the new movie!

I took a trip to my local Walmart to see the selection in person. As soon as I walked into the store and visited the produce aisle I saw TMNT themed grapes! 
I’m not sure if they taste any different than regular grapes but I know my son is going to love them AND they were actually less expensive than the non-branded grapes. Next I walked around looking for apparel and saw tee-shirts available in both the adult and and children’s sections of the store, very reasonably priced at $7.50.

I knew I was going to hit the motherlode when I ventured into the toy area and I wasn’t disappointed.

There was a huge sign that indicated I was in TMNT territory. On the sign was a Shazam logo that when scanned in the app takes you on a virtual tour of the tactile truck from the movie, provides recipes and even enables you to shop on for TMNT merchandise! On the display there was no shortage of items to choose from including the tactical truck with Leo and Hero and Villain two packs.

I know my son and I are going to enjoy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows and Walmart will provide us with a variety of items to keep the fun going long after the movie is over!

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