summer bucket list

The first day of summer is still a ways away (June 21), but it feels like summer to me!  Here are some things on my Summer Bucket List.

1)  Lake Trip

Probably one of the things I look forward to the most in summer.

lake trip

2)  Make S’mores

I’m sure I’ll be able to knock this one out while at the lake – yum.


3)  Vacation!

This year it’s going to be Charleston and Savannah, and I can’t wait!


4)  Yard Games

Cornhole, croquet, ladderball, etc.


5)  Flea Market

Find flea markets in your area here.

flea market

6)  Cookout

Easy and delicious.  One of my favorites to cook out is this foil dinner.


7)  Outdoor Concert

Here in NWA we have an awesome venue, the amp.

the amp

8)  Float Trip

Another one of my favorites.  Float trips are the best.  Picture is from the Buffalo River.

float trip

9)  Watermelon & Lemonade & Ice Cream Sandwiches

This is a 3 in 1, but these are things I never eat normally, but taste delicious in the summer.


10)  Berry Picking

Find a local farm where you can pick your own berries, fun and delicious.

berry picking

I. Love. Summer.

spring bucket list

Spring is here (finally)!  And I’m itching to spend LOTS of time outside after this ca-razy winter we’ve had.  Here are some things on my Spring Bucket List.

1)  Ride Bikes

We got some cheap ones from Sam’s (this one and this one).  We have a pretty good trail system here in Fayetteville so it’ll be fun to ride around.  And the trails don’t look anything like this picture, but I wanted it to look as awesome as possible.

Cascades Trail, Cascades Hut

2)  Go On A Hike

There are tons of places to hike around here.  Mount Kessler, Mount Seqouyah, Devil’s Den, Hobb’s State Park, Pea Ridge Trail, etc.  Hobb’s State Park pictured.

hobbs state park

3)  Clean Out My Closet

I’ve already pretty much completed this one and it felt so good.  Cleaning out your closet is a great way to figure out what you have wayy too much of.  I have a note on my bulletin board that says I’m no longer allowed to buy jeans or sandals.


4)  Drive-In Movie

Already accomplished this one too.  It’s amazing when you can finally stay outside after dark and not be freezing – love it.


5)  Gator Golf

We all know I’m obsessed with Gator Golf, right?  Well, I am.  And I have 3 free passes!!

gator golf

6)  Yard Work

We’ve already worked on this some (you can read about that here).  But there is definitely some more work to be done.  This is our inspiration picture:


I’m kidding.

7)  Farmer’s Market

Perfect weather.  And a great time to get fresh produce!

farmers market

8)  Baseball Game

Is it bad that I go for the hot dogs?


9)  Picnic

So fun and relaxing.  Unless you go to a park where they happen to be larping – not that that has ever happened to us.  😉


10)  Amusement Park

The best time to do this.  Not too hot yet and the lines aren’t as long.  Crossing my fingers that we can fit this in somewhere.


Looks like a fun-filled Spring!  Get out and enjoy the weather before we’re all complaining about the heat!

gardening newbie

This Saturday Mike and I decided to take on our sad, empty garden bed at the front of our house.  We got these tools and a pair of gloves for him and some gloves for me.  And then we jumped right in!

We had a little bit of mulch in our bed already but it’d been sitting there for months.  So we raked most of it to the side and put down six 2 cu ft bags of Miracle Gro flower garden soil.

We really didn’t know what flowers we wanted except for the fact that whatever we got needed to do good in the shade.  We looked around at Home Depot and Walmart but the options were limited for shade plants.  So we went to Westwood Gardens down the street from us and they had a ton of stuff.

At this point I was overwhelmed, how do you choose?  We bothered a couple employees and decided to just go for it, so if it was pretty and would work in the shade it went in our cart.

We ended up getting:

1 old-fashioned bleeding heart – perennial – part shade to full shade

bleeding heart

2 creeping phlox – perennial – partly shade to full shade – attracts butterflies

creeping phlox

3 columbine aquilegia ‘songbird blue jay’ – perennial  – full sun to full shade – attracts hummingbirds


6 double impatiens fiesta ole purple stripe – annual – shade

double impatiens

6 alyssum clear crystal white – annual – sun or part sun (looks like we didn’t realize this one isn’t a shade flower, guess we’ll just cross our fingers that they last)


And did we look at prices at all?  Sort of, but not really.  At this point we were both getting tired and didn’t care.  But the grand total for all of these flowers was $91.31.

Mike with the goods..



Next we planted everything.  Perennials in the back, annuals in the front.  Then we put the mulch back on top and added 3 more bags of new brown mulch.  Lastly, we put in these solar powered lights that we got from Home Depot, not a bad deal and they do work.





It turned out nice and makes the house look much better.  We may add some more flowers and edging stones later.  Now if we can just keep everything alive…