Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Summer Party

***Post from an Engaged Home contributor. *** Summer is the ideal time to get out the patio furniture, fire up the grill, and spruce up the garden for an outdoor summer party. When the weather permits, gathering with friends and family outside is the perfect opportunity to kickback, relax, drink some tea, and enjoy life. Thinking about getting some friends together this summer? Here are some tips to make your party simple, but spectacular. Invitations Usually outdoor parties and BBQ’s can be organized by a quick phone call or a text to invite your friends and see who can make … Read more…

Protecting Your Garden From Pests

This is a post from a contributing writer. I know many of you are already hard at work in your gardens! We’d hoped to be as well, but with our boys due any day now, we decided not to undertake it this year. I did, however, manage to get some tomatoes in pots and am hoping to add some herbs soon as well! 🙂  Pests are the bane of every gardener. Fortunately, there are many ways to protect your plants from being savaged by creatures and critters. Here are some of the more creative and effective methods for those that … Read more…

Gather Around Inspirations: Spring Learning Activities

I need to get outside ya’ll!  Spring is in full swing here, and I love it so much I could just cry with joy! To be fair, I love every season. But when winter turns that corner into spring, I feel consumed with excitement. It is like the whole earth is waking up and unfurling before our eyes after its long winter slumber. The birds are singing all day long, the grass, trees, shrubs, and bushes are all the richest of bright greens, the weather is that perfect 75 degrees with a light breeze, the rain makes everything bloom, the … Read more…

Make Your Home Kid Ready for Summer

With summer right around the corner, most kids will soon have more time on their hands. How can you prepare your home and plan ahead for ideas that will stimulate children’s imaginations and keep them from mischief? With a 12-month-old toddling all over I am trying to answer that questions for myself. After all, we all know what is said about idle hands . . .  I will be talking more about summer activities that engage the family, learning, and creativity over the next few months. But, if you’re wondering how you can make your home more fun for the children, consider these … Read more…

Hospitality When You Have Young Children

I used to wonder how parents could manage to be hospitable when they were wrangling small kids, constantly picking up toys, wiping noses and bottoms, and trying to maintain children’s sleeping schedules. Fortunately, I have been inspired by many young moms through the years. Currently at church there are several moms who consistently open up their homes for playdates, small groups, bonfires, or other get togethers, despite having young kids. I love that young moms still stretch themselves to be welcoming and hospitable, even if their homes are not perfect or the sliding glass doors have finger prints. Hey, life happens. And … Read more…

Water Conservation Starts at Home

I am excited to share this post with you, because my husband and I are always looking for ways to lower our bills and save money! Plus, as a clothing-diapering and laundering family, we wash A LOT of diapers. Due to this, saving on our water bill in other areas is important! 😉  Guest Post by Matty Goodwin The time has come to start taking water conservation seriously. Even though I try my hardest every day, it is easy to waste water. I turn on the tap and before I know it I have used more than my fair share. … Read more…

Quick Tips for Fall Cleanup

***I am excited to share this post today because my husband and I are in the midst of fall cleanup and getting the yard in order! We have several trees and are digging our yard out from under all the leaves. Plus, I am getting ready to rake out and tend to my small garden patches. So, if you are also tending to your yard before the cold of winter sets in, I hope you find these tips useful!  (This post was written by an Engaged Home contributor. It includes affiliate links.) It’s easy to spot the difference in gardens between … Read more…