The Beauty of … Summer Picnics.

Summer is the time of year our schedules slow down, and we have time to enjoy the beautiful warm weather. The days grow longer, leaving more time for outdoor picnics like those of our childhood.

A time to create memories with family and friends that will last a lifetime.

There are plenty of things that you can do to create a memorable day:

Have a cook-off! Pick one ingredient or dish and have each family make their recipe, then judge whose is the best. Give them bragging rights until next time!

Pet Olympics. Everyone can bring their dogs, or maybe an adventurous cat, to compete in an agility course, a game of fetch, or race with their owners. Of course, award medals to the winners!

A photo booth. Have a theme or props. Take everyone’s picture, then share the pics with everyone who attends.

Outdoor movie night. Enjoy a movie experience in the backyard complete with popcorn and snacks, just like the old-fashioned drive-in.

Make your own Sundae Bar. Who can say no to an ice cream sundae? The fun will be multiplied with fun and innovative toppings.

Whatever you choose, I hope you make this a summer to remember.

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The Beauty of a Fresh Start @josieriviera, #mgtab

There are three times a year that seem like natural times for a fresh start. New Year’s, Spring, and Fall.

On January 1st you have a new planner with blank pages, and an entire year to reach your goals and dreams. It’s always exciting to think about what can be accomplished in the 365 days that lie ahead.

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” Brad Paisley.

When Spring arrives, and he days get longer, we think about planting our garden, watching it grow, and enjoying the beauty of nature as it blossoms.

“The beautiful spring came, and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” Harriet Ann Jacobs

And finally, Fall arrives. The weather cools and the days become shorter. As children return to school, we look forward to completing the goals we have set all year while preparing for the winter ahead.

“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.” Victoria Erickson

We can have a fresh start today. Set new goals, and let’s all move forward together.

What changes do you want to see in your life? Please leave your comments below.

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The Beauty of … Fresh Starts @josieriviera, #mgtab

January was named for the Roman God Janus, who was depicted as a God with two faces. One faced into the future and one looked to the past, essentially closing the door on one year and opening another to the next, Janus ushers in January, and I welcome the month for fresh starts and new beginnings.

For many, we also make resolutions. These can be anything we chose, though frequently resolutions revolve around becoming healthier, saving money, increasing our self-care, or learning a new skill.

Oftentimes, we don’t stick to these resolutions, primarily because of how we approach them. We become excited and expect immediate results, rushing toward the finish line. It might serve us better if we take it slower with smaller steps. Think of your journey more as you being the tortoise rather than the hare.

Experts suggest that we are more likely to succeed if we know our “why,” making a plan of how to reach our goals, and patiently taking action to achieve the outcomes we look for.

Wishing you success on your resolutions, (mine is going on a diet to lose the Covid weight), and to a bright, happy, and healthy 2021.

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The Beauty of June …@josieriviera #mgtab

Summer officially begins in June.

This year finds us in a very different place. Children have been out of school and are remote learning. Many parents are working from home and balancing how to do it all, and do it well. Celebrations–the staple of summer–are being postponed or canceled entirely. Staying at home means not seeing our friends or family. It has been a difficult time, but necessary in order to keep people healthy.

We have spent so much time together, how will this summer be special and different? Here is a list of ideas:

  • Have a movie marathon, sit on the floor with lots of pillows, popcorn in a dark room, just like a theater. Or have a Drive-In experience under the stars.
  • Speaking of stars, look up! Try to find the constellations and the brightest stars.
  • Choose a new, or long abandoned interest. Sewing, knitting, painting, and of course, summer reading.
  • Start a garden and reap the rewards of fresh produce.
  • Go camping in your back yard and sleep in a tent.
  • Barbecue, and enjoy s’mores for dessert.
  • If possible, set up a backyard swimming pool.
  • Go horseback riding!

How do you plan to make this summer special? Please leave your comments below.

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The last thing she can fix is her own life. Until one man’s offer changes everything.

Belle stirs the ashes of Andrew’s loneliness, but his first priority is doing whatever’s necessary to keep his daughter’s favorite equine therapist from drifting away. He never expected, when he set out to build the barn of Belle’s dreams, that he’d be building something else. A home for their hearts.

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