Thursday, July 31, 2014

30/52- A Photo Challenge

On my drive home from yoga, feeling zen, I passed a neighboring farm and had to pull over to snap this shot. 
You can see why. 
I LOVE living here. 

After Kaira bounced this giant ball off my head, feeling less-than-zen, I was about to punt it into the yard when I noticed that it reflected the scene across the way. 
Dig it. 
Spared for the sake of art. 

Layna is a clown—
only cuter
and slightly less terrifying. 

Fella and I were visiting a local winery when we met this dude and had some moments. 

During our indoor tasting, it began to downpour—and all I could think about was where this guy would seek refuge. You know me. I had to ask. 

The tasting steward told us that that cat is TOUGH and he'd be all right. 
I got that read. 

Our team ROCKED the MS Ride last weekend and, again, we couldn't be more grateful to those of you who supported this cause. A thousand thanks to your kind hearts…

Enjoy these cool evenings and sunny days! Lovin' this week of weather. But don't get too much sun, friends.

To help you with THAT, don't forget to enter the Sport-Brella GIVEAWAY—open to all readers till Monday. Such an amazing prize! Get it!

XOXO From My Hearth to Yours- Cally
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Sport-Brella GIVEAWAY

Outdoorsy peeps, get ready to SWOON over these next TWO giveaways...

Three years ago, to protect our family from overexposure to the sun's harmful rays, we purchased a Sport-Brella (see previous post Made in the Shade) and have considered it an incredible family asset on our annual beach adventures. 
First year with our Sport-Brella beach FORT! Fellow beach-goers are always inquiring about our awesome shelter.
After discovering our admiration for their innovative product design, a lovely Sport-Brella rep sent us their Recliner Chair to review.

Now, they're generously offering up one Sport-Brella and one Recliner Chair (THAT giveaway will be up next week WITH an awesome coupon code!) to YOU, readers!

Just when I thought I couldn't be more in love with this company...

This week, all Hearth readers have up to FOUR chances to win an 8-foot-wide Sport-Brella shelter (a $59.99 value!) for the coolest outdoor hang times. Your crew will cozy up, protected from the sun, wind and rain at any locale.
Hanging in our Sport-Brella FORT this year. THREE of us snuggled up for an afternoon beach-nap in the shade!
At the beach, fundraisers, picnics, or sporting events— stay outta the blazing sun and comfortably hang with your homies in the sweetest Sport-Brella shade.

Expect double-high-fives when your crew sees you setting up this fort.
So, how do you nab the prize?

Leave a comment on this blog post. A randomizer program will select one lucky winner from the comment list on this page to take home the goods!  (1 entry)

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Good luck, everyone, and don't forget to stick around for the Recliner Chair GIVEAWAY and Sport-Brella coupon code coming up next week!

*Giveaway is open to ALL From My Hearth to Yours readers until Mon, Aug 4th 2014 at 9p.m. EST. Winner will be announced on Tues, Aug 5th. If prize is unclaimed after 72 hours, the next number in the randomizer list will be declared the winner.  Free shipping in USA only.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

29/52- A Photo Challenge

It was a beautiful, small-town-lovin' kinda-week.
Venturing home after a local carnival, the bell tower of this one room schoolhouse pointed perfectly into the swirling evening sky.  

Ignoring lessons from the reptile show we attended last week, Kaira couldn't resist capturing this lil' toad. Fret not, amphibian lovers. She let him hop on his way. Ain't he sweet?!?
Fearless Layna has been giving summer her all.

Kaine is still recovering from the anxiety of having the siding replaced on our house (see GOODBYE Stink Bugs!). He's been a little edgy of late. Hammering on Beast Territory triggers ultra Watcher of the Walls behavior. 
Our team rides this weekend! Special thanks to those who donated to Help Ride MS Right Off the Road. Your love and support make such a difference. Go team!

Stick around for TWO amazing GIVEAWAYS coming up soon! You won't wanna miss these!
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours- Cally

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GOODBYE Stink Bugs! We're Fortified!

I told you the move to fortify our fortress from stink bugs was gonna be BIG.
Big…and expensive.

After thorough research, years of experimentation (see Why We've Been FEEDING & SAVING Stink Bugs,
Stink Bug Hideout, and Stink Bug WAR- Phase 1 Tacticand suffering (read Stink Bugs in the Dead of Winter,
Stink Bugs: They're Baaaaaack!Ten Scenes of Horror: Living with Stink BugsOur House- The All-Inclusive Stink Bug Resort), we finally made the massive move to keep stinkers OUT.

So how'd we do it?

After tearing off the siding on our beloved home, we uncovered the stink bug's secret entryway, the portal, the highway to hell.

Look at that GAP! Easy on ramp on the highway to hell.
It turns out, there was siding UNDERNEATH our siding. Say whaaa?
Quite a surprise when we discovered this bonkers error.

Because the surface underneath the existing siding was, obviously, not flat (as it should have been) there were large grooves that created easy stink bug paths right into our home.

No-freakin-wonder we've been inundated with spawn!
Stink bugs (and tons of other creepsters) crawled up these grooves and entered through the gaps between panels.
A problem we had to remedy!
After removing BOTH layers of the existing siding, we got the job done right.

A bug screen was added to the bottom of each section before the new siding was installed.
Bug screen before being folded up.
The screen prevents bugs from creeping through the underside of the siding.
I love you, bug screen.
And then the new siding was installed.
Every crevice was sealed with caulk, and we will be vigilant in ensuring that every possible gap is sealed in the future.
Flashing strips were added to the base of the home to further prevent any access to the fortress.
So now we wait. 

Give us one full year to report results.

Right now, any stinkers inside our home will be trying to make their way OUT to breed, but when "winter is coming" we know spawn will try to breech our walls for another season of hibernation. 

This time…we'll be ready.
Get psyched for us, friends. I think we've GOT this now.
I have to believe.
Pray for us.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

28/52- A Photo Challenge

Not yet, but soon.
I'll eat every Tomato Blue Berry before the basket makes it into the kitchen.

Baseball, soccer or trampolining? 
Decisions. Decisions.

This is Boops. She's very boopsie.

After an incredible celebration this week, I'm especially grateful for the strength and love of our families and friends. We just couldn't love you more.

Keep that sunshine comin'...
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Help Ride MS Right Off the Road

In previous post, BIKE MS: Support the Mason-Dixon Challenge, I told you about my greatest inspiration, my mother-in-law, and the powerhouse team riding to support those who are up against multiple sclerosis.
For the 6th year in a row, our family's Missing Link Chain Gang team of 10 is ready to ride again— to support the National MS Society's research efforts and to make a positive difference for those living with this disease.
Wanna help?
Check out Missing Link Chain Gang's team page here and help our family ride MS right off the road.
Every bit of support means so much.

Help make a difference for positive change.
Go team!
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours- Cally

Thursday, July 10, 2014

27/52- A Photo Challenge

It's bee balm time! LOVE this stuff. 
Last year, I pulled up a ton to transplant from our backyard to the front. 
Bring on those butterflies.

Kaira had a rock-star theme party for her 5th birthday, so we bought tattoo sleeves to get the adults into the scene. Because her arms are too skinny to rock the tats, Kai got inventive. I'm really digging her new, makeshift leggings. 
Batter up? 
Interesting technique.

Crazy as he can be, you can't deny he's a handsome beast. 
It's finally happening over here. 
The stink bugs are SCREWED. 
Stick around and see.

Enjoy the sunshine, friends!
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours- Cally

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