15 Cool Pool Party Ideas

Summer's just about here and that means lots of pool time ahead.  The pool is a great place to keep cool on a hot summer day; you can swim, splash, or just relax under the shade of a beach umbrella. Birthdays during the summer months can take advantage of the weather and have pool parties, young or old everyone loves a pool party. *clicking on product names will take you to our Amazon affiliate link. Birthday Party Ideas 101 Whether you're planning a birthday party, a ...

Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki

One of our family traditions are Sunday night barbecues when family and friends drop by for dinner and a visit.  Everyone looks forward to this weekly event. Sometimes coming up with a different menu for the barbecues can be a challenge.  Last week we decided it would be Greek night so my daughter-in-law and I  made Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Dip. We love Greece and Greek food.  We've been trying different recipes to  replicate the souvlaki and tzatziki we enjoy whenever we're ...

Exploring the Venetian Lagoon – Murano and Burano

Venice, a city in northwestern Italy's Veneto region.  It's situated across 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges.  It's a city of mystery, romance, culture, art, and so much more.  Not all of its islands are linked to the Venetian "mainland" by bridges, there are many islands including Murano and Burano that due to their distance are linked only by watercraft. Venice is one of our favorite cities.  We try to get there at least once a year.  So of course we've done ...

Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas & Recipes

Memorial Day rings in the first days of summer which means it's time to fire up the grill!  Many folks like to take advantage of the summer months to bring entertaining outdoors.  I'm fortunate enough to live in Hawaii where it's always summer so we do most of our entertaining outdoors year round. Barbecues can be as simple as throwing burgers and dogs on the grill or as elaborate as grilling ethnic specialties.  You can grill just about anything, meats, seafood, and veggies.  If ...

Father’s Day Subway Art Tray

Father's Day is June 17th.   This year we'll be home to celebrate the day.  We're usually on vacation and don't really make such a big deal about.  I mean dads are lucky to get a phone call or possibly a tie or bottle of cologne, assuming we remember to pack the gift and take it with us. Since it's so rare that we find ourselves home for Father's Day we'll be celebrating the day the right way!  For sure we'll be grilling steaks in the backyard, that's my husband's favorite meal!  The ...

Fun Summer Splash Party Ideas

Summer time is screaming for a Splash Party! There's nothing kids love more than playing in water.  If you have a summer birthday coming up hosting a Splash Party is a great way to celebrate and cool off at the same time; but even if you're not gather the kids, their friends, family, and neighbors and get together for a splish splashing good time. If you have a pool in your backyard, have access to a community pool, or live on the beach or lakefront then you already have your party venue; ...

Beef Kabobs in Vinaigrette Marinade

Grilling is always fun.  We have a family barbecue every Sunday.  It's lots of fun and a great way to catch up with each other after a busy week.  One of the problems I run in to is finding new recipes to grill.  Sure hot dogs, burgers, and steaks are easy, but every now and then we need a change. That's why I'm always in search of a new barbecue recipe.  I like to try them out during this weekly family dinner, and if everyone likes it we make it part of our menu. Last month I tried ...

MSC Lirica Review – Would I Sail Her Again?

My husband recently declared that the test of a good cruise line is if you'd sail them again.  He said this as soon as we boarded the MSC Lirica for our very first MSC cruise. We are avid cruises and have been for many years.  We've sailed with pretty much all the major cruise lines that cater to the US market including Princess, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and NCL.  But this was our first cruise aboard an MSC ship which caters mostly to the European market. Before I answer the all ...

Boneless Beef Short Rib Kalbi Kabobs

One of our favorite food is Korean Kalbi, or barbecued beef short ribs.  We usually order this at one of the local fast food Korean restaurants, but it's pretty pricey; you get 3 thin short ribs, a couple of scoops of steamed white rice, and a choice of 4 side dishes (kim chee, bean sprouts, tofu, etc.) for a over $12 a plate. My husband's main complaint about the local restaurants isn't the the price or the serving size of the kalbi, it's about the flimsy plastic utensils they provide ...

DIY Comic Strip Frames & Boxes for Father’s Day

In our family Father's Day is sometimes overlooked, lost in the hustle and bustle of summer vacations, family reunions, and other events.   Determined not to let this happen I scoured the web last month for gift ideas my grandsons could make for their poppa, and uncles.  There were many great ideas out there, I even wrote a post, 12 Really Cool Father's Day Crafts - FREE Printables, highlighting my favorites. I showed the different ideas to my grandsons, Dion and Devon, they both loved ...