Lakeside Delights...

Most of our summer weekends are spent at the lake, but where we stay is a bit more simple then these beauties {i.e. no central AC}. I would happily stay in any of these lakeside homes.
courtesy: house & home



This weeks giveaway come from Homeright and will make your painting life a little easier. Homeright contacted me to try their Paintstick EZ-Twist, which draws up paint directly from the paint can into the handle and allows you to paint without a paint tray. The Paintstick EZ-Twist was easy to assemble out of the box and the lid fit perfectly on the can. They do give you instructions on how to work with the paint lid if your paint can is smaller or square. As instructed, a perforated roller is needed and to initially saturate the roller is takes one whole filling of the paintstick.

Once I started painting the paint rolled on as normal. While painting is was easy to twist the handle to add more paint to the roller. I did find that the roller slide a few times, which indicated that I had too much paint on the roller. I was able to apply two coats on an 4'x8' wall without having to refill and had some paint left over. I will say that you have to devote some time to the clean-up to make sure that all the paint is out of the paintstick, especially if you want to paint with a different color the next time.

Homeright is offering one lucky winner the Paintstick EZ-Twist.
To Enter {open to US residents only}:
~Leave a comment on this post.
~One entry per person {please leave a form of contact}.
~Giveaway ends Sunday, August 1st @ 9pm CST
~Winner selected through random.org and announced Monday.


Grill Master...

We have been cooking on the grill a lot this spring and summer. With all that cooking I wouldn't mind having an outdoor kitchen like the one above...swoon! But any of these other grilling locations would be a treat. Enjoy your weekend!

courtesy: my home ideas


Leap of Faith...

Or you could call it a free fall. Either way, it was a thrill of a lifetime! I went skydiving this past weekend and I have to say it is the coolest thing I have ever done and cannot wait to go again! My husband has always wanted to go, and when a friend went a few months ago and could not stop talking about it, I told him I would take him for his birthday and we invited any of our friends who could make it. We jumped at Emerald Coast Skydive in Elberta, AL, which is right outside of Gulf Shores, AL. I highly recommend Emerald Coast Skydive and their staff if you want to go skydiving. We jumped Tandem and our instructors were 'Slim' and 'Timber', who have both jumped over 3,500 times. Everyone on staff was so kind, eager, and excited with us. I could talk all day about the adventure, but just to give a you a recap of the jump {to go with the photos below} we checked in at 9am, completed all the paperwork, went through the 'training' video and class, and then got geared up to jump. They currently have their smaller plane which can only carry 2 tandem groups at a time, so we didn't get our jump filmed or photographed, but once the parachute opens you can take your own pictures! {Yes, the parachute ride is that smooth and calm or it can be fast and furious as you want it}. You can exit the plane 3 different ways. The hubby and I chose to step out on the wheel of the plane, while holding onto the prop to the wing and roll off backwards, doing back flips. When else can you hold on to an airplane while it is flying 11,000 feet in the air! It was awesome! The free fall is about a minute long, super fast, loud, and if you blink you miss it. When the parachute opens it is quiet and all you hear is the wind as you normally would. Then you just enjoy your float down! Enjoy the photo montage below {and I am happy to answer any questions}.

We have jumped and opened the parachute. Picture time!

We had so much fun! All happy jumpers!