Yard sales are a great inexpensive way to add finishing touches to your home! Have a child heading off to college? Check out some local yard sales for a budget friendly option to shop the necessities. Maybe you’re a craft lover hunting for unique pieces to spruce up. Whatever your needs, you are bound to find something at one of these local sales!
12570 Greenwood Rd, Glen Allen, VA
Friday 7/19 & Saturday 7/20
Antiques, Victorian furniture, electronics & more.
Modern & Antique Estate Sale
10371 Lake Dr, Glen Allen, VA 23059
Friday 7/19 & Saturday 7/20
New, Antique, & Vintage items. Tools, Gardening (riding lawn mower, weed trimmer, etc), mountain bike & more.
Green alternatives can help you save money, are better for your health, and benefit the environment. If you are interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle, try out some of these eco friendly home improvement ideas!
Use Low Voc Paints
Low Voc Paints have reduced amounts of volatile organic compounds meaning they don’t put off as much gas as your typical paint. Practically odorless, 100% acrylic and splatter proof, Low Voc Paints are a great earth friendly option. A few brands that carry these include Benjamin Moore, Behr, Farrow & Ball, and Para.
Rotate Your Décor Pieces
Tired of staring at that dining room chandelier? Move it into your office! A great way to freshen up your space is to circulate items throughout your home. Rotate pillows, light fixtures, and rugs to switch things up!
Paint Is Your BFF
Cabinets need a facelift? Paint them! Purchase your favorite color of that Low Voc Paint mentioned earlier for a brand-new look. This is a much cheaper alternative to replacing your cabinets or other furniture pieces.
Made from 100 percent recycled tires, rubber mulch is perfect for your next landscaping project. It is great for playgrounds, prevents weeds, and does not attract insects. It is also heavy enough that it won’t blow away and it won’t absorb moisture from the soil. Keep in mind that rubber mulch is not recommended for veggie gardens.
Maintenance free – no water required! The color won’t fade and will look great all year long. The perfect low maintenance option for those who don’t have the time or patience to work on their lawn.
Switch Up Your Lighting
Make the switch to LED lighting. They last 10 times longer than fluorescent lights and are the most efficient option available. Take it a step further and have dimmer switches installed to conserve energy by only using the amount of light that you need.
Create art and explore science in this artistic outdoor activity.
Food Coloring or Washable Colors
Instructions: Create a mixture of corn starch and vinegar and fill squirt bottle 2/3 of the way. Add some of the coloring and fill the rest of the bottle with water. Stir the mixture and shake before use!
Pro tip: Be sure to wear clothes that you can get messy in. Depending on the type of coloring you choose, staining may occur.
Squirt Gun Painting
Load up those squirt guns and let the fun begin!
Liquid water color
Water color paper
Pro tip: Again, you will want to wear clothes you are okay getting messy in. Once completed, lay artwork flat to dry.
Water Balloon Fight
No explanation needed! Simple outdoor activity that will keep your kids busy for hours.
Photo Scavenger Hunt
Create a list of items to find around the house or yard (green items, things that start with the letter “b” etc). Whoever finds the most, wins!
Materials Needed: Camera of your choice!
Homemade Ice cream
This yummy recipe found on The Stay At Home Chef takes only 5 minutes!
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup half and half
½ cup of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 gallon sized Ziploc bags
2 cups ice cubes
½ cup of salt
Instructions: Pour cream, half and half, sugar, and vanilla extract into a gallon sized resealable plastic bag. Seal well. Squish it around to combine until sugar is dissolved.
Place ice cubes and salt into another gallon sized resealable plastic bag.
Place the bag with the ice cream mixture into the bag with the ice. Seal the larger bag.
Shake until mixture freezes, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Pro tip: You can use either table salt or ice cream salt for this recipe, although ice cream salt is recommended.
Spend the day picking fresh berries then head home to bake a delicious pie! There are several berry picking farms in the Richmond area depending on the type of berry you prefer.
Gallmeyer Farm- Open daily 8am-8pm
Swift Creek Berry Farm and Greenhouse- Open Mon-Fri 8am-noon
Chesterfield Berry Farm- Open 11am-6pm
Float the River
Enjoy a relaxing 3 mile trip down the James River.
Ages 6 and up.
$25 per person (group rates available) $8 cooler float rental.
Do not bring your own tubes.
All tube trips depart on the half hour between 10:00AM and 2:00PM (hourly on weekdays).
From the beaches to the mountains, Virginia is the perfect place for your summer stay-cation! Here are a few ideas to keep you busy this summer.
Metro Richmond Zoo- Featuring more than 1,500 animals for hours of fun! Feed the animals, sight see in a safari train ride, or try out their new zipline course. The zoo is open year-round Monday-Saturday 9:30am-5pm.
Virginia Beach- An absolute must for some fun in the sun! Lounge at the beach or check out one of the many attractions in the area. Kid friendly options include the Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Aquarium, and Ocean Beach Waterpark. Adults can enjoy a variety of bars and breweries, concerts, and several dining options.
Wilderness Presidential Resorts– 600 acre private retreat featuring RV rentals and fully stocked log cabins. Amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, 2 lakes, mini golf, basketball, frisbee golf, game room, fitness center, 24 hr private security, and so much more!
Misty Morning Sunrise Farm- Sustainable Farm Camping Experience- Live off the land in this unique farm-camp experience! Pitch a tent on the 42 acre property and explore the farm while learning about sustainable living. Collect fresh eggs for breakfast, milk the goats, and even help with farm chores if you choose!
Setting the table for events can be fun and with Christmas the options are endless! Here are a few ideas that we thought were pretty classy, fun, and easy!
Check out these super cute name place ideas! Not too difficult but super cute. Most of the ideas that we have shared are simple enough to be made with things from around the house or that you already have around the house at Christmas time.
With these super cute name setting you can run outside and grab some greenery from around the yard. IF you don’t have any at your house, run over to your neighbors or family’s house!
If you have some leftover Christmas ball ornaments, grab a few and place name cards in them!
Two candy canes glued together to be a card stand, is genius!
Place settings are a little more difficult to do, they take real dedication! But if you have the drive to make it super special for each guest that will be dining in your home for the holidays, then here is a small list of ideas to get you started.
How cute is this idea of putting the silverware in miniature stockings! Love it.
We love all of these napkin ideas! You are sure to impress your friends and family with these.
To see more of these or to check out the links to the websites that these came from, check out our Christmas Table Decor board on Pinterest. (linked below)
Here a few centerpieces that we found captivating. To see more of these hit up our Pinterest page!
Whether you like more of a Rustic Christmas, Classy Christmas or more Traditional Christmas, there are so many ways to make the dinner table festive. For more, be sure to check out our Pinterest Page. Your family will be very impressed with how well you decorated your home for the holidays.
Looking for something to do with your significant other or family and friends? We made a list of some of our favorite things to do during the Autumn season.
Take a train/car ride through the mountains or an area with lots of colorful leaves on the trees. Peak season for leaves in the Virginia mountains is October 22 – 29th.
Create a fall cocktail. Experiment at home together and create a fall related drink.
Go apple picking.
Stay in and watch the famous Hocus Pocus.
Go stargazing! Grab some blankets and pillows, hop in the truck and drive until you can see the stars.
Take turns finallllly trying out some of those fall recipes you have had pinned for years but never make.
Go to the pumpkin patch, simple but such a classic.
Find a place that sells apple cider donuts and eat more than you should.
If you haven’t yet, decorate your home for this wonderful season. String up some twinkly lights for extra flare.
Get crafty! Make some of those fall crafts that you have been keeping your eye on for a while.
Football season is here! Go see a high school football game with your sweetheart or your best friends.
Take a walk in a park now that the weather is not too hot, not too cold.
Hay rides should be easy to find locally this time of year.
Saddle up! Look around and find a local place to ride horses with your friends! You get to ride horses while also looking at the pretty fall foliage.
Go to some cideries or breweries. There are tons of them here in Virginia.
Visit a few fall festivals, every town usually has a few to choose from.
Have you picked out your Halloween costume yet? Go! Do it together, that would be so much fun!
Have you raked the leaves yet? Do this together and then jump in afterwards!
Fall is prime bonfire season. Have some friends or family over for some s’mores!
Bake a pie. Mmm I can smell a freshly baked apple pie now.
Watch some of your favorite scary movies.
Have an at home beer tasting. Pumpkin ales, apple ciders, whatever your pallet desires.
Go camping. Again, the fall weather is ideal for outdoor activities such as camping.
Weekend getaway with your love or with friends.
Take a bike ride.
Find somewhere with a corn maze and go get lost. You will probably find these where the pumpkins and hay rides are.
Schedule a coffee date in a cozy little place.
To say that there are a few things that you can do in the season of fall would be a serious understatement. Here are just some that we liked and thought would be super fun outings. Comment back to let us know what you end up doing and what you liked the most – or what wasn’t very fun!
It’s Summer finally! How many parents are so glad to be done with homework, sports, recitals, concerts and all school activities for 3 months? I know we are! While we are all happy to be out of school, sometimes finding things to do with the kids for 3 months can be really difficult. The “we’ve done it all” feeling comes around, but really there are still tons of easy activities that can be done with the kiddos. We have compiled a list for you, that is half the battle.
Visit a nearby museum that you have never been to before or one that you have been to a few times. Museums around Richmond.
Play outside in the rain or make your own rain by using a sprinkler or any old hose!
Invite friends over for a game day or even a game night if you are super brave.
For John Lewis and his father, John Lewis, Sr., barbecue is a family affair. The pair have been working for years to perfect the wood-fired barbecue pits that Lewis uses at his restaurants. Here, Lewis shares seven secrets for pulling off a perfect summer barbecue at home.
For John Lewis and his father, John Lewis, Sr., barbecue is a family affair. The pair have been working for years to perfect the wood-fired barbecue pits that Lewis uses at his restaurants, including the forthcoming Lewis Barbecue in Charleston, slated for later this year. Their company, Austin Smoke Works, now sells the hand-built smoker to barbecue-obsessed home cooks. Here, Lewis shares seven secrets for pulling off a perfect summer barbecue at home.
1. Pick pork. Start barbecuing with pork butt, the most forgiving cut of meat, for slow cooking. The meat almost always turns out juicy and is a lower price per pound than other cuts, so it’s perfect for honing your barbecue skills and feeding a crowd inexpensively.
2.Invest in a good thermometer. Keeping a steady temperature is paramount for meats that take hours to cook, but unfortunately, the typical store-bought offset smoker is equipped with a cheap and unreliable temperature gauge. To ensure a controlled temperature, replace the gauge with a heavy-duty pit thermometer (I prefer Tel-Tru) and place it on the cooking grate level so you can read the temperature where the meat is actually located. (Remember: heat rises to the top of the cooker, so the gauge will read 25-50 degrees hotter than where the meat is.)
3.Be choosy about your meat. The quality of meat is key to a succulent finished product. Seek out highly marbled cuts instead of just picking brisket on top of the butcher’s case. Try to find USDA grade prime beef and heritage breeds of pork.
4. Hold off on the sauce. If applied too soon, sauces and glazes with a high sugar content will burn. Save them for the final 15-20 minutes of cooking, especially with direct heat cooking/grilling.
5. Keep the heat steady. With backyard smokers, it is very difficult to maintain a small enough live, all-wood fire to keep your pit at the low temperature required for slow cooking. Using charcoal and adding a few hardwood chunks every hour will ensure that the heat remains consistent.
6.Rest your meat. My rule of thumb for testing meat after it comes out of the smoker is to use your hand: If you can hold your hand on it for a couple seconds, then it’s ready to cut. If you start slicing your barbecue too soon after it comes off the grill, you will notice a lot of steam evaporating – that’s the juice in the meat floating into the air!
7. Go naked. Try serving barbecue sauce on the side (instead of on your meat) so your guests can taste the long hours you put into smoking.
Mother’s Day is almost upon us—and if the mom you’re shopping for isn’t one for flowers and a sappy card, you might feel stumped on how to celebrate this big day. Odds are, you know you can never go wrong by lightening her load around the house—but how, beyond the oh-so-cliché breakfast in bed?
Look no further than this list of gifts that moms told us they actually want, all of which center around the theme of making her life at home a little bit easier or more enjoyable. And the nice thing is, these ideas can be pulled off at the last minut
So no excuses, guys! Here’s how to make Mom’s day, broken down by various annoyances around the house that you can easily fix
1. For the mom who’s height-challenged
Let’s start with the lone item on my own mom’s wish list this Mother’s Day: a rubber-tipped grabber ($15.99, Amazon). Her reasoning: Upper cabinets are just not designed for the vertically challenged among us, and my mom was tired of using tongs to pull things down from high shelves, because she kept almost dropping heavy glass objects on her face.
Problem solved with this grabber, which has rubber tips for grip, can swivel 90 degrees, and comes in a variety of lengths. And, of course, it qualifies for Amazon Prime, so you can have it there by tomorrow.
At first, this gift seemed a bit odd, but after trying it out myself, I realized I want one, too (hint, hint, hubs).
2. For the mom who makes memories for others
Plenty of moms make photo books—for grandparents and others in their lives, mind you. Yet when it comes to making a photo book for herself, it suddenly drops way down on her priority list.
“I should really do a photo book this year,” said every mom, ever.
And there’s your opportunity: Make one for her. Even better, fill it with photos of kids and make sure there are at least a few pics she’s actually in, since Mom is more often the one behind the camera.
You’ll probably have to sneak around the family photo galleries, check social media, and even call in photos from friends and family, but it’s worth the effort. A photo book both serves as a sweet gift and crosses something off her to-do list. Walgreens offers day-of printing, so there’s still time if you act fast.
3. For the mom with a messy car
No matter how fastidious you are, if you are carting around young children, the interior of your car eventually becomes a hellscape of Pirate’s Booty dust, crushed Cheerios, melted crayons, and mysterious sticky patches. I am so ashamed of how my car looks that I have put off getting the oil changed for weeks because I don’t want the mechanics to judge me.
So on the morning of Mother’s Day, skip the breakfast in bed, throw the kids in the car while Mom sleeps in, and surprise her with a clean car (plus, kids love going through car washes). Or else, break out the sponges and minivac and wash it yourself—inside and out—with the kids pitching in (they’ll probably end up with a bunch of “new” toys that were wedged under the seats, so it’s a win-win).
4. For the mom who opens/fixes/makes stuff nonstop
Once upon a time, while away from my family for the weekend, I returned to find my house filled with intricately carved cardboard castles, forts, dollhouses, and gingerbread men.
“This is the secret weapon for all my best cardboard detail work,” my husband said, proudly brandishing a utility knife. It made me realize I wanted one, too.
Because let’s face it: Moms are constantly opening boxes, then turning them into school projects, all while dying to file down their nails. A good utility knife, like this one from Leatherman ($34.95, REI), makes doing all of the above and more a breeze.
5. For the mom who’s dying to watch her own shows on Netflix in peace
Is there anything more classic than Mom sitting on the couch half-listening to “her shows” on a tablet while the younger members of the family bask in the blaring gibberish of “SpongeBob SquarePants” on the TV? Get that lady some nice wireless headphones already! That way, she can truly tune out what’s not pleasing and dive into “Big Little Lies” in peace. For added points, get them in her favorite color, since that’s entirely doable these days. This model below, by Mpow ($34.99 to $39.99, Amazon), comes in an assortment of hues.
6. For the mom who makes all the plans
It’s a cliché that on Mother’s Day someone else cooks and does the dishes. This is OK, but what the moms I talked to were dying for wasn’t relief from menial labor, but the mental labor they pour into arranging their kids’ social schedules, school responsibilities, and other tasks that one mom acquaintance calls the “CNN ticker” that’s constantly running in her head about who needs what, and when.
According to Caroline Kronley of Brooklyn, NY, “an amazing Mother’s Day present for me would be something like taking on the scheduling of long-discussed play dates, planning the logistics of some upcoming family event, or assuming full responsibility—no asking questions!—on children’s food consumption during a given week.”
It could even be something as simple as planning the Mother’s Day celebration: “Rather than simply getting time away on my own, give me time with the fam without me having to mentally carry the load of decision-making,” says Amanda Bowman of Austin, TX.
It doesn’t have to be a gift with an elaborate presentation or “gift certificate” for chores or anything like that. Just pick a task—feeding everyone, pet care, cleaning—and manage it entirely for a week (or longer if you want to remain permanently in her good graces).
Sometimes, the sweetest words you can say to someone are, “Don’t worry, I’m taking care of it.”