Wednesday May 22, 2013
The deadly tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday occurred in a region known as Tornado Alley.
With 24 confirmed deaths, 2,400 homes destroyed, and 10,000 people in the Oklahoma City area directly affected by the storm, this particular tornado quickly became a top-of-the-scale EF-5.
While you can't control Mother Nature, you can take some precautions in in the spring, well before a tornado, hurricane or other natural disaster strikes. Arm yourself with knowledge and proactive measures you can take before the next weather even wreaks havoc.
And please donate to The American Red Cross.
Sunday May 12, 2013
A breathtaking field of Texas bluebonnets is a beautiful reminder that something as pure and simple as flowers will make the perfect gift for Mother's Day.
It's never too late to buy something fresh and growing for your mother, grandma, your aunt, cousin, sister, neighbor or another woman who just happens to be a mother. Better yet, help her plant something in the garden -- even in a container on the deck or patio. She deserves it and will appreciate more than you'll ever know.
Happy Mother's Day!
Photo copyright Robyn Raggio
If this hasn't convinced you: more Mother's Day gift ideas.
Monday May 6, 2013
I speak on behalf of all women when I remind you that this coming Sunday is Mother's Day. It's early in the week, still giving you enough time to look atáthis list of Mother's Day gift suggestions for some of the top pool and patio Mother's Day gifts.
Women love to spend time in their outdoor living spaces, and with the warmer weather and lure of outdoor activities and entertaining, it makes Mother's Day the perfect time to buy the ladies in your life a little something to make time spent in their favorite spaces all the more enjoyable. Some of my personal favorites on this list are the lovely and remarkable Ethel Gloves (I could actually use a new pair; I think my 6'4" son wore them to do some yard work -- you know, whatever's handy to blast through gruntwork -- and popped through the fingertips; they don't come in size men's XL), the MiracleSuit (swimsuit-plus-miracle equals nirvana) and the garden sandals, which are holding up two, maybe three years later.
Look over the list yourself and don't procrastinate. Mother always knows best.
Sunday May 5, 2013