Just Like a Day at the Beach

A while ago, I purchased a groupon to Picaboo. It’s an online site where you can make photo books. I haven’t used it yet and I thought making a book with our latest vacation pictures would be cute.

I sat down and worked on it for a few hours. While I was sorting photos and picking layout and backgrounds, I lit a new candle I just bought at Target. It’s from Yankee Candle and its called “Beach Party”. It smells just like sunscreen! I also lit a candle that I’ve had forever named  “Ocean Water”.

I must be having beach withdraws! I adorned my little candle jumble with a few rocks I got at Pier One a while back. I had a coupon for $10 off a $10 or more purchase! I usually avoid Pier One because they are a little pricey, but free is free! 🙂

It really reminded me of the beach. I can’t wait until we can go back and hopefully stay longer.

Anyhow, has anyone ever used Picaboo before? Oh my goodness! They have choices on top of choices to make your books. You can totally customize everything. You can pick the backgrounds, layouts, the colors, you can even lighten/darken your photos and there are a ton of fonts for captions. It can be a bit overwhelming.  I have about 5 pages done. I like the jumble layouts where you can add a lot of pictures. I also included a few pages with minimal pictures and room to write about the trip. This is the first photo book I’ve ever made and it’s a lot of fun so far. I did get into scrapbooking for a while, but it was time-consuming, and right now I am only up to the beginning of last summer when we went to New Orleans. I think that once I (hopefully) get caught up with my scrapbook, I will start orgainizing my pictures into books online and ordering them.

Where is your favorite place to vacation??

 I wasn’t perked in any way to do this post. The thoughts on Picabo are totally my own from my own experience. 🙂



Some of my favorite things about summer are sunshine and soft summer breezes. We turned off the air conditioning today and opened our windows.

Hello Beautiful Day!

As I worked, I could hear the breeze whisper along with all the other romantic sounds of summer. It really made me feel at peace.

I love nature. I always have. I am definitely an earthy person. I think there is something magical  about the way the sun sparkles across grass, water and treetops. I think it’s adorable when my cats roll around and fall fast sleep in sunny spots.



Something as simple as sunshine makes their day spectacular. It makes me feel like I can do anything. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how bad things get and how dark and stormy life becomes, sunlight always finds a way to persevere and shine.

Welcome Summer

I was thinking that since yesterday  was the first day of Summer, we should have something light and summery for dinner. I decided to make fish tacos with mango salsa. That just says summer to me! This was my first time making mango salsa. I found a basic recipe online and added to it and changed it around a bit. The great thing is that mangos are in season right now and were only $1 each!


Beautiful Mango!

Mango Salsa

  • 2 Mangos pitted and chopped
  • 1 small cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 1 small avocado
  • chopped jalapeno (add as much or little as you want to make it hotter)
  • fresh cilantro
  • fresh lime juice ( I used 2 small limes, but 1 large one would work too!)
  • salt and pepper to taste.


Mix everything together and chill for a bit.

While making dinner, we sipped on some wine from a local winery.


 White Lies by The Winery at Wolf Creek. 

 This wine was maybe a bit sweet for this particular meal, but we didn’t care. 🙂

 We usually use baked talapia to make fish tacos, and we didn’t have any, but we did  happened to have frozen Walleye from Lake Erie.

J squeezed some lemon juice over the top and seasoned with lemon pepper.

Bake at 400 for 15 mins. 

Load up a tortilla with fish, shredded cabbage and top with salsa.

We added some green beans on the side and ate outside on the deck while enjoying the beautiful weather.

It was the perfect way to welcome Summer!

What did you do to celebrate Summer?