Loving Outdoor Living

The premier issue Loving Outdoor Living is here! Great online magazine (or in print if you prefer)! Click link below to read about ways to enjoy your outdoor living space; fun recipes; and more!





Pollen. AAggghhhhh…..

After parking my car for just a spell under a flowering Bradford Pear Tree (my kids using to call them “Fish Trees” because of their scent), my freshly washed Honda CR-V was visited by the pollen fairy. And she wasn’t invited to join the party.

If you’re among the legion of folks who get allergy shots on a regular basis, or consume your daily dosage of Zyrtec®_ or Allegra®, here are some great allergy relief tips from WebMD to help you weather the season.

– Larry Spada, Editor, Loving Outdoor Living Magazine


Do Not Stomp the Stink Bug!


The stink bug is native to Asia and was first discovered in Tennessee in 2008.

Earlier this week, I noticed the distinctly shaped “Stink Bug” was back and in full force. At first, I found one crawling along a windowsill at the office; the next day, I found more clinging to the front door. Another day later, a customer called describing the same scenario, and we laughed over this invading brown bug.

To be honest, though, this bug can be quite a nuisance to get rid of! Rightfully named, the Stink Bug will actually emit an odor when disturbed and leave a foul smell….so, unlike other pests, you cannot stomp the stink bug!

What are you supposed to do then? Here are a few tips and tricks…

  1. The first step is to control them from making their way indoors. As the cooler temperatures set in, stink bugs seek warmer shelter and move inside to hibernate (these bugs have been known for burrowing in crevices). Make sure to seal all window cracks, caulk thresholds, and utilize screens!
  2. If stink bugs have already made it into your home, you still have a couple saving graces. The first option is to actually vacuum them up. The key is to make sure you use a vacuum with a bag, however, so that you can easily dispose of them and their stench.
  3. The next option is to simply scoop them up with a tissue and flush them down the toilet. Don’t worry, they are not quick like other pests!
  4. Lastly, you can ask a technician to spray the active stink bug areas and around the entryways of your home. Although Mosquito Squad specializes in mosquitoes, our barrier spray has been known to take care of other bothersome insects!

That’s it! Bye-bye stink bug!

Warm Winter Fun!!

Warm Winter Fun!!

Tomorrow should end up being a beautiful day out (70 degrees!)! Here’s an easy, last minute idea to get the kids outside and having fun! Take an old tarp and cut shapes into it. Tape boarders around the shapes and label them different amounts with a Sharpe. Give them a football or two and see who can throw and make the highest score!

(Find more great ideas from “fun stuff with the boys” on Pintrest)

Rainy Day Fun!

Rainy Day Fun!

This morning Nashville is so dark and rainy and it looks like it is going to be a few days of this gloomy weather! If you have little ones, rainy weekends can be long and difficult to keep them entertained. Check out this link that shows some great ideas how to use balloons to keep kids entertained and allows them to be little scientists at home!