2020 Home Series, Home, Reviews

My Three Backyard Entertaining Must have Items for Summer

Backyard Entertaining

We all have plenty of time on our hands and I am not sure about everyone else, but I am starting some home projects and getting the yard ready for summer. The patio is pressure washed, the patio furniture is out and wiped down and we have begun using the smoker and grill already on nice spring days. This summer we have a new addition to my “outdoor wall” of summer backyard essentials – the NewAir 15” Built-in 90 Can Outdoor Beverage Fridge in Weatherproof Stainless Steel.

Outdoor fridge

This NewAir fridge was build to be outside and will stand up to some of the toughest outdoor weather conditions. We expect our friend to finish extending our patio when work resumes after quarantine and then we’ll have even more surface to cook on while backyard entertaining. As we improve our backyard it makes having a fridge outside more and more handy.

No more lugging coolers and filling with ice to keep drinks cold. This is what I used to do for a couple of reasons. The first reason I work to keep beverages outside when entertaining is to keep the slider from being opened so many times and our A/C appreciates that. The other reason is keeping insects and dirt out of the house. I have always been complimented on having this small beverage fridge available for guests.

Peek inside the Sluka backyard fridge….

beverage fridge

From Gatorade to beer and waters everyone is welcome around the fridge and it also comes in handy as a little extra table top space when I really get cooking.

What are My Three Backyard Essentials when Entertaining in Summer?

Grill: Simply the best way to cook meats especially so many at once. Having a grill with a shelf like I do also allows me to keep the cooked meats warm so guests can grab fresh meat anytime they are ready.

Smoker: I don’t know why I did not buy one sooner. Have you ever had homemade smoked mac n cheese with grilled steak and an ice cold beer? The perfect summer meal! You can experiment with different pellet/chip woods, and you throw your meat on in the morning and leave it alone until done in the afternoon in time to feed your guests. It allows you more room in ovens and the grill when the meats are in the smoker and sides on the grill/oven or vice versa.

Outdoor Fridge: As I mentioned earlier it keeps the door to your home closed more often in the summer and brings you a ton of compliments of convenience from your friends and family. Make sure you go for a top-rated outdoor fridge that can weather any conditions outside such as the NewAir 15” Built-in 90 Can Outdoor Beverage Fridge in Weatherproof Stainless Steel. See my full review of all features of this unit – HERE!

NewAir outdoor

I personally don’t like my beverages displayed on the outside like many beverage coolers do, but you may and NewAir has other fridge options for inside your home or dorms with different designs. It’s the stainless steel on my fridge that helps it weather the outdoors. This one can be built-in or freestanding. Simply the best addition to your home or yard is a quality fridge from NewAir.

Kids, Reviews, Toy Reviews

March is National Craft Month and we all have time for crafting now

I am not too proud to say that my 11 year-old son inherited my lack-of-crafting genes. He actually does not enjoy art. I’ll never forget one day I decided to promote art more and he was about preschool age so I gathered supplies, found some fun Pinterest activities during a snow closure and sat him down for an afternoon of crafts.

After we got started on the first project he looked up at me and asked, “Mommy. Is this punishment or is this like a fun project? I really don’t know”. I had to laugh and asked him if he thought this was fun and he dropped his marker and said a very stern “No. Art is not for fun.” Even today if an assignment reads “..have fun. Add color..” you can bet it will be penciled in lead as he’d much rather solve a sheet of math questions than to have to get creative.

he does love to write, I just haven’t broken it to him that writing is a form of art-lol. He loves to create video and I also catch him sketching lately here and there but his own sketches on his own time.

Why am I telling you this story as I promote an art product?

There is one “art supply” he has had for over a year that I see him using very often and that is his smART sketcher. Seriously, for a kid who I can never get turned onto art, because of his sketcher he now has a folder of drawings piling up!

Maybe because he was also struck with the perfectionist gene of mine so if he can trace images and they come out looking great that is satisfaction to him. He will load images from the web like favorite TV scenes or characters, screenshots of his own video game play, pictures of his puppies and turns on his sketcher, connects the phone and can actually draw them out by himself.

A kid, 11 years old who only just this year decides art is fun and only after receiving one product – the smART sketcher. He has friends and cousins that have seen this in action and they are hooked right with him. I don’t typically feature the same product twice on this blog, but last year when I introduced this product on this very blog I had no idea it was budding an Artist and that he would stick with it and use it so often. My son will be 12 in May and is cousin will turn six 2 days later and he is determined to gift his cousin his newest smART sketcher because we all know little E will love it!

This smART sketcher not only inspires unenthused Artists but opens up a world of images anyone can draw with the download of an easy-to-use app. To see my original post about smART sketcher, visit my Freestyle Drawing post. This is a gift for Spring or while we are home for a bit during National Craft Month that WILL get used!

Visit smART sketcher for the the listings of stores near you that carry it or to order online.

Fashion, Natural Beauty, Reviews

Jord Suberhide Vegan Leather Wallet Review and Savings

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Jord Suberhide™ Vegan Leather Wallet Review

A while back I brought you a review of the Jord Sandalwood Watch from their Fieldcrest Series and it is a beautiful watch! Equally stunning is the cork-infused Suberhide™ Vegan Leather Wallet Clutch.

Vegan Leather Wallet

I fell in love with this clutch before I even got the box open. Jord puts care in how it arrives and this came in a black box with a maroon bow. Once I slipped the bow off, I opened the box to find a plush drawstring dust bag. Inside was this beautiful clutch wallet.


That really is cork-infused lined with vegan leather! Why cork-infused? For starters, it is sustainable and is very durable! JORD is the first brand to utilize this sustainable cork (bark) infused with vegan leather for a great, affordable clutch that will be noticed no matter where you take it.

The JORD Suberhide™ Vegan Leather Wallet has a classy look, is made with Premium cork leather which pulls tremendous amounts of carbon dioxide from the air as the bark regrows (harvesting cork reduces greenhouse gases). It is actually good for the environment to harvest this bark.

JORD uses YKK zippers on all of their handbags. YKK is widely known as the leading manufacturer of luxury zippers and pulls.

Wood Watch Review

What else do these JORD wallet clutches offer? Storage! You get 8 interior card slots, 2 interior sleeved pockets, 1 zipper pocket and all lined with vegan leather.

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