Camping In The Backyard

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For a long time I’ve wanted to go camping with my family. But no one was having it. I even considered camping with someone else’s family… Then changed my mind.

Last week I came across a tweet about the Great American Backyard Campout June 28, and knew this was the perfect opportunity to share that adventure with my family. Still, I have no takers. You see, we live near a wooded area, and a bayou. Snakes, turtles and other creepy crawlies things are likely visitors. Mosquitoes can also be a big problem, along with Ricky and Rachel Raccoon, who dine from our trashcan nightly.

About a week ago, my middle daughter had a great idea to campout in the den with the Sugababies. The weekend of the Great American Backyard Campout would be the perfect time. Mr. Husband/Big Daddy already has everything to make a tent.

We’re going to roast hot dogs, make smores, and catch a few lighting bugs outside, then finish off the camping experience inside in the tent. I am really excited and looking forward to it all. It may not be the camp out I was expecting, but any adventure with my family is well worth it.

Does your family camp?



Happy Father’s Day

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Happy Father’s Day to all dads. I plan to spend Father’s Day with the first man I ever loved,  my true love, the love I made, and my brand new love… My dad, husband, son, and grandson.

The following video is a tribute to all great dads. Enjoy YOUR day.

Braided Headbands

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The kids in our local 4-H will participate in ‘Make-It-Monday’ workshops during the month of June. Of course I thought it was a cool idea and excuse to craft, as well as great blog content. headband

With three teenage daughters hair accessories are a must. I found this awesome headband project on Pinterest via Make it & Love  Not only is it a neat headband, it re-purposes old t-shirts that would most likely be trashed, or given away. My girls have loads of old t-shirts with great colors from years of playing sports. This project can easily yield a couple of dozen headbands.

I will share our finished headband(s) on Instagram @latonyarich. If you join in today’s Make-It-Monday please share your results and mention me on Instagram or Twitter.


Getting Control of My In-Box

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A few weeks ago, I noticed the In-box of my Yahoo email account had more than 10,000 emails, from 2009 to present! I knew there were  A LOT of emails, but from 2009… That’s five years of emails just taking up space. All I could think was, “How did this happen?” and “How do I get rid of some of this mess.”

I started from the bottom at 2009, and deleted 100 at a time. Nope, I didn’t look through them to see if it was anything important. For obvious reasons I must not need it. They’re gone far, far away… or at least where deleted emails go to die. I imagine they’re really not deleted forever, but somewhere out there deleted emails are orbiting a cyber cloud, like the rings of Saturn.

It took  more than a couple of hours, but I made it mid-way through 2013! There were times I wanted to get up and do something else, but I was committed. Then it hit me… this endeavor was going to take more time than I thought. I almost became overwhelmed with the idea of getting it all done, and moving on to my G-Mail account to do it all over again.

Instead of a one day clean up/out, this project will more than likely take part of the summer to complete. With that in mind, I have to make sure this DOES NOT happen again. I’m currently researching ways to keep the In-box beast under control. Of course, that’s another blog post all together.

How do you manage your In-box?

I is of In-box. From A to Z Challenge!

Three Down – Two to Go

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A week ago Saturday, our  middle daughter Ajia (center) graduated from high school. She graduated with honors and number seven in her class. To say that Mr. Husband and I are proud is an understatement.

Not only is she a scholar, she’s a multiple sport athlete lettering 4 years in Tennis, 3 years in Basketball, and 3 years in Softball. This summer Ajia will play in the All-State All-Star game, a awesome honor and privilege.

This fall Ajia will start college and major in Pre-Law/Political Science, with plans of attending law school and becoming an attorney.  With a bright future, and the world literally at her finger tips, I’m looking forward to watching her take the world by storm during this next chapter of her life.

This been our third graduation, and each one has been bitter sweet. Graduation is an exciting time, but a little sad that my children are no longer my babies. As they start new chapters in their lives, that means I will also. In a sense, we’re all graduating to something new.



Viva Las Flip-Flops

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Warm weather has finally graced us with its presence, and that means only one thing… FLIP-FLOPS!!!

I absolutely love wearing my feet out in a great pair of flip-flops. By “great pair,” I actually mean ANY PAIR. Flat, plain, fancy, with a heel, or sporty…  a flip-flop, is a flip-flop, is a flip-flop, and I like them all!

Last summer, I had two pair to break. That means, I have to replace them with three pair. There’s nothing I better than a well flip-flop, unless of course it’s a brand new pair.

My mission in the coming weeks is to find new flip-flops to dress up, dress down or scoot about!

What is your favorite summer must-have?

F is for Flip-Flop; Blogging A to Z

A State of Emergency

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This weekend tornadoes ripped through Arkansas leaving devastated families in its wake. Vilonia and Mayflower have experienced unparalleled destruction. Sunday’s tornadoes are like deja vu, just three years and two days prior Vilonia experienced the same wrath of mother nature. Channel 7 shares tornado damage.

There are several groups and organizations that are providing relief for storm victims, and they can use our help.

  • Salvation Army to donate to the Arkansas tornado relief.  You may also donate $10 to the general disaster ref lief fund, by texting “STORM” to 80888, or call 1-800-725-2769.
  • Red Cross to do a “quick donation” for a general disaster relief fund. To donate $10 text “REDCROSS” to 90999.
  • Arkansas Rice DepotText “FEED” to 74700 to make an immediate $5 or $10 donation. You can also go to and click “GIVE TODAY.”

The Maid Thing Has compiled a list local needs list, and where to donate locally.

Spring time in the South is known for severe weather, tornadoes, thunder storms, and flooding. I’ve found the best line of defense is having an emergency preparedness plan.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management: Family Emergency Plans.

American Red Cross: Emergency Survival Kit

Centers for Disease Control: Pet Preparedness Kit

Red Cross Tornado App

E is for Emergency: From A to Z Challenge