Share your outdoor photos from National Get Outdoors day with #ForestFotog

June 11th was National Get Outdoors Day!  Remember how easy it was to spend time in nature growing up? Today it can seem hard to break free and get out there to share that same experience with your kids. But it's worth it -- and nature is closer than you think.
Every neighborhood has a #Naturehood. To find a neighborhood park or green space near you, visit  These “naturehoods” are just a short-drive away, making it easy for families to unplug from the daily routine and reconnect with nature. 

Populations have shifted away from rural settings to metropolitan areas, with over 80% of Americans living in cities, and with fewer connections than ever to natural areas. highlights that urban forests offer many of the same benefits as national forests, but they’re right in the neighborhood. Beyond the swings, slides and clearings, there are trails, trees, wildlife and water just waiting for the urban dweller.
Research has shown that children who play outside have lower stress levels and more active imaginations, become fitter and leaner, develop stronger immune systems and are more likely to become environmentally conscious in the future. According to campaign research done by Euro RSCG, 88 percent of children today say they like being in nature, and 79 percent wish they could spend more time there. features an interactive map tool that enables users to search for nearby forests and parks, and filter by zip code and desired activities. Free outdoor activities are also available for download and printing, which you can take the next time you visit.  So, what areyou waiting for?  Get up and get out toDiscover the Forest for yourself!  #ForestFotog 

Discover the Forest is a non-profit public service campaign created by the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council with the primary goal of inspiring kids and their parents to re-connect with nature. The campaign brings to life the joy and excitement kids have when they discover the wonders of nature, helping create lasting memories, interest in their environment and a lifelong relationship with it. The campaign website,, includes an interactive tool that enables users to search for nearby forests and parks, as well as downloadable activities for them to print and take with them when they visit. The campaign also features online communities on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

*This is a guest post provided by Element Associates on behalf of the AdCouncil and U.S. Forest Service

Swimming with Faith Book Review

 **Disclosure:  Booklook Bloggers has provided us with a complimentary copy of this book  to help facilitate this review/feature. 

I feel so blessed that my two younger children (11 and 13) love to read!  Especially my daughter, who you will always find in her room, relaxing and indulging in a good book!  Talk about a proud "Mom Moment"!   Her latest venture was Swimming with Faith: The Missy Franklin Story.  Missy Franklin is one of the most talented swimmers in the world. She is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and currently holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke and American records in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke. She was Swimming World’s World Swimmer of the Year and the American Swimmer of the Year in 2012. This story tells of her rise in fame and humbleness in the sport.

My daughter plays softball and she really enjoyed reading this book.  Although it was not her sport, it really is good for anyone involved in a competitive sport.  My daughter is 11 years old and read this book straight through.  What my daughter got out of this book - "This book tells me to not give up on my dreams and it is never to young to start something."

Affordable, Encouraging book for any young reader!  KID APPROVED!

"Just Keep Swimming" with Nature's Harvest

Get ready to swim into some fun with everyone's favorite, forgetful, blue fish, Dory and her friends!  

Now through July, select packages of specially marked Nature's Harvest breads, made with at least 8g of whole grains per serving, will feature the loveable "Finding Dory" characters, along with a chance to bring home a free, limited-edition Dory TY Sparkle Eye Beanie Boo plush toy!

Swim by for more info for instructions and official rules on how to complete and submit the offer form.

Can't get enough of "Finding Dory?" Nature's Harvest bread invites you to "just keep swimming" and enter the Make A Splash with Whole Grains Sweepstakes!

Now through July 7, Nature's Harvest bread is hosting the Make A Splash with Whole Grains Sweepstakes on its Facebook page, and you can enter for a chance to win! Weekly prizes include movie tickets, autographed posters and more. See official rules here.

For more information about the sweepstakes and how to enter, please visit the Nature's Harvest bread Facebook page. No purchase necessary.

Do' it up for Dad this Father's Day!

Perfect gearing up to Father's Day, today through Sunday,The Tower Club inside of LOOK Style Society at Tivoli Village will be offering  2 for 1 haircuts; a Father’s Day special, exclusively for fathers and sons. The Tower Club inside of LOOK Style Society at Tivoli Village is the ultimate grooming haven for men. The Tower Club offers everything dad needs: hair cutting services, gray hair blending options, shaves, foot and hand detailing. He can even catch the game in the lounge while enjoying a drink.  Life can be chaotic, so to make things easier, monthly and yearly packages are available. You can decide which membership might work best for dad’s schedule.

Look Style Society
430 S. Rampart Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89145

Appointments or more info: 702-712-4345

Complimentary Valet Service is also available to guests at Tivoli Village.

Paint, Drink & Dine

Tonight!!  Hope you all can make it out there! Would be a fun date night! 

Crazy Pita Town Square partners with Pinot’s Palette from now through September 8, once again offering guests the Paint–Drink-Dine summer painting series events. Guests will learn from local artists while creating a beautiful piece of artwork to keep or give as a gift. 

The cost is $39 per person with 25 percent of the proceeds donated to the Josh Stevens Foundation. That price includes painting materials and supplies, along with one appetizer per table. Happy Hour prices will be offered to Paint Party guests at 50 percent off beer and wine. Guests who plan to consume alcohol must be at least 21 years old with valid ID. This event is open to guests ages 13 and above. No experience necessary, beginner artists welcome.  

Paint, Drink & Dine

6pm-8pm - Tonight!

Crazy Pita Town Square
6587 South Las Vegas Blvd. #190
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Reservations required at

Crazy Pita Rotisserie & Grill is a locally owned, fresh casual dining restaurant group based out of Henderson, Nevada. Specializing in fresh cooked to order Mediterranean cuisine. Signature dishes feature food that is fresh, tasty, and healthy, seasoned steak, lamb, chicken, shrimp, salmon, falafel, vegetables and Kefta (Seasoned ground beef), in addition to their famous hummus and pita. Beer and wine are available for dine-in. Catering services are also available. Crazy Pita has three locations in southern Nevada, including The District at Green Valley Ranch, Town Square Las Vegas, and Downtown Summerlin. More information is available at 702-896-7482 or online at

The Josh Stevens Foundation was created in memory of Josh Stevens, a Henderson, NV young man who tragically lost his life at the age of 12 years old. The foundation is built on Josh’s trademark position to simply “Be Kind”. With the belief that genuine kindness born in the heart of a child deserves celebration, the foundation’s mission is to recognize and celebrate heartfelt acts of kindness. More information is available online at

Pinot's Palette is a pioneer of the paint and sip experience – a revolutionary way to enjoy art and wine, meet new people and bond with friends. With 2 locations in the Las Vegas Valley, 168 locations open or under development across 34 states and Canada, and new locations popping up monthly, Pinot’s Palette is the world’s fastest growing paint and sip franchise. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. By bringing fun, modern and creative ideas to their events, Pinot’s Palette curates a unique, rewarding experience while providing a worthwhile contribution to the community. For more information, visit

Father's Day Gift Idea: The Joke Book Only Dad Could Love

We’ve all been there. That classic moment when Dad tells a joke, followed by an awkward silence and an eye roll, drawn-out groan, or “Oh, DAD!”  Our family absolutely loves to joke around and be funny!  After all, it's much more fun to go through life happy and laughing than anything else, right!?  Introducing “The Ultimate Book of Dad Jokes,” a new book featuring 1,001+ punny jokes your pops will love telling over and over and over...

With this massive collection of one-liners and oh-so-clever quips, no dad will ever lack groan-inducing material to make his kids (and spouse) facepalm.  This book includes such winners as:
  • ”Fish are probably the most musical of all non-human critters because of their scales.”
  • ”Sign language interpreters have to lean sideways to translate something in italics.”
  • ”After Humpty Dumpty recovered from his fall, he was just a shell of his former self.”
  • ”Supposedly, if you have a dictionary in the house, you’ll never be at a loss for words.”

The book is broken down into categories like Occupations, Sports, Famous Names and Events, Military, just to name a few. I do have to warn you, the author must have loved cows lol!  There are a ton of jokes pertaining to cows. My husband has this book next to his chair and always ready to go when the kids want to come at him.  Lately we seem to be having "joke" competitions in our home.  

Kid tested and approved, this book is the perfect Father’s Day gift as well as a must-have for all wordsmiths and pun-lovers.