Showing posts with label nature

Wordless Wednesday: Sunset drives

in , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Here's our first Wordless Wednesday of 2019. I'm sharing my attempts to capture the sunset as we drive. My husband isn't going to pull over so I can snap a perfect pic, so these are candid shots from my passenger seat.

Wordless Wednesday: Sunset drives

Wordless Wednesday: Blooms abound

in , , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, April 04, 2018

First Lilac of Spring Blooms abound

Wordless Wednesday: Signs of Spring

in , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Bradford Pear Trees #nature #trees

Wordless Wednesday: Beautiful Snow Day Nature Walk

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, January 17, 2018

landscape on snow day nature walk

Wordless Wednesday: From my viewpoint

in , , , , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Our land at sunrise #nature #WordlessWednesday

I have always loved being outside. I love to feel the sunshine and wind on my face. I adore snapping photos of the abundance of beauty in my surroundings, whether I’m in the middle of a park, or walking the fence line on my land. I love gardening, especially flowers and herbs.  But truth be told, I’ve let my activity levels decline over the last year. I’ve come to the point in life that health and happiness go hand in hand, so I’m adding nature walks to my routine this fall to get back in shape and feel great again. Read on to discover how and please join me!

Nature walks at the park #OwnMyGreatness #ad

Wordless Wednesday: Nature walks

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, August 30, 2017

trees and walking trail

Lichon on the tree #nature

new leaf growth #houseplants

dried flowers in winter #nature

Happy Valentine's Day! You would think I'd choose red for this month and I almost did- but then I was greeted with the most magnificent sunrise this morning and was inspired to choose Sunrise Pink instead. 

Sunrise Pink for Valentine's Day #Nashville

Here is my Pinterest collaboration for the month. I really love the sunrise ombre looks I found. I'd love for you to stop by and follow me on Pinterest.

If you like sunrise, sunset and nature photos as much as I do, why not follow me on Instagram where I share alot of these kind of photos!

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I hope this month's color post inspires you to take a break from your busy life and go outside for a moment. You'll feel refreshed and energized in just a few minutes!

Please share in comments: Are you up early enough to enjoy sunrises? 

Gray skies with trees tops

Gray skies with rolling clouds

Gray skies and one lone bird

Please share in comments: What color is your sky today?

Mums for potting for my porch and deck

Purple wildflowers by our pond #fall #flowers

Sunset Daisy bloom #fall #flowers

Please share in comments: What's blooming in your garden now? Or what are you potting in your containers?

Wordless Wednesday: Morning Dew

in , , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Berries dripping with morning dew #nature

Clematis bloom soaking in the much needed moisture from morning dew

Rose of Sharon flower with dew drops #nature

Please share in comments: Do you take early morning garden/nature walks too?

Wordless Wednesday:Smoky Mountain Views

in , , , , , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Smoky Mountains layers of blue and green

serene water views

wet rock and fern

higher elevation clouds and blue skies

Wordless Wednesday: Much needed rain

in , , , , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The photos I'm sharing today were taken from my front porch a few days ago when a unexpected rain shower blessed us with some much needed rain.

raindrops, summer, yard, trees, clouds, nature

This pop shower started with these big, beautiful raindrops.

summer, rain, tree, pond

Then quickly turned into a downpour.

rain, summer, flower, gardening, nature

And just as quickly as the rain started, it stopped and left everything refreshed and beautiful in its wake.

Happy Wednesday everyone.

Please share in comments: Do you enjoy watching summer showers like this one? 

White fluffy clouds blue skies

White clouds in dark blue sky road scene

White whispy clouds in blue sky

Comments welcome!

Wordless Wednesday: Trees abloom

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, March 16, 2016
When does a simple walk to your mailbox turn into a nature trip? When the day was as gorgeous as yesterday was here! Our row of ornamental Pear trees called to me. I must be part bee!

Pear Trees in bloom, gardening, nature, blooms, Nashville

Look up through the branches, nature, blooms, trees, Nashville, gardening

Beautiful blossom bouquet

Please share in comments: What's blooming in your yard?

Wordless Wednesday: Inviting nature in our home

in , , , , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Acorns, leaves, berries found on our nature walks are displayed on a depression glass pie plate and small vase- making inviting nature into our home a breeze. 

Acorns, leaves, berries, displayed for Autumn decoration on MWP

This just because bouquet made my day! I adore Sunflowers, Daisy's and Mums!

Sunflowesr, Daisys, Mums make a beautiful "just because" fall bouquet MWP

Adding copper and Autumn toned leaves to this iron wall art makes a happy statement.

Copper leaves on Iron wall art makes a fall statement MWP

If I could wear this perfect fall flower palette- either in my makeup or clothing, I would. 

Fall bloom perfection MWP

I hope that you have been able to get outside and enjoy this beautiful season! 

Please share in comments: How do you invite nature into your home this time of year? 

I can hardly believe it is the last day of September! I just had to share a Wordless Wednesday post to end the month on a pretty note.

One of the reasons we fell in love with this property years ago was because we came to view it on a later September afternoon much like this one.

My WAHM Plan: Nature walk on our land

Look at all the lush grass and greens calling you to come explore! Taking nature walks with my family is one of the best perks of living in the country.

On this recent, beautiful afternoon, my girls and I were captivated by the September sunlight, mild on our faces and beautiful when seen through the leaves of the trees.

My WAHM Plan: September Sunlight through the trees #WW

We admired how it turned our pond into a beautiful mirror of light and reflection. 

My WAHM Plan: sunlight reflections on our pond #WW

We stayed in this spot the longest. Transfixed by the sights and sounds of nature, lost in companionable silence. Breathing in the moment. Adding another memory to our book of life.

Happy Wordless Wednesday dear readers! 

Please share in comments: When was the last time you went on a nature walk and where were you walking? 

Another work week is coming to a close and a new weekend is ready to begin. Can we all just pause for a minute to praise the weekend? Whether you are packing up the family car and heading out on a road trip, or heading to the mall for back to school shopping, there’s one thing you have to pack to fuel up for your weekend- a healthy, yet simple to eat snack. 

I’m all about portable snacks in my purse! Nine times out of ten my family and friends can rely on my “purse of plenty” to hold at least one snack option, usually a bar of some sort. That’s why I was really jazzed to give Nature Valley’s new Simple Nut bars a try!

My WAHM Plan: Nature Valley simple nut bars

Just seeing the box on the Publix shelf made my mouth water! The box reads “Nuts and seeds from nature. It’s that simple (and delicious).  And you know what? Nature Valley is spot on with these bars! We couldn’t wait to try the Almond Cashew Sea Salt bars and we were not disappointed one bit! I LOVED the light saltiness of the cashews, almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds with just the right amount of honey.

My WAHM Plan: #simplesnacking outside

When my youngest daughter couldn’t finish her bar and asked me if I’d like it, I gladly accepted it without one bit of guilt!  The only problem I had was a question of manners- do I lick the yummy goodness left off the wrapper or not? In the end, I didn’t, but I would not blame one person who did lick it!

My WAHM Plan: Grab a Nature Valley Simple nut bar and go!

Nature Valley Simple nut bars come in two new flavors, Almond Cashew Sea Salt and Roasted Peanut Honey Original. You can learn more about these bars, including the nutrition facts by visiting Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars.  For a limited time, you can save 75 cents off by downloading a coupon from Publix at!

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No matter what this weekend has on tap for you, you need to fuel up and I can’t think of a better way to help you with this endeavor than by giving you money! Thanks to the generosity of Nature Valley and Publix, one lucky reader will receive a $15.00 PayPal transfer from me.  Entering is easy using the form below.


No purchase is necessary to enter using the Rafflecopter from below.  My WAHM Plan is responsible for prize fulfillment. Winners will be notified by email used on entry form and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  This giveaway is not associated with nor endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social channel. 

Good luck! 

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