Category Archives: Relax

Poolside Baby Shower Gifts

by Tracy Kunzler

From the editor: Every water loving parent to be will really appreciate water themed baby shower gifts that allows for valuable bonding time with their child such as flotation devices or bubbles for bath time fun. And don’t forget your water-full guests! 

Perfect Pool Party Baby Shower Gifts

Stay with the bath and pool theme with these greatly-appreciated gifts for baby:

Baby Pool Float

A great way to introduce baby to the water while keeping him shaded and entertained! The Baby Spring Float Activity Center is suitable for ages 9-24 months, parents will enjoy getting a couple years of use out of it and children will love the interactive play!

Baby Spring Float Activty Center

Swim Diaper

The parents-to-be will appreciate receiving the all-important swim diaper! (Or two!) Use a swim diaper alone or over a regular diaper for reassuring protection against leaks. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes.

Baby Swim Diaper

Bath Time Essentials for Baby

Check the parents’ baby registry for requested bath items. If a baby bath tub is there, give it filled with baby towels and washcloths and baby wash, shampoo, powder and lotion, and a baby brush and comb set.

Party Favors

End this fun shower on a sweet note by giving each guest a small bag of miniature Baby Ruth candy bars, Sugar Daddy pops, and packs of Sugar Babies candy. Or, you could give out bottles of your favorite barbecue sauce with a custom label you print out and glue on that reads “Thanks for coming to Tyler & Jessica’s BaByQ,” for example.

Check out the links below for more of Tracy’s series on throwing a poolside baby shower!

Tracy Kunzler - Relaxation Expert Tracy Kunzler knows relaxing like no other! She has devoted her life to the field of relaxation and is incredibly disciplined in the subject. Tracy lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she regularly relaxes and entertains beachside and at her backyard pool with husband Neil,their twin sons Cole and Duke (when not away at college), and their beloved mixed breed Bogie. Tracy’s Book

Treat Mom to a Poolside Garden Brunch This Mother’s Day

by Tracy Kunzler

Mother's Day Brunch Ideas

Cupcake bouquet: natventures.tumblr.com, Blooming table setting: bitememore.com, Smoked salmon platter: kitchencentsability.blogspot.com

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11 which, coincidentally, is about the time many of us open our pools for the season and have gardens bursting with their first blooms! So, it’s the perfect time to celebrate Mom with a pretty, poolside garden brunch! After all, where would we be without moms? I think you know where! Half of us would be dead since we jumped off cliffs just because our friends did or because we were denied life-saving medical procedures after getting ourselves in car accidents without having good, clean underwear on! Thanks to moms, everyone knows surgeons will deny life-saving surgery to anyone not wearing good, clean underwear! (Of course, I often wonder how underwear stays “good” and “clean” after a terrible accident.)

Yes, without moms, we’d be in big trouble! So let’s thank all the mothers in our lives – grandmothers, aunts, special friends and neighbors – by giving them a special, EASY celebration! Remember, the name of this page is “Relax.” Even if you’ve never boiled water or tied a bow, you can put together this delicious, gorgeous party! Even the youngest members of the family can help!

This year, show mom you’re grateful you have the good sense not to jump off cliffs and to wear good, clean underwear by honoring her with a special garden brunch she’ll be especially thankful for!

Check out Tracy’s Mother’s Day poolside garden brunch series via the links below!

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Tracy Kunzler - Relaxation Expert

Tracy Kunzler knows relaxing like no other! She has devoted her life to the field of relaxation and is incredibly disciplined in the subject. Tracy lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she regularly relaxes and entertains beachside and at her backyard pool with husband Neil,their twin sons Cole and Duke (when not away at college), and their beloved mixed breed Bogie. Tracy’s Book

Mother’s Day Poolside Garden Brunch: Set the Scene

by Tracy Kunzler

From the editor: What better way to enjoy Mother’s Day than being poolside enjoying crisp, fresh spring air? Check out these mom-pleasing decor ideas from our relaxation expert, 

While it may still be a tad chilly to jump in the pool, it’s the perfect time to dine poolside, taking in the beauty of spring. Picture this: a beautifully decorated table alongside your newly-opened pool turned into a “garden pond” with the Mother’s Day gift of pretty, floating lotus lights, swimming fish and lily pads! Here’s how to easily set the scene:

Turn your pool into a pond

Decorate your pool with floating flower decor, or motorized swimming fish! Mom will also love receiving them as a gift and using them all season long.

Complete the pool-as-pond setting with some large, floating lily pads cut from green fun foam you can buy inexpensively at craft stores like Michael’s and A.C. Moore. This is a fun activity for the younger members of the family. Place small toy frogs on them for extra charm!


Don’t forget to have mom’s favorite music playing on a portable music player. You could even borrow some CDs of classical music or nature sounds from the local library for a soothing acoustical backdrop!

Create a tablescape that doubles as a garden

Even if you have very few flowers blooming in your yard on Mother’s Day, no worries! You’ll have a table bursting with blooms with this fun, easy and inexpensive table setting!

First, cover your table with a length of artificial grass which can be found at stores like Walmart, Home Depot and Lowe’s. Decorate it with flowers from your local dollar store. Add accents from around the house and garden like garden gnomes, toy frogs and turtles, or artificial birds, nests and butterflies from the local craft store. Put flowers in a watering can in the middle of the table for a centerpiece. Voilà! A beautiful garden for mom!



Mother’s Day Poolside Garden Brunch: Prepare a No-Fail Feast

Tracy Kunzler - Relaxation Expert

Tracy Kunzler knows relaxing like no other! She has devoted her life to the field of relaxation and is incredibly disciplined in the subject. Tracy lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she regularly relaxes and entertains beachside and at her backyard pool with husband Neil,their twin sons Cole and Duke (when not away at college), and their beloved mixed breed Bogie. Tracy’s Book

Mother’s Day Poolside Garden Brunch: Prepare a No-Fail Feast

by Tracy Kunzler

From the editor: So you’ve set the table and decorated the yard, what’s next? Food and drink of course! Tracy Kunzler has lots of suggestions to make mom’s special day refreshing and delicious!

You want to treat mom to a nice meal. You don’t want to give her food poisoning. As she may have mentioned one or 73 times, she had plenty of nausea with the morning sickness that came with carrying you for nine months! So, keep the brunch menu simple and easy, but delicious nonetheless! I recommend the following:

Special beverages

Serve upgraded versions of Mom’s favorite morning drinks. If she’s a coffee drinker, top off her coffee with some whipped cream and cocoa powder or chocolate shavings. If she prefers iced tea, serve a flavored one like peach or blackberry. Instead of typical orange juice, try a new, exotic juice served in pretty glasses and garnished with fresh fruit.

Smoked salmon platter

Create a beautiful platter of thinly sliced smoked salmon (available in the seafood case of most grocery stores), cream cheese, sliced tomato, slivered red onion, capers and mini bagels. An easy but delicious indulgence!



Mini quiches

You can get these in the frozen food section of most grocery stores and heat up per package directions. They often come in a variety pack.

Fresh fruit platter

Cut up an assortment of mom’s favorite fresh fruits and serve with this easy, can’t-miss fruit dip! With a mixer, blend together one 8 ounce package of softened cream cheese with one 15 ounce jar of marshmallow cream and one teaspoon of vanilla extract until smooth. Chill in a serving bowl or ramekin until ready to serve.

This is especially delicious with fresh pineapple and strawberries but will be well-received with any fruit. Have you ever known anyone NOT to like cream cheese and marshmallow cream? If you do, I’d be mighty suspicious of them.

Cupcake “flower” bouquet

For dessert, serve a special treat that doubles as part of the table decorations! Arrange frosted cupcakes (homemade or store bought) in a clay pot to resemble a flower bouquet! &Sweets on Tumblr shows you how.

You can also get small terracotta pots just large enough to hold a single cupcake from the craft or garden store and do one for each place setting for “single flower” cupcake pots!


Mother’s Day Poolside Garden Brunch: Set the Scene

Tracy Kunzler - Relaxation Expert

Tracy Kunzler knows relaxing like no other! She has devoted her life to the field of relaxation and is incredibly disciplined in the subject. Tracy lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she regularly relaxes and entertains beachside and at her backyard pool with husband Neil,their twin sons Cole and Duke (when not away at college), and their beloved mixed breed Bogie. Tracy’s Book