It's finally here...summer! A time to go the beach, go camping, play by the pool, and most importantly.....just play and play some more! It's funny how summer is different for everyone. Sometimes summer can be that special romance or...that one last family vacation. But sometimes, summer is about living in your flip-flops and doing absolutely nothing at all!

In some areas, summer is referred to as the "dog days of summer" which was originally referenced by the Greeks and Romans. I'm not absolutely sure historically what the Greeks and Romans were cooking up with their reference....and neither do my dogs for that matter (or at least they're not barking about it)....but I do know we're at the peak of summer and searching for cooler playful activities when it comes to spending time outside. As for all those lucky dogs headed to the beaches.....and I do mean puppy-dogs....they're getting the ultra enjoyment of running through an ocean surf and shaking off natures bath all with the blessings of their loving masters. These sultry days of summer also seem to intrigue our imaginations with sandcastles and savoring warm sand between our toes as we allow ourselves some frolicking in ocean waves....all letting that inner child once again enjoy some summer "play"!

No matter what your special activities might be during these "dog days of summer"....just remember to keep cool, kick back and enjoy. Go out there and build that dream sandcastle or....just soak your feet in a two-ring blowup pool while enjoying a glass of ice tea sitting under an umbrella....simply remember to enjoy yourself and create some special summer memories!

HERE'S THE SCOOP - Just a Sneak Peek: Though it's hot outside.....Fall is just around the corner and our holiday collections are starting to arrive. I know, I know.....who wants to think of Winter holidays when it's 90 degrees outside but we'll soon be giving you a lil' preview on some of the upcoming collections. So soon you'll be able to "peek" and maybe you'll see sumpthin' for your wishlist!
 

HERE'S THE SCOOP - Jim Shore Peanuts Collection: Introducing "Peanuts" by Jim Shore. Beloved comic strip characters Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang come to life in a new collection interpreted by America's favorite folk artist Jim Shore.....You'll find some of this upcoming adorable collection in our "Sneek A Peek" section.
 

HERE'S THE SCOOP - Mugs: Our Name Is Mud by Enesco is a bold, fresh and colorful mug collection by designer Lorrie Veasey featuring witty sentiments that make unique gifts for any coffee or tea drinker. These whimsical mugs are a perfect marriage of art and functionality. Take a look in "Cook's Korner - Mugs".
 

HERE'S THE SCOOP - Baby Boutique Section: We're always adding new arrivals to our Baby Boutique section with adorable baby jackets, belly blankets and coordinating play things. Too cute!
 

HERE'S THE SCOOP - Summer cleaning sale: Don't forget to check "Last Call Specials" (LCS) section and take advantage of some great additional savings -- SAVE 15% to 40% while supplies last.
 


SUMMER SPARKLE
{Looks cool & pretty in tall fluted glasses with lots of ice}
Ingredients:
48 oz bottle Ruby Red Grapefruit juice (Ocean Spray is great)
12 oz can frozen Orange juice concentrate, thawed
6 oz can frozen Lemonade concentrate, thawed
2 ltr bottle Lemon-Lime soda, chilled
Optional: Lemon slices, fresh mint sprigs
 
Directions:
Stir together Ruby Red Grapefruit juice, orange juice concentrate
     and lemonade concentrate in a gallon pitcher.
Refrigerate until chilled.
At serving time, stir in soda; garnish as desired.
Makes 16 to 20 servings.
 
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