Crafting With DIY Network’s Jeanne Benedict And OFF!

On Thursday, June 21, I co-hosted an event for OFF!® at the Lincoln Park Conservatory & Gardens in Chicago. DIY Network’s Jeanne Benedict was on hand to share some easy ways to spruce up the backyard for Fourth of July parties and get the family offline and outdoors this summer!

The space was absolutely beautiful amidst the wonderful city views! Jeanne demonstrated the decorations we will be working on and we kicked things off by creating a floral masterpiece with red, white and blue flowers and spiced them up with additional decorations such as patriotic pinwheels and our own personalized flags we created. It was a blast! We also worked on these great table decorations filled with sand and seashells and chatted about our upcoming Fourth of July plans as well as how to help keep mosquitos as bay during the holiday.

Here are some pictures from the event:


Decorated Table


Gardening Table


Pot decorating table


Our Special Guest, DIY Network’s Jeanne Benedict


Finished Centerpieces {Photo Courtesy: Edelman}


Jeanne also shared ways that we can “log off” and enjoy the summer with our families. Here are some of her top tips for logging OFF!® while on vacation:

As I shared in my last post, OFF!® Clip-On™ Insect Repellent is a product that is fairly new to me. I have used OFF!® products since I was in grade school and am definitely loving the fact that I can get the same mosquito protection that I always did with the added bonus of convenience. I used the OFF!® Clip-On™ Insect Repellent the other day while sitting outside on my patio. I liked that, although it is a fan, the sound wasn’t that loud and didn’t bother me while I was watching my children run around the yard. The clip-on’s last up to 12 hours so I know that I can take them with me whether I’m gardening, fishing, camping or relaxing in the backyard.

(Disclosure: I was compensated for hosting an event and writing about OFF!® but all thoughts are my own.)

Enjoy Fourth Of July Fun This Summer With OFF!

There is nothing my family loves more in summer than spending every second we can outside. After shopping a few weeks ago, my outdoor oasis is finally complete and perfect for night-time relaxing. It appears perfect but then I remember that summer nights also include mosquitoes that make my evenings end in lots of scratching. I need to make sure I have plenty of OFF!® on hand to help keep mosquitoes at bay. I used to use the OFF!® spray but recently learned about their new clip-on product – OFF!® Clip-On™ Mosquito Repellent, which has a quiet, battery powered fan that circulates an odorless repellent, and within minutes creates head-to-toe protection for up to 12 hours. This is perfect for activities such as sitting on the patio enjoying a book or magazine. Plus 12 hours of protection is a lot of outdoor time! This product comes in four decorative covers that I can choose from so I can get the boys a camouflage print and myself a flowery design. (I will be sharing my thoughts on this new product soon!)

OFF!® Clip-On™ Mosquito Repellent also has a new Facebook application that I’m excited about. I shared a week or two ago about how last summer my family spent so much time indoors because I was working on my computer so much and how this summer I was going to spend more time offline. I created a summer bucket list of all the fun activities I hoped to do and places I wanted to take my children to. One of the items on our summer fun list is to go watch fireworks which I’d like to do on the 4th of July. I am going to use the OFF!® “Log OFF!®, Clip-On™” Facebook application to make sure I check “watch fireworks together” off of our bucket list.

OFF!® is encouraging people to “log off” their computers and smartphones for a whole day on the Fourth of July. They have a pledge that people can take saying they will be offline and outside. Once you take the pledge, the application will let you know the time you spent on Facebook on the Fourth of July and e-mail a report shortly after. I think it would be fun to make it a competition between friends and family to see who could spend the most time offline.


I’m also happy to share that I have teamed up with OFF!® to host a blogger event in Chicago this month. Just in time for Fourth of July parties and summertime backyard bashes, we will learn outdoor entertaining tips from DIY Network’s Jeanne Benedict while we enjoy yummy food and drinks. The event is being hosted at a Chicago garden so we will also be doing gardening activities and some crafting. I am so excited and I can’t wait to share all the great tips I learn at the event!

To learn more about OFF!®, visit and make sure to tune in tomorrow, June 21, on my Twitter and Facebook pages to get updates on my evening with OFF!®

(Disclosure: I am being compensated for my time but all thoughts are my own.)