Lounging poolside under a colorful umbrella, sipping an icy cold glass of ginseng-mint-sun tea with fruit-filled ice cubes — it’s summer and time for backyard cookouts. Invite friends and family over for a leisurely cookout where you can while away the afternoon with tasty food, sweet confections and great company. Show off your excellent culinary and grilling skills by planning a summertime soiree.

I don’t know about you but when that warm weather hits, I immediately want to pull all my maxi dresses out of the closet and grab all my sandals to create some fabulous looks. I love maxi dresses. They are so comfortable and are right up there with yoga pants.

Casa de Campo, the 7,000-acre luxury resort on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, invites guests to celebrate and immerse in Dominican Republic culture at Casa de Campo’s first annual Spring Festival from May 23 – 26 at Altos de Chavon, a vibrant artisan village on resort grounds modeled after a 16th-century Mediterranean village. Special room rates for Festival guests start at $295 per person, per night and visitors booking before May 15 receive the third night free and a 20 percent discount on golf tee-times and spa appointments.

The air is crisp.  There are still droplets of dew catching the rising sun’s glimmer in their tiny worlds as they slide off the sheen of green leaves, flower petals, and blades of fresh cut grass.  Birds are singing their testament to the good day that I’m about to embark upon.  Early morning is the right time for my daughter and me to begin our exploration of our favorite beach spot.  The only way to make this good day better, this good day to a great day is to brew up some of the best selling coffee for my Keurig: a Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup.  My true fuel for the hike, climb and wading toward a secret spot on the beach.

Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE), the worldwide leader in stock car drive and ride entertainment, announced today that its Junior Ride-Along program will now be available at its Charlotte Motor Speedway location in Concord, N.C. and Daytona International Speedway location in Daytona Beach, Fla., in addition to Walt Disney World Speedway where they have been available for nearly a year.