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One of our favorite companies is Viva Terra. Their gorgeous catalogs full of eco-friendly furniture, accessories and gifts get passed around like candy, as we ooh and ahh over their contents. This week, we’ve partnered with them to give you the chance to win one of five Temple Bell sets. You get one large and one small of these rustic, brass-plated bells. The bells are easy to hang and add a relaxing touch to your backyard. For a chance to win, answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, May 24. Be sure to provide a valid email address so we can contact you if you win.


This week we want to know, what is your favorite part about outdoor living? Is it listening to the birds sing as you read a magazine? What about lounging in a hammock drinking fresh-squeezed lemonade? You have until 12/11c Monday to answer. Click for official rules.



237 Responses

  1. Tabatha says:

    My favorite part is letting all of my senses absorb all of the wonder that God created!

  2. Marty says:

    My favoriote part of outdoor living is the fresh smells in the air as the sun comes up with that first cup of coffee!

  3. Early morning on the deck while the rest of the house is still asleep is my favorite time in the backyard. With my cup of coffee and the newspaper, I watch the red-headed woodpecker family in the old sweet gum, and the rabbits and squirrels It's the perfect time and place for my morning prayers. There isn't a more peaceful way to start the day.

  4. Robin says:

    I like just being able to sit outside and enjoy nature…the birds, sunshine, etc.

  5. My favorite part of outdoor living is enjoying the beauty that surrounds me. It doesn't get any better than the natural. We just can't improve on it.

  6. Julie says:

    I love using our back yard for entertaining and allowing my grown children to use the pool, deck and patio to enjoy with their friends and extended families too, but MY favorite part of outdoor living is just that…living outside "our box"! Just listening to the fun of friends and family, and even the birds and faraway traffic. Just knowing that I am a small part of this whole world and this is my piece of it…my place in nature and it's elements…fresh air, wind, soil, water…sounds…and my heartbeat, enjoying my life. I live in Iowa…with four distinct seasons and each affords each own version of outdoor living, but spring is my favorite! A rewakening of the spirit of nature and of me!

  7. AMY says:

    pick me

  8. Kristine May says:

    I love to sit outside with my sketchbook, or current artistic endeavor..enjoying the sounds of nature, feeling a gentle breeze, taking in the subtle aroma of my hanging herb basket of mints, and being inspired to create by my surroundings of potted flowers, herbs, and trees…on an old quilt in the yard is even better!!!

  9. Brenda Faulkner says:

    My favorite part is early in the morning, when the dew is still on the ground and the traffic noise is at a minimum, to sit on the swing in the front yard, drinking coffee and enjoying the quiet smell of nature.

  10. Karen W says:

    My favorite spring/summer/fall activity is to lounge by the chiminea in late afternoon, with a nice glass of wine in hand, watching all of the birds eat, play, bathe, and chase our dogs and cat. There's nothing like that to shed all of the stress of the day.

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