This year’s garden doesn’t have the jump start that last year’s did, but it’s slowly getting there so I thought I would share a few photos of the new layout and what I’ll be growing this year. Despite the slow pace, I’m still enjoying it every bit as much as I did last year and it’s a constant reminder that patience and determination produces great things. We started with moving… Keep Reading
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Summer Garden: Before and After
Summer is officially over, but I’m still collecting tomatoes, peppers, and squash every few days from the garden. And if you couldn’t tell by all the recent recipes.. I’ve been putting it all to good use! I thought it would be fun to share some before, during, and after photos of this year’s summer garden, what I learned, and plans for next year. My dad had gotten on the roof… Keep Reading
Painted Pallet Herb Garden
If you’ve ever taken a gander at Pinterest then you’ve no doubt seen the billion and one ways to re-purpose a wooden pallet. Thankfully I’ve got a step-dad that knows what he’s doing when it comes to building and after just showing him a few photos of the vertical herb garden ideas I found, we were able to put together two pallets with shelves for my herbs to grow in…. Keep Reading
Garden Party Bloody Mary Shooters
Garden Party may be in the title, but it’s not the fancy garden party you may be thinking of nor is this cocktail. We’re literally talking about Bloody Mary’s in shot glasses and it can be a store bought mix that you add vodka to or you can use one of the awesome recipes I’ve got on my blog! It’s the extreme garnishing and vessel it’s in that makes this… Keep Reading
Daily Life + Garden Update
Spring seemed to just come and go with a whirlwind of road trips, concerts, work and garden projects. Things kicked off in April with a vacation to good ole Nashville (which I’ll share a separate post about) and then a few weeks later a quick 24 hours in Chicago. In between my mini-getaways and working I’ve poured the vast majority of my spare time into the huge 100 square foot… Keep Reading
Rusty Vintage Glider Bench Makeover
A few weeks ago on my Instagram I shared the before, during, and after of this vintage glider bench, so I thought I would share a bit more of the process here on the blog. When I initially decided to revamp this rusted bench from the 1950’s, I thought it would be a fairly grueling task, but the reality was that with a little bit of determination and a lot… Keep Reading
The Beginning of My 2017 Garden
I’ve been in garden-mode (along with work, family, and social-mode) this past month which has been keeping me quite busy despite our rainy chilly days. I started my first compost bin at the beginning of this month and things are getting pretty compost-y in there! I also started my herb and vegetable seeds a few weeks ago in egg crates and I’m happy to report that I have my first… Keep Reading
5 Simple Ways to Bring Fall Indoors
With Christmas decorations hitting the stores earlier and earlier each year, we seem to jump straight from Halloween to decking the halls with Christmas décor and November is becoming the forgotten month. Rather than spend money on decorations that will only be up for 3-4 weeks, I thought I would show you five simple and affordable ways to create a festive fall atmosphere using items from your own backyard.
Simple and Delicious Cookbook Review at DALB
This past week I had the pleasure of cooking alongside my mom in the kitchen while I tested recipes from the new Taste of Home Simple & Delicious Cookbook! Head over to Dream A Little Bigger to see tons of photos and read the complete review!
DIY Canopies and Sun Shades for Your Backyard
The wonderful people of Modernize reached out to me and wanted to share a DIY post with you all on how to make your own backyard canopy or sun shade! Things are already warming up here in Portland and I know I’ll be making one of these soon to save us from the heat!
Natural Lemon and Thyme Kitchen Cleaner
It’s rare when I have to throw food out, but I still cringe anytime I do, so I’m always looking for new ways to use food scraps for another recipe or project. After making my Blueberry Basil Lemonade, I was left with a ridiculous amount of lemon rinds and knew I could put them to a better use than just the compost bin. With how much I cook, my kitchen… Keep Reading
Container Garden Update: July
Since it’s the last day of the month I thought I would share an update on our container garden! Pro-gardeners.. cut me some slack.. this was trial and error for me as a first time veggie grower, but the experience has taught me a lot and I’m already planning next year’s garden!
Breakfast Gallery Wall
I am NOT a morning person. Unless I stay up all night, watching the sunrise is not something that happens for me often. In an effort to change that around, I thought I would make a fun breakfast inspired wall that would brighten my mood and make me look forward to early mornings! I can’t wait to add new artwork, photos, and other breakfast paraphernalia, but for now here’s what I… Keep Reading
Tattooed Martha’s Bar Cart Makeover
I’m so happy to finally be able to share this with you all! I picked up this tea cart from Goodwill almost a year ago and finally got it revamped last week. A little spray paint and a little patience resulted in this bright and funky new bar that was the much needed pop of color we needed in our space!
Teacup Succulent Planters
Whenever I’m out thrift store shopping I always find a plethora of abandoned teacups without their saucer counterpart. I decided to give new life to these beautiful cups by using them as cacti and succulent planters! They’re low maintenance plants and add simple color and texture to your space! See how easy it is to make your own!
If you haven’t started your summer garden yet, it’s not too late! Despite not having a backyard (just a really large back deck) I was determined to grow a few veggies for the summer and here’s how you can too!
Daily Life + How to Stay Sane on Thanksgiving!
A few days ago I decided to start planning for Thanksgiving! Since we live 1800 miles away from our family and most of our friends here are transplants to Portland as well, we love to throw a Friendsgiving to still have that sense of family and togetherness! Last year we hosted our first Friendsgiving.. in our downtown apartment.. that didn’t have a dining room! Not to be discouraged by our… Keep Reading
Painted Rock Plant Markers
Last year I painted labels on my terracotta pots, but since I switched up the herbs I planted I needed a new way to tell them apart. I painted the entire pot (before and after photos follow) and made these simple and cute rock plant markers instead! Find out how to make your own!