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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

Behind the scenes, I have been crazy busy with the family.

So let’s go!

The End of Summer

In super sad news, we closed up the pool and hot tub this week.

Not gonna lie, I shed a few tears watching them put the cover on.

I spent ALL SUMMER out here both in the pool and under an umbrella blogging so I was sad to see it close up on Monday.

I’m already counting the days until we open it back up again. LOL!

Last day at the pool with gorgeous ruffle umbrella and wicker lounge chairs in fall

College Visit

Tori and I started her college tours with a visit to Rutgers University here in New Jersey.

What a great school!

When I visited colleges with my older two, Rutgers was not on the list and I have to say, Rutgers is really amazing!

It’s a Big 10 school with a few campuses but they have a way of making it feel smaller and close-knit for the student.

We both enjoyed the tour and I’m excited she is applying to colleges now!

The Last one! It’s bittersweet.

New Jersey blogger Stacy Ling and her daughter visit Rutgers University

Parents Weekend – Take 2

Speaking of Rutgers, they played my daughter Shana’s school, Ohio State, this weekend.

What a game!!!

We are actually IN Columbus, OH as I’m writing this because we spent the weekend here hanging out with Shana, meeting some of her friends, and we got to see our first Ohio State game.

Last year, we were supposed to see a game, but I had a little health scare and wound up in the emergency room so we sort of missed it.

blogger stacy ling with chirstopher ling and their daughter in Ohio

And her first year at school, we were not allowed to visit due to all the social restrictions from that illness that shall not be named.

So, we finally got to see a game in the shoe!

You might be wondering what happened that caused us to miss it last year. I’m not sure I mentioned that I was in the ER, but I had a complication with uterine fibroids that caused my iron to drop extremely low.

LIke really low.

in the ER
Sending a pic to our kids in the middle of the night to let them know I was OK.

In fact, it was so low that I passed out while at a restaurant the first night we were visiting her and had to have a blood transfusion before I left the ER.

It was a scary experience that prompted my hysterectomy a few short weeks after. And yes, I had the surgery, packed, and moved at the same time.

What a crazy time that was!

I don’t think I mentioned much about it here because it was a lot to process at the time.

blogger stacy ling with her husband christopher d ling aia and her daughter shana ling at ohio state

So anyway, we came back to Columbus for a total redo THIS WEEKEND and had the best time visiting with Shana.

We went out to dinner at this super yummy restaurant called the Townhall on Friday. And then we went out to a few fun bars.

And yesterday we tailgated all day long and saw the big game in the shoe for the first time.

My husband was dying to see a game here, so this was a big day for him.

But the most fun part was watching Shana and her friends before the third quarter on the field running around with these huge plastic balls on.

Shana is in the red ball on the left and if you watch my IG stories from yesterday, you’ll see the event in action it was pretty funny.

What a fun weekend!

blogger Stacy Ling's Daughter with friends at Ohio State on the field at Ohio State vs. Rutgers Game
blogger stacy ling with her husband christopher d ling aia at Ohio State Game

We had a great time seeing her and meeting her friends with their families.

Ohio State is not close to where we live in New Jersey, so any chance we get to hang out with her, we’ll take it!

We are heading back home today and are both pretty exhausted.

A lot of fun, but we are tired!

Happy birthday chris!

In addition to visiting both Rutgers and Ohio State, it was my husband’s birthday this week!

We celebrated with our kids and also went out to dinner with my in-laws.

I told you it was a busy week!

But that’s not all.

ling family photo at table

A Little of This and That

My chairs arrived for the sunroom and they look AMAZING!

I am starting to bring my plants in, tweaking things, and can’t wait to show you all the changes in this space soon.

And I’m still working on the lawn! I asked my landscaper to aerate it for me so I could oversees with tall fescue.

The ground is pretty compacted and needs it so hopefully, it will fill in better for next spring and not suffer from the summer heat and Japanese beetles as badly next year.

This week, I’m moving on to fall plantings and dividing perennials to fill in the gardens. I can’t wait!

zinnias and alliums

I Wrote My First Ebook!

If you are a subscriber to my emails, you heard I wrote my first ebook that is going live for sale this week!

I worked hard on this ebook all summer long so I’m pretty excited to finally share it with you.

My 40-page guide for decorating with fresh greens for the holidays is chock full of budget-friendly projects with some of my best tips and tricks that are only available in this book.

While the guide is available for individual purchase here in my new Etsy Shop, it is also being offered as part of a bundle for a limited time only this week here.

hanging evergreen wreath on the front porch

This incredible bundle is a GREAT deal because it includes ebooks and guides from some of my favorite bloggers like French Country Cottage, Thistlewood Farms, Robyn’s French Nest, Simply 2 Moms, Jennifer Rizzo, and so many more!

The bundle will be live from October 4th through October 8th but I’m pretty certain you can get on the waitlist here if you want to register early so you don’t forget.

I’ll be sending more information out about it this week – so if you are on my subscriber list, keep an eye out for these emails.

And if you are not on my email subscriber list yet? You can sign up here.

15 Easy Ways to Decorate with Fresh Greens for the Holidays

What I’m Shopping For This Week

Another big week of shopping to make my house feel more like home.

Here’s what I bought or am shopping for this week!

  • This gorgeous end table for the family room arrived on my husband’s birthday. And it is perfect for my boho farmhouse.
  • I ordered this beautiful poof ottoman so we could put our feet up in the sunroom.
  • And am also shopping around for some throw pillows. I love this round one but may go with something made of mudcloth like this one or these.
  • My area rug for the front entry hall arrived and I LOVE IT! It is a little thin so it definitely needs a rug pad, but the print is gorgeous and it looks so vintage.
  • I also just ordered this portable steam vac to help clean up some of the messes that my dogs do. We have an upright one, but this one is easier to store upstairs in the bedroom closet.
New cottage garden by front porch in fall with rudbeckia, sedum autumm joy, and celosia

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

We kicked off the week with my first home tour in fall here at the new house.

After a fun summer outdoors in the garden and by the pool, it was really fun to come inside and start decorating!

Wait until you see all of the changes we’ve made and how cozy it all looks!

Family room in fall in vintage farmhouse with boho decor. Mango wood round table, gourds, candles, pumpkins and plants with cozy throw pillows and blankets.

In addition to my fall home tour, I also shared my FAVORITE Italian soup recipe.

It’s a hearty dish that’s easy to make and the whole family will enjoy.

Wait until you try this recipe for pasta fagioli.

best recipe for pasta fagioli with toppings of parmesan, basil and parsley

But that’s not all!

We also chatted about ways to update furniture on a dime with this before and after heirloom bench makeover.

To keep costs down and update my thrifted dining room set quickly, I may paint the fabric before recovering them.

I also addressed the pros and cons with pieces that I would not use this technique on in this painting upholstery fabric with chalk pain FAQ post.

close up of thrifted dining room set with black china cabinet and hutch with crystal chandelier and loloi margot area rug

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I love right now.

My good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse shared how she decorated her front porch for fall this year and I LOVE IT!

Her sweet pup Rudy seems to enjoy it as well.

Someday, I’d love to drop by and visit my bestie to hang out on the front porch and see her incredible home.

farmhouse front door and porch decorated for fall

And how pretty are these terra cotta pumpkins that are all the rage these days?

My good friend Wendy from WM Design House shared her simple DIY to make them.

It’s easy to do and adds a lot of neutral, organic texture with fall decor.

terracotta pumpkin decor

My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells shared her beautiful fall home tour this week.

I love how she brings the outdoors inside her beautiful cottage-style home by the sea.

Wait until you see how beautiful it all looks!

farmhouse living area with leather couch and green apples on coffee table

And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!

These DIY pumpkin project ideas.

I love these fall mantel decor ideas for the Vermont cabin!

These trash to treasure Adirondack chairs.

This gorgeous fall home tour in New Hampshire.

And I love this navy and neutral fall home tour.

This beautiful farmhouse tour in fall.

And this cozy fall home tour.

Fall garden in front of vintage farmhouse with rudbeckia, hostas, sedum autumn joy and hardy hibiscus on a sunny day

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Home and Garden Blogger Stacy Ling cutting zinnia flowers in her cottage garden with wood picket fence in front of garden shed

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Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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  1. Stacy,
    I’m so happy for you. Congratulations on your ebook. Thanks so much for sharing my porch and Rudy. Looking forward to next week.

  2. Wow you sure did have a busy week! So happy you got a redo of your weekend at Ohio State!! Can’t wait to read your ebook!

  3. What a fun weekend! There’s nothing like going to a college football game. Thank you so much for sharing my fall home tour. I appreciate it! Happy Sunday, Stacy!

  4. I’m about 2 hours from Columbus and we love to visit! Next time you are in Columbus head to German Village. It’s a neighborhood of beautiful old homes, shops, and restaurants. One of the best is Schmidts Sausage Haus. Everything is delicious! The cream puffs alone are worth the trip!

  5. I can’t believe how busy you’ve been Stacy! Sounds like you had a great weekend. I was so sad to hear that pool season is over. I WILL be swimming in that pool with you one of these summers. Congratulations on your eBook. Thanks for featuring my home tour. I really appreciate it my friend. I’ll be dividing perennials too.

  6. I’m so glad you guys had a good re-do at Ohio State!! Seriously, I got a knot in my stomach thinking about all that you went through last year…and then selling & buying…plus moving at the holidays!! Yikes!!
    I LOVE the little Bissell steamer, I can’t tell you how many times it’s saved me!!
    Thanks for sharing my home this week!

    1. You are welcome and thank you! I’m so glad we had a blast this year – the bar was set pretty low though after last year’s fiasco! LOL