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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
What a week it was!
We hit the ground running this week here after wrapping up a fun-filled week with holidays, friends, and fun.
Last Sunday, Chris and I went to the Giants vs. Colts game. And what a great game to be at! Not only was it a beautiful day, but they won the game and are headed to the playoffs.
I took down Christmas over the last week and tried to organize it all as I put it away. It was a great holiday season, but it’s time to declutter and move forward into 2023.
We celebrated Tori’s senior night with her swim team this week.
Although she hasn’t swum this season due to her foot surgery, we are wrapping up 12 years of swim team practices and meets. And couldn’t be more proud of her and all that she accomplished.
My daughter Shana went back to school this week so the house is a little quieter. And I am already counting the days until she returns spring break.
We also had a seasonable week here in New Jersey so I cleaned out all of the backyard containers to start getting them ready for spring. I mean, why not right?
I’ve also ordered my seeds for the cut flower garden. This year, I’m going to try some new plants like lisianthus which is suppose to be a little fussier to start. So we’ll see how that goes.
But I also snagged more zinnias, amaranthus, calendula, and a few others. If you recall, my calendula last year didn’t work out so well because a rabbit mowed down all the seedlings.
So this year, I’m going to grow them in raised beds in the potager garden and hope for a better result. I may even buy some cloches for them to protect them a little better from damage.
Speaking of the potager garden…that’s going to be the main project this spring. We’ve decided to add a few 4’x8′ raised beds there so I can grow more vegetables and flowers in there.
I’ve been having a hard time siting a new vegetable garden on the property elsewhere because there’s a lot of shade, so this might be the best option. We plan to build and place them where we had the outdoor dining table and shift that table to the middle of the garden.
That spot gets more sun than the other side of the bed where we currently have the self watering raised garden beds, so I think the plants will do well there. Plus it will be nice to see that area filled with plants and flowers.
What I’m Shopping For This Week
As I’m decluttering, cleaning and organizing my home, I’m also getting myself back into an exercising routine after falling off the wagon after the holidays.
Are you setting yourself up too?
If so, there are some great deals out there for the peloton bike. 17% off is a pretty good deal! I was thinking about getting one.
But if you already have one and just need some gear, it’s up to 20% off!
With Christmas put away, I’m starting to focus on winter projects. From painting and decorating my bedroom to building new raised garden beds, we are stocking up on a few supplies.
Here’s what we’re shopping for:
- I finally did it! I ordered the indoor chaise lounges. We could fit a small sofa in our bedroom but we opted for the individual loungers so we could move them around to either watch TV or face the fireplace.
- I’m considering getting room-darkening window panels for the bedroom. We haven’t taken down the shades we never use yet but this would look a lot nicer than what’s there.
- Because my family loves snowshoeing, be bought another set.
- I’m often asked about my makeup. One of the things I use ALL THE TIME is this primer. It’s the best! Just restocked my makeup bag.
- I also restocked my liquid liner – which I love because it’s easy to get off without leaving residue, stays put, and doesn’t bleed.
- In love with this accent chair. That color though!
- Also loving this console! Would be so pretty in the sunroom.
- Loving this pillow combination for spring.
- This cordless drill is over 40% off!
- Thinking about this paint sprayer that’s 30% off. Have you used it before?
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog!
We looked back at how my front porch gardens grew this year.
I had no idea how much I’d love this garden but I think she was my favorite!
There’s lots of beautiful images in this one, where you’ll get lots of ideas for designing an everblooming garden.
And because I’m thinking of spring with all this warm weather we’ve been having, we also chatted about one of my favorite easy-care flowers to grow, the bearded iris.
Have you planted them yet in your garden?
If not, here are 5 reasons you should!
Since we are starting the new year off right, we also chatted about ways to get organized in our homes and gardens.
I shared some tips for arranging your china cabinet and hutch shelves to maximize your space with a designer look.
And these same principles can be applied to open shelves elsewhere in your home too.
Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web
I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.
These popular and budget-friendly DIY crafts.
These January gardening tips and tricks for the PNW.
Loving these thrift store finds and what she did with them!!
These tips will help you live a more relaxed and simple life.
My good friend chooses a word of the year. Do you have one?
These 12 ideas to refresh your home after the holidays is full of easy inspiration.
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