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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.

Stacy Ling and Christopher D. Ling at the NY Giants vs. Colts Game
Stacy Ling and her husband Crhristopher D. Ling at the NY Giants vs. Colts Game after the win

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.

Stacy Ling and her daughter at Senior Night for Swim Team
Tori Ling and friend at Senior night for swim team

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.

Close up of floret flower farm seed packets - How to Start Seeds Indoors Without a Greenhouse

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.

black lab on sofa looking pretty exhausted!

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?
close up of light purpled bearded iris in the zen garden by the koi pond

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.

close up of snapdragon flowers near stone wall in the 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!

close up of yellow bearded irises

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.

After decorating black china cabinet and hutch for winter with lenox, faux greens and pinecones -how to arrange china cabinet hutch

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.

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.

Close up of purple and white bearded iris

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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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  1. Calendula was one of my faves last year! I threw seeds in a few different mixed beds and they were one of the last flowers still going in Oct!
    Thanks for sharing my thrift finds…fingers crossed my store is restocked today!!

  2. Stacy
    Looks like you had a busy week as well. Thanks for sharing my DIY projects. Looking forward to an amazing new year.

  3. I hope my garden grows this summer! I am just learning! I want to make calendula hand salve this summer!
    Thank you for sharing my simple life post!

  4. I’ve gotten all my seeds for the year and I’m so excited! I’m trying calendula for the first time. I am READY for our gardens to grow again. Thank you for sharing my January garden to dos Stacy.

    1. Last year, a bunny mowed every single one down about a week after I planted it! ugh! This year I’m going to grow them in raised beds in the potager garden and hope to have better luck with it!