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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
What a week it was!
Well, I thought we were successful in ordering the wood for the potager garden but had some issues with availability.
So we made a few adjustments and will hopefully receive the order sooner than later.
I spent the weekend painting the 2nd and 3rd-floor hallways. It’s been a while since I painted a room and the hallway has been in the queue for some time now. The hallway is the same red as the front entry hall.
To keep it all neutral, I painted it Linen White by Benjamin Moore. It’s a great warm white for this house.
It’s so dark every time we go upstairs so painting this space was sorely needed. And we wrapped it up just in time for my daughter Shana who is coming home this week.
Although we had a little taste of snow this week, my gardens are moving forward. While this photo is from last season, the hellebores are all ready to bloom!
I also found a few vinca, crocus, and daffodil flowers blooming after the snowstorm this week. So spring is really here!
My oldest daughter Mackenzie was recently accepted to the MSW Program at Rutgers. So she’ll be living with us while she saves money and pursues her Masters Degree in Social Work.
I’m not sure if you recall, but Kenzie graduated from Bucknell University in May 2022. She took a year off to work full-time, save some money, and consider where she wanted to apply for graduate school.
And we couldn’t be more thrilled that she’ll be attending Rutgers right here!
We are also celebrating my daughter Tori’s last swim banquet this week. Crazy to think that chapter is about to close and she’s heading off to college in the fall! It seems like just yesterday she was toddling around in the garden with me.
What I’m Shopping For This Week
My new blender arrived and it is a total winner. It made THE BEST hummus from the same recipe I’ve been making for years.
It was light, smooth, and really creamy. I can’t wait to make more recipes with my new kitchen bestie!
And yes I know I splurged on this one but it was worth every penny if it’s going to improve my recipes like that. Vitamix blenders last a really long time and if you can swing them, are worth the price.
They have different price points for their blenders. I’ve not read many negative reviews so to me, that says a lot.
Aside from my new kitchen appliance, here are some other things I’ve been shopping for this week.
- I’ve been asked a few times this week on Instagram about my readers. They are blue light-blocking reading glasses that come in a pack of five. It’s a great deal for the price and you can change up your look with ease. I’ve had this set for almost a year and a half now. This is pretty good for me because I haven’t found inexpensive readers to last a long time. But these have done me well.
- Another popular question on IG is about my lip products. I use this lipliner in cork and the lip glass is spite. Both are great neutrals and the lipliner I’ve had for a long time.
- Love this neutral gold throw pillow cover to add to my accent chairs in the living room. I have two neutral gold ones already but found them at Homegoods and haven’t seen ones like them. These come pretty close.
- Although I’m still thrifting around for the bedroom, I kind of love this bed! And you can get it for 20% off right now too.
- Love these plant stands for the sunroom!
- Have you tried Amazon Fresh yet? I’m considering it. It offers grocery delivery on tons of products and is prime customers’ one-stop for great deals on national favorites, new tastes, organic, and more.
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What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog!
And my focus lately has been on…plants!
This week, we chatted about my #2 easy-care houseplants for beginners.
If you are just starting out with houseplants or think you kill them, you should try growing this indoor plant. It can handle a range of light conditions and very rarely has pest and disease problems making it the perfect houseplant for beginners or for those who think they kill things.
But the best part?
Studies have shown this plant cleans the indoor air we breathe too. Sound too good to be true?
We also chatted about one of my favorite flowers, snapdragons. They are easy to grow, look amazing in the cottage garden, and make gorgeous cut flowers for bouquets.
And if you want to grow them, it’s time to start them from seed indoors.
Will you try them this year?
I am in the process of starting my seeds now, but your timing will depend on when your last frost date is. So you haven’t missed your window if you decide to grow them this year.
Are you growing them yet?
If not, you’ll want to plant them this spring after watching this video.
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.
My good friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse made the most beautiful transformation of her beach house bathroom.
To get the wallpaper look, she stenciled the walls instead on a dime and it looks AMAZING.
My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill shared her latest spring decorating project with pressed flower ideas.
I love how easy they are to dry and preserve. And they look amazing in each of the projects she made.
Wait until you see how easy these projects are to do!
My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells spilled her secrets about growing the most beautiful sweet peas in the garden.
If you aren’t familiar with them, they have an incredible aroma and make wonderful cut flowers.
Have you grown them before? I have a few varieties winter sowing by the cottage.
And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!
These she shed ideas.
And these pretty ceiling design ideas.
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