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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

Another week in March 2023 and more snow! We had almost spring-like temps with no snow during January and February and lately, we’ve been getting hit with snow like every other day.

I hope this week was the last of it. My daffodils and crocuses that are blooming are looking at me like “Please make it stop.

With the cold snap we had this week, I didn’t work in the gardens as much as I wanted to. But I was able to get a few things accomplished.

There are so many plants here to care for, I pretty much choose a task and an area a day and get to it.

This week, I cut back all of the nepeta and a few other perennials that were left behind in the front yard gardens and pruned the roses and hydrangea paniculatas to get them ready for spring too.

yellow and white daffodils

Chris and his buddy Mark did some more work on the raised garden beds for the potager garden this weekend.

And they are really coming along!

We are making several beds so this will probably take a few weekends, but so far, I’m loving the new look and can’t wait to get my seed starts and veggies in there.

chris building the raised garden beds in potager garden
black lab with new raised garden bed in potager garden

Some were asking what we plan to do with our outdoor dining table. I’m not sure I mentioned this, but we are keeping it in the potager garden, just relocating it within the space.

Hopefully, next year, we’ll build an outdoor kitchen so it’s a farm-to-table type atmosphere where you can pick your vegetables, clean them off, and cook them up in a dish.

We’re talking about having a grill, smoker, pizza oven, and a Blackstone. Since we can’t do it all this year, we are moving that project to 2024.

garden blogger stacy ling and her daughter shana ling

On another note, for St. Patrick’s Day, we took Shana out to dinner and watched the Purdue vs. FDU March Madness game.

Did you watch it? What a game!

Shana went back to school yesterday. But we had a fun week while she was home. As the kids get older, it’s really nice to have them all under one roof. Even if they are each running in different directions.

Container garden with spring flowers near frot porch with hostas and bugleweed

What I’m Shopping For This Week

This week, I picked up some random items I’ve been eyeing. Here’s what I shopped for this week.

  • I’ve been having some tension in my shoulders and neck from working, so I bought this AMAZING massager that does a really good job!
  • And to help melt the tension away, I decided to try this too. It works really well and I highly recommend getting it if you work on a computer all day long.

I also shopped for some spring looks as I need to update my wardrobe. Here’s what’s in my cart now. I am not buying all of it, but I am deciding what to whittle down.

To shop more of my favorite shoe finds for spring, click here.

spring shoes for 2023

And finally, I snagged a few more over 40 skincare products that I wanted to try and love. Just yesterday, Shana said my skin looks really good so it must all be working!

  • I use these depuffing eye patches every morning.
  • This eye serum works really well for the price. I just started using it and already notice a difference.
  • I can’t say enough good things about this skin hydration kit. It’s part of my nightly routine.
  • This primer is the best. I’ve been using it for over a year now and it helps keep my makeup set all day long.
  • And this foundation is a little pricier than what I normally buy at the drugstore, but it is hands down the best. It’s light, not greasy, and evens out my skin really well. My makeup stays in place and I will not go back to drug store brand foundations. A little goes a long way too so I think worth the price.

To shop more of my favorite skincare and makeup, click here.

Makeup for mature skin ideas

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

This week, we started looking ahead to Easter. Can you believe it’s almost Easter already?

Whether you are hosting or just decorating for Easter, making your own centerpieces is a great budget-friendly way to create a cozy atmosphere for the holiday.

Wait until you see how easy these centerpieces are to make too!

easter flowers on table decorated for spring with pink tulips and crystal chandelier

And then we chatted about ways to save money in the garden too.

Gardening is a great way to enjoy nature, get physical exercise, improve your mental well-being, and make your surroundings more beautiful.

But it can also cost a pretty penny if you buy a lot of plants, soil, mulch, gardening tools, and equipment. So it’s a good idea to explore ways to save money so you can enjoy it without it costing you an arm and a leg.

Here are 39 money-saving tips you should try this year.

front yard garden in spring with flowering crabapple trees

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.

This DIY bunny statue idea is perfect for Easter decorating.

These front porch decor ideas for Easter.

These creative wall decor ideas.

I love these spring table decorating ideas.

These picnic foods for date night.

These DIY baseboards and how to paint them.

These faux topiaries look so real! I love how she DIY’d them.

close up of easter flowers table centerpiece with fresh cut pink tulips

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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

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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10 Comments

  1. Your potager garden looks great. I can’t wait to see what you do with it this summer. I bought the shearling jacket that you shared. It’s so cute. Hugs to you, my friend.

  2. The raised beds look so good!! Yes, let’s keep our fingers crossed that the snow is over, I just can’t anymore!
    Thanks for sharing my bunnies, I’ll take fake bunnies over real ones any day!!

  3. Thanks so much for including my Spring table decor items in your round up. I’m having so much fun following along on your potager garden!!

  4. Your potager garden is looking so good, Stacy. I’m so excited for you. Thank you for sharing many Easter centerpiece post my friend.