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What a week it was!

Chris and I arrived back in New Jersey on Monday after an amazing quick last-minute getaway in the Bahamas.

We stayed at the Baha Mar Grand Hyatt resort in Nassau which was beyond incredible. It has like 45 restaurants, bars, food trucks, and poolside eateries. The beach was beautiful and there were several different pools to enjoy.

There were a few koi ponds that had these ginormous koi fish. We found a few that looked like the ones we have here (only much smaller). So that was pretty cool to see!

Would we go back? Absolutely. We had a great time.

Here are a few pics from our trip!

the baha mar pool and hotel with palm trees
cabanas at the baha mar in the bahamas

While we were gone, my gardens were pummeled with copious amounts of rain. So I had my work cut out for me when I got back.

I’ve been cutting plants back, supporting others with my half-moon supports, and weeding. Lots of weeding!

We celebrated Tori’s 18th birthday this weekend too. And overall it’s been a great week!

Baha mar pools with view of the ocean

Last night, Chris and I went to a fun event, Lobsterfest with our good friends.

The food was amazing and they had a band called The Cowboy and the HIppie that were playing some good tunes.

There was an incredible amount of seafood too that included lobster (of course), shrimp mac and cheese, clams, and a few other delights.

We had a great time and it was a great way to finish up the week.

What I’m Shopping For This Week

I read some of the best beach reads while I was gone! And I’ve got a few more that I am ordering to read poolside.

Here’s my beach read list!

Have you read any of these yet?

fresh cut zinnias by front porch garden with gomphrena
Fresh cut zinnias

But I also started shopping for faux winter greenery believe it or not because some of my favorite items will sell out so fast I’ll totally miss it.

And I love to add to my collection every year so I get on this train pretty early!

Some of these already have waitlists! So if you want really good winter greens to decorate your house this year for the holidays, DO NOT WAIT TO BUY.

Here’s what I’ve been shopping for!

Sunset in the front porch cottage garden with achillea and coneflowers and zinnias

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

We kicked off the week with my latest flea market find for the garden. When I first saw it, I wasn’t sure where it was going but knew I had to have it!

Wait until you see how I styled it!

Have you ever noticed your fresh-cut hydrangea flowers wilting in a vase?

There are a few ways to keep that from happening and a simple tip to fix them when they do droop.

Learn how to keep them looking fresh and beautiful with these simple tips.

And finally, I shared a mouthwatering main course recipe using fresh ingredients from the garden. It’s perfect for a backyard BBQ or a casual evening at home.

Savor the flavors of the season with this delicious main course!

sunny front porch with flowers angelonia, superbells, supertunias and gomphrena with porch rockers on old farmhouse

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.

Wait until you see these 30 upcycled thrift store DIY ideas?

These thrifting tips for beginners.

These charming vintage and antique decorating ideas.

This college packing list for guys.

This watermelon salad recipe.

These recent vintage finds.

This coastal Maine kitchen design.

achillea and coneflowers
Achillea and coneflowers

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dahlia kogane fubuki in the potager garden

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Garden Supplies I Use

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  1. Your trip to the Bahamas looks amazing, Stacy! It’s on Kirk and I’s bucket list of places to go. Happy belated birthday to Tori!

    Hope you are enjoying your weekend and getting some rest after all your travels!

  2. Stacy, love your spontaneous trip to the Bahamas! That hotel~oh my! And I just downloaded The Perfect Couple from Elin Hildebrand. Haven’t started it yet but I just finished up her Five Star Weekend…an entertaining, fun summer read. Love your Sunday post!