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What a week it was!

Today is a big day for me! I’m heading to Waco, Texas for the Achieve Conference for bloggers and influencers.

It’s a great opportunity to learn new things while hanging out with some of my blogging besties like Anne and AnnMarie from Simply 2 Moms and Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse.

I’m leaving today and it’s going to be a long day of travel as I have a layover in Dallas before I hop on a quick flight to Waco.

Let’s hope nothing cancels my flights this trip!

And I’m staying an extra day so I can do some touristy things and dine with my besties at Magnolia Table.

I cannot wait!

Head over to my Instagram this week to keep up with the week!

cottage garden by the front porch in the fall with rudbeckia, sedum autumn joy, celosia and gomphrena

This week, we celebrated my husband Chris’ birthday. We went out to dinner with his parents and sisters. It was also my sister-in-law’s birthday, so we had one big birthday dinner for both of them.

In sad news, we closed the pool and hot tub for the season. I shed a few tears as I watched the cover go on. Ah….until next year!

It was a rainy week here, so I didn’t get out and do as much in the gardens as I wanted. With traveling and preparing for that, I just didn’t have the time.

So hopefully, everything will hold up until I get back!

cottage garden in fall with zinnias and celosia

Before I left, I potted up my front porch planters for fall. I wanted to do it last weekend, but we had SO MUCH RAIN I didn’t get a chance to get out there. So I got it done real quick the other day and love how the porch looks now!

We’ve got another two weeks of pond life before they get closed up and netted for the season.

Last year, we put a dye in the front pond to help protect the fish from predators during the winter.

It was very effective and worked well, so we’ll be doing that again this year too. Speaking of the ponds, a blue heron dropped by the backyard the other day.

My dog Koda was going NUTS at the back door, so I let her out to chase it away. We have our 5 koi fish in the small back pond and don’t want them to get eaten.

So I moved Bob to the backyard to help protect the fish too until we net the pond. I hope the birds stays away! Not sure if he saw the fish or not. UGH!

front pond garden in the morning at sunrise with fountain

What I’m Shopping For This Week

This week, I was all about prepping for my trip, fall looks, and organizing my kitchen!

When we moved here, we just threw things in cabinets so it is time to figure things out to make it more user-friendly.

And it’s going to be in the mid-90s all week long in Waco, so I bought and packed some essentials!

Here’s what I shopped for this week!

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front entry hall christmas tree 2023
close up of pink coreopsis flowers

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

For starters, I shared a quick, easy, and delicious weeknight dinner you’ve got to try! I was inspired by an appetizer we used to order in Vermont that they don’t offer any more on the menu.

It tastes so good and is really easy to whip up. Get the recipe here.

oven baked chicken wings recipe on a plate with extra rosemary on dish towel

In the garden, I shared how to use fallen leaves to improve your garden. It’s so easy to do and a no-brainer to try if you aren’t already doing this.

And the best part is you don’t need a lot of space to make it.

Learn how to make leaf mold with these simple tips.

front pond in flal with bridge on park like property in zone 6a new jersey the garden state

And finally, it was supper club week! This month, the girls and I celebrated the season with an adult Halloween party.

I LOVE how my table turned out for this one! Wait until you see the centerpiece for the dining table.

In addition to some entertaining ideas and party decor, we shared some insanely good Halloween food ideas too. Get the menu here.

classy halloween party for adults in the potager garden with fresh cut flowers, witches hats, pumpkins, plaid linen napkins, and vintage table decor with candles

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.

dahlia labrynth in fall with view of the driveway gardens

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Garden Supplies I Use

I’m often asked about the garden supplies and tools that I use most. From pruners to deer repellents, here are some of my favorites in no particular order.

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  1. I hope you have the best time at the Conference. I’m so sad I’ll miss you all. Hopefully, I can go next year. And can’t wait to hear all about it!