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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
What a week it was!
All of my kids are home for the holidays so it’s awesome having everyone under one roof.
It’s been a busy weekend here! I was at Christmas Con yesterday in Edison, New Jersey, and got to meet up with my friends over at Christmas Is Not Cancelled. There were lots of Hollywood heavy hitters there like Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo and some Hallmark and soap opera stars like Danica McKellar, Lacey Chabert, Melissa Joan Hart, and so many others you probably watch over and over again.
I got to meet Jen Lilly who is one of the creators of Christmas is Not Cancelled and let me tell you, she’s even more lovely in person!
My good friend Karen and I had the best time kicking around and soaking all things Christmas in. I’m definately going again next year!
Today, Chris and I are heading into to New York City to see a show on Broadway and meet up with my incredible tech support, Mike Zielonka, who I’ve been working with for quite some time now but have yet to meet in real life. We are having dinner with him and his wife after the show, so I’ll tell you more about it next week!
This week, we’ve been having Mackenzie’s room painted and it was a JOB. There was a striped faux finish on the wall that for the longest time, we thought was wallpaper. It was really that good. But wow is it hard to get off the wall.
I wanted to just paint over it, but there was a sticker and foil with lots of glue removing the sticker and just painting over it was not an option. We actually had to sand the walls down because the glue was so bad. Luckily, I called in the big guns for this one, so I haven’t been the one actually working on it. But let me tell you, this one is a job!
Oh! And I received a beautiful poinsettia this week that is beyond gorgeous! While it’s in the foil in this photo, I did unwrap after taking this photo it so it’s sitting on a terra cotta saucer now. It adds a pretty pop of color to the sunroom, don’t you think?
What I’m Shopping For This Week
Since my Christmas shopping is done, I ordered a ton of stuff for myself. So Merry Christmas to me!
Here’s what I shopped for this week!
- It’s almost seed starting season!!!! Woohoo! So I am stocking up on seed-starting soil. I need to get several bags so before I forget, I’m ordering them now. (I’m going to share a list at the end of what I bought here so in case you want to prepare for your seed starting too, you can shop for what you need!)
- These flameless candles for the piano in my front entry hall.
- These coasters are for the family room table. I need them and love how organic they are!
- I ran out of my favorite daily eye cream – this stuff is the best and a must-have in your beauty arsenalt.
- I also ran out of my favorite facial wash. Let me tell you, I don’t normally spend this much on a wash, but I received this as a gift last year and it’s so mild and became part of my beauty regimen. I needed to get more.
- And I wanted to try a few of these blush/highlighter colors to see which one I’d gravitate to. I’m so glad you can get it in a gift set!
Must-Have Seed Starting Supplies I Use
- Seed Starting Potting Soil
- Seed Trays
- Bottom or Drainage Trays
- Clear Dome Lids
- Grow Lights
- Shelf System for Seedlings
- Heat Mat
- Plant Labels
- Oscillating Fan
- Programmable Timer
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog!
We’ve been busy here all week long doing all things Christmas! So here’s a quick rundown on what we’ve been up to on the blog.
I shared my go-to soup recipe that is really festive for the holidays too! In fact, I just made this tortellini soup the other night when Shana arrived home from college. Get the recipe here.
I also shared how to make those pretty DIY paper bag snowflakes. This is a great Christmas craft to make with the kids or grandkids for the holidays and beyond. Just don’t make the same mistakes that I did!
Since I was making my outdoor planters for winter this week, I shared three of my designs from years past to give you a few different ideas on how to make them. You can check each one of them out here:
Have you ever wanted to get the designer look for less in your home? I shared some decorating tips to get a Pottery Barn dupe look for Christmas for a fraction of the price. And the savings are big!
I also shared different ways to decorate with Christmas wreaths in your home for the holidays. They can go on more than just your front door. Wait until you see how creative you can be with them.
And finally, I shared my signature Christmas cocktail: the poinsettia drink. Have you ever had one before? They are so easy to make, super festive, and perfect for your holiday bash this year. I made them last year for Christmas Eve and it was so fun to hand them off to guests as they arrive.
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 sea glass ornament trees is so cute!
- These painted clay leaf ornaments look easy to make too.
- This traditional Christmas home tour.
- These tips for creating a cozy home at Christmas.
- These neutral Christmas decor ideas.
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- I like to use a good-quality, potting soil, garden soil, compost, and perlite when planting. While I make my own compost, you can easily buy it ready-made for use.
- I have used this deer repellent with great success. But now, I’m all about this deer repellent that is systemic instead of topical. This means the plant takes it in as opposed to it just smelling bad. If you want to minimize the work and not use repellents, choose plants that are deer-resistant from this list.
- Hands down this is my favorite hand-weeding tool. You can use it to get underneath roots and loosen soil, and it cuts down on the weeding time because you work much faster.
- But I also love this long, stand-up weeding tool to really get around roses from afar.
- I use this organic fertilizer for roses because the blooms are more prolific and it’s organic.
- And I use this organic fertilizer for my vegetables and herbs in the potager garden.
- You’ll need a sharp set of pruners when working with plants and flowers. I buy a few so I can stash them around.
- I use these garden snips to deadhead and cut flowers from my gardens.
- Where pest and disease problems are concerned, if I need to, I generally use this insecticidal soap or neem oil to help control infestations depending on the issue. When using, only apply when pollinators are less active.
- This is my go-to bait for slug and snail problems with my hostas and dahlias.
- This is my favorite set-and-forget slow-release fertilizer for houseplants, annuals, and container gardens.
- Whenever I stake my peonies or other plants, I generally use these grow-through garden supports because they work really well and keep the blooms upright.
- I use this collapsible bin ALL THE TIME. It is invaluable when working in the beds as it’s light to carry around and folds flat for easy storage.
- Drip irrigation set on a timer is your friend! I love these for my planters, window boxes, and hanging baskets.
- And this four way hose bib allows you to split one spicket into four!
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