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What a week it was!
Our Day Trip to New York City
We had a GREAT time in the city on Sunday. I didn’t tell you what were seeing because I was trying to surprise Chris! And it worked!
Here’s the backstory. Since before the thing that shut the world down happened, we were supposed to see the Broadway Show, Hamilton, as a family for Mackenzie’s birthday, which was that March.
Well clearly, that didn’t happen, so we sat on the idea of going to see a show since. My good friend and the best tech support for my blog Mike, was in the area and I talked him into catching a show with his wife while they were here. So Chris and I decided we’d go in and meet up with them for dinner and hey, maybe we’ll see a show while we’re there!
So last minute, I was looking for tickets to all the shows we wanted to see. Everything was either too expensive, not the right time, or no seats available.
When I first looked online for Hamilton (I was searching from my phone), it looked like there were no seats. I made a last-ditch effort a few days later from my computer and found a few seats left for the matinee showing on Sunday!
So I quickly snatched them up and decided to tell Chris we were going to see Shucked. Mike and his wife were seeing The Book of Mormon, which we already saw, so we didn’t want to see that again if there were others at the same time.
To make a short story long, the theater for Shucked was not close to the Book of Mormon, but the Hamilton theater was! So I tried and tried and tried convincing Chris we needed to park by The Book of Mormon.
But my husband is a planner when we go to NYC and it was going to pour, so I don’t think this idea was sitting well with him. Hahahaha
Anyway, the morning of we were chatting and trying to figure out the logistics when he mentioned I needed to send him the ticket. So I thought to myself, this is as good a time as any to tell him. So, I sent him our theater ticket to Hamilton and waited to see how long it would take him to figure it out.
It took him a full 44 seconds for what show we were going to see register. He was thrilled! We went in on the earlier side and had brunch at an Irish pub, went to the show, and then met up with Mike and his wife afterward at Bond 45 which let me tell you, was FABULOUS!
I haven’t mentioned anything to anyone about this, but I’m narrating the audio for my book, The Bricks ‘n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy-Care Flower Garden. Isn’t that so cool?
So I’m heading back to New York City tomorrow to go into a studio to record my book. Hopefully, we’ll get it done tomorrow so I don’t have to come back on Tuesday but it’s all good if I do! Chris is coming with me because I am more of a country mouse, so he’ll navigate where I need to go! LOL
I’m really excited about recording it and look forward to the experience.
Oh, I’m also making an appearance at a home and garden show in mid-January in Atlanta. When I get the details about where I’ll be, I’ll share them with you guys. If you are local and want to come meet up and chat, that would be so fun!
Join My Book Launch Team!
Speaking of the book, I’m assembling a launch team because we will hit the ground running to promote the book after the holidays. Are you interested in joining my team? If so, I’d love to have you!
Quickly fill out this form here, and I’ll reach out via email to give you the specifics in January. I greatly appreciate all the help I can get spreading the word and the joy of gardening! So thank you!
I can’t believe we are less than 2 months away from the release of my book. Did you preorder it yet? If not, you can get your copy here.
I keep glancing through the early copy I got from my publisher and it is such a beautiful book! I mean it’s chock full of really good information but the pictures look so gorgeous. And I feel really proud of my accomplishment!
What I’m Shopping For This Week
I did some last-minute Secret Santa gift shopping, snagged some extra gift wrap, and picked up a few more odds and ends. Wait until you see what I bought!
- This cool mist humidifier for the sunroom. I have one in there already, but I think I need a second one on the other side of the room.
- I snagged some rooting hormone so I can propagate a few plants after the holidays.
- Since I have so many houseplants to water, I ordered a few watering cans to stash in each room of my home. I bought this gold watering can for my living room. And this small copper watering can for my family room.
- I splurged on this planter for my pilea plant.
- This urn is on my wish list – it’s a little pricey but would look so pretty with my swiss cheese plant.
- And a few planter baskets too. I love the texture on these!
If you are ready to get wrapping, I got you! I curated a list of gift wrapping supplies here that you can get pretty quickly without leaving your home.
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog! Here’s a quick rundown of what you may have missed.
- Holiday Gift Tags That Dazzle and Delight
- Easy Christmas Cookies with a Pretzel Twist
- 5 Easy Tips to Create a Picture-Perfect Grazing Table
- The Prettiest Christmas Tablescape Ideas
- A Collection of Mouthwatering New Year’s Eve Food Ideas
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.
- These DIY wreath ideas are stunning!
- If you need cocktail party recipes, this is a great collection!
- This Christmas mantel decor.
- These last-minute decorating ideas.
- These last-minute gift ideas for under $25.
- I love these ideas for Christmas traditions.
- These holiday activities you can do on a dime.
- This bottlebrush wreath DIY is adorable!
- And these small christmas tree decorating ideas.
More About the Weekly Rewind
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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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