I hope you had a great week!
Can you believe we are at the tail end of July?
The summer is flying by!
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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
What a week it was!
Since we were in Vermont last weekend, I feel like it was a shorter week than it was.
We celebrated Tori’s 16th birthday this week.
I can’t believe my youngest will be getting her driver’s permit soon!
Time really does fly.
We also wrapped up the summer swim season yesterday.
Tori had a great season and I’m so glad they were able to do in-person swim meets.
On another note, Chris and I visited a new-to-us restaurant in Morristown Friday night after dropping Shana off at the train station.
The Fig and Lily Garden was totally amazing!
The ambiance was really cool and the food was super fresh and delicious.
If you live in the area and have never been, go check it out!
And today, we are hoping to finish up the basement fireplace!
It’s looking really good, but it is taking a lot of time because of all the cuts that need to be made on the corners.
I can’t wait to show it to you!
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In the Garden
Do you remember that groundhog I relocated a few weeks ago?
Well, another one moved in!!!
I swear, it’s a groundhog hotel under my shed!
She ate the dahlias on the far side of my garden too.
So yesterday, Chris took our leftover chicken wire and stapled it to the bottom of the shed, and dug it into the ground.
I’m hoping that by making it more difficult to get out of the den in my garden, these groundhogs will find their meals elsewhere.
The rest of my backyard is fenced in with chicken wire, so unless they dig a new entrance in, this could (fingers crossed) thwart the groundhog.
In the meantime, I’m trying to trap her too but she has not taken the bait! #savethedahlias
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog!
Since we’ve been traveling a lot, I slowed things down a little this week and took a little more time to relax and just be present here at home and in my garden.
With all the talk about starting a garden and choosing the right plants for you, we talked about the do’s and don’ts of gardening, as well as how to be successful in the garden.
Whether you are a new or experienced gardener, it’s so important to avoid these common mistakes!
And let’s face it.
We all do them.
I know it’s still summer, but I’m already thinking about Christmas!
Not that I’m wishing my summer or gardening season away, but I made a promise to myself to enjoy the holiday season more by getting some things out of the way over the next few months.
Easy things that I want to do every year but hold off doing because I tell myself it’s too early and then suddenly, it’s too late!
Do you do that too?
HERE are some ways to alleviate the holiday stress this season.
And finally, I shared my latest YouTube Video.
Listen to the peaceful sounds of the garden sounds as we peacefully stroll the beds at sunrise.
And if you can, please like this video and subscribe to my channel.
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.
Now that I’m cutting flowers everyday from my backyard garden, I love this easy DIY from The Painted Hinge.
With my recent trips to the cool antique shops in Vermont, I’m loving my friend Coco from The Crowned Goat’s architectural salvage decorating ideas.
And with my summer vegetables almost ready to harvest, I love Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse’s recipe using cucumbers from the garden.
And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!
THESE cutting garden do’s and don’ts.
Wait until you see THIS vintage glassware.
THIS cookie recipe sounds like heaven!
I love THIS living room update.
Beyond proud of my good friends Anne and AnnMarie for doing such an incredible job at the Haven Conference sharing THESE blogging tips.
Love THESE backyard finds.
THIS yummy recipe for ice cream cupcakes.
And THIS rustic build in barbeque. What a cool idea!
Thank you so much for following along.
Enjoy a beautiful day! xo