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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

There is much happening in the world today and it is horrifying. I generally steer clear of things that are not home and garden on my blog because I want this to be a place of joy for both myself and for you as my audience.

But at the same time, I have to acknowledge that what’s happening right now is very scary, upsetting, and I am praying for peace.

Bearded Iris and Allium in the Cottage Garden

Around the House

Instead of renovating rooms, we spent the week unpacking the garages and getting ourselves organized here.

There are still so many boxes we still need to unpack but we needed a break from it for a while.

When we moved here, we loaded boxes we didn’t need right away in the garages so it’s time to address them and put everything in a designated place.

Thrifting with Chris

Chris and I went thrifting last few weeks at the Habitat for Humanity Restore.

I’m loving the one in Manville, NJ!

I found this AWESOME end table as we were leaving so we grabbed it.

It’s a little short as a side table but PERFECT as a plant stand.

Particularly for some of my larger plants.

thrift pedestal end table

I will refinish the table but I love the look, don’t you?

We also tried to do another fun tour of hanging out in the gardens, but it was a little chilly out so we’ll wait for a warmer day.

But spring is almost here!!!

Stacy Ling
I ran the Philadelphia Marathon a few days before turning 40.

Getting My Groove Back

On a side note, I’m starting to run again.

I used to run long distances for many years but lost some stamina and energy due to having uterine fibroids.

Not realizing that’s what my problem really was, I just slowly stopped running thinking it was age and falling out of shape.

Stacy Ling running the Rutgers half marathon
I ran a few Rutgers Unite Half Marathons.

Since having my hysterectomy in the fall just prior to the move, I feel so much better and have so much more energy than I did, so I’m trying to get back into it again.

I love being out in the fresh air, listening to some good tunes, and soaking in the sights on a run.

tough mudder pic of Stacy Ling and friend
I also ran a Tough Mudder – it was so much fun!

It feels good to get back into the groove. I don’t plan on doing serious long-distance like before, a few miles a day would be nice.

So I’m working on it little by little to get it back.

dining room with tulips

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

Earlier in the week, we made some creamy balsamic tomato soup to keep us warm and cozy while it’s still a bit cold outside.

Have you tried making it yet?

It is SO good and very easy to make. Takes a little while to roast, but it’s practically a dump-and-go kind of recipe and worth adding to the repertoire.

creamy balsamic tomato soup

With spring on the way, I’ve got gardening in my brain!

I’m so ready to get started here, I can’t even wait.

Since we removed all that liriope last weekend to prepare for the bed for my cut flower garden here, I shared a post detailing how to grow a cut flower garden for beginners.

My cut flower garden - How to Save Money at the Garden Nursery

In case you weren’t inspired enough to start a cut flower garden of your own, I shared the flowers I grew, cut, and enjoyed making bouquets last season in my latest super quick video.

I’m growing several of them again this year too.

Last year, we chatted all about starting seeds indoors, but this week, I shared how to winter sow seeds outdoors.

Have you tried this method before?

Setting the milk jug with sweet peas outdoors with cap off so it germinates

It’s very easy to do and you probably already have all the supplies needed to winter sow.

And there’s still time to do it too, so grab some seeds and let’s grow stuff together!

With spring on the way, I started decorating and shared 9 simple spring DIY projects you can do in less than a day. And I’m loving all of the garden-inspired do it yourself ideas!

9 simple DIY spring decorating ideas

I shared all the things that I’m shopping for this week for our new home.

From furniture and spring home decor to garden supplies, I think I shopped for everything this week.

CLICK HERE to see what I bought this week!

Friday Favorites: Bistro set, chairs and more!

And finally, I updated this sunflower brunch idea post on the blog.

It popped up the other day and I forgot how much I love the idea so I spent some time adding some more content to the post.

With Easter and Mother’s Day coming up, it includes a pretty tablescape together with some brunch menu ideas.

Sunflower brunch table setting idea

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.

My good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse shared a gorgeous Saint Patrick’s Day table idea with touches of pink.

I love those plates, don’t you?

spring pink and green tablescape with moss chargers

My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill shared LOTS of great spring decorating ideas that you can DIY.

She makes the prettiest projects for her home.

Wait until you see how beautiful and easy these projects are to do.

cottage on bunker hill

My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells updated her laundry room recently and it look SO GOOD!

I love the trim color and those floors get me every time!

white flower arrangement in aqua vase, antique hanging scale, wicker chair, and wood armoire

And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!

THESE gardening tips and tricks for March.

THIS super yummy eggs benedict recipe.

THESE 29 healthy and delicious Easter dinner menu ideas.

THIS Easter brunch menu idea.

I loved THIS beautiful french country farmhouse tour.

Sunflower Brunch Tablescape and Menu Ideas

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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  1. What a great post! So glad to see you back in your happy place of running again…good for you! Love all of your inspiration today. Thank you so much for sharing my recipe!

  2. Stacy
    I’m so glad you are getting better and running again. I can’t wait to see what your gardens are like this year. I’m going to start some seeds with outdoor ideas. Thanks so much for sharing my table.

  3. Happy you’re running again.

    You know I can’t waitbto see the gardening games begin.

    I was thinking of a cutting garden in containers. I looked on your blog but couldn’t find much.

    Dahlias didn’t look great in containers

    Any information would be greatly appreciated

    1. Hey Cindy! I hope you are starting to feel better! You can grow dahlias in containers. I have not done it myself but know that you can! I would plant other pots around it with different flowers that pair well with the dahlia flower color. xo

  4. I’m so happy to hear that you are starting to run again Stacy. That has got to make you feel so good! I can’t thank you enough for the post share this week.