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I hope you had a great week and enjoyed the holiday weekend last week!

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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

Family Life

Easter was SO much fun.

It was our first big event here at the new house and it went very well.

The weather was not as warm as I would have liked, but it was a wonderful day overall spent with our extended family.

Some of which, we have not seen in two years!

stacy ling and her daughter

It was also great having Mackenzie home for the weekend.

She is graduating from Bucknell in a few weeks. I can’t believe how fast her time there has flown!

I started this blog shortly after she left for school to phase myself into doing more than just running kids around.

When I first started, I wasn’t sure where I’d go with it or how long I’d stick with it.

But I knew I wanted to do something where I could share the things I enjoy doing.

Fast forward a few years, and I’m still here!

garden and home decor blogger stacy ling

Blogging and creating content is a fun lifestyle. If you are considering doing it, I highly recommend it.

I never feel like I’m working and it’s very fulfilling.

However, it is work, and if you decide to do it?

You have to go all in.

Spring Flowers like lenten rose, virginia bluebells and bleeding hearts in the Zen Garden

In the Garden

This week I planted 9 knockout roses along that front stone wall.

As an aside, I am really glad that I removed that black branch statue.

It looks so much prettier there along that wall!

The daffodils in that bed are still putting on quite a show and the tulips are starting to bloom.

daffodils in the front yard garden

I had forgotten what tulips I even bought!

But I went back and checked the receipt to see what varieties they are.

And I went with peony-like blooms that were intended for my former gardens.

I planted tulip palmyra, tulip sensual touch and tulip angelique.

They are beyond gorgeous and I will definitely buy more for the fall to plant in other areas.

As an aside, I sprayed them all with repellent to prevent deer damage and all are doing well.

Zen garden pond with japanese maple

The Best Thrift Shop Find

You guys! Chris and I went to the Habitat for Humanity Restore again yesterday looking for a buffet and found these AWESOME dining room table and chairs.

I will refinish them at some point but the lines and the details are perfect for our dining room.

And it’s really well made.

We bought it for $300!

I mean, isn’t that a steal for a whole really well made set?

new dining room set from the thrift shop

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

We are kicking things up outside in the gardens.

Lenten Rose

This week, I shared my new favorite perennial.

I can’t believe that I’ve been gardening for over 25 years and did not gravitate to the lenten rose before.

HERE are 5 reasons why you need to plant them in your garden this spring!

lenten rose in my backyard garden

One of my favorite things to do in the garden is to design containers.

I love playing around with different colors, textures, and blooms in a pot.

Container gardens are great substitutes if you lack space to grow things.

And so many plants do well in pots too.

This week, I shared container garden design basics and care tips for beginners.

CLICK HERE to learn how to design a container garden like a pro.

backyard zen garden with spring flowers

Container Gardening Basics for Beginners

If you are looking for ways to spruce up your home on a budget, I also shared 7 easy ways to spruce up your home in less than a day.

Do you know those items you aren’t using that are tucked away in storage that you aren’t sure what to do with?

CLICK HERE for some DIY inspiration.

front entry hall makeover project

Wait Until You See What I Bought and How I Styled It

We’ve been spending a lot of time shopping around in my Friday Favorites weekly post.

So this week, instead of shopping, I shared what I bought and how I styled it.

I’m loving what I purchased so far.

Wait until you see how I styled them HERE!

after the family room makeover

My Thrift Shop Finds

Speaking of what I bought and how I styled it, I also shared my thrift shop finds and how I am styling them throughout my home.

With the room makeovers, I’m adding more and more of my thrifted finds.

Wait until you see how they look HERE!

Vintage frame and painting in front entry hall

Wait Until You Try This Recipe!

In the kitchen, we made a quick and easy grab-and-go breakfast that you’ll love.

And the best part? You can change up the ingredients to suit your tastes and dietary lifestyle.

CLICK HERE for the recipe.

Egg in Muffin Cups for Brunch

Easter Garden Tour Highlights

And finally, I shared my Easter garden tour highlights from last week.

It’s amazing how different the property looks week to week!

Come see how beautiful it all looks in this quick garden tour HERE.

yellow and white daffodils

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.

I have to start this one off my giving a HUGE shout-out to one of my blogging besties who just closed her home day-care business to blog and create content full time!!!

Congrats to my good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill! Thrilled for her!

Speaking of Jennifer, you’ve got to see what she did with these vases!

CLICK HERE to see!

cottage on bunker hill ways to upcycle a vase

My good friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse always makes the coolest things!

I love her DIY pottery barn hack this week.

You can check it out HERE.

raffia tied glass vases with candles in sand

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

I love THESE graduation party centerpiece ideas.

THIS modern farmhouse spring home tour.

THIS boxwood topiary DIY.

THESE Mother’s Day gift Ideas.

THESE spring styling tips for decorating with flowers.

THESE tips for cleaning an electric kettle.

Easter Family pic

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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    1. Thank you! I’m really excited to have found it! I started working on the thrifted mantel this weekend – stripped it down so far but not done with it yet. So fun to upcycle stuff!

  1. I love that big family picture!!! That’s the best thing ever…and everyone had their eyes open!!
    Thanks for the shoutout!! Whoo-hoo!!

  2. I love that Mackenzie came home. How fun! I am having so much fun seeing all the amazing things about your new garden. It’s like a gardener’s Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing my gardening blog post this week.