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What a week it was!

I hit the ground running this week after a whirlwind weekend in Atlanta after attending the Haven Conference.

The conference was really amazing because I met a bunch of bloggers I’ve worked with behind the screen and learned a lot of great stuff!

Did I tell you what happened on the way out to Atlanta???


gazebo in the formal garden at sunset

Traveling to Atlanta

Chris drove me to the airport first thing in the morning so I could catch a 9:45 AM flight out of Newark.

We hit dead-stopped traffic from an accident so I was delayed a bit getting to the airport.

I did not need to check a bag, so I rushed to security so I could quickly get to the gate.

As my bag went through, y’all – they stopped me!

I’m thinking to myself, did I pack too much shampoo? Or maybe a little too much hair gel?

What is up with this!

So, inside, I’m kind of freaking out because I’m running late as it is and what in the world is in the bag that would stop me.

Well, here’s a little lesson I learned after this experience.

You see, I decided to pack in Chris’ backpack that he usually brings back and forth to Vermont.

It’s small, compact and easy to carry, so I decided to travel with it instead of my own bag.

Mistake number one.

But my second mistake was not checking through the whole bag before I packed my own stuff in it.

Because wouldn’t you know? There was a secret compartment that contained a utility knife.

A utility knife he uses for stuff when we travel to and from Vermont so he doesn’t need to bring a bunch of tools with him.

Which is great for that, but y’all, I was about to get on a plane with a weapon that I had no idea was even there!!! OMG.

After explaining to him I had no idea what it even was, he was very kind to me.

And he asked if I wanted to check this thing instead of carrying it on the plane.

I was like – no thank you! Please take it!

sunset in the small cottage garden in zone 6a new jersey garden

In the Garden

It’s been so hot and dry here. We have not had much rain in a few weeks!

The trees are so stressed from the heat and drought, that they are starting to yellow and drop leaves.

It almost looks like fall in the backyard!

I hope we get some rain soon.

My sunflowers started blooming this week and the rabbit mowed down all of my larkspur in the small cottage garden.

As much as I love larkspur, I’m not sure I’ll grow it again given the amount of bunny damage this year.

There are so many other things I’d love to try and grow that it’s not worth using my seed starting and planting space with these.

formal garden at sunset with gazebo and garden statues

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

Because it is my favorite week of the month when my virtual supper club gathers together to celebrate a theme, decorate tables, and share some entertaining tips with an amazing menu.

This month, we are celebrating summer with a delicious backyard BBQ that looks amazing with some yummy recipes.

backyard BBQ summer dinner party with fresh cut hydrangea in vintage galvanized bucket centerpiece idea for dining table
Bricks ‘n Blooms

I shared 7 tips for throwing a BBQ summer dinner party for a stress-free event that is simple to pull together.

This month, I was in charge of the cocktail, so I made this refreshing blueberry mojito recipe that is super easy to make.

Wait until you try this one!

But the whole barbecue food menu is really good too!

The recipes are easy to make with instructions that are easy to follow too.

Get the barbeque recipe ideas here.

And if you want to see the table I decorated for this one, CLICK HERE.

black labrador retriever dog in front of roaring fire on Christmas - First Christmas in Our Home Tour

But that’s not all we did this week!

We also celebrated Christmas in July with a look at 23 Inspiring Christmas Aesthetics for 2022.

Are you changing things up this year with your holiday decor? If so, you’ll want to check out this post.

toasting with a refreshing mason jar glass of blueberry mojito recipe easy in the zen garden by the koi pond
Cheers to the best blueberry mojito recipe that is so easy to make!

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 Robyn from Robyn’s French Nest shared a beautiful post about how to start preparing for Christmas in July for a stress-free holiday season.

And wait until you see how beautiful her home is to boot!

Christmas in July Farmhouse Christmas China cabinet and hutch

My good friend KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms shared her Christmas storage tips.

I got some great ideas from this post and already ordered a few items so I can store my Christmas decor in a more organized manner.

christmas storage ideas with Thistlewood farms

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

This super delicious main course for a backyard BBQ.

These beautiful coastal decor decorating ideas.

This summer peach cocktail.

I love this easy DIY moss topiary.

And these Christmas craft ideas to start in July.

potager garden entrance in July with vegetable garden and hydrangea and zinnias with green garden fence
Home and Garden Blogger Stacy Ling cutting zinnia flowers in her cottage garden with wood picket fence in front of garden shed

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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  1. A story for the ages!! You know Chris will be lamenting about the loss of that knife forever now!!!!

    1. Wow I can’t believe the story.

      We really do need rain. It’s been overcast and humid but no rain.

      I often say rabbits abd groundhogs can destroy plants worse than deer at times

  2. Stacy,
    I still can’t believe you had a knife in your bag. What a crazy story. So glad you made it to Atlanta because it was a perfect trip. Thanks for sharing my coastal decor ideas.

  3. Thanks so much, Stacy for sharing my kabob recipe. I can’t wait to hear what you think when you try it.

    And that is too funny about the airport situation. I’m glad you made it through and weren’t too delayed.

    1. OMG I will NEVER make that mistake again. Always check the bag before you pack! LOL You are welcome they look so good!!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing my topiary. I hope you get some rain soon. We had a few thunder storms here in Maryland but it is still dry. My larkspur looks like something got it. I told my husband something was chewing on it. We have seen rabbits in the yard so probably my culprit too.

  5. That knife story is definitely one for the books!! I can only imagine your face! Hope you’re having a great start to your week, Stacy! 🙂