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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
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???
OK, THIS IS A STORY!
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I love this easy DIY moss topiary.
And these Christmas craft ideas to start in July.
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