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Herb Garden Pt. 2

If you were here for Herb Garden Pt. 1, welcome back! If you're like, "What? There's a Part 1?" You can catch up here!

So when we last left off, I mentioned that we are currently using two different methods to make leafy vegetables and herbs - an AeroGarden (inside) and a wall pocket planter (outside). Both methods have been effective, but I can tell you that both methods have their pros and cons.

AeroGarden



Pros
Convenient, controlled environment so you can grow any time of yearHas a timed LED light sourceYields very quickly from seedNo soil needed, just install the podNotifies you when you when it needs additional water and plant food through an LCD displaySeeds are engineered for the space of the unit (which means plenty of room for the roots)You don't have to step outside to harvestPlants in the adjacent area benefit from the extra light  Cons Light is on for several hours  day (this took some time getting accustomed to)Takes up counter space in our kitchen (bu…

Herb Garden Pt. 1

If you remember my 2018 Summer Bucket List, one of my goals was to start an herb garden... and I did! Because our townhouse doesn't have a back yard, I decided to try a little wall pocket that a great friend had gifted me and it was perfect for a petite garden.



Our little herb garden was sweet and humble, boasting a collection of 7 herbs and yielded until the last cold snap of Spring 2019 (late April). Though a few of our herbs held out (they were pretty scraggly and crunchy by that point) I decided that an herb garden wasn't as scary or difficult as I originally anticipated and therefore I was ready to expand on our collection. I purchased a new set of planter wall pockets and waited for the gardening bug to bite me.


Here's what everything looked like when I brought it home. :)
 Little did I know that eventually I would double our humble garden of 7 herbs to 14, and add 4 leafy greens to the mix because I happened to be strolling Home Depot on a day where herbs were 5 for…

Party Planning (with Paperless Post)

For several months, my husband, Brandon and I have been talking about how we would like to treat some of our friends to a nice brunch in our home. But here's the thing - the idea of planning parties has always felt a tad bit overwhelming for me. Just the thought of creating a guest list, making invites, managing RSVPs, planning a menu, and making sure that our home is ready for guests is enough to make me wish that I had just stayed in the bed and watched a movie! This time around I want to easily integrate party planning into my busy life, so that I don't have to worry about being completely overwhelmed by all the details. So when Paperless Post reached out to me about working with their invitations, I figured it was a perfect time to pull the trigger on a party!




I'm a list person, so breaking down all of the details into list format helped me to create a comprehensive overview of what actually needs to be accomplished before the big event. From this, I came up with 6 mai…

Thrifty Thursdays - Ginger Jar Collection

If you were here on Sunday for my Thanksgiving tablescape,  you probably recall me saying that I would be back later to show you where my collection of ginger jars live in my home. Well, here ya' go! 


Since we've moved to this home, I've noticed myself gravitating more towards bohemian and Scandinavian touches. I love the warmth of wicker, so when this piece popped up at my neighborhood Goodwill for $19, I just HAD to jump on it. Also side note: Baby bug is such a trooper. She can get almost anything home! 




But then truth be told, I brought the wicker shelving unit home and it sat in my garage for nearly A YEAR before I decided what to do with it. I know, I know... I'm embarrassed to even admit that.



At first I contemplated spray painting it, but then there was something about leaving it in its rawest, most vintage form that really appealed to me. About a month ago, I was feeling particularly ambitious for a Saturday afternoon, so after a good 45-minute scrub down, I …

Ginger Jar Thanksgiving Tablescape

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! This year has truly been a whirlwind! For the last few months, I've been getting myself acclimated to my new job (more on that later) so I had very little time to prepare for a Thanksgiving tablescape like I did last year. But thanks to my patience in thrifting and constantly pinning on my par-tay board on Pinterest, I kept coming back to one super simple idea. Over the past year I've been collecting ginger jars from Goodwill (and a few from discount retailers) and I thought, why not put them to use? So, without further adieu, here's the Thanksgiving tablescape that I created at my in-laws.





This table was pretty inexpensive! Here's what I used: Vases I already had on hand Sure, a patterned collection is very powerful, but I'm sure you could do this with any other vase, as long as they are a strict color palette2 clearance Threshold tablecloths from Target These were $12 total because they were even cheaper at the r…

Gift Giving Guidance - Housewarming Gift Basket

A good friend of mine recently purchase her first home on the West Side! Her place (which is super cute by the way) is an older home, which she plans to continue making improvements to down the road. When she invited us to her housewarming party, I thoughtfully considered what would be the most logical gift for someone who would be taking on home improvement projects in the future. I love the idea of a cool gift basket, but being the cost conscious girl that I am, I wanted to get the most bang for my buck, and still give a super practical gift. Then I had the idea to create an assemblage of items that are super handy to have around the house when working on projects. Here's what I came up with! In lieu of a gift basket, let's call it a "gift bucket", shall we? 


So here's what I included:

A pair of gloves - because sometime things get messy, and sometimes we don't want to touch themA paint cup - for touch ups around the house when you don't want to carry a…

My Summer Bucket List

Hey Guys! Happy summer! Question... do you remember when the anticipation of summer was heavily tied to a three-month vacation between grades in school? I was reminiscing about this the other day with a friend, and I realized that "grown" people typically only look forward to summer for the warm weather and perhaps a good trip to the beach before Labor Day weekend is over. For myself, I'm afraid, summer is now only a season... nothing in particular to look forward to besides the same or similar daily grind in which I partake during any other season. BUT I thought that for this summer I might find something to lift my spirits a bit, you know, something a little more inspirational. I wanted to make sure that I not only enjoyed my summer, but also challenged myself to step a bit outside of my daily grownup monotony. That's when I decided to try a Summer Bucket List!


So for those who don't know, I'm an avid list maker. I find that making lists for items that are…