Friday, June 19, 2015

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Garden Edition)

Every spring Jim and I drop a stupid amount of money at the garden center instead of our kids' 529s. We get seduced by the gorgeous hot-house grown plants and walk around with the big flat handcart instead of the regular old shopping cart. We know that a puny shopping cart will not be able to hold all the plants and bushes we will plant and lovingly coach into huge mountains of garden delights.

 What this means is that Jim and I live every spring in an eternal state of hope. THIS will be the year!  The hydrangeas will bend with blossoms the size of melons. (OMG which reminds me of this time my BFF and I were coming out of a dance club and a drunk guy asked her "How are your melons smellin?" Charming). The roses will bare-knuckle fight each other for a spot to bloom.  The lavender will grow so big and so lush that all the linen that is in my basement waiting to be sewn into something will ache to be joined with it it in sweet little sachets. 

What does Dr. Phil say?  The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior?   So logically we should know that this is a daydream and all we will grow is mounds of dirt topped with mulch.  . Anything that we do manage to grow will get eaten by those sonsofbitches deer.

Which brings me to my current state of gardening affairs which I like to call The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

Here is The Good:  We purchased an IncrediBall hydrangea last year and it was a twig when we last left it. It didn't have a blossom and it was less than a foot tall. It was a sad, sad, hydrangea. I fully expected it to off itself over winter. Instead though it grew to over 4 feet tall!  And yes, those sonsofbitches deer have taken a few inches off in some areas but I'm ok with it since it seriously took off!  You can't even see all the blooms it has.


Now The Bad:

Last year my sister-in-law sprinkled some wildflower seeds over a mound of dirt. What popped up was a mass of brightly colored zinnias. There was easily a trillion!  I can do that! I purchased a large bag of wildflower seeds and planted them here and there and in some pots. Anxiously I awaited my vibrant flowers to spring to life. Here is what I got.

WEEDS.  I successfully grew planters full of weeds. Yay me.

Now The Ugly:

Our driveway is lined with hedges, not sure the kind, but they get trimmed into neat round balls. This year we decided to let the flowers bloom on them which means they had to grow out of their shape. Then we got some rain and they are flailing every which way now.  It's almost as if they are all trying to pick up the same dollar bill. Or they are the senators trying to stab Caesar. I think this is actually called growing willy nilly.  But the purple-pink flowers are so pretty that we couldn't bring ourselves to shape them up. Sorry neighbors!

flowers bushes summer spring garden

What are your gardening successes this year? 


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tie-Dye Your Summer Birthday Party

tie dye party kids art
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Ellie's birthday is in June and I was wracking my brain trying to think of an idea for her birthday party. We have been through daisies, goldfish, butterflies, and Frozen. She adores painting and loves bright colors so when I found out about Tulip's One-Step Tie-Dye Kit I knew that a tie dye party was in order!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer Wreath Beach Inspired

summer beach inspired wreath
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I adore the beach. One of my favorite times of the year is when we take our annual trip to the beaches of North Carolina with my sister and her family. Molly and Ellie spend the week running around with their cousins and I find myself sitting by the ocean reading a cheesy romance. Perfection.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Baked Artichoke Hearts

baked artichoke hearts breading appetizer side dish

You know how you aren't supposed to go food shopping hungry because you'll buy all sorts of stuff you don't need?  Yeah well, it is true as evidenced by the insanely large jar of marinated artichoke hearts on my shelf.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

TBT: Toddler Activities

We haven't had a Throwback Thursday post in forever and the nice weather reminded me of this post I wrote with ideas on how to keep a toddler busy!  Enjoy!

We've had a great summer and I have been able to keep Ellie busy despite the fact that she's a toddler who can not be pleased by anything other than Team Umizoomi.We have managed to fill our days with cute, easy activities to keep a toddler busy and happy for, like, 10 seconds. But those 10 seconds are magical. 

So here is a list of our favorite top 20 summertime (or anytime) toddler activities!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

First Communion Party

My sweet Molly made her First Holy Communion recently. It was a beautiful event and we had a small party after with close family and friends. The whole day was perfect and I thought I'd share a few pictures of the party decor. I didn't go nuts with a big dessert table. I'm kind of over all that. But we managed to add some girly touches to make it feel special.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Spring Mantel (better late than never)

spring decor blue bunny hydrangeas

I've had these pictures of my shades of blue spring mantel on my camera forever!  I've finally gotten around to editing and posting them so consider it a mini throwback Thursday!  Ha!  Anyway, I gathered up some dried hydgrangeas from my sister's garden last summer, a few blue mason jars, and spray painted some things a lovely robin's egg blue to create a sweet spring mantel that will take us through to summer!