Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Summer life!

Can you believe that summer is just about here?  We have been having some great weather lately.

We have lived in our house for almost 5 years now and I finally decided to get some furniture for by the pool. 

It has looked so sad and empty every summer so far.  I just couldn't decide what I wanted to put out there. We don't have a large area for furniture, so I had to make sure it would be something that fits nicely and works well for us.  Here's what I came up with:

Chaise Lounge - These come in a set of 2.  I'm trying to keep prices down so this was a great option!

Umbrella - I love a cantilever umbrella!  Just make sure you get a weight for the base.  Everything I have read says to use about 10 pounds per foot of umbrella.  So I went with this one.  It holds 100 pounds of sand.  It's not really pretty but it will sure do the job!  And I might make a cover for it.  That would jazz it up a little bit ;)

Side table - We really just need a place to set drinks or small snacks.  This table is perfect because the top is a removable tray!  Now I'll only have to make one trip to the kitchen!

Here's a mock up of what I picked:

I think it is going to be perfect for us!  I will share a real picture once I have everything set up and we get another sunny day!



Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Honey Bees!!!!

I am so excited!  Our new Honey Bees have arrived!  There is nothing like sitting in the yard watching the cuties fly around. 

Unfortunately our bees from last year did not make it through the winter.  We ordered 2 new packages and went to pick them up over the weekend.

They are very lively and happy Bees! 

In case you didn't know, Bees come in what you call a package.  It's 3 pounds and about 10,000 bees. 

It looks like this

You make sure the queen is doing good (she is in her own little cage within the package) and just dump them out into your hives.  It's kind of scary to watch them fly all over for the first time. But they are very gentle and are just trying to figure out their new home! 

I love when I get a picture of them in flight.  They are just the most amazing creatures!

It's hard to see but I circled them in red.

I'll keep you updated on how they are doing!  If you have any questions let em know in the comments.  I'll try to answer as best I can.  I'll probably just have to ask Nate.  He is the real beekeeper.  I'm more of a bee observer :)



Monday, February 25, 2019

25 for $25 - or less!

Happy Monday everyone! 

This weekend I was browsing amazon and I fell down a rabbit hole… A throw pillow rabbit hole.  Ha.  Is that normal?  Has it ever happened to you??  I just wanted to look at a few options to spring up the house


An hour later I had more options than I could ever use, so I thought I would share what I found so maybe you won’t have to follow me down that path!  Below are 25 throw pillows for under $25. Enjoy!


























I actually found 26. I just couldn't stop!  It's a real problem.  :) 

I found a crazy variety.  Now I just have to figure out which style I want for my house!  Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

I'm leaning toward a combo of # 1, 16 & 25. What do you think??

I hope you find something to help get you out of the winter blues too!



Friday, February 8, 2019

Simple mantel

Happy Friday everyone!  Today I am sharing my simple winter/spring mantel.

After the holidays this year, I felt stuck.

I left my mantel empty for weeks.

I didn't have any idea what to do.

I started going through my decor and found a picture that I had forgotten about.  It belonged to Nate's grandparents.  It's one I have always loved.  I decided to keep everything pretty simple around it.

I added the candle sticks Nate made for me with some books and called it a day.  (do you see Chester's reflection in the glass? :) He's such a cutie)

Do you struggle after Christmas is put away?

It definitely helped me to clear everything off and start with a blank slate.

Hopefully the summer transition will be easier.  Fingers crossed!



Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Things I Think I LOVE!!

Things I think I LOVE!  I love so many things.  But most importantly, I love so many people!  I spent last weekend with my Mom and Sisters.  We had the best time just talking and being together. Getting home from my sisters house in Georgia was an adventure, (our flight was canceled...we ended up renting a car and driving back to PA!!!) but it was a great visit. 

Today I am sharing things that have been on my mind(or in my shopping cart) lately.  Here are a few things that I'm pretty sure I love :)

1. Marie Kondo - I don't know about you, but I am loving all the hype about Marie Kondo.  I received her first book a couple of years ago and have been slowly trying to make sure everything in my home sparks joy.  Her show on Netflix is so good.  She is absolutely adorable and so sweet.  I love that she doesn't want anyone to throw everything away; just make sure they love what they have.  If you haven't watched the show or read her book, you definitely should!

2. Charming Charlie -  I was shopping with my aunt a couple of weeks ago and she took me to Charming Charlie.  The minute we walked in the door I was so excited.  I love accessories and everything was organized by color!  It was like a dream.  Haha :)  My little sister recently got engaged so of course I was drawn to all the wedding items.  This planner might end up in her hands.

3.  Soft pretzel bites - I love soft pretzels.  Especially in bite sized form.  Why is everything better in mini?  Maybe because they are cuter?  Either way they are delicious.  And I am always looking for easy recipes.  I am going to give this one a try.  I'll keep you updated!

4. Where the Heart Is - I loved this movie when I was younger, so when my sister was reading the book I knew I had to borrow it.  Both are so good!  I seriously recommend it! 

That's all for today.  Later this week I should have a simple mantel decor post and maybe the befores from our office renovation!  It's moving along nicely!  Have a great day!