Showing posts with label outdoors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label outdoors. Show all posts
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Porch 2014...5 things every Southern porch should have

Welcome to one of the most popular hangouts at my house....The Front Porch. 
The other.....The back porch. My typical summer rant "out front, out back, in or out"
From Friday night date nights, to afternoon chit chats with friends......this is the place to be. Where all the cool people hang.






I have rounded up my list of 5 things every southern summer porch should have.....although all other porch loving friends regardless of where you live, should take note.

1. Comfy seating paired with pillows. This year I bought some cute striped covers from here  (they were super inexpensive) to mix in with my already paisley cushions and pillows. Since this porch is covered, I buy indoor fabric and spray with scotch guard to protect from the elements, dogs and kids. Don't want your guests sitting on something nasty.


2.  Something to drink. From sweet tea to cold water with lemon, to homemade moonshine...okay , not really about the moonshine, please have a cold beverage for your guests to sip on.  This is a must, especially when its hot outside.


3. Ferns, and lot's of them. It's like the staple for the Southern porch. Ferns are the easiest, fullest and inexpensive porch plant to have. I buy them as annuals at the beginning of the season and they will hang in there until the first cold snap. I have Boston ferns on my front porch.


4. Color. Mix in a favorite color or two for your containers, flowers and accessories. I sprayed the containers and monogram yellow and then added some yellow lantana in with my Eugenia Toparies. These Eungenia's are so easy to grow and make a great statement by the front door. 


5.  Conversation, laughter and fun. No restriction to how much, time of day and how often. Although, the more the merrier......especially after a few shots of that moonshine.


So, where are you hangin out this summer?

Regardless of where you are sitting or where you will be, I hope you will enjoy the Summer time. Come back anytime...you know where I will be! To see last years summer porch, click here.


I hope you will visit my other Southern Pals for more Outdoor Living Ideas.


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How I am "Chillin" over the summer

Georgia summers can be brutal...but beautiful,  especially when I get the chance to sit outside.


Just sitting in my backyard surrounded by lime green polka dots and with a slight gentle cool mist running through the air....all while I sit and munch on my apple and take in a good read.


And to take this totally amazing experience over the top, I attach my Artic Cove Bucket Mister to the top of a polka dotted bucket filled with water, and ...... chill. 
Ahhh. These hots days don't get any better then this...and it's cordless too, so I am free to roam all around the property....misting and staying cool.



If you don't believe me, just ask her. 


I think she'll also agree that this Artic Cove  Bucket Mister  is just amazing!
How do you chill out when it's brutally hot outside?






PS-  I thought my customized bucket would look much cooler with a  fun  coordinating pillow. Sorry Home Depot. You said "Let's Do This"..... and I did.

PPS- The winner for the Mohawk Rug giveaway has been notified. Thanks to everyone who entered and stopped by the craft room!





I was given the Artic Cove Mister to review but all the opinions about being cool are just mine..... and her's.



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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Secret To A Healthy Life...... and a Giveaway


As you may or may not know, I am no spring chicken. I have plenty of young chickens on the farm...but I am not one of them.  But that's okay. Those young chicks have a hard time keeping up with me anyways.
What's not okay though, is not taking care of me and my health. I try really hard to create a balanced lifestyle for myself and my family and trust me...it's not always easy. Especially when all these fields will eventually need to be cut, the animals fed and being there for my kids, as a mom. And as tired as I may be some days...I do what I need to do to stay healthy ...and to keep those feet looking good.
I could tell you that the secret to my healthy life is kinda like running through a field of daisies...if it makes me happy I do it. See if I am healthy, I am happy. If I am happy, my husband is happy. If my husband is happy, the family is happy...  You get the picture.

In addition to running...through the daisies, I am committed to good health by taking vitamins everyday. The vitamin that has provided me a lot of benefit in reaching my commitment to good health is vitafusion™.  Honestly, I am not a huge fan of vitamins that take an hour to muster up the courage to swallow, cuz they are huge, or the smell is not so pleasant (you know the ones I'm talking about), so these are perfect because they look and taste like gummies... but just for me.
Each morning as I sit down with my morning hot tea and start my day, I take 2 MultiVites, but vitafusion™ gummy vitamins come in a variety of vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements that may help adults meet their health and nutrition needs*. In fact they have vitamins and supplements to meet your health needs through every stage of life including men, women, pregnant women and those 50+.  Another product benefit, vitafusion™ products are made in the USA. I love that, just like I love my daisies!

You can find vitafusion™  gummy vitamins at club stores, mass merchandisers, drug and grocery stores nationwide including: Costco, Walmart, Target and Walgreens. More information can be found at www.gummyvites.com.
I am not giving away any of my daisies today, although you are welcome to come run through them with me,  but I am giving away a $100 Visa gift card. Just leave me a comment telling me one way you maintain a healthy lifestyle. That's it. Easy, just like taking a vitafusion vitamins each day.
Good luck and here's to your health!

grateful for~
good health


* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
I received free product and payment for this sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.
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Friday, June 06, 2014

DIY Summer Ice bucket

A cold drink anyone?
One or two.... no problem, they are chilling on the back deck as we sit here and chat on a hot summer day.


I figured it was about time to find a way to keep drinks chillin outside, instead of running back and forth into the house every time I was parched, so I created a striped ice bucket out of an old plant stand and planter.



This was an easy paint and chill project..

Step 1:
Clean off your stuff


Step 2:
Spray paint your stuff one color




Step 3:
Tape off your stuff for stripes and paint in your other color. I choose a color called Eden for my green and white for my stripes.



 In between these steps, take the paint off to reveal your stripes.

Step 4:
Ice your drinks




Step 5:
Enjoy a cold beverage...and conversation


Look for more summer inspiration. I am joining up with these bloggers to share some great summer decor and projects. Hope you will visit them all....and have a fabulous summer!




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Monday, May 19, 2014

BloomStruck™ Hydrangeas + $100 Giveaway!


Before I moved onto our farm, I had no idea what my green thumb was capable of... nor did I know it existed.
Flowers and vegetables were store bought each week, I was more concerned with my freshly done manicure then getting my hands dirty and I had no earthly idea what the difference between a perennial and an annual was. Email me if you don't, and I will tell you.
Then we built a home here, in the country, on a dirt road in the middle of no where. Where we have plenty of land, a tractor named Bubba, and... lots of dirt. And so with visions of beautiful flowering blooms in my head, we started digging and built my very first garden.
  
Initially it was going to be a cutting garden, but the tractor kept on digging and digging and soon I realized that this would be a place where I can not only cut from but also sit and enjoy.

Over the years, my garden has evolved and grown into what was once a surface of red Georgia clay with my outline of a path meandering through the future flowers, into the exact vision that I had in my head so many years ago... and so much more.

And along that meandering pathway there is one plant that has stayed loyal and faithful, growing and coming back each year. My hydrangeas.
 I actually have a few varieties of hydrangeas  currently in my garden in blue and pink but am pretty excited about a new plant that I will be putting in the garden this summer called BloomStruck from the Endless Summer® Collection.   BloomStruck hydrangeas have sturdy red stems to hold those big beautiful blooms, which is perfect if I choose not to  cut them,  they will provide blooms all summer because they re-bloom, and are perfect for my garden cause they  prefer morning sun and the afternoon shade.The best part.....
they are easy to grow and require very little maintenance and time. That's my kind of gardening!
And the bonus is... being able to cut the blooms all season and bring them in house... 
to enjoy. Which was also a part of my original vision. But just more beautiful.  Did you know soil pH really does dictate bloom color....just ask my hydrangeas, they will tell you.
And since I am just the girl who got on her tractor years ago and started digging in the dirt, afraid to ruin her freshly manicured nails, you can find more details about the Endless Summer® Collection from the professionals  here.
 ENDLESS EASE.
 ENDLESS COLOR.
 ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES


Contest has ended and winner will be notified via mail.


Speaking of possibilites, I would love to giveaway a $100.00 Visa Card to one of my readers. Just leave me a comment telling me what your favorite flowers from the garden... or grocery store are.
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Monday, May 05, 2014

Spring Wisteria Wreath

Us Southern gals are at it again, this time....... with flowers. 



I definitely feel more accomplished with my gardening skills then I am of my culinary skills...and lack there of.  In fact, I would rather be digging in the dirt , then cooking in the kitchen any day. 
Which is precisely where I was, putting this beautiful Wisteria Wreath together.



One of the first plants that I planted in my garden 11 years ago were 2 Wisteria vines. Each year, they come back bigger and prettier then ever. Every year I have to prune them multiple times so they don't look completely out of control, like my hair on some days. 


The funny thing is, I had never considered using the cuttings for a wreath....until this weekend. So with shears in hand, I snipped about 15 clippings and attached them to a grapevine wreath using floral wire. 


 Snip, attach and hang.




I decided to hang it on one of our feed sheds near the pasture. Now, feeding time is met with a big ole smile, by me....and the animals. 


The donkeys like the wreath too!

Be sure to visit my other pals for more flower inspiration.





grateful for~
seeing my mom and sister this weekend




PS- If you missed last months 'Oh My Word....Monograms, click here.



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