July 2018 - A look back

I thought it would be fun to have a look back, sort of a rewind of the month of July!

July is my birth month and we celebrated my 42nd birthday this month.
We went and spent a weekend with the kids
and were able to finally all get together and go out to eat.
Schedules.. ugh.. :0)

Finally all of us getting to spend some time together.. the best gift I could've gotten!


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Our daughter came home another weekend and we went to a rodeo, and it was prob
one of the first we have went to that was comfortable.. now I am not talking about the
hard as a rock bleachers mind you, nothing comfortable about those. :o)
However, it was not too hot and not too cold, 
and not raining. (been there/done that.. and left early) 


My husband and I joked that it was probably the first time in a long time we have
been out that late by the time we got home. lol.

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Running across a good price on something that I use everyday was a nice find.


Free shipping was a nice bonus too.
still available: Here

I also picked up This Eyeshadow Palette while out and about,
and I am very happy with it.  A lot of nice neutrals.



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We decided to get another hummingbird feeder as I was having to refill ours so often.
The hummingbirds have really enjoyed all the flowers and our yard this year.

If you follow me on instagram then you probably saw the video I posted of them.
How fun.  (You can follow me on instagram: Here)







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I am also just about done with my kitchen cabinets! Wooohoooo!
The new hardware I chose is here and I am so pleased with how it is all coming together.
Looking forward to sharing how it has turned out soon!



Here is to a wonderful August!
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Favorite Exfoliating Facial Wash

I am sure by now you have probably heard about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

I have found a couple things while searching, mostly a lot of online window shopping.. Lol.

However, I thought I would share that my favorite exfoliating facial wash is in the sale.
I had actually ran out of it so it was pretty much perfect timing that I ran across it
while looking at the sale.



This set has a Large 32 oz bottle with a pump, (this size lasts me a long time)
as well as a 8 oz size, and a small bottle of purity as well.
(which is also a fave of mine)


If you'd like to see more about it, check it out here: 


also available here in a variety of sizes


I have used several different exfoliating products over the years, 
and now that I am 42 years young I would say I definitely pay more attention 
to my skin and skin care these days, and so far I always come back to purity and 
the microdelivery facial wash.   



I use it pretty much every morning along with my other 
skin care products and I usually always buy the large 32 oz sizes because they
last so long and I like the convenience of the pump.  
I can use them to refill my travel sizes easily too which is nice. 




So do you have a favorite item from the Nordstrom anniversary sale?

I am looking forward to getting a North Face jacket that I also purchased.
It was sold out when I ordered my philosophy, but from advice of others 
I kept checking on it every so often and it finally restocked in my size. 
Woohoo!

I am looking forward to fall weather I guess. Ha. 

Have a blessed day!

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Update on Galvanized Tub Planter and Around the Yard


As I was watering this morning I took my camera outside, and got a few photo's
from around the yard.

I thought I would share an update on just how well my Galvanized Tub Turned Planter is doing.

It is a thing of beauty!

Here is a reminder of where it started:


and here she is now:







Can I just say that I am impressed... Gorgeous!

I am definitely a huge fan of the proven winners supertunia's!
(This variety is supertunia pink star charm,  and I also planted mulberry charm and I am just
as happy with it!)

You can see the original post on this planter here.


I planted a lot of new plants, tree's, and shrubs this year.
I am so enjoying how they are growing.

This pretty crape myrtle is definitely showing off and attracting the bee's and butterflies


I also planted 2 different varieties of Clematis this year,
and this jolly good clematis has really taken off.

Such a pretty color.


I kept hearing the hummingbirds buzzing around so I decided to try and get some photo's while
I was outside.


While I was taking photo's I noticed they were buzzing around something, and seemed like
they kept looking at something on the feeder.. then I saw what it was.
Can ya see it?


Hummingbirds.. just so cute.
 
Do you have any hummingbirds?

                                                                                                                            - TinaH





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Kitchen Update - Painting my kitchen cabinets

Painting my Kitchen Cabinets..

This is something I have been going back and forth on for quite a while..
and probably even more so after installing a fun faux barnwood backsplash in my
kitchen. (which we are so happy with!) 

(You can see my backsplash post here:Faux Barnwood Backsplash)



After a lot of searching online, looking at before and after photo's of other peoples kitchens,
researching painting methods for kitchen cabinets what products others have used with success
and so on..  I finally made the decision that I really wanted to paint them white. 

However because I had a slight hesitation I chose to just paint the one cabinet beside the stove
to see what I thought before tackling the entire kitchen.
I was 99% positive I was going to like it.  However, just in case I didn't
I could change it much easier than if I did the entire kitchen and then didn't like it.

So that is what I did.

The painting process I chose to use:
I cleaned the cabinet thoroughly with this, then scrubbed it with deglosser, which I chose to do instead of sanding everything.  Then I chose to use this stainblocker, and after the waiting period for the stainblocker to cure I finally got to paint!

I used a combo of my favorite paintbrush which is nice and soft, as well as a soft foam roller.
I also knew I wanted to use bead board at the ends of the cabinets so I cut it to size and added
it to the cabinet as well.

The result..



I was very pleased with how the cabinet turned out.. it adds brightness to the kitchen,
and I actually like it even more than I thought I would. Yay!

So the kitchen painting project is in process.. and adding new hardware will be a fun touch
as well!
Stay tuned for the completed result.
                                                                                                                  - TinaH


                       
                      



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DIY Light Posts with another purpose

I have done a lot of different projects in the yard this year,
and one of the projects on my list was planting a row of boxwood's along
the driveway that is near one side of our house.



I quickly realized that I still need to be able to drag a water hose past this area
for all of our plants and newly planted tree's on this side of the yard,
and since the boxwood are along the edge of the driveway
the hose would easily end up right against them.. so I needed to come up
with something to keep the hose off all of my new boxwood.



I had also added in a new pathway which I put a small
planting area with evergreens on either side of and I thought that was the perfect
spot to put in a light post.

They would look pretty, and anchor each side of the new path, and take care of
the hose issue. :0)




So I picked up some treated 4x4 posts, and cut them to size I wanted
and buried them in the ground.



I added a solar light on the top of each post,  and then also went ahead and searched for a fun planter
that I could hang on each post.  I found this set of 2 Planters (less than $15) and they fit perfectly.
So I filled them with potting soil and petunia's and hung them on each light post.


This has certainly helped keep the water hose off my plants,
and they are just pretty.. day and night.





Details of items used:
4x4 Treated Posts, Solar Light (similar Here),
  These Planters, Potting soil, and Petunia's
 
Set of 2 Planters can be found Here 


Watering can be quite time consuming for us, so any thing that we can do to help make it go
a little faster has been great.  

What kind of yard projects have you been up to this year?





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Thinking ahead DIY Fourth of July Galvanized Bucket Planters


Thinking ahead to the Fourth of July holiday I thought it would be fun to go ahead and
put some red, white, and blue flower planters together to place by my new fence.

For my planters, I ran across these galvanized buckets at a feed store,
and thought they would be perfect.
Then I found the flowers that I wanted to use in them.. it was a little harder
to find red, white, and a blue then I thought it would be but thankfully
we finally found them!




Just like my galvanized tub turned planter,
it was time to get out my drill and give these buckets a drainage hole.

putting a hole in these brand spanking new buckets? 
husband gasps Lol.
just kidding he knew what I wanted them for :0)





Drainage hole complete.


Then I got all my supplies gathered up to get these beauties planted



I placed my potting soil / fertilizer mix in and was ready to plant, yay!



Removed the bucket labels, and
check
them
 out!!!

Can you picture them when the flowers are much fuller?




I placed 3 of them along my rustic fence under my wire hanging planters that
I previously made. 
I also added a red and deep purple petunia to the hanging baskets to add
even more pop to them and tie them together with my bucket planters
a little more.

My hanging baskets do have to be watered often so I may eventually move them to
the deck to keep a closer eye on them and make watering a little easier.

Which is totally fine with me because I actually have another hanging basket idea
I want to do for the fence and I have been keeping an eye out for the perfect ones.
I would love to use some on the entire fence line eventually (garden goals) :0)



I am looking forward to the flowers growing and filling up the "planters,"
they will be a stand out for sure.

In fact I have liked these so much that I purchased more buckets/flowers and
placed some up by the house as well.


Products used: galvanized 10 qt buckets.
  red geraniums, white petunias, a blue colored alyssum lobularia,
organic potting mix, and plant starter.
  

                                            

                                                                                                           



                                                                                                       
  Can you tell I am really liking the galvanized items for planters this year! 
They are fairly inexpensive, (was less expensive at our local feed store) they are sturdy,
and just an eye catcher to me. 

What are some of your favorite things to plant?
                                       
                                                                                                                  - TinaH


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