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My Budget Friendly Challenge: Decorating the Patio for the 4th of July

Can you believe the 4th of July holiday is just around the corner?
I heard someone say the other day before you know it, it will be Christmas..
say whaaaaat?, let's just slow down a little there. :0)

Since the 4th of July is super crazy quickly approaching..
I decided to challenge myself and decorate the patio space for the 4th of July
by using items we already had.
( for the most part. )



I did purchase an inexpensive banner that I saw in the store that was around $1.50 so other than that I am only using items we have.

So this is basically a simple spruce up to see if I could decorate the patio space using found items by
adding some little touches here and there.

I had already planted up a red, white, and blue container for the yard using red petunias, blue lobelia, and dusty miller so I decided to use that in this space.      I used a fun galvanized bucket for the planter and I may need to pick up more of these.. they make such a neat and inexpensive container.
I purchased several last year to use and I think they were around $8.00.

So I put the container on my patio table and I simply added a couple small American Flags to it.



I hung up the banner on the fence and had a small section leftover so I just attached it to my planter.

I also had some outdoor throw pillows on hand that I had purchased last year so
that was definitely a score,  and such a simple thing like a pillow can add such an impact.



Then I found some red and blue bandana's that I had from a decor project years ago..
 (they also make great napkins for picnics etc.)😉

I thought they would be perfect to add some bright pops of color to my pallet wood coffee table.

So I simply folded them and layered them across the coffee table and added another planter that
I brought over from our back deck.




Seriously such a fun challenge..  I think it turned out really good for spending
less than $2.00 and I think it looks festive for the upcoming Holiday!



I think the banner adds some depth to the space but wasn't exactly necessary,  and I
could see adding in other items as well but I am sticking with my challenge and
overall I think it looks really good for using found items.

I think the bandana's would be fun to use as napkins for a 4th of July cookout,
so I may have to do that. :0)

Have you challenged yourself to decorate for something on a budget lately? How'd it go?


Blessings,
- TinaH



If you'd like to see more about my DIY Coffee Table that I recently made, you can see the
Blog Post for No Cost Pallet Wood Coffee Table: Here!!!

Item Details:
Galvanized Bucket:  Here
Bandana's: can find them Here


Corresponding Video Here:






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Planting Day! Working on my new flowerbed

Hi there,
I finally had some nice weather and a chance to get to work on
my new flowerbed space, (although it was quite windy!) :0)
so I thought I would share the progress of this garden space with you today.

(corresponding video)


Here is a look at the before to the after of how this space has changed over the past few weeks



What a difference!
Here are the plants that I am going to be placing in this spot.



This is a cleome (or spider flower), they can get quite tall, it is an annual but suppose to attract hummingbirds and butterflies so I thought it was a great spot. 



I also have some beautiful blue delphiniums that I picked up, I will be using 3.


I also have some sedum starts that I got from some mature plants in early spring that I will be adding into this spot as well. 


I also chose to transplant a dwarf Alberta spruce into the back portion of this space, and
planted a new clematis along the fence, and went ahead and popped in some purple
petunia's that I had for some color until I figure out what else I want to add in this space.
I would like to find some salvia and penstemon, and probably some others but I will have
to see what I can find available.


It is probably more clear in the video, but there is a black lace elderberry planted on the other side
of my container.  It grows 6-10 foot tall/wide so I just put a pretty container near it for now as a filler
since if I plant something else close by I will have to eventually move it.   I may change my mind on that and just plant it up anyway and plan to move things later, or thinking about putting in some more annuals.  For now this works until I make up my mind.


It may seem weird to put a big plant near the edge, instead of in the center but we have an electric pole not far away that I am hoping the elderberry will sort of mask when it gets taller but who knows
I am already contemplating what else I could do to try to mask it and go ahead and move the elderberry..  I have seen some fun screens/trellis's built and planted up with clematis that I am kind of thinking about doing.. hmm, any idea's?

it's a work in progress y'all. :0)


But for now I am really happy with how this garden space is going.

(If you'd like to see it all unfold, check out my video here)



Hope you have a great weekend,
Blessings,
- TinaH




Item details:

Plants used:  Black Lace Elderberry,  Cleome (spider flower), delphiniums, sedum, petunia's,
dwarf Alberta spruce, clematis (ville de Lyon)

Favorite Gardening Gloves: (I wear size small)  Here
Collapsible Wagon/Cart: Found Here
Starter Fertilizer I use: Found Here
Water Soluble Fertilizer: Found Here

If you'd like to see more about this space.. 
Blog post for the patio is here
Blog post for the diy no cost coffee table is here





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An Update to my Tall Solar Lights Post from 2013!

Hi there,
  If you have been following along then you know I recently put in a new patio space with pavers, as well as a flowerbed area and have been working on that garden space in my yard.

  I had noticed that my DIY tall solar lights post from 2013, was still getting quite a few saves on Pinterest and wanted to make some for my new patio space so I thought it was the perfect time to make a short video of the DIY project and update the blog post at the same time.  Win, win.

Hope you enjoy this really quick, and super simple.. (and very inexpensive) project. :0)







            (and here for another idea: I just layered some different heights of solar lights in a planter by cutting dowel rods to the sizes I wanted)



Blessings,
- TinaH



Details:
Pink Camo BallCap: Found here
1/2" x 36" dowel rods (can find them here if can't find them locally)
Solar Lights
Black Spray Paint




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Grocery Haul and KETO Meal Plan (6/4/2019)

I thought I would share my Grocery Haul and KETO Meal Plan for this week.
It is a general plan that I most likely won't stick to 100% but I find that I do
better when I at least have a general plan.

(corresponding video)


We went and spent the weekend visiting our kids and they have a large Aldi's store
in their town so we decided to stop in there and get a few things before we came home.

*Our kids both attended college in the same town, (different colleges).. and have stayed
in that town. :0)

Here is what we picked up at Aldi's..


Eggs were on sale for 59 cents so we got 4 of those, Vidalia onions, pork rinds to try and I thought my husband might like them, 2 packages of zucchini, a package of yellow squash, cream cheese, lunchmeat, a couple different cheeses, blueberries and strawberries, pork sausage, mixed bell peppers, organic marinara, avocado oil (organic), pickles, jalapeño's, unsweetened organic almond milk.    We spent around 50.00 there, which I thought was pretty good.    I am curious how that
compares to the stores near you, I know prices can vary so much it seems like.

I didn't get everything there because of the longer drive home, so I went to a local store to get the
rest of the items we needed for the week.  (ground beef, chicken breast tenderloins, beef smoked sausage etc.).

Here is a look at my general Meal Plan for our week.




Breakfast:
-Sausage/Eggs
-Eggs Muffin Style
-Keto Waffles
-Sausage w/ Keto Biscuits/Keto Gravy
-Eggs or Leftovers x 2

Lunch:
-Taco Salad
-Salad with Chicken (roasted/grilled)
-Zoodles (zucchini noodles w/ some marinara)
-Wraps w/ low carb tortilla shells
-Pita Pizza (low carb)
-Leftovers (x2)

Supper:
-Taco Salad
-Keto Chili (with beef hotdogs as an option)
-Grilled chicken w/ salad
-Burgers (no bun) with salad
-Beef Sausage/Veggie Meal
-Leftovers (x2)



I probably won't stick to it 100%, but I like having a general plan in place.. I feel like
it helps to be more successful with eating this way.     I also try to buy organic
as much as possible, and do not plan on having hotdogs etc. very often this is just
what I came up with for this week. :0)

Also for snacks, we have hard boiled eggs, pickles, a few berries here and there etc.

I also picked up a few of these to try out..


It is a zero calorie soda, I have seen it talked about in Keto groups and while I had tried
it quite some time ago I decided to try it again and picked out a few different flavors to try:
 grape, ginger root beer, and lemon lime twist.

I actually like the grape more than I thought I would and I would buy it again.
I think I will be trying the lemon lime twist next. :0)



What are some of your favorite keto snacks? recipes?


Blessings,
- TinaH


I actually made a video that goes along with this blog post if you'd like to check that out. (Here)



Details: 
 Zevia (zero carb/calorie soda that I mention in the video) if you don't have it available locally and want to check it out, it can be found here 

              One of my favorite Keto Cookbooks (30 minutes) found here







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Random Yard Projects - DITL Garden edition

Hi there,
  Today I am simply sharing a Vlog of some projects that I needed to get done in the yard.
From giving patio furniture a refresh with a coat of paint, transplanting a plant that needed
to be relocated, and planting up a new pot!





Have a great weekend,
 Blessings!
- TinaH





Item details:

Favorite Gardening Gloves: (I wear size small)  Here
Collapsible Wagon/Cart: Found Here
Starter Fertilizer I use: Found Here
Water Soluble Fertilizer: Found Here

Plants used:  Purple Fountain Grass, Sweet Potato Vine, Petunia's





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