So Many Sales (and what I bought)

There are so many sales going on right now, 
and I keep hearing people mention Christmas shopping.
I am all for shopping early however I guess I haven't wrapped
my thinking around Christmas shopping already, but maybe I should. Lol. 

I am sure you have heard about the Nordstrom Anniversary sale by now,
do you like seeing all the great finds?
I personally like seeing what everyone picks as their favorite items and I tend to
like browsing around to see what I can find as well.

It looks like if you like cardigans then Nordstrom is a good place to shop
right now for fall while they are on sale.  Some really pretty ones.
(and at various price points)

I would say one of my favorite things I found in checking out the sale is actually a beauty item and
something that I use almost every single day so I definitely picked this duo up.

(If you like the Anastasia brow pencil & brow gel - for just a few more dollars over the reg. price of one of them ~ you get both! Yay!    I use both already so this was a great find for me!)

I also use the philosophy purity on a daily basis, and this set is a pretty good deal as well.

I think I must have been in a "lounge around mood" while shopping because loungewear
ended up in my cart and the other item I decided to pick up is by barefoot dreams,
I thought they looked comfy/cozy for "lounging" around the house (there is that word again) 😉
and the someday cooler weather.. and they just look so soft!
If you are familiar with barefoot dreams, you know what I mean.. soooo cozy!
I had never seen their socks before so I am hoping these do not disappoint.  

There are some great items in the sale..  however personally my budget has been going
elsewhere.. (*cough* uh hmm, to the garden 🌹 and new plants 🤣)
So I have been good at refraining, but there are several items that
certainly caught my eye and landed on my wish list.. Lol.

(the nordstrom anniversary sale is currently open to cardholders from July 12th-18th and then it is open to everyone on the 19th)

Other sales going on:

Target has a sale going on right now and
their universal thread tee's are something that I personally purchase and wear.
In my opinion they are great basics,  they wash well and they are a good price even
when they aren't on sale so a great time to pick those up and save a couple more dollars.
(for size reference, I wear a size small in these)

Another big sale you have probably heard mentioned is Prime Day at Amazon.
If you aren't a member of Amazon Prime, you can sign up for a free 30 day trial
to shop the sale.

Are you shopping for anything in particular at Amazon?

So far I have been debating getting another fire stick because I do have one and 
like to use it off/on and looks like now would be the time.

The Amazon Fire Stick (with Alexa voice remote) is at a great price!
  ($14.99, over 60% off)

They also have the 4K Fire Stick (with Alexa voice remote) for $24.99  (50% off).
The echo and Alexa devices are also at great sale prices. 

A few other things I have seen..
Instant Pot is always popular,  Bose Wireless Headphones (these have been on my wish list for a while),  they have some good sales on computers if you are in the market, and something I have seen talked about a lot is the ring video doorbell is in the sale.

Do you have the ring doorbell system and what are your thoughts? Worth the investment?

What sales have you have been shopping and what have you found?
Have you started Christmas shopping yet?  I really should get on that the more
I think about it. :0)

Have a blessed week!
- TinaH

(**In case you didn't see it, my Garden Tour Video is finally posted,  the internet just was not cooperating so it was posted later than I had planned,  You can see it Here!**)

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Garden Tour Video is Up / July 2019

I had hoped to have this up yesterday to along with my blog post,
but just didn't happen (*internet was a slow go yesterday!)
 so here it is. (finally) :0)

A Mini Garden Tour (video)
includes some updates of my pallet planters, my small vegetable garden and how it is doing,
a flower pot issue? hmm.. :0)
as well as my solar fountain!

Have a great weekend!

- TinaH

*Solar Fountain can be found here*
   (currently has a coupon available however as you know 
on amazon prices can change at any time)

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Garden Tour July 2019

I thought I would share a bit of a tour around my garden with you today!
It will mostly be focused on the backyard because I am working on a project in the front
that I am not quite ready to share.. but I hope you enjoy seeing different photo's
around the yard and how my plants are doing this time of year!

It will be fun to look back at and see the progress! :0)

These beauties are up on my back deck.. which is the door mostly used and so how can you not love seeing these every day! Beautiful supertunia's.. (purple is supertunia bordeaux, pink are supertunia vista bubblegum and both of these plants are certainly impressive in my opinion)

This space is mostly new this year.. the flowerbed along the back of the house, the paver patio, as well as the flowerbed beside it.. all new and I am loving how this space is evolving.

Across from the new space is this planting area next to my small shed and it is a fun space that I am
still figuring out.. trying out some different plants to see how they do.

and after the sun comes out.. my solar fountain water feature goes to work!  (love)

My first sunflower to bloom this year.. it's a beauty!

love these boy and girl statues.. just so stinking cute!

My vegetable garden is doing so well, and I plan to expand this space next year and hope to double the size.    I still have to figure out a better way to stake my tomatoes.. any suggestions? What works for you?

My planters on my rustic fence are doing so well, I am really happy with how they are doing and so far have been easy care.. just keeping up with watering and fertilizing them.

I kind of wish I would have picked a brighter color because these just don't stand out as much as the brighter ones that I used last year but I am still super happy with them and these plants are certainly easier to care for. (no deadheading required!) :0)

How is your garden doing so far this year?
I am so happy ours is doing so well considering all the rain that we have had.. a few plants have struggled due to getting too much water but overall in the big picture of our garden space, they are doing well and that is kind of how gardening goes, so just enjoying all the benefits and hoping the ones that weren't too thrilled about the extra water bounce back. :0)

 Have a great weekend!

- TinaH

Solar Fountain: can find it here
Hanging Planters: Found Here

(also here is a corresponding video mini tour of my garden if you'd like to check it out!)

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The Root Beer Challenge and who won

We had the best time over the 4th of July Holiday.
Our kids both got to come home and we enjoyed Fireworks, Badminton, Volleyball,
video games, lots of good food, and we put on a root beer challenge. :0)

Most of us like Root Beer and I had seen someone mention having a root beer taste test so I decided to see what kinds of root beer we could find and do something similar.

We had other family members even looking for root beer in different stores, and it was fun seeing what we could find.
We ended up with 9 different kinds, which made it a little more difficult to try to figure out what
was what but it was so much fun and we had a lot of laughs.

I numbered each cup and I kept track which root beer was in what cup # in a notebook, and then made a simple paper for everyone to try to guess which root beer was in cup #1, cup #2 and so on.

Then we read them off at the end to see who picked what, and I let them know what was in them and they graded their papers as we went through the list..
Oh my, it was so funny.

Then they also picked their favorites as we went along.

I bought some scratch off lottery tickets for the winner that got the most correct.. but they
actually all tied!  What are the odds. Lol.
So everyone got tickets. 😆

If you are curious which root beer was picked as the favorite.. there were a couple different ones
that were top choice but the overall winner was A&W.
It had the most votes as a top pick overall.

There were also a couple that no one liked.. we even went back to them
to make sure they got a fair shake just because after tasting so many it made us wonder if that was a part of it,
but nope.. nobody liked them.  Lol.   

I think we are still in recoup mode trying to catch up on sleep.
Including my dogs.

However,  they kept up with their sleep schedule even during the loud rounds
of video games. Lol.

You may have noticed we didn't keep up with Keto over the holiday with all that root beer, :0)
but we are getting back to it.

We had the best time, it went by far too quickly!
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday as well.
I am trying to decide what kind of challenge to put together for the next gathering..
possibly darker colored pops. (or soda's)?

What do you call them where are you from, soda? pop? coke?

- TinaH

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How I Organize and Utilize the Space in our Small Master Closet

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Are you excited about the holiday?  I know I am, I love the 4th of July and I am
so very excited that our kids will be here this year! (does this momma's heart good!) :0)

Today I thought I would share a closet tour with you and share how I organize our small master walk in closet and how I utilize just about every space it has to offer.
I hope it gives you an idea or two if you have a smaller closet you are working on.

(corresponding youtube video)

     This closet has come so far..  when we moved in it had the builder grade white wire shelving,
and I tried several ways to make those work and I just never liked them.

So I finally removed them, filled holes/painted,
and got to work building some customized built ins.


We both have a tower section with shelving and 3 drawers, plus area's for hanging clothes.
This closet also had a door on the right side that swung inward against the wall, and I
wanted to utilize that area for shelves as well so I simply removed the door.

Our closet is located off the side of our master bathroom so a door wasn't necessary
in my opinion anyway, we never shut it so I didn't see the point in keeping it when I could
use that extra space.

So I added cube storage for shoes, as well as upper shelving for boots etc.

My ball caps hang on hooks on the wall, as well as a few lighter weight bags.

My totes and handbags are around the top of the closet on the shelf.
I keep belts and a scarf organizer on the side of one of the towers.

I also purchased some shoe stacking organizers to help save some space and be able to stack shoes
a little more on the neater side. :o).  I need to pick up a few more of these. 

I can fit 2 easily into each cube and then put another pair of shoes in between them, and they look
a lot nicer than piles of shoes.. :0)
They also work well for short boots as well as you can adjust the angle up/down.

Something else I did was change all of my hangers to the space saving style.. I started by
purchasing enough to see if they made much difference and I was happy with them so I
changed them all over.

It is time for me to go through the closet again,
I try to do it at least twice a year sometimes more, and it is long overdue..
just by taking photo's I can see
items I don't use/wear that I need to find a new home for.
However I have also noticed I am more particular these days about what gets to take up
space in our home. :0)

When I go through a closet, I am the type that takes out everything and then go
through it all one thing at a time so I have to have a pretty good time slot to work on
the closet.. although I could easily just pick one section and do that as well.

I made a video as well of our closet if you'd like to check it out: (Here)
or below

- TinaH

Closet Details: 

Shoe Stacking Organizers: similar HERE
Scarf Organizer: HERE
Cube Shelf: HERE
Space Saving Hangers: Similar HERE
Wall Hooks: Similar HERE

Blog Post on when I made my Closet Built Ins: HERE

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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?

- 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,
- 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)

- TinaH

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.

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

-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)

-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?

- TinaH

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

 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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