Saturday, May 9, 2020

10 Favorite Summer Quotes

As we approach summer...

Let us enjoy these beautiful moments.

Be thankful.

 Be in the moment. 

Embrace each day.

Hug the people we love.

Spread kindness.

Say hello to a stranger.

Dance to our favorite song.

Play with our children.

Cook a favorite meal.

Create something new.

Just be.

Enjoy this list of my 10 favorite summer quotes below










Do you have a favorite summer quote? 
If so, I'd love to know what it is. 
Leave a comment below! 
May your days be filled with happiness.


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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Simple Refreshing Lemon Lip Scrub.






1 teaspoon of Coconut oil
1 lemon, gently washed
Sugar
1 mini jar
Grater
1 Spoon
1 small bowl


Here's what you'll need to do

Start with making sure to gently wash your lemon. I use an organic fruit wash that I purchase at my local store. 

Next, using your grater, shave the rind off of your lemon. You'll need a small amount of sugar, about a teaspoon.

 Add your lemon rinds to your sugar and give it a gentle mix.  Add in your coconut oil, and squeeze in a little of the lemon juice. 
Give it all a quick mix, and add your lip scrub into a airtight container, or glass jar. I actually used my mini jam jar for this.  The lip scrub is simple, refreshing, and smells amazing!

Be sure to place your jar in a cool spot. You can also place it in the refrigerator. This will make
application cool when it is applied to lips.

When using this lip scrub make sure to gently apply a small amount onto lips. Gently rub onto lips, making sure to cover all dry spots. I use this scrub, and after I apply a nice lip balm that also helps with dryness.

I normally keep a small amount of this lip scrub for about a week. Always making sure it is in a cool spot, or even in the refrigerator. 


If you have enjoyed this post, feel free and check out my other lip scrub posts.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Home.- A few April things.












I hope these days are treating you all well.  We're all doing well. At home we are finding simple tasks that keep us occupied, and just really appreciating the time that we can spend together as we remain in good health.
Our state still has the Stay at home order in place. 
This month we celebrated our oldest daughters birthday.  She turned nine, and is still very much full of energy.  We celebrated at home, Just the four of us. A baked cake, a few presents, and game playing. It was simple, but filled with so much love. 
I've started my seedlings. I planted some  peas, carrots, peppers, asparagus, oregano, onion, shallots, and parsley. 
I also went out and purchased some grow lights so that they can stay indoors while the weather has been a a bit on the cooler side.  I also went out and purchased a few plants. Tomato, chives, romaine lettuce, and strawberries. I've noticed that gardening has helped take my mind off of everything that has been going on.   
My husband has started building me a raised garden bed.  I'm not sure if any of my container plants will go in there this year. But I am sure the garden bed will come in handy next year. I'll have to wait and see.  Do you have a garden, or a raised garden bed? This will actually be my first time having a raised garden bed. If you have any tips you'd like to share, I'd love to hear them.

Most days are warmer., while the nights are cooler. We've had a few cloudy, snowy, and rainy days between.  Our neighborhood is filled with new people taking daily walks when the sun is shining, and the weather is warmer.  For the most part everyone is practicing social distancing. 

My flowers are blooming. A few of my perennials have started blooming, and it really is nice to see the bees buzzing around.
These are a few of my April things. How's this month going for you? 
I'd love to know how you are all doing. Do you garden? Do you have a hobby you enjoy? 
I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Photowall, A Swedish Wall Art Company: A Collaboration Post




Photowall is a Swedish wall art company that creates beautiful wall murals, wallpaper, framed prints, canvas designs, custom designs, and much more.  Their products can bring inspiration, beauty, and a unique touch to any space.



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I was thrilled when I was contacted to collaborate with their company. After viewing their website, and looking through their product line, I just knew I would love my very own canvas design for my home.

Our oldest daughter is in love with all things that pertain to space. They had a full selection of space designs. So after going through a few pages of their canvas designs we found a design that was perfect for her.

I placed my order with them, and my order arrived within  a few short days.
Once our product arrived my husband unboxed the product, and we were really impressed with how everything was in order in the box. All the hardware, wooden frame pieces, instructions, and the canvas were placed neatly inside of the box.

I love that they also provide you with a link to a video that provides you with a step by step process on how to put your canvas together using the frame. We actually found that it was really simple to put together, and so we didn't have to use the video.

I absolutely love the sturdiness that the frame provides, and I love the quality of the canvas. The print that we went with was Darkness in the galaxy. This was a canvas design with a motif on edge, and the size I went with was 35.43 x 15.75 inch. The print is absolutely beautiful, and my daughter loves it. It is colorful, great quality, and a beautiful addition to our home.

 If you are looking for a beautiful art design for your home please feel free and visit their website by clicking on the link https://www.photowall.co.uk/. For my lovely readers,  Photowall is offering a 25% discount on any of their Photowall products. When visiting their website use the code lovebirdspw2020This code will be valid until the end of April









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Don't forget to visit their website at https://www.photowall.co.uk/ and use code lovebirdspw2020 for a 25% discount on any of their products.


Friday, March 20, 2020

Simple activities to welcome Spring with your children






Prepare an indoor green house



You can either go out and buy a simple indoor green house, or you can create your own with just a few materials. Your kids will enjoy planting seeds, and watching the progress as their plants grow. You can also let your kids create some cute garden buddies.  Link below
Little garden buddies


Enjoy a scavenger hunt




It is always nice to go outside, and get some fresh air. 
Go on a Spring time scavenger hunt adventure. 
Explore, and see what cool things you find while spending this time with your children.


Create sidewalk art


Sidewalk art is always so much fun! Create flowers, butterflies, rainbows, and more! 
Enjoy the beautiful weather, and enjoy this time being creative.


Paint a spring time picture


Gather some paint, paper, and your creativity. Join your kids, and create some beautiful spring time art.


Go to your local library and check out books on welcoming Spring




At the library you'll find many books on welcoming Spring. Check out a few books, and sit and read with your children. They will truly enjoy this time.
These are a few Spring time books we love! Link below

Spring time books



Visit a nature center


You'll find so much at your local nature center. Kids can explore books, see puppet shows, attend events geared towards their age group, and go on many fun adventures.


Observe baby animals


***Make sure to be mindful of these baby animals, and their space. Never touch any baby animal while observing them.**
  Let your kids observe baby animals. If you see a baby bunny, or a baby bird you can make a point to talk about them. Take time and talk about their home, food that they may eat, and the differences of each animal. 


Create a Spring time craft




Set aside some craft materials, and create a simple spring time craft.
I've provided a few links below to some simple spring time crafts that my kids have enjoyed.

TP roll Spring butterfly and bumblebee

Spring time sun catcher

Spring time hanging decoration


Enjoy a hike



If the weather is  nice out, go out and enjoy a beautiful hike with your family.
Make sure to pack some water, and snacks. Enjoy the sunshine, and the beauty of nature.


Visit a botanical garden

Visit a botanical garden in your area. Your kids will love this time exploring different plants, and learning about these plants. Viewing a wide variety of plants.

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How do you welcome Spring?
I'd love to hear from all of you.
Of course if you loved this post, please feel free and share.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Creating a cozy outdoor living space.




My husband, and I worked on our porch a few years back, and this is where we spend a lot of our  time. The space is perfect for gathering as a family, and just having that time together. Our porch is screened in, and we mostly go out to relax in this space.  

Creating a cozy outdoor living space essentials

- Outdoor lighting


-Outdoor pillows, and cushions


-DIY screened in porch kit


-Outdoor furniture


-Outdoor rug


-Climate control


-Hammock


-Outdoor curtains



Creating your cozy space


Outdoor lighting- Whether you are going out in the evening hours, or hosting an outdoor dinner party, it is important to have the right lighting. You can add string lights, or have lanterns that light your outdoor living space. There are many different styles for outdoor lighting. We have hanging string lights, and also lanterns in our outdoor living space. You can add lights that dim, or even flicker. 


Outdoor pillows/ cushions- Adding pillows can add comfort, and make any space more relaxing. 



DIY screened in porch kit- If you are wanting a bug free zone, this kit really comes in handy. We found a screen kit online. It really helps with eliminating those pesky bugs. 


Outdoor furniture- Of course you will want a space where you can sit, and even eat. Adding chairs, and a table will make the use of the space more functional. 



Outdoor rug- Adding an outdoor rug can add visual appeal, and create a softer surface when walking on. It also makes this space feel like an outdoor room, rather than just an outdoor space in the yard. 
It also acts as extra barrier between the cold surface, and your feet.


Climate Control- When the weather is cold having an outdoor heater is great to warm the space up, and when it is hot having  ceiling fans can help circulate the air. 
(Also you can add a water mist system). 


Hammock- Who doesn't want a hammock to relax in? After a long day there really is no better way to relax. Lay back, and leave your worries behind. 


Outdoor curtains- This is a must for me! We have outdoor curtains hanging in our back porch, and I absolutely love the privacy it provides. You'll want to make sure that when you add your curtains that they are mildew, and UV resistant.  Also it comes in handy because it shields you from the harmful UV rays, and keeps the space cooler. 


Do you have an outdoor living space that you enjoy? If so leave a comment below, and let me know what you have done to make your space cozy. 

Stephanie


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

10 Ways To Decorate Using Artificial Plants













1. Add Plants on a floating shelf.
Whether you add a simple shelf, or a floating shelf with decorative brackets, adding plants on these shelves can really bring a simple decorative touch to any space.


2. Create a plant space in your home where you get the most natural lighting.

3. Use coffee cups, tea cups, or even espresso cups. 
You can add tiny plants in these cups and set them out in your kitchen. You can go with bright colors. This will create a pop of color. 

4.  Add your artificial plants in pots with creative designs. 
Colorful,  creative pattern, or even solid color pots. Choose a style that best fits your home decor.

5. Use decorative woven baskets for placing your plants in

6. Using small plants place them on bookshelves. 
Add them between books, or at the end of your books.

7. Use mini pots in your design.


8. Hang artificial hanging vines from shelves. 
Choose an area in any room, or multiple rooms, and create a shelf that has some sort of hanging vine. Place it on the shelf, and add other decor items on the shelf.  Create a clean look that easily flows.

9. Add taller artificial plants near your front entrance.
 You can add a taller plant near the entryway, so that it is one of the first things you see when you enter through your front door. If you have an entry table you can also add a plant on there as well. 


10. Create a mini plant shelf in your kitchen. 
You can actually create a shelf using just a few materials. On this shelf you can add mini pots, decorative pattern pots, or whatever it is that you think will fit into your kitchen design. 


Here's a recap of what was mentioned in the list above

Woven baskets

decorative pots with patterns

mini pots

colorful pots

hanging vines

floating shelf for plants

taller artificial plants placed by entry way

espresso cup/coffee cup/tea cup- These can be used to hold plants


natural lighting in room

plant shelf in kitchen

I hope that you have enjoyed reading about 10 ways to decorate your home using artificial plants. 
If so, please feel free to share, or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from all of you. 

Thanks for stopping by!

-Stephanie


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