home sweet home: project herb box

One of the many projects on the list for our new home is a kitchen garden. We cook quite regularly so a produce-yielding backyard would certainly prove both convenient and cost-effective. We thought an herb box would be a great way to start! Continue reading to see how we built an elevated box for our herbs!

spend some. save some. give some. what i wish i could tell my 12 year old self

Spend-Give-SaveBudget. I shudder at the word! Before I got married I had a phobia of my own bank account. I was terrified of logging in – terrified of facing those single digits (or even negative digits on occasion.) Let’s just say I got really good at talking my way out of overdraft fees. Looking back, I think a simple budget and a little discipline would’ve gone a long way. Speaking of looking back, let’s look alllll the way back to those first days of making money…

Resource: Death to the Stock Photo

PastedGraphic-9Death to the Stock Photo is a fresh alternative to “big box” stock photography websites. Not only are their photos completely gorgeous, but a portion of their premium membership fees help fund creative projects around the world. Now that’s the kind of company I love to support!

Simply subscribe to their email list and each month you’ll receive a new series of photographs to use on your blog, social media or other outlets. Want the specifics on how to appropriately use their photos? Read the “Plain English” License here.

Friday Favorites: Flowers – What does your bouquet say?

Looking for a fresh idea this Valentine’s? Consider creating a bouquet of flowers selected specifically for what they symbolize.

Your valentine will undoubtedly feel special (and so loved!) as you explain what each flower means and why you selected it for her. A love letter of sorts, really…

Below are a few photos from a series of stunning photographs by one of my favorite blogs, Design*Sponge. Their Flower Glossary provides the pronunciation, origin, season, and symbol for each flower…

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Click here to view the full Design*Sponge Flower Glossary.

Below are a few more flowers and their meanings to help provide inspiration!

Floral Symbolism via mrslaurenbrady.com

What is your favorite flower and it’s meaning?
What flowers should I add to this list? 

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why we love fixer upper

Earlier this year, along with millions of other viewers, Matt and I instantly fell in love with HGTV’s  new show, Fixer Upper.

Being hands-on people ourselves, and being a married couple who thrives when working on projects together, we instantly related to Chip and Joanna Gaines.

Maybe we’re naive, but it’s certainly encouraging (and inspiring!) watching two extremely talented people, who seem to have an extremely strong marriage, featured on a major network.

Though the before/after design aspect is certainly the main theme of Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna’s solid family dynamic can’t help but shine through.

We are counting the days until season 2 begins! In the meantime, I’d love to know which Season 1 Fixer Upper episode is YOUR favorite.

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 See a few of ours below…

Matt's Favorite w pic

Follow Chip and Joanna on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and FacebookMy Favorite w pics