Sunday, April 28, 2013

Where I've Been???

Sorry to disappear like that and only leave scheduled posts up on the blog.  Normally I post every day but the whole month of April was a complete whirlwind!

The beginning of April was fantastic!!  Up until the 15th of April I was totally consumed with my job in a financial office.  Tax time is one of our busiest times.

Just before tax time ended I battled a brief case of allergies that knocked me down for a few days.  Nothing a little Allegra can't handle.  :)

The week following tax season my Mother was in town.  I enjoyed her here and the time we spent together was great.

Shortly after she left (like that evening) I started feeling really crummy.  Not like a flu, not like a cold, certainly not allergies....  After battling that for 3 days I finally made an appt to see my dr.  I guess there is a virus going around.  :(  I didn't miss a day at work but pretty much stayed in my office.  My DR said since it was a virus I was "probably" no longer contagious.  My Branch Manager is still battling this mystery virus and his is/was way worse than mine.

So long story short I am starting May out with a smile :) No more drama/sickness in May!!!!!

I have some great things to share with everyone in May.  I basically reorganized my craft room!  I have a few things to finish up before the reveal.  It is definitely a labor of love.  Now that my craft room is done hopefully I will be have a TON of DIY crafts!  I am also working on a home tour.  Slowly... but I am :)

A quick status on my No Spend April.  Even tho I totally gave up on posting my outfits because I feel so far behind I am proud to say I did not spend a dime on any clothing and I did not repeat any outfits.

One more quick disclaimer.  If you sent me an email between April 15th and now I am just now responding.  I was not on the computer much when I was sick.  :(  Sorry for my delay.

How was your April????

Before I let ya'll go I wanted to share a cute project Brett did when I was in my Allegra coma.  He is making a movie staring the dogs and enjoy the trailer!

Give Brett a like on his movie trailer!  He was excited for me to share it.  Hopefully next weekend we will head out to the Puerco for some more shots.  He cracks me up with his creativity!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Edible Container Garden- Update and Video #digin

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

Has anyone else been having crazy weather???  After we planted out container garden we had 3 nights in a row of below freezing temperatures.  I am sad to say our tomato and eggplant didn't make it.  :(  Who would have thought in April we would be so cold!  
Yesterday I ran into The Home Depot and purchased a replacement eggplant and tomato.  Hopefully these will survive and bless us with delicious vegetables.  


The best part of the project was planting our vegetables and enjoying the sunshine.  Even though I did pick the worst day for wind to plant them I still had fun!  I enjoyed planning the container garden also.  One of my favorite feelings is planning something and watching it come to life.  :)

The only thing I would have done differently is I would have waited another week before planting because we did lose 2 plants :(  

This project was fun and easy!  We have been inspired and ready to start our backyard renovations for a few months now and this project kicked everything into high gear. 

We made a quick DIY video on this project.  Please excuse the abrupt ending.  New Mexico is very windy during the spring and unfortunately the weather has not cooperated :(  Every time we went out to film the wind would pick up.  

The products we used (all from The Home Depot)
*4 Wood Planters
* 1 bag of Miracle Gro Potting Mix
* 5 plants
* rocks for the bottom of the containers

This container garden is very easy to create at home!

#1- Fill bottom of planter 2 or 3 inches with rock to help the water drain
#2- Fill planter with soil
#3- Plant your vegetables
#4- Water
#5- Enjoy!!! 

That really is it.  :)  The biggest tip I would give anyone who creates a container garden is shop for the healthiest plants, lay rock on the bottom of your buckets and use a top quality soil like Miracle Gro.  

Now that our container garden is complete we will be gearing up for the rest of our backyard projects. 

Hopefully this summer we will be able to complete it!  

Some of our projects include:
*2 patios (1 for relaxing, 1 for grilling)
* build second pergola over outdoor kitchen
*build small outdoor kitchen
*landscape with rock
*landscape with small area of grass around trees
*set up drip irrigation system
*build patio sofa and 2 chairs
*build fire pit
*add outdoor lighting
*move raised garden bed
*finish raised flower beds
*plant ivy around perimeter of concrete walls
*add outdoor curtains to current patio
*new dining set
*finish bar under pergola

I think that is about it.  As you can see this summer will be very busy!  With the exception of the two patios these projects will be DIY.  We want to leave the concrete work to professionals ;)

Are you digging in this spring or summer????

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Our Edible Container Garden #digin

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This weekend we completed our only gardening project this spring, a edible container garden.  We are so happy with the turn out!
We planted basil, parsley, tomato, yellow pepper and an eggplant.  We wanted plants that would be easy to care for and do not mind the New Mexico sun.  

We chose 4 containers from The Home Depot that will match our future landscaping plans.  We love the rustic look!  We used Miracle Grow Potting Mix for the soil.  Don't forget to add rocks to the bottom to help with drainage.  

We have a small patio just outside our kitchen and we placed the container garden on the corner.  Sun is plentiful.  We enjoy sitting in our adirondak chairs and smelling the basil.  Eventually our patio will start at the corner (where the plants are) and continue around our current 10x10 patio.  We can't wait to have a large patio for relaxing and dining!  We enjoy being outside in the evening and listening to wind.  We are also trying to decide if we want to add a water feature.  The sound of water is so soothing. 
The top container holds our basil and parsley.  The container in the front is a lovely pepper plant, middle hopefully will bless us with some delicious tomatoes and the back container holds Brett's eggplant.  We have never grown eggplant in a container so we are not sure what to expect.  

How cute is the bright blue tomato cage??  This hopefully will allow our tomato plant to grow and provide support.  The cage will also act as protection from our tomato eating Bloodhound, Hank.  Last year we had 5 plants and during the year we could not figure out where our tomatoes were going.  They would just start to turn red and the next day they would be gone.  What happened to my tomatoes???  Well a certain Bloodhound would pick them off and eat them!  He would leave them alone until they just started turning red.  He is a picky tomato eater! 

We are hopeful that our garden will allow us to make a homemade marinara sauce.  Once we start pulling tomatoes we will share a family pasta sauce recipe.  

Our concern right now with planting these so early is New Mexico is having cold nights and we are dipping below freezing.  Hopefully our plants will survive.  

Are you planting a garden this year??

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Monday, April 22, 2013

SHOPPING FOR OUR CONTAINER GARDEN #digin

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Sunday Brett and I headed over to The HomeDepot to start our edible container garden.  After researching container gardens online we picked out our containers and veggies. We also grabbed a few other necessities. 
Currently bonnie plants are 5 for $10.  What a great deal!!!! I love bonnie plants because they are eco friendly with their biodegradable pots. 

We asked the Lawn and Garden Associates for help in deciding what vegetables grow the best in containers.  We ended up buying a tomato, eggplant, basil, parsley and yellow bell pepper.  

Brett is sad we are only planting 1 pepper plant this year.  With all of our planned projects we do not think we will have the time for a large garden.  I am sure he will sneak a few more in ;)


We fell in love with these medium size rustic planters.  We orginally planned for 3 large whiskey barrels but our Home Depot was out of stock.  These smaller planters are ready to go with a drain hole in the bottom. 
We decided to buy a plant stand and surround it with 3 additional planters.  This arrangement will look great on the corner of our patio. 
We ended up putting this larger tomato plan back.  This was the start to our cart.  Decide what planters you want to use before you pick your plants.  This will help you be realistic with your space. 

Another option to container gardening are these small raised garden beds.  With our current yard projects we can't have a raised bed this year.  

Aside from great garden plants The Home Depot also has beautiful flowers!
I fell in love with these flowers.  
Our local Rio Rancho Home Depot
Our final cart
Thank you to The Home Depot for this opportunity!  
Everything was neatly packed into our FJ Cruiser. 

Check out Mandy Jean Chic for our edible container garden tomorrow!  Also I filmed a how to video! 

Are you going to #digin this spring/summer???

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Lets get gardening! #digin

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This spring, with the help of The Home Depot, Brett and I decided to build a small edible container garden.  As we blogged about in our backyard plan we want to have an area for gardening but on the patio we also want a few containers with tomatoes, basil and a few other necessary plants for our survival.  :)

We love growing our own produce!  The last few years We've grown our produce in a raised garden bed.  Brett loves to garden and the last few years his zucchini and squash have been huge! 

Currently our backyard has one patio, a couple of flower beds and lots of sand.  This summer our main garden will be in containers due to landscaping renovations.

Our husky enjoying the sand

The first thing we did to plan our container gardens was head to The Home Depot website and check out our options.

Preferably we would like our garden to cover the corner of our patio.  1 raised planter and 3 surrounding.  After we pick out the containers we will put them in the corner of this patio or near our door.  
This photo was taken around 7pm and as you can see sun is not a problem :)

Our little patio

Due to the landscaping projects we decided that we want to grow vegetables and herbs that can be used in salsa and pasta sauce.  Once our landscaping is done we will add a raised garden bed. 

The Home Depot is our go to store for gardening.  The selection is nice and they care for their plants.  The employees at The Home Depot are very knowledgable.  Even when we research our projects we always have questions and the employees answer them promptly.  Shopping is always easy!

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Day 19- No Spend- I'm Back!!!!!

After a week of being sick, breaking my toe, working my tush off and having family in town I am back!

Today is day #10 of the 30 Day Shop My Closet hosted by Martha from Quick Cheap and Pretty.  The reason for this challenge is to come up with a new outfit everyday without purchasing anything new.  Also, no 2 outfits can be alike!  

Martha has been kind enough to create a link party everyday for us to link up and have some fun!  If you link up please follow Martha and I and visit a few other gals.  No blog, no problem!!  Use the hashtag #30dayclosetshop on twitter and instagram.  Everyday Martha and I will post our outfits and select a few of our favs. 



My Mother is in town and we headed over to the Albuquerque Aquarium and Botanical Gardens today. 


I gimped around on a broken toe like a boss!

This is one of my favorite spots in the garden.  I love this tile sitting area.  The colors are amazing!














I finally got a picture of him!!!



What are your plans this weekend?  I have been a good girl and I have not purchased any clothing this month nor have my outfits been duplicates.  :)