Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Favorites

It's been quiet around here lately.  It's been weeks since my last post, but not so much if you follow along on Instagram.  I've been busy with family.  Nothing major has happened, just been busy spending more time with the people that I love.

Blogging is fun for me and I enjoy sharing.  But when life gets busy blogging definitely takes a backseat.

I need to get better at prepping my blog for posts.  Now that fall has officially arrived, I'm ready to tackle more projects around the house.

It's the simple things in life that can be most rewarding.  We live near the most beautiful park.  The leaves are changing.  It's so pretty this time of year.

I like to wonder about and gather pine cones and fallen leaves.

 This time of year the spiders seem to be everywhere!

There's nothing worse than walking into a spiderweb.

I take a break from coffee in the fall and sip on a cup of hot apple cider.  The smell of the cider simmering on the stove brings back feelings of warmth and comfort.

Another fall favorite is filling my home with mums

...and mini pumpkins.

Do you have a favorite room spray?  My current favorite is, Asian Spice, sold at Pier 1.  It's the perfect scent for fall.  It leaves your house smelling wonderful.

 Switching out your pillows for warmer colors is a great way to transition your home from summer to fall.

A chunky throw keeps us warm on those chilly evenings.

My husband uses the television to fall asleep.  At the end of the day I relax with a book.

  My favorite seasonal flea market opened again this fall.
I always find some neat little treasures there.

I've been thinking about simple Thanksgiving table settings.

I adore these plates from West Elm.

I received a new bag for fall.  This beautiful bag was a gift from Duluth Trading Co.

My everyday bag doubles as my camera bag.

The leather is soft.  It's a very stylish, yet rugged bag.  I'm not fashionable, but I feel very sophisticated carrying my portfolio brief.

Now it's your turn.  Let me know some of your favorites for fall.

*Duluth Trading Co. provided me with this bag to review, and all opinions expressed in this post are my own!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Vertical Succulent Garden

I've always loved the idea of a vertical or hanging garden.  I thought they were pretty clever!  They're a great alternative for someone who doesn't have a lot of gardening space.  There are plenty of tutorials online if you'd like to make your own.

I considered it, but found a cheaper solution at Ross.

When I spotted it, I knew exactly what I was going to do with it.

I lined the bottom of the form with a coconut basket, that I cut to fit.  I planted succulents and waited a few months to see how well they did in the shade before I added more.

These spoon markers are the perfect accessory.

Most cacti or succulents are drought tolerant and do not require much care.  Since I was planting in the shade I chose plants that were part sun.

The plants are filling in nicely.

Even with all the dirt and plants it's not heavy.  I attached it to the house with 2 screws.

I am worried about the winter though.  I may have to bring it indoors.

But for now I'm going to sit back and enjoy my little garden.

I am linking this post to:
Sew Many Ways
Thrifty Decor Chick

Friday, September 26, 2014

Duluth Trading Company- Cargo Cape

 I was contacted by Duluth Trading Company and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their products.  Most importantly, what impressed me about Duluth Trading Company was their willingness to send me something that I'd truly adore.  Joe was a pleasure to work with! 
 I wasn't familiar with Duluth Trading Company until I attended Haven Blog Conference, here in Atlanta.  In general Duluth Trading Company is most known for their tool bags and long tail shirts, but there's so much more!  They offer a wide selection of work wear, footwear and accessories for men and women.  They even carry dog gear.
After spending some time browsing their website, I chose a Cargo Cape for my vehicle.
I love my dogs, but I definitely do not love all the dirt and slobber that comes with them.
As you can see the old liner had seen better days!
*Note to self, never put paint in the car without making sure the top is secure.  The liner saved my interior!

Needless to say, I love my new Cargo Cape.  It fits perfectly in my vehicle.  It's designed to fit most SUVs and minivans.
The Velcro points keep it in place.
The bumper flap is optional...

and can be tucked away.
The Cargo Cape also includes convenient storage pockets for leashes.

Sasha likes riding in the car.  The liner adds extra traction for bumpy car rides.
While keeping the rest of my vehicle free from dog hair.

She wasted no time getting comfortable!
*Travel tip- Taking your pet along in a rental car can incur additional cleaning fees.  Save money by covering the seats with a Cargo Cape.
The Cargo Cape is designed to protect your vehicle's interior.    Even if you don't have pets it's great to have in place to transport groceries, thrift store finds, gardening tools and sports equipment.  It's waterproof and machine washable. 

Interested?!  Visit Duluth Trading Company for more information.  Receive free shipping on your order of $50 or more.  

*No financial compensation was received, however I did receive a Cargo Cape to review.  All opinions are my own.