Saturday, September 29, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
I don't know how many of you have experimented with planting bulbs before, but it brings back very fond memories for me. Bulbs can be used inside or outside to give a splash of color to an ordinary day. When I was a child, my grandfather would send me an amaryllis bulb every year before Christmas. He lived in Florida and I lived in Texas. We would plant them at the same time in a pot indoors, and then measure them once a week to see whose was growing the fastest. It was a fun contest and it was a clever way to keep in touch.
Bulbs are not just for garden gurus. If I could grow them as a child, you can grow them too. Bulbs are extremely simple plants that require low maintenance. Last November I was cruising through Tractor Supply and noticed all of their bulbs were reduced. It was late in the season, but I picked up a bag anyways. I planted them out front in about 15 minutes thinking they would probably not make it this year. With the minimal rain we received in November, they shot up their beautiful green blades from the dirt and blossomed into gorgeous flowers. This year I am planning to plant some more earlier to landscape my yard.
I would love to landscape my whole yard in fact. Have you heard of Curbside Chaos. They gave away a $5000 yard makeover. I would be in heaven. I went to their online tool at curbsidechaos.com. In the bottom left hand corner of the screen you can select your zone and see which bulbs are best for your region. One of my favorites came up...daffodils.
You can also watch the video where Taniya Nayak works with the winner of the makeover Ruth. Her backyard is beautifully transformed. Help support community efforts by putting the hashtag #Curbside Chaos. Bulbs, Dig, Drop, Done will donate $1 for every share.
You may also visit www.digdropdone.com to learn more. Check out my favorite, Marcy the Super Mom, who shares her ideas for easy bulb planting. She looks like she just walked off the movie set of Desperate Housewives in her cute attire and immaculate yard. If only...
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Who did the ghost invite to his party?
This project did not cost me a dime. It was all made with supplies I already had at home. Cheap projects are the best!
Jar ( I used an old glass salsa jar)
Scrap book paper
I tried out the jar at dinner tonight. My boys were so anxious to finish their meal just to get to the jokes!! The jokes would be fun in lunch boxes for kids that can already read. We will have to wait another two years for that at our house.
This is a sponsored post, I am a Kmart Layaway blogger, though all opinions are my own.
As we quickly approach the end of the year, it always seems to be one big holiday after another. I always feel like September through December is the shortest time of the year. I am such a planner when it comes to Christmas time. I am "that person" that buys gifts year round when I spy the perfect gift for someone. Then I really ramp up my shopping skills in October, in order to find time and money to check off everyone on the list. Have you purchased any holiday gifts yet? I have the perfect solution. Kmart is offering free layaway! It is a win win situation. You can get ahead on your holiday shopping, and have time to pay off the presents before Christmas arrives.
I feel like so many people have credit cards these days that many stores don't provide layaway anymore. Ten years ago I could walk in any store and request layaway. Now it seems like I can find the perfect gift at a store, only to come to find out they do not have layaway as an option. If they do, it seems like the list of restrictions is a mile long. Who wants to pay interest on a credit card, when you can opt for free layaway with Kmart instead. You may wonder why Kmart is different from other retailers such as Walmart, Best Buy, and ToysRUs...
This grid speaks for itself. It means I can buy any price item I want, place it on layaway year round, and it applies to a broad range of merchandise. Here are a few things at the top of my list!
1. I would start with a trampoline for my boys.
2. Then I would by some new tools for my husband.
3. And possibly a little something for myself...
Now the best part...Kmart's Big Layaway Giveaway. Kmart is having a huge Layaway Giveaway from 9/9/12-11/17/12. There will be one winner per store per week. That is a LOT of WINNERS! You could easily be the next one. Shop online or go to your nearest store to begin you holiday shopping. Shop early and save a lot!