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Farmhouse Style Summer Beverage Bar with DIY Watermelon Keg and Easy Agua Fresca Recipe

Thanks to Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company for sponsoring today's post, all opinions are 100% mine alone. #SummerRefreshment #Peapod #CollectiveBias

   I want to kick off the last few weeks of summer by giving you guys a fast and easy tutorial making a fun and festive farmhouse style beverage bar. The best part, and definite conversation piece is the watermelon keg.  It's an absolute stand out!  What's even better is the quick and delicious agua fresca we're going to fill it with. It's the perfect way to celebrate the last month of summer before the kids go back to school and we jump into fall. 

  I really love the summer. I spend as much time as possible outside enjoying the beautiful weather. For this tutorial we're going to do something craaaazy....we're going to go shopping for all of our supplies and ingredients for our beverage bar and watermelon keg while sitting outside in the fresh air and sunshine! Yup, you heard me right. Follow along I'll show you exactly how.


Air Plant Beach Dune Nautical Terrarium in Apothecary or Mason Jar

  One of the best things about living in New Jersey is the beaches. There is no better place to spend the afternoon.  Where I live there are two types of beaches. There are the ones with all of the attractions: boardwalks, games, rides and countless places to eat. Then, there are the off-the-beaten-path beaches- the ones that are serene, natural, and untouched. The common traits to almost all of the beaches are the large protective sand dunes. These dunes are essential in protecting the beaches from erosion. While serving their purpose, they're also one of the more interesting and beautiful parts of the beach. 
  I wanted to create a terrarium that would bring a little bit of the "beach" into my home. This next project does just that. I used air plants to mimic the look of natural beach grasses.  I also added sea glass, a few seashells and even a tiny message in a bottle! Keep reading to see how I made this fun and decorative beach dune terrarium.

nautical coastal terrarium air plants tillandsia beach apothecary or mason jar

DIY Geometric Himmeli Hanging Basket

Thanks to Monrovia for sponsoring today's post. My love for Monrovia plants is 100% true! All opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

 One of the hottest trends for the home is Scandinavian design. It's sleek, modern, sophisticated and minimalist. Bare woods and metals are a must. Simplicity is imperative. It's the complete removal of cluttered decor while adding functionality to each detail of the home. I love it simply for the fact that it makes my house feel clean, neat and organized while still allowing me to keep my own unique style. 
  I decided to run with the Nordic theme and bring it to the outside of the house. I wanted to create a unique hanging basket for my front entryway. I decided to put a  spin on a traditional wire hanging basket and thought a himmeli style design would be the perfect choice. .If you aren't familiar with himmeli, you're in for a treat! Not only are they fun to make, but amazing to look at! The geometric shape of the designs is mesmerizing. 
  For this next DIY tutorial I'm jumping on board the Scandinavian design train.  This was one of my absolute favorite outdoor decor projects to create. It's minimal and modern and adds a bit of unique style to a traditional hanging basket. I also found a new favorite hybrid plant, the SuperCal® Petchoa, that I'm absolutely in love with. Keep reading for all of the details on this super easy hanging plant basket tutorial. 

Create an outdoor hanging basket geometric himmeli planter in brass.

Adding a pop of spring color with Monrovia plants and easy DIY repurposed hanging basket stand

  Spring is finally here! I always love when the weather starts to get warmer so I can spend more time outside. I literally shift my entire workspace outdoors onto my deck as soon as the temps get above sixty.  There's something about working outside that inspires you to be more productive. Whether it's the fresh air or the bright sunlight it definitely makes you feel good.
  To make my deck feel even more welcoming I like to add a few plants. Since the nighttime temps are a little to low for my usual annuals,  I headed on over to the Monrovia website to find out which plants would be great for early spring.  Once I picked out the perfect plants for adding that much-needed pop of color, I needed to find something to put them in. 
  I really love the light airy look of coconut lined hanging baskets, however, there really isn't anywhere on my deck to hang one.  I decided to create my own stand that would be great for use with one of the MANY old wire baskets I've kept from last year. (I think I may inadvertently be a container and hanging basket hoarder!!) Keep reading for this super simple DIY that turns last years gardening leftovers into this year's new,on-trend hanging basket stand.

Thanks to Monrovia for sponsoring today's post. The content and opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Spring Cleaning Made Easy...The Spring Cleaning Challenge

 I love spring. I looooove spring. I love spring the way that Oprah loves bread! ...the way that squirrels love nuts... the way that Forest loves Jenny, the way that peas love carrots!! Well, you get the idea. It's absolutely my favorite time of year. Everything is just so new and fresh. It's the perfect opportunity improve on yourself and to update your surroundings.
  When spring comes around I can't help but think of spring cleaning. They basically go hand in hand. I know that many people view spring cleaning as a chore but, it really doesn't have to be. Just think of it as a way to give new life to the space you live in. It's such a great way to start fresh and move in a positive direction towards the upcoming months.
  I think a lot of people dread spring clean because they take it on alone. Taking good care of your house or apartment is no easy task. It can be a ton of work and take up a lot of your precious free time. Well, I've got a great way to take on the task, not by yourself, but as a family. It's this year's Spring Cleaning challenge and I've made it fun and easy for the whole family to get involved. Keep reading and I'll show you exactly how.

 This post is sponsored by The Libman Company, but my love for their cleaning options is entirely my own

Trends that will Continue through 2017

  Hey, friends! Can you believe how fast the year is going by! OK, I know we're only a month in but doesn't it seem like so much has happened already. So far this year is off to a great start. I can already feel the unlimited potential and possibilities 2017 has in store. Let's continue the good vibes by looking at some of this year's newest ideas and a few of last year's hottest trends.  I've compiled a list of my favorite DIY, craft, design and home decor trends. I'll let you decide which are here to stay and which have worn out their welcome.

 1. RAW ORGANIC TEXTURES
  This is such a broad category that encompasses so many ideas. Bare, unpainted, unstained wood, metal, cork, concrete and terracotta to name a few. These designs are everywhere.
  You can always count on Mandi Gubler from Vintage Revivals to bring the latest and greatest ideas to the table.  This sleek and simple chair is what the raw movement is all about...the raw-volution!!! It's all about bare, stripped down materials that bring your focus to the design. Notice the awesomeness of the natural tone raw, rustic leather cushions that pairing well with the simplicity of the modern wood chair.