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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.

  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.

The surprisingly simple way to use recycled wood pallets to mount and hang a fern as wall decor.

  A great way to add a modern touch to your home is by updating your wall decor. Something as simple as adding a unique accessory to your wall can make a big difference in the look and feel of a room. You can try something simple such as changing frames or adding  new photos. However if you're feeling more adventurous you can attempt something a little bit more outside of the box. I've found an idea that is exactly that.
  I created a great way to duplicate the look of the super trendy wall mounted Staghorn Fern and without all of the hassle. I absolutely love the look of those ferns hanging on walls but, they just don't agree with the dry air in my house. They love a super humid, moist, rainforest-like environment and my home is drier than  dry... I'm talkin' Sahara desert dry. Yup, it's pretty dry! Well I've found the perfect solution. Keep reading and I'll show you exactly what I came up with....

DIY wall mounted pallet fern

His and Hers Tassel and Birch Wood Keychains plus Armor All Car Care Gift Pack

  I have a quick question for you that I find really interesting: How many of you have a name for your car?  Be honest! You can totally admit it.  Actually, I just learned that 25% of people name their cars. Can you believe that? It is amazingly funny, I  have never heard of this! What do you guys name them...Bob, Frank, Olivia? I think this is awesome!  It seems like people really love their cars.
  Now that I know this, I wonder If I'm missing out. What would my car's name be? Is it a boy or a girl car? So many questions and with the holidays right around the corner, I thnk I'm going to have to postpone my car naming ceremony until after the new year. 
  With my new knowledge of this fun car fact, I have a great gift idea for those people you always have trouble buying for. It's  the perfect gift for anyone in your family who owns, loves,  names, or just drives a car. I've partnered up with Armor All to bring you this fun and easy tutorial. The Armor All Car Care Gift Pack really makes the perfect gift all by itself but we're going to take it a step further and add a nice personal touch. We're going to be making his and hers colorful tassel and birch slice keychains. Keep reading for all the details on this fun and super easy tutorial.

Stress Free Gift Giving NJ Lottery Holiday Instant Games and DIY monogram pillow gift box

  Every year during the holidays it seems like my list of friends grows larger and larger. Right around this time, every December, I feel like the most popular person on the planet. I never even realized that I knew so many people!! My list of friends is literally growing exponentially before my eyes. How did I meet so many people this past year without even knowing it!?
  Well, I might be exaggerating just a little bit. My assumed overabundance of friends is most likely this amazing holiday gift giving illusion that seems to happen every year. I think I just really like getting people gifts and I definitely don't want to leave anyone out. How many of you can relate?! Buying gifts for every single person you know can be a bit stressful. But before you run out to by whatever Starbucks, Godiva, Body Shop, gift basket is on display, I have the perfect solution for gift giving this year.  I have the absolute best gift to give those co-workers, casual aquintances and people who just seem to have everything. 
  I have discovered people absolutely love NJ Lottery Holiday Scratch Offs. I mean what's not to love? The chance at winning it big is wayyy better that another apple scented Body Shop gift set! And, you can literally buy them at any Wawa, 7-11 or any mini-mart that sells NJ Lottery - which means no fighting for a parking space!
  I'm going to show you how you can gift these  NJ Lottery Holiday Scratch Offs in a fun and trendy pillow box. And to top it off, we'll decorate with the recipient's monogram to add that extra special personal touch. Let's get started....