Just Like a Day at the Beach

A while ago, I purchased a groupon to Picaboo. It’s an online site where you can make photo books. I haven’t used it yet and I thought making a book with our latest vacation pictures would be cute.

I sat down and worked on it for a few hours. While I was sorting photos and picking layout and backgrounds, I lit a new candle I just bought at Target. It’s from Yankee Candle and its called “Beach Party”. It smells just like sunscreen! I also lit a candle that I’ve had forever named  “Ocean Water”.

I must be having beach withdraws! I adorned my little candle jumble with a few rocks I got at Pier One a while back. I had a coupon for $10 off a $10 or more purchase! I usually avoid Pier One because they are a little pricey, but free is free! 🙂

It really reminded me of the beach. I can’t wait until we can go back and hopefully stay longer.

Anyhow, has anyone ever used Picaboo before? Oh my goodness! They have choices on top of choices to make your books. You can totally customize everything. You can pick the backgrounds, layouts, the colors, you can even lighten/darken your photos and there are a ton of fonts for captions. It can be a bit overwhelming.  I have about 5 pages done. I like the jumble layouts where you can add a lot of pictures. I also included a few pages with minimal pictures and room to write about the trip. This is the first photo book I’ve ever made and it’s a lot of fun so far. I did get into scrapbooking for a while, but it was time-consuming, and right now I am only up to the beginning of last summer when we went to New Orleans. I think that once I (hopefully) get caught up with my scrapbook, I will start orgainizing my pictures into books online and ordering them.

Where is your favorite place to vacation??

 I wasn’t perked in any way to do this post. The thoughts on Picabo are totally my own from my own experience. 🙂

Everything Will be O.K.

I went to Pat Catan’s the other day and they had a lot of summer things on sale. I picked up a little chalkboard plant pick for around $1. It was 90% off!  I was just thinking that next time I went to the store I should pick up some chalk to write on it.

 That same day, while I was doing laundry, a stone fell out of one of J’s jeans pockets.

I asked him what it was before I threw it away. He said it was soapstone. He used it to mark things on projects he was doing.

“Like chalk?” I asked.

“Yep, just like chalk.” he replied.

I couldn’t wait to try it out, and it worked! Yay!

I scribbled out a saying that I found online the other day.

I stuck it into a potted plant that resides by the kitchen sink.  I smile every time I walk by! It’s amazing how such a little thing makes such a big impact in my day.

What little things make you smile?

I heart flowers!

I really love flowers, but I love flowers from my own garden most of all. I get great joy from stepping out into my own yard and cutting fresh flowers to decorate my home. 

Endless Summer

I love the bluish purple hydrangea we have in our front and back flower beds. They are called “Endless Summer”. They really live up to their name. They start blooming as early as May and keep blooming until Fall. A great thing about hydrangeas is that they make awesome cut flowers. They will last at least a week in water. I have had some last even longer. Another cool thing that I’ve read about hydrangeas is that if you bury part of the stem (not a cut stem) it will take root and then when you cut it loose from the mother plant you have a whole new plant! Something I’m definitely going to try! I am also thinking of drying them out this year and having beautiful flowers all winter.

Along with the hydrangeas we also have bright yellow daylillies and purple salvia. These plants do not have nearly the blooms of the hydrangeas so I generally leave them alone, but yesterday I thought the daylillies had a few flowers to spare. I made this cute little arrangement to go in my favorite chihuahua planter. Ok, so it’s my only chihuahua planter, but isn’t it a cute one?

I am not exactly sure what those pretty pink flowers are called. I bought a plant at Walmart for $5 on clearance, and oh my has it flourished! It’s popping out pretty flowers like crazy! It didn’t come with a tag, so I guess I have to do some investigating to find out what it is. It’s still in the pot, but it’s overflowing so I have to plant it soon. I think I might give it a permanent home down by the pond. 

 This has been an extremely wonderful summer for plants. Just the right amount of sunshine and rain. 

Happy Summer!

What plants did you plant this summer? What are your favorite flowers to display in  your home?