Happy Mother’s Day weekend, friends! I hope you get to spend some sweet time with the mothers or mother-figures in your life and with your kids if you have any. I know this day can be sad for some, but I think it’s a nice day to honor those women who have built into our lives, whether they’re our birth mothers or not. Don’t forget to download and print out this sweet card if you still need one!
It’s supposed to be raining here, so the idea of a picnic or BBQ won’t really work, but I’m looking forward to a warm meal and an afternoon of games with my mom and kids. #itsthelittlethings
On to this week’s three things and links I think you’ll love! (As always, some of the links I provide are affiliate links and I receive a small percentage if you buy through them – at no cost to you. Thanks for your support.)
A quick side garden clean-up. It’s nice to get a quick ‘bang for your buck’ job done on Saturdays, isn’t it? This little eyesore area just happens to be what everyone sees as they drive up to my mom’s house. It had been a dumping ground for gardening supplies – I had already cleaned that up earlier. I had also pruned back the out-of-control butterfly bushes (buddleia). One didn’t make it through the ice storm and snow we had and needed to be cut to the ground, which left a nice stump. Harrumph.
To get this area looking good quickly, I simply layered cardboard and newspaper over the grass and weeds, using the edges to create a new bed shape (similar to what I always do when creating a new garden bed). Then I piled on the free wood chips that we also used in the main garden area. I moved our birdbath that we carried from our old house front and center to fill in the gap from the dead buddleia and arranged some of my pots and things at the corner of the house.
I didn’t time it, but it was less than an hour total from before to after. And since it’s seen from the road and people driving up, it really is a lot of bang for your buck. We still need to deal with the weeds in the gravel driveway (sigh) and I need to prune more of the smaller bush, but it looks so much better, don’t you think?
A reader recommended movie. Thanks to Yvonne’s comment in the last Three Things, I learned about this sweet movie, Mr. Church (yep, blogging perks for sure!). We were surprised that Eddie Murphy chose a drama roll like this, but he did a great job.
Brian and I watched it with my mom and we all thought it was a nice, moving story. It’s not flawless, but it’s really sweet. It is inspired by the writer’s real-life relationship with someone like Mr. Church, but a bit of googling revealed that she changed a lot for more drama which is why it’s not a ‘based on’ tagline. We watched it free with Amazon Prime – you can start a free trial if you’l like to see it, too.
Reading Update: April was a slow month for me and I only finished 2 books. I read an article recently called, “Reading books is a major key to success. Here’s how you make it a habit.” The best takeaway for me was:
“There are minutes hidden in all the corners of the day, and they add up to a lot of minutes.”
Here’s to finding more minutes in the day!
Farmhouse cottage kitchen items for cheap. I feel like H&M Home is my own secret source for affordable linens, decor, and more. I’ve mentioned it in the past as my source for cheap pillows, but there is always much more to choose from. While a lot of their things are modern, they always have quite a number of items that fit beautifully in a Farmhouse-Cottage style home.
I thought I would gather some together for you so you could see what I mean – these are some of my favorites (I have the linen table runner, napkins and wood box and I want the gray apron!) and they range in price from from 2.99 (dishcloth) to 29.99 (tablecloth). See what I mean? Good deals! Click the links below that correspond to the photo above to go to the specific items (or just head to the home page and browse for yourself):
Large white ‘green market’ wood box//Fringed cream-black stripe tablecloth//Washed linen table runner//‘Green market’ metal tray//Washed linen napkin//‘Standard supply’ wood storage box//Floral dishcloth//Linen tea towel//Divided metal wire basket//Grain sack stripe apron//Green textured bowl//Cotton apron with printed text
Pssst, look for more farmhouse style deals from H&M soon – I love it! Now I just need a house to use it in, ha!
Links To Check Out:
I knew it, too – don’t let Facebook make you miserable: “It is now official. Scholars have analyzed the data and confirmed what we already knew in our hearts. Social media is making us miserable.”
Restaurant secret for quick, make-ahead risotto.
I absolutely LOVE this large scale printable farmhouse art series.
I found at least 4 books to add to my stack from this list of books with quirky and endearing families.
A little French cottage bathroom inspiration.
You CAN make garlic powder at home – that will actually taste good.
What gardeners have always known- we need dirt in our lives!
Use a panini maker for indoor grilling? I’ve got to try this.
Like these links? I’m always pinning these and lots more – follow me on Pinterest for more inspiration and ideas!
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