Do you have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree complex? When looking for the family Christmas tree each year this is my struggle. I lean towards selecting the sad, wilting tree because otherwise that tree won't have a home for Christmas. Then I have to stop. Pause. Think. And come to my senses. The tree is not a kitten. It does not have feelings and I'm not doing myself a favor by hauling home the worst one on the lot. Besides, live Christmas tree prices are typically $50 and up. In many cases you pay by the foot so I might as well get the best tree for my dollars. But what do you look for? What should you look for when picking out the perfect tree? These are my top tips so that your tree doesn't sap your holiday cheer.
It's time to stress out! The holidays are here. You know what this means. Lots of shopping, cleaning, cooking and baking. As if your life wasn't hectic enough. So to make your time in the kitchen just a little more joyful and a little less taxing, Get It Right is back better than ever. They want to reward you and all your culinary efforts this season with this fabulous $55 4-piece spoon set from their marvelous product line. And yes, once again, they got it right. So if you are the lucky one, you have struck gold this season. Or copper for all you Poldark watchers out there. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know you have entered by telling us what you're cooking and baking these days!
The term "spring cleaning" has always baffled me. At this point, I've been cleaning all winter. Enough already. Time to get outside and play when spring finally strikes. Done with cleaning. Cleaning is a fall job so that I can purge all the junk I don't want to store all winter. Because storage space is prime. So I like to re-evaluate what I've got and toss what's no longer needed before winter comes. Especially with all the new stuff that arrives around Christmas. After all, you only have so much room in your basement, garage, shed and attic (if you even have all of those storage options). It's time to free yourself of the junk that you don't even know you have. Here's the essential checklist of what you should consider purging before the snow flies to save you space, time, energy and frustration. And if you ended up buying a second pair of hedge clippers because you couldn't locate yours when the time came to do the job then you know exactly what I mean. Too annoying!
Do you know what the problem is with having seventeen trees under a 1/2 acre lot? Leaves. Tom and I both love the shade trees provide, but come Fall, the leaves are an issue. Left alone, they'll kill the grass. Besides, in my neighborhood, it is severely frowned upon to leave them. So we have two options. 1.) Rake them or 2) Use a leaf blower. Raking is a great workout but is time consuming. Using a leaf blower gets the job done in about one twentieth of the time. I remember the first time I saw my neighbor use a leaf blower and thought to myself, "wow, I knew there was an easier way." So I'm over the moon thrilled for your chance to win this stellar leaf blower from Echo valued at $330. In fact, it has a 4.9 rating out of 5 stars and that includes 378 reviews. Wow!! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter! And let me tell you why leaves make me feel a little guilty.
So I planted about fifty sunflower seeds up against my garden fence this past summer with the hopes of big, beautiful sunflowers in the Fall. But zero plants came up. Oops! I think the super hot summer combined with my lack of watering skills contributed to the defeat. But I'll try again next year. Until then, enjoy this guest post written by Kylie from grohelps. I'm looking forward to my second chance next year! Fingers crossed. So let's learn together how-to harvest these seeds and maybe we'll find ourselves giving each other high-fives next season! Until then, I'll be buying my sunflowers from Wegmans.
Isn't it funny how you can spend $25 and up on a toy for a child that gets played with a few times then tossed? Even if they requested that specific toy! My kids, ages 4 and 6 love playing with non-toy items such as twigs, leaves, sticks and rocks found outside. More so than any pricey and plastic-y toy. They spend hours whacking each other with twigs in the backyard or rock painting in the driveway at little cost to myself. Best of all....it's "real" fun. Imaginative play. Recently, my mom has been experimenting with painting rocks and the results have been impressive. It's incredible how painted rocks can come close to resembling just about any image you dream up. So far, we've tried pumpkins, turtles and a duck pond, all of which came up to scratch. And we have lots of unique ideas for you today!
Planting bulbs is like investing money. Sacrifice now with a big payoff down the road. Except the reward comes a lot quicker with bulbs than dollars. Months later, you reap big, beautiful blooms. Just when you think you can't take one more snowfall, you'll see your tulips peeking through the grass and hope is revived. So we are thrilled that our friends at DutchGrown are back with this incredible 3-winner giveaway. The first place winner alone gets a whopping 200 jumbo darwin mix tulip bulbs and 25 tulip ice cream bulbs with over a $110 value! Just in time to plant before the ground hardens to melt your heart come Spring. And scroll down to see the pictures of the Ice Cream bulbs, so spectacular they are sure to stun! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter!
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Buffalo, NY. I love sharing my home & garden ideas with you. Thanks for stopping by.
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