If you're anything like us, you have a whole section of bins in your attic, basement or garage labelled "Christmas decor." But how much of that do you actually use each year? 10% 50% 90%? In our household, space is tight despite having a good sized basement because we turned half of it into a playroom. No regrets. Still, we have six Christmas bins stuffed to the brim. There's also lots of outdoor decor that we tend to store in the original boxes stacked high in the basement. Over the years, I've found it's better to be mindful of the way Christmas decor is put away because it makes life so much easier the following year. I always regret rushing and then being frustrated when I can't find what I want in early December. Since I've gotten my act together, I was able to quickly locate my Christmas cookie cutters when needed this year ~ that's a first! These are my tips for putting your Christmas decor away for the New Year!
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It's time to banish your kitchen junk drawer. You know exactly of what I speak. That cluttered drawer that everything...and I do mean everything gets tossed into. Scissors, pencils, lip balm, notepads, tape measures, coupons, spatula sets, rulers, the list goes on and on. Yep. This is where those Pez dispensers end up. Of course you clean it once a month but does that even help? Days later it gets trashed again and you can never find what you need when you want it. Frustrating. This is why I'm thrilled to introduce you to the Big Happy Family magnetic storage system from Urbio, an organizational weapon that marries upward urban appeal. Who isn't cramped for space? And this super chic and elegant unit can be used for both plants and storage making it multi-purpose. I hope you win this vertical organization and plant system valued at $175 to simplify your life now. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. You can earn one extra entry per day by tagging a new friend each day! Let us know that you have entered by rating your organizational skills with 10 being the best and 1 being really bad. Contest ends January 11th! Warning: Post contains affiliate links, you may want to read my disclosure policy. Thanks for being such sweet readers!
Do you have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree complex? That's my struggle each year.
The sad, pathetic and wilting tree calls my name because otherwise it won't have a home for Christmas.
Then I have to stop. Pause. Think. Be rational. The tree is not a pet. It does not have feelings. I'm not doing myself any favors by hauling home the worst one on the lot.
Besides, live Christmas trees start at $50. The nicer ones are over $100 now. 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 when selecting the perfect Christmas tree?
These are my top tips so that your live Christmas tree doesn't sap your holiday cheer or curdle your eggnog.
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As gardeners, we love being outdoors. Right? Even if we're mostly just puttering outside. It's relaxing to breathe in the fresh air and think. But unless I'm leaving the house, I don't bother with makeup to protect my face from sun damage. The mineral powder makeup I do wear does have sunscreen in it shielding my skin from age spots, wrinkles and much, much worse...as in the dreaded "C" word. Cancer. Yet most people probably don't wear makeup for outside yard work. That's when my poor skin gets a thrashing from the sun. Don't get me wrong, sun feels good on the skin. I love its warm touch and the natural Vitamin D it provides. But it's also true the skin must be protected from the sun. And here's a little secret. Since this product is translucent, it's equally awesome for men and children too. So I am thrilled to have partnered today with Brush On Block who literally has you covered, that is your face covered with the best facial sunscreen I've tried to date. A $54 value! Best of all? No bad ingredients. 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 that you've entered by telling us what sunblock you currently use. Contest ends December 19th. International readers are welcome to enter! We just learned that Brush On Block is made in Australia. We'd love to meet a few more Australians!
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Western New York. I consider myself a lifelong learner who loves gardening with a 360 degree view. Thanks for stopping by!
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