Keep Tulips From Drooping

I love to have tulips in the house during the winter, because they make me feel like Spring is still a possibility no matter how cold out it currently is!  I found tulips for $3 a bunch at our local grocery store the other day and had to grab some since it was artic here this weekend.

The one thing about tulips that can be a bummer, is their tendency to droop, as soon as you put them in the vase.  I tried a Pinterest trick this time and it worked!  I actually combined two common tricks, so not 100% sure which one was the secret, but both are so easy, I don’t mind repeating them both.

First, I left the tulips in their store binding overnight.  Meaning, I took them out of the plastic envelope/bag thing you carry them in, but I left them attached to each other by the bindings/bands and stuck them in a vase of water.  The reasoning behind this trick, is because tulips are hollow stemmed, keeping them together allows them to absorb the water without drooping.

I also added a penny to the water in the vase.  I’ve read about this trick for a couple years and always forget to do it.  I honestly don’t know the reason for it, but I am sure it changes the alkaline of the water.

It’s been a few days, and so far so good as you can see below.  Aren’t they so pretty?   A few of the leaves have drooped and the tulips aren’t standing straight up and down like a soldier, but I like them a little more natural myself.  This is a huge improvement from the last time I bought tulips, so I am declaring this a Pinterest Success!!

Keep Tulips from Drooping

Have you tried these tricks? I’d love to hear about it or any others in the comments!

 

Modern Mercantile

I’ve been driving by Modern Mercantile for over a year on my way to work and have always loved their window displays, but had never stopped in.  I finally had time last month to check out the store and wasn’t disappointed.

For those who don’t follow my route to work (HA!), it’s located on Main Street in Carnegie, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh.

The first thing that caught my eye was a display of amazing bags made of repurposed tents.  They are so well made and would make fantastic gifts.  (I kind of want to lose my laptop bag to make an excuse to buy one)  Choices ranged from handbags, totes, smaller electronic bags, laptop bags and keychains.  The owner told me they will be restocking through the holidays.

Modern Mercantile

Modern Mercantile had jewelry, dog and cat toys and treats, and décor items spread throughout the space.  I especially loved the initial key chains made from recycled license plates and the collar attachable bow ties for dogs.  They also have their own private label laundry, bath soaps and candles.  All smelled amazing and are locally made!

Modern Mercantile

 

I saw so many things that would be perfect for gifts, I can’t wait to come back and shop some more! After petting shop dog Rufus, we went next door for some ice cream at the Flying Squirrel.

Have you been to Modern Mercantile? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

 

 

 

Favorite Apps – Home Goods App

I don’t have a ton of apps on my phone, but the ones I do have, I use a lot.  I’ve talked before about one of my faves, the Stand Up app and I’m back today with another one.  I am late to the party on this one, but it’s pretty awesome and a lot of people I spoke to hadn’t heard of it either, so I figured, why not let everyone in on the secret.

I love Home Goods and it is one of my go to stores when looking for something for the house.  If you are a Home Goods regular, you may have seen the tags on items saying, I’m on the Goods or see me on the Goods, something like that.  I never really paid much attention to them myself and that was a mistake!

I happened to be stuck waiting at an appointment last week and was looking for something to entertain me when I came across The Goods app.  I downloaded it and wowza! I love it!

You can set up an account to get some additional features, but if you aren’t much of a joiner, you can download and start looking at things without one.

Once you are in the app, you add a zip code or you can let them use your location.  From that info, the app chooses the stores in your area and you can choose specific stores to follow.  You can change the location setting if you go to another area.  You can also access the address and hours of the stores near you.

Each day, Home Goods associates hand select new items to feature on The Goods.  While it doesn’t show you everything in store of course, it does show you some interesting items in your local stores.  I am totally obsessed.

If you choose to set up an account, you can like, comment and save items and share them with friends.  Helpful if you have a shopping pal!

And then lastly, you need to get to the store before the item is gone!  The toughest part for sure!

The app is available for apple and android.  Have you downloaded yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Affordable Outdoor Rugs

 

We finally had a weekend with nice weather here in Pittsburgh, so I started thinking about what we need to spruce up our deck.  It definitely needs power washed and general cleanup and we have some landscaping issues we need to work on, but I was more interested in decorative spruce ups (shocking, I know!).

We already have some great wrought iron furniture I bought at Lowe’s when we bought the house.  It is one of my best purchases ever and has really stood the test of time.  It’s spent at least six years out in the elements and still looks new.  We do put covers on it during the winter, but it still is out on the deck.

Our rug, however, has finally died.  It lasted about two summers, which isn’t bad for a Target rug, but we definitely couldn’t save it this year.  Since we have sun on the deck until late afternoon, it gets really hot out there.  Without a rug or shoes on, you can’t walk on the deck and the dog wouldn’t be able to either.

I started my search for a rug a couple weeks ago and it proved really hard for me. I had a couple specifics, it had to dry fast because nothing is worse than a sopping wet rug, it had to be pretty large, (8 x 10 was my preference), free shipping and I wanted to stay under $250.  My problem wasn’t finding rugs, it was deciding on one, there were so many to chose from!

Since I already did all the research, I thought you might want to know where I looked and what I found. I didn’t list Walmart, Target, Lowes and Home Depot because I feel like those are a given for most people, you can go in and buy one in stock anytime.  I was looking for a really specific size, so I knew I couldn’t go in and buy one in store. So here are the best places to find large, outdoor rugs!

 

Overstock

Overstock had free shipping over $45, tons of rugs under $250 in the size I wanted and some great reviews to give you some idea of how the rug behaved in the elements.

Best Places to find Outdoor Rugs

Overstock Outdoor Rug

This 8 x 11 rug was on sale for $146.62 the day I was shopping.  Pretty great price for such a large rug.  There were plenty more like this one.

 

Wayfair

Wayfair also had a lot of great options on their website.

Best Places to Find Outdoor RugsWayfair Outdoor Rug

This stripe rug was $169.95 and 7’6″ x 10’9″, free shipping over $49.  There were a lot of really cute rugs on their site.

Ballard Designs

Ballard had probably the best designs, at least for me, but were of course a little more costly.  I found a ton I liked, but many were out of my price range.

Best Places to Find Outdoor Rugs

Ballard Designs Rug

I loved this one!  The 9×12 size is $209! However, shipping was $70.  Bummer.  Ballard is one of the only places I found that pays for the return shipping, so factor that into the initial shipping cost.

Rugs USA

Rugs USA had lots of the same rugs I saw on Overstock.  Sometimes prices were higher on one sight or the other, so be sure to compare.

One Kings Lane

Beautiful rugs on One Kings Lane, but way more than what I was willing to pay.  My best advice would be to stalk the site for a sale if you find a rug you must have.

Best Places to Find Outdoor Rugs

One Kings Lane

This 7′ 10″ x 9′ 10″ rug with a coral design is  $205.  Shipping is $23.95.  Returns only accepted within 2 weeks.

Best Emoji Gifts

Best Emoji Gifts

Today’s Friday Finds are all emoji related gift ideas!  Everybody loves emojis and their universal language.  Perfect for a teenager or your best friend, these gifts will make your recipient smile every time they look at them. Now on to the best emoji gifts!

Best Emoji Gifts

Happy Face Bag

This happy face emoji bag from Reb Dolls is adorable.  Wear it as a cross body or a clutch to your next weekend outing, it is sure to start a conversation!

Best Emoji Gifts

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This emoji themed artwork makes me so happy!  I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to buy some!

Best Emoji Gifts

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These handpainted glasses from Etsy seller ClassyGlassyDesigns are so cute.  She will do custom emojis too!

Best EMoji Gifts

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Firebox has several versions of their emoji rings, but I love this one!

Best Emoji Gifts

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Even Kate Spade is in on the emoji action.  I completely adore this sunglass wearing emoji keychain!  This needs to go on my gift list!

Best Emoji Gifts

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Be sure to wrap your gifts in some emoji wrapping paper!

I found this free printable on Let’s Wrap Stuff to make emoji wrapping paper in your printer at home.  How cute are those emoji santas?

Friday Finds

I’m back with some Friday Finds for you.  I have a couple Thanksgiving themed ideas for you because it’s almost that time and of course some randomness!

Friday Finds

Turkey Nail Tutorial

This Turkey Nail Tutorial by Adventures in Acetone looks super simple, but don’t all those Pinterest nail tutorials look easy until you try them? Heh!  The only thing I don’t have is the orange nail polish, but I could probably substitute something for it.  For some more Thanksgiving nail inspiration, check out my Pinterest Thanksgiving Nails board here.

Friday Finds

Thanksgiving Photo Props

These free Thanksgiving photo props are available The Dating Divas and are so cute!  I think you have to make these mandatory at your dinner.

Friday Finds via www.saltyblonde.com

Queso is my spirit animal and I am always in search of the very best version.  When I can’t get to a Mexican restaurant, this Queso Blanco Dip in Medium from Tostitos is the best store bought version I have found.  Try it and hate me later.

Friday Finds

This Girl Loves Christmas Tee

I just got this shirt from Etsy seller Foultshirts and I could not be more excited to wear it!! At $12 it was super affordable and it is a high quality tshirt.  I’ve bought shirts from them before and they always ship quickly.  Any of their shirts would make a great Christmas gift!

Friday Finds via www.saltyblonde.com

Kate Spade Inspired Teen Bedroom

You must go check out this Kate Spade Inspired Teen Bedroom.  It has so many amazing details. I don’t know if I love the store awning window treatments or the dressing room doors on the closet more.  There’s even a bathroom makeover included.  You won’t be sorry!

Pottery Barn Finds

I was desperately in need of a 3 day weekend to just decompress from the last couple weeks, hang out with my husband and take care of some things around the house.

I did spend a bit of my weekend shopping and got the chance to check out Pottery Barn.  They were set up for Fall and starting to set up for Christmas, pretty much half and half.  I took a ton of photos and left with some great ideas for my own house.  I only had my phone with me, so I apologize for the quality.  I did catch a guy doing bicep curls with his shopping bag, but didn’t post it, though I was tempted!!

Xmas Tablescape

The first thing I saw was this Christmas tablescape.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the santa pants, which I think are wine holders, maybe? I did like the rest of it though and loved the simple centerpiece.

Xmas Tablescape Close up

I absolutely loved the simplicity and think I am going to do the same thing for my Christmas centerpiece.  Check out the cute placecard holders in the lower part of the photo near the logo.  Adore them!

Tree Tablescape

These birch candle holders can work for fall through Christmas.  They were lovely mixed in with the lit trees.  I was very tempted to buy them, but spoiler alert, I found them somewhere else cheaper.

Fall Arrangement

I even found inspiration in the Ladies room.  I had some of the basic materials to do a similar tablescape at home, so shot a photo for future reference.  It had a very Thanksgiving-y feel to me.

Fall Tablescape

I put together my own tablescape with a few things I already had and some new ones.  I had the rope handled glass bucket from Home Goods this summer.  I bought the vase filler and the birch candle from Home Goods (the birch candles were much cheaper there) and bought the tortoise candle holder at Pottery Barn.  I really wanted the large version of this candle holder because it is GORGE, but it is almost Christmas and I have to be aware of budgets!

Though now that I think of it, I think I have a Pottery Barn gift card around here somewhere!

Have you been to Pottery Barn lately or checked out the catalog?  What’s caught your eye? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.