DIY miniature succulent terrarium

I love succulents because they are so easy to take care for.  Whenever I visit my brother I take a succulent clipping, place it in the soil and it grows from there,  Doesn’t get much easier then that. I thought it would be fun to make a beautiful mini succulent terrarium.

First I clipped some of the succulents from around our yard.

I added a layer of pebbles on the bottom of the pot then dirt, stuck the succulent roots into the soil and covered with more soil and a layer of pebbles.

I picked up this adorable mini atrium months ago and thought it would be perfect spot for the succulents. I placed the  pots into metal pails and added some sheet moss to the bottom of the atrium.

 Now I can enjoy them inside or outside of the home.

~A few tips~

Succulents need sun

Water about every two weeks and allow the water to drain freely to the bottom

Fertilize only in the summer using about half of what you would normally use for a plant.

Have fun and good luck, thanks so much for stopping in today!

Easiest gift ever

Looking for a last minute and cheap Valentines gift for the kids teachers?  You are in the right place!  It cost me $2.00 and took about 10 minutes!

~This would also be a really cute Spring gift as well~

I picked up some vibrant potting containers at the dollar store and some pretty tulips.

Grabbed a stencil and a sharpie and filled in the letter.

Wrapped a ribbon around the top and viola, done! Simple, cute and cheap!

Speaking of Spring, I am so excited to be kicking off the Countdown to Spring Party with some of my favorite bloggers!  I’ll be sharing a spring craft I have been working on and you get to link up all of your Spring idea’s! ~WOO HOO~

See you Friday

Outdoor Entertaining Tips

I am so excited to be posting for the Ready 4 Summer Blog Party, thank you ladies for having me!

~Five Days, five summer topics, five linky parties~

Living in San Diego, dinning outside is one of my favorite things to do.  As a family we love to take our meals outside and enjoy the fresh air.  Many times we have an impromptu wine and appitizer gatherings on our back porch with friends. At the end of each summer, we throw a end of summer dinner party to celebrate friendships.  Reglardless, if it is with family or friends, nothing is ever elaborate, simple food, good company and good conversation.

I have compiled  some inspirational pictures and plenty of tips to help you create your perfect outdoor dining party.


 Dining Al Fresco sparks something inside that makes you sit back, relax and enjoy a long and leisurely dinner, the way food should be eaten.

Comfortable seating will keep your guests staying longer.


House and Home

 Simple and laid back makes your guests feel at home, don’t be afraid to bring your indoor furniture out.

Quiet corner for outdoor dining ideas 530x530 11 Summer Outdoor Dining Inspiration

West Elm

Candles, Lanterns and twinkle lights allow your guests to see but also create an romantic ambiance.


 Blankets and pillows make everything more cozy.


A  fire-pit keeps your guests warm and is definitely romantic.

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In our yard we have lots of little conversation ares which encourage guests to roam.

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia


My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

With all that in mind, I will still say this magical makeover at Brooke Burke’s outdoor area is still one of my favorites.


How about you, do you have any tips for outdoor dinning and entertaining?

Head on over to Maggie’s at Midwestern Girl DIY and Kristin at Simply Klassic Home for more summer projects.

Growing a garden

Right now is the perfect time to pick out your plants, turn the soil and start planting!

I know growing your own fruits and vegetables can seem a bit overwhelming, but it’s actually much simpler than it sounds. You don’t need a ton of space, just some water and time. Think about the money you will save in the long run in addition all the extra fruits and vegetable you will most likely eat since you are the one behind making the garden  grow.  Besides, the kids absolutely love it!

To prove you how much little space you need here is a snap shot of my neighbors (well more like fabulous friends) garden.  They simply used an area on the side of the home that receives the most sun.  There is an over abbundance of vegetables that come from here every summer.

We, unfortunately don’t have as much space but I still get a fabulous assortment of tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, bell peppers and cucumbers all from this tiny area.

If you don’t have a great spot to plant a garden, think about the fruit trees you could grow on your property.  Just between our home and our neighbors home look what comes from the ground all year around.

Neighbors grapefruit and apricot tree

Our Grape Vine

Our Orange tree

Neighbors orange and lemon tree

Our Lime tree

Neighbors trio tree

Still don’t think you have a green  thumb, start a container garden. Many vegetables can be adapted to growing in a pot. We grow much of our herbs in containers and just snip away for the freshest ingredients.  You can also purchase a dwarf tree and grow your own lemons/oranges/limes and so much more.

 Growing a garden is a wonderful thing.

 Thanks for stopping in!

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DIY Garden Tags

I am all finished planting the garden.   I wanted something a little different for my vegetable labels.  Nothing was really coming to me so I stood in the garage and looked around.


We have so many random pieces left from various projects and I have a ton of stamps so I went to work.

I laid out the stamps to make sure they would fit.

I have found that this ink sticks really well to most surfaces.

Sealed the tiles.

Placed the labels in-front of each vegetable.  No silly I didn’t plant steak, I planted steak tomatoes.

Such a fun way to spruce up the garden.  I will share more pictures of the garden when the sun comes out again.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, heading out the door for the third soccer game today.

Back Patio Makeover

I am all finished sprucing our back patio. This is one of my favorite places to hang out during the afternoon, especially during the spring. The birds are building their nests, the sun is shinning, the bunnies come eat the carrots I leave behind the fence and all the flowers are beginning to bloom. Peaceful, calm and beautiful!

The association just painted all the fencing so we had to take down all of our morning glory and snake fencing.  Hopefully the morning glory will grow back someday and we need to put the fencing back up before another snake gets in the yard!

The drapes were made out of drop cloths about 4 years ago, you can find the post here.  I simply bleach them every spring and they come out good as new.

The wicker lounge chair was given to us and in need of some major TLC, you can find the makeover here.  It has become one of Sophie’s favorite spots in the yard.

See that enormous water-fountain?  It was one of those things we envisioned when we first moved in, a small fountain.  We left for work and came home to this enormous fountain.  The pump no longer works and the bottom is cracked so we are going to keep the wall and turn it into a pizza oven or fireplace. Notice I didn’t say when since we most likely won’t get to it for another 10 years.

So who wants to join me for a glass of wine or tea?

New cushions were ordered off amazon as the old ones were so faded. The rug is from Joss and Main and the two chairs were purchased from Target about 5 years ago.