How to start and grow vegetable plants from seeds

Have you ever tried to grow your own food in your garden? Or how about just randomly planting a few store bough veggie plants somewhere straight into the ground in your backyard with  hopes that they would grow something? At my previous home, before we sold it, I had planted some fruit trees, a grape bush and veggie plants and they were just starting to really take off when we signed on the dotted line and the sold sign went up. I will never get to eat the fruit of my labor and it makes me sad. My husband tells me that those aren't my plants anymore but I did love them. Heck I started my pomegranate tree from a clearance almost dead plant from Walmart and I proudly nursed it back to life. After it grew big and strong, I planted it in the ground. Our dwarf apple tree was about to yield it first real crop last September too. I know, how silly of me to miss those trees, but I do. I miss the yard and the memories. Even with being in a brand new home, there is something about your first home that will always have a place in your heart, no matter how many things needed to be fixed there.

This new yard is probably 1/3 of what we had at our last home. We chose bigger home over bigger yard. This leaves me with the frustration of being a plant lover and not having the flower bed space to plant everything on my wish list. I have to be extremely strategic in my choices and not everything can be chosen for a spot in the yard. Even though my wish list is plentiful, I know for sure that I want to plant some yummy, colorful veggies. I buy so many every two weeks, that I think that it's time again for me to try my hand at home grown. A raised garden bed is on my TO-DO list for this summer so this project will hopefully motivate me to get it done. I want to be able to teach my children how to garden and where their food comes from. So let me show you how I'm trying to start my garden from seeds instead of buying store bought plants. Yes, it would be so much easier, but this way, I can get more plants for less money and I can be extra proud if they grow big and strong.

Plastic cups
Bag of soil
Sharpie or paint pen
A little hand shovel

1. Start out my snipping the bottom edge of the cup in a could places with the scissors. This will allow the soil to drain.

2. Grab your sharpie and paint pen and label the cups. I labeled 4 for each veggie.

3. Fill each cup with soil.

4.Water each cup moistening the soil.

5. Line up all of the cups in your box and plant a few seeds in each cup. Not every seed will always sprout so it's better to have a few extra seeds in each cup just in case.

6. Place in the sunshine.

Be sure to keep the soil moist and you can even cover them saran wrap to keep the moisture in and heat them up like a little green house. TIP: to keep them moist, use a spray bottle to spray the water on the soil.

I am going to let them germinate for 7-10 days and I will let you guys know how they are doing!

Are you motivated to grow your own food? I also planted a pumpkin plant for my kids to pick and carve for Halloween. We'll see how much they will grow! I will keep you updated.

DIY Farmhouse Sign with Handwritten Wedding Song Lyrics

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #ExpressUrSelfie #CollectiveBias

Isn't it funny how most of us can't even remember words spoken, yet we can remember what song was playing and the words to it? I've always wondered why this is true, especially for me. There is something so significant about music. It warms our souls, brings back memories and makes us feel alive.  Movies are more enthralling with a soundtrack and I can only think of the music that is playing in my life's special moments as my life's soundtrack. I guess what I'm trying to say is that music makes life so much better! It's easy to forget the details and the words said. That is why music lyrics are the one thing that you can remember from one of the most special days of your life. When it comes to your wedding, it doesn't matter how much money you spend, it's about your love and music has a way of making you remember exactly what that day felt like. Music helps us express feelings too! Isn't it amazing?

Once upon a time, 10 whole years ago, I married my high school sweetheart. We were young kids with a dream fresh out of senior year. In fact, it was 2 weeks after my 19th birthday when we said, "I do." Three children and a few different jobs later, we can't even remember our vows or what we said to each other on that very special day but I can without a doubt remember the songs played during our ceremony. I cling to those lyrics for my memories.

I created this tutorial for you so that you could always have a piece of your special day displayed in a big way in your home.

For the past few years I had always had a vision of a wooden sign with our wedding song lyrics on it to hang up for us to see everyday. I want to be constantly reminded of one of the best days of my life and I want to remember how I felt walking over the grassy hill and down the aisle to be wed to "the one" for me. Not to get all mushy on you but he definitely is still "the one" and I'd marry him all over again if I could!

Since returning home from my second honeymoon celebrating our 10 year anniversary in Hawaii last week, I was more than ever motivated to get my wedding lyric sign done while he is at the Fire Station. So yesterday my little sidekick and I headed to the hardware store for supplies and Vons for snacks. Now if you know me at all, I love to snack and drink  Coca-Cola Zero™ while working on any projects. I guess I get it from my momma and it brings back special memories for me too.

 I thought that it was fun to look through all of the Coke Zero bottles to find which song lyrics I'd want for their new "Share a Coke and a Song." I learned that you can download the Shazam app ( which I've been using for a few years and it's my favorite!) available in the ITunes store for Ipod, IPhone, Ipad, the play store for Android and other devices so that you can scan your bottle and actually listen to the song! How cool is that?

After I selected my favorite lyrics we checked out with our snacks and headed home to get to work on the sign. I choose an oldie but a goodie.

Now, I'm just going to let you know now, that this is probably going to be a lengthy tutorial but totally worth it.

Wood Slats
Wood screws
White chalk paint
Black paint pen
Scotch 3M permanent tape
Circular saw to cut wood slats or you can have the hardware store do it for you.
Tan paint
Black Glaze
D-rings & hanging wire
Screwdriver or drill
I hung it with a gorilla hook
Song lyrics that mean something to you

1. Assemble your sign. I used 9 wood slats across and screwed them down to two slats on the back. The smaller wood slats in the photo below are for framing your sign. I'll explain a little later.

2. Paint your sign white.
 I painted 3 coats because the wood was soaking it up a little. Let completely dry.

3. Grab your tan and black glaze.

4. Paint the small slats tan and let dry completely.

5. Glaze the slats by rubbing in the glaze. The more glaze that you use, the darker the slats will look.

6. With your paint pen, write out your special lyrics. I wanted a love letter feel to my sign so I quickly wrote it out. The song that  I used is "That's All."

7. Cut small pieces of the permanent tape and stick them to the edges of the sign. Then peel off the red and stick the distressed/glazed sticks to them on all sides. Press firmly.

 8. Screw on the D-rings and attach the hanging wire.

After working in 100 degree weather in the garage creating this sign, I stopped to take a break. I'm usually camera shy but my goal is to be more in front of the camera for you guys.

After I cooled off, I couldn't wait to hang it up in my master bathroom so that I can see it daily and reminisce. Those lyrics are so special to me because that's the song my husband chose to be sung to me at my wedding. Swoon worthy!

Do you have any special song lyrics? If so, what song is it and what moment in your life was it playing?

 You can enter to win the Share a Coke Sweepstakes at for a chance to win tickets to the American Music Awards and more. You could also win Wireless Headphones, Wireless Speakers, a 1 year premium music membership or even a $50 iTunes Gift Card.

DIY Floral Initial Wreath Tutorial

I've slowly been working on my middle daughter's bedroom. From the moment I walked through the model of my home, I envisioned what her room would be like. Girly, glittery, blush pink and glam just like her personality! Currently she is 7 years old. Well, 7 going on 13! She thinks certain things are for babies now, including FROZEN so I had to come up with a room that would easily transition from first grader to tween. While browsing through Michaels, I came across this circle initial and immediately knew that I wanted to cover it with pink flowers for her room's gallery wall. I'm currently working on that wall, gathering the right pieces and then I will move it over to there.  It's so cute and can work with any flowers and colors for any room. Here is how to make one for yourself...


1. Spray paint the circle initial with heirloom white and let dry completely.
2. Pull off all of the heads of the flowers. Then make sure you cut off the little green stem part that is left so that the flower will lay flat on the circle.

 3. With your glue gun, glue on all the flowers. Start with the biggest ones and then fill in with the little flowers until the entire wreath is full. I also tried to alternate in a slight pattern and squished the flowers together be able to fit more.

4. After all the flowers are on, hang it up and enjoy! I hung mine with a clear push pin and just set it on there.

Don't forget that Michaels has coupons too. I think I paid around $3.50 for the initial with my coupon and then my mom had a ton of silk flowers from Michaels too. You could even use dollar tree flowers for a low budget project or use higher quality that will cost you a little more.

So, what do you think? Is this something you would try? It really was so easy!

Fixer Upper Inspired Kitchen Menu and Apron Organizer

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Do you ever feel like you are scrambling to figure out what to eat for dinner? I especially have to come up with something fast when it's soccer practice nights. It always seems like the time flies during the day and before I know it, the kids need to be fed, soccer gear found and put on and we only have 30 minutes to do it all before we are late. Sounds stressful right? Well it is!

I got to thinking... there has to be a way to organize my life just a little better. As I'm going through the last year of my 20's, one of my goals is to simplify and organize my home so that I feel like I have time to breathe and relax at night. I want to be fully prepared for the next day so that the mornings are a breeze. I also want to be fully prepared for the evenings when dinner and homework demand my attention. Lately, I realized that if I really put a little effort into pre-planning, my life would be so much easier! No more scrambling around and being late. Well I hope my running behind situation can be helped. We'll just have to wait and see!

Since I knew I wanted to create a solution for my evening stress with three hungry children and husband, I envisioned a cute little chalkboard in my kitchen that even had a place for my daughters' aprons for when they help me cook. There wouldn't be anymore guessing when it came to what's for dinner and I could mentally prepare and even pull out whatever I needed to in the morning to prepare for it. Since I would be using a piece of birch plywood I wanted to come up with a creative way to attach some crown molding pieces to it without having to use glue or nails. So while browsing Walmart one day in the craft section, which I do often, I came across the perfect solution. Scotch® Brand Permanent Mounting Tape. Scotch® Brand has a ton of supplies that are perfect to create things with. From masking tape to spray adhesives there are so many options to chose from. Another amazing craft product that I use is Command™ Brand. You can use them to add hooks for organizing or hang pictures without poking a bunch of holes in the wall with all of their damage free hanging solutions that hold strong and come off clean. Now,  let's get started and I'll show you how you can simplify motherhood or just life in general!

2x2 piece of birch plywood
8ft piece of wood crown molding
black chalkboard spray paint
gray chalk paint or choice of color
small paint brush
chalk & chalk pen
saw to cut molding
Scotch® Brand Permanent Mounting Tape
Clear Command™ Hooks
Command™ Picture Hanging for 16lbs
drop cloth to keep your work area clean

1. Spray paint the entire 2x2 board. I did 2 coats and let completely dry.

2. Take a piece of chalk and rub it over the entire board. Then wipe it completely off. This cures it so that whatever you write on it won't stay imprinted in the chalkboard.
3. Cut your molding in 2 ft. pieces. You can fit them however you want on the board. As for me, I had to cut the 4th piece shorter to fit into the 2 side pieces. I actually recommend that if you are skilled, cut them at 45 degree angles to create the perfect frame. I just didn't have any extra pieces to practice on.

4. Paint the molding pieces the color of your choice. I chose a gray washed look.
5. Grab your Scotch® Brand Permanent Mounting Tape and cute into 3 small pieces for each side.
6. Peel off one side and stick to the back of the molding. Then peel off the other side and place onto the 2x2 one side at a time.

7. Paint your Command™ Hooks with the same paint so that they will blend into the frame. Let dry completely.

8. Place the Command™ Picture Hanging strips to the back just like you did with the molding frame by pressing down. Then after it is attached to the chalkboard, press it to the wall. After you do that, press your hooks onto the front lower right of the frame. Hang your aprons after the suggested time and you are done!

It even matches my new black velvet tufted chairs.

So, now that I have this weeks menu written out, the kids love to look and see what dinner will be for that night just like it's hot lunch menu at school. They rarely get hot lunch at school so this is fun for them too. With the chalkboard I can write out all of the meal planning menu that goes with what groceries I actually have on hand and just choose one off of the list. I will be planning out the entire month and then writing the weekly menu on the chalkboard to keep it simple. I can also add my grocery list too. This is going to be my kitchen hub and small command center. I'll be showing you later the easy way to add a grocery list to a chalkboard and how I'm going to tackle mean planning.

Organization doesn't have to be drab. It can be exactly your style and be functional. It can also act as d├ęcor too.  Life is a little easier when we plan ahead and get organized and I'm planning on using even more Scotch® items to help me get  this crazy thing called motherhood in order and keep my sanity at the same time too!

How to do you plan your meals? Are you a fly by the seat of your pants kinda gal or do you roll out a monthly plan? I'd love to know what's working for your family.

You can get even more inspiration on Pinterest and from Scotch® Brand
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