Spring Cleaning and Gardening Tips {My Healthy Home}

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Spring Cleaning It’s here ~ finally ~ SPRING and that means it’s time to start cleaning and not just cleaning the everyday things we think of but those down and dirty icky things we have in our home {see my icky laundry tub below…and then the CLEAN version!}.  It’s also time to start thinking GARDENING(I am shouting when I use those capital letters with joy) and I have a gardening tip to share that was told to me by an {Read More}

9 Lovely Ways to Display Hyacinths


Simple Ideas for Displaying Fresh Hyacinths I’m starting to see touches of green springing up from the ground and I can hardly wait for the hyacinths to bloom ~ their aroma is one of my favorite of all the spring flowers. When looking for some ideas as to how display them uniquely, these were some of my favorites. {source} {source} {source} {source} {source} {source} {source} {source} {source} In looking at all of these pictures I realized how much I like {Read More}

Top 10 Posts of 2013 Blog Hop and Link Party

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I’ve never done an end of the year wrap up {facepalm} but this year I’ve joined a group of 11 other bloggers to do just that.  We’re each sharing our Top 10 Posts of 2013 and YOU have the chance to share your Top 10 Posts or Top Post of the year in the link party below.   My Top Post of the Year was this Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole.  It is so easy to make and my family {Read More}

Easy to Make Stuffed Peppers

Marconi Peppers |The Busy Gal's Guide to Homemaking at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

A few week’s ago my husband’s family came into town for a visit.  It had been years since we had seen them and it was wonderful to have the chance to catch up and make some new memories. My Father-in-law came bearing peppers, Marconi Peppers to be exact, from his garden.  I had never seen or had Marconi Peppers before and I was eager to make something with them. One of my family’s favorite recipes is my Mom’s Stuffed Bell Peppers  {be {Read More}

Garden Tour August 2013 ~ The Frontlines

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It’s hard to believe it’s already mid-August.  Where has the summer gone?  I haven’t shown you my flowers in a bit {my last update was in May} and wanted to give you a peek at what’s blooming right now. A lot has changed in the front of the house.  My oldest son tore apart the porch and I redid it {hopefully, I’ll have those pictures soon} and the maple tree that had been the centerpiece of the yard is now {Read More}

My Trash to Treasure Garden Bench

Garden Bench ~ Trash to Treasure @cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Garden Bench/Weight bench redo ~ less than $15.00 ~ trash to treasure  Years ago I worked out with weights {when I say years I means y-e-a-r-s}.  I loved it but soon there was no time in my life for that so I gave away all of the weights and kept the bench ~ I’m a semi-hoarder.  I covered the weight bench with a red gingham fabric and wrapped the legs in a country cow fabric ~ stick with me here….country {Read More}

18 Yard Makeovers ~ Before & After


I love a good makeover ~ especially a good yard makeover {I even did my own here last year}.  I recently curated a Before & After Yard Makeover Board for Hometalk and would love for you to check it out.  There are front yard, backyard oasis, narrow side-yard, no-cost, shady-yard, terraced-hill and curb-appeal makeovers. I’ll be adding more to the board over the summer as additional inspiration is shared by Hometalk members.  If you’ve never checked out Hometalk you have no idea {Read More}

Garden Tour May 2013

Garden May 2013

This week has been a wonderful week for my gardens.  So many plants and flowers are in full bloom and they just seemed to all pop at once!  I love this time of year and when the sun is shining and the breeze is blowing there is no place I would rather be but outside. Purple Iris Another Iris ~ not sure of its name but oh, so pretty! Iris Patch at the end of the driveway ~ these were {Read More}

Mini Succulent Garden with Chalkboard Lazy Susan~ Homemade Mother’s Day Project

Mother's Day Garden @cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Today is the first day of the Mother’s Day Blog Hop  and I could hardly wait to share my post with you ~ It’s a whole heapin’ bunch of things I like. My Mom passed away over 20 years ago so thinking about what to give as a Mother’s Day gift hasn’t been something I’ve had to do for a long time but when I was getting ready to do this post I remembered little things about my Mom {that {Read More}

Pink Ombre Zinnias

Pink Ombre Zinnia

Most days I find myself in awe of nature…in awe of God’s handiwork.  Yesterday was no exception.  In an effort to save money this year I bought seed packets at the Dollar Tree.  One of those packets were Zinnia seeds.  I had no idea what color they would be but I love zinnias so I had nothing to lose.  I planted the seeds back in May in a flower bed on the side of the driveway.  Only a few of {Read More}

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