19 Appealing Front Yard Designs for Curb Appeal

Add carb appeal to your home with these great front yard design ideas

Do you ever get stumped with what to do to give your front yard some oomph and add to the overall curb appeal of your home?  I do.  I did a Front Yard Makeover a few years ago but I'm due for another one.  I think it's one of the easiest ways to get your home noticed.  I love when I pass a house and the yard catches my eye.   I curated this board for Hometalk and you can see all the details … [Read more...]

Coconut Oil and Coffee Hand and Body Scrub

Make and all natural body and hand scrub from coconut oil and leftover coffee grounds from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

All Natural Coconut Oil and Coffee Hand and Body Scrub   This started out as a body scrub {and is a GREAT one} but I found out by accident that this makes a great hand scrub for gardeners.  I like to dig around in my garden.  Sometimes I wear gloves, most times I don't.  I like to feel the dirt and work with it and gloves get in the way.  This, for me, means I'm not a manicure gal. … [Read more...]

My Front Porch Herb Garden ~ Elements of Summer

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Herbs are the perfect Element of Summer.  You can use them in so many ways and they are so easy to grow, snip for use now and dry for use later.   I have always dreamed of a kitchen herb garden.  One where I could open the French Doors off of my huge kitchen and cut some fresh herbs to use in something I was cooking or baking.  Since I don't have French Doors off of my galley kitchen (there is a … [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 … [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 and I love it.  It … [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 … [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 gone *sigh*, … [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 was all … [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 … [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 here when I moved in and they just … [Read more...]