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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

My Back Gardens

In spite of the one of the wettest springs in recorded history here in Colorado I did in fact get a back garden going this year.  I am only growing roma tomatoes and cucumbers this year though due to space.  
I wasn't sure if I would ever be able to get the cucumber seeds in the ground this year as it was so cool but the recent heat we have had has them going like crazy!
Tons of flowers and some cucumbers forming!  I cannot wait to begin pickling!
I bought the roma plants from the store this year as there was no way for me to start those by seed.
I was afraid I may have put them into the ground too soon but as you can see, we have 'maters!  Mr. B & I have found a new treat in sliced tomatoes on french bread with butter and salt for me and mayo for him.  I see we will soon be kept happy for weeks!
The dill I once again left to self seed and it is a monster this year!  Before my MIL left for Arizona she was out there almost every day cutting some off for her salads and dill dip.  Since she has been gone, I had to cut a bunch down and gifted it a co-worker of Mr. B's.  We will still have plenty to use in our pickles though.
The grand child garden has loved the wet weather! The daylily on the bottom right and the bleeding heart behind it have already bloomed. The sedum on the left and the Queen of the Prairie behind it are still going strong! I love that the plants my children sent to me to create this garden for my grandchildren is doing so well.  It makes me smile every day.

Behind the grandchild garden I threw some zinnia and cosmos seeds from The Dollar Tree into a planter the previous homeowners left, just for fun.
And we have flowers!
In many colors too.
From vegetables to flowers, nothing beats time spent outside with my plants!

Now, I want to know how your gardens doing this year!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TCBY~Summertime In The City


Hot enough for you yet?  Remember just a few months ago when we were complaining about all of the snow and how cold it was?  And here we are, just a few months later, sweating our tushies off LOL!  Yes, it's a hot summertime in the city! It IS hot here in Colorado too.  Of course, the saying goes here, It's a dry heat. And I'll take a dry heat over a hot and humid day anytime. The quickest way to cool off, for me anyway, is with a full bowl of a cold treat.  So, imagine how thrilled I was when I found this decadent delight down the frozen treat aisle at my grocery store the other day! TCBY Frozen Yogurt! It's better than ice cream because it has half the fat and yet, it tastes like full fat ice cream! I'm serious, it's so rich and creamy you'll never miss the fat at all. Then, (yes, there's more) I saw that it comes in 8 delicious flavors like Sea Salt Caramel Swirl and Extreme Cookies & Cream.

I am totally diggin' on the fact that Mr. B & I can both enjoy a bowl after dinner and really have no regrets about our choice. I also saw  that each carton is full of 7 probiotic cultures with 3-4 grams of protein.  TCBY frozen yogurt is healthier than ice cream all the way around! SOLD! 
And for those of you in the Denver, Phoenix & Houston areas, visit the #GetThe Scoop tour for $1 off coupons so that you get yourself some to try! Also head off to the TCBY landing page to also find out where you can buy this delicious treat near you. Lastly, be sure to enter for your chance to win a 3 Month Supply of TCBY Treats (a $30 value!) using the entry form below.   




Monday, July 27, 2015

How To Easily Refresh Your Front Porch For Summer

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and EDWARDS®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #EdwardsPies http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV
EDWARDS Key Lime Pie
Hello! Have you missed me?  I've been taking a bit of a break from the blog in order to get my studies done for taking the tests to get my Real Estate license. I'm happy to report, I finished all of the courses and, I am scheduled to take the State & National exams on August 8th.  Wish me luck! I do know I have missed all of you!  My nose has been shoved so far into books I have not been able to be creative at all, until now!  Woot!
How to Easily Refresh Your Summer Porch
I have been wanting to do something fresh for the front porch for so long now. Mr. B & I both like to sit out there in the evenings, sip a cocktail, maybe have some dessert and unwind from the day.  Of course anything I did had to be done cheaply and easily. That's just how I roll. The little set you see above we have had for at least 10 years.
How to Easily Refresh Your Summer Porch
Old, tired and blah!  You all know that I do love me some color so, I got busy and gave the porch the summer refresh it has needed! 
How to Easily Refresh Your Summer Porch
Can you believe this is the same exact set?  Who knew that beautiful design was hiding behind the cushions?!  All it took to bring these beauties back to life was a can and half of silver metallic spray paint and some clearance cushions! Boom!
How to Easily Refresh Your Summer Porch
I find myself peeking out the window to look at how pretty they turned out! 
How to Easily Refresh Your Summer Porch
More color was added with this plant stand from IKEA with colorful planters and flowers from top to bottom.
How to Easily Refresh Your Summer Porch
I think it anchors that side of the patio so nicely.
How to Easily Refresh Your Summer Porch
A planter full of bright petunias greets you as you come to the front door.
How to Easily Refresh Your Summer Porch
Gosh I love summer in all of her glory!
How to Easily Refresh Your Summer Porch
3 hanging baskets again, filled with colorful flowers frame up the patio and complete the refresh project.

Once I was done I figured I really should test it out and what better way to indulge but with a slice of EDWARDS® Key Lime Pie. Hey, I had to buy it! True story, my maiden name is Edwards! No relation but seriously, that's okay because me having access to yummy pie anytime would not be pretty!
How to Easily Refresh Your Summer Porch
Add in a frosty beverage cola with a twist of lime (you could add some rum too, just saying *wink*) and I was in heaven!
How to Easily Refresh Your Summer Porch
Talk about refreshing! Nothing says summer quite like the tart flavor of key limes. This pie was just the ticket to reward myself for all of the the work I put into beautifying the porch! I'm so happy I spotted it in the freezer section at my local Walmart! I also spied other flavors I am itching to try out like:


    • EDWARDS® HERSHEY’S® Chocolate Crème Pie
    • EDWARDS® Turtle Pie
    • EDWARDS® New York Style Cheesecake
    • EDWARDS® Lemon Meringue Pie
    • EDWARDS® Cookies and Crème Pie
    • EDWARDS® HERSHEY’S® SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Crème Pie
    • EDWARDS® REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUP® Crème Pie
    • EDWARDS® Strawberry Crème Pie

And, you can be sure I will be using this to save $1.00 on any ONE (1) EDWARDS® Whole Pie by taking advantage of the Walmart EDWARDS Ibotta digital rebate (while supplies last) too! Be sure to get the coupon for yourself too! And be sure to check out Edwards Pies on their website and on Facebook for serving suggestions and current savings!

Now time for you to tell me, what EDWARDS pie will you be picking up the next time you are at Walmart?

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Anything Goes At the You're Gonna Love It Link Party

I hope you all had a safe and fun holiday weekend?  As promised, Mr. B & I stayed close to home.  Rainy weather Saturday night delayed the fireworks and we were fast asleep by the time any went off. 

In other news, my party co-host Kim & I have decided we need a break. We are putting the link party in vacation mode and we will resume at the end of August. We will each do a features post next week but there will not be a link up. We sure hope you will still stop by and visit as we will still be posting, just on a much lighter schedule so that we can enjoy the rest of the summer with our families.

For now though, it's the first of the month so share with us all the creativity you have been up to!


It's Time For 
The Features of the Week
The most viewed link last week is perfect for this time of year!
Sherri from To Simply Inspire shared with us her Favorite Southern Potato Salad recipe. I do love a good tater salad and this one is going into rotation this summer for sure!

My favorite link from last week was from Jo-Anna at A Pretty Life.
She compiled 15 of the easiest & best camping recipes! I know some of you will be camping this summer so be sure to pin this list to create while you are out in the wild!
If you have been featured here, or over at my bee-yoo-tee-ful & fabulous 
co-hort Kim's blog, (she has a different Pick of the Week so go check it out...was it you?) make sure to grab an I've Been Featured button here.


Just a reminder: IF you follow me on Facebook you get first notice of this party going live each week.  Plus, I share some pretty funny and awesome stuff on my page too!

Now, are you ready to party??
But Wait!
Don't forget about our new feature!! 

Since you can link up your etsy shops or store fronts the first Monday of the month (Did you know you can link up any business.. design, photography, furniture.. you name it??) We thought we would thank one of those linkers every month by featuring one of them.  If you are a business owner please feel free to link up and you could be next month's featured business!! 

Feel free to link up anything you have created (recipes, decor, crafts, written or photographed). Anything you are so proud of you just gotta share it with others. It is the first Tuesday of the month so ANYTHING GOES!!  (Etsy shops, giveaways, contests.. you name it!) 

You can follow Kim and I on social media, but it is not required. (We want you to follow us because you want to, not because you have to.)

KimFacebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Instagram / Google+
Kathe: Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Instagram / Google+

We would love it if you would link back in some way so that others come and party with us. Either grab the party button or add my blog link to your post or on your blog party page. But again, it's not required.
The Kim Six Fix
As always, the links are in random order so that your submission(s) gets a great chance of getting seen!

The party starts now!



Monday, June 29, 2015

You're Gonna Love It Link Party Time

Welcome to the weekly You're Gonna Love It link party! We hope you had an awesome weekend and we are so glad you are here to party with us this week! Are you getting ready for the July 4th holiday?  Mr. B & I keep it pretty close to home each year and this year is no different.  We'll throw some grub on the 'que and take it easy.  We are lucky in that we can see almost all of the fireworks along the front range from our back deck so, no crowds to fight! 

Let's get the party happening here! The party kicks off around 6 pm Mountain time each and every Monday. We love seeing what you have to share and get so much inspiration from what you link up!

Now, it's Time For 
The Features of the Week
Behind The Seams Sewing had the most viewed link last week.
We learned how to alter a man's shirt to a woman's shape. I don't sew but I remember my mom taking my dad's shirts and making them to fit her so this project was kind of close to my heart.

My favorite for last week was the beautiful patriotic mantel from Bargain Decorating With Laurie.
I love how Laurie ties everything red, white & blue together around her fireplace mantel. So pretty!
If you have been featured here, or over at my super creative co-hort Kim's blog, (she has a different Pick of the Week so go check it out...was it you?) make sure to grab an I've Been Featured button here.

Just a reminder: IF you follow me on Facebook you get first notice of this party going live each week. Plus, I share some pretty funny and awesome stuff on my page over there too!

Now, who's  ready to party??

Feel free to link up anything you have created (recipes, decor, crafts, written or photographed). Anything you are so proud of you just gotta share it with others. We do ask that you please DO NOT link up giveaways, Etsy shops or anything for sale. Save those for the first Tuesday of each month when, Anything Goes!  We will reserve the option of deleting any post that we do not feel fits the theme of our blogs.

You can follow Kim and I on social media, but it is not required. (We want you to follow us because you want to, not because you have to.)
KimFacebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Instagram / Google+
Kathe: Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Instagram / Google+

We would love it if you would link back in some way so that others come and party with us. Either grab the party button or add my blog link to your post or on your blog party page. But again, it's not required.
The Kim Six Fix


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Upcycled Garage Sale Find

A few weeks ago our subdivision held its annual garage sale.  Since we didn't have anything to sell, my mother-in-law I drove around and hit a few to see what we could find. My favorite find was this vase with a ProFlowers tag on it.
Upcycled Garage Sale Find
I loved the "bubbled" look but not the color. For 50 cents I figured it worth buying and upcycling it into something more my style. I got out my white spray paint and my new spray paint station (an old box from the garage) and gave it a few coats.
Upcycled Garage Sale Find
I love how it now looks like a vintage hobnail vase!
Upcycled Garage Sale Find

Upcycled Garage Sale Find
I picked up some marked down flowers from the grocery store (I spent under $5.00 for a dozen beautiful red roses! Crazy right?) as well as a patriotic placemat and it sits so prettily on the dining room table for the upcoming July 4th holiday!
Upcycled Garage Sale Find

Upcycled Garage Sale Find

Upcycled Garage Sale Find

Upcycled Garage Sale Find
Yes! Definitely more my style and at hardly any cost to me at all! How about you?  Have you upcycled a garage sale find lately?  

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Monday, June 22, 2015

You're Gonna Love it Party~Hello To Summer

Welcome back to another fun week of linking up to You're Gonna Love It with Kim & I! I hope you all had a fun and warm first day of Summer/ Father's Day? We were hothothot here in Colorado but you know what? I ain't gonna complain one bit!  At least it wasn't raining! Maybe we can put all of that ugly Spring weather behind us and get to enjoy some time outdoors! In just a week or so we will be celebrating Independence Day so I say, let's start partying right now!


Now, it's Time For 
The Features of the Week
The most viewed from last weeks party is from Kristyn who blogs over at Rust & Ruffles.
Kristyn showed us all of the steps needed to create a beautiful Faux Wood Floor for her front porch. OMG! Isn't this awesome?  I could see so many uses for this technique! You must head on over and visit her gorgeous blog!

My pick of the week is from This Cookin' Dad. 
First, I love that he is a guy blogger and second, that he creates such yummy dishes like this Lemon Poblano Mac & Cheese! I cannot wait to spring this on Mr. B!  He is gonna love it! Make sure you stop by and follow this new-to-me blog soon! 

If you have been featured here, or over at my super creative co-hort Kim's blog, (she has a different Pick of the Week so go check it out...was it you?) make sure to grab an I've Been Featured button here.

Just a reminder: IF you follow me on Facebook you get first notice of this party going live each week. Plus, I share some pretty funny and awesome stuff on my page over there too!

Now, who's  ready to party??
Feel free to link up anything you have created (recipes, decor, crafts, written or photographed). Anything you are so proud of you just gotta share it with others. We do ask that you please DO NOT link up giveaways, Etsy shops or anything for sale. Save those for the first Tuesday of each month when, Anything Goes!  We will reserve the option of deleting any post that we do not feel fits the theme of our blogs.

You can follow Kim and I on social media, but it is not required. (We want you to follow us because you want to, not because you have to.)
KimFacebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Instagram / Google+
Kathe: Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Instagram / Google+

We would love it if you would link back in some way so that others come and party with us. Either grab the party button or add my blog link to your post or on your blog party page. But again, it's not required.
The Kim Six Fix
Now, show us what you got!