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How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

Hey Hey Hey!

This post has been a loooooooooooooooooong time coming (see what I did there 😉 ). This project is something that I didn’t want to take on myself (mainly because I saw this project as an opportunity to bond with dear ol’ Dad).

This project isn’t a project you complete in an afternoon, but I can promise you that completing these raised gardens will take your landscaping to another level (without bringing in the big Bobcat and tearing up your yard). Enough chit-chat, let’s get this show on the road!

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The Best Pico de Gallo

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I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaccckk!

I apologize on the delay between posts. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind. I sold my house in Austin, moved all my belongings (with a lot of help from my sweet brother and dad- shout out to both of you!) and moved to Minnesota to be near my family.

Back to the post…To give you a little background, my dad has been making this pico for twelve years, and after quite a bit of experimentation, it seems to be almost perfect. Now, let’s get to the good stuff… Who’s ready for some pico?

 

Let’s get to it!

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Refresh your Deck

Hey Embarquers!

I apologize for the delay in a post. I have been processing some life-changing decisions, and I will have an exciting announcement in the weeks to come (all good things for the blog, I promise 😉 )

In the meantime, I have a project I’ve been working on over the past few weeks in my home that could help you improve your outdoor space.

Ready? Let’s go!

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Upgrade your Landscaping

Hey, Ya’ll!

 

Hope your Tuesday is off to a beautiful start, and you had a lovely Mother’s day with your mom or being celebrated as a mom.

Personally, this weekend was a triple whammy of fun; my mom came into town to go wine tasting, celebrate my birthday and celebrate Mother’s Day. It was lovely, and it didn’t even stop us from being productive. On Saturday afternoon, we did a little tweaking to the landscaping to make it look richer.

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Inexpensive DIY Wall Art

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I was briefly chatting with one of my cousins last week and she was talking about the blog and how some of the DIY projects are difficult for those who don’t frequent Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. Fear not! This project is (honestly) as easy as pie. You can make your own custom art for $5-7!

Nikki, this one is for you!

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Homemade Granola

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I hope you all had a beautiful Easter weekend! I’m sorry it has been a while since my last post, I’ve been traveling for work as well as visiting my family back home.

Let’s talk granola… I know there are so many different types of granola out there. Many of the options out there are pretty bad for you and or relatively healthy and very expensive. This is a recipe that’s not only tasty, but relatively healthy.

Ready? Let’s get started!

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DIY Bath Shelf

Good Morning!

I hope ya’ll are having an awesome Tuesday so far! Can we take a moment to say that bath time is so important? There are few things more relaxing than grabbing your epsom salts, a glass of wine, filling your tub with piping hot water and just… being.

For those of you who relax in the bath frequently, this handy dandy bath shelf- which I am going to teach you how to make- will be a game-changer.

Let’s do it!

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Preserving your Herb Garden

Happy Thursday!

 

I had some awesome feedback about the DIY Herb Garden Post, and wanted to give you an easy idea or two on how to use your herb garden for more than just greenery in your home.

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Ice cube tray
  • Fresh herbs (I chose thyme, rosemary and oregano)
  • Olive Oil

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Directions:

1.) Pick half a handful of the herb (this will give you two cubes) you’re looking to preserve, wash them, and de-stem the herbs

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2.) Place your herbs in the ice cube tray, and fill with olive oil (I used extra virgin organic olive oil, but but you used plain olive oil)

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3.) Wrap your tray with plastic wrap and place in the freezer over night

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4.) I recommend using your cubes for when cooking chicken. Just throw your cube in the pan, allow to melt, and cook your chicken!

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If you don’t want to preserve your herbs in olive oil, there are a couple great ideas from The Kitchn. Click HERE to read more.

 

Enjoy!

With Love,

Jenna

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DIY: Statement Collage Wall

Happy Thursday!

I’m sure you’ve seen collage walls on Pinterest and how to create one of your own. I think all of the tutorials have great valid pointers, but quite frankly, most people don’t have the time for the long tutorials given. An example would be to trace every frame on butcher paper, lay out a variety of designs, pick one you like, tape it to the wall, then find where the nail hook is on the paper, mark it, hammer the nails, put up the pictures and if you don’t like it, START ALL OVER 🙁 … Don’t get me wrong, this is a great idea if you have an entire afternoon to play around and like to see the spacing before putting up the pictures (Click here for an awesome tutorial on a tutorial that uses butcher paper).

Personally, I like to wing my projects. It always ends up in a different direction I didn’t anticipate, but enjoy the outcome much more than the original plan (you’ll see that I end up playing around with the collage a little bit).

Let’s get to it!

 

What you need:

-Level with a measuring stick

-Nails (as many as it takes)

-Toothpaste (yes, I’m serious)

-Hammer

-Pictures and accessories to hang (don’t be afraid to add quirky items- this is about you and your story)

 

Directions:

1.) Lay out your collage on the floor. Remember to have fun with it and play around- this isn’t a something on The Amazing Race where you need to complete a task as quickly as possible and solve a puzzle. Relax, pour yourself a glass of wine if it helps the creative juices flow 😉 (and you’re 21+).

Keep in mind:

  • When you’re laying out your photos, try to keep them within a certain range of inches from one another. Almost every image is within 1 to 2 inches or another item.
  • Another way to keep cohesion is the have one or two colors in each piece, I went with the black frames and gold as an accent color.
  • Every item (with an exception or two) is in line with at least two items. This is easier to see in the finished product, but at least two edges will line up with two other items. Scroll to the bottom if you’re a little confused.

 

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2.) I started with the piece that made the largest statement (which is the skull of course), and put the pictures up around from there. Now is the time for the toothpaste! Take a frame, and put an itty bitty dot on the back of the frame where you’re going to be hooking the nail. Once you arrange where you want the picture, press your picture against he wall, set your frame to the side, and your toothpaste will mark where you’ll hammer your nail.

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3.) Start to build around your statement piece. Notice, your statement piece doesn’t have to be in the middle of your wall. I put mine to the lefthand side because I wanted to make it a little less predictable. Do whatever works for your style.

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Yes, I do notice some of the pictures were crooked during the hanging process 😛 the vibration from the hammer hitting the wall will do that, but simple correct your pictures once you’re done.

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I got to this point, and didn’t like where the wall was going, so I added in some art my sister and brother-in-law gave me.

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Know that it’s okay to change your mind during this process. It doesn’t have to be perfect the first time you go through. I suggest altering small sections until it meets the look your aspiring to create.

This project is really much less daunting than it can appear.

Note: When looking for frames, I like to go to stock up on dollar frames at Walmart or the Dollar Store. Pick different frames and paint them to match one another.

Most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself and the time you spend creating this work of art.

 

With Love,

Jenna