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Patriotic Door Basket

Patrotic door basket

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If you’re looking for a cute way to decorate your front door for the summer, this DIY Patriotic Door Basket is so simple and classic.  I like to switch up from front door decor from time to time and change from my wreath to a door basket. The thing I like about the door basket, is that you can switch out your flowers as the seasons change.

Patriotic Door Basket

You will need:

Patriotic Door Basket Decor

Start by filling your basket with a filler. I like to use either plastic or paper bags that I have on hand.

Patriotic Door Basket Decor

Add your faux flowers. I used blue hydrangeas, some white smaller flowers and a few eucalyptus stems to add some greenery.

Stand your basket up or hang on door to add the flags so you can get a better idea of where they look best.

Hang using an over the door hook or a magnetic door hook.

Patriotic Door Basket Decor

Let me know what you think and if you happen to re-create one, share on Instagram and tag me @ourtiny_nest so that I can see!

 

Linking some baskets below

Patriotic door basket decor

Patriotic Door basket - amazon jute rope

Patriotic door basket - gray long basket

Patriotic door basket from Target

 

For more patriotic ideas check out

Patriotic Smore’s Dip

Boozy Bomb Pops

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3 In garden/ home

How to Celebrate Earth Day

How to Celebrate Earth Day

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Earth Day is approaching and it’s always a time when I like to do a few fun activities with the kids and teach them about ways to be more sustainable and protect our environment. I’m sharing a few ways below on how to celebrate Earth Day if you’re looking for ideas so read on.

Here are some of my favorite ways to Celebrate Earth Day

1.) Plant a garden – It doesn’t have to be anything huge, you can plant a few seeds in egg cartons if you want. Or if you are looking to start a garden, check out my post with some of my tips. It’s a great way to teach the kids sustainability and they love helping out.

tips for starting a garden

2.) Make Earth Day Seed Bombs – These are sooo easy to make and are super cute too! Make your own little seed bombs to plant and watch them grow beautiful wildflowers. Click here to see how to make them!

How to celebrate Earth Day earth day seed bombs

 

3.) Eat more plants – Incorporating more of a plant based diet into your lifestyle is not only better for your health but it’s good for the environment too as it uses less resources and ultimately leads to less greenhouse gas emissions. There are tons of resources available to educate yourself and I’m absolutely not saying to go completely vegan, everything in moderation! But even if everyone just made an attempt to try to eat more plant-based once or twice a week, say “Meatless Mondays”, it would make an impact!

Sharing some resources below

You can also click here to read this post I wrote with Plant Based Meal Ideas!

How to celebrate Earth Day more plants on your plate book   

  How to Celebrate Earth Day

4.) Pick up trash – go for a walk around the neighborhood or on a hike and pick up any trash that you see while enjoying some fresh air.

5.) Start recycling – if you don’t already, start recycling in your home.  Think of ways that you can also re-use things and get creative. Check out this DIY mud kitchen we made from an old dresser we found on the side of the road! The kids have loved playing with it and we gave it new life.

 

Here are some books I found for kids for Earth Day! Click the photos below.

How to celebrate Earth Day I am Earth Book

How to Celebrate Earth Day books for kids

How to Celebrate Earth Day

How to Celebrate Earth Day

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1 In garden/ home

How to start a garden for beginners

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When we moved into our house I dreamed of having luscious garden beds and growing my own fruits, vegetables and beautiful cut flowers but had no idea where to start. Does this sound familiar? Are you wondering how to start a garden? The really cool thing about gardening is that it doesn’t need to be complicated and you’re always learning and experimenting as you go.

Scroll down to read my tips on how to start a garden for beginners and be on your way to one of the most rewarding hobbies this spring.

How to start a garden for beginners.

1.) Determine your zone.

The first thing you need to know before you can plant your garden is what zone you live in. This will help you know when to to start seeds, what plants will do well, when to transplant into the ground, etc. Where I am in Upstate New York, we are Zone 5B. The climate is very different here than you would find out in California. So while someone in Calfornia may be able to start growing various melons in January for example, our climate won’t allow that here.

To find your zone click here.

2.) Determine what you want to plant in your garden

This is my favorite part. I love to go through the seed catalogs and circle the different plant varieties that I want to plant. I usually will do alot of the vegetables that we enjoy like lettuce, cucumbers, peppers, snap peas and zucchini. The kids love to go out to the garden and just eat right as they pick.

For cut flowers I love to do zinnias, cosmos, dahlias, and sunflowers. I find that those are really easy flowers to start with.

And then I usually will pick a few new things to try. This year we’re going to try growing some pumpkins, flowers.

3.) Start seeds

If you’re starting from seeds, I have found this to be a really helpful resource. You basically plug in your zip code and it tells you when to start your seeds indoors, outdoors, our set your plants starts out.

Now you may be asking what’s the difference between starting seeds indoors or outdoors?

If you live in a zone with a shorter growing season (such as Upstate New York), it is helpful to get a jump start on starting some seeds indoors. Using seed starting trays are really helpful.  Be sure to keep next to a sunny window indoors and keep the soil moist. This year I’m also going to try a small greenhouse.

Greenhouse

Seed starting trays

 

How to start a garden for beginners

4.) Prepping the beds and soil

Clear any of the leaves, branches and brush that accumulated over the winter. If you plan to get into composting, save these for your compost.

Having your soil tested is probably one of the easiest things to do and it will tell you what nutrients it may be lacking. To check your soil:

  • With a clean shovel, dig a hole about 6 inches deep, cutting that section of soil out of the ground.
  • Place the soil into a clean bucket or clean container.
  • Bring to your local garden center and they can test it for you.

Prior to planting, make the sure the soil isn’t too wet. Pick up a handful of soil and squeeze into a ball. Open your hand and touch the ball of dirt. If it crumbles, the soil is perfect conditions to work. If it’s breaks into large clumps, it’s still too wet and you will need to a wait a few days for it to dry out. To work the soil, rake and turn over, breaking up any big clumps and removing rocks. Rake until the dirt is soft and level.

 

5.) Now you’re ready to plant

Most seeds you can direct sow right into the ground. Be sure to pay attention to the back of your seed packet as it will give you direction on when to plant, how deep, how far apart, etc.

If you are transplanting your plants that you started indoors, I like to harden them off first.  All this means is bring them outside for a few hours daily before planting them into the ground. This just helps them withstand the weather and develop stronger stems.

6.) Harvesting

This is the absolute best part about gardening and the most rewarding. Whether you are cutting your own flowers or harvesting fruits and vegetables, this is the part you’ve been waiting for. This is also the part where the kids love to help out! I like to use a basket like this one to collect all of our veggies. They also have these garden aprons too!

I love to experiment and make different recipes with our fresh vegetables. We typically get an abundance of zucchini. Here are some of my favorite zucchini recipes below:

Fudgy chocolate zucchini brownies

Zucchini corn chowder

tips for starting your garden for beginners

A few helpful tips to remember when starting your garden:

  • When it comes to watering, there is such a thing as over-watering. I know I am guilty of that too and I like to think it’s because we just love our plants so much. But I have found that every few days is best depending on how rainy of a season it is.
  • Get the kids involved. My boys have loved being out in the garden, seeing how we can grow our own food and of course eating it!
  • Be patient – some years will be better than others. But that’s the cool thing about gardening, you will learn something new every year!
  • Here are some tools that I find helpful to have on hand – click here.

tips for starting a garden

 

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How to dry your hydrangeas

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0 In decor/ home/ home decor

Your most asked home questions

Nesting whitewashed brick exterior limestone

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Every week I open up my Instagram stories to an “Ask Me Anything” segment where followers can ask me literally anything. I’ve compiled a list of the most asked home questions I get through DM’s and stories figured I’d share here!

Your Most Asked Home Questions

What are the paint colors in your house?

Sherwin Williams Farmhouse Neutral Paint Colors

Our main floor, entry way, living room, dining room, kitchen is Sherwin Williams Alabaster White.

Our bedroom is Sherwin Williams Repose Gray.

The boys room is Sherwin Williams Passive Gray because it picks up those blue notes.

 

Where is your entertainment center from?

farmhouse built ins

It is from Ashley Home Store (linking it here, FYI currently out of stock but should be back in stock soon). I knew I wanted a large piece and I loved the character and charm that the barn doors and open shelving adds. I added the wreaths to give it a little more of my own touch. You can head to this post to see my tips on how to decorate your shelves or built ins.

Where is your living room rug from?

Ruggable Hendesi Heriz Abalone

It is from Ruggable. The print is the Hendesi Heriz Abalone. Linking it here.

 

Where are your dining room table and chairs from?

farmhouse dining room

Our table was actually made by a local maker in Glens Falls called Square Nail Rustics. (Linking to their Instagram here)

The chairs are Poly & Bark and I got them on Amazon. They are great with kids and soooo easy to clean! (The Poly & Bark chairs are currently unavailable so I linked one’s that are very similiar here!)

farmhouse stackable bistron chairs

 

How did you paint your fireplace?

DIY whitewashed fireplace

It is whitewashed – white paint, mixed with water! The very first DIY that spurred our passion for DIYs.

Click here to see how we did it.

 

How did you make the large photos of your kids?

This was like the easiest DIY even if you’re not the DIY type! All you need is your phone, a blank wall, and some frames. Showing you how I did it all here!

 

What is that fake ice the boy’s can skate on?

It’s a synthetic ice my parents got them for Christmas. It’s been great for them to practice on! We have it right in our garage.

Linked it here!

Click here to see a little mini home tour with some of your FAQ!

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