We’re having a little birthday party for Dude Man this weekend so we’ve been working out in the yard and garden beds to spruce things up. Now is the perfect time to dry your hydrangeas if you haven’t already! It’s super easy to do and gives you beautiful free decor! I’m sharing my tips on how to dry your hydrangeas below!
Our hydrangeas exploded this year! I have strawberry vanilla hydrangeas and limelight and the colors were just gorgeous!
Late August-October is the perfect time to harvest them to dry out so you can enjoy them all year long. You’ll notice that the hydrangeas start to dry out a little on their own and become almost papery and a little crunchy in texture. You’ll also notice the color beginning to deepen and they start to look a little vintage. This is the best time to cut them.
Now you absolutely can just cut them and bring them in and allow to dry on their own or hand them upside down. But this is my favorite method below. I find that it yields a nicer color.
How to dry your hydrangreas
1.) Cut your stems so they are about 12 inches long.
2.) Remove all of the leaves from the stems.
3.) Place them in a vase of about 1-2 inches of water.
4.) Place the vase out of direct sunlight and allow the water to evaporate (about 1-2 weeks). This will naturally dry out your hydrangeas.
You can arrange your dried hydrangeas in vases, baskets or even make a dried hydrangea wreath. The muted tones are beautiful all year long!
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We recently had new neighbors move in next door and I wanted to bring over something to welcome them to the neighborhood. I think it’s worth noting when you’re putting together a housewarming gift, it doesn’t need to be expensive. Something homemade or specially wrapped I think feels like you put more time and care into it and feels special. I’m showing you how to create a thoughtful housewarming gift.
And scroll down for my free printable to add to your housewarming gift!
How to create a thoughtful housewarming gift
1.) Start with your vessel
I think baskets or decorative trays are a great place to start and nice way to deliver your gift.
I found a similar one to the one I used at Target.
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Teaching your kids about fire safety is an important topic. Did you know smoke alarms don’t last forever? Alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years! Recently we updated our smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in our home and took it as an opportunity to have a discussion with the kids about what to do in the event there was a fire. We replaced all of our alarms with First Alert 10-Year Sealed Battery Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms. Not only do they protect your home in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide emergency, but they also eliminate the need for battery replacements and late-night low battery chirps for a decade.
Here are some of our take away tips for talking to your kids about fire safety:
1.) Keep it simple – we didn’t want to overwhelm them or make them fearful. We kept things very basic yet factual.
2.) Talk about smoke alarms – showing kids what a smoke alarm looks like and explaining its function is the perfect place to start. We kept it very simple and also let them listen to what the alarm sounded like so that they would become familiar with it in the event the alarm went off.
3.) Make a plan – Next, we talked to the kids about what they should do in the event the smoke alarms went off. Make an escape plan and make sure that everyone knows how to get out of each room. It may also be helpful to have a designated meeting place outside, a safe distance from the house, and be sure the kids know to wait for each other there.
4.) Make it fun – if you want to keep children’s attention, you have to make it fun. We played a game of Simon Says and included teaching them how to “Stop, Drop & Roll”.
Fire safety is an extremely important topic. Talking about it with your family and practicing regularly ensures that your family is prepared in the event of an emergency.
It may not feel like it (it has been so chilly in Upstate NY lately), but spring is in full force. I have been able to test out some new products that are perfect for giving your home that spring refresh.
Spring Bedroom Refresh
I love to change out our bedding with the warmer seasons. And there is nothing better than slipping into a freshly made bed with new bedding and pillows. I just switched out all of our pillows to StayLoftTM Organic Cotton Cover Pillows by Pacific Coast. They are 100% Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton cover. The pillow cover helps to block any dust mites and is woven to help keep the down in place.
With some new pillows and the fresh spring air, you’ll be sure to get a good night’s rest.
I always get the urge to open all the windows and spring clean every nook and cranny of my home. I love these nontoxic cleaning wipes from Boulder Clean. They are plant-based and 100% nontoxic meaning they are free of any quats, bleach, alcohol, ammonia and formaldehyde and have been shown to disinfect 99.9% of bacteria and viruses.
I use them to wipe down any counters and surfaces, they’re perfect for disinfecting my bike seat after a sweaty ride, and I keep a pack in my car too!
What’s spring without some gardening? Honestly, there’s nothing more fulfilling than watching something grow and blossom that you started from seed. Whether you’re an expert or maybe have no gardening experience at all, this Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit is great for growing your own herbs. Everything you need is all in this kit! Enjoy growing your own basil, cilantro, sage, parsley and thyme.
This fresh linen Lulu candle is the perfect spring scent to freshen up your home. These candles are soy based, all vegan and paraben free with a long lasting burn time.
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