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21 In DIY/ home

Spring lilac simmer pot

Spring lilac simmer pot with lilacs and lemons

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There is just something about the smell of fresh lilacs, it brings me right back to my childhood as a little girl, picking lilacs from my grandmother’s lilac bush. I would love to bottle up the scent. I have been really into simmer pots lately and got the idea for this spring lilac simmer pot once my lilacs bloomed.

What is a simmer pot?

A simmer pot is a basically a pot of water, fruits, herbs and spices that you simmer throughout the day to fill your home with a nice aroma. Simmer pots are really nice around the holidays with warm spices like cinnamon and clove but they can be enjoyed all year long. In the spring and summer I like to do more uplifting scents like citrus and thyme or rosemary.  (Another one of my favorite simmer pot combos is rose petals, grapefruit, and peppercorn, you can see it here).

Spring lilac simmer pot

You will need:


1.) Start by slicing a lemon.

2.) Add the fresh lilacs and lemon slices to the pot.

Spring lilac simmer pot

3.) Fill with water.

spring lilac simmer pot

4.) Put on the stove, bring to a simmer and then lower the heat.

Spring lilac simmer pot

5.) Allow to simmer for 3-4 hours, you can add more water as needed to avoid drying out.

Spring lilac simmer pot

Note – as the ingredients simmer, the lilacs will lose their purple color but will still hold their fragrance.

Linking my glass simmer pot below, click the photo

Glass Saucepan with Cover, 1.5L/50 FL OZ Heat-resistant Glass Stovetop Pot and Pan with Lid, The Best Handmade Glass Cookware Set Cooktop Safe for Pasta Noodle, Soup, Milk, Baby Food

This would also be a sweet gift for Mother’s Day or a housewarming. You can see my holiday simmer pot gift I did in the past here to give you some inspiration.

If you love lilacs, then you need to try my lilac lemonade. Sharing the recipe here.

And for more ideas on how to use lilacs, check out this post here. I’ve got lilac ice cream, beauty reigmens and more.

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12 In DIY

Romantic Valentine’s Simmer Pot

Romantic Valentine's simmer pot with rose petals and grapefruit

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This is a romantic Valentine’s Simmer Pot that will fill your home with a spicy aroma and looks beautiful on the stove too!

I am obsessed with smells. And while I love burning candles and using my diffuser, simmer pots are one of my most favorite ways to make your home smell good and feel cozy and fresh too!

What is a simmer pot?

A simmer pot is basically a pot of water filled with herbs, spices, fruits or florals that you heat over the stove and makes like a natural potpourri for your home.

I’m sharing this romantic Valentine’s Simmer Pot and it’s a great way to use those leftover rose petals after love day <3

Romantic Valentine’s Day Simmer Pot


  • rose petals
  • a few slices of fresh grapefruit
  • chopped ginger
  • peppercorns
  • cloves
  • water


Start by adding some rose petals to your simmer pot.

A romantic Valentine's simmer pot with rose petals

Add the grapefruit slices, chopped ginger, peppercorns and cloves.

A romantic Valentine's simmer pot with rose petals and grapefruit

Fill with water.

A romantic Valentine's simmer pot with rose petals and grapefruit

Let simmer on low for several hours. You can add more water as necessary.

Romantic Valentine's Day simmer pot with roses and grapefruit

A few other things you could add to your simmer pot:

  • lavender
  • citrus slices
  • fresh rosemary
  • fresh cinnamon
  • all spice
  • vanilla bean or extract

My favorite winter combo:

  • fresh cranberries
  • orange slices
  • cinnamon sticks
  • cloves
  • rosemary

My favorite spring/summer/all year long refresh combo:

  • lemon slices
  • lavender
  • rosemary


You can use any pot but I think this glass one is just beautiful!

glass simmer pot glass simmer pot


For a spring simmer pot idea, check out this lilac lemon simmer pot I did! It’s fantastic!

It makes a great housewarming or hostess gift too! Click here to see my simmer pot gift idea.


So give it a try and let me know what you think! And let me know if you have any other favorite combos to simmer!


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2 In DIY/ home

Why you should choose resilient flooring in your next home project

Why you should choose resilient flooring for your next home project

This post is sponsored by Beautifully Responsible® Resilient Flooring, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Today’s post is all about resilient flooring. You may remember some of our home projects over the past few years – redoing my office, our family room and the half bath downstairs. They all have resilient flooring. With two active boys and a dog, it just made sense for where we are in our stage of life.  Spills and accidents are bound to happen and thankfully there’s Beautifully Responsible® flooring, constructed for long term durability while fostering an aesthetically pleasing home and environment. Below I’m sharing a little bit more about resilient flooring and why it’s a great option for your next home project.

Why you should choose resilient flooring for your next home project

What is resilient flooring?

Resilient flooring is any type of flooring that can stand up to tough spills, dirt, pets while still looking stylish at the same time. It gets it’s name resilient because it can give under your footsteps yet it springs right back into place. Some different types of resilient flooring are vinyl, linoleum, rubber, asphalt, cork.

why you should choose resilient flooring in your next home project

Is resilient flooring durable?

Yes!!! Resilient flooring is perfect for those high traffic areas and can take alot of heavy love if you know what I mean! They have advanced scratch protection which helps withstand the look of aging and are extremely easy to clean.

Why you should choose resilient flooring for your next home project

Why you should choose resilient flooring for your next home project


Where to buy

If you are looking to buy resilient flooring, here is a link with a variety of manufacturers.


Visit to learn more and follow @Responsiblefloors on Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest.


Linking some of our other home projects for you below:

DIY whitewashed brick fireplace

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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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