Saturday, April 14, 2018

Lantana Update and $4 Solar Pathway Lights

Remember when I showed that pic of the Lantana in the front yard, right after we pruned it? Here's that pic again to refresh your memory...

March 7th

I promised to post another pic a month later to show you how much it's grown. So here we are a month later and just look at it now...

April 7th

See how quickly it comes back after a spring pruning? Here's an overhead shot...

It's already got some blooms on it. I'll update you throughout the summer. It's such a hardy plant. 

You might have noticed we added some solar pathway lights...

Here they are in action after dark...

They actually put off quite a bit of light...

We love them! They were on sale for $4 each (regular price is only $5) at Target and they've added so much to our front yard landscaping. They're the Project 64 brand LED solar pathway lights. 

 Hope y'all have a great day!


Monday, April 9, 2018

Coffee Coffee Coffee and Other Walmart Finds

I was getting tired of our usual K-cups and I kept hearing how good the Walmart ones were, so we gave them a try and loved them! 

I picked up the Great Value "House Blend" flavor and we all liked it. So I decided to go back and buy several other flavors, then choose our favorites. All these 12 count boxes were about $3.80 each. 

Columbian, French Vanilla, Donut Shop, Breakfast Blend and French Roast. They have more flavors too...triple chocolate, blonde roast, caramel cappuccino, etc. 

These were our favorites. French Roast and House Blend. (Breakfast blend was really good too) Since these were our favorites, I went back and bought the big 48 count boxes...

These 48 count boxes were about $14 each. That's only .29¢ per cup!!! These three boxes (144 pods) should last the three coffee drinkers in the house about a month. 

While I was at Walmart picking up our month's supply of coffee, I couldn't resist these shoes. I love a slip on that still has laces that you don't actually have to tie. There are little knots at the ends of the laces that keep them from coming undone. These are very comfy. I wouldn't wear them on the treadmill or anything, but for everyday running around, they're great. And at only $10, you can't go wrong. :) 

time and tru slip ons
These are the Time and Tru brand. They had a lot of cute styles to choose from. 

Do any of you know anything about gel insoles for shoes? Or any kind of insoles? I keep hearing how great they are, but don't know the first thing about them. I'm always afraid my shoes wouldn't fit right with the insoles. Sometimes you can remove the original insoles to replace them, but sometimes they can't be removed. Let me know if you use them and what brands/kinds are your favorites. 

The last Walmart finds I have for you are these earrings I got for only $2.88!

walmart earrings $2.88

Here's a side pic of the one on the right. See how it's gold, but has rounded glass over it? Love that! 

That's all for now. Hope y'all have a great day!


Sunday, April 8, 2018

$5 Letter Board

I had to pop in really quickly to share this awesome deal at Target...

The sign says it all...this letter board was in the DOLLAR SECTION at Target for only $5! It came with the letters, but I also bought two extra packs of letters for $1 each. Such a good deal, right?! They came in pink and blue, but my store only had pink. And the extra letters came in white and black. They're going fast, so get one while you can. 

They also had lots of these mini cake stands for $1...

 My store had the mini ones and the full size in several colors. 

I shared this little gem on Insta the other day. Happy Easter from my brother and me, circa 1972-ish. Lol! 

I mean, where do I start? Those shorts, the over-the-knee socks, my fancy purse and gloves, or that groovy wallpaper??? Fun times, for sure. :) 

I'll be sharing some Walmart deals I got this weekend, so stay tuned...


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Crossbody Bag Love and Sneakers

I'm brand new to the whole crossbody bag thing and I gotta tell ya...I'm loving it! If Jim Halpert can pull it off, then so can I, right? Lol! Here's the deal...I carry my regular purse everywhere and I keep everything in it. You know how sometimes on talk shows or game shows, they play that game where they ask the audience if they have a random item in their purse and they win a prize if they have it? Yep, I'd win Every. Single. Time. Dental floss? Yep. A measuring tape? Yep. Tic Tacs? Yep. Nail clippers? Yep. Safety pin? What size? Because I have three. You get the picture. :) 

But sometimes I don't need to take all that stuff with me. I was thinking the other day about when I would do carline drop off and pick up when my boys were little. I would only grab my wallet, phone and keys when I went out the door. So freeing! I realized I could get away with just those three things on lots of other outings too, so a smaller purse was in order. So many times, I just run to the store or the garden center very quickly. I'm pretty sure I can get by without my floss, extra makeup and hair ties on those trips. ;) 

So I bought this little cross body bag...

It has this pocket in the back...

And this one in the front...

And quite a bit of room inside too...

My iPhone 7 Plus fits in that inside pocket for reference. 

The best part is I'm hands free when shopping. I'm not trying to keep a purse from falling off my shoulder and if I step away from the cart, I'm not worried about leaving my purse unattended because it goes with me. Lol! I love the cute pattern and it was only $14 at Walmart. It holds my wallet, phone and keys and still has a little room for a few extras. This would also be perfect for traveling. I usually use a small backpack instead of my purse when traveling, but this would work just as well. It was great to have at the garden center when I was traipsing around in between plants, trying to pick just the right one. My purse was safe and never left my side and both hands were free to carry stuff back to the cart. 

I also tried it out on my Starbucks run the other day and it worked perfectly! 

I don't splurge on a chocolate croissant very often, but man was it good. 

I also had to buy some new walking shoes. My old ones were well over 5 years old. My son convinced me to get some fancy NMD's because he loves his so much. At almost $200, they were way more than I wanted to spend. But I got them anyway because people really seem to rave about them. It's hard to find a negative review online. They have "release dates" for new colors coming out and they always sell out immediately. Well...after trying on several styles/sizes in the store and bringing them home, I quickly realized they weren't going to work for me. They have this loop/tag in the back that scraped against my ankle with every step. I thought I could make it work, but nope. Not doing that. So back to the store they went and I decided to go to Kohl's to see what they had. I found exactly what I wanted and with a sale and my coupon, it was about 1/4 of the price. A win-win! 

Here's what I settled on. Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0 with memory foam...

I must say that my son was very disappointed that I got "grandma shoes" ha! But no one is going to see me wearing them on my treadmill at home and that memory foam makes them very comfy, so whatev. :) 

Do you have a favorite brand of walking shoes? I'm always interested in new styles, so please share in the comments. 

Oh, and really quickly, here are a couple more IG funnies I forgot to add in the last round. Enjoy! 

So funny, right?! 

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, March 30, 2018

Agapanthus and a Garden Update

I've wanted some Agapanthus plants in my backyard ever since I noticed them in the landscaping around my Kohl's store years ago. 

Do y'all know about Agapanthus? I said on IG they remind me of Society Garlic on steroids and they really do! They have beautiful huge purple/blue blooms in the spring. Google it if you're not familiar. They're just gorgeous! I'll share a pic when they start blooming. 

I planted three here by the bald cypress...

And three in between the crepe myrtles...

Here's a close up...

I originally only bought one Agapanthus, but I have to give a big thank you to my Instagram friend and fellow Texan @thesimplysplendidlife for suggesting I get a few more. She was so sweet to let me know they do a lot better when planted in clusters and then in a few years, I can divide them! So smart! 

You might remember last fall when I planted three blue plumbago between the crepes, but only one made it through our winter "snow storm." I dug it up and added it next to the other plumbago here...

What??? You can't see it? Ha ha! It's very small. :) I added this arrow so you can see it. 

We'll see how it does through the summer. :) 

My green leaf begonias are doing so well...

 Those pinkish leaves are from the bottle brush trees nearby. 

I couldn't resist buying a few more begonias to add around the garden...

I have some begonias that are over 10 years old. They really seem to love it in my backyard. 

My hubby pressure washed the adirondack chairs and they look like new again! He used our Harbor Freight pressure washer that I talked about HERE

The amaryllis is going strong...

I went with Torenia again for the patio pots. It lasted all summer long last year, so it was worth a repeat. 

After seeing these pics, I'm thinking our patio could use another pressure washing soon too. 

That's all for now. Hope you have a great day! 


Monday, March 26, 2018

Easter Decor 2018

I came this close to not decorating for Easter this year. I took about a week off from social media and had so much extra time on my hands. It was glorious! I think I need to take regular breaks from time to time. It's amazing how much I got done. I was so busy reading, marking things off my to-do list and enjoying my new found time that I almost didn't want to bother with Easter decor. But when I got out my box of Easter stuff "just to look" I couldn't resist getting out a few of my favorite bunnies.  

So here is my limited Easter decor for 2018...

And that's it! I think this is the least amount of talking I've ever done in a post. :) Wishing you all a very Happy Easter! 


Monday, March 19, 2018

IG Funnies

I get so many emails from y'all when I post these funnies. You really seem to appreciate a good laugh, just like me. :) So I've rounded up a few more today. Hope these put a smile on your face. Enjoy! 

 Totally true, am I right? Or for me, it would be Pop Chips. :) 

Yes, yes, yes. And amen. 

Could not help but laugh at this! 

Please tell me some of y'all are old enough to remember this? Texting used to require some talent. ;) 

This is my new favorite IG account. I've been reading "The Secret" book too. Good stuff. Ask, believe, receive. Simple and true. 


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