Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Oh How Pinteresting!

Today I'm linking up once again with The Vintage Apple for Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday!

I'm so excited for Easter! If you follow me on Pinterest, I bet you could tell! Here are some of my Easter themed Pins that I absolutley LOVE!

What have you been "Pinning" this week?

P.S. Make sure to stop by Fais' blog for your chance to win a Clarisonic Mia! I want one of these so bad!!

xo Julia

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Gardening Tips!

Hey y'all! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! NMC and I spent ALOT of time outside enjoying this beautiful (almost?) Spring weather. And, not to mention, I was so glad to be able to breakout my shorts and sandals!

Since the weather is so pleasant this time of year, it's the perfect time to get out in the garden and start planting all kinds of flowers, trees and shrubs.  So, here are some tips from us gals at Third Day Seed to get you started!

1. Plan out your garden or flowerbeds. Make a drawing of the areas you wish to plant and start thinking about where to put what. To make the planning process more enjoiable, Better Homes & Gardens offers a free, online garden planning tool called Plan-a-Garden. It offers all kinds of options as far as plant types, and even lets you add garden sheds and ponds!

2. Make sure your flowerbeds or garden space are ready to plant. Remove grass and weeds, loosen the soil and add organic matter to the flower bed. If you plan on using a flower bed liner, now is the time to lay it out.

3. Make sure to choose plants that will withstand cooler weather, until the chance of frost is gone. Flowers like pansies, tulips, forget-me-nots, primroses and columbines are perfect for this time of year. Rhododendron and Forsythia are great shrubs to plant this time of year also.

4. Prune and clean flowerbeds regularly. Do a weekly check for weeds, grass or pests in your garden. If any problems do arise, take care of them quickly. Also, make sure to prune back your flowers on a regular basis. Doing so will allow your flowers to grow larger and fuller with each pruning.

I hope these tips and tricks will help some of you get your garden growing! Have you started working in your garden yet this year? What have you planted so far?

P.S. All these tips can be used for small planters all the way up you your entire yard! Even if you don't have a "yard" space, I encourage you to plant a planter or a small container garden. Just because you don't have a huge yard doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy the beauty of Spring flowers!

xo Julia

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Top 5 Tuesday: Restaurants

Sorry I've been MIA for almost a month! Business always picks up around this time of year and I don't get much of a chance to sit and blog! But no worries, I've got several great posts coming up, so stay tuned!

Today I'm linking up with Rachel once again for Top 5 Tuesday!

Ricatoni's is a great Italian Grill in downtown Florence. Everything we've ever eaten there has been great! My all time favorite is the Margherita Pizza! NMC really likes the Chicken Alfredo. If you are ever in the Shoals area, Florence especially, make sure to stop by Ricatoni's!

Rancho Viejo is our favorite Mexican place! It's a fun atmosphere and great food! What more can you ask for? We start out with some Cheese Dip, which is amazing and I always go for the  Grilled Chicken Chimichanga for supper. Sometimes we get the fried ice cream for dessert, it's delish!

Legends Steakhouse in downtown Florence is one of our favorite places to go to get a steak or a burger! Since Florence is a college town, you know they have some of the best food! I definitely recommend the Cowboy Burger and their Caramel Pie is amazing!

Ok, I know Zaxby's is a fast food place, but come on...who can refuse their chicken!? I'm guilty of always getting the Chicken Finger plate. I've never gotten anything different. Can you tell I'm not extremely adventurous when it comes to food?

Subway is my go to place when we don't have time to make supper, or are in a hurry. It's fast, but not nearly as bad as other fast food places. My favorite sandwich is as follows: Italian BMT on the Italian Herb and Cheese bread with lettuce, pickles, onions, banana peppers and a little bit of mustard.

Do you like any of these places? What are your favorite Restaurants?

xo Julia