Friday Wrap: Easter Carrots

Rosie wishes you a happy day. <3

I love this time of year. Spring is in the air – even if it means a rain shower here and there. Trees are budding, flowers are blooming, and Easter is just around the corner, which leads me to today’s round-up post.

What goes hand in hand with the Easter bunny? Baskets, treats, decorated eggs and CARROTS!! Although, funny and true story…our little Rosie the rabbit doesn’t really eat carrots. She’ll nibble on the green tops, but that’s it. Haha!

Assuming all of the other rabbits in the world love them, here’s a tribute to those beta-carotene packed little wonders. I found five extremely festive ways to work them into your holiday celebration. >>

{ONE} Carrot Door Decor

I could not be more in love with this front door decoration. It’s simply made with silk tulips tied with greenery at the top. I can’t wait to attempt this project this weekend. I think the trick will be finding the right color of tulips. Wish me luck!

{TWO} Carrot Cutlery

I’ve seen several variations of this idea online, but I like this one the best with the green curly ribbon tied to the tops. This would be an easy project for the kids – and something they could do several days in advance of our Easter brunch.

{THREE} Carrot Treat Boxes

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to package up treats for my kids’ Easter baskets. I’ve done the carrot-shaped goldfish bags and bunny bags, but I’ve never seen this adorable carrot packaging before.

The possibilities for what to put inside are practically endless…popcorn, candies, nail polish, hair clips. It would be cute to fill the entire basket with a carrot patch of treats.

{FOUR} Carrot Centerpiece

You know how I adore fresh flowers. Well, just look at this gorgeous number. Pictures like this seriously make me want to own a floral shop. Sigh.

I love how the earthy carrots line the inside of the vase that’s overflowing with tulips and Queen Anne’s Lace – which is also known as Wild Carrot. So that makes perfectly good sense for this arrangement. Beautiful work. And something for us to try at home.

{FIVE} Carrot Cheese Ball

Another passion of mine…cheese! Haha! You may or may not remember my annual pumpkin cheese ball for Halloween. Well, it’s always a huge hit at parties. Now I’m on a mission to create a cheese ball “something” for every holiday. And this carrot is spot on for Easter.

That’s a wrap for this Friday, anyway. Have a great weekend preparing your hearts and homes for the holiday.

Blessings,

Kate

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Garden Store Fairy Gardens!

Now that it’s officially spring and my daffodils, pansies and lantana are popping up throughout my garden, I’m more than eager to pull on my gloves and hit the dirt. That also means I’m ready to skip over to the garden store – my home away from home.

On my most recent trip, I noticed tons of fairy gardens tucked into corners here and there. They made me so happy, I took pictures and wanted to share them with you. >>

Things to notice: A piece of driftwood as the “house”, the miniature twig furniture and door (which were for sale inside the garden shop), broken pieces of slate as a walkway, and a blue marble used as a gazing ball. I also love the purple shamrocks on the right.

Things to notice: The low basket this is planted in – and that darling house! I don’t know where they got this, but I love the roof and rounded door. The miniature furniture and watering can were for sale in the store. Also notice the use of a pine cone – like a little tree. Speaking of trees…look at the beautiful Goshiki False Holly on the back right. I never would have thought to put one of those in a fairy garden! The monkey grass on the front is also a cool choice.

Things to notice: Again with the fabulous house, and look at the sweet bench out front with a butterfly wing-shaped back. Love the choice of plants here, too. Great color with what I think is a type of Persian Shield. The Dwarf Umbrella on the back right adds wonderful height.

Things to notice: Yes, the house. This reminds me of a shaker-style home with a double chimney. What fairy wouldn’t love to live here? There’s more darling furniture, too. Notice the mini stone pillars at the entrance to the slate walkway. And the mushrooms on either side of the house add a pop of color. Oh, and we can’t forget the little succulents next to the front door – planted in mini urns, of course. The bushes in the front are juniper! Wouldn’t a juniper bonsai be incredibly cool in a fairy garden?

Things to notice: The mini garden gnomes. (Do you see the one hiding in the back with a red cap?) I also love the white picket fence with a stone entrance into the garden of ferns and other multi-colored plants. The painted red pot that holds it all together is a cute touch, too.

Things to notice: This comes with its own fairy…and her bike. Love the slice of wood that makes a platform for the bike. This one also used the picket fencing and stone entrance. I like the assortment of plants a little better here. Lots of texture and some varied color = very pretty.

Things to notice: Um, the PLAYGROUND. It’s complete with a swing set, slide and park benches. And look at the flag bunting that surrounds the mini park. I can’t even. Too cute!!

Things to notice: While this isn’t a fairy garden per se, I love the mix of ferns and the little stone bird tucked inside of this basket – that looks more like a nest. You could very easily add some fairy furniture and invite them to move in under the foliage.

That concludes our little tour. I hope you enjoyed it. If you haven’t quite had enough, here are more pictures to explore. I created an entire board on Pinterest just for fairy gardens. #cantstopwontstop

Have a great day, and I’ll be back on Friday with a few ideas for Easter. Hip, hop, hooray!

Blessings,

Kate

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Friday Wrap: Out in the Wild

Hello, my friends!! It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in or shared anything on the blog. I’ve been “out in the wild” with my family and friends soaking up all kinds of interesting and lovely experiences.

A few of my absolute favorites:

{ONE} Turning another year older

I survived another trip around the sun, as they say. This year wasn’t a milestone birthday, so I wasn’t expecting or planning a big “to-do.” It turned out to be such a lovely day, though.

My parents treated me to breakfast, and one of my nieces, Sarah Katherine, surprised me by joining us. {That’s all of us pictured above.}

We sat and enjoyed omelets while my parents retold my birth story. I love when they do this. As the youngest of five kids – and having been born eight years after my closest sibling – many people ask if I was an accident. I’m sure they mean well, simply trying to make a joke, but it can sting a bit. It can also plant seeds of doubt in your mind and heart.

But every time I hear my birth story and see the joy in my parents eyes when they tell it – especially when my dad, who is now a retired Lt. Colonel, gives details about volunteering to fly a nearly broken down C130 home from overseas just to make it in time for my arrival – makes me feel completely loved. I can’t imagine a better birthday gift than this.

This pretty perfect day was topped off with a homemade dinner. B and the kids made “surf and turf” with grilled shrimp and seared steaks. We indulged in cheesecake for dessert, which is kind of a thing for me. That has been my choice of birthday cake since I was like 10 years old.

All of that to say, it was such a magnificent celebration that continued throughout the weekend with our friends…

{TWO} Road tripping to Hot Springs

We headed off to Hot Springs with four other couples. It wasn’t initially a birthday thing. We planned the trip back on New Year’s Eve when we were all together and wanted to take a fun road trip together.

Our group’s social coordinator, Allie, took the reins and planned a fabulous weekend for us!

This was a fun shot of us next to the track at Oaklawn. Brandon is in the back cheering us on. And Seth, on the front right, is the only one with arms long enough to take group selfies without a stick. {We have lots of pictures that look like this. Lol!}

It had been so long since I last visited the races, I wasn’t sure what the heck I was doing. Thank goodness for friends like Danya who gave me a quick primer. B and I ended up doing really well – by breaking even!

Honestly, I found it was best to just bet on horses that had cool names or pretty silks on their back. The one pictured above (and that clearly won the race) wasn’t supposed to. We bet on it, though, because it was named Big E. And that’s what we call our son, Evan, sometimes. See…you never know.

One of the biggest birthday surprises I received on this trip, outside of plenty of Fireball, was showing up to the hotel lobby with ALL of my friends wearing matching shirts – with a hilarious and too-long-of-a-story-to-explain-here kind of picture of me on the front. As soon as I saw them, I turned as red as the shirts. Without a beat, they handed me one to wear as well, and we were out the door for dinner.

These are truly the best troopers (and goofballs) that I’m honored to call my friends.

{THREE} Meeting baby Dottie!!

Next up was a quick trip to Nebraska to meet my new great niece, Dottie. It was love at first sight, and she truly melted my heart. I mean…that precious face.

I remember meeting her mommy, who is my niece Emma, when I was just a freshman in college. I got to hold her just like this. And yes, this makes me feel old, but mostly super special to be part of their lives.

My twins were in heaven with this little bundle. Clara thought it was fun that Dottie had the same kind of headband as her.

She literally slept and cooed at us the entire visit. She is such a relaxed baby girl. I’ll remember this day forever!

{FOUR} Fishing with girl power

The boys were invited to float the Buffalo National River with some friends, so the twins and I decided to have our own version of a girls’ day out – with poles & worms.

We dusted off our fishing rods and headed down to the lake for the first fish of the season!

We only caught a few, like this fairly decent-size bass. My favorite part, though, was sitting still for a bit and catching up with my girls.

{FIVE} Hanging from trees

With the weather finally turning warm around here, we decided to get some hammocks! There’s a park not too far away from our house that’s a prime location for stringing up a reading/napping/chillin’ out sling. And that’s exactly where we headed the moment we left the store.

I have a feeling we’ll be resuming this position as much as we can this spring – and longer.

Thanks for letting me share a bit about my latest adventures. I hope you’ve been up to some fun things, as well.

Until next time, I’m sending you many blessings,

-Kate

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