Friday, April 18, 2014

Fishtail Cottage Doors are open…

So its only mid April and the doors are wide open in this mid sixty degree weather!  Minus the flies that buzz in now and again, I love having the fresh air come in through our open doors… Our front door opens up to one of my favorite landscape aspects of the garden – it invites the outdoors in or the indoors out. I love this time of year because I feel that with the gardens coming to life it awakens the inside of my home décor to a better match for both inside and the outside of my home. 
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Here is looking inside from the patio ~
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…and of course I can’t forget to share the front of the house!
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Curious if you do this too? Be sure to check out my link to any parties I am joining! xoox, tracie

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Organically Clean Home…

With my full plate of not just kids ~ we also have birds, dogs, chickens and a bunny, keeping everything clean is an essential part of my daily routine! I hate using harsh chemicals, don’t you?  It’s nice to have found this book full of recipes to make our own cleaning solutions! Recipes for every day necessities like, Countertop Disinfectant, Laundry Detergent, Window Cleaner and so much more!  I was lucky to be sent this book to browse thru and found that it is definitely something I WILL use here at Fishtail Cottage! 
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Always trying to find ways to live our life a little healthier, and this book is certainly going to help us do so!  I love that the recipes call for ingredients that I already have around the house, like water, vinegar hydrogen peroxide and yes, several that I don’t have ~ but easily found at the grocery store. 
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Becky Rapinchuk blogger over Clean Momma has done a magnificent job putting together this easy to use book. The Organically Clean Home has been featured at Oprah.com and on HGTV and has provided consulting for companies like 3M, Cafe.mom.com, and so many more.  Becky Rapinchuk has been named one of the 10 organizers you should be following on Pinterest!
Her Blog is darling ~ she offers a lot of great tips and even free printables too! Today she featured a super cute gift idea which included using her book ~ we all know some students that will be graduating soon and will need something similar as they head off to college.  I have a friend who just bought her first house, how fun would this basket be?
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You want to peek inside too, don’t you?  Click here to Amazon to order a copy! I look forward to hearing what recipes you try! So fun!
Thanks so much for stopping by ~ and be sure to peek over at Becky’s Blog, Clean Momma, check out her Pinterest boards

Monday, April 14, 2014

Gardening over the weekend!

I spent some time in the garden this weekend and boy did it feel nice!  The weather temperatures were mid 60’s which meant more buds are opening on the trees and shrubs and more blooms in the garden appeared.
The best of what is in bloom right now are the tulips! I honestly had no idea I had so many varieties, shapes and colors.  I must have planted more last year, because I don’t remember the yellow ones. I particularly like this section of pink and yellow ones because Easter is next Sunday, so the pastel combination is perfect for the season! There is something about coming around a corner and finding these vibrant spring tulips shouting ‘hello’!
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A couple of Poppy Anemone's have appeared too! Another vibrant and pretty spring bloom!
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What's blooming at your place this week? xoxo, tracie