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When I first bought my home over 10 years ago, the last thing I thought about was putting a garden in the back yard.  In fact, the majority of my yard is a huge concrete patio, which at the time was great, because it meant less grass to cut!  🙂  But, over the years, the gardening bug had gotten a hold of me, and with the help of my hubby, I found some super DIY small space garden design ideas, that have brought a fully functional garden into my backyard.  Below is a timeline of my garden design ideas, which I hope will inspire some of you to also become a fellow green thumb and make “growing your own” a part of your lifestyle.  Gardening has helped my family and I afford fresh produce, which not only tastes the best, but is a great way to stay healthy for less.

    

Patio Backyard

 

 

My very first year of gardening, I bought some huge planters and grew some tomatoes, green peppers, and herbs.  Seriously, it couldn’t get any easier, but I wanted to grow more, so that I could can my garden goodies for the winter months.  So, the following year my hubby and I took advantage of some flat area space right behind my house, and we built three raised bed gardens.

Raised Garden Beds

 

We also added some wooden trellises to the ends of our raised garden beds, which allowed us to grow vertically and add more veggies such as beans, cucumbers, and squash.

 

Garden Beds

Below, are some ways that we found ways to grow veggies and herbs on our patio.  First up, is our pallet beds.

Pallet Beds

A friend of mine found this huge pallet box on the side of the road, and I converted it into another planter, it’s below my DIY herb planter.  Check out the swiss chard that grows like crazy in it.   🙂

Swiss Chard

And finally, I wanted a way to walk right outside by back door and add fresh oregano, basil, mint, cilantro, or dill to my daily meals.   So, we built a DIY Herb Planter.

 

Herb Planter Decor

DIY Herb Planter Shelf

 

 

I hope that you can see how much fun gardening can be, and if you would like to see what has come out of my garden click here


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I Heart You Gift Ideas

When I think of Valentines Day there’s only one shape that comes to mind, the heart.  

Today, you can find fun Valentines Day gifts, with hearts in mind, that is reasonably priced but also that you might not find in your regular stores.  

Here’s some “heart-shaped” gift ideas below for cooks, romantics, jokesters, and divas:   

“This post contains affiliate links, which means that I might get a small commission fee if you decide to buy!  Thanks for all the love”

 

 

Your lucky if you have a sweety that loves to cook, because there’s a ton of options out there that you can make into a gift basket.   Here’s some options below:

 

Heart Shaped Frying Pan

 

This heart shaped frying pan is perfect for serving pancakes on Valentines Day morning, and it’s priced at only $7.50 and Prime shipping.

 

Slice of Love Pizza Cutter

$6.00 @ Amazon

 

Slice of Love Pizza Cutter

 

 

My Heart to Yours Couples Pillowcases

$30 @ Amazon

 

BOLDLOFT From My Heart to Yours Couples Pillowcases

 

These pillowcases are just too cute, plus you can get the matching mugs below:

 

BOLDLOFT From My Heart to Yours Mugs

 

Set the mood with these

Pack of 3 sets LED Red Moon Lights 

$7.50 @ Amazon

3 sets LED Moon Red Copper String Lights

I “Heart”the “Poop” Out of U Giant Emoji Pillow

$14 @ Amazon

 

 

If your the silly kind, then you can’t go wrong with this “poop” emoji pillow!  This is a gift I would defiantly give to one of my lucky family members!  

15 Vintage Valentines Day Cards

$10 @ Amazon

These retro Valentines Day cards take me back to my grade school days in the 70’s.  I can’t believe that you can still buy these exact same cards with the same artwork, and I had to buy this exact same pack for myself.   

 

Love Heart Bead Bracelet

$17 @ Amazon

I always say, Bring on the Bling!  This bracelet is all that and more, and for only $17 on Prime shipping, it will not only steal her heart, but love your budget.  

I hope you like some of my Heart Shaped Valentines Day gift ideas above, and I would love for you to join me on Pinterest, just click on the link below:

Be My Valentine Gifts & DIY Ideas

 

Just so you know that some of the links above are my affiliate links, and I may get a small commission fee if you decide to buy.  Thank you for your continued support, and Happy Valentines Day!     

 


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