Fruits, Veggies, Roses – It’s That Time + HM #188

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #187! Fruits, Veggies, Roses – it’s That Time! Summertime is the perfect time for all of the above! No matter where your focus falls, we’ve got something for you today! #Fruit #Veggies #Roses #HomeMattersParty

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Fruits, Veggies, Roses – It’s That Time + HM #188

I’ve always been a fan of container gardening. Even now that we have lots of space, I STILL love growing things in various pots and planters! So, if you’re limited on space, or if you just like being surrounded by neat containers like I do, check out what I’ve put together for ya!


How to Grow Fruit Trees in Containers from Joy @ Bless My Weeds


The 12 Best Vegetables to Grow in Containers from David @ David Domoney


Growing Roses in Containers from Ellen @ Thrifty Fun

Fresh Vegetable Salad from Julie @ Bread Booze Bacon


Fresh Fruit Salad from Lauren @ Tastes Better from Scratch

Oh yeah, and I threw in a couple recipes for you to use with your fresh fruits and veggies! Hope you enjoy! You can also check out ideas from the other Home Matters gals below…

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Beat the Summer Heat With These Cooling Tips

It’s barely summer and I’ve just started saying it here in Central Florida in the past few weeks: oh my gosh, it’s so HOT out! I don’t know why I feel surprised – this happens every year, right?!

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Summer may be one of the best times of the year but depending on where you live, it can also be quite oppressive. If you live in an area where the mercury hits triple digits in the midst of July, August, and September, you can give yourself, your family, and your AC a break by following these summer cool-down tips. Some of these tips will keep your hotel room, vacation home rental, or other accommodations cooler while you and the family travel during summer vacation, too!


Block Out the Sun

Window coverings are made to give you privacy when you want and need it but did you also know they work to insulate your home all year round? In the summer, draw the blinds and curtains early before the sun beats in through the windows. This keeps the rays outdoors and the indoor cooler. It keeps the house warmer in the winter, too. When traveling, pull the drapes shut before you head out for sightseeing to keep your accommodations cooler, as well.

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New Product Review: Canvas on the Cheap!

I LOVE photos. I mean, I guess that really comes with the territory. (Y’all know I run a photography business, right?) Anyways, as much as I love photos, and even though our family has several photo shoots done throughout the year, and as many photos as I myself take of our family…I’m AWFUL about creating a canvas out of photos, or even simply printing photos. I’m not sure why! I just never seem to get around to DOING it!

So when we moved in into our current home (and it’s been over a year now – MERCY. Time flies!) I decided that I really wanted to take the time to have some canvases made of family photos and use them as artwork around our house. But I honestly wasn’t sure which company I wanted to go with. It seems like there’s a quite a few out there now, all promising the best deal and the best quality. How do you choose? It’s tough even for a photographer, I’m here to say!

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As luck would have it, I received a nice email from Emily at Canvas on the Cheap, asking if I would like to receive and review one of their canvases. Well, goodness, what perfect timing! I knew exactly which photo I wanted to use, so I was ready to go!

Canvas on the Cheap’s site was super easy to use, which is always helpful when you’re dealing with photo uploads and sizings! I loved that I had the option of adding a gallery wrap or a frame, but I didn’t end up doing either, because I wanted to see what the standard product turned out like. They also offered the option of adding a back dust cover or a wall hanger, which I also thought were super convenient.

It was nice to be able to pay via credit card or PayPal, and I even found out that they do standard shipping for FREE during the holidays! Hello! What a great gift idea! (Or for FATHER’S DAY…hint hint!)

In no time at all, my canvas had arrived. It was wrapped securely, and I pulled it out of it’s packaging with nary a scratch – PERFECT! Check it out!


Aren’t we CUTE?! (HA! Just kidding…I mean, the GIRLS are definitely cute, I won’t argue with you on that one! HA!)

This is a 16X20 canvas, and folks, it is PERFECT. And I’m NOT just saying that. It’s like a real live person took the utmost care in putting this thing together – not a staple is out of line nor an overlap crooked. It’s shockingly exact.

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Father’s Day Ideas for Dad + HM 187

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #187! Our theme today is none other than Father’s Day Ideas for Dad! Have you got YOUR Father’sDay wrapped up yet? Do you normally do the same thing every year, or do you like to mix it up? No matter your norm, we’ve got some great ideas for you! #FathersDay #Dad #HomeMattersParty

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Father’s Day Ideas for Dad + HM #187

One of my favorite things in the world it do is to travel! But we haven’t done too much of that since the twins were born – it’s a LOT of work to load up and travel with 2 toddlers, let me tell you! I’ve been getting the itch to try it, though, so I found some great ideas for me AND for you! 

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Automatic Soap Dispensers that Will Make Your Bathroom More Elegant

Years ago, when my hubby and I were doing our wedding registry, we saw this really cool automatic soap dispenser. I wanted SO BADLY to add it to our registry, but it seemed a bit frivolous to me, and I couldn’t bring myself to do it!

The funny thing was, when we were opening gifts from one of our showers, someone had actually bought us that dispenser even though we never registered for it! I was beside myself! And we LOVED that dispenser for quite a few years – until CoCo the Black Kitty knocked it off the kitchen sink onto the ceramic tile floor…and then the dispenser ceased to…dispense. It was such a sad day.

Fast-forward to present day and I’m juggling 21-month-old twins, a husband, a dog, and still CoCo the Black Kitty, and the automatic soap dispenser is sounding better and better! So when Amina from Today Best Reviews contacted me about a piece on automatic soap dispensers for the bathroom, I thought it was just perfect! Let’s see her recommendations!

Welcome to your new and elegant bathroom! Does this sound like a dream that seems impossible to come true? It did to me also. However, there are some ways to update your bathrooms even if you’re on a budget or lack the spare time you need to go shopping. Automatic soap dispensers are some of the most elegant and healthy choices you can make for your home.

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Automatic soap dispensers are usually made for your bathroom. However, you can place them just about anywhere you or someone from the family needs hand washing – in an outdoor garden, in the kitchen or in the garage. They may seem like just an additional item to place in your bathroom. Yet, soap dispensers make up for the traditional soap holders that collect bacteria every time one touches them.

What to Look for in Automatic Soap Dispensers

Hand-washing works for two purposes which automatic soap dispensers should meet – hygiene and cleaning. According to Today Best Reviews, dispensers should be built to cover both requirements while compensating with modern design and features that ensure no spilling. Product reviews, which you should read more of before purchasing, also discuss about resistance and maintenance of such products.

Automatic soap dispensers stand out among manual options and you don’t need to touch them at all. Even though some are battery-powered, they usually come with low consumption mechanisms. These are the basic features that any automatic soap dispenser should have:

  • Touchless instant or dispensing under one second.
  • Silicone valves which ensure no spilling when the product is not in use.
  • Adjustable volume which can be set once for future dispensing requests.
  • Affordable and convenient prices.
  • Long-lasting materials which avoid fingerprints remaining on the products.


Sleek: Premium Original Hayden Dispenser

The most popular automatic soap dispenser among users comes with a metallic design which makes it look as if it were naturally integrated in your bathroom from the very beginning. The dispenser amazes customers as it comes with infra-red technology which ensures a fully touchless use.

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