Apartment Gardening

I love to cook, and what’s better than growing your own herbs to use in tasty dishes?  Store-bought herbs tend to be pricey if you buy them continually, but growing your own not only saves some moolah, but also adds a fun pop of green to your home.


picstitch1. Ikea FINTORP Caddy

2. Ikea FINTORP Hook

3. Ikea FINTORP Rail


We have a few windows in our place that get a fair amount of sunlight to make herb growing feasible.  A balcony or deck would be great, but without that luxury, we’ve done what we can.  We bought this organization set from Ikea and installed it on this small wall by the window in our kitchen.  These pots are petite, but they do have a drainage system built in the bottom.  It’s not as ideal as a pot with bottom holes and accompanying saucer, but obviously we can’t have stuff draining out the bottom along our kitchen wall.  Because that would be cute (and appetizing), right?


I talked with a gardener at our local farmer’s market who recommended some of the heartier herbs for starters.  We’ve had luck with chives, oregano, thyme, lavender, mint and lemon thyme thus far.  We have another grouping of plants on this side table by our living room window.  They also lack proper drainage, but we’ve been able to keep them going so far by being very prudent in how much we water them.  The lavender and thyme have needed just a small amount of water near the base each day, and plenty of sunlight.


I just bought a good-sized basil plant from Trader Joe’s yesterday and have yet to pot it – I’ve not been successful with basil in the past (maybe it was the whole not watering it part….just maybe…) but I’m trying to step up my apartment gardening game and commit to caring for these babies!

A related book that I’ve been eyeing:  Apartment Gardening by Amy Pennington


Super cute neon-dipped pot tutorial: Neon Dipped Teacher Gifts (from Caroline at Hello Bee Blog)


Happy apartment gardening , and have a bright & beautiful Labor Day! Love, Amanda


Toasting the End of Summer

We are in beautiful SoCal right now, enjoying some time with family as the summer wraps up.  Our family summer drink of choice for the past few years has been the “Dark ‘n Stormy:”  Bermuda’s “official” drink, created by the makers of Gosling’s Rum.


The recipe is simple: dark rum (we use Goslings), ginger beer, limes and ice.  It’s a refreshing slice of summer in a glass!  Dark ‘n Stormy Recipe.


Other end-of-summer favorites: my beach kimono/cover-up, straw hats (a must for fair ladies like myself when one’s out in the sun for hours), and this awesome chalkboard design Joshua created for our living room.  Check out my Pintrest page under “Prints” for a sampling of other chalkboard designs- there are some amazing ones out there!



It’s always bittersweet to see the summer go, but why not see it out in style with a tasty cocktail in hand?  Cheers from CA and thanks for stopping by!  Love, Amanda
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black and white shirt: francesca’s collection
kimono: forever 21
hats: fedora, san diego hat company; floppy straw hat, from brazil
sunglasses: banana republic