Monthly Archives: July 2013

What’s Blooming in July

Did you ever wonder what blooms in July? We’ve put together a summary of some of the flowers and trees that bloom in Zone 5 in July:

  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Blue hydrangea
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Daylillies (Yellow and Orange)
  • Phlox
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Roses: all types and colors (salmon, red, yellow, pink, white, peach)
  • Shasta daisies
  • Snapdragon
  • White hydrangea
  • Zinnias

There are also raspberries and blueberries which are out in full force in July.

In addition, annuals and garden plants are developing nicely.  Vegetables that are ready for picking in July include: jalapeno peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes.  The zucchini, corn and beans started from seed are just about ready.

Annuals are coming along nicely, including flowers such as marigolds, snapdragon, and zinnia to name a few.  Asters will be ready to pick in August.

Be sure to look at our calendar for July:

July 2013

Happy gardening. 🙂

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How to organize markers

For some reason, there is always an excess of markers at our house.  Here’s a simple way to keep your markers neat and organized.

Types of Markers

First, sort the markers by type:

  • Large markers (the wide ones)
  • Fine point markers (the tall, narrow ones)
  • Washable markers (for the smallest children)
  • Dry Erase Markers

Storage Solutions

For this project, we selected a utensil basket from Target.  Normally, it holds forks, spoons, knives and napkins.  For our project, it will serve as a portable art caddy

Organizing Your Markers

Next, insert 6 plastic cups into the caddy.  This will keep the markers separated and organized.

Lastly, place the markers in the cups.

Now your children are ready to work on any art project that comes their way.  The caddy is convenient because it has a handle that makes it easy to carry from room to room.

Happy coloring! 🙂

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Bows - Red Green Gold Silver

Simple ways to organize gift wrap paper and bows

Are looking for an easy and inexpensive way to organize your gift wrap paper and bows?  Check out these solutions.

How to Store Gift Bows

Storing gift bows is relatively easy.  For this project, we chose to reuse two deep boxes from a clothing store.

Next, we sorted the bows by color.  Holiday colors including red, green, gold and silver were placed in one box, and labeled on the outside.  The second box contains all of the other colors of bows: blue, teal, purple and white.  Here’s a picture of the outside of the boxes:

Bow Boxes - Outside

The inside of the bow boxes are even prettier:

Bows - Red Green Gold Silver

Placing the bows in a box ensures they will not get squished or flattened.  Two deep boxes were plenty for storage.  It kept us from saving every last bow, yet provided enough bows on hand for birthdays, holidays and special occasions.

How to Store Gift Wrapping Paper

Two large wrapping paper bins were in order for this project.  One stores our holiday rolls of paper and gift bags.  The second one has gift bags and wrapping paper for all of the other occasions: birthday, anniversary, new baby, Valentine’s Day etc.

Sterilite makes a great 41 quart under the bed storage unit.  It’s better to buy one at the store, like Walmart or Target.  They offer them on-line, but tend to sell them in packages of 6 or 10.  That’s why the price seems higher on-line.

What’s inside the bin?  All the supplies for wrapping a gift:

  • Rolls of gift wrap paper
  • Gift bags
  • Tissue paper for gift bags
  • Ribbon
  • Tape

Gift Wrap Storage Bin

As far as storage, they can be stacked one on top of the other on a shelf.  The holiday one stays on the bottom until November.  Since the all-occasion bin is used more often, it stays on top of the holiday bin for easy access.

Special Tips

  • Rather than fold extra-large gift bags, keep them on top of the two gift wrapping bins.  They will stay nice and flat, and are easy to access when you need them.
  • Sometimes you can reuse gift bags.  When you receive a gift in a bag, save the bag.  Be sure to keep the tags on the bags when storing.  When re-gifting, you’ll know who gave you the bag.  Simply take the tag off, and reuse the bag for another person. 🙂

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