Let’s be honest. Town homes do not have a lot of privacy or personality when it comes to outside. Things tend to have to be uniformed, you’re connected to another persons yard and it’s a small area so you’re really limited. Before we moved here we had an amazing porch on our old apartment, it fit multiple chairs and even a small bistro table! So we brought most of the things with us, but on our tiny bit of cement it feels a bit cramped and it really lacked in personality. Below is what we’re working with y’all. So.much.blah… and don’t even get me started on the trash cans.. 🙁
BUT we were really excited to finally get a grill!!! YAY! Those trash cans though, ugh!
For Mother’s Day my mom and dad visited and my mom decided to take me out to start getting organized a bit and really liking our yard. We have the option to fence in our yard completely with the matching wood (our neighbor did) but I just felt like it was going to be very closed in and not to mention, expensive! One day when I started browsing Lowe’s I saw a really pretty trellis that I thought could work and showed mom and she agreed. In the summer mandevilla is also a beautiful growing plant that would be a perfect plant to start growing up the trellis and it has gorgeous flowers! Below is the final product after mom visited.
We’ve since then moved around furniture and tried to keep rearranging so that we really started liking it. Since the plants grew over summer things are definitely looking up! We are starting to really love it. ALTHOUGH once the cold water hits.. no more mandevilla so we’re on the hunt for a vine that is a perennial. There’s always something y’all!! So I figured I’d share with you how pretty our plants look before the warm weather is officially gone, gone, gone…
Sometimes we just want to make everything simple and quick. Yeah, we enjoy complex meals and trying new things but this Chili recipe has been a go-to since college when I’d make a pot and have a couple lunches worth. It has stuck around ever since and I haven’t changed it either.
World’s Easiest Chili
1lb ground beef (or you can do turkey)
1 can diced tomatoes – plain
1 large jar of chunky salsa (we usually use a medium or hot)
1 can of black beans
1 can of dark red kidney beans (or pinto if you’d rather)
1tsp Cumin (add more to taste)
1tsp Chili Powder (feel free to add more to taste)
In a large pot brown the meat over medium heat.
Adding seasoning to meat while browning.
Once the meat is cooked through, add diced tomatoes, salsa, drained black beans and drained kidney beans.
Bring ingredients to a quick boil and then simmer on low heat, covered for a generous amount of time if you can, if you can’t, this recipe can be done in 15 minutes.
Add more seasoning to taste.
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I realize that I’m always planning a trip for the two of us, so that means I use a lot of different resources to scour the best deal but also the most guaranteed deal. Of course you’ll see deals that seem too good to be true and a lot of times I’m anxious that they really are. If I have the opportunity to book direct with the airline or hotel, etc, I definitely prefer that just so that I feel more confident in the event something should ever happen. BUT that doesn’t mean I don’t look at other sites for help in finding the best deal. Today I want to share our favorites for finding the BEST flight deals!
Best sites for flights:
Fareboom– I love Fareboom because you can search multi-city flights, multiple days, international flights and pretty much any combination you can think of. It even has a fare-cruncher and flex search (if you’re flexible obviously). I haven’t booked anything directly through them but it really helps me narrow the airlines I’m interested in flying with and then I use that information on the direct airline site to compare. It’s easy and I really love this website!
American Airlines– I know this is odd to list just an airline, but I really enjoy booking flights through American. One of the things I love about American Airlines is that you can hold a flight for 24 hours without paying for it, and if it doesn’t work out you can release the flight! What other airline does that?! Plus American flies to many of my favorite destinations from RDU so it’s usually my airline of choice, so I don’t mind racking up miles on one airline either.
Orbitz – This is probably my favorite of the “show me everything” sites. It’s not better than Fareboom for flights, but it’s not bad. I like it for hotels and domestic flights are pretty good as well. Of course you can’t search Southwest on these types of sites.
Travelzoo – I don’t use their search often, but I sign up for their emails and it’s AWESOME. I’ve nabbed amazing deals from flights to hotels on their site with their Top 20 emails, and occasionally they do send emails specific to RDU which is awesome. I highly recommend you sign up!!
Do you have any favorite sites that help you score the best deals? I’d love to hear what you use!