Twelve People To Add To Your Instagram Feed | dreamgreendiy.com

It’s probably no surprise—and certainly no secret—that Instagram is my favorite social media platform of all. I’m constantly pulling inspiration from those I follow, and I love to post things to my own feed, too. It’s admittedly a challenge to continue coming up with cohesive snapshots to share over on Instagram, but I love putting in the time to make sure I show an authentic peek into my daily life.

That said, I notice that I tend to get a little bored and impatient scrolling through my home feed every couple of months. After seeing roughly the same type of images and promotions day in and day out, I find myself craving something new, so I’ll often pop over to that Explore tab in order to follow along with some brand new people.

This list of a dozen designers, creatives, photographers, and fellow bloggers below is a roundup of the Instagram accounts I’m particularly loving lately. Some of them I’ve been following along with for years, whereas others are new subscriptions for me, but each and every one of them has something beautiful and inspiring and motivating to share. If you’re looking to mix things up on your own Instagram feed, this “Done In A Dozen” collection will do just that in an instant!

  1. @themerrythought
  2. @shelbygoodman
  3. @laurenswells
  4. @houseofsixinteriors
  5. @glitterguide
  6. @andrewknapp
  7. @designlovefest
  8. @oleanderandpalm
  9. @ginny_macdonald (photo by @tessaneustadt)
  10. @freshexchange
  11. @almostmakesperfect
  12. @alexmichaelmay

Oh, and did you hear the news? The Dream Green DIY team has grown! After announcing last month that I was on the hunt for a Marketing Intern to assist me with building a creative community, I received so many incredible emails and messages from those of you who chose to apply.

I had the chance to chat with a handful of really incredible women, and after all was said and done, I decided to offer the role to Nikki McIntosh of Wise Apple Vintage. Happily, she accepted, and I’m so excited to work with her to build on new ideas and to offer all of you a fresh perspective.

You’ll find her over on the Dream Green DIY Facebook page engaging with readers and igniting fun conversations centered around DIY, home design, and so much more. Please join me in offering Nikki an extra warm welcome in the comments below and over on Facebook here!

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How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

As is tradition amongst most of society, the kick-off to a new year offered the perfect excuse to unveil a new “me.” I’ve drastically changed the way I think about and approach the blog in terms of post themes and photography, and I’ve adopted a much less “edited” form of expression. It has been liberating, to say the (absolute) least, and I was excited to realize that the mental shift would also inspire a new look in our home, too.

Last month I unveiled my plans for our living and dining room makeover, and while things are still in a small state of transition—as in our recently-recovered leather couch (which we picked up this past weekend!) has yet to be photographed in place—our home is feeling so much more like “us” and less like a product of my blog’s old poppy aesthetic. The coolest, most thrilling part of this makeover is the fact that it almost entirely came down to new art and a few new textiles. In other words, it was CHEAP to do but with all of the high impact excitement that a major room makeover is expected to provide.

I partnered with the fine folks over at Minted to pull this whole thing off, and have been chomping at the bit to share the full collection of tour photos. You were able to get a major sneak peek in last week’s video home tour, but now you are welcomed to lazily scroll through the still frame highlights below.

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

In case you’re just tuning in, click back here to see the original mood board and hear my inspiration behind the updates. I’m also sharing a full home tour over on West Elm’s blog Front + Main so that you can see how these updates continue to contribute to a whole-house color palette that feels fresh, cohesive, and calming—three words that perfectly sum up my goals for 2017.

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

The main driving force behind this makeover, of course, was new art. Before, I chose pieces that really ran the gamete in terms of color. I went wild with abstracts done in yellow, pink, orange, and green. I hoarded bold landscapes, portraits, photographs, and collages that sported practically any shade under the sun, and the collection ultimately gave our home a sort of playful energy and excitement. I loved it (and I still appreciate it), but I was ready to tone things way down and embrace a more minimalist, classic palette.

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

The first step in the makeover was to place all of our old art in storage (spoiler: most of it is piled neatly under the bed in our master bedroom), and then I spent a few days scouring the options on Minted. My goal was to choose pieces that fit a soothing palette of blue, gray, white, black, and cream.

But color wasn’t the only thing I needed to pay attention to in order to nail that spa-like vibe. I also needed to consider subject and shape. Heavily patterned art just wouldn’t work for this makeover. Instead, I needed to choose prints that were pared-down in terms of composition and focus.

In the end, I ordered a large-scale-yet-neutral-toned photograph of Paris (Days in Paris), a shy portrait (Linger), a simple abstract (Distant Island Pier), a leafy line drawing (Wild Radish), and a quirky black and white horse portrait (Presence). I filled in where necessary with a few pieces that we already had, but the overall idea was art with loose paint strokes and neutral undertones.

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

Although new art is certainly an investment in its own right, it’s incredible how much impact a new collection can have on the look of your space. If I had chosen to go the full nine yards with all new furniture, rugs, lighting, and accents instead of just using what we already had, this makeover would have costs thousands. But by using nothing but new art and a few new pillows and blankets in the same neutral blue color scheme, I was able to stay well within our meager budget.

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

The other wonderful thing is that this process can theoretically happen in just one day or one weekend! I dare you to try taking your existing art off the wall and experiment with new pieces that suit your current aesthetic. You might be surprised to find what you’re drawn to, and just how invigorating new art can be as you enjoy your space with fresh eyes. Give the concept a shot, and don’t forget to let me know what type of art or color scheme you’re loving this new year in the comments below!

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

Minted Art: Days in ParisLingerDistant Island PierWild RadishPresence

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DIY Floating Butterfly Burlap Wreath For Spring | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

I envy butterflies…They are one of the most quintessential symbols of spring, and that’s one role I wouldn’t mind proudly shouting from the rooftops. As soon as you see their winged silhouettes popping up in the craft and home decor aisles of your favorite stores, you know the season is on its way in. Sure, we’ve got at least a month or two before we start to physically feel the effects of spring’s arrival, but it’ll still be here before we know it.

This April, I’ll be turning 31 years old. It’s honestly a little odd to say that out loud. My 30th birthday was welcomed with excitement and even a little bit of newfound pride. Thirty-one though is an age where I feel like I should officially have my s&!# together. Do I feel like I’m mature enough to handle my thirties? Not one bit (especially since John and I recently remarked how fun it would be to play Hide & Seek sometime). But I’m still excited to embrace my new year and this new season in 2017.

DIY Floating Butterfly Burlap Wreath For Spring | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

So, you’re probably wondering what all of this has to do with a DIY Butterfly Wreath. Well, in honor of my favorite season and upcoming birthday, I worked with the team over at Oriental Trading to design a spring-themed wreath that’s just teaming with the season’s friendliest mascot: butterflies, of course!

Go ahead and slide your mouse on over to this link right here in order to visit the Oriental Trading blog where I’m sharing the full step-by-step guide for making your own DIY Floating Butterfly Burlap Wreath for Spring. Are you a diehard fan of this upcoming season, too? And are you also officially living out your 30’s? I’d love to know how you guys make the most of every season and each birthday as they come, so leave your stories and bucket list items in the comments below.

DIY Floating Butterfly Burlap Wreath For Spring | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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Modernizing Our Mid-Century Bath With Brass Fixtures | dreamgreendiy.com + @deltafaucet

Guess what…I have a brand new before and after reveal to share with you! I am so head-over-heels in love with our newly decked out bathroom and can’t wait to spill all of the beans. In truth, this project started way back in November of last year. A chance email exchange with one of the editors from Delta Faucet’s Inspired Living blog ultimately resulted in a creative partnership that has since given our dated bathroom a new lease on life.

If you’ve been following along for any length of time, You probably recall just how far our main floor bathroom has come. We’ve removed dated floral (Thomas-Kincaid-like) wallpaper, refreshed our tile grout using a paint pen (a makeover that’s still going strong!), repainted the room a soft bright white, and added white linens to the space to make it feel more spa-like. All of these things have given the room a modern vibe, but we were in desperate need of a fixture makeover in the bathtub, as you’ll see in all its unedited glory below.

Modernizing Our Mid-Century Bath With Brass Fixtures | dreamgreendiy.com + @deltafaucet

Modernizing Our Mid-Century Bath With Brass Fixtures | dreamgreendiy.com + @deltafaucet

As I’m sure you can imagine, I was honestly mortified to subject our overnight guests to the existing leaky, squeaky shower fixtures, and I despised dealing with them myself on a daily basis. So, after chatting with Delta, I decided that now was the time to kick off a full-scale makeover that would take place one “Champagne Bronze” piece at a time.

Modernizing Our Mid-Century Bath With Brass Fixtures | dreamgreendiy.com + @deltafaucet

Modernizing Our Mid-Century Bath With Brass Fixtures | dreamgreendiy.com + @deltafaucet

Modernizing Our Mid-Century Bath With Brass Fixtures | dreamgreendiy.com + @deltafaucet

Could we afford to switch all of the bathroom fixtures over to brass this go-around? Unfortunately, no…But the good news is that it really doesn’t matter in the scheme of things as long as we keep our long-term plan on track. Hop over to Delta Faucet’s Inspired Living blog to find out what went into the project (including a DIY project that saved us over $350), plus you’ll learn how we’re making the collection of mis-matched metals work for us as we tackle the 3-part makeover. I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Modernizing Our Mid-Century Bath With Brass Fixtures | dreamgreendiy.com + @deltafaucet

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A Video Tour Of Our Mid-Progress Mid-Century Home | dreamgreendiy.com

I hope you don’t mind, but I’m just going to pop in quickly this morning to share a small update! As you know, things have been kinda chaotic in our household as of late, and since explaining everything last Friday, I’ve decided that now’s the time to pay extra close attention to my intuition. So far, it’s told me that I need to TAKE IT EASY, so I’m going to cut myself a little slack today.

The good news is that I still have something exciting to share here on the blog this morning: a walking video tour of our home! Since jumping headfirst into video production at the start of the year, I’ve always had a home tour in the back of my mind as something I wanted to document. I never felt like I could truly invite you into our home through photos, so this is my way of really throwing the front door open wide for you.

A Video Tour Of Our Mid-Progress Mid-Century Home | dreamgreendiy.com

I didn’t have time to get to all of the rooms because I figured an almost-3-minute video was cutting it pretty close in terms of your attention span, but maybe I’ll share a follow up with the rest of the house later this season. Stay tuned for part two of the home tour in video format soon, and in the meantime, I hope you enjoy this real life peek into our home. Happy Friday and have a great weekend, guys!

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5 Things Your Blog Media Kit Needs To Include | dreamgreendiy.com

So, you’ve started a business of your own—congratulations! There’s practically nothing more thrilling as a working creative than finally stepping out on your own, and taking on the role of “boss.” You essentially now have your entire professional future in your hands, and along with that comes the power to design a customized career that truly fulfills you.

Almost three years ago, I did just that and have never looked back. Going full-time as a freelance writer and blogger has been the most incredible experience of my life, and I thank my lucky stars daily that this is what I do for a living. There’s no doubt that it’s my dream job, but there’s also zero doubt that it is a JOB. While I’ve never been more excited about my work, it’s also undeniably the hardest thing I’ve ever done. There’s no rest for this weary girl, and no one can get my work done but me. Sick days? Yeah, those don’t exist. Vacations? HAHA! But, of course, it’s all worth the hustle.

5 Things Your Blog Media Kit Needs To Include | dreamgreendiy.com

One thing that has been invaluable in my growth as a content creator is my media kit. I send out my 5-page PDF brand breakdown numerous times throughout the day to prospective clients, and I know it has helped me land more than one dream partnership.

In case you’re looking to boost your own marketing sheet or media kit—whether you’re a blogger, wedding photographer, party planner, or any other type of working creative—I invite you to read on for the five elements of a good media kit, plus you can click here to view my own media kit (with redacted rates in the name of privacy)for inspiration.

5 Things Your Blog Media Kit Needs To Include | dreamgreendiy.com

5 Elements Of A Good Media Kit:

  1. Put your best face forward: It’s important that your media kit be a welcoming introduction to you and your brand, so don’t forget to include a small “About Me” section (including your location!) to describe how long you’ve been working and what your passions are. Give your brand a personal edge, and companies may be more inclined to invest in your work.
  2. Make it on-brand: Utilize the same colors and specific design elements (think: circles, boxes, icons, etc.) that you use on your actual blog or portfolio website. This will ensure cohesion across all of your marketing materials.
  3. Showcase your work: If you’re a wedding photographer, include at least one or two visual examples of your work somewhere on your media kit, whether that’s within the design of the main pages, or on the cover itself. The same goes for DIY or design bloggers—add a few photos of your completed projects to show potential clients and brands the type of content and/or imagery you can create for them.
  4. Include your stats: You don’t need to include your entire analytics for 2016, but do give a general idea of your audience so that recipients of your kit know how big your influence is and how far your reach goes.
  5. Break down your rates: A major component of any media kit is the rates sheet. This page offers a clear overview of general investment options and package rates. Don’t forget to include a detailed itemized list of what each package includes if you decide to organize your rate sheet that way. It’s also good to call out the fact that custom options are available upon request so that you show how willing you are to work with a particular budget—within reason, of course!
  6. BONUS! I recently added a step-by-step illustration of the time that go into making a sponsored post at the end of my media kit, and I think that it has been instrumental in boosting brand and client awareness of the value I’m able to offer for their money. Click here for more of my thoughts on this topic!

5 Things Your Blog Media Kit Needs To Include | dreamgreendiy.com

Whether you put your PDF media kit together yourself or you work with a professional graphic designer, these tips should help you ace that first point of contact with interested professional partners. Did I miss anything important that you can think of? Leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!

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How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

I think it’s pretty common knowledge that winter is one of the hardest times to sell a home. I suppose it has something to do with the fact that people aren’t venturing outside as often in the cold weather, but for whatever reason, real estate seems to slow way down this time of year. The good news if you’re looking to sell (or buy!) is that things are likely to pick way back up in just a handful of weeks as spring descends.

All this to say, housewarming party season is about to take over. Be prepared to receive invitations to your friends’ or family member’s new homes or, at the very least, plan to spot a custom “Change of Address” notice or two in the mail. Of course, the next tradition to follow is a basket of custom-curated goodies to hand over in celebration! Read on for a few theme ideas to inspire a housewarming gift box that they’ll actually appreciate this upcoming moving season.

How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

8 Housewarming Gift Box Ideas To Try:

  1. Kitchen accessories: Tea towel, measuring spoons, glass coasters, kitchen timer, bottle opener, dish soap, all packaged in a wire basket
  2. New address celebration: Box of custom-ordered notecards with their monogram, a reusable stamp with their new address imprinted on it, packaged in a pretty antique mailbox
  3. Post-move spa day: soaps, an organic natural sponge, matching robes, all wrapped in tissue paper and packaged in a drawstring linen laundry bag
  4. Book nook starter kit: Brochure to the local library, extra large knit blanket, stack of bestselling books, candle and matches
  5. Organization motivation: A set of nesting Tupperware containers with fun colored box tops, a label maker, peel-and-stick chalkboard labels, chalkboard marker, all packaged in one extra large see-through Tupperware tote
  6. Need-to-have necessities: Fresh fabric shower liners, heavy-duty trash bags, box cutter, set of uncut keys and a gift card to Lowe’s for making copies, lightbulbs, all wrapped up in a reusable grocery bag
  7. Newcommers’ to-do list: Manila folder filled with brochures and directions to local attractions and museums, 2-3 small gift cards to local restaurants to encourage trying out new places, tickets to the local movie theater or symphony
  8. First night meal package: Hand-written recipe for a hearty, easy-to-make meal, all of the ingredients to go with it, placemats and napkins, packaged in a pot or pan.

How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

What are your go-to housewarming gift box themes or ideas? I’d love to learn from your creative traditions, so please do share them below. And, before I sign off for the day, a big THANK YOU goes out to my friend Bethany for her help with modeling and bringing this story to life in-store!

How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

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How I Manage To Get To Inbox Zero Every Day | dreamgreendiy.com

One of the fastest day-killers in my line of work (and probably yours, too) are emails. I get hundreds of messages a day from teammates, PR companies, editors, robots, and readers. Most of these I love to get and respond to (at the top of the list are messages from you guys!), but other types of emails have the tendency to waste a lot of valuable time.

In order to help streamline the process, I’ve worked a number of different processes into the way I manage my email responses. From filing and unsubscribing, to custom replies set up ahead of time, these five tricks below all help me get to “Inbox Zero” by the end of almost every single day, and ultimately keep my stress level under control, too. Read on for details!

How To Get To “Inbox Zero” Every Day

  1. Set up canned responses: I have a huge collection of pre-drafted responses set up in my Gmail account that allow me to decline offers, explain my sponsored post rates and policies, and even pitch a new partnership within a matter of seconds. Long 3-4 paragraph emails can be drafted, personalized, and sent literally in the time it takes me to enjoy one sip of coffee. Canned responses in Gmail allow me to hustle through tedious email responses faster than ever before. Let me know if you’d like a separate blog post about how to set these up for yourself!
  2. Create a digital filing system: I treat my inbox like a to-do list. As soon as I finish a task or respond to an email, I move it over to its respective labeled folder. I have folders for sponsored partnerships, reader questions, events, taxes, bills, and many more. Using canned responses to get those emails out faster and then filing things away helps keep my inbox clear and controlled throughout the day. If you take nothing else away from this post, these first two tips are the big ones!
  3. Just delete it: If you can tell that a person drafted an email and then just changed your name in the salutation (or, worse, if they get your name wrong), just delete it. If you’re a blogger, you’re probably very familiar with these types of messages. They’re typically from PR reps who send out massive releases to brands and content creators, and little if any of the message is changed from recipient to recipient. If not a lot of effort was put into sending me a personal message, than I often don’t put a ton of effort into responding. Most of the time I just delete these. Of course, there are exceptions, and (don’t get me wrong) I love to connect with creative brands and PR reps, but that’s not always the case, and you can usually tell whether or not an email deserves a personal response. My assumption? The person will follow up if it really is a personalized message worthy of a closer look!
  4. Add a disclaimer: Over a year ago, I decided that enough was enough and I needed to shut my computer and email down after 5pm. So, I added a quick one-line disclaimer to my email signature: “Please note that my office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. To keep up with my challenge to be more productive and intentional this season, click through to Glitter Guide here!” This goes out to every single person I email so that everyone is aware of my email habits. The cool thing is that, ever since adding the disclaimer, I’ve noticed I get far less emails after 5pm! This is another one of those couldn’t-be-easier tricks, that takes just a moment to set up but goes a long way toward minimizing unnecessary emails.
  5. Hit “Unsubscribe”: You can try signing up for a service to help you automatically get rid of spammy email subscriptions, or you can do what I do and simply hit “Unsubscribe.” I do this manually whenever I notice that I’ve gotten a message or alert that I no longer need (or never even signed up for). If you’re diligent about unsubscribing, you should notice that getting to “Inbox Zero” is a lot easier each day.

Do you have any other tips and tricks to share? How do you get to “Inbox Zero” every day? I’d love for you to leave your suggestions (and questions!) in the comments below so that we can all learn from each other.

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Everything You Need For Your Modern Living Room Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Happy Monday! Are you ready for a bit of makeover motivation? Today, in honor of our own living room refresh, I’m sharing a roundup of products that have inspired me to up the ante in our main gathering space. I’ve long been a fan of just about everything West Elm does, and this collection of curated items is just a small peek into the pieces I’m loving from the brand this season.

Lately, I’ve been really inspired by and drawn to neutral textiles, metallic gold detailing, exposed wood grains, and shades of blue. The proof, of course, is in this lineup pictured above and linked to below. While a lot of the accents and furniture I’m calling out today collectively require a sizable investment, I think it’s pretty safe to say that none of it will go out of style any time soon. The other good news is that the dozen pieces can be paired with bolder decor should you (or I!) decide to switch things up with a brighter palette in a year or two.

  1. Embroidered Horizon Pillow Cover ($39)
  2. Mid-Century Turned Leg Standing Planter ($169)
  3. Sphere + Stem Table Lamp ($159)
  4. Mid-Century Bar Cabinet ($699)
  5. Large Curved Basket ($39)
  6. Reactive Glaze Vases ($12-59)
  7. Cotton Canvas Stained Glass Curtain ($49)
  8. Traced Diamond Kilim Rug ($239)
  9. Macrame Diamond Pillow Cover ($39)
  10. Warmest Throw ($39)
  11. Kiko Futon Sofa ($719)
  12. Metal Framed Round Wall Mirror ($199)

Most of these items have found their way into our real life living room, and I’m just bursting at the seams to show you the new look. Stay tuned later on this month for the full tour, to include our living room, dining space, and even our kitchen, too! Now, I want to know: what’s your favorite pick in the list above? Tell me in the comments below.

*My promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.
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A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

I really hate to kick this post off on such a negative note, but wow…It has been a doozy of a week. I’ve tried to downplay things here on the blog, but John and I have been struggling through quite a few household headaches that have left us both absolutely exhausted at the end of each day. Suffice it to say, copious amounts of wine have been (responsibly) consumed this week.

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

I don’t ever want to seem like I’m not grateful for all of the wonderful things we enjoy in our lives, because we’ve got a lot to revel in—a happy marriage, a sweet pack of pets to love, a beautiful home that’s more than enough for all of us to enjoy. Cars though? Yeah, that’s the brunt of our concerns right now.

Long story long, we decided to sell my car on a whim, and the deal happened a lot quicker than we anticipated. So, then we were down to one car. Next up, John got his car (our only car at that point) inspected and a crumbling frame landed us with a “Rejected” sticker. Hundreds of dollars later, we’re still only partly through the process of getting his car back to approved order. While his SUV was in the shop, we had to borrow a car from our gracious friends, and all the while we were on the hunt for a new car for me.

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

The almost hilarious part of this saga is that we found and purchased a super clean new (ish) Subaru for me, but upon getting it home, found out that it has a mid-drive stalling issue. Yesterday morning, I watched my “brand new” beloved car get towed away to our dealer’s mechanic, and that left us back down to our borrowed friends’ car and John’s illegal SUV. Again, it’s an utter enormous mess, and I probably shouldn’t have relayed all of that to you, but I guess I needed to get it off my chest.

Did I mention that I found out this week that I also probably need to get my tonsils taken out? I’m basically considering a glass of wine with my morning cereal at this point (kidding).

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

Anyway, you’re probably wondering what the heck all of these idyllic park photos now have to do with our car woes. Well, amidst the chaos and confusion of our delinquent modes of transportation, John and I have had to get serious about stress relief. Of course, these things weren’t really under our control, so we just had to accept each bad break as they came and then work on devising a solution. It was leaving us drained and weary, but the good news is that we’re enjoying some pretty comfortable temperatures here in Virginia this week. So, one mid-week afternoon right smack in the middle of all these crap circumstances, we decided to take a long, long walk through the local Serenity Garden.

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

This cancer awareness garden sits alongside the South River at Ridgeview Park, and is just a mile or two from our house. Whenever we find ourselves at our whit’s end, we almost always agree that it’s time to head toward the Serenity Garden. Between the beautiful, lovingly planted landscaping and its proximity to the river, it practically can’t be beat. We soaked up every fresh breath that day, and spent more than a few extra minutes looking into the rippling, rushing water of the river.

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.comAlthough we’re dealing with quite a bit right now, we’re not so disheartened to ignore the fact that our lives revolve around some of the best stuff this world has to offer—this outdoor oasis being one of them. In case you’re dealing with some negative stuff right now, or if your week has just been an exceptionally busy or stressful one, I hope you’ll consider taking a few minutes to head out to your favorite spot for some fresh air and sunshine. There might not be any better medicine out there for stress and heartache.

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

Thanks, as always, for listening (and watching—there’s another video for you below if you keep scrolling!) and here’s hoping that you enjoy a wonderful weekend, however you decide to spend it. Your kind comments and words of encouragement never cease to add positivity to my day, and I really needed it this week. You’ll never, ever know just how much I appreciate you. Thank you…

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

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