Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fall TV | Premieres & Returning Shows
It’s that magical time once again:  Fall TV premiere season!

It seems like I get more excited every year about all the new shows coming on TV!  I love getting lost in a good show & autumn is when a ton of new shows come out.  I even made a little cheat sheet with the premiere dates on it!

Fall TV | Premiere Dates Cheat Sheet
It looks like the networks are trying to space things out this year.  There are a lot of midseason premieres this time, which is a relief for my DVR because it’s currently filled to the max with about a million episodes of Mysteries At The Museum!  It’s one of the only shows I can fall asleep to & I almost never finish an episode so they just hang out on my DVR until I either finish watching or delete them!  I’ll have to get them under control before the premieres start!

When it comes to fall TV, I don’t discriminate.  I’ll record everything & then weed out what I don’t want to watch.  This year I’m not overly excited to watch any particular new show.  I’m just looking forward to watching them all & picking favorites afterwards!

What I’m really looking forward to are some of my favorites coming back from summer break. I can’t wait until Scandal, The Blacklist & Quantico come back!

What shows are you looking forward to?

Monday, August 28, 2017

Garden | August 2017
Our garden is a jungle right now!
Garden Fresh PepperGarden Fresh PepperGarden Fresh Stevia
I’m currently working on another post detailing everything I’m planning to do differently for next year’s garden, but I will say this right now:  this year’s garden was too small!  Those cute garden boxes we made?  They’re totally overgrown with plants!  I can hardly get in there to get the veggies out!
Garden Fresh Roma TomatoGarden Fresh Roma TomatoesGarden Fresh Roma Tomatoes
I’m really happy that everything grew so good this year.  We have a ton of yellow squash & tomatoes.  Our cucumbers didn’t do very well.  I think an animal got in the garden & tore up the vines a little.  We still managed to get 5 cucumbers, though!
Garden Fresh CucumbersGarden Fresh TomatoesGarden Fresh Tomatoes
As far as canning goes, I haven’t ventured into those waters yet.  I made refrigerator pickles with the cucumbers & a very small amount of pasta sauce with the tomatoes that wasn’t worth canning.
Our tomatoes & squash are still growing, so there will probably be a September garden update as well!
Garden Fresh Roma TomatoesGarden Fresh Roma TomatoesA Bowl Of Garden Fresh Roma Tomatoes

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Link Love | Links & Blogs I'm Loving
Hello weekend vibes!
I’m still over in the garage today, selling my junk valuables at bargain prices!  Having a yard sale is so exhausting!  I see a ton of naps in my future when this is all over!
What are you up to this weekend?  I hope it doesn’t involve running a yard sale!  Haha!
Here are my fave links of the week:

Blogs I Followed

- A Side of Sweet
- Bird’s Party
- Brewing Happiness
- Dream of Adventures
- Forever Amber
- Meera Kothand
- mnmlist
- Sweet Tea Sweetie

Links Loved

- 67 Short Pieces of Advice You Didn’t Ask For -  OMG!  All the feels for this!
- 7 Mouthwatering Dinners That Require Only 5 Ingredients – I’m all for simple recipes & these don’t disappoint!
- Loaded Bacon Ranch Potato Salad – This looks delicious!  This would make a great potluck side dish!
- Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies – Is there anything better than a giant chocolate chip cookie?!
- Baked Buttermilk Pancake Muffins – What a great idea for pancakes on the go!
- Simple Crock-Pot Granola – I didn’t know granola was this easy to make!  I’ll definitely be trying this!
- Cheesecake Bars With All The Berries – How easy do these look?!
- How An Ugly Duckling of a House Got A Beachy Makeover In Maine – After looking at this transformation, I’m getting the itch to remodel something!
- A Bold, Eclectic Basement Apartment in a Converted Church – Who knew a basement could be this bright?!
- Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshakes – These look so delicious!
- Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe – I remember seeing this story on Facebook a while ago & forgot to bookmark the recipe.  Who knows if it’s true, but these cookies look tasty!
- This House Comes With Two Waterfalls (Yes, Really) – I need this house in my life!
- Mimosa Floats – So good!
Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Yard Sale / Garage Sale Tips & Tricks
Right now, I’m in a garage somewhere trying to sell my stuff!
Read my super long winded post about having the worst yard sale ever!  Hopefully, you’ll learn from our mistakes & your sale will be awesome!
My family has been having a yard sale every year since practically the beginning of time.  Okay, so it’s probably been a tradition for 30+ years, but it feels like the beginning of time.  It has been a yearly tradition for my entire life.
Our little town is not very yard sale friendly.  Because we’re in the middle of nowhere, we normally don’t see a ton of traffic, but once a year something magical happens.  My parents (who host the sale) live close to a yearly festival area that turns their country road into a highway for a few days.  Since there’s so much traffic, it’s the perfect time to set out stuff we want to get rid of!
You would think that since we’ve been putting on sales for so long, we would have it together by this point.  Spoiler:  we don’t. 
Our sales have never been very organized.  Hosting a yard sale is a ton of work.  Some years are better than others in terms of finding time to gather up our stuff & set it up in a presentable manner.  The entire ordeal is incredibly exhausting!  The past couple of years, I’ve actually went inside & took a nap during the sale!
I hoped this year would be different in terms of the how we conduct the sale.  With so much going on in our lives lately, though, the sale has taken a backseat to life & it’s shaping up to be the worst sale ever!
Inspired by this post, here are my tips for having the worst yard sale ever:
Day & Time
This is something we’ve always struggled with & it will probably be the same this year.  Last year, my husband & I were out in the yard a couple days before the actual sale, setting up a tent that was going to be used to keep stuff under cover.  We had someone stop & ask about our sale so we gave them a little “preview” of the random stuff we had in the garage already.  I mean, this stuff was not priced or set up AT ALL & was just in random piles.  The person actually ended up buying some stuff!
For that reason alone, it’s best to have set days & times.  We usually don’t have any boundaries in that aspect & it really becomes ridiculous.
One year, my dad set up some stuff next to the road in anticipation of the sale.  I can’t remember if he had it covered or not, but he didn’t have a sign out or anything.  Then we all went to work.  I got a call at work later on in the day from a neighbor. She said there were a ton of people surrounding the stuff & banging on the doors of the house, trying to pay for their purchases!  We had my grandmother come over to run “the sale” until we could get there!  When we actually had the sale, we had people stop by that wanted to pay us for the stuff they got from the road!  Ridiculous!
We also run the sale forever during the days we host it.  We’re not one of those sales who has set times & shut the doors when it’s over.  Again, we have no boundaries!  One year we were out there with flashlights selling stuff to people!
This is definitely how not to run a sale!
Because our sale is held during a busy festival weekend, we really don’t have to publicize.  As I’ve said above, we get people stopping even when no one is there!
With that being said, Craigslist has been a huge publicity generator, though!  I have our listing saved in my posts on Craigslist, so it’s incredibly easy to republish it year after year.  I just have to go in & add new pictures & information!  It’s amazing how many people use Craigslist to find sales!
What I’m terrible at is posting about the sale beforehand.  Most of the time, the info is on Craigslist the night before.  The sooner the better though because people like to schedule these things in advance!
Apparently, we don’t even need signs to have a good sale!  Haha!
We typically do a sign on the mailbox & one just down the road from the festival area.  We lucked out one year because another neighbor was having a sale & put a sign at the end of the road.  Because our sale was the first one down the road, a lot of people thought it was for us!
Prep Your Stuff
We don’t really do a lot for prepping.  We just kind of gather things the weekend before.
We do try to price things, though.  I hate going to yard sales & nothing is priced!  Our prices are negotiable most of the time, but it’s good to have a starting point.
We try to keep things organized, but sometimes we have so much stuff that it becomes difficult.
Arrange Your Tables
We’re actually pretty good at this one!  Once we start selling things, we’re also good about rearranging things.
We’ve managed to gather a fair amount of tables throughout the years which make setting up a breeze!  We also acquired a couple tents that keep our outside items under cover.
The tents really bring people in because sometimes they don’t realize that the garage is full of stuff!  The tents are a good eye catcher!
Cash Cash Cash
We’re good at this one too!  At least the “having change” part.
I get bored easily, so when it’s my turn to sit at the money table, I’m usually all over the place & leave the money unattended!  So amateur!
One time I even went to our garage next door while I was supposed to be running the cash register.  In my defense, it was super early in the morning & there wasn’t anyone there at the time.  Of course, in the short time I was gone, someone managed to do their shopping & was ready to check out!  I saw their car in the driveway & ran back immediately!
It’s probably a good idea to have a designated person running the money situation at all times!
Make It Friendly
We’re super friendly at our sale.  My dad & husband are ammeter salesmen & it really shows when they’re running the sale.  My mom & I usually like to let people shop.  My dad & husband like to get people talking & try to make sales based on what people want.  There’s even been a ton of times where my dad ends up taking people to the barn to show them some things that aren’t “officially” in the sale.
I’m all for donating your stuff after the sale. 
There’s a ton of local places that will take your stuff.
For clothing, we try to give to places that have clothing giveaways.  We also drop off bags of clothes to friends & family that might want them, with the stipulation that they take all of it!
For glassware & other household items, I recommend checking with your local branch of Habitat For Humanity.  We’ve shopped our local ReStore so many times over the past couple years & I just love them.
So that was a lot of words!  Apparently, I have a lot to talk about on the subject of having the worst yard sale ever!
Seriously, though, don’t be like us.  Keep your sale under control!
Again, this link has the tips you need to have a great sale!
PS:  I’ll be sharing peeks of our yard sale over on Instagram stories today!  If you want to see all the craziness, check it out!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017



Pumpkin Patch | On The Creek Blog //
An update on our unexpected pumpkin patch!

The pumpkin patch has officially taken over the yard!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Midnight, Texas | A tv show on NBC

Midnight, Texas is a thrilling new show airing Monday nights on NBC!

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Link Love | Links & blogs I'm loving


It’s been forever since I posted last!  I have so much going on right now that it’s really difficult for me to sit down & actually type it all out.

I mentioned before that our dog is having some health issues & since that update, his issues have multiplied by 1,000!  Right now things are stable, but he is going in for surgery hopefully soon so we’ll have more challenges ahead.  I want to write more about the entire experience, but I want to give it a break before I gather my thoughts.

We also have a ton of other random life stuff going on, so I’m stressed to the max!  I’ll try to post more soon, but I can’t promise anything right now.  Some days are better than others.  Today I managed to stay at the computer for a while to gather links & write out this post.  Who knows what tomorrow will bring!

I wish I could be one of those types that schedules my blog posts out in advance, but I don’t work like that 99% of the time!  I am working on a couple posts for next week, but nothing’s finished yet!

Tuesday, August 08, 2017


Netflix Picks - Shows & Movies to stream in August 2017

Here are my picks for shows & movies to watch on Netflix in August!

Saturday, August 05, 2017


Link Love

Happy weekend!

Let’s talk TV!

Did you catch the premiere of The Sinner?  I loved it!  It was actually one of those shows that I wished was longer!  I can’t wait to see where they’re going to go with the show!

I also just finished both seasons of Quantico so I’m all ready for season 3!  I’ll be posting a review on here sometime next week!

What shows are you watching?  I can’t wait until all the new shows come out in the fall!  My DVR is going to be busy!

Aaand Here’s what I’m loving this week on the internet:

Tuesday, August 01, 2017


On The Blog | July 2017

Aaand it’s time to recap!

Here’s what was on the blog in July!

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