Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pulse by Sengled LED Speaker

Notice anything different about our patio? 
I’ll give you a hint…!  The change is inside two of the recessed lighting in our ceiling. I love that I was able to add such a unique and fantastic feature to our outdoor patio area without anyone ‘visually’ noticing!  These are pair of integrated Bluetooth Speakers/LED lights that screw into any standard E26 socket called Pulse by Sengled.
These fantastic lights/speakers connect wirelessly from any bluetooth device – and they sound incredible.   Simply place the Pulse smart Bulb in your fixture and enjoy. NO INSTALLATION HASSLE,  NO SPEAKER WIRES, NO POWER CORDS, NO REMOTE CONTROL (just a smart phone), WHICH MEANS – NO CLUTTER! I love the “no clutter” part! We hosted Monday night football at our house this week and while barbequing on the patio my husbands friends were all taking turns connecting using their own phones – it was honestly so easy regardless of what type of phone they carried in their pocket. They all loved them and can’t wait to order a set for their own homes. 
My kids have enjoyed using it this week too.  The weather here in Seattle is still nice enough that they’ve been hanging out on the patio after school doing homework and listening to their playlists saved on their personal phones!
I can think of so many great uses for these Pulse LED Speakers as we entertain a lot in our home. Here is one idea that immediately came to mind with Halloween around the corner.  One of the lights is a master bulb which we plan to use just the one on our front porch and play spooky Halloween music on our front porch on October 31st.  Won’t that be fun for kids coming to the door? How it works; Using the app, you can select the satellite bulb outside and direct the music to only play through that specific bulb…that way you will only be able to hear the music outside. (You can still control the lighting on the bulb inside even if it is not playing music)
These sets come in either Pewter or Red…the ones I have installed are red, but as you can see from my photo above, you can’t see them in my recessed light.
Just so you know, the light bulbs are not replaceable.  A new unit must be purchased after the bulb dies. With that said, they do last 25,000 hours which translates to approximately 18-20 years of life. How cool is that?
I’ll bet you want to know how and where to purchase a pair of your own…
As of now the speakers are available to purchase at for $179.99, for $169.99 and Home Depot for $169.99.
  Wouldn’t this make a great Birthday or Christmas gift for that person that already has EVERYTHING? I look forward to hearing from you where you would use them in your home and what event you might place them in just the right location for. xoxo, tracie

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dainty little cup…

My father in law brought me this dainty little tea cup last weekend.  I am so touched that he and his wife think of me when they are out antiquing and pick these three footed tea cups up when they come across one.  It makes me feel extra special!  This one is so pretty with the gold accents and the bold purple flowers and green leaves.  There are numbers on the bottom which is rare in my collection of tea cups and even match which is fun and exciting too! The scalloped rim of the top is so delicate, it makes me wonder how these cups survived years of use.

Thank you for coming to look at my newest addition to my three footed tea cup collection!  This collection of mine is definitely a favorite to share on my blog! xoxo, tracie

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Coffee for Roses by C.L. Fornari

Gardening myths have been handed down from generation to generation ~ some true and useful and others a waste of our precious time!  My grandfather used to tell me that his parents had the most beautiful roses just outside their front porch.  He claimed it was because his mother used the soapy water from washing their clothing to water them.  He also said that the boys on the porch wouldn’t use a spittoon for their tobacco, but they’d spit on the roses. I also remember my own grandmother collecting my grandfathers ashtrays and throwing the ashes into the dirt below the roses! Not sure what she thought the tabacco did, but I can assure you – she never had blackspot! 
The funny thing about this story of my grandparents, is that I’ve read from several sources that the best way to control aphids is to mist your roses with a spray bottle of one quart water combined with two tablespoons of dish soap. It does work ~ I personally have tried it.  So maybe my great-grandmother was on to something by throwing the soapy water over the porch that watered her roses. 
This book “Coffee for Roses and 70 other Misleading Myths about Backyard Gardening” by C.L. Fornari that I recently enjoyed reading was a super fun read for me! I felt it was worth sharing with you, my gardening friends!!!! I honestly read it cover to cover and learned so much! Many gardening myths that I’d never heard of and others that I’ve now learned I’ve done it right, or wasted a lot of time doing it the way I learned.
One ‘myth’ that I found interesting was that my annual routine of religiously pruning the Rhododendrons after they bloom may not have been necessary. As I’m sure many of you know the hours I am speaking of…hours of standing with your back partially hunched over, dodging the remaining bees that buzz around us and those sticky spent blooms that stick to your clothes and gloves. I wonder if I’ll be daring enough to try this idea next year to just those spent blooms “just be” and see how the following season of bloom production turns out. The part of me that is totally OCD about my gardening rituals may take over ~ but if I can skip this task for a year I might enjoy a little more time on the patio instead!
I don’t grow vegetables….every year I say I’m going to try it ~ but it just hasn’t happened quite yet.  However, I know quite a few of you do ~ so I can’t help but share this interesting tid bit. Adding sugar to the soil where you grow your tomatoes will not alter the taste of your tomatoes…but how fun would that be if it would?
Every page is full of interesting, but more importantly tried and true gardening tips! A book full of advice as to where to put your energy and when to let nature just work it’s own miracles!
I know you want to know if the color “RED” really is what attracts the hummingbirds?  Do rusty nails help color the blooms of a hydrangea? Or, are you able to winter over your geraniums? Does mulching with cedar keep insects out of the garden beds? Curious what it says about sealing the ‘wounds’ on a tree? Should I put rocks in my planters when I am planting my container gardens? How about adding eggshells, banana peels and coffee grounds in the soil – why do we do it, is there a benefit?
Well all these questions along with so many more are answered right here in this book…“Coffee for Roses and 70 other Misleading Myths about Backyard Gardening” by C.L. Fornari

Go ahead and order one for yourself and gift one to a friend!  it’s a great book ~ one that I plan to keep in my own garden shed! I can see myself referencing it again and again, making my own notes as I do! You can order your own by clicking here
Would love to hear your gardening myths, annual rituals and tid bits that you have been handed from another! Does it work? Can’t wait to read what you share! xoxo, tracie