Rainbow Vertical Garden DIY

What do you do when you have a small yard and chickens that eat all the plants they can find? You build yourself a vertical rainbow garden! I’m sure a couple of our more sneaky chickens will find a way into some of our newly planted veggies, but for now it will work just fine.

One of our main goals this summer was to clean up our small backyard and make it more livable. I’ve said this before, but our yard is just a big dirt pit. We tore down our detached garage a couple years ago and it’s so sad back there. It needs so much work and our vertical garden is a step in the right direction. It’s amazing how such a small update can really change the feel of a space. I love the bright pop of color against our fence.

Do you want to make this vertical rainbow garden for your yard? As long as you have a few basic tools it’s pretty easy to make.

Supplies needed:

  • 8 wooden crates (mine are from Michaels)
  • a variety of colorful outdoor spray paint (I used Rust-oleum)
  • clear acrylic spray sealer
  • 4 treated wood posts (1″ x 1″ x 8′)
  • 64 wood screws
  • landscape fabric
  • potting soil
  • plants


Step 1: In a well ventilated space (preferably outdoors and wearing a mask) follow the directions on the back of the spray can and paint your crates.

Step 2: When you are happy with the color of the painted boxes you can seal the boxes with the clear spray (this will help the boxes last a bit longer outside).

Step 3: Plan out a pattern for your vertical garden. Be sure to consider what kind of plants you want. You might need more crates with more vertical growing space for most plants.

Step 4: When you have your pattern figured out, measure out and cut the treated wood posts to the length you need (be sure you cut posts for the front and back of the vertical garden). Add about 3 inches to the length of each post so the boxes don’t sit right on the ground. Cutting tip: if you don’t have a saw to cut the wood, don’t worry. Most home improvement stores will cut the posts to length for you if you have your measurements ready.

Step 5: Connect the posts to the sides of the crates using wood screws.

Step 6: Measure inside the crates to find out the size you need line the inside of the crate with the landscape fabric. Cut out 8. Line the inside of the crates with the landscape fabric and fill with dirt. Use some scissors to trim the excess fabric.

Step 7: Plant all your veggies and you are done! Since the vertical garden is tall and skinny you might need to secure the piece to something, like a fence!

What do you think? Do you love my vertical garden? I do. SO much. Every time I look out my window into the backyard I get to see this colorful garden and it makes me smile.

With over 800 new styles of craft paint, Michaels has more paints for more surfaces! Check out some of their new finishes including ultra metallic & watercolor and get started on your next DIY! Looking for even more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ DIY projects!

– Chelsey

P.S. I was provided with a Michaels gift card to share this craft paint DIY with you.

The Most Delicious Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe + Mango Banana Ice Cream Recipe

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid®.

The weather is getting nicer and we are spending more time outside! One of our favorite things to do on a nice weekend day is let the chickens out in the front yard while we have a little picnic. Rubbermaid has asked me to share a favorite meal idea with you guys, so for this picnic we made some yummy Chicken Tikka Masala with rice or cauliflower rice (for any of you that are not eating rice right now, cauliflower rice is delicious). This meal takes quite a bit of time, but it’s worth it. This might be the 5th time we’ve made this meal in the past year? I love leftovers and with this meal we usually have a couple more days of leftovers for my lunch or dinners. Yay! Want to know how we made it? The recipe we use is actually from Serious Eats and you can find the ingredients list and the link to the original recipe below, along with a few tips from my husband for how he cooks this recipe. PLUS: I’ve also shared a Mango Banana Ice Cream recipe for your desert and there’s a giveaway.

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Front Yard Putt Putt (with free printable flags) + Date Night

My husband and I used to enjoy heading to the golf course for fun, but when we had kids we ran out of time to do that. Priorities change a lot when a baby comes around. These days we now head to a kids putt putt spot with a 7 year old and 18 month old and it’s crazy. SO when we do get a date night to ourselves without the kids we will occasionally create our own front yard putt putt. Instead of heading to the golf course we can set up little plastic cups in the front yard to have some fun putting around.

For our most recent date night I stepped up our front yard golf set up a bit and I crafted some little golf flags to put in the yard, plus my husband mowed a little putting green into our grass (that grass was getting a bit long). Just add some Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon and you are set for the perfect start to a date night. It’s pretty darn fun and we can get a little competitive with this tiny front yard putt putt (just so you know: I won this game).

Supplies needed:


Download and print out the free flags I made for you. Cut them out and use the double sided tape to attach the flags to the skewers. Set them out in the yard and have fun! This time we played without the cups. We decided whoever gets closest to the flags gets a point.

Gran Reserva wants to give you something fun to do! Enjoy a $25 credit on a round of golf at major golf courses nationwide courtesy of Concha y Toro Gran Reserva. Find a specially marked bottle necker where you buy wine. And you can also enter a great sweepstakes to win – one year of free golf. Check it out: http://clvr.li/2nLqvdg

– Chelsey

P.S. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

New goodies up in the shop!!!

Hello lovelies,

I’m popping in here to let you know I’ve added four new items to my shop and I LOVE them. Are you ready for this? I have a fried chicken pin. Finally. Took me long enough to make one. I’ve also added my Mer-corg (Corgmaid?), a tan dachshund, and a set of metal enamel teeth earrings!

Head to the shop to see all my new items and check out all my other product while you’re in there.

– Chelsey

Prosecco Mango Margarita Recipe

My husband and I don’t get out very much anymore. I mean, we get to go out to eat on the weekend, but it’s never alone. We usually have the kids tagging along with us. So when we do get a kid-free day we like to make the most of it! My husband will plan out an amazing meal and before dinner I’ll get some happy hour snacks and drinks together for us to enjoy.

Today’s Prosecco Mango Margarita drink recipe is a fun little spicy drink. The chili powder salt rim adds a little heat to this drink and the frozen mango and VOVETI Prosecco cools it down. VOVETI prosecco is dry and features flavors or pear, green apple, melon and ripe peach that endure on the palate and invite a second glass (it goes perfectly with mango). I love margaritas, but I’m not a fan of hard alcohol. This drink is just as tasty as any other mango margarita out there, minus the tequila flavor and with a little bit of bubbles!

It’s pretty darn easy to make and I really think it will be perfect for your happy hour summer time! Just add some yummy snacks. Doesn’t it look good? I wish you could smell it and taste it right now.

Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients (enough to make 2 yummy Prosecco Mango Margaritas):

  • 2 mini VOVETI Prosecco bottles
  • 8 ounces of frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup – 1 cup of mango smoothie juice
  • 1 lime
  • salt
  • chili powder


Step 1: You will need a blender or food processor for this drink (our blender broke so we just used our food processor and it worked great). Blend them until the mango is cut into tiny pieces.

Step 2: Add the mango smoothie drink at a 1/2 cup at a time and blend. Add more smoothie to the processor if you want a smoother margarita.

Step 3: Cut your lime in half and squeeze the juice into the mango mixture and blend.

Step 4: Mix together some salt and chili powder on a small plate. The amount of chili powder is up to you (I like it a little spicier, so I added a bit more). Rim the top of your glasses with a bit of lime juice and dip it in the salt.

Step 5: Put your mango mixture into a pitcher. Pour the two VOVETI prosecco mini bottles into the pitcher and stir. Serve your drinks ASAP! They are best freshly made. Check out my video below to see how easy it is to make!

Let me know if you make this drink. I think it’s the perfect faux margarita for the summer. VOVETI is a Prosecco crafted from vineyard to cellar meant to share, inspire, and entertain the senses. Enjoy the adventure!

– Chelsey


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Perler Bead Bracelets Kid Craft!

As my daughter gets older our crafting days get more fun! She’s able to do so much more and I love how creative she is. Most recently we decided to get crafty with some Perler beads that I picked up from Michaels. I thought it would be a fun challenge to turn our Perler beads into 3D jewelry, so we made some bracelets.

Making bracelets out of Perler beads was a bit of a challenge at first, but once we figured it out it was pretty easy and fun. All of the bracelets we made are too small for my wrist, but fit my daughter perfectly. If you do want these bracelets to fit an adult wrist, I made a note of how to do that in the directions below.

There are a few items I recommend for this project to make it easier, but they aren’t completely necessary. I’ve also provided some patterns you can use with the Perler board that I used with an iPad. Or make your own! My daughter made one of the flower patterns on her own. When making your own pattern just remember to have 2 or more beads on each end that will meet up when you turn it into a bracelet.

Supplies needed:


Step 1: Measure your wrist. You will need to be able to slide the bracelet on and off. When you have that measurement, find a glass that measures about the size you need for your wrist. I used a small juice glass for my daughter’s wrist.

Step 2: Plan out the pattern! You can do that freehand, or use the Perler App (it’s pretty fun to use). Make sure the ends of the bracelet will match up. Save my patterns to your iPad and open the image if you want use them.

Step 3: Follow your pattern and place the beads.

Step 4: Following the directions for the Perler beads, place the ironing paper over the design and heat up that side with your medium heat iron.

Step 5: While the beads are still warm, wrap the ironed bead side around the glass. Place the ironing paper over the beads and seal the edge to secure the bracelet. Let that cool down and then iron the rest of the bracelet. You want to iron it enough to get the beads to attach to each other.

Leave the bracelet to cool on the glass and then you are done!

Note: If you want to make a larger bracelet and your board isn’t long enough, don’t worry! You can add another section of bracelet on another part of the board and just iron the pieces together. Easy.

That’s it! My favorite bracelet we made is definitely our breakfast piece. So cute. My daughter wants to make more and give them to her friends. I bet we will be making a lot of these during the summer. Michaels is your Kids summer fun headquarters! They have everything you need to spark creativity in your children.

Looking for more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ summer project ideas.

– Chelsey

P.S. I was provided with a Michaels gift card to create this fun project and share it. I use affiliate links.

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