how + why we started a wildflower garden

in five years of being homeowners, it has become quite clear landscaping is not one of my gifts. as people who often do-it-ourselves, it’s frustrating to watch our hard work become a buffet for the neighborhood rabbits or die for a reason often beyond me. yet, we keep trying.. one of the goals I set for myself this year was to identify 5 ways to be more eco-friendly. (see the 5 everyday items I swapped for more planet-friendly alternatives here). but it…

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a lakeside weekend | okoboji, IA

as we began our drive north to the lake, I declared “soon we’ll be sipping fruity cocktails + enjoying the palm trees – this is our tropical vacation!“. skeptical we’d find any palm trees in northwest iowa, we all laughed. many of our favorite…

8 items you won’t believe I got at aldi

if you follow me over on instagram (@chelsea.diehl), you know how I feel about aldi. yes, the grocery store. I frequently share my latest finds, staple items, and all encompassing love. as a child, I often accompanied my grandma on grocery trips there. excited…

homemade granola in 30 minutes

within the last year or so, I’ve made an extra effort to challenge what I believe I am capable of. the stories I tell myself beginning with “I don’t know how” or “I can’t do that” have served as my starting point for many…

72 hours in beijing

I typically operate somewhere between severe wanderlust + cozy homebody. so, when all this stay-at-home began, I was optimistic. at the time, the weather was still playing its part as “winter”. I’m a midwesterner, which means I basically hibernate all winter long. going out…

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5 eco-friendly swaps for daily use items

this year, I set twenty goals for myself. they would require additional effort + focus to accomplish, but definitely obtainable. and then unprecendented times hit. it’s not unlike hurdles + setbacks to come after “a man on a mission”. this is just a more…