5 Things My Grams Taught Me About Gardening

Gardening Tips

When I was a kid, in the 70’s, I never really realized the importance of having a garden.

All I knew was that my Grams grew one, and I had to help her strip the beans of those awful strings, and then snap em into smaller pieces.  ( I didn’t think it would ever end). LOL

Today, I grow my own urban backyard garden, and here’s the 5 things my green thumb Grams taught me.

1. You can grow a garden anywhere!

Gardening isn’t limited to a big yard anymore.  People grow food on their patios, rooftops, apartment banisters, or vertically on walls.  My Grams used flower pots, whiskey barrels, and of course her little patch of land in her front yard.

She also grew grapes on a long, metal fence, and had a couple of cherry trees to boot.  Bottom line is, being creative with what you got, is key.


Southern Patio 15.5″ Resin Whiskey Barrel Planter

2. Its hard work, but boy oh boy, the food taste GOOD!

There is nothing better than walking outside your door, and picking the perfect beefsteak tomato, slicing it up, and putting it between two pieces of bread with mayo.

Or, how about picking a couple of cherry tomatoes, and throwing those babies on your freshly made salad, hence, that you grew from the garden too!  It simply taste so GOOD!

3.It’s healthier

If you want control over what’s in your food, then growing your own, is the way to go!  Many people have food intolerances, including me, and I like whole, natural, foods without all the chemicals.  Nuff said.

A Woman’s Garden: Grow Beautiful Plants and Make Useful Things

4. Build your seasonal recipes around your harvest, and then extend it by preserving.

Grams canned, froze, or dehydrated whatever she could get her hands on.  My grandparents ate what was in season, and canned the rest for the winter months.

I have a feeling with the rising costs of produce, that preserving products are going to go sky high, and out of stock.  So, if you’re thinking about the ancient art of preserving, then check out my

Canning Essentials Idea List.

I also HIGHLY recommend that you get this All American Canner.  I have had mine since 2012, and it’s been worth every penny.  It’s a canning machine, that’s solid steel, with excellent results.

All American 921 Canner Pressure Cooker

5. Save money, by stockpiling those gardening goodies

My grandmother grew up in Chicago, Il during the Great Depression, and there were many times that she had to beg for food as a child.  She always told me that she wasn’t too proud to beg, because she was simply hungry.

Fortunately, for all of us, she made it through those difficult times, and learned how grow her own food.

Her canned soups, stews, chili, relishes, and jams were to die for, and oh….how I loved her variety of jams and jellies.

And finally, as you can imagine, it was extremely important to her, to have a stockpile of food on hand in case of an emergency.  It not only gave her a little sense of security, but she loved to tell the stories on her produce savings.  Now you can see where I get it from.

I know that there are a ton of you out there that can relate to these grandparent gardening tips, and I hope it inspires you to take the challenge and grow your own food.  I promise you will get hooked, ecspecially when you know you grew it yourself.  Happy Harvesting All!




Cheap, Cute, Dollar Tree Wedding Ideas!

My son is getting married, and I am so excited.  I love my future daughter-n-law, and they are both super savers, proud of that!

So, now my family and I are on an adventure to have a beautiful wedding with a budget in mind.

First stop is my trusty Dollar Tree!



These arrow wedding signs above are just the beginning of Dollar Tree wedding finds.

Of course, if you don’t get them quick in store you’re out of luck, but thankfully you can buy in quantity online.



DIY Centerpieces, table settings, and more can be found by clicking here: DIY Wedding Ideas



Balloons, Flowers, Candles, Glassware, and for goodness sakes look at this balloon table runner!

I’m not sure if I would use this design for a table runner, but it would go beautifully over an archway.



Let’s not forget the bridal shower, there’s tons of ideas on their Value Seekers Blog.


Super Saving Tip:  Many of us are super busy, and we miss out on the deals in store.

So, sign up for their email list so that you can see what’s new, and get coupon & shipping deals sent straight to your inbox.



Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I hope that your wedding day goes without a hitch, and that all of us can stay within our budgets!  WE CAN DO IT SUPER SAVERS!  🙂







Check Out My Cheap, Seasonal, Pillow Covers!

I love walking into the huge home decor stores like @home, Kirklands, and Decor and More, but sometimes their prices can be a bit much.

For instance, the seasonal themed pillows are super cute, but my heart skips a beat when I see how much just one pillow costs.

I just can’t see paying that amount of money for one pillow, plus most people buy at least two, and where the heck would you store all of them?

Well, I got a little video below on how to get a set of 4 cute, seasonal pillows sent straight to your home at a fraction of the price.

Seriously, how cute are these, and the different styles are endless.  Next up will be summer pool vibes, and 4th of July for me!

Here are some links to the pillows I mentioned in my video, and head over to my YouTube channel for more Brandi Talks episodes!

Spring Pillow Covers

Fall Pillow Covers

Buffalo Cream Plaid Pillows

How I Survived My Puppies First 4 Months!

CoCo & Puff Doxie Pups

I don’t know how my hubby and I have survived the past four months with our two, adorable, mini-long haired Dachshunds, named CoCo & Puff.
We had intended on only purchasing Coco, but ended up bringing her brother, Puff, home too.
The buyer of Puff, had backed out, and I knew when my hubby inquired about what would happen to Puff, that we were going to get him.
Holy Moly, what were we thinking, two 53 year olds taking care of two puppies. LOL
Fortunately, the following items have been a life saver these past few months.
Feel free to check out my You Tube video below to see some of these products and puppies in action.
Some of these links are affiliate links.  So, if you decide to buy, I might get a small commission fee.  Thank you for your support!

New World Pet Products Foldable Metal Exercise Pen & Pet Playpen


This 30 inch, metal frame panel playpen has been simply awesome.  The price, portability, and angles that you can create is amazing!

Here it is in my living room below:


EZwhelp Pee Pads for Dogs



These washable pee pads are really great for smaller cages, especially if you can’t be at home for a few hours.

Metal Dog Crate Mats

You can also get metal cage mats, like the one below, which super water resistant. 

Purina One Puppy Food



The breeder sent us home with this Purina One Puppy food kit, and I have to say, we haven’t had one issue with their tummies.  Which means solid poops!  Yay!!

Extra Soft Pet Sleeping Mat!



This sleeping mat has taken a beaten, but my little pups love it.  I like that it’s washable, lightweight, and has maintained its shape.


XXSmall Dog Harness



I got two of these XXS harnesses for my puppies!  Great colors, price, and it also came with an extra collar & leash.

Trust me, you will need these harnesses when you have to take your puppies to the vet.  LOL


SERCOVE Soft Pet Carrier




My Doxie pups were only 2-3 pounds when I got them, and they both fit in this super soft, durable, breathable pet carrier.

At The Vet

These puppy products have really helped in taking care of these two extremely active puppies, and don’t forget to watch my video below!  Look at how tiny they were!

Thanks for stopping by and please comment below if you have any questions or what’s worked for you.


How K.I.S.S. Gifts Are Perfect For Valentines Day!


Maybe I’m just old, but whenever I think of Valentines Day I get transported back in time to my early years of school.

I couldn’t wait to decorate my Valentine’s Day shoe box, and cut that slit on top, so my friends could put their cards & hopefully candy into it.

It was such a simple time, and that’s why today I think KISS gifts, (keep it simple silly) are perfect for Valentines Day.

Here are some gift ideas below that are not only cheap, but cute.

Valentines Day Cards

You have to start with the Valentines Day cards.  I went two places to get mine.

Check out the retro cards I got on Amazon:

Hallmark Mini Valentines Day Cards

And the The Dollar Tree for only a buck!  (Got to love that)!

Also, here’s a little DIY post from The Dollar Tree, it’s from 2019, but you get the idea.  Just mix and match, and if it’s not in store you can always buy online!


Affordable Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

An Ebay Valentines! 

I am a huge eBay shopper, and right now they have a 15% of select Valentines Day gift with code: VDAY15OFF

There is entirely too much to list, but I think heart shaped themed kitchen, home, fashion or jewelry would do just fine.  I’m loving the Crocs above!

Tech Me Love

135 Piece Household Tool Kit Pink 

If you have a DIYer to love on, the perfect gift to me is tools!  (My hubby doesn’t want me touching his tools, because I don’t put them back.  Ooops!

Heck, here’s an entire page of pink tools if you’re interested!

Also, see those cute red ear bud beats in that Walmart ad?  LOVE

Finally, I just have to mention Amazon Explore, one more time!

If you love jewelry, then check out this

Live Shopping at Swarovski Instant Wonder New York

30% off until 02/05/2022.


I bought this Travel through Tokyo on a Traditional Rickshaw for Valentines Day for my hubby and I.  I am so excited to experience this live with my guy, might even get some sushi!

These are just a few simple heart day gifts to try, and no matter what, I hope you get to experience this day with your family and friends.  Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate all of your love.


Here’s another post if your interested:

Valentines Day Gifts That People Don’t Want!

Yay Or Nay? Check Out Amazon Explore


Have you heard about Amazon Explore?  It’s a place to literally explore the world with live guided adventures virtually.  

For instance you can visit Rome, Paris, or a creepy trip to Philadelphia.  

How about learning in real time, with an interactive, fun, professional on how to make sushi, cookies, or cocktails?

Your either going to love this idea or not, but let’s EXPLORE some events going on now:

How About Visiting The Eiffel Tower LIVE, and yes, you can even SHOP!


Grab some wine with your sweetie, or join with a group of your friends and explore the Eiffel tower life, with a tour guide, and yes you can shop.  There are some super videos on how to shop once you click on the amazon links.

The Ghosts of Philadelphia: Learn about the city’s gruesome past.


This virtual visit is perfect for all of you who love spooky stories and places. 

You can ask your tour guides questions as they take you to the creepy places of Philly.  Not my cup of tea, but hey, it may be yours.

Koalas and Kangaroos. Get to know Australia’s cuddliest critters!



This is one I would sign up for, simply because I love animals.  This virtual tour takes you right into Featherdale Sydney Wildlife park, and they get up close and personal with the fuzzy KK’s.  This tour has a high rating, so it’s worth a try.

Virtually learn to make fresh pasta with the Toscana Mia sisters in Italy



This would be a great couples or BFF class, with a cocktail or two of course.  Why not learn from the best, and where pasta originated, Italy?

Travel through Tokyo on a Traditional Rickshaw


This Travel through Tokyo on a traditional rickshaw is the adventure that I picked out for my hubby and I on this upcoming Valentines Day. 

Plus I got an additional 30% off for a Valentines Day special.  Click here if you’re interested in giving Explore a try with your Valentine.  

I look forward to sharing my virtual Tokyo experience with all of you in a future post, and I have a feeling that my hubby is really going to like his gift.  

It’s a little something different, and a trip that we couldn’t afford.  (That doesn’t mean I won’t do a little shopping though)….LOL  


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