The Greenest Cities in America

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The terms “environmentally friendly,” “ecological,” and “green” are thrown around a lot these days, but there is no denying that many Americans are earnestly searching for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and achieve a healthier lifestyle. Those who are especially eco-eager may want to consider moving to one of the many cities in the United States where it’s just easier being “green.” Fortunately, many trusted organizations have done the legwork for you, weighing factors like the number of parks and open spaces, safe and easily accessible bike lanes, the availability and usage of public transportation, recycling and waste-reduction programs, municipal initiatives to use and promote renewable energy sources, and the prevalence of environmentally certified building practices. The cities listed here—some of the “greenest” in the country—are derived from sources that include a 2018 study by the personal finance website WalletHub that compared the 100 most populated cities in the United States; studies from the National Geographic Society’s Green Guide, and statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Is this the most beautiful modern kitchen sink ever?

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I think I’ve just found the most beautiful modern kitchen sink ever. I don’t normally write about contemporary decor. But. Then This. In my research travels, I stumbled upon this Blanco Modex kitchen sink and thought it was really quite… perfect… if your look is contemporary.  The video brings the sexy sculptural lines of this […]

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A Pickup Truck Full of Flowers

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What’s your favourite kind of DIY project? Mine is one that is (a) easy to create, and (b) looks great. I think today’s Spring DIY checks off those boxes and is one you’re going to love!
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I’m joining dozens of other bloggers today as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Spring DIY Hop hosted by Krista at The Happy Housie and I was determined to come up with a DIY that was stylish and uncomplicated. This Pickup Truck Full of Flowers is just that.
spring DIY, pickup truck planter, tips on arranging faux flowers

spring DIY, pickup truck planter, tips on arranging faux flowers

You know the pickup truck with miniature trees in the back that seems to be everyone’s favourite Christmas decoration? This is a spring twist on that classic. It’s a fun planter for your faux flowers!

I’ll walk you through the steps on how to make one of these. It uses simple materials but there is a method to the flower arranging and I’m slowly starting to find my way with that!

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Look how pretty it looks on my shelving. I love the impact of this piece. With this as the focal point, you can keep the rest of the decor simple and minimal.
Okay, time to walk you through the steps so you can make your own Pickup Truck Full of Flowers! 
You’ll need a pickup truck to start. I found mine for about $40 at HomeSense but you can find similar on Wayfair and on Etsy. While these trucks might get pricey, I find its an accessory you can use year round. I plan to fill this with mini pumpkins for fall and back to mini trees next Christmas. You might even consider using one of your children’s old toy trucks if it’s big enough 😉
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HOW TO MAKE A PICKUP TRUCK FULL OF FLOWERS:

Materials:

– Mini pickup truck
– 4 varieties of faux flowers/greenery: 3 leafy branches, 3 green accent branches, 2 colourful branches, 5 colourful flowers

A few notes:

  • I usually buy faux flowers at the dollar store, Michaels, or Ikea. The leafy eucalyptus are from Ikea and the peonies are from Michaels (a bouquet which I’ve separated into individual flowers) 
  • Your colourful branches and flowers should be in the same colour family (pink, in this case)
  • This arrangement was meant to be sitting on a shelf. So, I’ve arranged the flowers so that they are facing forward. I didn’t care what the back looked like as it wouldn’t be seen but if you display yours where all four sides are visible, make sure to arrange your flowers accordingly.

spring DIY, pickup truck planter, tips on arranging faux flowers

spring DIY, pickup truck planter, tips on arranging faux flowers

spring DIY, pickup truck planter, tips on arranging faux flowers

spring DIY, pickup truck planter, tips on arranging faux flowers

spring DIY, pickup truck planter, tips on arranging faux flowers

spring DIY, pickup truck planter, tips on arranging faux flowers

spring DIY, pickup truck planter, tips on arranging faux flowers

Instructions:

1. Take one leafy branch and arrange it so that it is overhanging the end of the truck
2. Layer the two colourful branches on top. Arrange one of the branches so that it overhangs the front side.
3. Add in two green accent branches on top
4. Separate your flowers into two groups (3 heads and two heads). Tuck the three heads behind the cab of the truck. Tuck the two heads closer to the back.
5. Add two leafy branches to the top of the arrangement, behind all the other florals. These branches provide the ‘backdrop’ and provide structure to keep all the other flowers/greenery facing forward
6. Take your last green accent branch and place it inside the cab of the truck, spilling out of the window

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Et voila, you have a colourful and fun faux floral planter. This one is decorated for spring, but it’s easy enough to change it out and use different seasonal flowers. I think an autumn one, with burgundy branches and plum flowers and accents of berry branches would be very pretty too.

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Now this shelf is done. Time to decorate the rest of the room for spring!

 

And today I’m joined by a fabulous group of blogging friends who are also sharing their Spring DIY Projects as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Spring Series. You’re going to love all this springy inspiration…
 

spring DIY, pickup truck planter, tips on arranging faux flowers