Eek, this one has me so excited because I feel like it’s the kick off to summer. My dear and precious friend, Laura Horton from the Horton Family Blog has come up with the best me questions for her 3 Things, Write with Me series!

1. If April Showers bring May Flowers, what 3 kinds of flowers are you planting this Spring?
If you know me at all, you know I am totally crazy about my posies and inherited my green thumb from my sweet mom. You know I go to at least half a dozen greenhouses every year and plant many varieties of flowers. My Ultimate favorite every single year are Bubble Gum Petunias. They get huge, spread out fabulously, you do not have to dead them in the pink shade is absolutely amazing!

Here are some of mine from last year by the pool, I had some in the ground and in Pots, it was still early I the year and they got much bigger.

Here they are at our old house in railing boxes and pots. Our old neighbors just texted me the other day and said how much they miss looking over at the beautiful bubblegum petunias. 

 Here is mom and I in a town about an hour and a half south of us that have the biggest bubblegum petunias we’ve ever seen. This is just one pot of about 200 that the town plants every year.

I also love geraniums and last year I got a beautiful red and pink shade to go in one of the window boxes on our pool shed. This year I got a couple dozen of that variety to plant in various places. They are called Calliope medium Crimson flame.

Another favorite is Verbena, they get huge and do so good. I got several varieties this year and these are some of mine from last year at their peak. I love hibiscus too

I love hibiscus too! 

And Ferns and Sweet Potato Vine too...

These are Mom's Impaitents, still going mid-September last year! 

2. Cinco de Mayo. End of the School Year. A Long Memorial Weekend. How are you celebrating the kick off to Summer?
While we celebrate and love all of these, the best way for us to kick off summer is Memorial Day weekend. Usually, Mr. Nine and I do this alone because it often falls around our anniversary and we always go to either a beer and brats festival in Michigan or sometimes we take a long weekend in Chicago. This year, we will most likely just be hanging by the pool with the boys as we have our last one graduating this year. That will be a true kick off as we will have no more in regular school but Eek, three in college in the fall!
Michigan Beer and Brat Festival  

LOVE hanging with my guys poolside

3. What 3 qualities make a great mom? Or show us a picture of you and your mom and tell us why she is so special to you.
It is no secret how wonderful my mom is. In fact, I just mentioned her on Friday and have often shared her and talked about her on the blog. She is just the cutest and most beautiful inside and out! Her beauty, grace and precious heart touch everything she does and everyone she knows. She loves her family so much and does whatever she can to help us when in need. She is fun and spunky and loves life! A big part of the woman and mother I am today is because of her and the values and love she has instilled in me. I am the luckiest girl to call her mom and I don’t know what I would do without her!
1974..look how beautiful mom's hair was.

1990....look how BIG with our hair was, lol.

Yep, we like to toast once again. 

Yesterday, before Brunch

And because my sweet photog is a son of mine and loving the dress and sneakers look..always...Took these on the windiest day yet this Spring..may have lost my hat a couple times, lol! LOVE this Blooming Jelly line!


A very Happy Week to you all!



  1. Love the floral dress and sneakers and what beautiful flowers you had! :)

    Hope that you had a great weekend! I just posted my weekday wear linkup, I'd love you to join! :)

    Away From Blue

  2. Such a fun read Andrea! You and your mom are totally the cutest and I can tell you are close. That's awesome! And how amazing is that, that all of your boys will now be in college after Fall? That must be exciting but bittersweet too. I am ways away from having my son go to college but he does start kindergarten in Fall. Excited and also dealing with those mama emotions that come with it. Love this dress and sneakers combo. Very chic!

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

  3. All those flowers are so, so beautiful! So is your family :-). I can’t believe you’ll have no more in high school after this. Cue the mama tears!

  4. Great looks! And those flowers are so beautiful!!!

  5. Oh how I wish I had beautiful plants like that at my house! Between our hot, hot temps and all the deer in and out of my yard I can't have any pretty flowers! My sweet hibiscus are the first things the deer eat! Love seeing you and your precious mom, you two have such a beautiful relationship. The picture from yesterday is so sweet - look at her looking so young and hot!!!

  6. Yay!! Thanks for writing with me, Andrea! And I recognize most of your beautiful flowers because those are some of the same ones that Mr. Horton planted around our pool area! How cool is that! I think he told me the verbena is a butterfly attracting flower? I may have that totally messed up because I certainly do NOT have a green thumb! I love all you pop of pink and I so wish we could get some color in our front beds, but our house is shaded and so we have a very hard time with getting anything to grow in the front. The back yard and pool area are a little better, but like I've told you before, everything is burned up by mid-July and August. I hope you have a fabulous Monday, Friend! Tomorrow is our last day of school! Yay!!

  7. Your flowers are beautiful! I'm hoping that it will finally stay warm enough so I can start planting! You and your mom are so cute! Love your throwback pics! Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  8. I can't even get over allllll the beautiful flowers. I am so jealous- my Mom had a wonderful green thumb- her flowers and garden were so impressive. I can't keep anything alive, just humans Hhahhah. Beautiful flowers and beautiful ladies. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day! xoxo

  9. Wow! your flowers are beautiful!!! I enjoyed the look back at the pictures of you and your mom!

  10. Wow, you really know your stuff when it comes to flowers! Yours are gorgeous! Love the photos of you and your mom through the years. You are both beautiful inside and out!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  11. I just love how you included those photos with your mom....you both have the same hairstyles which is adorable.
    And the flowers...I need lessons from you. I don't know one from another and have such a black thumb.

  12. Kicking off the unofficial start of summer in style for memorial day and your boys and the pool! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  13. You and your mom have been twins over time! So fun. I love flowers and I love all the flowers you have shown us here! I remember my mom had geraniums when I was a kid. I would love to plant more flowers around my house.

  14. All of your flowers are so beautiful! I hope you had a sweet Mother's Day. I am sure the boys spoiled you rotten!

  15. I love those bubblegum petunias. You most definitely have a green thumb. Your ferns are INCREDIBLE. I don't think I've ever seen prettier ferns! And I'm pretty sure I tell you this every year. Haha.

  16. OH MY GOODNESS - I'm so jealous of all the beautiful flowers at both yours & your mommas home.
    So does she just not use her front door? Those flowers overtaking the porch is hilarious!!!

  17. You have such a green thumb! Wow, your flowers are gorgeous, as well as your mom's. Petunias don't grow well in our heat down here, so the bubblegum pink is definitely my favorite! Hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day!

  18. Wow I love all the flowers are your house. So pretty. Love the pictures of you and your Mother. So glad you both had a lovely Mother's Day.

  19. Oh my goodness those flowers get huge! I can't believe your mom's impatiens! Wow!! I love petunias and geraniums too. I can't wait to get out and get some annuals for our containers. We usually do it on Mother's Day but it was a washout and it's still raining and cold. Love that black dress on you! Hope you had a great Mother's Day my friend!

  20. My goodness, the bubblegum petunias are absolutely gorgeous. I've never heard of them but think I'll see if I can find some around here. That's amazing!

    You and your Mom are so cute and you definitely look a lot like her.

    Have a great new week!

  21. I already commented on you fab look on IG but I have to say again. LOVE! I love gardening and Geraniums are one of my favorites because they bloom all year long. I panted tulips and peony's this year too. Happy Monday!

  22. I love all of the photos of you and your mom. She seems amazing and so special!!! Loving all the flower photos! Happy belated Mother's Day!

  23. Oh myyyyy...all these beautiful flowers. This is what spring is for. Love it!! Great happy shots here.


  24. You don't have a green thumb, you have 2 green hands! I am in awe of you and your mom's gorgeous flowers! I hope to get half that good one day! I need to try the bubblegum petunias! They are beautiful!

  25. Your flowers have me all inspired- need to buy and plant more!! Thank you for sharing- they are just perfect!

  26. I do not have a green thumb at all but I do love petunias and how easy they are to care for. I usually buy a few hanging baskets of them to put around our yard and patio.

  27. Your petunias are sooo pretty! I just got a few geraniums for mother's day and I hope I can keep them alive lol. I'm also in the market for some ferns by the front door. I love the throwback pics of you and your sweet mama!! That floral dress with the sneakers is so perfect, too! Hope you had the best weekend. Sierra Beautifully Candid

  28. Oh my goodness!!! All of you flowers and your moms are just incredible!!!! I can"t wait to have a regular front porch again with all the flowers! You look darling in that dress! XOXO

  29. Love the pictures of you and your mom! I know she must have been awesome because you are! I love how thoughtful you are! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  30. I just love the relationship you have with your Mom! It's so special and you both look like sisters! :) And 3 in college in the fall?! I mean...how can that be when you're only 21? :) So happy for you and all of the fun summer days ahead! Your boys are the luckiest!!



  31. I love closets in the garden! They cheer me up!

  32. Grinning over the 90's hair!
    And you DO have a way with flowers! Gorgeous!

  33. I Remember that hair! I looked like a rock star! Haha. The bigger, the better.
    Your flowers are beautiful!

  34. Omg, I wish we were neighbors- we'd be the craziest (most fun) plant ladies on the block!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  35. Well your buddha quote is just the medicine I need today and I am in tears. You and your momma are so cute! I love petunias too and planted some purply pink ones and love watching them grow and bloom. Your bubble gum ones are just gorgeous like you!

  36. Wow look at those flowers! They are gorgeous and you definitely have a green thumb. I love those pics of you and your mom. You seriously look like sisters! She is beautiful!


  37. The flowers are stunning! Makes me want to plant more but I've sworn I wasn't going to do that this year since a lot of mine are coming back. Congratulations on getting 3 boys into college .... but at the same time?!? :/ Love your style and your over-the-year photos!


  38. I’m a huge fan of geraniums too ! Love love the photos of you and your gorgeous mama !!! Happy Tuesday beautiful !

  39. Whoa! Those flowers are beautiful. I really wish I had a green thumb. I just have the worst luck when it comes to flowers and plants. Memorial Day Weekend is definitely the kick off to summer for us. We camp in the same place every year and I love the tradition! So sweet about your mama…and it’s true what they say “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” because you are all those things too!

  40. What gorgeous pics of you and your Mom! Last year's flowers looked stunning. I love all the pink. Have a great week, Andrea.

  41. Your flowers are so PRETTY! I am hoping to pick up a few more plants tomorrow!

  42. Oh my goodness those flowers!! Absolutely stunning!


  43. Darn it, I was going to do this, and then life happened and I haven't blogged in a while! We kick off summer with a memorial day bbq, nothing better than swimming and BBQing.

  44. Thanks for sharing these beautiful flower shots. And thanks oodles for the mum and daughter shots through 45 years, you're both as cute and adorable as each other! And I love how your mum is wearing your signature side plait hair.
    Happy weekend hugs, Mary x.

  45. Loving the flowers girl!


  46. so many lovely flowers! Wow, looks like April showers really brought May flowers:). Great outfits too. I love that floral look.



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