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Lowe’s Unites Creator Collective And Project Matchmaking Program To Help Us All #FallTogether

Win a chance for an exclusive one-on-one project consultation with a home improvement expert and $500 gift card

From backyard fire pits to pumpkin carvings and festive front porches, fall is a season of rich experiences and traditions. In fact, more than a third of people consider it be their favorite season*. That’s why Lowe’s has assembled the #FallTogether Collective, a diverse and distinguished group of 10 creators, who will work with Lowe’s customers to help them bring their passion for the season to life in their outdoor spaces.


Beginning today, customers can register for the Lowe’s #FallTogether Matchmaker Program on www.lowes.com/fallmatchmaker for the chance to be one of 50 matched with one of Lowe’s Collective creators. Each person chosen will receive a virtual consultation, customized project plan and $500 Lowe’s gift card to help infuse the sights, sounds and flavors of fall into their homes. The Collective includes lifestyle creator Sopha Rush, design and DIY expert Julia Marcum of Chris Loves Julia, and homestead hobbyist and environmental activist Jenny Ong, among others.

“We know that fall is a seasonal favorite for millions of people and there are boundless ways to bring the season home, especially in outdoor spaces,” said Marisa Thalberg, Lowe’s executive vice president, chief brand and marketing officer. “By giving our customers access to some of the brightest creative minds in the home improvement space, our hope is to give every household the inspiration and advice they need to take their favorite season into their own hands so we can all fall together.”

Lowe’s will also begin the official countdown to fall today until Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, by releasing daily DIY projects on Instagram created by the #FallTogether Collective and other Lowe’s experts.

Whether customers are inspired to enhance their fall curb appeal or add warmth and coziness to their indoor spaces, Lowe’s will also offer a variety of values during the Lowe’s Labor Day Savings Event on Aug. 26 through Sept. 8. It includes:

  • Buy One, Get One Free on Select Tools from Top Brands like Kobalt and Bosch to ensure customers are well-equipped to tackle any fall project.
  • 3 for $10 Sta-Green 1-CF Garden Soil to set the stage for your favorite seasonal flowers (excludes Alaska and Hawaii)
  • Up to $500 Off Major Appliances, including select refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers and more, to check off all the musts for seamless hosting.
  • 40% Off Levolor Custom Special-Order Blinds & Shades for the smallest details that make the biggest ambient difference.

Join Lowe’s in counting down to fall on Instagram @loweshomeimprovement using #FallTogether and visit Lowes.com for more #FallTogether Collective details starting Monday, Aug. 23.

*Source: Fall is America’s Favorite Season
**Official sweepstakes rules can be found here

it’s all in the timing

Spring has sprung yet it came in with barely a whisper. With so much going on in the world, did any of us really even notice spring’s entrance this year? All of the changes over the past couple of months have brought uncertainty to the forefront as we wait for  the world to turn again. What we do know is, everything had changed seemingly overnight and as businesses open and life begins to take shape again, our new normal will not be the normal we once knew. At least not for a while.

social distance illustration IIWe have seen what happens when the public panics, when our basic supply chains are threatened and when the medical community, local and federal governments all disagree with each other. The fallout lands on us, and we the public are unsure how to navigate these new waters.

Turn off the noise
Social media can be an amazing tool for connecting with your community, knowing where to donate and pickup goods, where to buy items in stock and for getting tips and tricks for learning new skills. It can also trigger depression, anger, fear, anxiety and panic. There is a fine line between staying positively informed and becoming over-saturated with chaos. Take control of your newsfeed and shut off the noise.

Old “new” trends
What’s going on during social distancing? Comfort foods are trending! Breads, quick breads, chicken soup and stews have been at the center of family meals these past couple of months. According to google, the top 10 recipes or recipe ingredients searched online have been:

  1. baking illustrationBanana Bread
  2. Pizza Dough
  3. French Toast
  4. Chocolate Cake
  5. Whipped Coffee | Dalgona Coffee
  6. Chicken Breast recipes
  7. Carrot Cake
  8. Ground Beef recipes
  9. Fried Rice recipes
  10. Chocolate Chip Cookies

What’s trending on Pinterest, April 2020

  1. Health and Wellness
  2. Parenting
  3. Food
  4. Beauty and personal care

It’s all in the timing
grandma in the kitchen illustrationAs children, many of us remember our grandmothers chiding us for being wasteful. She taught us basic skills like growing our food, putting up the harvest and cooking from scratch. She told us to teach these basics to our children because one day, we will need these skills for survival. How well did we listen? Well we are listening now.

Over the past year, Basil & Salt has undergone quite a few changes. We shuttered for a bit and regrouped with the assistance of Designing A Simple Life and now we are rolled into one complete package and our timing couldn’t be more relevant.

Where Basil & Salt previously resided in tasting rooms and salons, our focus for almost a year has been about designing that simpler life and becoming more self-sufficient. This past winter we were asking you to slow down, spend more time with family, gather and cook together. While this current scenario isn’t quite what we had in mind, I hope we will find and hang on to good things that have come out of this.

First let me back up and say I know people of have lost family members to this virus. Communities have lost leaders and first responders. There have been haunting and horrific scenes all over the world and the economic vibrations will be felt for years to come, both on personal and business levels. I do not wish to diminish these facts by talking about moving forward and embracing the positives.

What I would like to point out is, through tragedies and hardship, the human spirit is resilient. We have always grasped hope and used it as a corner stone for rebuilding. Yes, things have changed, and we will all move in a different way than we have before, but we will move forward.

Basil & Salt Magazine 
We wish to bring you outstanding, relevant content. In our new issues we talk about:

  • livestock illustrationGrowing your own food
  • Putting up your harvest
  • Gourmet recipes
  • Growing, harvesting, drying and cooking with herbs
  • Making butter and cheese
  • Cooking outdoors
  • Interior and exterior DIY
  • Cocktails and mocktails
  • Wine tasting and great brews (yes! Even how to make your own!)
  • Travel
  • …and more!

I would love to hear from you and discuss any ideas you have for future articles or broadcast topics. Please feel free to send me an email at: Karie@basilandsalt.com

As always, I am raising a glass to you.

Karie Engels




Garden Themes

Banister Garden at The Garden Gate Farm

Are you hoping for a new garden but just can’t decide on what you want?
Are you dreamily paging through garden magazines and seed catalogs with a notepad jotting down ideas for that next special garden room?

My front porch and garden
Can you ever have too many gardens?
I think not!

My days of winter will be filled with these types of dreams as I stroll in my mind’s eye imagining the promises of the coming spring and all the joy she’ll bring me.

Apple Blossoms

The luscious feeling of the fresh grass under my bare feet…
The scent of apple blossoms wafting across the breeze while I decorate my patio…
The first blooms of snow drops and all too soon my beloved tulips and daffodils…

Gardening… it’s what keeps my soul alive.

Peonies in the side garden

Garden themes abound by the dozens so I thought I’d take the next few days and give you some fun ideas. If you live in an area where gardening year round is possible then you can get right at any one of these ideas. For folks like me where the weathers not friendly in the winter months, we can at least start dreaming and planning.

I suggest you create a garden journal to jot down your garden themes and dreams as well as add photos you find in magazines. Pre-planning your gardens on paper will help you decide on location, the amount of space you’ll need along with the quantity and variety of plants required to have proper fill effect. There will be plants you can start from seed, some you might have that you can split off or get from friends and others you can acquire from your local nursery. You can always tweak things once you get started, but having your ideas visually available will help in the long run.

For garden journal how-to go to http://fordragonfliesandme.com/2012/06/29/decorative-garden-journal-gardeners-first-aid-kit-testing-old-seeds-freezer-strawberry-jam-yummy-heirloom-brushetta/

The Potager

Here are a few Garden Themes with some suggestions for plants… choose one or all.

*Butterfly Garden~ Purple Cornflowers, Butterfly Bush, Bee Balm, Shasta Daisy, Primrose, any kind of Phlox, Petunias, Cosmos, and single Marigolds.

*Hummingbird Garden~ Trumpet Vine, Wisteria bushes, Morning Glory, Lilac, Bee Balm, Hyssop, Petunias, Lavender, Salvia. Any flower with a tubular flower will be much appreciated by our beautiful feathered friends!

*Bee Garden~ Hyssop, Bee Balm, Lavender, all of the Thymus, any mints, Lemon Balm, Roses, Geraniums.

White Bleeding Heart

Moon Garden~  I saw this idea in a gardening magazine several years ago and thought it’d be a neat idea. I had no idea how amazing it would be! In the blackest of nights the garden simply glowed with life and the night insects it attracted was in itself so awesome! Using all white flowers didn’t seem that appealing to me at first, I prefer pink and purple with a splash of orange and yellow to add interest. But the white against the black night is simply stunning. As the moonlight reflects off the flower petals it makes a spectacular silvery light that is breath-taking.  Here are some flowers to include as well as some night-blooming ones!

White shrub rose in potager

*Silver Sage, Carnation, Angels Trumpet, Lambs Ear, Silver Tansy, Yarrow, Silver King & Queen Artemisia, Clary Sage, Horehound, Grey Santolina, White Petunia’s, White Cosmos, Mums, Tulips, Daffodils, Snow Drops and Hyacinths. If you have an arbor plant Sweet Autumn Clematis~ what a show stopper.

*Night Bloomers include Nicotiana, Stock, Roses, Veronica, Impatiens, Alyssum, Azalea and Jasmine.

Stay tuned next time for more garden theme ideas!
Happy Day,

My Ode to Amy Pennington

I’m delighted to report that I had the great pleasure of meeting Amy Pennington.  She came to my loft with a fellow writer the delightful Ritzy Ryciak to see what I was up to. Needless to say, I think we bonded over our love of oils…eating it and putting in on your skin.  What could be better?  Amy is a shining example of what eating seasonal, local and real food will do for your skin.  Given her presence in magazines, authoring two books, a television show and online presence, I had to ask myself where had I been, under a rock?  Why didn’t I know more about her? Geez, even Gwyneth Paltrow has talked about Amy and I’ve read Goop for years.

Let the stalking commence.  I’ve been reading up on Amy and devouring her book Apartment Gardening  as I have a yard which is about the size of a postage stamp so I think if any gardening/growing is to be done, it will have to be in containers.  Luckily, I have lovely neighbors who have nice, big gardens, and let me go and partake of their bounty.  Still, I would like to be able to produce my own harvest, even if it’s small.  I have kept two pots of herbs alive but am ready to move on….to lettuces perhaps?

Next on the list, getting my hands on Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable and Seasonal Kitchen.  I tend to get too many books going at once and so I’m pacing myself.  Once I’m finished reading up on container gardening, Urban Pantry  will get my full, undivided attention.Tips and recipes for a thrifty, sustainable and seasonal kitchen?  Sign me up.

My herb pots

Who knows, maybe by this time next year I’ll be reporting on all of the great food I’ve grown myself.  Fingers crossed.

 ~Kari Gran
Be kind your skin.™

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