Jessica Holoka

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NJ blogger trying to kill it in the kitchen like Ramsay and DIY like Martha!
♡ Wife & fur mama
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Happy Father’s Day, bros! 💪🏻 It wouldn’t be a holiday or special occasion without me running to the craft store to make one last homemade gift!
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I made my dad a cup for his birthday and my brother mentioned how much he liked it and could use one fir his protein drinks. So I made him his own cup for Father’s Day!
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I hope my bro loves his new protein (or brotein) shake cup!
Happy Father’s Day weekend! We’re kicking of the Dad Day celebrations tomorrow with my father-in-law. Then, we’ll be celebrating my dad on Sunday.
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I’m waking up bright and early tomorrow A.M. to try and dodge the last minute shopping crowd. I’ve got a bunch of ingredients to get and a lots of recipes to make!
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This past week, we had the most amazing pasta dish inspired by @skinnytaste’s Grilled Clams in Foil recipe. Instead of grilling the clams, garlic, zucchini, and tomatoes in white wine and olive oil, I sautéed them and added them to whole wheat spaghetti.
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My husband mentioned the dish to his dad, so that’s what we’re having for my father-in-law’s Father’s Day dinner tomorrow. I’m not mad about having this twice in one week! It’s a perfect summer pasta!
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How are you celebrating the dads in your life this weekend? Will you be cooking them anything special?
Do you have a garden?  All of a sudden, our garden has really taken off!  Including our herbs!  I can't use our dill fast enough!  I've been making a lot of Greek inspired sauces and meals with our dill.
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I recently made a dill pickle flavored hummus.  It was SO GOOD that my sister and I practically finished the entire bowl in one sitting!
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My pickle hummus recipe is made with all sorts of fresh goodies like cucumbers, dill, lemon, garlic, and there's even a little white vinegar in it to really give it that pickle flavor!
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Pickle lovers, you'll love this hummus!  Snack on this healthy dip with fresh cut veggies or whole wheat pita chips. Head to the blog today (#linkinbio) for the recipe!
Let’s real talk a minute.
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I follow DIY bloggers on Instagram who are always doing amazing things to their homes. Like super trendy, photo-worthy things to their homes. I used to strive to have that Instagram perfect home but...WE LIVE HERE!!
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After we painted over our “spicy golden mustard” office walls, I noticed that the rug in the office didn’t match the wall color we chose (like I didn’t even factor that in). From there, I started doubting our color choice and nitpicking little things. Even though I was completely excited about it earlier this week when I shared our choice on my story!
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My point is basically, who gives a shit? Make your home YOURS! Embrace its quirks and do what inspires you! Because after a while, all of those current home trends not only start to look the same, but become outdated.
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As for me, I’m looking forward to working in my bold, blue office with its old, heavy furniture, and unmatching rug.
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@behrpaint Saga Blue from @homedepot.
One of my favorite things to do during summer nights is sit out on our deck with a drink and just bask in the quietness of the evening. But nothing wrecks a perfect summer night than a mosquito trying to crash your party! 🦟
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Today on the blog, I'm sharing a natural way to prevent mosquitoes.  We've all read the articles that bugs sprays are full of toxins and harmful chemicals.  I recently read another article stating that lemon eucalyptus essential oil works as well as DEET!
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So I've concocted a natural way to combat mosquitoes this summer with an essential oil roller ball that's safe for skin and will keep the bugs away!  Head to the blog (#linkinbio) to make your own and enjoy more of the summer!
Today was a good day. My husband is off on vacation this week. We took my car in for service this morning (not-so-good, but had to be done) and then picked out paint to paint the office tomorrow (head to my story to see what we picked).
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I had some work come in and I’m looking forward to working on the recipe I’m making! It’s true that when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life!
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Later on, we took a drive down to the shore to buy kayaks. 🛶 I’m super excited about it! Our order is in and we should be able to pick them up in a few weeks! I can’t wait to “mermaid vibe” 🧜🏻‍♀️ it all summer!
It’s a DIY wedding weekend! 👰💒 My sister and her fiancé were over last night to plan some of the decorative details of their upcoming wedding.
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We got the “here comes the bride” sign done with my @officialcricut and started working on bridesmaid bouquets. 💐 I even have a project for my husband to start!
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This weekend, I’ll be working on the rest of the bouquets. Our dining room currently looks like wedding central! It’s giving me flashbacks to my own wedding when I was a DIY bride!
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It’s really exciting to see everything starting to come together!
Within the next few weeks, we'll not only be celebrating Father's Day, but a couple birthdays, including my husband's.  I've got a lot of gift shopping to do!
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Thankfully, all of the men in the family have, relatively, the same hobbies and interests!  I know I could grab a couple fishing themed gifts for Father's Day and especially for my husband's birthday coming up!
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If you're stuck on gift ideas and the dads or dudes in your life like to fish, head to the blog today (#linkinbio)! I've got a list of pretty cool fishing items that go beyond just bait and tackle boxes!  I'm definitely grabbing a few of these things for my husband's birthday!
I have a pretty extensive nighttime routine.  I'll change into my ‪PJ's‬, put on lotion, swipe on some lip balm, and pop in some earplugs.  After I shut my book for the night, I'll throw on a blindfold.
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Yeah.  It's pretty serious!
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But I've gladly added one more thing to my routine - Swanson Ultra's advanced Dual-Release Melatonin.
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As a troubled sleeper, it's nice to have a natural supplement that helps me get a better night's sleep by releasing melatonin in stage.
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Click the #linkinbio to try @swansonhealth Ultra's advanced Dual-Release Melatonin for yourself! #ad #myswanson #swansonpartner
Happy Monday!  My husband's had a four day weekend and we've been spending as much of it as we can outside!  We worked on a couple yard projects this weekend and, with a couple finishing touches, we'll have it all set and ready for hanging out by the weekend!
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Today on the blog, I'm sharing a DIY project you can add to your garden this summer! 🌞 Use your @officialcricut (or pre-cut vinyl letter stickers) to create these Punny Herb Planters and add a little humor to your yard!
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Not only will you have some cute, little planters, but you'll end up with an abundance of fresh herbs to use in dishes, infuse your water, and so much more! 🍃  Head to the blog (#linkinbio) to add some humorous phrases to your herb planters!
🎶 My flowers bring all the bees to the yard. 🎶
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I recently shared a meme on my Facebook page about being nice to bees. 🐝 Over the past couple years, I’ve been doing what I can for these little critters (even if I did get stung in the face last summer).
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We have two random bleeding heart plants growing under our deck that they love. Yesterday, we planted two dwarf butterfly bushes and they immediately attracted bees and butterflies. It was too the point that I actually yelled, “OMG! Our bushes are working!” 😂
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Definitely not a shabby replacement for our dead azaleas we had to pull this weekend. I can’t wait to see all of the other bees and butterflies they’ll attract!
Have you ever just looked at a section of your home or yard and thought, “Man! This just needs SOMETHING!” That’s how I felt about this little section in our front yard.
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We had a rocky patch with a baby azalea that still looked empty. So I dug a small flower garden about a month ago. It just still felt unfinished.
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After a little #pinspiration, I headed to @homedepot yesterday and grabbed a pot, a plant, and a bag of rocks. During a break in the rain, I got to work!
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Swipe to see more of the before and after of my rock garden project. I love the way it turned out! All it needed was a little more height and character!
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What are you working on this weekend?