Friday, March 21, 2014

Five on Friday.

Happy Friday, friends. I go back to work today after my week long stay-cation!

I thought I would start a feature on my blog called "Five on Friday." I am so inspired by many things I see on the Internet, and thought that each Friday I could share some of those things.

This is so beautiful. I've tried to find the original creator, but sadly I can't. 

2. This blog post on spring cleaning your blog. 

3. This website, The Micro Gardner, has been amazing for me during my first stages of container gardening. 

4. We made this bread and it was so good. 
5. This video. I've been loving listening to Boyce Avenue. I'm a huge fan. 

Hopefully you found some inspiration in this post.

 Please, share something that you are looking forward to this weekend. Is your weather warming up?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

My Garden.

Welcome to my garden. Well, my soon-to-be garden. My husband and I rent a house, so that basically means we are container gardeners. Toady I made huge progress in starting my garden for the year. I would not call myself an expert gardener, but I have had some success in the past with panting and growing some greens. This year, we added two large pots from Costco to the mix. Jim drilled some holes in the bottom for draining. With guidance from Anne over at The Micro Gardener, I had plans to make these plant and pluck containers. 

Lets back up: On March 8th, I decided to plant some seeds. I bought a few packages of seeds from Target of some essentials (lettuce, lots of lettuce!), some potting soil form Costco, and dug out the terra-cotta pots. These seeds were my inspiration for setting up the rest of the garden. I planted the seeds just to give some a head start and to make sure I still had my green thumb. I am glad I did because they definitely gave me lots of inspiration to work on what I finished today. Ok, back to real time...

Yesterday, we stopped by the local garden shop and picked up some beautiful starts. Using those, I had some fun starts to work with.

Mizuna is my favorite leafy green. It had a spicy mustardy taste that is so yummy. If you haven't tried it- give it a taste next time you come across.

Picked up some oregano. So excited to use this in my homemade pasta sauce.

Some more leafy greens, YUM!

Hoping to use the leeks to make a potato and leek soup! Can't wait.  

Sweet basil will be great to add to our homemade pizzas!

Here is a picture of the cilantro and lettuce seedlings I mentioned above. I planted them in these reusable plastic containers that we would get tomatoes, grapes, lettuce, and many other  foods in from the grocery store. I just save the plastic, wash out with soap and water, and then close the lid to make a green house! The lettuce plants sprouted in five days and the plastic is FREE!

Here are the vegetables spaced out in our new tubs from Costco. We have a lot in there, but we're going to be plucking the lettuce before it gets out of hand, so hopefully everything grows nicely.

We also have a couple of avocado seeds place in water that will hopefully crack and sprout an avocado plant. I've been placing them out in the sun when I can, but I read online today that they like heating pads under them when they're inside. Hmm... I will have to try this!

I did end up getting everything planted and all laid out. I will take a final picture tomorrow and share this weekend. Throughout the next few weeks/months, I will also be sharing the progress of my new babies plants!

Do you have a garden? Have you ever gardened? Do you have any garden secrets? Please leave a comment- I'd love to hear from you! 

Happy Spring!

Happy Spring! The flowers are blooming and the weather is definitely changing here in Eureka, California. I am SO excited for Spring to be here. Are you? What are you looking forward to?

Check back later for a post on my day spent gardening!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Things are changing....

See the bumble bee? These bees were so busy working that they didn't even mind me snapping a few pictures :) 

I'm usually not a fan of change, but this year I am trying to be more welcoming.

It's almost spring, two more days. I'm noticing the weather is changing. The flowers are starting to bloom, the air is warmer, and the sun is shining longer here in California (thank you day light savings).

Change is all around us; everyday we're changing. However, I'm a creature of habit. When I go out to eat, I order the same thing. I order the same drink at Starbucks. I drive the same way to work, etc.
However, sometimes, I have to face bigger changes.

The biggest change I have had to adjust to this year is school. I began my school journey to Pacific Oaks in January to earn my bachelors degree in Human Development. Online school is no joke. I have never felt busier or more committed (besides my marriage) in my life. Because of this,  I've been staying up later, my priorities have shifted, and I am learning a lot. Not only am I learning a lot of educational facts in my studies, I am learning a lot about myself.

I've also been preparing myself for some upcoming changes. Although these changes are positive, it's still something new, and change can bring on a lot of stress for me, both positive and negative. In May I will be moving job sites (through my current job) and begin working at a brand new preschool built from the ground up. I will be in a classroom with 24 kids and two new co-workers. I am so excited, but so nervous. 

Although I love school, it's been a real challenge keeping up with everything. It's definitely shown me      that I have the mental capability to push myself further than I expected. I've been making lots of lists and making time to get outside during the evenings (after I'm home from my day job) to make sure I am getting fresh air, even if that means staying up late to finish my homework. I've given up lunch breaks to do reading, and I've made a lot of sacrifices such as giving up time with friends and some of my other hobbies. I am making it happen by making little adjustments here and there.

How do you handle change? Are you affected or you are go with the flow type? 

Thanks for reading and happy spring!