Thursday, May 18, 2017

Garden Ready?

Are you ready for a great gardening season?

Here are the things we are working on.

1. We till our plots.

2. We cut down or pull weeds and place something to keep the weeds down. Right now we have cardboard down and we plan to put mulch on top to make it look more pretty.

3. Put in wood borders around our plots.

4. We send in our soil for testing to High Brix Gardens. They test the soil and then send us a specially-made fertilizer for our garden. This fertilizer, based on test results, will have the trace minerals and elements that your garden is deficient in. For your garden to grow nutrient-dense food, the soil needs to have a proper balance of minerals and nutrients. If you have any questions about High Brix Gardens, we would love to share our experience.

4. We plan on paper what to plant and where.

5. We plant, water and wait.

Here are some garden tips:

Companion Gardening Guide

Container Plant Watering

When to Plant Veggies

How to Involve Kids in Gardening

I have found that I like gardening much better when it is manageable for my stage of life. Plant things that you will be excited to use and focus on flourishing a smaller garden plot if a large plot overwhelms you. Gardening has a very big learning curve. I have had gardens that produced next to nothing, but it wasn't a waste because I learned what doesn't work. :) Cody is the better gardener between us and he is very passionate about creating a pure food source for our family. We are still learning, but our harvest grows each year.

You can do it! Start small and be patient!

Here are some tools and items that we use to maintain our garden and make our life easier. Click on the images to shop the items. If you live in the city and have small spaces, the vertical garden box look awesome.




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

All You Need is Love

All You Need is Love
3 out of 5 smiling is pretty darn good. =)

When I was about 21 years old I was aching to get married and have a family. I was about to graduate from college with no marriage prospects, and I felt like my chance to find someone was gone. I was really sad that I had not found someone to live my life with and even more sad that I wouldn't have children anytime soon.

Skip ahead ten years, and I am happily married with three daughters. It really does feel surreal sometimes because I spent so much time thinking that it might not happen. Today I see that I am truly blessed, and I need to have more gratitude for what has happened and not dwell on what has not happened.

I walked Maurie up the stairs to tuck her into bed for the second time tonight. As she held my hand, she said, "I lub you." I expressed my love in return and repeated most of the bedtime routine I had done ten minutes earlier. Normally, I would be a little irritated and impatient about having to tuck her in again, but tonight I just enjoyed a little more time to spend with my daughter. She is sweet and loving and with a little encouragement and more love, she is now sleeping soundly in her bed. Most of the time the answer to my problems is not to have less responsibility, but to have more love and patience. I wish I felt this calm and peaceful all the time. It is too easy to get distracted and miss special moments that I won't get back.

My husband and children really are my dreams come true. I get overwhelmed with all that I need to do and keep up with, but at the end of the day I just need to ask myself, "Did the people I care about the most feel loved?" If I can answer yes, I need to count the day a victory despite the other things that may have gone undone.

I honor motherhood and all the mothers before me by doing a little better today than I did yesterday.

Best,
Lucy

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Indoor/Outdoor Rugs

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I am still dreaming about how to make my deck another living space. Today I wanted to share some of my favorite indoor/outdoor rugs with you. These rugs are from World Market and I love the patterns and colors. If you have children or pets, indoor/outdoor rugs are awesome because they are super durable and stylish. What do you do or want to do to spruce up your outdoor living space this summer?


Gray Lanka Indoor Outdoor Patio Area Rug - 5Ftx7Ft by World Market 5Ftx7Ft


Gray Lanka Indoor Outdoor Patio Area Rug - 5Ftx7Ft by World Market 5Ftx7Ft
Rugs -With an intricate global design featuring elephants in a mellow color scheme, our easy-care area rug is antimicrobial, stain-resistant and suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Material: , Color:. Also could be used forsouthwest rug,global rug,indoor rug,outdoor rug,indoor and outdoor rug,3 x 5,3'x5',3' x 5',3' x 5' rug,3' x 5' area rug,large rug,large area rug,8 x 10,8'x10',8' x 10',8' x 10' rug,8' x 10' area rug,2 x 3,2'x3',2' x 3',2x3rug,2' x 3'rug,2'x 3' area rug,no shed rug,stain resistant rug,mildew resistant rug,easy clean rug,antimicrobial rug. By Cost Plus World Market.10014043






Blue Lace Indoor Outdoor Patio Area Rug - 2.3Ftx4.6Ft by World Market 2.3Ftx4.6Ft


Blue Lace Indoor Outdoor Patio Area Rug - 2.3Ftx4.6Ft by World Market 2.3Ftx4.6Ft
Rugs -Featuring a geometric design in a bold blue palette, our vivid area rug is antimicrobial, stain-resistant and easy to care for, making it perfect for indoor and outdoor spaces. Material: , Color:. Also could be used forgeo rug,geometric rug,transitional rug,indoor rug,outdoor rug,indoor and outdoor rug,modern rug,long rug,3 x 5,3'x5',3' x 5',3' x 5' rug,3' x 5' area rug,large rug,large area rug,8 x 10,8'x10',8' x 10',8' x 10' rug,8' x 10' area rug,6 x 9,6'x9',6' x 9',6' x 9' rug,6' x 9' area rug,no shed rug,stain resistant rug,mildew resistant rug,easy clean rug,antimicrobial rug. By Cost Plus World Market.10014005







Navy Blue Cortes Indoor Outdoor Patio Area Rug - 3Ft11Inx5Ft7In by World Market 3Ft11Inx5Ft7In


Navy Blue Cortes Indoor Outdoor Patio Area Rug - 3Ft11Inx5Ft7In by World Market 3Ft11Inx5Ft7In
Rugs -Featuring an intricate geometric design in rich navy blue, our versatile area rug is antimicrobial, stain-resistant and easy to care for, making it perfect for indoor and outdoor spaces. Material: , Color:. Also could be used forgeo rug,geometric rug,transitional rug,indoor rug,outdoor rug,indoor and outdoor rug,modern rug,3 x 5,3'x5',3' x 5',3' x 5' rug,3' x 5' area rug,large rug,large area rug,8 x 10,8'x10',8' x 10',8' x 10' rug,8' x 10' area rug,6 x 9,6'x9',6' x 9',6' x 9' rug,6' x 9' area rug,no shed rug,stain resistant rug,mildew resistant rug,easy clean rug,antimicrobial rug. By Cost Plus World Market.10014023







Orange Cortes Indoor Outdoor Patio Area Rug - Runner by World Market Runner


Orange Cortes Indoor Outdoor Patio Area Rug - Runner by World Market Runner
Rugs -Featuring an intricate geometric design in bold orange, our versatile area rug is antimicrobial, stain-resistant and easy to care for, making it perfect for indoor and outdoor spaces. Material: , Color:. Also could be used forgeo rug,geometric rug,transitional rug,indoor rug,outdoor rug,indoor and outdoor rug,modern rug,3 x 5,3'x5',3' x 5',3' x 5' rug,3' x 5' area rug,large rug,large area rug,8 x 10,8'x10',8' x 10',8' x 10' rug,8' x 10' area rug,6 x 9,6'x9',6' x 9',6' x 9' rug,6' x 9' area rug,no shed rug,stain resistant rug,mildew resistant rug,easy clean rug,antimicrobial rug. By Cost Plus World Market.10014030







Boho Kilim Nagar Indoor Outdoor Patio Rug: Gray - Polyester - 5' x 8' by World Market 5Ftx8Ft


Boho Kilim Nagar Indoor Outdoor Patio Rug: Gray - Polyester - 5' x 8' by World Market 5Ftx8Ft
Rugs -Hand woven from recycled plastic bottles, our earth-conscious indoor and outdoor kilim features a thin flatweave construction with hand-braided tassels. Surprisingly soft underfoot, it's a great choice for high traffic areas, is easy to care for and does not shed. Material: Polyester, Color:Gray. Also could be used for5 x 8,5'x8',5' x 8',5' x 8' rug,5' x 8' area rug,large rug,large area rug, 8 x 10,8'x10',8' x 10',8' x 10' rug,8' x 10' area rug,flooring,rugs,carpet,floor covering,indoor rugs,area rugs,outdoor rugs,boho rug,bohemian rug,kilim rug,tassel rug,water bottle rug,durable rug,flatweave rug. By Cost Plus World Market.516731








Neutral Tweed Mirage Indoor Outdoor Patio Area Rug - 44Inx66In by World Market 44Inx66In


Neutral Tweed Mirage Indoor Outdoor Patio Area Rug - 44Inx66In by World Market 44Inx66In
Rugs -Featuring a thick basket-woven texture in two neutral hues, our natural-toned rug looks and feels great both indoors and out, is easy to care for and does not shed. Material: , Color:. Also could be used fororiental rugs,washable rugs,accent rugs,kitchen rugs,everywear rugs,decorative rugs,traditional rugs,contemporary rugs,throw rugs,discount rugs,designer rugs,area rugs,rug runners,lamontage,liora manne,liora,custom rugs,broadloom,indoor and outdoor rugs,outdoor rug,performance rugs,outdoor rugs,easycare rugs,easy care rug flooring,rugs,carpet,floor covering,indoor rugs,2 x 3,2'x3',2' x 3',2x3rug,2' x 3'rug,2'x 3' area rug,2.5 x 8,2.5'x8',2.5' x 8',2.5' x 8' rug,2.5' x 8' area rug,long rug,3 x 5,3'x5',3' x 5',3' x 5' rug,3' x 5' area rug,large rug,large area rug. By Cost Plus World Market.10013903








Gray Bordered Chunky Woven Jute Rug: Gray/Natural - 6' x 9' by World Market 6Ftx9Ft


Gray Bordered Chunky Woven Jute Rug: Gray/Natural - 6' x 9' by World Market 6Ftx9Ft
Rugs -With a sophisticated gray fabric border, our versatile rug looks at home in any decor setting. Handcrafted of renewable jute fibers, this exclusive rug features a chunky woven construction for a great underfoot feel. Material: Jute , Color:Gray > Natural. Also could be used forarea rug, cotton rugs, floor coverings, gray bordered rug, gray rugs, home decor, indoor outdoor rug, indoor rug, jute rugs, made in india, natural jute rug, natural weave jute rugs, outdoor rug, rayon rugs, rug, rugs. By Cost Plus World Market.472966







5'x8' Plum and Gray Wool Kilim Galen Area Rug - 5' x 8' by World Market


5'x8' Plum and Gray Wool Kilim Galen Area Rug - 5' x 8' by World Market
Rugs -Hand woven of 100% wool exclusively for World Market, our reversible flatweave rug features a plum geometric pattern against a light gray background. Material: Wool, Color:Gray. Also could be used forflooring,rugs,carpet,floor covering,indoor rugs,outdoor rugs,area rugs,5 x 8,5'x8',5' x 8',5' x 8' rug,5' x 8' area rug,large rug,large area rug,wool rug,kilim rug,plum rug,gray rug. By Cost Plus World Market.516671






















Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide



Mothers love their kids. Not only do we like to stare at them when they are sleeping and watch videos of them when we are not with them, we also like to where jewelry that reminds us of them. =)

Summer is around the corner and this beautiful Nine West bag is perfect for the season.


I am in the market for a decent sandal this summer. This brand has come highly recommended from friends. Its selling points: durable, water-proof, classic and versatile.


I have a floral phone case and since our phones are a daily staple, why not have a super cute case!

I think every woman should pamper themselves. Getting some makeup could be a lot of fun and you could make a day of it by getting a free makeover and learning about how to take care of yourself.


After your makeover, go get some lunch with some of your besties.


And don't forget a new outfit to do it all in.



Now, these are great ideas, but a card, a call and or a hug are also great gifts. Moms just want to feel appreciated and loved.

How have the mothers in your life influenced you? I want to pay tribute to the many moments that I didn't see or notice that my own mother served and loved me. I know that God saw her service and I have felt the love and support throughout my life. THANK YOU MOMS!

Happy Mother's Day!

Turkey Hunting and Garage Sale

Turkey Hunting
Waiting for the turkey. 

Turkey Hunting
I spy a Lori in the trees trying to find a turkey.

Turkey Hunting
Dressed and ready to go to our spot.
Our weekends seem to get more packed as time goes on. There is rarely a weekend anymore that we don't have a lot of things to get done or a lot of events to go to.

Turkey Hunting

I was invited to go turkey hunting with a couple of friends last Saturday.  I had a great time. We didn't get a turkey, but I really enjoyed whispering, sitting out in nature and learning more about turkey hunting and shooting. I did not know what to expect and I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but I can say that I would love to do it again. Cody is eager to do it, so I am glad that I got a taste before I go with him. Cody's grandfather and father both loved to turkey hunt and have some awesome pictures. Cody has a turkey caller and has practiced, so he is ready. My friend was kind enough to let me use her camouflage and other gear, so I looked legit, or at least I thought so since I don't know any better. I'm glad I went and happy to spend time with friends.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sometimes

Sometimes. A Poem by Lucy Bowman

Here is a poem that I wrote about four years ago and it still applies.


Sometimes
Sometimes I feel like throwing red paint on the clean white walls and writing my name somewhere small, like an artist.
Sometimes I feel like leaving it all full of dirt. My teachers lied.
Sometimes I feel like hiring a chef and a maid to do all the work I am supposed to do, but hate to do, and watching them do it all while I do nothing.
Sometimes I feel like squeezing the breath out of a bird so I can see what I look like, sometimes.
Sometimes I feel so deep and so dark that a cave cannot hold me.
I am the night sky with no stars, no moon, no streetlight.
I feel like this.

And then I put in another load of laundry and sing along to Tangled in the background.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Mind Reading

Words of Wisdom I received lately:

"What other people think is none of your business."

I have a problem with trying to read people's minds, even when I know I can't. I think it comes from my desire to please the people I admire and love. I also believe that I have good discernment of others; I don't know if that is really true, but I believe it nonetheless.  I think I have a good motivations, but mind reading is a revealing and bad habit. 

My therapist asked me what I thought a certain person was thinking. It was easy for me to spout off thoughts I guessed the person had of me--it was not very nice. Then she said, "Do you think that about other people? (I tilted my head at the question.) She went on, "Many times the thoughts we project on people are thoughts that we have of others."

Figurative jaw drop for me. What? Me...judgmental and impatient of others? Never! 

Like I said, mind reading is a bad habit that does no one any good and usually reveals more about yourself than about others. 

My new goal is to mind my own business and be the best version of myself without worrying what others are thinking. I have decided that if someone likes me, their actions will be louder than their words or silent thoughts, anyways. 

Say no to mind reading my friends! 

Cheers to healthy minds and hearts! 

Am I the only one that does this? How do you steer clear of mind reading?

Best, 

Lucy Jo
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