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With all the long hours (and thousands of foot steps according to my Fitbit HR – affiliate link) that I’ve been putting in at the salon, my feet have been in desperate need of some TLC. I’m such a go-go-go person that I don’t tend to take time to soak in a tub at the end of the day. If my computer were waterproof I’d probably do it more, but as it is, I find it hard enough to get through most of my to-do list, much less, take time for pampering (which probably means I need it more than ever). Sometimes I like to compromise by soaking my feet – that way, I can still have my laptop with me and be working, but my feet are simultaneously relaxing – I guess I’m just a compulsive multi-tasker!
It’s hard to believe that it is almost the end of August already! The time is flying. I started working at one of my parent’s salons two weeks ago (I’m helping out at the front desk as well as managing their marketing) and have been trying to adjust to my new schedule. It’s been a little overwhelming but hopefully I’m beginning to find my “groove,” which excites me because I’ve missed y’all over here! I can tell you that I am definitely appreciating my time at home now more than ever. And this past Sunday was no exception.
It’s been an impromptu gardening week over here – beginning with the How to Pot Succulents post, and then the Battling Japanese Beetles post, it seems like I had a theme going and didn’t even plan it! So, it seems fitting to round it all out with a super quick post about repotting a Shamrock. Do you ever pick up plants (especially at the grocery store) that are so cute at first but they begin to lose their cuteness over time at home? I know this happens to me all the time, especially since I’m a random waterer… (although I am determined to get better!) and so often plants end up looking like this (if I’m lucky)…
Remember yesterday’s power seed blend recipe? I mentioned that it is an easy addition to lots of meals (I loved Marisa and Gina’s breakfast suggestions in the comments – great ideas for sneaking in more seeds!) and today I’m sharing one of my favorite go-to lunches in a hurry. My simple Tomato Avocado Salad recipe. This is such an easy meal and yet it still feels kind-of special to me. It’s funny how just a few ingredients can come together to make something delicious, I almost feel like it needs to be more complicated but here simplicity is truly best!
I’m always looking for ways to sneak in a bit more “health” into our diets without sacrificing taste, and recently I hit on a great idea that I just had to share with you. The media talks a lot about super foods like Kale, Spinach, you know all those amazing greens, but did you know that there are seeds which also qualify as “super-foods?” I like to call them “Power Seeds.” These tiny little seeds pack an almost unbeatable punch of Omega 3s, fiber, protein and more which can help balance blood sugar levels, fight heart disease, aid in weight loss and more! Best of all, you can sneak them into a huge array of foods.
Oh what a dreadful summer this has been for Japanese Beetles here in Virginia – ugh! Do you have these rotten critters too? I can honestly say that I hate them. They have been steadily chomping on my roses which makes them my arch enemy, my nemesis if you will. My neighbors often see me wandering around my small garden, mason jar in hand, muttering at my flowers. I’m sure I’ve raised more than a few eyebrows. Why do I have a mason jar in my hand you may ask? Ah, I’m so glad you asked…
Succulents are one of my favorite plants to keep because they can survive well on just a bit of water – which often happens when I forget to water the plants around here! I’ve been trying to do better but watering can still be a little hit or miss. I also like succulents because the little ones are pretty inexpensive. Since they don’t cost too much I seem to pick a pack up every so often and somehow or another I have amassed a rather rag-tag bunch of them that needed a proper home.
Want a fun (and easy) way to add style to your salads and soups? Or how about a way to get your kiddos excited about eating their veggies? Then do I have the perfect how-to for you today! Carrot Flowers! All you need are carrots and a knife – no fancy gadgets. A few straight cuts and before you know it you have a really cute garnish that will have everyone ohhing and ahhhing, or at least eating! I’ve made a video to show you how to make these:
I am a long time subscriber to House Beautiful and when Bee Cottage first appeared in the magazine in 2011, I knew I was seeing something special. I eagerly awaited each issue to see more, more, more! Like many other readers, I fell hard for this sweet little bungalow. It was just such an oasis, a retreat for the soul. When I heard that Frances wrote a book about it, I was delighted. When I read the book, I was literally hugging it so many times and being SO grateful for her utter transparency in those pages. It filled me with SO MUCH HOPE! She went through very tough times and came out on the other side. As I am traveling along the winding road of life and hitting some rough spots, I am incredibly thankful for stories like this which offer hope – stick with it, some how, some way, it will work out, if you don’t give up.
When I stop and look back at the last week, month, year, even years… I am pleased to say that there are many moments that I am proud of, but I also see some things I regret. I try hard to take chances – to lead with my heart – as one friend calls it. But it can be a little tiring at times too, because achieving dreams and goals requires good old fashioned fortitude. There are just no two ways about it. I have recently taken some big steps of faith in pursuing my dreams. And each time, it opens up a box of even more work to be done, even more moments of vulnerability, but also more opportunities for success. It’s a mixed bag of emotions, for sure. But, I know that for me at least, it is imperative to take these leaps. If I don’t, I will look back with regret and that is a feeling that I just despise.