Oh, hello again!

I know I have been pretty quiet around here for the last few weeks, but I have some really good news to share! And that will also explain why I haven’t written much lately. We found out last month that we’re expecting again! Cecilia’s little brother or sister will be due in January, and I must admit that the first trimester has been rather rough.

925495_252536484947289_1641411222_nThere are also some other things growing around here! While many of my plants have fallen victim to the triple digit heat around here, my zucchini and tomatoes are still hanging in there! I will need to get some more soil for one of my garden plants, and replace the basil and some of my pepper plants.

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Zucchini buds sprouting!

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Little baby tomatoes!

IMG_2401 IMG_2403Since I’m lucky enough to have a few months off school, I have been lounging around my house and eating when I can, while everything else has sort of been pushed to the side. But dang it – I needed some rest! Now that I’m feeling better, it’s time to get back into my groove while the gettin’s good.

There are some projects that I want to finish before school starts again in August, and I wanted to share them with you so there was some sort of accountability:

  • Finish painting house
  • Fix faucet
  • Fix light fixtures
  • Put faceplates back on all outlets
  • Restore Cecilia’s bookshelf
  • Change window coverings
  • Work on backyard garden – get soil, change out dead plants, fill old planters
  • Work on front yard – pull weeds, change out plants
  • Clean out craft room – move to back house, transform room into nursery
  • Clean and organize Cecilia’s room
  • Paint kitchen table

I realize there’s a lot there, but I’m giving myself (and any nice family and friends I have) two months to get it done. I realize there will be small projects here and there, but I want the major stuff done so I won’t be going crazy during school and the last few months of my pregnancy.

I mean…summer cleaning is a thing, right?

What projects are you working on over this summer? Share your projects and progress in the comments and connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and Pinterest! I will be sharing updates on all my projects as I work on them!

Momma’s Garden Project: Round 2

garden projectMy garden is back in action! With the big move taking every ounce of our attention, my garden was put on hold until we were settled in and the beds were moved from Stockton. Luckily, I have a green thumb of a dad and he came over last Saturday and helped me put the garden boxes in, pick out my plants and get everything planted.

SONY DSCRight now, we have four tomato plants, six pepper plants, two basil plants, four zucchini plants, a lavender plant and some beautiful flowers. All the plants seem to be doing fine, except for the basil and rosemary. Apparently I got a little sloppy with the basil and it wasn’t put all the way into the soil (whoooops), so my dad helped me fix that up a little and now we’re back in action! Except for the rosemary….

BASSSSILLLLL!!! So much pesto to be made...

BASSSSILLLLL!!! So much pesto to be made…

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Zucchini plants!

Zucchini plants!

Pepper plant

Pepper plant

TOMATOES!

TOMATOES!

You can already see it flowering...

You can already see it flowering…

Poor, poor lavender

Poor, poor lavender

Basil and pepper plants

Basil and pepper plants

Zucchini!

Zucchini!

This round already feels easier to maintain because it’s my second go-round, and it’s right in my backyard, where we spend a lot of time anyway. And I love that I can look out at it from my bedroom window. It’s a lovely view and a daily reminder that I need to keep it looking pretty so I’m not ashamed every time I look out there!

I’m looking forward to watching my second garden grow, and enjoying its bounty. There is still some more stuff I want to plant in all of the random planters we have around here, but for now…this is perfect. I just hope it can withstand a one-and-a-half year-old and a chocolate lab.

Have you started your garden? If so, what are you planting? Share your progress with me in the comments and if you have a blog, share the link so I can check it out! Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and Pinterest if you want more updates and photos of my garden!

Thrifty Thursdays: Coffee can planter tutorial

Now that we are FINALLY getting some rain in California, I don’t feel ironic for posting garden inspiration and tutorials. Since we will be moving soon, I didn’t want to get my full garden going, so I made a coffee can planter for my rosemary. This is perfect for the novice gardener who is a little nervous about starting a harvest or a seasoned gardener who employs a mini herb garden by the kitchen. And the kiddos can join, too!

b6b58406817a11e38aca0e51ab9d14d3_8I’m so very proud to announce that you can find the full tutorial in the Spring issue of Childhood Magazine, a new kid-centric magazine in Sacramento!

Since I already had the can, the paint and the soil, this only cost me the price of the rosemary – which was a few dollars at the local nursery. Now that the garden season is in mild swing, I will be sharing more garden goodies in the near future.

Have you started your garden yet? If so, do you have anything fun to share? Post in the comments and on social media. And thank you again, Childhood Magazine, for having me. It was a pleasure!

Stay thrifty, my friends.

Momma’s garden project: Week 11

Remember the red tomato that I wrote about in my blog post about last week?

IMG_3859I pulled it last night and then while I was out in the garden today, another tomato fell right off! So needless to say, the tomatoes are going like crazy last night! Unfortunately for me, I’m not a tomato fan. But I do love salsa! And, this will be perfect time for me to get into canning. Sam also LOVES tomatoes and I’m planning on giving some away to family and friends.IMG_4069

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The rest of the garden is growing good, too. I was able to pull out the dead plants and the weeds, so all of the resources can be used on the plants that are thriving.

IMG_4065So, in this box we have five different peppers, chives, spinach and broccoli. I was able to spot a few peppers that are almost ready to pluck. And there are a lot that are getting ready to sprout! I am so unbelievably excited about my garden. Like I’ve said before, I have planted herbs and tomatoes before, but nothing ever worked out.

IMG_4055 IMG_4056 IMG_4057 IMG_4058 IMG_4059 IMG_4061 IMG_4063I also have four rows of potatoes. Didn’t quite think about the fact that we’re definitely going to be able to eat four rows worth of potatoes. So…more gifts from the garden for our family and friends! For some silly reason, I forgot to take pictures of them so I will have to update next week. I think I’m going to check them out next Sunday to see if I can pull them. Because that would be awesome.

Then, there is my headache. The compost pile. I’m worried that it will take a while for this stuff to compost, which is fine because we won’t need new soil until next Spring. We have enough to last us until then. But still! I need immediate results!

IMG_4066And with that in mind, this is what I’ve learned from gardening: patience. You have to work with these plants while you wait for them to bloom and you have to take care of them. I can spend a few hours each weekend just pruning everything back and pulling weeds. But my goodness, when that first tomato came in, it all felt worth it. It was so gratifying and I appreciated it so much more because I literally sat and watched tomatoes grow for about three months now.

There is so much more I want to do with my garden, but I know that will all come with time. I’m going to plan everything out, and do it when I can. And that is something I’ve never been able to do before.