Friday Night at the Movies – Every Tom Hanks Movie in 7 Minutes

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This is AWESOME!  Okay, so it’s not a movie, but it you haven’t seen it, it’s totally worth the 7 minutes.  Plus, now I have an extra hour and half that I can be scattering pink flamingos through the yard.

Enjoy!

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Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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My Goals for This Year – Week 13 of 52

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1. Get Organized. 

Someday soon… my garage AND house will be clean.

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2. Run, walk or crawl a Marathon, half marathon, 10k, and 5k race this year.

I think I might hold my own 5k and see if Mrs. Hillbilly and Hulda want to “race” it with me. ;)

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3. Remodel our Master Bathroom, Master Closet and Monkey Boy’s Bathroom.

We are getting there!

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4. Finish Every Room in Our House.

Once the bathrooms are remodeled… all that will be left to do if find some furniture for the family room {hopefully at a garage sale this summer} and a nice chair and ottoman for the front room. I have a strict budget, and I’m hoping to come in well under it.
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5. Turn Spare Bedroom into a Cozy Home Office Space for myself.

Once Monkey Boy’s bathroom is done… I’ll get started.

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6. Create a Vegetable Garden.

Guess who just planted a packet of beets in her front flower bed? I figure the red tops will confuse the HOA as they drive by.

7. Build a Path into the Hillside for Easy Access to the Upper Garden.

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8. Limit my personal spending to $100 a month.

Another week passed without buying anything from my $100 a monthly spending budget. I was tempted to buy this {maybe twice} used pair of Keens at the thrift store but the $23.99 price tag made me put them back.

So far in March I have spent $42.44.

  • In February I Spent $32.52 
  • In January I Spent $84.33

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9. Purge… Weekly. Find 10 things each week to donate to the thrift store.

17 Books were set aside for the thrift store this week. My goal by the end of the year is to have all the “extra” stuff we don’t need donated or sold so our next move will be easy peasy. {Eye on the prize baby!}

library books

10. Read 1 book a week. – My goal is to read 52 books this year

I picked a few books at the library this week. My Amish Childhood, The Forgotten Seamstress and Simply Primitive. Have you read any other those?

11. Slow Down.

Nope. It didn’t happen this week. :) There is just too much going on.

12. Canning – Life was sort of crazy last year and I feel like I sorta fell off the canning wagon and I’d like to hop back on it this year. Ideally, I’d like to open my pantry at the end of the year and have rows and rows of home canned goodness staring back at me.

Did you set any goals for this year? If so, how are they coming along?

~Mavis

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Would You Give Ugly Vegetables a Home?

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Lowblaws, Canada’s largest grocery chain, is going to start offering imperfect selections in their produce department.  According to treehugger.com, the retailer is taking steps to reduce food waste, offer lower income families affordable fresh produce options, and help farmers {who know that not every veggies grows perfectly straight, round, etc.} by selling ugly produce.

They are calling it “No Name Naturally Imperfect” {I am totally having t-shirts printed up, because that is my new motto}.  You can buy this misshapen, perfectly edible produce at about a 30% reduced cost.  They are kicking off the experiment with apples and potatoes, with the hopes of adding more as the idea catches on.

The idea will hopefully have a meaningful impact on the estimated $31 billion worth the food waste each year {in JUST Canada alone!}.  It should also limit how much food ends up in landfills.  Best of all, it allows farmers to sell more of their crops–which means we may actually have farmers that can make a living feeding us.  It’s win-win-win.

I personally think this idea is awesome.  Go Canada! What do you think, would you buy ugly produce for a reduced cost?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Prom Dresses, Hoodies, Vegetarian Times Magazine and More

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Word of the Day: Harbinger Definition: Messenger, forerunner Used in a sentence: Robin, the harbinger of spring, is a welcome bird.

Hello Friday!

Yesterday drywall guy finished up texturing the walls! Yee-Haw! Now I can paint. Hopefully I can get everything painted before the tile guy and his son get her on Monday. I AM EXCITED!!!! We are nearing the home stretch of this remodel and I couldn’t be happier. How about YOU? What are you plans for the weekend? Do you have anything fun planned?

Mavis

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how-to-grow-green-beansI love grabbing a few beans fresh out of the garden and snapping them in my mouth while I’m picking other veggies. Yummm! Find out How to Grow Bean from Start to Finish. Find more step by step instructions on my Growing Guides Pinterest Board.

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Smores-CookiesAs soon as summer hits, I find myself already longing for summer. If you’re like me, these S’mores Cookies should hit the spot! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more recipes on my Cookies Pinterest Board.

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The $20/$20 Challenge: Megan From Portland, Oregon Shows Off Her Pantry and Her Cute Kids!

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Megan Pantry Pictures5Getting a glimpse into the lives of my readers through the  $20/$20 Challenge has been awesome! I love seeing your cupboard and pantries of course, but getting to see your cute families is so fun, too! Here’s Megan’s story:

Hi Mavis-

Megan Pantry PicturesMy name is Megan I am a nurse and mom of two boys {3.5 and 6} and we live in a suburb outside of Portland, OR. I have been reading you blog for years and have tried and loved many of your recipes. Having two growing boys I have realized when they were young that feeding them was going to be a challenge, and I often joke that we will need to buy a cow at one point to keep enough milk in the house. We are lucky to have a big yard and we have slowly expanded our garden over the last few years. Last year we had a good year and were able to grow potatoes, lots of tomatoes, raspberries, strawberries, cucumbers, onions, carrots, kale and lettuce. The first picture is the beginning of my garden last season, we also have two pear trees we planted outside the fence in the side yard and last year we got our first crop of pears. I have plans for this year to add two more raised beds and try to convince my husband to let me put in more berry bushes.

Megan Pantry Pictures3I have slowly started canning mostly jellies, salsas and last year I did whole tomatoes from the garden. This year I might try adding something new. I have a small laundry room and turned half of it into my pantry. I keep my canned goods, baking supplies and equipment, and extra dry goods in there.I am running low on canned good already, all of the empty jars on the top were filled at some point last year. I also have a chest freezer, that’s usually full of extra meat, large freezer items, frozen stock and sauces, and frozen fruits and veggies.

Megan Pantry Pictures4In my kitchen freezer you will find similar things, but this is also where I keep my bag of veggies scraps to make stock, bread scraps to make croutons, and used citrus peels to make a vinegar cleaning solution. We participate in a biweekly food box from a local organic produce company and it has been great. Its a good way to get my two picky boys to try new foods. However the things that we won’t eat or get excess of I have learned to be creative with. For example things like beets and greens get pureed and frozen in ice cube trays for using later.

Megan Pantry Pictures2Over the past few years I have tried to influence my families health for the better by buying local and making things myself. Growing up I always hated that my mother never bought us pre-made cookies or frozen dinners, I think I was the only kid who had a mom who made cookies and bread from scratch. But as an adult love that I have that skill and have taken it a step further to make my own seasoning mixes, salad dressings, and sauces. Megan Pantry Pictures6Where we live we are close to many farms and go fruit picking in the summer, and I try to take the kids to the farmers market when I can. I often think to myself that I must have been a farmers wife or pioneer woman in another life because I am so into growing, baking, preserving etc.

Megan Pantry Pictures8Here is a photo of my fridge, pretty bare right now as I am due to go to the store next week. We are running low on dairy and meat, hence my thought that livestock in the backyard might not be a bad idea. I have beef stock in there defrosting for dinner, herbs, juice, leftover potato soup, and a pineapple upside-down cake, I made last week. The Spiderman lunch container is one of the best things I bought at Target, I just fill it up with odds and ends for lunch with a small dessert and we call it a “lunchable.” Its amazing how my kids will eat so much more if its in this container than on a plate {I also have a Ninja Turtle one for my older son}.

Megan Pantry Pictures7This last photo I added was my last summer, picking veggies in my pjs, as usual, after working a 12 hour day at the hospital.

Thanks
Megan
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How I Reduced Our Gas Bill by Over 40%

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How I Reduced Our Gas Bill

My much anticipated gas bill just arrived and let me tell you Bob, I am over the moon. By making just 3 small changes I was able to reduce our bill over 40%!! Holy Cow Man. I had no idea I was going to be able to reduce our bill that much by making just 3 simple changes.

Turning off the pilot light to our gas fireplace.

Did you know if you have a gas fireplace, turning the pilot light off when it’s not in use can save an average of $7 – $10 a month? Yes Sirree Bob it sure can!

Turning down the heat on our water heater.

And turning down the water heater? Instead of constantly having 140 degree water at our fingertips, I turned it down to 120 degrees. True, it feels awesome to stand under the hot water on a cold day, but again, heating water is expensive. {Plus we also saved money on our water bill last month as well!}

Turing down our thermostat.

You really only need to heat the house to comfort when you are home. And since Lucy and I are the only one home most days, I decided to put on my coat and lower the thermostat to 62 during the day and then up it again to 65 about an hour before the HH comes home.

I still can’t believe I was able to save us over 40% off our gas bill. It’s nuts. Why didn’t I think to do it sooner?

What are YOUR favorite ways to reduce your heating bill during the winter months?

~Mavis

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Cutting out a Lunch Break can Lower Creativity and Productivity

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Remember awhile back when I wrote about work productivity going up when people take regular breaks?  Well, lunch counts as a break, and according to this NPR article, fewer and fewer people are taking lunch breaks these days–opting instead to stay at their desk and eat while they work.

According to the article, only about one in five people are regularly taking a lunch break.  Sitting in the same spot, without moving can significantly lower productivity and creativity.  Getting up regularly and getting outside…like outside, outside, not just outside of your office can reset your mind.  Strolling around outside for a bit helps to get your creative juices flowing.  According to one researcher, “‘mindless work’–which can include tasks like walking – can actually enhance creativity.”  Isn’t that so true?  I swear, sometimes I will mull over a problem for days with no resolution, and the minute I stop thinking about it and move on, the answer hits me.  Maybe that’s why I love gardening so much?  I get outside, my mind goes blank, and bam, I solve the world’s problems…now if I could just get someone to listen to my solutions.

Either way, I think we could totally combine getting away from our desks at lunchtime with a stroll and a bite to eat {that we don’t scarf down without chewing}.  How about you, do you take a lunch break?  Do you come back refreshed?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, $5 Magazine Sale, Planter’s Peanuts, Tiny Prints Deal, Yarn, Yarn and More Yarn

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paroxysm

Word of the Day: Paroxysm Definition: Fit, a convulsion Used in a sentence: As he began to speak he was afflicted with a paroxysm of coughing.

Happy Thursday! I am EXCITED this morning to have drywall guy finish up this morning {he’s texturing the walls} and out of my house! ;) Why? Because that means NO MORE WORKERS until Monday. Wahoooo! Gaaa. I am so ready to get to the fun stuff. Tile, toilets, a BATHTUB to soak in. But before we can add all that good stuff I’ve got a lot of painting ahead of me this weekend.

How about YOU? Any plans this weekend? Want to come over and help me paint? I’ll make you some cookies. :)

Have a great Thursday everyone,

Mavis

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Keep Calm and Carry On… It’s Just a Pink Plastic Flamingo

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I stopped by the post office and nearly peed my pants when I opened 3 letters with the same newspaper clipping. “Maybe next time you’ll think twice before planting a bush not approved by the neighborhood association.” Hilarious!!! Thank you so much for thinking of me Sarah, Nicole and someone who’d rather remain anonymous from Kentucky. :) You made my day.

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And for those of you who sent Lucy the puggle some more flamingos…. she thanks you too!

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A solar light garden bird. FANCY!!!! It really does automatically light up at night.
original pink flamingos

Gwen from Madison, Wisconsin said the town takes their plastic pink flamingos very seriously. Did you know the lawn flamingo the official bird of Madison? Yes sir it is!  Apparently 35 years ago, a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison students played a prank that’s remembered fondly — by some, at least — in Madison to this day. 

The students — members of a group called the Pail and Shovel party, which ran UW’s student government at the time — planted more than 1,000 pink plastic flamingos on the grassy expanse near the dean’s office. {read the full article HERE} Let’s just say some of those birds are still around.

Which kinda gave me the idea that when I finally do bust out of this joint…. I’m going to hide all the pink flamingos around the neighborhood. Bahahaha! How fun would that be? Thanks Gwen!

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Rescuing flamingos from boxes is a tough gig.

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I’m not sure who sent in the 12 pink flamingo whirligigs…. but THANK YOU. I can’t wait to get a video of these babies in action during the next windstorm.

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And the almost neon set of flamingos…. you’ll need to break out the shades if you walk by. They are so bright it is practically blinding. Whoa Nelly.

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I know I shouldn’t be flaunting the flamingos in the front yard… But this sneaky bird lights up at night. And I don’t recall anything in the convents about landscape lighting…. :) :) :) Anywho, Pinky blends in with the flowers anyway… right?

Keep Calm and Garden with the Flamingos,

~Mavis

If you have any pink flamingos you are willing to part with, please send them my way. There is nothing in the CC&R’s against pink flamingos in the yard. Yet. ;)

Pink Flamingo Sanctuary  {Gnomes and dream-catchers are welcome too!}
C/O Mavis Butterfield
P.O. Box 2083
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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The Boston Flower and Garden Show

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This is a guest post written by my buddy Heather from Massachusetts. She typically posts about her garden chores over on the east coast, but she’s changing things up a bit today!

flower showThe first ray of sunshine in the long New England winter is always the Boston Flower and Garden Show held downtown Boston at the Seaport World Trade Center. Sure there are piles of dirty snow still in the roads and the overcast skies never fail to spittle rain on us. But as my daughter and I crowd through the front door with dozens of other mom-and-daughter duets we were rewarded with the sweet, sweet shot of spring we all craved.

The burst of colors, moisture and smells were enough to make us swoon. And swoon we did.

flower show 1The room was broken up into three portions. The front was landscape design, the middle was vendors, and the third was artwork.

flower show 2Cranberries bogs in this area are the corn of the Midwest. From the air there are maroon rectangles everywhere! Ocean Spray had a booth at the flower show and was handing out snack packs of cranberries – yumm! Boston Flower and Garden Show fuel.flower show 3My daughter found a garden box display, strategically and perfectly aligned plants. This is always my goal, of course, but I always end up with a few extra plants and cram them in helter-skelter.

 

flower show 4Check out these nifty salad-growing contraptions, I think if I was a city dweller who lived in a high-rise apartment I would totally buy one.
flower show 5Do have a little neighbor, daughter, niece or grandbaby who is into fairies? Check out these fairy houses! Unbelievable right?
flower show 6There were a couple of vendors filled with potted plants in all shapes and sizes for our desperate, cabin-fevered brains. My daughter couldn’t resist and snagged a pretty little cactus for a few dollars.
flower show 7And last but not least, the latest and greatest in floral fashion design ;)

Aaaah spring, I’ll be waiting for you in my party dress.

Heather in MA

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