Friday Night at the Movies – The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

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I watched The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio awhile back and let me tell you, Bob, I love it.  It’s based on a true story {and there is a book by the same name} about a woman who raised a HUGE family by entering jingle-writing contests for different products.  It’s such a great story about perseverance and “blooming where you are planted.”

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Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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My Goals for This Year – Week 28 of 52

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closet organization1. Get Organized. 

When you don’t have a huge assortment of clothing… is makes keeping your closet organized all the time EASY PEASY. 😉

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

I suppose I should start training for the half marathon that’s at the end of the month.

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

4. Finish Every Room in Our House.

I am still looking for a few things… a round dining room table and chairs, an end table for the family room, something large to hang on the wall in the family room, a desk for the guest bedroom and a pair of curtains for the dining room. Oh, and blinds for the windows. But other than those things… I am almost done.

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5. Turn Spare Bedroom into a Cozy Home Office Space for myself Done. I stole the HH’s office instead and Lucy claimed the guest bedroom.

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6. Create a Vegetable Garden. Done!

I can’t even tell you how excited I am. There are zucchini to harvest, and tomatoes are popping up EVERYWHERE. I love this time of year {and all the homegrown goodness that comes along with it}.

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7. Build a Path into the Hillside for Easy Access to the Upper Garden. Done! {We built a fence instead}

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

I picked up a striped shirt at the Gap on summer clearance sale for $5.50 plus tax while I was in Seattle this week. The shirt was such a good deal I thought about buying a few more, but in the end I talked myself out of buying anything else because really, I have enough t-shirts already.

So far in July I have spent $5.92

In June I spent $6.00.
In May I spent $26.50.
In April I Spent $18.46.
In March I Spent $42.44.
In February I Spent $32.52
In January I Spent $84.33

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

I have gone well over the 520 items I was hoping to get rid of this year either by donating them to the thrift store or placing items in my garage sale pile. Mission accomplished.

life from scratch book

10. Read 1 book a week. 

I meant to start reading Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness last week but only started reading the book yesterday. So far so good, I like it. 

seattle center11. Slow Down. – Do one thing for myself each week.

I napped, went to museums, a baseball game and ate pastries. I’d say that was a good week.

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12. Canning

The canning pantry is filling up! Weeeeee.

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

~Mavis

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Hotel Freebies – What Do You Take Home With You… If Anything?

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hotel freebies

The HH had a weeklong business meeting in Seattle {of all places!} this past week and since spouses are encouraged to go, I went along for the free food, entertainment and fun. HELLO… free staycation… why not? Right?

Anywho, when it was time to pack up and go home I took a few things with me:

2 Bottles of free water
2 Tazo tea bags
2 Sugar Packets
2 Unused travel cups
4 Travel size shampoo/conditioner/shower gel
1 Mini soap

Heck ya, I took the free loot. I’m not afraid to admit it.

Am I weird? Do you think it’s appropriate to take the unused stuff home home with you? Those cute little shampoo and lotion bottles are great for camping {not that I camp, but…} and the little bars of soap, they are great to set out for houseguests. Don’t you think?

I mean if you paid for the room {or in this case the HH’s company paid for it} it is included in the cost of the room, right?

Am I crazy?

Why does $1.00 worth of freebies make me SO HAPPY?

Do you do this too?

What do you take home with you from your hotel stays? Or do you leave it all behind?

~Mavis

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Is it me, or does Lucy puggle look like she’s wearing piggy tails today? I LOVE her ears!!!

Do you have any plans for the weekend? Anything exciting?I am excited the weather will be cooling down a bit, I mean the high  temperatures have been great for the garden… but I think I could use a break.

Have a great weekend everyone

Mavis & Lucy

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Today only Krispy Kreme stores are celebrating their 78th birthday and you can get one dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts for just 78¢ when you purchase ANY dozen Doughnuts. Wahoo!

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6pm has the Calvin Klein Matte Jersey Drape Neck Cami available in sizes XS- XL for $19.99 shipped.

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If you’ve been waiting for a good deal on a camera, Amazon has the Canon EOS Rebel with a Complete Deluxe Accessory Bundle on sale for $549.95 shipped. This is the same camera I use everyday {and I LOVE MINE!}. 

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Seattle Tilth Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour – Saturday, July 11th

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chicken coop tourIf you live in the Seattle area and LOVE chickens and gardens, then this is your chance to visit folks who are keeping chickens and creating urban farms in the Seattle area. Head to the Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour on Saturday, July 11th from 10 am – 4 pm.

pablo picassoHere’s what the Seattle Tilth had to say about the awesome event:

In this self-guided tour, you will see simple chicken coops built in an afternoon and elaborate finely-crafted coops that took weeks of planning and building. See what accommodations are needed for keeping miniature goats, ducks, mason bees, honey bees and bunnies. There are sites all around Seattle, including NW, NE, West Seattle, SE, and Central. Enjoy a unique and inspiring urban adventure!

Seattle Chicken Coop and Urban Farm TourThe girl and I have been going for a number of years and loving it! It’s totally worth the small fee to get in.

Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour
Individuals = $12
Seattle Tilth members or bicyclists = $10
Youth {ages 4-15} = $5
Groups/Family {3-6 people} = $35
Ages 3 and under = Free

If you are in the area and you have some extra time to kill, you should totally check it out! You won’t be disappointed.  Make sure you share all your chicken coop pictures if you do head that way!

~Mavis

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How to Ship Home Canned Goods

How to Ship Home Canned Goods

How to Ship Home Canned GoodsI recently sent my mother-in-law some homemade jam.  After the amazing Costco gift card she sent me for my birthday, I wanted to show her a little love and gratitude…and what conveys that more than jam?

I wanted to make sure to get the jam to her in one piece, because let’s face it, no one wants to receive a box of delicious smelling sticky goo.  And because I am like a public servant blogger, I thought I would share my tried and true method, in case you ever want to share the canned good love too.

How to Ship Home Canned Goods

First, the flat rate boxes at the post office are where it’s at when it comes to shipping canned goods.  Otherwise, you’d pay a fortune if you ship based on weight.  Grab yourself one of those flat rate boxes, some bubble tape, some ziploc backs, and tape.

How to Ship Home Canned Goods

Start by lining the bottom of the box with bubble wrap.  Then, insert each jar into its own individual ziploc bag.  Zip that sucker up, making sure to get all of the air out of it as you do.  Now, wrap the bubble wrap around the jar and tape it down.  Place jar into box and repeat for remaining jars.  If your jars don’t fill up the entire box, make sure to add additional bubble wrap as padding.  Also, it’s a pretty darn good idea to reinforce the box with tape.

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You see how there are several layers of defense in place?  It’s all to ensure the jam gets it there safely.   Anyway, that’s my method, it may be a little overkill, but so far, it’s always gotten the job done.

~Mavis

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Change Your Shopping Habits and Reduce Food Waste

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You all know how much I detest food waste.  It. Really. Bugs.  It is such a waste of time, money, resources, etc.   Everybody has their thing—and I guess this is mine.

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I’ve written countless tips on reducing food waste.  BUT, while perusing the world wide web the other day, I came across an article on treehugger that quite literally blew my mind. It suggested changing the way you shop to reduce food waste—and not just the basics, like buying less, menu planning, etc. {which for the record, are all really good practices}.   Instead, it suggested that you start shopping more often.

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Instead of hitting bulk food stores once or twice a month, which doesn’t always allow for life to happen {going out to eat to celebrate an unexpected something, or ordering in because of a late work day, etc.—all of which can contribute to food waste}.  Yes, it is absolutely cheaper to buy in bulk, but how much of our bulk purchases go to waste because life happens unexpectedly before we have a chance to use them up?

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The general idea is that if you are not a strict-stick-to-the-plan menu person, you could move to shopping only for a handful of days at a time {time permitting}.  Shop for what you need for breakfast lunch and dinner for say, Monday through Wednesday, and then hit the store again on Thursday to carry you through the weekend.  This is exactly how they do it in most of Europe—AND, I think it would totally reduce food waste, because if for some reason you can’t get to one of the meals in those 3 days, you have a cushion of time to eat it in the next three days.

How about it?  Do any of YOU already do this?  Any of you willing to try?  If you do try, report back on how time consuming it is to shop more often…

~Mavis

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Word of the Day: Undulation Definition: Rising and falling as if on waves Used in a sentence: The undulation of the water caused a pleasant sensation.

Hello Thursday.

Last night I stayed up waaaaay to late watching old episodes of Downton Abbey {it’s free for Prime members}. Last week I decided I wanted to watch the series all over again from the beginning and right now I’m about halfway through the second season. It’s tough to watch when you know what’s going to happen {poor Matthew} but it’s also kind of fun to see the things you missed the first time around too. :)

I hope you have a great day,

Mavis

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