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mornings with mavis

Hello wednesday! I woke up this morning to the sound of rain. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I hope it rains ALL DAY today so I can stay in my pj’s and get some things around the house done. It’s amazing how laundry can stack up when you aren’t looking. ūüėČ

I think I might even bake a cake. We’ll see.

Have a great day,

‚ô• Mavis

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day –¬†45% Off Kids’ Rain Boot & Umbrella Sets

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can.

chalkboard pens

Get a set of 8 Chalkboard/Dry Erase Pens for $12.95 from Jane.com.

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I’ve used them in th past for all sorts of projects including these¬†Chalkboard Painted Herb Pots.

Moleskine-Passions-Gardening

Amazon has the¬†Moleskine Passion Garden Journal on sale for $16.70. I just ordered one a while back and I’m really enjoying using it to write down my garden notes.¬†

Freezer Meal - Beef Enchiladas Recipe with Photos

In case you didn’t know, freezer meals are AWESOME and this recipe for Beef Enchiladas is always a hit a my house. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Print a coupon good for $0.75 off 1 PHILADELPHIA Soft Cream Cheese Spread

hot wheels gift pack
Looking for an easy peasy gift for a little boy? Amazon has the Hot Wheels 20 Car Gift Pack on sale for just $12.74 and the Hot Wheels Molded 48 Car Case for only $11.24.

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Back in stock!

Amazon has the Ball Jar Crystal Jelly Jars with Lids and Bands, Quilted, Set of 12 on sale for just $7.19.

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6pm has women’s¬†Betula {Licensed by Birkenstock} shoes on sale starting at $26.99 shipped!

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Weight Watchers Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 4/16/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

Colorevolution Warm and Shimmery Mineral Eyeshadow Collection

Groupon has the Colorevolution Warm and Shimmery Mineral Eyeshadow Collection on sale for only $15.99. This is a very popular brand!

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Organizing Tips for a Small Laundry Room

Organizing Tips for a Tiny Laundry Room

Organizing Tips for a Tiny Laundry Room

Remember in January when I went all de-clutter crazy?  I cleaned out pretty much every room in my house, and showed you the before and afters?  Well, I realized that not everyone has the same space and situation I do.  Some of you are living in older homes, where a laundry space was added years after the home was built.  And in the interest of spring cleaning, I thought it might be fun to show how one reader organizes her small laundry room.

A big thank you to Sydney who sent in these photos on keeping her small laundry space organized and functional!

Sydney says that she has to be very creative in how she organizes, because she is dealing with limited space. ¬† For her, the key is to keep the top of the washer and dryer free from clutter, otherwise, she isn’t motivated to do laundry. ¬†By using baskets and custom shelving, she can keep her folding space clear of clutter, but still access everything she needs.

small laundry room

Her space is also very visible to guests, so she had to make it appealing to the eye. ¬†A few carefully chosen pictures add a ton to the space without taking up much room. ¬†The curtains make it easy to “hide” it when guests drop by, but still easy to open up and completely access the space when needed.

small ironing board

She did away with a few items, like a regular sized ironing board and replaced it with a little folding one, and it sits perfectly on top of the washer. ¬†She just lays it against the wall when she’s done using it.

Organizing Tips for a Small Laundry Room

Because of her ingenuity with her shelving and baskets, she has a little extra space to store things like light bulbs, first aid kit, tape, flashlights, etc.  {Though, she says the next item on her to-do list is labeling the baskets so she can easily find what she needs.}

I think this is a great and highly functional space. ¬†It really makes you question what you really need–more space is just more to clean and more of an excuse to house clutter.

How do you organize the small spaces in your home?

~Mavis

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How to Plant, Grow and Care for Wisteria

wisteria over garden gate

How to Plant, Grow and Care for Wisteria

I don’t know about you, but I could grow Wisteria over just about everything–it’s like outdoor crepe paper, only prettier. ¬†I have it growing over the top of my arbor on my garden gate. ¬†I love it. ¬†It makes me want a porch swing and iced tea.

wisteria growing arbor

Planting ¬†and growing Wisteria is stupid easy. ¬†{In fact, I hear in the south it’s more of an invasive nightmare than a dripping vine. ¬†Here in the Northwest, though, it makes a just right addition to an arbor.} ¬†To plant it, start with a healthy vine. ¬†Most nurseries will have them come early spring. ¬†While it will grow in part shade, it won’t flower, so if you want the purple blooms, make sure to choose a sunny location to plant it.

how to plant a fruit tree in your backyard

Dig a hole 2-3 times the size of the root ball or roots. ¬†Place the vine in the soil, cover with a mixture of soil and compost. ¬†A 2″-4″ layer of mulch will help the vines retain moisture. ¬†Water it in and you are done. ¬†{You don’t need to continue regular watering unless you live in an area that receives less than 1″ of rain a year.}

wisteria over garden gate

To care for Wisteria, pruning is key. ¬†Don’t prune in the winter or early spring, because you will deter flowering. ¬†It is best to prune heavily after the spring blooming. ¬†That will encourage another flowering in late summer/fall. ¬†A heavy pruning in late summer can also help to keep the fast growing vine tame. ¬†Wisteria does not need fertilizer, and once established, past keeping the growth under control, it needs almost no maintenance.

As a side note, last time I planted my Wisteria, several readers advised me not to plant Wisteria close to any trees, as it will choke them out eventually.  So, when you are deciding where to plant your vines, make sure to keep that in mind.

Now get out there and plant something,

Mavis

 

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Is it Just Me, or is the Pollen Everywhere?

pollen on greenhouse

pollen on greenhouse

Holy cannoli’s people. ¬†The pollen is EVERYWHERE.

pollen

The greenhouse, on top of the cars, the front porch, I can’t even spend 10 minutes outside without getting it all over my black shirt. Sheesh. It’s a good thing I’m not allergic to the stuff or else I’d have to lock myself in the house for the rest of the summer.¬†lettuce growing in gutters

Luckily the pollen has not found it’s way into our greenhouse. Taking the time to have to rinse the sticky yellow stuff off our lettuce leaves does not appeal to me one bit.

growing lettuce in containers

And let’s talk about that lettuce shall we?¬†lettuce in containers

To put it simply, I can’t keep up. The Butterfield lettuce factory is at full capacity and if I try and feed my husband another giant salad for dinner I think he’ll lose it completely.¬†lettuce seed head

The rocket lettuce especially. Wowza! Have you ever tried rocket lettuce before? It’s crazy spicy. So spicy in fact that I’m letting the rest of it go to seed.¬†oregano

Outside of the greenhouse the herbs are really beginning to take off. Check out my oregano plant, ain’t she pretty? I don’t know about you, but I love low maintenance herb plants.¬†chives

And the chives, just look at them. I started these chives from seed 2 years ago and now the whole bed is full of the perennial herbs. I love it!chive seed head

Dear Spring, I love you and all the flowers and herbs you bring. But not the pollen. :(

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Cereal Coupons, Composter Deal, Lucy Activewear, Memory Cards and More

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Happy Tuesday.

Yesterday Lucy and I spotted about a dozen or so tulips in bloom. I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year. There is so much to see and smell. :)

Are the tulips blooming at your house?

‚ô• Mavis

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can.

Kelloggs-Cereal Coupons

Print a coupon good for¬†$3.00 off any THREE Kellogg’s Cereals¬†{This coupon will go quick!}

1800 sheet set

Tanga has their 1800 Series Egyptian Comfort 4-Piece Bed Sheet Set available in Full, Queen or King Sizes for only $24.99 shipped.

lucy workout saleZulily is having a big Lucy Workout and Activewear Sale with big savings. I love this brand of clothing!

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REI Outlet Deal of the Day¬†–¬†Women’s¬†Trail Pack $32.73 {was $69.50}

Soilsaver Classic ComposterThinking about making your own compost with your garden and kitchen scraps? Amazon has the Soilsaver Classic Composter on sale for $79.99 shipped.

field and stream magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 2 year subscription to Field and Stream Magazine for only $7.99 when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 4/15/14 at midnight EST.

Dutch Breakfast Puff recipe

I woke up this morning craving a Dutch Breakfast Puff. I can make one for lunch, right? ūüėČ If you have not tried this tasty treat yet you can get the recipe¬†HERE¬†or¬†Pin it for Later.

nesco food dehydratorLooking for a Dehydrator? Here are a few deals:

How to Make Cinnamon Apple ChipsStock up on fruit when it’s on sale and dehydrate it for a delicious snack. Get my recipe for How to Make Apple Chips¬†or¬†Pin it for Later.

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AmazonLocal features deals in cities all across the country.  Restaurants, local events, classes, you name it. Here are a few of my favorite Amazon Local Deals available right now:

  • $30 to Spend on Easter Flowers¬†for $15
  • Personalized Coupon Book for Mother’s Day¬†$12
  • Three Teeth Whitening Pens Plus Free Shipping $25
  • Bulu Box or Bulu Box Weight-Loss Subscription¬†$15.00

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Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Cafe

Bobs Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Cafe

Bobs Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Cafe

This past weekend The Girl and I decided to take a quick road trip to Portland, Oregon. One of the places we decided stop in and check out along the way was Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store. ¬†The store features pretty much EVERY Bob’s Red Mill product–even the hard to find ones. ¬†It doesn’t hurt that you can smell freshly baked goodness throughout the entire store either. ūüėČ

Bobs Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Cafe

You can also take a tour of the manufacturing facility and check out the whole stone grinding process.

Their claim to fame is that they still use traditional quartz millstones to grind their grains at cooler temperatures.  It is supposed to protect the nutritional value of the grains.  They are also leaders in the gluten free game.  They dedicate separate packaging and equipment just to ensure that their products are safe.

bobs red mill picture

Bob’s Red Mill got its start in the mid 60’s when Bob Moore, the founder, read a book about stone-grinding techniques. ¬†He originally started out in California, but when he and his wife decided to retire to Oregon and he stumbled upon a mill for sale and Bob’s Red Mill as we know it was born. ¬†He’s been totally committed to preserving that idea of providing healthy trust-worthy products and doing the right thing by people.

Bobs Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Cafe

In fact, on his 81st birthday, instead of retiring and selling the company, he announced that he was leaving the company to his employees.  He split the shares and now they all have an invested interest in the company.  Pretty cool, if you ask me.

Bobs Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Cafe

We stopped off at the cafe {because let’s face it, it’s the right thing to do} and the food was great. So if you are ever in the area {it’s only about 10 minutes from Portland}, you should totally stop in.

~Mavis

Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store
5000 SE International Way
Milwaukie, OR 97222
{503} 607-6455

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How to Prevent Potato Scab

How to Prevent Potato Scab

How to Prevent Potato Scab

After growing potatoes in the same location for several years, last year a couple of my potatoes had potato scab. It’s a good thing I decided to¬†rotate the crops¬†this year or I’d probably end up with a whole bunch of them this time around.

In case you don’t know, potato scab is basically a bacteria that builds up in the soil and then causes your taters to have gross lesions. ¬†The worst part about potato scab is that usually you don’t even know your potatoes have it until you go to dig them up. ¬† The good thing, is that preventing potato scab is pretty easy to do if you’re paying attention {unlike someone I know, ahem}.

Testing the pH Level of Soil

The bacteria really only thrives in a pH level above 5.5, and taters like it between 5.0 and 5.5–so, while I’m not a mathmagician, keeping your pH level at about 5.0-5.2 will go along way in making a really inhospitable environment for the bacteria. ¬†Testing the pH level of your soil¬†will help you to know how to ammend it to achieve the perfect balance.

Another way to naturally manage potato scab is moisture.  The bacteria thrives in dry conditions, so a weekly irrigation of your potatoes really ticks off the bacteria.  (Just make sure not to go overboard, or you will have rotten potatoes.}

Why Crop Rotation is Important for Healthy Soil

If you do get potato scab, it is essential that you rotate your crops. ¬†It can survive in the soil for years, and without a host plant, it obviously can’t do any harm. ¬†Your best bet is to plant a cover crop¬†that will replenish the soil while the bacteria dies off–corn, rye and alfalfa are not susceptible to the bacteria, so they make good cover crop choices.

If you really want healthy dirt, plant a cover crop in the location for at least 3 years while you wait out the storm.

I know a lot of people don’t reuse their potato dirt at all once it has shown signs of disease, but I think with the cover crops I planted last fall and by simply rotating my crops I’ll be able to nurse my soil back to good health.

What have you done in the past to prevent potato scab?

~Mavis

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Giveaway: 2 Roo Garden Aprons

roo apron

roo apron giveaway

A few months ago the good people of Roo Aprons sent me one to try {Roo Apron, like kangaROO pouch. Get it. Clever, right?!}. Even though I was a bit skeptical that an apron could be as cool as they claimed, I gave it a try. I used it for the first time when picking apples and let me tell you Bob, it was the coolest thing ever. Way easier than lugging around a bag or box to collect them in. I didn’t have to carry anything else around except myself. How awesome is that?

roo apron

Well I fell in love with the thing so I told you about it {I even gave a few away during the 24 Days of Christmas Giveaways}, and so many of you bought them and fell in love with them too. If you’ve never tried the Roo apron, here are a few reason I think you’ll love it:

  • It’s made from industrial strength cotton so it’s tough as nails.
  • It has a water resistant nylon storage pouch so nothing will leak through to your clothes or poke you through the apron.
  • The plastic hooks allow for easy release of the pouch.
  • It has self adjusting straps that make for a comfortable fit for all sizes.
  • I can throw the apron I’ve dirtied into the washing machine with all my other laundry!
  • The Roo is very affordable!

Seeing as how I love my Roo so much, it just made sense to have ANOTHER Roo Apron Giveaway! So TWO lucky readers will win a Roo Apron of their very own!

the roo apron

But before we get to the nitty gritty of the giveaway, I wanted to share an awesome coupon code you can use if you just can’t wait to get your hand on your very own Roo!

roo apron

Just hop on over to The Roo Website and use code MAVIS20 for a 20% discount! This discount is good until April 27th, 2014 at midnight.

And now onto the giveaway…

WHAT YOU WIN:

1 of 2 Roo Garden Aprons in your choice of turquoise or red.

HOW YOU WIN IT:

Life’s pretty complicated sometimes, so I like to keep things simple around here. You have FIVE ways to enter: 1 required and 4 bonus entries. That means you can leave a total of FIVE comments below for FIVE awesome chances to win.

1. *REQUIRED ENTRY* You get to choose between turquoise and red. What color would you choose if you win? Leave a comment below letting us know your answer.

2. *BONUS ENTRY*¬† Do you like/friend/follow me yet? Pick one or all and like me/follow me/subscribe to me via one of these forms of social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest,¬† YouTube and/or Google+! Leave a comment below with the name of the site you followed, ie. “liked you on Facebook and Instagram.” Only 1 comment/entry regardless of if you follow me on all 6 sites. Which you totally should anyway.

3. *BONUS ENTRY*¬† Start spreading the news. Share this giveaway with your peeps via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and/or Google+! If you don’t do the social media thing, just send out an old fashioned email about this awesome giveaway. Leave a comment below letting me know how you shared it.

4. *BONUS ENTRY*  Head on over to my Facebook page and leave a comment on one of the posts or pictures there. Come back here and leave a comment below letting me know which post or picture you commented on.

5. *BONUS ENTRY*¬† Subscribe to my daily emailed newsletter. It’s an easy peasy way to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Plus, I’m way too busy gardening to spam you, so your email address is safe with me. Leave a comment below letting me know you subscribed.

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THE FINE PRINT:

5 entries per person/ip address. If you cheat, you will totally be disqualified.

This giveaway is only available to US residents.

This giveaway ends on April 27, 2014  at 6pm MST and the winners will be announced in the April 28th, 2014 edition of Mornings with Mavis. You will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim your prize. Prize will be forfeited within 48 hours.

Good Luck! I hope you win.

Peace Out Girl Scouts!

‚ô• Mavis

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