Just the Facts Ma’am…

fence stain

fence stainFact: Teenagers will always need money.

Fact: People are less likely to chat it up with a teenager staining an exterior fence with headphones on than a housewife with earbuds in. {Odd, but true.}
rocks

Fact: You fill find lot’s and lot’s of rocks when you create a new garden bed. sorting seeds

Fact: I’ll never get tired of sorting seeds. Ever.

lucy the puggle dog

Fact: Lucy takes her job as supervisor very seriously.

planting seedlings

Fact: Playing in the dirt is cool.

companion plantingFact: Companion planting is the bomb diggety! In this 5×10 garden bed I planted 6 tomato plants, 10 cauliflower plants, 12 romaine lettuce starts, 10 cucumber plants, 6 patty pan squash, and a couple of rows each of carrots, parsnips, and radish. I know what you’re thinking…. Amazeballs. Right?

creating a new garden bedFact: Even the most mundane garden chores like digging up grass to create a new garden bed, is FREAKING EXCITING when you’ve been cooped up indoors and afraid to go outside for 8 months.

:) :) :) Freakin’ exciting!!

Keep Calm and Garden On my friends… It’s time to dig!

~Mavis

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Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum- Staunton, Virginia

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library birthplace

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Museum- Staunton, VirginiaDuring one of my recent trips back east, I decided to check out the Woodrow Wilson Museum.  Ever since our family tour of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum a few years back, I’ve kind of made it an unofficial goal of mine to tour as many as I can.

woodrow wilson museum

It is fascinating to me to learn about our Presidents’ childhoods and private lives–it makes them seem like regular people.woodrow wilson library

I honestly didn’t know all that much about Woodrow Wilson when I went, so it was kind of cool to tour the grounds. In case you are in the same boat that I was, here’s the low down:  Wilson was our 28th President.  He was in office when the 19th amendment was passed {which gave women the right to vote} and also led us through most of WWI.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library limo

His picture is on the $100,000 bill–which for some reason I found to be the most interesting fact I learned.  The bill is no longer in circulation, but can you imagine pulling a crisp $100,000 bill out of your purse?  I guess that must be how the other half live, because I can’t even imagine it.

democratic national convention 1912 ticket

The admission ticket was a replica of the 1912 Democratic national convention. Pretty cool if you ask me.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

The whole place is made up of a museum, a house {where Woodrow Wilson was born}, and library that basically houses information on anything you might want to know about Wilson.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library birthplace

They don’t let you take pictures in the house, but they did let me snap a few of the grounds and museum.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Museum Staunton, Virginia

I don’t care how nerdy this makes me seem, museums are cool.

~Mavis

Have you been to any presidential libraries? Do you have a favorite?

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Free Kindle Books, Soaker Hoses, 53% Off Philips Norelco Shavers, Hostess Gifts, Mrs. Meyers and More

Little Tikes Deluxe Home and Garden Playhouse

piquedWord of the Day: Piqued Definition: Aroused, brought to sharp point, challenged Used in a sentence: His curiosity was piqued when he saw his friends whispering to each each other.

lucy the puggle dog

Well hello there. Did you have a nice weekend? The puggle princess and I had a great time putting together our second garden bed yesterday and playing fetch in the back yard. Lucy still hasn’t grasped the idea of how fetch is played {she wants to keep the ball} but we are working on it. Any suggestions? 😉

Have a great day everyone, and don’t forget to get outside and PLANT something today.

Mavis

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

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plant nanny

Crazy cool hostess gift alert!!! The Plant Nanny 4 Count Wine Bottle Stake Set is specially designed to release just the right amount of moisture into the soil. You create the water reservoir by filling an empty wine, water or soda bottle with water and attaching the included, drip-free, threaded adaptor. As the soil begins to dry, the device slowly releases more water (through gravity/diffusion). Great reviews!!!

soaker hose

Amazon also has the Miracle Gro Premium Soaker Hose with Fittings, 3/8-Inch by 50-Feet for $12.97 on sale. Finally, a bulk soaker hose that allows for cutting and fitting any size area. Hose includes 2 male connectors (with caps) and 2 female connectors for cutting and placing in 2 different areas.

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nordstroms sale

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Clearance Sale is going on right now.  Save up to 40% on clothing, accessories, shoes and some home items.  I LOVE how Nordstrom offers FREE Shipping and FREE returns. Shop   the Nordstrom Sale.

summer shoes

6pm has the MIA Alcazar summer shoe in navy or black washed canvas for just $11.99 shipped. These would look great with shorts!

Little Tikes Deluxe Home and Garden Playhouse

Amazon has the Little Tikes Deluxe Home and Garden Playhouse on sale for $134.99 shipped!

Old Fashioned Strawberry Ice Cream is simple and delicious. Sometimes keeping it simple is best. This old ice cream standby is no exception. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more recipes on my Ice Cream Pinterest Board.

black diamond fleece jacket

REI Outlet Deal of the Day – Men’s Black Diamond Solution Fleece Jacket $70.73 shipped {was $169}.

mop organizer

Get organized with the Spoga, Mop and Broom Organizer, Wall Mounted Storage & Organizer for Your Home, {Holds Up To 11 Tools} for $9.99

smoke detector kit

The Home Depot Deal of the Day – UP TO 41% OFF SELECT HOME SAFETY ALARMS & EXTINGUISHERS

amazon paper shredder

Looking for a paper shredder with a 5 star rating? Amazon has the AmazonBasics 6-Sheet High Security Micro-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder for $49.99 shipped. 

 

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Cooking From Your Pantry | Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 21 of 52

Cooking From Your Pantry  Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes

Cooking From Your Pantry  Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes

Can you believe it’s almost June? Holy cow man, where does the time go? I guess I better give the grill a good scrub… BBQ season is here!

A few recipes ideas for this week:

Pineapple-Orange-Banana Smoothie3 Breakfast Ideas

Broccoli-Cranberry-and-Almond-Salad-with-Feta4 Lunch Ideas and Dinner Ideas

Apple Pie Jam Bars Recipe3 Sweet Treats 

Freezer Meals - Spinach Lasagna RollsFeatured Freezer Meal Recipe

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Featured Canning Recipe 

  • Apple Pie Jam – I use this jam to make the apple pie jam bars above.  It’s also an awesome variation of PB & J sandwiches.  {Pin it for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

Find more recipes on One Hundred Dollars a Month as well as on my Pinterest Recipe Boards.

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7 Ways to Lower Your Cooling Costs This Summer

7 Ways to Lower Your Cooling Costs This Summer

7 Ways to Lower Your Cooling Costs This Summer

After a winter of trying like crazy to drop my heating bills, I thought I’d get ahead of the game on cooling.  I don’t particularly want to get another surprise like the insanely high heating bill I got this winter–prevention my friends, prevention.

Here’s how I plan to keep my cooling bills manageable this summer:

  1. Plant shade trees around your house.  Everyone has those rooms in their house that get ridiculously hot.  Plan your landscape around those rooms.  It’s one of those investments that might take a couple of years to pay off, but it will go a long way in making your air conditioner work a little less.  Plus, trees are rad.
  2. Use ceiling fans/box fans to circulate the cold air you’ve already paid for.  Fans are waaaay less expensive to operate than air conditioning units, and they help keep the air moving, which can make it feel cooler than it is.
  3. Use a programmable thermostat.  This is especially effective if you work away from home during the day–no need to cool a house that is empty.  You can set it to start cooling an hour or two before you get home, and your comfort barometer will never know the difference.
  4. Use cool mornings to your advantage.  Open windows and place box fans to pull in the cool air in the morning, and as the day heats up, close the house up tight, drawing shades and curtains.  This works really well for me, because I get up in the wee hours of the morning, and can totally take advantage of cooling the house for a couple of hours for nearly free.
  5. Avoid using appliances that are counter-productive during the hottest parts of the day.  Baking at 3 p.m., running the dishwasher, or the dryer all make your air conditioner work harder.
  6. Set the thermostat no lower than 78 degrees.  On those super hot days, it’s tempting to set the thermostat lower, but it basically means your unit will be running all day long.  It’s like cash flying out of the vents.
  7. Maintain and service your AC unit religiously.  Keep the filter clean and have it serviced per your units instructions.

Hopefully, these little steps will keep money in my pockets for cooler {no pun intended} stuff–like dirt and landscaping fabric.

~Mavis

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Can Shopping at Costco Save You Money? Week 21 of 52

costco shopping trip

costco shopping trip

Costco $29.94

I zipped into Costco for just the basics this week. fruit, veggies and milk. It’s amazing. Some weeks I totally want to take my time and check out all the new products, and other weeks I put blinders on and I’m in and out in of there in 5 minutes. The key to shipping at Costco is to GET OUT QUICK. Costco is not the store you want to be caught dawdling in. It will cost you BIG TIME if you do.

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Amazon Subscribe and Save Deals $ Free {earned a free gift card via Swagbucks}

If you haven’t tried the Amazon Subscribe and Save program, you totally should. I love that I basically have several weeks to fill up my cart with deals before the items are shipped. That way, when I find a crazy good deal, I can add it to my subscriptions. I can also delete them before they ship if I change my mind too. 😉

Here are the deals I picked up this month {note: prices may have changed since I ordered these products}.

big salad

Dinner salads. I served a boatload of of them this week. Mostly because I’ve been busy in the garden and salads are easy peasy to make.egg bread

The Girl made two loaves of homemade egg bread. The loaves were just a wee bit over done so we used them to make baked french toast and it was fantastic! This was her first attempt at making bread all by herself and I think she did a fantastic job.
black beans and egg breakfast

Costco chicken and apple breakfast weenies, eggs, spinach, black beans and chopped tomatoes. I can’t get enough of this stuff!qunioa salad

A modified version of this quinoa salad.

We also enjoyed homemade oatmeal cookies, chicken currychicken and rice soup and grilled cheese sandwiches this past week.

When in doubt, simple food is best!

What have YOU been feeding your tribe lately?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $29.94
Total Spent Year to Date $688.40

Go HERE to read more Shopping Trip Stories.

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impiousWord of the Day: Impious  Definition: Irreverent, without piety, wicked Used in a sentence: His impious utterances shocked all who heard them.

7day forecast

Holy canolies people. Look at the weather forecast for the Pacific Northwest for this week. I have a feeling every waking hour will be spent in the garden. :)

Have a wonderful day,

Mavis
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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day – 63% Off Select Rosetta Stone Language Learning Software

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

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Amazon has the Artisan (2 pk.) Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat Set, 16 5/8 x 11 on sale for $13.73 and they ship FREE with Amazon Prime. If you’ve been waiting for the price to drop, now is your chance!

swimsuit cover up

Amazon has the NY Deal Women’s Smoked Tube Dress Cover Up on sale starting at just $5.99! These would make a perfect cover up for the beach! There are 41 styles to choose from

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Get the Leegoal Fashion Solid Color Purple Long Shawl Scarf for $3.28 shipped!

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If you need to order photos, Shutterfly.com is offering up 101 FREE 4×6 prints when you use the promo code 101MEMORIES at checkout. You do have to pay a shipping fee of $7.99.

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Today only The Home Depot is offering UP TO 25% OFF SELECT DEWALT POWER & HAND TOOLS. The

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Amazon has the highly popular Aduro PowerUP Smart 6-Port USB Rapid Charger on sale for $24.99 and it ships FREE with Amazon Prime. The reviews on this are CRAZY good and there are 3 colors to choose from. 

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Dwell Magazine for $4.99 a year or Eating Well Magazine for $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire 5/26/15.

Spinach Salad w Bacon Dijon Dressing

I could eat this Spinach Salad w/ Bacon Dijon Dressing  all summer! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

bug zapper

Got bugs? Amazon has the highly rated Electronic Indoor Insect Killer Zapper – 15.5 Inch, 20W on sale for $44.99 shipped! Go to the light little fly….

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A Cry for Help

boxwoods

boxwoods

Someone. Please. Please take my car keys away so I can’t get in my car and drive to our local nursery or The Home Depot and buy more plants.

I’m begging you. Now that the fence is up… I can’t stop.

plants in car

I need an intervention. Like pronto Tonto.

planting lettuce

Yesterday I planted a boxwood hedge in the front garden bed. And then I added a row of petunias and then romaine lettuce. I may have also planted some other plant crack as well but I’m keeping it on the down low in case someone from the HOA is reading this.
kale

I even planted KALE!!! {I told you I need an intervention!}petunias

Oh, and I planted about 100 petunias in another front bed. I had scattered some perennial seeds in the same spot a while back but they are talking their own sweet time. I figure by next summer I’ll have a full on perennial flower bed and won’t need to {waste} spend money on annuals to brighten up the space. planting an espalier tree

Espalier pear trees? Check.

planting wisteria

Wisteria… getting planted today.douglass fir garden boxes

And the second 5’x10′ garden box should be in place {and filled} by this evening as well.

seedlings

I’m thinking about asking stroller mom if I can borrow her headlamp so I can get more planting time in. I mean come one… only 15 hours of sunlight? What’s the deal with that. I need MORE TIME.
lucy the puggle dog

Meanwhile, Lucy the puggle princess has taken up bird watching and is having a great time soaking up her new backyard.

Happiness. It’s kind of a cool thing.

~Mavisbotanical interests seedsThis years garden is being sponsored by the awesome folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2015 Garden Seed Catalogor see the seeds I’ll be growing in my garden this year HERE.

Up for a tour? Read about our behind the scenes tour of Botanical Interests Seed Company.

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