How to Make Polka Dot Easter Eggs

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How to Make Polka Dot Easter EggsYou know all of those stickers that come with Easter Egg Dye Kits?  They seem like they are going to look super cute, but they always leave you wanting?  Here’s a new way to put them to use:  polka dot Easter eggs.

How to Make Polka Dot Easter EggsYou’ll need:

Round stickers
Hard-boiled eggs
Easter Egg Dye
Cups

How to Make Polka Dot Easter EggsDirections:

Place round stickers on the eggs, in whatever pattern you choose.  Make sure to push them down completely, so that no dye can find it’s way underneath the stickers.  Dip the egg into whichever color you choose and allow it to marinate until desired color.  Pull out egg and allow it to dry completely on a paper towel.  When egg is dry, carefully peel off stickers to reveal your polka dotted egg.  If you want the polka dots to be a color other than white, give the whole egg a dip in a different color.

How to Make Polka Dot Easter EggsEasy pleasy, right?

Happy Easter,

Mavis

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The Early Bird Gets the Worm – How I Wake Up Early Everyday

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How I Wake Up Early Everyday

I must admit, I am a total early riser.  I get up at 4 a.m. everyday.  Weird, right?  I wasn’t always that way, but once I had kids and they needed my immediate attention when they woke up, I realized that the only way I was going to get some things done {and a little bit of quiet and solitude} would be to get up before anyone else.

I’ve heard some people say that you are either a morning person or night owl, but I totally think you can train yourself to be either.  I swear, I get more done from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. than the rest of the day.  So, if you need to add a little personal quality time into your day {or just need to add more hours to an already busy day}, I think you can get into the practice of becoming an early riser.  It will be painful, at first, I’m not going to lie, but eventually, you will just wake up naturally…heavy emphasis on the eventually.

Here are a couple of tips to get you started:

  1. First, you have to get into the habit of going to bed earlier.  I always used to think I would do the things I needed to get done in the evenings, after the kids went to bed, but really, by then I was exhausted.  I ended up piddling around the house and then plopped down to watch t.v.  I would’ve been better just going to bed.  The point is that if you are exhausted when the alarm goes off, you won’t be super unmotivated to get up.
  2. Put the alarm on the other side of the room so that you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off.
  3. Before bed, make a list of all the things you would like to accomplish in the early hours.  It sounds cheesey, but it gives you a bit of motivation to get up.
  4. Eat breakfast right away, it will give you a boost of energy and wake you up.
  5. Exercise.  For a lot of moms, this might be your only chance.  In the summer months, go for a walk outside.  In the winter months, do some stretching, etc. indoors.  It will wake you up, and then “exercise” won’t hang over you like a looming to-do all day.
  6. Build personal time into the morning.  Yes, I like to get stuff done when I get up, but I also have some tea and I usually get to see the sunrise.  It’s one of the simple things in life that most people totally miss.  In those quiet moments, I usually am able to sort out all of the thoughts buzzing around in my head too.
  7. For the first little bit, make things easy for yourself.  Set out your clothes the night before.  Make the kids lunches right after dinner, etc.  It will make the morning more zen-like–which will push you to want to experience it daily.
  8. Stick with it.  It will take at least a month for it to become habit {kind of like when the kids go back to school–the first month is brutal, and then, you get into a routine}. I guess what I am saying is power through the pain of getting up.

Are you an early riser?  Any tips for night owls hoping to change their ways?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Coin Purses, Jamba Juice Deal, Dutch Oven, Coppertone Coupons, Sports Bras and More

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lucy the puggle dog

The vinca is in full bloom and Lucy the Puggle Dog can’t seem to keep her sniffer out of them. I suppose it’s just a reminder we all need to take time to smell the flowers. :)

Have a great Thursday everyone,

Mavis

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Bacon Wrapped New Potatoes

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Bacon Wrapped New Potatoes

A two ingredient recipe that tastes like a million buck is totally my kind of recipe. It’s so simple even a kindergartener could make them {although I don’t recommend letting them, as I’m sure they’d turn the toothpicks into weapons and someone would lose an eye and then someone would sue me. So if you let your kindergartener make these, be prepared for the carnage. There’s your warning!}.

The problem with these is you can easily pop one after another after another in your mouth and consume them all before the dish ever hits the dinner table. So I recommend doubling or quadrupling the recipe. And then I recommend heading outside for a run to burn off the umpteen calories you just swallowed!

new potatoesIngredients

8 bacon slices, cut in half
16 small new potatoes
Toothpicks

Bacon Wrapped New PotatoesDirections

Preheat oven to 400 F. Take each potato and wrap with a half slice of bacon. Secure bacon in place with a toothpick. Place all wrapped potatoes on a baking dish and bake about 45 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Enjoy!

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How to Care for Geraniums

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How to Care for Geraniums

I saw a whole row of brightly colored Geraniums when I drove passed Home Depot the other day.

Wahoo!  That must mean spring has sprung.  If you are planting Geraniums this year, here’s a quick guide on caring for them {remember, you can over-winter them, so they’re more like an investment}:

Geraniums basically need three things to thrive:  water, sun, and nutrients.  If you provide those three things regularly, your Geraniums will reward you with lots of bright flowers.

First, water.  Geraniums don’t love being left to dry out for long periods of time.  While no plant really loves soggy soil {it’s like have wet feet all of the time–no bueno}, Geraniums do prefer to have consistently moist soil.  In the hotter months, consistently moist soil translates to daily watering.  If you can poke your finger into the soil and it is dry 2″ down, they need watered.

pink geranium flowers

Second, sun.  Geraniums will give you brighter fuller blooms when they have full sun.  They will tolerate some shade, as they become more well established, but at first, they will need lots of blistering sun and warmer overnight temperatures.

Third, nutrients.  A good organic fertilizer will go a long way.  Ideally, they would love a feeding once per week.  They are needy that way.  If you don’t want to buy commercial fertilizers, you can add in some homemade compost.  The compost is a good idea, irregardless, if you are planting them in pots.  Work compost into your potting soil before planting.

DIY - How to Make Your Own Potting Soil

Make sure to deadhead the fading flowers to encourage new growth throughout the season.  If you plan on over-wintering your geraniums {i.e. plucking them out of the ground and into the house or garage to save them for next year}, snip them back about 2/3 of the way when the night time temperatures hit 45 degrees, and put the pots indoors in a location where they will get at least 4 hours of light.

You can water much, much more sparingly throughout the winter {once a week}.  When new growth begins to appear in the spring, it is time for the Geraniums first fertilization.  When it is time to put them back outside, make sure to harden them off by exposing them to the out of doors gradually.

Do you have any tried and true tips for caring for Geraniums?

~Mavis

Don’t forget to check out my DIY Potting Soil Recipe. It’s awesome.

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12 Goals for the New Year – Week 15 of 52

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I came up with 12 goals I’d like to accomplish this year with the hopes of being able to cross one off my list per month to make them more manageable. I thought a great way to hold myself accountable to the things I want to accomplish this year would be to do a weekly update.

After all, we all need a little help staying motivated sometimes. Here’s how I am doing so far:

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1. Clean, de-clutter and organize my entire home in 30 days or less. – So far this year I have cleaned my closet, organized my kitchendecluttered my bathroom, organized my office, gutted the garage, and tackled the laundry room. Last week I cleaned the gazillion little crystals on my dining room chandelier. This week I’m going to work on cleaning the blinds. {Blech}.

omron pedometer

2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our house.  - I can’t give up sweets. There, I said it. I tried last week and only made it 3 days before I made a blueberry pie and then ate the whole thing. I think if I could just give up sweets I could wear those stupid pants. But I can’t.

So I’m back on the pedometer wagon again. Lucy the puggle dog and I have been going on long walks practically everyday for about 2 weeks now. It’s amazing what walking around town for an hour or two will do for you mentally. Seriously, you should try it. Now, if I could just turn off the list making switch in my mind the walks might actually calm me down a bit. But that’s another story.

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3. Travel. I am 75% sure we are going to go to Victoria for spring break. After all, what’s not to like about walking around museums and drinking tea for a few days?

4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing. I’ve pretty much given up on this one. Everytime I start to think about it I start bawling my eyes out.

5. Get 3 new teeth. – Nope, not yet. Although apparently my oral surgeon reads the blog. {Awkward!}.

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6. Pay off my car.  Done!

primitive hooked rug lucy the puggle dog

7. Finish the primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. – I made a decision. I don’t want to make a giant 4′x6′ coffee table rug anymore.  I seem to be hooking everything BUT this particular rug lately so I am going to pull the extra wool strips out,  trim the linen backing and just turn it into a 4′x2′ front door rug instead. All I need to do to finish it now will be to hook the two remaining stars and then fill in the background with antique wool strips.

It was a good idea, but I really just don’t want to waste my energy in making something I am totally not 100% in love with anymore. Does that make sense?

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8. Family Day. Do one thing together as a family every Sunday. – We were suppose to go to the Tacoma Rainiers baseball game on Sunday. But at the last minute the HH decided he didn’t want to go. So instead we all wandered off and did our own things. :(

9.  Secret Plan #1 – Working on it.

10. Secret Plan #2 – Still plotting away.

11. Secret Plan #3

12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. I could dress up everyday in a colonial dress and give tours of our vegetable garden and home and he could hang out in the cellar/man cave with all the other men from the community watching tv and playing with their electronic gadgets.

lucy the puggle dog

13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden. – What would I do without this dog? She is the coolest thing ever. Seriously. Having Lucy around in the garden makes everything so much better.

And yes, those are my husbands shoes I am wearing. ;)

So there you have it, my goals for the new year.

How about YOU? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

~Mavis

P.S. YES, I know I wrote down 13 goals. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to attain one of them. {gee, I wonder which one?} :) But I wanted to add it in there anyway because I believe in miracles. 

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Girls Wear Pink, Boys Wear Blue

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Girls Wear Pink, Boys Wear Blue

I was a total tomboy, but I did have a Barbie or two, although I don’t ever remember having a Barbie car or dream house. Holly Hobbie and Strawberry Shortcake pretty much rocked my world. Oh and Cabbage Patch Dolls. But other than that, I remember always playing outside. In the dirt. Building forts and making mud pies.  I think it’s safe to say, I was not a dainty little miss.

Then and now, it was pretty widely accepted that pink is a girly/dainty color and blue is masculine, but until I stumbled across this article from NPR, I never really questioned why or how it came to be that way.

Did you know it hasn’t always been that way?  In the 1700′s both men and women wore pink.  It wasn’t until after World War II that “pink” became a feminized color.  Advertising obviously played a HUGE roll in pushing us to assign gender colors.  After the war, everything from shampoo bottles to fashion got bathed in pink and marketed to women.  The article totally made me realize how much advertising affects what we think is socially normal.

Did you grow up thinking pink was for girls?  Maybe now you associate pink with having to be “girly” and you were more of the tomboy explorer type–so you’ve banned the color altogether?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Travel Bags, Ritz Cracker Coupon, Pinatas, Long Tees, Hair Clipping Supplies and More

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I need a new book to read. The problem with me and new books is that I devour them in like 2 days. And then now matter how good the book is, I immediately need another one to read. Which is a good thing I suppose, but still. I need a new book.

I read The Orphan Train last month {and it was excellent}. Do you have any suggestions?

Oh, and the 7 days of sunshine forecasted for this week? Ha! It rained yesterday and this morning as I look out my window the skies are looking mighty grey. Humph!

Mavis

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DIY Spice Round Up: 9 Make Your Own Spice Recipes

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DIY Spice Round Up 10 Make Your Own Spice RecipesI feel so liberated since I started making my own spice mixes. Sounds silly, I know. But I used to hate it when I had a dinner plan, only to open the cupboard and find out I was missing an essential spice. Now I just make them myself. They are a lot easier than you’d think, and 9 times out of 10, I have all of the ingredients on hand. So my dinner plans aren’t shot and it saves me an extra trip to the store for one silly ingredient {those are my least favorite trips because one things becomes 10 things and I’ve walked out of the store wasting money!}.

Since I’ve posted a bunch of the DIY spice recipe now, I thought having them all in one place would we handy. Check out all 10 recipes below:

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DIY Old Bay Seasoning Recipe - Perfect for seafood dishes. {Pin it for Later}

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DIY Apple Pie Spice Mix Recipe - Apple pie, apple muffins, apple spice cake, you name it. {Pin it for Later}

DIY-Cajun-Spice-Mix-Recipe
DIY Cajun Spice Mix Recipe Make your own instead of paying bug bucks at the grocery store! {Pin it for Later}

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DIY Italian Seasoning Mix Recipe Use this to make your own salad dressing or to spice up a steak. Either way it’s delicious. {Pin it for Later

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DIY Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix Recipe - Oh the horror of running out of Ranch dressing when you have teenagers in the house. {Pin it for Later}

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DIY Fajita Spice Mix Recipe - I use this for fajitas and taco meat. {Pin it for Later} 

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DIY Allspice Substitute Recipe - A must have for all those pumpkin pies! {Pin it for Later}

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DIY Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe - I always keep a big jar of this in the cupboard for an easy peasy taco night.  {Pin it for Later}

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DIY Pumpkin Spice Recipe - Great to have on hand for pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin pies of course. {Pin it for Later}

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DIY Turkey Rub Recipe - This actually works great on all sorts of meats, turkey just happens to be my favorite. {Pin it for Later}

And there is a round-up of all of the DIY spice recipes I’ve posted so far.  Is there a spice mix recipe you’d like to see me attempt? Leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to get to it!

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Monthly Garden Chores for April – East Coast Edition

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This is a guest post written by my buddy Heather from Massachusetts.  I thought it would be fun this year to post Monthly Garden Chores from both the West Coast and East Coast. You can see my April garden plans for my Seattle, Washington garden HERE.

garden chores east coast april

Springtime in New England means about six weeks of rain, which I always think of a ‘waking up nature’. Today alone it must have rained six inches! Soon all the trees and bushes will start to bud, have you ever noticed that buds are different colors depending on the trees and the leaf color?

tomato plants

Seeds I’m Starting Indoors this Month

April 1st begins the 7-week count-down to planting day {May 20th around these parts}. So this month I’ll begin the seeds, that I haven’t already started to get the garden started come planting day.

~Garlic & Onions were planted last fall and beginning to come up with little green sprouts

~Tomatoes were started in February, and already about 6” tall {I added soil last month to the stems to deepen the root system}

~Brussels Sprouts, Swiss Chard, Kale, Eggplant, Jalapenos & Broccoli were started in March and are now little seedlings happily growing under my grow lights

~Beets, Beans, Carrots, Corn & Peas I’ll start in a hoop-greenhouse this month because they don’t transplant well. Note to self: build three hoop greenhouses.

~Start Basil, Pumpkins, Cilantro, Dill, Thyme, Oregano and Echinacea under the grow lights.

seedlingsWhat I Plan to Transplant Outside this Month

Can I get an aaaaah-men! It’s rainy and windy which means it’s officially spring! In fact, my teenager wore shorts and a t-shirt to school today because “mom, *eye roll* it’s warmer than 40*, and we have the ‘40* rule”. It’s true; I had to put a cut-off temperature on the shorts! Essentially, it’s now shorts-weather here in New England, so although we can’t transplant anything this month I will spend the month sighing longingly at the garden.

baby chicksPlants and/or Bulbs I Plan to Purchase this Month

Ya know how you pop into the feed store with the kids for some pine shavings for your flock and bring home two Barred Rock chicks? HA! Just Kidding! We actually had a plan. Because we have a small coop and only want a few chickens {and there is a 6 chick minimum purchase law in MA} we all agreed to get two Barred Rocks and coordinated with a few friends to make a 6-chick order. Now we have two Black Sex-links, two Rode Island Reds and two Barred Rocks – a whopping 6 chicken flock J All these breeds are cold hardy and heavy layers, so perfect for our area and needs. These two-week-old chicks are super energetic and are constantly running around and JUMPING in their brooder-box.

garlic shootsWhat I plan to Harvest This Month

Although I could clip some lettuce for a salad, I think I need to transplant them to larger pots or move them out to the greenhouses {I have yet to build} and let them get a little larger before I make a nice big, fat salad.

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Houseplants and Indoor Bulbs

Good News! The oil and soap solution reader Mari suggested in the comments of my March post worked like a charm on the scale infestation my lemon tree had gotten. The scale infestation was really, really bad. I mean dis-gus-ting. The scales were multiplying, hanging off the leaves and branches, sticky stuff all over the plant and floor, and there were little bugs flying all over. {In full 80’s fashion} it was totally groady.

Mari suggested mixing 1 tsp ordinary liquid kitchen soap plus 1 tsp {any} cooking oil plus 1-quart water. Then shake and spray the entire plant. Make sure to spray the stem, top and bottom of the leaves and the soil at least every two-three days to eradicate all the various stages of the bugs. The best part? It’s homemade, and safe for plants, including veggies and is perfectly safe to use around pets and chickens.

Every day it has been above 30* I’ve wheeled my lemon out to the south-facing front steps and hosed it down with the mixture. I’m happy to report I’ve seen a drastic difference and I’ve even got a half-dozen or so lemon buds growing. Thanks Mari!!

chicken tractor

Weed and Pest Control

The chicken tractor is a huge hit! I can’t help but wonder what the heck they’re eating so greedily in my perfectly normal looking yard, but I’m lovin’ it.

Lawn Care Projects

I have a confession to make. There is a giant pile of rubber mulch from when my garden was the site of a kid’s play set. I’ve donated the majority to a pre-school and have the rest to bag up for sale, but it’s a mammoth labor-heavy job.

Anyone else have an ugly, you-don’t-want-to-do job waiting for you in the yard this spring?

~ Heather

**These garden chores are based on my Zone 5b Southeast/Boston MA location. Find your garden zone HERE.

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