Monday, July 27, 2015

Braided Crown

We've been busy these days with soaking in the Summer!  We've also had a chance to check out the really cool braided hair tutorials all over You Tube and the internet!  Pretty cool when we have more time on our hands than usual. This certainly isn't a "before school do" but it's manageable when you have a bit more time!  Adorable for a Summer party or wedding.  I know I've said it a zillion times but hooray for Summer!  LOVE IT!

Get out there and enjoy my friends and Happy Monday - the last one in July 2015!  How did that happen? 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Summer Eats

I'm happy to report that were actually starting to harvest some of our veggies from the garden now! Keep in mind, our garden is tiny but you can grow a lot in a small amount of space! We're getting zucchini, squash, beans, jalapenos, tons of herbs (basil, parsley, mint...) and little orange and yellow tomatoes.  We have A LOT of tomatoes on the horizon, eggplant and onions. What an amazing time of year!  The farmstands are full of fresh, local fruits and vegetables, and the farmers markets are in full swing. This is the time of year makes our bodies happy! Delicious, healthy local food! There is something about growing my own veggies that makes me get chopping! We've been busy enjoying delicious smoothies and salads lately! The freshness is amazing! Here's a look at the kitchen goodness!

Yummy mango smoothies! No, we don't grow mango but they are so fresh right now and more affordable!
Delicious Italian Chopped Salads!
Mexican Chopped Salad full of fresh cilantro and avocado!
My goal lately has been to keep the oven off and only fire up the grill. My picking hands are ready, my cutting board awaits! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Favorite Flowers: In Bloom!

This week we are basking in the glow of Summer! It definitely feels like everything is in bloom and taking full advantage of the hot weather! This is most certainly the case with my cutting garden which we are doing for the third year in a row.  Basically a cutting garden is just that, a dedicated space for flowers that you're going to cut and bring inside. This year I snagged some of the State Fair Zinnia variety and they most certainly didn't disappoint. Huge bursts of color are popping up everywhere but I love so much about zinnias is that the more I cut, the more that boom!  just think these are the most beautiful, eye-catching blooms!  
This is one thing that I look forward to every Summer, when my bases are ready to be filled! I'm happy to say: it's time! 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Mid Summer Days

We have most definitely been experiencing later nights as we approach the middle of Summer! This year, I've given the kids a little more freedom to just explore outside. They are a older now and gone are the days when I need to be right there every minute. This week they've gone on their own adventures in our yard and have really gotten back to the basics. I love these types of lazy weeks when it isn't really necessary for me to plan out an agenda. We don't "have" to be anywhere, no rushing out the door or packing lunches - unless we are heading to the beach! Instead, it's slowing down a bit and outside is waiting!
As an added bonus, they seem to be getting along nicely - no, not always but more. Less fights, more discovery and time to just be kids!  This week, they asked me to tie a piece of twine between two trees, they hung a sheet and tied the corners with twine to some sticks to use as anchors.  Instant tent = endless hours of fun and two proud girls (not to mention the two proud pups!)

These are the days I hope they always remember.
I know I will!
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