Archives for July 2014

Leaning Tower Of Pole Beans

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I stepped onto my deck to take a look at the garden and thought my eyes were deceiving me.  Was the pole bean teepee trellis was leaning?  Shielding my eyes, I squinted to get a better view.  I was still unsure, so I headed toward the garden.  I found the leaning tower of pole beans.  The weight of the vines was pushing the teepee trellis forward. It looked as if it could tumble anytime.  


I had to find a quick remedy, oh what to do.  I noticed the extra t-posts leaning on the wood fencing and ran to grab one and stuck it in the ground inside the teepee.  Now how do I tie this baby to the t-post.  I notice a lone tie on the gate of the garden and ran to grab it.  My strategy pays off, I leave a few ties scattered around the garden just in case I have to tie up a plant.  I pushed the teepee back praying that it wouldn’t fall apart and tied the t-post to the back of the teepee.  

 

It is saved, and now stands erect.  Thankfully, it looks just like it did when I imaged it being covered with the vines and beans exploding on the plants.   

The weather in my area has been quite cool for July.  If we don’t get hotter weather soon my garden may end up being a display of greenery with no produce.  We are barely getting into the 80’s here in zone 6B.  I have tons of tomatoes, but they’re not very big and ripening slowly.  I have only harvested 1 tomato, 1 cucumber, a few squash and that has been the extent of it.  

This time of year, I’m praying for somebody, anybody to take zucchini off my hands. I have tons of cukes for pickles and salads, but not this year.  I’m now praying for 100 degree days in August so I can produce tons of fresh veggies.  

Check out this post on how to build the pole bean teepee, and be sure to incorporate this remedy into your set-up before the vines add weigh.  

Inspirational Quote – Stop Chasing Things

10 Benefits Of Children’s Organized Sports

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Cool weather means football season in my family. My grandson will be entering his third season of playing flag football.  He loves it.  His dad played football through college, so I guess it’s in his blood. When he first started playing, I was a little leery.  He was so much smaller than the other boys, but he assured me he would be okay.  He said Mawmaw, “They have to catch me.” Since I’m grandma, I have bragging rights so I will.  He is fast, and they do have a hard time catching him.  

It’s actually exciting to watch him and his team members play. His dad is the head coach and his grandfather is the assistant coach.  It truly is a family affair. He has grown and learned so much over the pass 2 years.  There are several benefits to children playing organized sports.  

 

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If you’re considering entering your child into an activity, please do. Xavier has benefited in the following ways:

  1. Physical Activity – He has learned the importance of being physically fit if you want to be involved in sports of any kind. It takes endurance to play an entire game, which is why most athletes do not smoke or do drugs. He has also learned the importance of eating healthy if he’s going to be an athlete.     
  2. Intellectual Stimulation – He has learned that playing ball requires skill and brain power. He must learn to listen to his coaches, think on his feet, remember his position, and put plays together that his coaches have called. 
  3. Confidence – His confidence and self-esteem has soared since he has been playing sports.  He believes in himself as a player and as a growing little boy.  
  4. Team Work – He has learned that a team win games, it is not an individual sport.  He has learned that he must work with his team members whether he likes them or not and he must play fairly against his opponents.
  5. Competition – He has learned that competition is a part of life and can be healthy if the game is played fairly. He has learned that there are players that are better and some that are not as good.  The important thing is to play your best at all times.   
  6. Focus – He has learned to focus on the game while tuning out the crowd shouting, listen for the whistle being blow by the referee, and listen to his coaches giving him instructions.
  7. Winning/Losing – He has learned that he nor his team can win at everything.  I remember the first game that his team lost.  He was so down, he didn’t think he deserved a trip to McDonald’s.  It made me so sad.  One of my life lesson’s came roaring to the surface, there will be times when you can’t sooth your child’s pain.  You must let life run it’s course.  
  8. Team Leaders – He has learned the importance of leading a team as captain and co-captain, and the responsibilities of a leader.  
  9. Friendship – He has made new friends on his and on opponent’s teams.  It has helped with his social skills, he gets invites to sleepovers, birthday parties and other outings. 
  10. Family Time – He spends time watching football and basketball with his dad and grandfathers.  He is getting a better understanding of the game, asks questions and joins in the conversation when they’re together.  

We also have Xavier in swim lessons and basketball.  He refuses to play baseball.  The thought of getting hit with a baseball frightens him.  We have accepted his fear and not pushed him to participate in the sport. If he decides to play down the road fine, if not that’s fine too.

It’s amazing to watch how far he has come from the backyard football games and shooting hoops in the driveway.  I would encourage all parents to place their child in an organized sport whether it be soccer, football, basketball, baseball or martial arts.  Now a  little discipline for the parents, stay tuned for that post.    

Turn It Up Tuesday – Week 45

Welcome to the 45th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!
Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!
This is the last week for our July sponsor and guest hosts – so please stop by and show them some love!!  We’ll be introducing some new guest hosts and a new sponsor next week!
As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!

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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

 

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Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Victoria chose What Moms Are Really Thinking When You Want to Visit Their Newborn from Wirl Mamas. “I chose this post because it was entertaining and spoke the truth. There are some things that guests have to keep in mind when visiting a mom who has just had a baby. I especially agree that they should hold back on the lies about saying that you look good when obviously you do not after hours of being in labor.”
Katie also chose this post. “This article is hilarious … And SO TRUE!! Having recently just had our third child, I can totally relate! This should be sent as a public service announcement to all before anyone goes to see a newborn! Tell us we look good … And bring food (ha!).”
This post also received the most clicks.
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Cathy chose Lemon Sugar Scrub from Melanie Gets Married. “I love everything lemon … and I have wanted to try making my own scrub. I love the ingredients and simplicity of this scrub! Can’t wait to make some!”
Silvie also chose this post. “I chose this as my favorite post this week because I am a big believer that you must take care of your skin. When ever I find something that will allow me to pamper myself while taking care of my skin, then it’s an automatic win! I tried Melanie’s recipe and I absolutely love it, the results and the scent is amazing!”
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Cindy chose How to Make a Giant Outdoor Water Bed from My Frugal Adventures. “I chose this because it looks like it would be a lot of fun for kids of all ages. It is also a project that I think I could actually make!”
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Katy chose Top 10 Christian Pinterest Boards from Satisfaction Through Christ. “I’m a big fan of roundups that help me focus my energies when I head into a time-sucking platform like Pinterest. Knowing these particular boards have the backing of a respected blogger makes me that much more excited to check out their content, knowing I am headed in the right direction and will find lots of inspiration. For as easy as it is to find just about anything on Pinterest, that sometimes makes it feel overwhelming and I like that I can use posts like this to streamline my searches.”
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Rhonda chose I Got 99 Problems But Perky Boobs Ain’t One from Pig and Dac. “I found this post hilarious! We all know life changes after childbirth, but it also changes our bodies and not for the better. Accepting these changes requires a look back and a look forward, and that’s exactly what this blogger did as she tells her story.”
Natasha also chose this post. “This post is so hilariously funny! My boobs went poof too, and I only have 1 child.  Our bodies definitely change after having a baby, and it is so important to accept our new bodies once they develop. Regardless, I enjoyed this post! Still laughing! Great post!”
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Rachel chose Magnolia Leaf Wreath from Canary Street Crafts. “I chose this post because I love the elegant simplicity and personalization of this wreath. It is perfect any time of year and can the monogram really adds a special touch to any front door.”
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Ashley chose DIY Rice Bag from The Crafty Side of Sarcasm. “Rice bags are one of my favorite blogging tools. I use one to right my wrist on when working on the laptop and can’t wait to make one for my office desk!”
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Jillian chose The Only Picture I Regretted Taking // iMO from Logan Can… “I love this post because I feel the exact same way as Logan. I can’t help but take every single photo possible of my son, and I love how she shares how important it is to her and why.”
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Alycia chose Let’s Start A Revolution! from B Marie Photography. “I love the message in this post. Finding the beauty in ourselves will help us to teach our children that everyone is beautiful and to find things they love about themselves. I am guilty of this for sure, but after reading this, I am going to start making a conscious effort to see the beauty!”
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Jessica chose Unplugging From Technology For Healthier Family Living from Urban Naturale. “This is sooo true!! I also liked how she refers to 3 year old’s using some sort of technology today too. That totally hit me bacause I have a 3 year old who loves youtube videos! Since health has been my number one concern these tips are spot on to get the family involved and “unplug” for a couple hours. At the same time, it promotes family time which we all want and need :).”
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Stacey chose Homemade Honey Wheat Bread Recipe! from Thrifty NW Mom. “I have really been giving strong consideration to starting to bake my families bread from scratch. My family can really go through 6 to 8 loaves during the two weeks between grocery store trips, of store bought bread and curious if it would be cheaper to make it fresh. This recipe looks wonderful and I am looking forward to giving it a try! Thank you so much for sharing!”
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Tara chose DIY Door Frame Chalkboard from Latte Everyday. “When I saw this I thought, “what a genius idea!” I would have never thought of that. So creative how Megan turned a door frame into a chalkboard sign, I just love it! Love the message that she wrote on it too!”
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Char-Broil Stainless Steel Fire Pit Review

I purchased this fire pit from Amazon and I love, love, love it.  It is exactly as shown.  It’s quite large and will hold quite a bit of wood for toasting marshmallows and hot dogs with the kids and taking the chill off during those fall evenings.  It’s going to create a cozy adult atmosphere in the evening while relaxing with a glass of wine too.  Yes, I need me time.  

This is perfect for those occasions, and I found it for $30.00 less on Amazon versus Wayfair.  It was easy to put together and will look perfect in front of my Adirondack chairs once I get them painted.  

If you’re in the market for an outdoor fire pit, check out this Char-Broil Pit.  Great look and great value.  

Quote Me Sunday – Week 2








Welcome to the second week of Quote Me Sunday. I’m excited to be your host, and hope you will be inspired by the quotes you find. Lets discuss the rules and than we’ll have a little fun.  Please help me promote this new Link Up by grabbing my Quote Me Sunday button and placing it on your blog sidebar and on your social media sites. The more participants the better.  Please follow me on one of my social media sites before you leave:  Like my Facebook PageTwitter,  Google+, PinterestBlogLovin or subscribe/join my blog on the right before you leave. Feel free to browse my posts and leave a comment while you’re here.  

Next, link up your favorite quote and visit as many participants as you can to see what quotes they have posted this week. Our goal is to have fun, meet new bloggers and get inspired. Reading an inspirational quote is a great way to start the week. If you see one that touches you in some way, leave a comment on that person’s blog. If their blog content is of interest, start following them.    

You may link as many quotes as you like, but they must link back to your blog.  One quote per post please. Let us know if it’s an Inspirational, Advice, Leadership, Friendship etc. in the title area when you’re adding your post if possible. Someone may be seeking advice or having trouble and specifically seek out your quote. Thanks for joining us. Now lets link up and get inspired! 





Inspirational Quotes: Your Value

Printable Baseball Scrapbook Layouts

Welcome to Part III of our sports scrapbook layout pages.  This layout is perfect for the little slugger in your life.  Print it and enjoy!

Sunflowers and Finches In The Garden

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I love sunflowers.  They make me happy, look at their beauty faces.   They dance in the garden and add brilliant color among the greenery.  This is a my second year growing sunflowers, and I’m in love.  The first year, I didn’t have one seed germinate.  However, I changed my method of growing them, and bam!  I use bottle greenhouses to germinate my seeds now, and than transfer them to the garden.  I have had great success using this method.  Check out my other sunflower gardening tips too.

Below are some of my favorite sunflowers.  I plant them every year. The Gold Finches love them too.  I love sitting on my deck watching them feast on the seeds.  Unfortunately, the lens on my camera doesn’t capture the beauties in the garden.  I guess I shouldn’t blame the lens, I need to learn how to use it, lol.

 

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So, my favorite sunflower is the Lemon Queen.  It’s smaller compared to the Mammoth, which grows 10 – 11 feet and the Autumn Beauty.  The Lemon Queen grows to about 5 feet. In a few weeks, the centers will be filled with sunflower seeds and the American Gold Finch will have a new feeder.  Right now they are enjoying the Nyjer Seed.

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Furthermore, when the sunflowers mature, the finches will eat every seed on the stalk.  However, they’re so beautiful, I just let them eat until their heart is content.  Take a close look at the pictures, because there’s 2 males and a female in this picture.  Additionally, the female is the dull colored finch at the top.  However, the males turns the same dull color as the female in the fall/winter.  They color up in the spring and summer to the brilliant color shown.

Also, this feeding station is outside my bedroom window.  Unfortunately, the finch preferred the $1.99 sock.  Had I known, I could have saved my money on the tube feeder.  So, lesson learned.  They will feed from the tube feeder if the sock is completely occupied with feathered friends, so I guess it isn’t truly wasted.  I enjoy watching them feed upside on the tube feeder.

Finally, next year I hope to add additional varieties of sunflowers to the garden.  Do you grow sunflowers? What variety do you grow?

Inspirational Quote: Never Ever