10 Reasons Why I Garden

vegetable gardens

 

I started gardening several years ago.  Planting a vegetable garden was something that I always wanted to do, but never made the time.  I love fresh vegetables, especially tomatoes.  The taste and price of tomatoes sent me into high gear.  They were expensive, hard and tasted like cardboard.  My grandfather had a garden when I was growing up.  Picking weeds out of his garden was an expectation when I was visiting.  I also remember all of his children being supplied with fresh vegetables during the summer and the week-ends spent canning the harvest.  I have other gardening tips, so please check them out.  Fortunately, I decided to plant my veggie garden and I’m glad I did.  Here’s 10 reasons why:

  1. It’s so relaxing. And I’ve learned to appreciate the open country and the quiet that it brings. 
  2. I purchased an acre of open ground years ago, and it wasn’t being using to its full potential.  
  3. The price of store brought fruits and vegetables are expensive and lack taste.
  4. I love working with my hands, and making things grow. 
  5. Saving money on my grocery bill is a plus.    
  6. Connecting with others who grow fresh vegetables and learning different techniques is rewarding. 
  7. I love walking by the produce in the grocery store smiling because I know mine is better.   
  8. I’ve learned to grow my vegetables from seed.
  9. I love having fresh vegetables, homemade salsa and sauce during the winter.   
  10. I love sharing my harvest with family and friends.

 

Not only does it taste better, but it’s less expensive to grow your own especially if you grow your plants from seed.  Yes, it’s time consuming but rewarding.  When you involve your children, they get a sense of how food grows and will make better choices in food selection.  They will also learn how to sustain themselves, and save on the grocery bill.

You don’t need land to garden to plant a vegetable garden.  Put a few planters on your deck or patio and decide which  veggies to grow.  You can grow tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, radishes and the list goes on in containers.  Do you currently garden?  If so, container or row garden?  Also, check out my other backyard vegetable gardening tips before you leave.

 

Blue Ivy Carter Pictures

Blue Ivy Carter, Beyonce, Jay-Z's Daughter: New Photo
 photo courtesy of New York Daily News
Wow, does Blue Ivy Carter look like her dad or what?  I see little resemblance to her mom.  She has Jay-Z’s eyes, mouth and the shape of his face.  The most famous celebrity baby turned 1 in January.  Rumor has it that mom and dad celebrated her birthday with family and friends.  The theme was Princess.  Mother 2 Mother searched for pictures, but we were unable to locate any.  I admire Beyonce & Jay-Z for wanting to keep family moments private.  They’re demonstrating how they raise their daughter is their business and they’re doing a great job.  They’re also proving that it’s important to keep your circle small and keep only trusted people in your circle.  That will eliminate photo leaks from those seeking to make a few dollars off their daughter.
Unfortunately, being a celebrity brings difficult times for those wishing to live a private life when they’re off the stage or screen. I’ve seen negative comments on how much they spent on the birthday party and how ridiculous it is that they gave their daughter an $80,000 diamond encrusted barbie. Mother 2 Mother doesn’t know if that is a rumor or fact, but it must be difficult to have the public determine what should be spent or not spent on your child. Hopefully Mrs. Carter has tough skin, and she will be able to endure such judgement.

 

Veggie Tales Give Away

Veggie Tales: The Little House That Stood

As Easter approaches, VeggieTales: The Little House That Stood is the perfect title to celebrate the holiday with! The Wise and Foolish Builders meet The Three Little Pigs In a hilarious veggie parable, featuring Bob, Larry, Junior Asparagus, The French Peas, Madame Blueberry and others. When
the Three Little Pigs roll into Cabbageville looking to build some new houses,
they meet one builder with a plan and two without a clue!  Larry builds with
hay, Mr. Lunt with bricks, but only Bob builds his houses on a firm foundation –
following the wise plans from the “Master Builder’s Handbook!” Will the Little
Piggies make the right choices when it comes to building their houses – and
their lives – on solid ground?  Find out in this parable the shows kids when
they follow God’s blueprints, they can stand strong when the storms come! 

PLUS! 
Ever wonder what happened before Humpty cracked?  Find out in this very Veggie
retelling of the classic Humpty Dumpty story “The Good Egg of Gooseville” where
we learn that a good neighbor always “lends a little hand” to those in
need!

 

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    Raising A Preemie

    As you know, my Zarriah was born weighing 2lbs. 10 ozs.  She spent the first 3 month of her life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Virginia Beach, VA.  This is my preemie a year and half later.  She’s walking, talking, eating everything in site and has proven herself to be one of my greatest blessings.  I look back at the day she was born, Hurricane Irene was coming through.  I nicknamed her “Storm”.

    Her doctors say she’s doing fine.  They see no problem with her eyesight.  Her motor skills are fine, she sleeps through the night, she’s walking, and throws the normal tantrums for a toddler.  She has a totally different personality from her brother.  He’s loving and likes to cuddle, Zarriah prefers her independence.  She likes to be held, but she doesn’t hang around long.  She prefers to discover and climb over or under whatever is in sight, and is always up for a fight.  Yep, she will fight.  She fought for her life, and she continues to fight.  Hopefully, she will grow out of this habit.   

    She has a huge appetite!  I must say, she eats more than any child that I have ever seen.  There’s times when I think she’s going to be sick, but it never happens.  When she doesn’t want anymore, she will turn her head, spit it out or just stop eating if she’s feeding herself.  Her grandfather and I took her to Golden Corral for dinner.  She ate the biggest plate of mashed potatoes and gravy that I’ve ever seen.  The people sitting next to us looked and looked.  Finally, I spoke up and said she will eat until the bottom falls out.  We engaged in further conversation, and found out that they too had a preemie who was at that time 10.  She had caught up and grown into a beautiful young lady. 

    It is such a blessing to be able to write this post.  I want to thank the nurses in the NICU at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach for their professional care.  They were all excellent, and will be forever in our hearts and prayers.  I remember the first time that I saw Zarriah.  I truly believed that I would pass out.  She was so tiny, in an incubator and wires everywhere.  I broke out in a sweat.  The nurses comforted me, and assured me that they were skilled and she would be fine.  Zarriah has been back to visit the NICU on several occasions.  We thought it was important for her to keep the connection with those who fought  as hard as she did to save her life. 

    Are you raising a preemie or know someone who is?  Have they caught up or did they remain small?  Leave me a comment, I would love to connect with other raising preemies. 

    Creating Scrapbooks



    March is National Craft Month.  We would like to recognize all of our artisans, crafters and those who indulge as a hobby.  I fall into the later category, I love scrapbooking and creating things for my home.  I was exposed to embroidery at an earlier age.  My grandmother embroidered pillow cases, and I was tasked with wrapping the thread about those little pieces of cardboard.  You know the little pieces of cardboard that identified the thread color.  She also did cross-stitching, which I started years ago. 

    I’m also an avid scrapbooker.  The above picture is my grandson, who fell asleep after a Thunderbird’s air show.  My scrapbooking has become an investment.  I should buy stock in stickers, paper, embellishments and the Cricut.  I love to scrapbook my travels and my grandchildren.  I’m currently finishing a scrapbook of my trip to the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta.  There’s nothing better than creating great memories and being able to flip through a beautiful book as I reminisce.  My family enjoys going through them as well.  I’m hoping to add a sunroom off my kitchen this spring, which I will also use as my craft room. Stay tuned.

    What are your favorite crafts?  Is it a hobby or do you sell for profit?  Leave me a comment, I would love to connect with fellow crafters.

    Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

    Mother 2 Mother would like to pay tribute to 109 years of Dr. Suess.  Yep, 109 years.  I remember my first Dr. Suess book, Green Eggs and Ham.  It still remains one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books.  I read it to my daughter and now I’m reading to my grandchildren.  

    We hope Dr. Suess’ legacy will live on and on.  What’s your and your children’s favorite Dr. Suess book? 

    Oral B Toothbrush Give Away

    I was contacted to review the Oral B Professional Deep Sweep electric toothbrush.  I’ve been an electric toothbrush user for years, so I was curious to see what the Deep Sweep had to offer versus my current brand which was recommended by my dentist.  First, the brush was easy to assemble and charged quickly.  It has a slim feature, and fits nicely on my counter without taking up much space. 

    This little baby packs a lot of power too.  It has a larger head than my current brush and the bristles are stiffer.  During the initial use, I did have difficulty maneuvering the brush around my mouth because of the larger head.  I’ve gotten used to it now, so it’s quite easy for me to use.  There’s little spatter with this brush.  A lot of electric brushes sent the toothpaste everywhere when your brushing, not the Oral B.  This model has a few cool features.  The bristles fade when it’s time to change the head.  I love this, you don’t have to guess.  It also pulsates if you’re putting too much pressure on the brush.  This is a great feature, you won’t up end with sore or bleeding gums if you have sensitive teeth.  My current model lacks both of these features.  The brush also prompts you to switch from the front to the back and from the upper to the lower teeth every 30 seconds.  Dentists recommend that you brush for 2 minutes for a thorough cleaning.   My current brush has this feature.  

    The best feature on this brush, the bristles move in a side to side motion.  This action gives you a better cleaning than regular electric brushes.  It is also the most important feature for me because I have deep pockets around my lower, front teeth.  Flossing is a must for me even after using my electric brush.  With this model, you get a deep clean.  It goes deep into the crevices.  One of it’s selling points is that it removes 100% more plague.  I don’t know about 100% more, but it does give a great cleaning.  

    The only negative that I found, was the head lacks a cover.  It’s small and would be great for travel.   Because the charger on my current electric brush is rather large, I take a manual brush when I travel.  Unfortunately, a manual brush doesn’t come close to giving the cleaning that an electric brush gives.  To remedy the lack of a head cover, I’ll just stick it in a plastic bag before placing it in my cosmetic bag.  I really want to take this baby with me. 

    I highly recommend the Oral B Professional.  I’m not a dentist, but I switched from a manual brush years ago and will never go back.  Let me also add that my dental cleanings take less time since I switched to an electric brush.  I have both brushes setting next to each other.  I find myself reaching for the Oral B now.  Mother 2 Mother wants you to try one for yourself.  We’re giving away one Oral B Professional to one of our readers.  Here’s how you can win:

    • Leave a comment and let me know if you currently use an electric brush or manual brush.  (Required)
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    Give away ends March 25, 2013 at mid-night.  Give away is open to US residents 18+ only.  Give away will be mailed directly from the sponsor. 

    This review is my opinion after using this product and my opinion only.  Other than testing the product, I have not been compensated for this post. 

    Winter Sowing Vegetable Seeds

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    I have the winter blues!  I decided to start my vegetable seeds over the week-end.  Planning my garden takes the blues away and gives me a head start with strong, healthy veggie plants.  Last year I used heating mats and grow lights.  I had a 90% germination rate, but it takes lots of time and space to nurture the seedlings.  Check out my other backyard vegetable gardening tips too.

    This year, I decided to try winter sowing.  I’ve been saving plastic liter, juice and milk bottles.  Anything that I can cut and punch holes in the bottom for drainage.  I started about 20 bottles over the week-end.  Tomatoes, dill, zucchini, squash, sunflowers and petunias.  Tomatoes, dill and petunias reseed and grow.  Research showed that the squash and zucchini will also do well.  l will continue winter sowing through-out February.  I’ll do a few tomatoes, cukes and green beans inside.  Just in case I don’t have a successful germination rate from the winter sowing; however, gardeners swear by this method.  I’m sold!

     

    If you’re wondering how I create these miniature greenhouses, here it goes.  Wash your bottles in hot soapy water and rinse well.  I used a box cutter to cut around the bottles.  Leave an inch on the bottle for a hinge.  Add drainage holes in the bottom of your bottle.  To accomplish this, I use a glue gun on the milk bottles.  However, I was unsuccessful using the glue gun on the liter and juice bottles.  The gun wouldn’t penetrate.  I used the box cutter to make slits on the bottom.  If you have another method of punching holes, bring out your equipment and punch holes in the bottom of your bottles.

    First, mix your seed starting mix as directed on the package.  I use warm water when mixing the soil Mix it thoroughly.  You want it wet; however, not soggy.  Next, add 2 – 3 inches of the mix to the bottom of each of the bottles or container.  I use Miracle Gro Seed Starting Mix, which I purchase from Tractor Supply.  It’s a little expensive, but I have a great germination rate each year with the mix.

    Second, place your seed on top of the soil and cover lightly.  Wrap the bottle with duct tape.  I purchased my duct tape from the dollar store.  Mark the bottles with a permanent marker, which I also purchased from the dollar store.

    You can discard the bottle tops.  I moved the bottles and containers to the deck to ensure they get rain. Let them go until spring.  At that time you should have sprouts that will need water.  As they grow, you will have to remove the top of the bottles.  These little babies will already be hardened off, which is a step you will have to take if you start seedlings indoors.

    Stay tuned for additional posts on winter sowing.  Finally, if you are a gardener and use the winter sowing method, please share your experience.  You may also like My Winter Sow Seed List.

    Superbowl Commericals

    Superbowl, what a game.  It had everything that you expect, thrilling game, the unexpected lights out saga, Alicia Keys singing the longest rendition of the National Anthem in history, Beyonce bringing the house down, great commericals and Jennifer Hudson with the Sandy Hook children. 

    Each year I list my favorite commericals, and I will.  First, I have to ask what is up with GoDaddy?  Personally, I think they continue to miss the mark.  I didn’t see 1 positive tweet or post on Facebook regarding that commerical.  Frankly, I haven’t seen a Superbowl commerical from GoDaddy that I have liked yet. 

    Now on to my favorites:

    • Dodge – Farmers
    • Got Milk?
    • Budweiser Clydesdales – Reunion
    • VW – Get In Get Happy  (I loved the man who said Don’t be no cloud on a sunny day.)
    • Doritos  – Goat 4 Sale
    • Oreo – Creme or Cookie Fight  (I sided with the Creme)
    • Taco Bell – Young At Heart 


    I have to also bring up Alicia Keys.  Did she go on and on or what?  That had to be the longest version of the National Anthem that I’ve ever heard.  I was starting to become irritated.  Jennifer Hudson sang beautifully, and the Sandy Hook children touched my heart with American the Beautiful.  Lets not leave out Beyonce!  She brought the house down and literally blew out the lights, lol.  All in all it was a good game, and we had a good time eating good food and sending hundreds of tweets.  What was your favorite commerical?

    Michelle Obama’s Classic Style

    Obama style.  Yep, Michelle Obama has it.  She’s an educated woman who cares about world events, a loyal wife and mother and does it all with class.  In my opinion, she’s the most stylist First Lady since Jackie Kennedy.  The new hair cut is banging and her selection for the Inauguration Swearing in Ceremony was on point.  I loved, loved, loved the coat and boots.  The belt gave it the extra pop.  I would never have thought to use a belt for the accessory.  I would have gone for a huge, chunky necklace.  The color was fabulicious and the wine color gloves with the blue was classic.  I’m sure Jackie O is smiling down on her. 

    Now, I’m a boot person so I was immediately drawn to them. I’ve learned they were by Reed Krakoff the same designer as her coat.  The gloves and belt J. Crew.

    I thought Sasha and Malia’s coats were adorable too.  Malia was in J. Crew and Sasha in Kate Spade.  J. Crew will retire Malia’s coat, so it will be unavailable for purchase.  Don’t know if Kate Spade will retire Sasha’s at this point.  I’m looking forward to seeing Sasha and Malia evolve as teens in the White House.