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Thursday, July 2, 2015

How to Grow Vegetables in Containers - from Cottage Making Mommy

Today Valerie is sharing a guest post on a topic that I know many of you are going to enjoy: CONTAINER GARDENING! (Sorry for shouting, you know I get excited.) Anyway, so many of you live in apartments, condos, or simply want a garden close to your kitchen. This is where container gardening comes in. Enjoy!

Hi, I’m Valerie and I blog over at Cottage Making Mommy. We live on 10 acres in rural Oklahoma and we love to garden. I’m a city girl who was transplanted to the country when I married my sweetheart and I love living on our farm.

My favorite thing to do out here, besides play with our animals, is to grow our own vegetables, many of which I grow in pots.

Now I grow vegetables in pots, in addition to the ground, because our soil is poor and I also want some up on our deck to have easy access to when I’m cooking.

You can grow vegetables in pots no matter where you live.

The first thing you need to do is pick what you want to grow your vegetables in. I use old flower pots, deck boxes and even some of the containers my plants come in from the nursery. Old cooking pots, feeding tins, coffee cans are all great choices to grow your veggies in.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mostly Homemade Mondays - Week 139 + URBAN HOMESTEAD MEAL PLAN!

Are you ready for this week's meal plan and blog hop? Remember, in the meal plan some items are bolded, which indicates a homegrown or local item from our urban homestead. We have leftovers for lunch, and we rarely have desserts. Many times on weekends our lunches include eggs from the ladies. 
  • Monday - My 30th Birthday! We're eating out tonight :) 
  • Tuesday - Grilled chicken wraps and baked beans
  • Wednesday - Tacos with friends
  • Thursday - Brats on the grill with fresh cut melon
  • Friday - Grilled cheese, side salad, and fresh cut melon
  • Saturday - Dinner at the ballpark while watching fireworks
  • Sunday - Homemade frozen pizza 
Anyway, on to the party:

Mostly Homemade Mondays is a series for people that are on a journey to better living, via healthier eating and a more natural lifestyle. We realize that there are different paths that we all take to get to that place, and this bloghop celebrates that. Whether you’re a seasoned raw foodist who has banned all things unnatural, or a rookie who is starting out by cutting out junk food, we’d love to hear from you! Link up with your favorite recipes, projects, crafts, or rants and raves.

The Hosts:

Homemade Mondays will open every Monday. You have until Thursday to make your submissions. We will share our favorite posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and shout it from the rooftops.
  • Link up. Use the submission form below to add your blog posts to our gallery below. You can add as many links as you’d like, as long as they’re on topic. 
  • What’s eligible? Recipes, crafts, DIY projects, gardening, fitness, green ideas or just plain old advice. We’re pretty open.
  • Tell us about yourselves. Leave a comment telling us a little about your site and what you’ve shared. Of course this isn’t mandatory, but it’s a good way to stand out.
  • Link back. Share the love by adding a link back to this party with your readers so they can see all of these great ideas as well.
  • Follow our Pinterest board. Remember to check out our Mostly Homemade Mondays Pinterest board where we're pinning some of our favorite posts from the week.
Here was our favorite post from last week: 

A special thanks to Sumptuous Spoonfuls for linking up Mexican Taco Lettuce Wraps to Mostly Homemade Mondays! Feel free to grab this "I've Been Featured" button and share the great news with your readers, family, and friends: 
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sneaky Ways We Freshen Our Basement with Oils.

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor. That's why you shouldn't take any of my words on essential oils as medical advice. I'm simply sharing my experiences with essential oils and how we use them for our own health and in our home. Please use good judgement and seek medical advice from a professional for any ailment. 

Our historic home has tons of character, which we love.

But, it also has a scary basement, which I don’t love. I’ve written about that HERE and HERE.

Our basement is not livable space. We store paint there, and in the late winter I start my seeds down there under some lamps I steal from John’s garage. That’s all our basement ‘does’ for us.

The basement does, however, house a dehumidifier (which gets a workout in our humid Iowa summers!), a laundry sink (although our laundry is on our main floor), and our furnace. This space is musty and damp, especially in the spring and summer. Aside from using our dehumidifier and opening a couple small windows, we use some essential oils to freshen that space.

First, when was the last time you changed you furnace filter? If you can’t remember, it’s probably time to change it.
To keep your furnace running smoothly and efficiently, experts recommend replacing the filter every 4-6 weeks in the winter when running the heat, and every 4 weeks in the summer when running the AC. 
When we replace our filter, I also drop 10 drops of Thieves essential oil and 10 drops of Purification essential oil on the filter before replacing.

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