Top 5 Friday Fun

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Something about Memorial Day and the unofficial start to Summer that makes me come alive! I start counting down the days until schools out and the excitement of long starry nights, pool parties and BBQs. Making memories that last the whole winter through. In between soaking up the sun and enjoying yourself this weekend (where ever you are) Check out the cool links below. Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

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Zero Waste Lemon Candle

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I have been trying to find different ways to become waste free. When I read about how easy it was to make your own candles, I thought it was awesome. We do not use candles in my house. However, when mosquito season arrives, I need all the help I can get when outdoors. Using essential oils, I made the candles waste free. Keep on Reading!

DIY Wooden Sign

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I love going to TJ Maxx! I will search the racks and shelves looking for gifts and goodies to bring home. Today I found a really cool wooden cutting board in the kitchen section and thought….please add cheese and wine this would make an adorable welcome sign.

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Feeling Zen & Reducing Anxiety

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Life can get hectic some times. Whether its a job, family, friends, and/or relationships, we are all jugging a lot of tasks. Sometimes I can feel my anxiety levels rising and I realize that I need to take a step back and asses the situation. There are a few things that I have learned over time that has helped to ease my anxiety and I thought I would share them with you. First, I want to reiterate that anxiety is not necessarily a bad thing when it is steered in a positive light. It helps in times of preparation (EX: Presentation).  It can even make me do the best that I can as I have high personal standards of myself, thanks to that bit of worrying. Anxiety used in the right ways is a great motivator! Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like your anxiety isn’t justified. We all feel anxious at some point in life and some of us are more in tuned to our body’s reactions to stress more then others.

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Top 5 Friday Fun

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Happy Friday Y’all! At our house, it was a week full of changes, happy energy and family time.  I also think my family has Spring fever! We can see the finish line at the end of the school year and the start of Summer fun. My children and I have planted our garden and impatiently waiting for ripe berries and fresh veggies. In the mean time, we are filling our time with a weekend of brunch, a children’s play and sports. Whatever you are doing this weekend, take a minute and put your feet up and check out the great links below:  Keep on Reading!

Small Space Vegetable Garden

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I have a small back yard but, each year we maximize the space by seeing how many fruits and vegetables we can grow. Raised beds and container pots are a great way to grow your own food. Since the soil inside of the container is concentrated with nutrients, you can pack in more seeds and plants in a smaller space. Keep on reading!

Handcrafted Mother’s Day Gifts: Etsy

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“The days are long but, the years are short.” We all hear it, that piece of advice from every parent before us and, oh how true that one little sentence can be. Being a mom, gave me a new found respect for my own parents because to be honest this shit stuff is hard! Are the kids getting enough vegetables, and too much TV!? Did they go to school with underwear on? (yup, real topic in this house) I mean the list goes on and on. With all that said, at the end of the day I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I love my crazy kiddos and couldn’t imagine life any other way. Keep on reading!

Festive Fruit Nachos

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With Cinco De Mayo around the corner, we decided to make fruit nachos at our house.  We eat a lot of Mexican food and, I thought this recipe would be a good treat at the end of the meal. If you have left over tortillas, its a great way to use them! AND who can resist strawberries and whipped cream!?!

I had a little helper in the kitchen while making this recipe and he had fun doing most of the work.  Lastly, I like this dessert because it is easy and adaptable. You can change the fruit out for other berries. Instead of whipped cream, you could do ice cream. You could even add a little lime to the berries to give them a zing. Keep on reading!

Branch Brush Painting

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Welcome Spring time and also yard cleaning! I have a little guy who is still in pre-school so he and I are home together in the afternoons. I love and cherish this (diminishing) time that we have together so, I try to make chores fun. I mean who wouldn’t rather be picnicking in the park and going for ice cream every day…..but chores can’t do themselves. I had several dead plants in the yard so I needed to remove them and trim other bushes. We decided to make it fun! We broke out the roll of paper and paint and decided to use the leaves and branch clippings to paint a picture.
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Top 5 Friday Fun

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What a beautiful week it has been here in Maryland. I hope the weather has started to warm up in your area as well. As we round out April and a month of eco-friendly habits, I have learned so many new tips and tricks from friends and readers. Thank you all for sharing! Here are a few fun stories around the web this week. Enjoy your weekend!

  1. Eco Warrior Princess Blog a great article about not only personal change for the environment but, that corporations need to make changes as well.
  2. Have you heard of manuka honey? I have not tried it yet, but after reading this post by  Glamorganic Goddess, I am going to have to get my hands on jar of it.
  3. Here are 6 ways to conserve water! I love that this list is realistic and anyone can participate.
  4. As a child, my grandmother always made no bake cookies for us. They were my favorite! Here is a twist on the no bake cookie by WellnessMama that anyone can enjoy.
  5. Clare from Fitting it all in has a wonderful read on body image and loving our bodies. Lets first love ourselves and then each other!