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April 2017

Design Video

EASY SPRING PLANTERS VIDEO DEMO

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WHEN IS IT WORTH MAKING YOUR OWN SPRING PLANTERS?

spring planter, design, garden pots, gardening, planters, how-to, springAfer a long cold grey winter, it’s so tempting to get carried away with all the pretty spring flowers. Trouble is, tulips and daffodils don’t last very long.  I adore the look of blue hydrangeas, but temperature fluctuations at this time of year mean they often die.   I’m a gal who needs bang for her buck.  So, if I’m going to spend anything, I want to enjoy my plant containers for months instead of weeks. That’s how I justify splurging on winter and summer pots like the ones I’ve shared with you on this blog.    So, the only time I ever go to the effort of making spring planters is if they can be cheap and/or easy (prefereably both). If you want more fab photos and info on the elements I used, click ‘continue reading’ (below).  Or, if  you just want to see the video demo of how simple these babies are to make, here’s the link to michelleswalnutkitchen easy spring planter demo.  Continue Reading

Fitness Wellness

EXERCISE IS A PAIN IN THE BUTT

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NO PAIN NO GAIN & NO FUN

HOW CAN EXERCISE NOT SUCK?

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Along the route of my first half marathon May 2016

CAN EXERCISE BE MORE THAN JUST A CHORE YOU DO BECAUSE IT’S GOOD FOR YOU? 

As I see it, life’s activities fall into 3 categories:  

1) Things you love to do

2) Things you do because you have to

 3) Things you do because they’re good for you 

Things you love to do

For me, that would be the combo of binging on something salty, red wine, and Netflix (in my PJs).

Things you do because you have to

Anything involving food on the table and a roof over your head.  That would be:  working, paying the bills and cleaning the perpetual trail of dishes, towels, and socks that is my teenager’s trademark.  You should see his biohazard site bedroom!

Things you do because they’re good for you 

Now here’s where it gets a little more complicated for me.  Sometimes I find it hard to discern between the stuff I force myself to do for the right reasons – because it’s good for me – and things I legitimately shouldn’t do because I simply don’t like doing them!  I practically break out in hives before doing new, unfamiliar and seemingly unpleasant things.  Continue Reading