Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Healthy Eating Challenge

For the month of June three of my friends and I decided to do a healthy eating challenge. Each of us set our own goals and picked what food rules we wanted to follow. For myself I decided

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Review: Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider

Many months ago I got an advance copy of Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider. Then I took a break from writing and never got around to writing my review of this book. Well today I've finally got it done! 
The author Tsh, is the founder of the well known blog  Simple Mom. I greatly enjoyed Tsh Oxenreider's previous book Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living so when I saw she had a new book I was excited to get my hands on it.  This book tells the story of her family’s ongoing quest to live more simply, fully, and intentionally. It's part memoir, part travelogue, part practical guide, Notes from a Blue Bike takes you from a hillside in Bosnia to a Turkish high-rise to a congested Austin suburb to a small town in Oregon. 
I came away from this book with some great ideas for how to be more intentional in my own life and especially with my children. Tsh has a gift for making the overwhelming feel manageable. I appreciated her stories and honesty about her struggles. She demonstrates through a variety of stories how to focus on the little things that really matter. She speaks of traveling internationally with small children and how valuable it is for kids to experience other cultures. Through her stories she's motivated me to be more willing to overcome the difficulty of traveling with kids for the chance to let them see more of the world.
Overall I loved this book! It's composed of small chapters that are easy to get through quickly which I like since I read non-fiction slowly. I appreciated her stories and honesty about her struggles. She exhibits how to focus on the little things that are what truly matter.
BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, April 25, 2014

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Natural Rodent Control for the Backyard Gardener

For over 5 years I've asked Joe to build me an owl box so I could have owls in the backyard. And for 5 years Joe has ignored my request. Finally I found some plans on the Internet, texted them to him and then accompanied him to the hardware store. He spent 20 minutes shopping and then informed me it would cost $30+ in tools and materials and probably 20+ hours of work and was I CERTAIN I wanted a stinkin owl box. At that point I pulled out my iPhone and looked up how much owl boxes cost on Amazon. You know what? They really aren't much at all and I found a great one for $45 with free shipping. Done! And Joe saved 20 hours of woodworking he didn't want to do.

So why did I decide 5 years ago I wanted an owl? We saw the Wings of America Show Birds at Dollywood when we were on vacation in Tennessee and I learned of the benefits of having owls in the neighborhood. Especially the benefits to gardeners since owls are nighttime predators that eat annoying little rodents that like to eat my veggies. I'm all for natural pest control and what's more natural than an owl eating my pests?

Joe got around to putting up my new owl house in a tree back by the compost pile pretty quick. I haven't noticed any owls taking up residence yet but I'm optimistic they'll show up soon.
My owl house is the right size for an Eastern Screech Owl and their main diet is mice, voles and annoying little chipmunks that dig in my flowers.
Please little owl- won't you come nest in my tree?


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