Archives for February 2012

Save a tree…

Save a tree…

Are these not the cutest things ever???  Make-up remover pads, cotton nonetheless!

I have started making facial washcloths to go with the make-up remover pads and I love, LoVe, LOVE both of these items.  You can either wash them in the washing machine or wash them by hand after each use and hang to dry (that’s what I do).

Every time I make a new set of these one of my female family members appear and *poof* my newly crocheted set disappears!  I don’t mind though.  I love knowing they are using something I have made.  This is a money saver in the long run when you think about it if you use the store bought make-up remover pads.

If you don’t crochet but would like more information about this product, leave a comment or email me.

If you do crochet, check out Alli’s blog:


Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Ahhh, yes…the wonders of coconut oil…you all know I am a believer!  It works time and time again for our crazy good family (two-legged and four-legged)!

As in most cases there are many naysayers out there and, to be honest, I do not know this doctor or her husband BUT if this is working for him who is to say it won’t work for someone else in this same capacity AND wouldn’t that just be AMAZING!!!!!!!

As always, it is important to do your own research, become  informed and draw your own conclusions.  As Abraham says…if you don’t like it, don’t put it in your pie! 🙂

What Time is It???  IT’S TIME!

What Time is It??? IT’S TIME!

Yes, it is time to start the planning, and in some instances planting, for your spring/summer garden.  I highly recommend the following tools:

  1. Notebook or composition book for notes/pictures
  2. Almanac
  3. Calendar
  4. “Garden Planner.” Organic Gardening <>

The notebook has proven to be an invaluable tool for obvious reasons.  I look back over the pictures I have taken of my lush spring/summer produce during the winter months and dream, as well as drool.  I plan my crop rotation each year  by looking back at previous year’s pictures and notations.  The crop rotation prevents some pests from recurring and puts you one step closer to being a ‘biodynamic farmer’ instead of just an organic one…more on that later.  I also keep notes on what plants have worked, as well as the ones that have not so I do not waste my time or money on them again.


As for the almanac, my grandfather used it as his guide and he had some of the best fruits and veggies I have ever eaten.  I prefer  Farmer’s and Planter’s Almanac for that very reason.  My husband and I wear this little book out!  He checks it repeatedly as a weather and hunting aide while I am checking the “Planting Table” and “Best Days To:” as a guide for what I can/should be doing regarding gardening, transplanting, pruning, etc. While it can seem a little intimidating at first there are explanations of the characters and terms and, before you know it, you will be using it like a pro.


Regarding the calendar, I prefer a desk calendar with plenty of space to write. Being the organize ‘freak’ that I am (or try to be) I keep up with everything in my calendar and I do mean everything.  I found one this year with columns which you can use for different family members or for different aspects of your life if you don’t have children or are an empty nester.  I LOVE it!  I make  notations in the calendar based on my almanac findings.  It may sound cumbersome but it really isn’t as I only refer to the almanac once, transfer the pertinent info to my calendar and *poof* I am good to go for the month.


And finally…I received this little guide when I subscribed to Organinc Gardening magazine (which I recommend as well).  One of the most helpful parts for me is the ‘Spring Planting Guide’.  This guide allows you to chart, based on your last spring frost date, when to plant seeds indoors and when to transplant them to the garden.  There is also a list of which plants do well when you direct-seed them into your garden.  There are many more useful tools in this compact guide…too many to mention.  Even if you cannot get this exact one, I feel certain you can download a guide from the internet that would serve the same purpose.

And there you have it- my planning basics!!!

I have gotten so psyched writing this that I am going to take inventory of my seed stockpile right now to see what I need to get ordered…ah, the life of a city farmer…my work is never done…

Until next time, happy planning!