How to tame the scattered brain

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I’ve always been impulsive. I am the action girl! Don’t think, just act, react! It served me so well most of my life… in high school I was involved in sports, clubs + activities and in college was always pioneering the next adventure with my friends. It was easy to be impulsive. I got a lot of stuff done. But now that I’m officially “adulting” (our definition of adulting is becoming parents, that’s when I really had to get it together)… so now in this phase of life, being impulsive is not such a fun trait. In fact it is down right debilitating. It’s not cool to be impulsive when you have two little humans who are way more reactive, spontaneous, irrational + crazy than you who have more of a right to be than you! Now it looks more like legit ADD.

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Setting boundaries, getting organized + feeling productive while working from home

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Let’s face it- “working from home” is not always as glamorous as it sounds. Often times you are working MORE than you would if you were clocking in at a 9-5. When you don’t have a boss micro-managing your every move or a physical place to report to, the hours in the day can crawl by or be gone before you know it if you don’t have a schedule. Here are some of my recent musings about maintaining boundaries, getting organized and feeling productive while working from home. FYI, I think these strategies are valuable even if you don’t work from home!

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All you need is wifi and motivation: build your own wellness business!

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Ladies and gents, the times they are a changing. Time freedom is the new money. I am excited about all the alternative ways to earn a decent income while not trading your time freedom for money. I’m not saying that you don’t have to work- you do, I’m talking about the WAY we work. How we spend our time and what we contribute to the world. I have tried lots of different endeavors since I quit working full time at a traditional office-type job. We made sacrifices to keep one of us around to raise our kiddos.

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Backyard garden: spring planting tips!

Spring is my favorite season. I feeling the air change, see the days slowly getting longer and smell the freshness around me. I also love spring because its garden season! This is our 4th year planting our backyard veggie garden and we are learning new things each time we plant. We live in high altitude, so we have to make some adjustments to ensure optimal growing conditions. For one, the growing season usually starts later and ends earlier than our lower elevation counterparts. So we built a greenhouse! We used mostly scrap wood from one of our house renovations and made sure to get the EXTRA heavy duty greenhouse plastic.

My dad (#theoriginalgreenthumb) always worked with a greenhouse. That meant we could start our seeds super early in the season, usually around March 15, and transplant those “starts” into the outdoor garden when the last frost was through. The greenhouse is not necessary but definitely provides an opportunity to have a longer growing season. Plus it helps keep pests away. That’s been our other challenge: squirrels, mag-pies, rabbits, bugs love to eat our veggies before we do. I’ve been experimenting with natural repellents – I’ve read that rabbits do not like the smell of peppermint, so we will be putting a few drops of peppermint essential oil on cotton balls and place them around the garden. Fingers crossed!

Aside from the abundance of organic veggies that we harvest all summer, having a garden has been an awesome way for us to connect to the natural world. Its also been really cool to get our kiddos out there to work in the dirt alongside us. Being around plants has fantastic benefits for the human psyche.

I love the many metaphors + life lessons in growing food in your garden.

You reap what you sow. Yes your results depend on your efforts. An abundance of veggies in your backyard won’t just appear, you must intentionally plant the seeds. If you follow the process you will get results.

You get what you give: If you want to grow a patch of tomatoes in your backyard that will be ready to eat this summer you have to give… you have to give your time, energy and commitment to helping your tomato grow.


Here are some tips and tricks to get your backyard garden started:
SEEDS: order your seeds from a reputable source as early as February. We use Johnny’s Seeds, I have friends who love http://www.rareseeds.com and also source from their local nursery.

GREENS
ROOTS
HERBS
HOT WEATHER VEGGIES
Kale
Swiss Chard
Mustard Greens
Spinach
Red Lettuce
Green Lettuce
Asian Greens
Turnip
Beets
Carrot
Radish
Cabbage
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Leeks
Parsnips
Green onion
Bulb onion
Cilantro
Parsley
Dill
Basil
German Winter Thyme
Zucchini
Yellow squash
Butternut Squash
Cherry Tomato
Tomato (sun gold, sweet million)
Cucumber
Planting Phase I: Cold weather planting can start as soon as soil can be worked (or you can start in your greenhouse if you have one). Usually this is mid-March. Frost protection is key! Use a fabric to cover your newly planted seeds or keep a small heater in your greenhouse to keep temp above 50 degrees at night.
-mustard greens, kale (red or green), Asian greens
Planting Phase II: Everything else can be planted late April / early May. You can direct seed your spinach + lettuce outside in your garden beds. Put your late season Fall crops in trays the first week of April. You can transplant your lettuce plugs that were started in March.
Companion planting: Some plants do really well with a “buddy”… check out this fun infographic with details about which plants grow better with a buddy.
garden companion planting

So you want to start a blog… I say DO IT!

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Sometimes when you start a new journey you need to hit a lot of bumps along the way to make sure you are on the right path for the right reasons. I started sharing my writing on my blog after I had Everly (almost three years ago now!) I had no idea how to do this, where to start and was extremely intimidated by all the other amazing bloggers out there writing and earning an income from their efforts.

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