April Goals – March Results

April Goals – March Results

Happy April, everyone!

Here we are on the first Monday of April, ready to review another month gone by (March), and ready to set some goals for the next few weeks. On the first Monday of March, I was happy and proud to post that Team EMGN had met all of our goals for February. Once again, we have met (or passed) all of our goals for March.

Without a plan, things don’t happen so the goals for this blog for March were set as follows:

a- Continue reading and writing as in February
b- Update a different ‘page’ each Monday
c- Increase followers by 12% to 250

Accountability is always fun when things are going well so I’m happy to report:

a- I continued reading and writing in March as in February
b- I updated a different ‘page’ each Monday and added a new ‘page’ entitled ‘D-I-Y’
c- Our followers increased by 29% to 286!!!

New goals for April include:

a- Complete the online class, Writing 101 – Building a Blogging Habit
b- Develop a Thursday feature
c- Increase followers by 10% to 315
d- Continue the basics of reading, writing and updating

As always, I cannot thank you all enough for your continued support and input as we continue to travel and grow throughout this extraordinary journey.

“We relish news of our heroes, forgetting we are extraordinary to somebody too.” –Helen Hayes

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Friday Frolics #10

Friday Frolics #10

On this beautiful Friday morning, I started out in the garden, such as it is, so early in the season. Nonetheless, it got me thinking about preparing for the onslaught of the season ahead and preparing my various potions for plant growth and pest control.

I prefer to minimize, if not eliminate, the use of harsh chemical preparations as much as possible so I have a couple of favorite concoctions I’ll share with you today. One is for feeding the plants in the garden and one is for pest control. Both of these ‘recipes’ were shared with me by my mom, may she rest in peace, although I have seen similar recipes on Pinterest and other sites.

garden tools

D-I-Y Garden Plant Food

1 tsp Epsom salts

4 cups warm water

Spray on plant leaves every 10 days.

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2 Tbsp Epsom salts

1 gallon warm water

Substitute for regular watering once a month.

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When you are planting your new plants in the garden, put a teaspoon of Epsom salts into the bottom of the planting hole along with the new plant. Mix it into the loose soil at the bottom of the hole before inserting the new plant. I find it gives the new transplants a bit of a boost as they’re establishing themselves in the garden. Of course, be sure to water-in the transplants well to activate the salts.

garden tools

D-I-Y Garden Bug Spray

This doesn’t repel pests so much as it kills insects such as aphids and squash beetles that are already on the plants. I find companion planting does most of my work as far as repelling the majority of the pests – we’ll get into that on another day.

10 oz. rubbing alcohol

2 Tbsp dishwashing liquid

14-16 oz. spray bottle

Mix alcohol and dishwashing liquid in spray bottle. Fill bottle to capacity with water.

Spray plant leaves and stems in the early morning or in the evening (so alcohol and water have time to evaporate before full sun hits the plants). Remember to spray the undersides of leaves too. Repeat as needed.

These are simple concoctions that have worked well for me. I have had multiple pets and children in and out of the garden throughout the years and have always felt comfortable about their being around these ‘potions.’ I hope you achieve acceptable results if you choose to give them a test run.

Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday Treasured Tidbit #6

Tuesday Treasured Tidbit #6

Last week’s Treasured Tidbit was rather mundane but also three-fold.

First, the moment I clicked on the ‘send’ button to transmit my Federal and State Tax Returns replete with the big fat ‘zero taxes due’ line at the bottom of each…woohoo!!!

Second and third, when I received the text messages that each of the returns had been accepted by the respective governing entities.

Whew! Another year’s worth of bookkeeping can be filed away for safekeeping and another year’s worth of fretting can be put to rest.

I think I deserve a nap!

 

Friday Frolics #9

Friday Frolics #9

The weather has been so nice here in New Mexico this week. I am starting to feel a lot like spring and summer are almost here. Last week for our Friday Frolic we were in the garden setting up some top soil planting beds. This week, let’s move back inside and play with our hair for a bit.

This week I’m sharing a couple of home hair remedies that have saved me buckets of money through the years. Now that I have very short hair, I don’t need them as much but they still come in handy in a pinch.

The first is the ever suspicious ‘dry shampoo.’ Many people suspect that it doesn’t do anything, but a good one will actually absorb excess oils and product build up extending the time between shampoos when needed. In addition to the suspicion that they don’t work, if you’ve ever tried one of the store bought kind, they stink (my opinion). Literally, they have an odorous quality to them so I was always self-conscious about using them. So, after much trial and error with various brands, I went back to a tried-and-true recipe my mother used on me as a child – simple, effective, and affordable.

D-I-Y DRY SHAMPOO

Ingredients

¼ cup corn starch

¼ cup baking soda

5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (depends on how strong you want the fragrance)

Mix ingredients together well. Store in an airtight container until you’re ready to use it.

Instructions

Apply to scalp and roots of hair in sections with a big, fluffy makeup brush.

Let it sit for a few minutes to soak up the oils. Brush out thoroughly with a natural boar bristle brush.

Style your hair as usual. This process adds body to fine, limp hair too so it can be added to clean hair as well.

This second recipe is for ‘surf spray.’ This product helps make your hair have the ‘beachy’ waves like you’ve been playing in the surf all day. This works best on hair that has a bit of natural wave or curl but also works if you just want a scrunchy effect.

D-I-Y SURF SPRAY

Ingredients

3 squirts water-based hair gel (this can be the cheap stuff)

3 teaspoons Epsom salts

¼ cup (4 ounces) warm tap water (warm to dissolve Epsom salts)

Spray bottle

Instructions

Mix ingredients together in the spray bottle, making sure the Epsom salts are well dissolved.

Shake before each use. Spray on hair and scrunch to achieve the desired effect. If your hair tends to be on the straighter side, you can scrunch, then gently twirl sections to create the wave effect. Let your hair air dry.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

Photo101 – Triumph

Photo101 – Triumph

This morning was all about the triumphant navigation to the coffee pot after a horrid night of battling insomnia. Having successfully navigated as far as the coffee pot and managing to obtain the perfect cup of coffee, my day is made – obviously, I am a simple person! I like the way the colors of the coffee repeat in the counter top, separated by the contrasting color of the cup – soothing in a way.

cup of triumph

 

The Creative Blogger’s Award

The Creative Blogger’s Award

Thanks to Chilly Bella Photo Art, I have been nominated for the Creative Blogger’s Award. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but it feels nice to be recognized by a peer so I’ll take it! Thanks so much!

I’ve only been blogging regularly since the first of this year and hope I’ve brought some joy and fun into some of your lives. Having some of you think of my blog as being inspiring, thoughtful or creative makes me want to put even more thought and energy into making it better. Thanks again.

The Rules

  • Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all via their social media/blogs
  • Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important)
  • Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
  • Pass the rules on to them

Five Facts About Me

  1. I have four older brothers – tomboy supreme.
  2. I’m named after my dad and two of his sisters because my mom was mad at my dad.
  3. I have 2 children, 3 stepchildren, 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
  4. Three dogs own me.
  5. I earned my Master’s Degree at age 51.

My Nominations (in no particular order)