Sunday, May 15, 2016

Gardening Season

It has been a busy month. I've spent most of the last month outside doing yard work and getting the garden ready for the upcoming season. After all of the work Mat and his uncle did with the tractor in the fall, there was a bit of rock raking to do before we could lay down some grass seed. After many hours of activity, the majority of the rocks have been removed. Unfortunately, until the grass grows, I will have to pick up rocks all season as the rain reveals them.

The garden has been another mission. After all the digging in the fall, I found myself with an abundance of large rocks on the property. So I decided to make various wide, raised beds, instead of the traditional rows. The grass can grow between them and I will only have to worry about weeding the beds themselves and not the entire plot. This extra bit of work will save me so much time in the future. I spent many days lugging rocks from the area I now call "the quarry" to the garden. The hubby things it looks lovely but dislikes the rocks. He doesn't like anything that might interfere with his mowing, I use the whipper around the garden bed though, so it isn't a problem. He lovingly calls my garden "Stonehenge" now. He said the tourists will flock to see it. What a ham!

I've planted flowers this year. I usually only plant fruits, vegetables and legumes. This year I've planted a few wildflower seed packs from Vessey's Seeds and Cheerios. I've also planted some Lilies, Dahlias and Sunflowers. I have more flowers to plant in the coming month. I've also planted all of my cold weather crops too. My peas, radishes, garlic and onions have already sprouted and are growing nicely. My potatoes and lettuce should soon follow. I'm excited to watch things grow. 

I've also built a fire pit out of the brick from our old chimney. It feels so nice to have a fire pit near the garden. I'm going to be getting some strands of solar lights to hang in the garden. I want to make it more inviting for the night time, that way I can enjoy it more frequently on nights where the moon might not be as visible.

The hubby and I celebrated our anniversary last weekend. We've been together for 14 years. On our adventures, we stopped into a place that sold handcrafts and picked up a beautiful goofy looking owl for the garden. I haven't named him yet. Any suggestions?

Review - MagPops

Disclaimer: I received samples of this product free from Social Nature in exchange for my honest review. This review is based upon my personal experience with the product.

MagPop's are a great way to sneak in additional doses of magnesium. The product is fizzy but it didn't fizz up when I added water like I expected. I was also expecting it to be sweet and it wasn't. It did have an orange taste to it which probably does help the magnesium's overall flavor. I didn't enjoy the taste, but I wasn't turned off by it. I found it strange but adaptable. I love the fact that it is vegan.

It is not something that I can see myself taking every day, twice a day,  although it is safe. I would probably use it to supplement the second half of my menstrual cycle to help prevent weight gain and to regulate my menstrual symptoms. This would also be a great supplement for children as magnesium is such an important part of a growing body.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Review: L'Oreal Total Repair 5

Disclaimer: I received this L'Oreal VoxBox free from Influenster to test out and review. All opinions are my own and based upon my experience with the product.

This is my hair before trying L'Oreal Total Repair 5. I was actually having a decent hair day that day but you can still see its weight and you can really tell that I need to get about 3 inches of dead ends cut off the bottom. I hadn't used any heat tools this time around so my waves are plentiful.

After washing my hair with the L'Oreal Total Repair 5 shampoo and conditioner I put some of the Cica cream in my hair and then I blew out my locks. I was ready to straighten it. It is looking mighty frizzy right now.

I must say, the L'oreal Total Repair 5 did a great job at taming my locks. It doesn't look as dead and weighted down, considering the length of my hair. I still have an abundance of split ends, but it looks more in control. 

I do like the smell of the product, although it isn't sweet smelling like a lot of products on the market. It smells like shampoo used to smell in the 80's. It brought about a bit of nostalgia. I think I like the Cica Creme the best out of the product line.