• Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Last year I did a vertical only garden in pots since we didn't really have much of a backyard. This year, I am planning on raised garden beds and using the square foot gardening method. I started by reading Square Foot Garden by Mel Bartholomew. The idea behind square foot gardening is that you can section off a bed a foot at a time and then depending on the size of the plant, you plant 1, 4, 9, 16 plants. Or in some cases, you use 2 or 4 squares for 1 plant.

  • square foot garden design

  • From there, I did a TON of research on the web about companion planting. Understanding the ways in which companion planting can help improve your garden is amazing. There are a number of possible benefits, the major reasons include:

    Some plants can improve the flavor of other plants simply by being in close proximity with one another. Pest control is a major benefit. Some plants discourage certain pests and guard plants that are normally attractive to these pests; or certain plants can attract beneficial insects that keep predators down. Some plants can attract pollinators well, and other plants close by benefit from these good pests.

    I have used herbs and flowers as companion plants in all my beds in hopes of keeping bad pests to a minimum and good pests in abundance. We'll see how well it works out!

  • square foot garden design

  • Isabel
  • posted by Isabel

  • Spring Flowers

  • Mai
  • posted by Mai

  • If you missed the Coachella weekend in music and arts festival, you don't have to worry because festival season is still on fire. To get the ultimate festival look, check out my board below for some inspiration. Or you can visit my two favorite stores H&M, and Forever21, which have an assortment of choices at reasonable prices to get the look you want. It's all about having fun with your clothes, and being comfortable in them. You can take this opportunity to go wild with mixing prints, and throw in some fringe, too. Don't forget to grab a wide-brimmed hat and funky sunglasses on the way to shade yourself from the hot sun. Last, but not least, a lightweight kimono that will keep you warm through the evening breeze. Happy shopping!

    Get this look at Festival Season!

  • Music Festival Outfit Ideas

  • Natalie
  • posted by Natalie

  • Today's tip about smoothing out your morning routine is something that can help everyone, not just working moms!

    Mornings are tough for everyone. Even before having Kylie, it was hard to get myself ready, out the door, and to work on time. Imagine how hard it is now that I have to wake, feed, clothe my daughter in addition to myself. Here are a few ideas for making your morning routine a little easier on everyone.

    Tackle as many items as possible the night before. Set out clothes for the next day (for you and your kids), prepare bottles and lunches, make sure diaper bags and backpacks are packed and ready to grab on your way out the door, prepare the crock-pot dinner and store in the refrigerator.
    Wake up one full hour before your child does. This will allow you to workout, shower, get dressed, drink coffee, start the crock-pot, and get breakfast ready before the kids get moving. If you're completely ready before they wake up, you'll be able to focus on them and hopefully feel less stressed.
    Plan to arrive 30 minutes early. Although you'll probably never arrive anywhere 30 minutes early, this mindset of trying to arrive early will give you a better shot at showing up where you're supposed to be on time.

    Be sure to read my previous tips for new working moms. You'll find some great recipes and tips for exercising in the mornings before your kids wake up!

  • Smooth out your morning routine

  • Mai
  • posted by Mai

  • Honeymoons are the most relaxing part of your wedding. You're finally going away to enjoy some quality time alone after a hectic celebration. You want to go overseas, but you want to avoid the hassle of getting a passport and visa, and dread those long 14-hour flights. There are several places in the U.S. that are renowned for their beauty, and perfect for a memorable getaway just for the two of you. It's time to dip your toes in the waters of Key West, Florida, or take a hike along the San Miguel River in Southwest, Colorado, to enjoy a quiet picnic. These are just a couple of places to get you started, and plan your honeymoon without the fuss.

    Check out more of these hotspots that I found on Martha Stewart Weddings. Feel free to post any suggestions below in the comment section, as well. Have a happy honeymoon!

  • Honeymoon Hotspots in the USA

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