I'm a frugal gal. And there are few pleasures in life that I deem worthy of a splurge; but stellar shampoo, great chocolate and a few fabulous knives are three of them. At our house, we eat tons of vegetables and I bet you do too. The latest stats suggest that we need to be eating a whopping ten servings of veggies per day for optimal health. Ten! But prep work is real work that takes up serious amounts of time. Use the wrong knife and you'll waste endless hours hacking away at your winter squash in frustration, or worse, put a gash in your finger. You need the right tools for the job. So if you haven't met WÜSTHOF then it's time you did. Confession, I only own two of their knives, a vegetable and a paring knife. They are the only ones I ever lay my hands on when food prepping. Ever. Like the perfect pen in the hand is a WÜSTHOF knife to the touch. Ideal. This is why I'm thrilled to have teamed up with them and for your chance to win one of their stupendous knives (8" Vegetable Knife - 4563-7/20) valued at $170! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. SOMETHING NEW FOR SPRING! YOU CAN EARN ONE ENTRY PER DAY JUST BY SHARING THIS POST! Let us know that you have entered by telling us anything about your food prep routine!
White is fresh, crisp and clean. It's revival and newness. It's that clean laundry scent wafting over from your neighbors' house...or maybe that's the bacon smell? Oh well. White is underestimated. Some people even think it's boring. Think plain vanilla ice cream with no hot fudge or sprinkles. But brides wear white and weddings aren't typically boring, especially with all the behind-the-scenes drama going on. But I digress. A good dose of white makes every other plant in your garden pop, like those colored sprinkles on vanilla ice cream. They highlight. That's what we're aiming for. Pinks, blues and yellows next to white plants, what could be more lovely or suggestive of spring? That's why we're talking about specific white plants today that you might want added to your garden. Not sure what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but here, although chilly, we are seeing bulbs peeking up from the ground like buried treasure. This is my must-have white list for your spring garden.
How often do you look up at a ceiling? I guess you mostly notice one when it's in sad shape. That pretty much summed up our basement ceiling. The ugly and dated 60's paneling was falling down all over the place. The space was in shambles. So in our efforts to revamp the basement, we had to consider it. But it is just a basement after all; a playroom not a showroom. So Tom decided to go for an industrial look. This meant stripping out all the remaining paneling, installing LED lights, and painting the ceiling black! Shocking....sort of. I thought it would look awful. To my relief the opposite happened. It looks awesome! Manually painting the ceiling with all those nooks and crannies? That would be time consuming and time is too valuable. So we linked up with HomeRight who sent us their Power-Flo Pro 2800 Airless Paint Sprayer to test out and are thrilled you can win this fabulous product valued at $300! Because this sprayer was made to paint the outside of your residence now! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. SOMETHING NEW FOR SPRING! YOU CAN EARN ONE ENTRY PER DAY JUST BY SHARING THIS POST! Let us know that you have entered by telling us any project you are currently working on and how you many entries you've earned. Thanks!
Tom gets on these health kicks. That's not a problem but it does influence what we eat around here. Plus having two small kids and a baby on the way makes eating a healthy diet even more of a priority. Enter the smoothie world. Enter Ninja. Like peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin. Snoopy and Charlie. You can't have one without the other. No smoothie without a Ninja. It does the job and does the job best. Period. That's why I have used a Ninja for so many years. We love smoothies because you can't mess them up....right? A few berries, a little chocolate protein, yogurt and those delightful frozen bananas. What could possibly go wrong? In fact, there's plenty of nights when I haven't wanted to cook so smoothies it is again for dinner. But it gets even better because a Nutri Ninja can actually make dinner. It can whip up snacks, full meals, desserts, drinks and appetizers just by hitting the button. This is why I've been such a Ninja fan for so many years. Simplicity. You should try one too!
Today, I'm back on my plant platform. What can I say? I need plants. You need plants. Where you live plays a big roll in how soon you can grow outdoors (where are you from by the way...)? We have long and bleak winters here in Buffalo, NY. Holiday decor from Hobby Lobby does help but only up to a point. And I've read over and over again how working with plants increases positive mood, self-esteem, feeling of calm and optimism, and gives a sense of stability. Sounds a lot cheaper than therapy to me. Just like having a cat, NASA studies have indicated that plant people have tested for lower blood pressure and heart rate. Not too shabby. So if you missed part I of my must-have plant series, you'll want to start here. Otherwise, keep reading to learn what other plants you need to get your hands on soon to boost your morale!
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Buffalo, NY. I consider myself a lifelong learner who loves gardening with a 360 degree view. Thanks for stopping by!
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