Hello! How was your week? Ours started with a whirlwind trip to Portland last weekend where we saw family, enjoyed a high school musical (The Little Mermaid), visited with friends, and generally got our people fix for the week!
It was fun, for sure, but this introvert needed her down-time when we got home. Thankfully, it’s been a glorious week here, weather-wise, with sun and warmer afternoon temps (though the mornings have been near freezing). It just makes me want to spend a few minutes in the garden, cleaning up and cutting back. And seeing the new chartreuse shoots springing to life among the early blooms is basically soul-refreshing to me. Ah, early spring – I think it’s my favorite time in the garden!
On to this week’s three things (Note: the links I provide are often affiliate links, though not always):
Here’s some proof of that glorious weather I mentioned. It’s been hard not to be out in the garden more, but work and life still goes on, right? And now in addition to the crocus and hellebores, the early daffodils are blooming! Sigh – such a pretty, happy sight.
I was able to get one bed cleaned up – the iris bed which was in desperate need of dividing and saving from grass that was threatening to take it over. I divided about half of the iris, but the other half will have to wait until next year, I think. For now, this will get a topping of compost and we’ll call it good. There are lots more garden areas that needs attention!
I received another order from ThredUP – this time a Banana Republic button down and J.Crew t-shirt (new with tags!). I’ve never really had clothes from these companies before and the quality of these basics was noticeable from the first time I held them. I’m just loving the ThredUP experience and being able to find clothes like this at cheap prices!
Since it’s an online thrift store type of shopping experience, I’m finding that it works best to occasionally (once a week or so) scroll through the areas where I’m looking for something to fill a hole in my closet. In this case, I needed a black button down and gray/charcoal crew-neck tee. I also have been looking for a Little Black Dress that meets my stringent requirements (longer short sleeves, higher neck, knee-length = HARD to find in a sea of sleeveless, too-short dresses…sigh) and a tote bag. Having a general idea of what I am looking for helps refine the search in ThredUp so it doesn’t seem overwhelming. Of course if I have time, it’s fun to just scroll through new arrivals, too! (psst, you can go here to get $ to spend on your first order and then share with your friends to get referral $, too.)
Have you guys tried hemp seeds yet? Brian thought I was crazy when I first brought them home and it took him a few months before he tried them. Guess what? Now he puts them on his morning granola just like I do, right along with the chia seeds. The difference with hemp seeds is that they really taste good, unlike the chia seeds that don’t really have a flavor- I love the flavor they add to the granola!
Why am I buying them? It’s just another way to pack more nutrition into our regular daily meals:
hemp contains a well-rounded and balanced nutritional profile: 2 tablespoons contains 6 grams of fat (including 882 milligrams of ALA), 2 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein. One unique characteristic of hemp seeds is that they contain all essential amino acids—something uncommon with plant protein sources.
So along with chia seeds and flaxmeal, I’m including hemp in our staple foods to increase our omega-3s and healthy fats. They are easy to add to granola, cereal/oatmeal, granola-protein bites, granola bars, in smoothies, or sprinkled on salads. Flaxmeal works well in baked goods and salmon patties.
Have you added any of these seeds to your diets?
This shade garden isn’t cleaned up yet, but I had to show you all how wonderful it is when the brunnera all start to bloom! We see this from both our French doors and kitchen sink, and even though it’s at the back of our yard, the blue blossoms just seem to glow. And they will keep blooming into June. LOVE it.
The common green-leaved Brunnera tends to be a bit of a reseeder (I hate to say invasive, since they’re not that bad, but I do have to ‘weed’ them out each year…), but the varigated “Jack Frost” Brunnera (on the left above) doesn’t reseed at all. If you don’t have them, but have a place of dry shade (basically under any tree), GET THIS PLANT. You will not regret it.
Links To Check Out:
Welcome spring with the fun Love Your Home Challenge for March starting Sunday, Feb. 28.
Yummy-looking Japanese beef & rice bowls (we’ve been loving rice bowls lately!)
Hilarious lounge-singer presentation of Yahoo Answers.
The power of paint yet again, this time in a bathroom makeover.
Adorable old suitcase makeover.
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