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Perfectly Imperfect Life..........

Monday, July 15, 2019

20 Great Deck Ideas to take Summer Entertaining to the Next Level


HomeBNC has done a feature on
20 Great Deck Ideas to take Summer Entertaining to the Next Level
and has included mine!
Look for #12


Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

International Drop a Rock Day and Scatter Kindness ~ #sktrkndns ~ WW

The 4th year of International Drop a Rock Day, an original idea by the Word Rocks Project to bring people all around the globe together.

On July 3rd 2019, people from all over the world, many of whom belong to rock painting groups, will paint and hide rocks for others to find.

What’s special about the rocks hidden on International Drop a Rock Day is that they all have the same message. The theme this year is “Harmony.” Harmony is the ability to be in peace with others.

The purpose of painting and hiding a “Harmony” rock is to remind others that we can work together to create a better future. By sharing a simple message – harmony – you have the opportunity to be a positive influence in someone’s life.

Finding a painted rock by chance might just be the reminder that lifts the finder’s spirits and increases their joy. A simple act of kindness can make a powerful impact.

Happy rock painting, hiding and possibly finding!


Hidden 😊

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Hidden 😏

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Found by Ingrid T.C.
on May 9, 2019


''Found this gem while tying purple ribbons for 
Relay For Life Tracy-Mountain House 
Paint the Town Purple! #sktrkndns''

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Found by Andrea M. C.
on May 17, 2019



''Found this outside our Allergists #sktrkndns''

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Found by Sherry A.
on May 31, 2019


''Found this rock near the Turlock surgery center''

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A branch of The Kindness Rock Project

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Feed Your Worms!


Don't forget to feed your worms!
Now you probably think I'm crazy, but your garden will appreciate it.
We all know I love to garden. I try to keep it as organic as possible. Hate putting chemicals on my plants...that includes chemical fertilizer.
I don't have the room for a compost pile 
or the time or energy to tend to it...
so I do my "lazy woman gardener" style =)
What I do...
I have a big metal bowl 
that sits next to my kitchen sink.
(you can find something much prettier, I'm sure =))

To it I add fruit, vegetable peelings and trimmings, egg shells, coffee grounds, veggies or fruit past its prime, etc. throughout the day.


Please DO NOT include meat or dairy items.
They are not beneficial to the garden.

When I get a chance I go out into my gardens and 
look for a spot in which to bury these....
a bare spot or near, 
but not next to a plant - so I don't disturb its roots.



I dig several small/medium holes, 
fill with scraps until my collection is gone.
It also depends how much I have in my bowl.
 Sometimes I'm in a hurry and 
just dig a big hole for all of it...
but it takes longer for it to decompose. 



Make sure the hole is deep enough to replace the dirt
 you removed. After all, you don't want to attract unwelcome critters. 


Tamp down the dirt on top well. I even step on it to be sure it's nice and compacted. Your done!
You've just fed your worms and in turn your plants.

Your Earthworms will come along, eat all these yummies up, then leave their castings (poop aka fertilizer) and even aerate your soil. Your plants will absolutely love this. I have been doing this for years,  it's a tried and true method.


A portion of my garden

And it's FREE!
AND if you're lucky you may just have a
 few volunteer plants pop up!
I have volunteer tomatoes, cucumbers and 
potatoes this year  =)

If you don't want to do the whole collection thing,
here are few plants that do well with certain scraps.

Roses love Bananas!



Bananas have calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sulfur just to mention a few of their nutrients.
Bury the whole peel about an inch below the soil at the base of the plant.

Camellias, Azaleas, and Tomatoes love Egg Shells!



Dry and coarsely crumble the shells,



 mix lightly with the soil or just sprinkle on top.
Eggshells provide calcium and magnesium. 
An added bonus if you sprinkle them on top of the soil  ~  slugs and snails are discouraged from getting to your plants because the shells are too sharp for them to crawl over.

So save those veggie and fruit scraps for your garden!




Your plants will love you for it =)


Now go feed your worms!!!

Plants from my garden and garden related items are available in my Etsy Shop ♥


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Monday, June 17, 2019

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Homemade Spa Favorites

Energizing Coffee Body Scrub

There are some well known coffee scrub benefits.
A great exfoliating scrub to use on a regular basis.
It's also rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup fresh ground coffee
1/2 cup sugar, raw, brown or white (your preference)
3/4 cup carrier oil (almond, coconut, jojoba, or olive oil)
3-4 Vitamin E softgels 

Directions:
Mix coffee, sugar and oil in glass mixing bowl until well combined.
Puncture Vitamin E softgels and add to bowl.
Gently mix again.


Store in a cool, dark place in clean glass container.


This scrub can be used on hands and body, but 
do not use on open wounds or irritated skin.
Rinse off after using.

This scrub can absorb oil;
 to make the scrub wetter add more oil and stir.
4-6 uses.


Fun Bath Bombs 

These are fun to make with your child, or even to give as gifts.
Keep in mind humidity may make these bath bombs absorb moisture from the air. So keep in airtight container.
Should moisture reach them and they turn to powder,
 they can still be used when not in bath bomb shape!

Ingredients:
5 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 Tablespoon shea butter
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup citric acid
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup Epsom salt
15-20 drops essential oil (your choice)
1 teaspoon water
a couple drops of food coloring (if desired)

Directions:
Place a glass bowl on top of a pan with 2-3 inches of water to create a double boiler.  Add coconut and shea butter to the bowl. Bring water to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Stir gently. Remove from heat and add essential oil. Stir gently. In another bowl add baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, Epsom Salt and food coloring (if desired); whisk to combine.


Slowly mix the liquid using your hands, adding 1 Tablespoon at a time to dry ingredients. (Do this step slowly so you do not activate the citric acid) 


As you are kneading and mixing, the mixture should start to lump and stick together.  Pack into molds and let set and dry 24-36 hours. 


Approx. 10 uses.

TIP:
You don't have to buy special molds, muffin pans make good substitutes! 

 


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