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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Miracle-Gro Gardenieres

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Did you ever wish you had someone to guide you through gardening. We've been at our home for more than a year now, and I have a front and back yard that I've yet to try my green thumb on because I just can't figure out where to start or what I want. Enter the Miracle-Gro Gardenieres. Gardenieres are real life gardening enthusiants sharing their tips and tricks. 

The Miracle-Gro Facebook page has lots of projects and you can share and read stories from others. I figured I better start with the basics, so I checked out the Container Gardening 101 post. I will more than likely be planting things in containers and putting them outside, rather than planting in the actual ground at first... it just  makes me feel like I have more control lol. In the post Chris Cerveny explains how to use the Expand n' Gro planting mix. 

For potting projects the top Miracle-Gro products, especially for growing plants through the fall are: 

Miracle-Gro Potting Mix - feeds plants continuously for up to six months and helps improve drainage and air flow. 

Miracle-Gro Liquafeed - feeds plants through leaves leaves and roots. Great for flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs. 



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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Our Super Awesome 3rd Wedding Anniversary Date

Hubs and I have been trying to go to Linvilla Orchards for about two years. Last year we planned to go for our second wedding anniversary, but I ended up having rehearsals for a show, so we couldn't. This year when he asked what I wanted to do for our third anniversary I didn't hesitate in requesting to finally have our trip to Linvilla. 
Their tagline is "I love that place." and rightfully so. We had an awesome time. Our date included: 
  • A hayride through the farm
  • Marshmallow roasting

  • Apple cider
  • A snack trip filled with fried Oreos and apple fritters 
  • A trip to their market where we purchased: apple cider, a candy apple, a pumpkin pie, pumpkin seeds, vanilla fudge, apple butter, and candy sticks. 

Two things there are a lot of at Linvilla during fall season: pumpkins and people

More scenery pics

3-years and counting :-D

I think this may be my favorite anniversary thus far. :-)


Monday, October 22, 2012

Pride on my Head

I have a hard time being proud of myself. It's something I often talk to myself about in my journal. I generally don't think of being proud of something until someone else points it out as being pride worthy. This isn't to say I'm always beating myself up, rather, I don't praise myself enough. 

This weekend I did something I'm very proud of. I installed yarn twist extensions all by myself! I haven't had extensions in a long while. Part of the reason is extensions with artificial hair can run about $120-$200 for the price of the hair and the service of the braider. Starting Friday night I took it upon myself (after watching many YouTube tutorials) to install extensions with plain old knitting yarn, myself. So we're talking $200 vs. the $2.99 I paid for the yarn. It took me 10 hours, and I must admit by Saturday morning I was TIRED of braiding/twisting, but I was determined to finish what I started and I did. 

When I first finished. Can you see the accomplishment in my face? lol

Hubs and I on our supper awesome 3rd wedding anniversary date to Linvilla Orchard. 

This is what I'm pretty sure will be my staple style while I wear these. Rolled and pinned in the front, out in the back. 

Close up: 

What have you done recently that you are proud of?


Monday, October 15, 2012

Is Supporting a Presidential Candidate is Tacky?

While "tumbling" yesterday I came across these two pictures (original source): 

Which were followed by this commentary: 

The Consequences Of Sign Stealing of the Day: Seems legit.
I feel like this really demonstrates a fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives.
One the one hand you have people who will just replace the sin and remind you that that means they’ll be donating more money to the campaign and on the other hand you have someone threatening to shoot you.
difference between the US and normal people: we don’t put yard signs up in the first place what even
i mean seriously america
what are you doing
and why
seriously why are americans so goddamn tacky 
i mean really
yard signs 
it’s so vulgar
the same with those stickers or whatever on cars.
why, America, whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?

The first thing that caught my eye was the commentary about the differences between Obama supporters and Romney supporters based on their reaction to sign-stealing. But then I was literally taken aback by the notion  that Americans putting political signs in their yards is TACKY and VULGAR; the same being said for bumper stickers.  

Being American, I've never thought twice about yard signs or bumper stickers being unfavorable. I have an Obama-Biden bumper sticker on my truck. A visual representation of political affiliation seems normal to me. 

What do YOU think? Do you find bumper stickers, yard signs, t-shirts, etc. representing a political party vulgar or tacky?


Saturday, October 13, 2012

My Very First Blessing

The older I get the more I can genuinely say I was blessed since birth. My first and greatest blessing was being born into the family I was born into. I couldn't have asked for a better upbringing. I have a loving family and had so many great experiences before I was even 18.

So many people have tumultuous relationships with their family members and I'm so greatfull to have never had to deal with that. Even connecting in the recent years with my father's side of the family after a very long time (through the magic of Facebook! Lol) has proven to just give me more amazing and loving people I can call my family.

I've even been blessed with great in-laws, not to mention a great husband. My family and I get along great with my husband's family. None of the traditional in-law strife at all.

My greatest blessing is my family. What's yours? 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Why are the arts dying?

Are they dying? It feels like it. As an arts marketer and a performer it really feels like pulling teeth to get people in the doors to see a great show... a phenomenal show at times. Theaters are closing, arts organizations are folding, and more and more artists are expected to work for free, because the value in art isn't seen or able to translate into dollars. 

Some say it's price point resistance, but I feel like it may be a genuine lack of interest. What causes that? It is because arts are being cut from schools so children don't grow up with a reverence for live arts anymore? Is it because we can be easily entertained in our homes by devices and see no need for the arts as a form of entertainment anymore? Money may be a factor, but I've had free events with just a sprinkling of audience members. 

Even those who are interested in the arts don't make an effort to consume them. Even I am guilty of not making the effort I could. I'll let tiredness, or time, or money, or transportation be a hindrance in seeing shows. Sometimes I'd rather just relax after a long day or long week. Maybe that will be my New Years Resolution: See More Shows. I need to put my money (and time, and comfortability) where my mouth is. I've mentioned some of this before, but I really need to step my game up and do all I can do for the industry I love. 

shout out to my journal for inspiring me to write this post lol

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thankful Thursday: 10/4/12


A few weeks ago I announced on my Twitter that I had received some awesome news and an awesome opportunity but I wasn't sharing the details yet... well now I am lol. 

I was chosen by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance as one of only three people who they are sending on scholarship to the National Arts Marketing Conference in Charlotte, NC in November. That is conference fees, airfare, and hotel, at no expense!  As an arts marketer this is a huge opportunity for me to go, learn, and network. I am so thankful to have been chosen. I'm both excited and nervous for my first ever trip by myself where I will be by myself at my destination and my first ever work related travel. 

Also on my thankful list, this past weekend we converted one of our spare bedrooms into my Walk.In.Closet. Woot! I am thankful for the means to own a home and a husband to help me put together Ikea furniture to create a walk in closet in it. :-D


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fall = Tights and Leggings

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of No nonsense. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you've read my blog in the fall at any time during my blogging career you know that in the fall I love warm beverages, scarves, knit hats, and tights/leggings. Because of the latter, I was super excited last week when I came home to a package with No nonsense tights and leggings to review. 

I like to think of myself as stylish. I like comfortable, but cute, clothes. I received the tights in black and paired them with my favorite (and only lol) bubble hem dress and boots: 

Here is a close up of the pattern: 

I really like the tights. They are durable. I didn't feel like I was going to poke my finger through them when putting them on. Definitely good quality. 

In the leggings I received the color "Cobblestone." I paired them with a basic tunic:


And here is a close up of the corduroy texture: 

I really liked these as well. They are warm, and because of the corduroy texture they are more "pants like" than just basic leggings, so I didn't feel uncomfortable wearing them without a longer shirt or tunic. 

I'm definitely happy with the quality of both the tights and the leggings, so I'll have to invest in some funkier colors. No nonsense products are available at many food and drug stores, and mass retailers. Good quality for a good price and accessibility = a *thumbs up* for me. You can see all the No nonsense varieties and style tips via No nonsense on Facebook and Twitter. 

No nonsense very recently began a partnership with style expert Jill Martin. As the new brand ambassador, Jill will be featured in a series of online vignettes that show women how to wear the latest trends in tights and leggings. She will also be providing tips via social media. She calls colorful tights "lipstick for the legs" which I found very clever lol

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

AIDS Walk/Run Philly - Support Team Love

Sunday, October 21st will be the 26th annual AIDS Walk Philly, Delaware Valley's largest annual HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising event. I have joined Team Love as a walker and supporter of the event and AIDS awareness. I know that at this point in time a lot of people go along with the mantra "AIDS isn't a death sentence any more. They have medicine that keeps people alive for years now." Yes, major advances have been made, but does that mean we shouldn't be educated on how to avoid HIV/AIDS and do what we can to stop the spread of the virus? 

Some facts from the Aids Walk Website: 
  • Every 9½ minutes, someone is infected with HIV.
  • 1 in 5 people with HIV does not know it.
  • One third of all new HIV infections are among young adults under the age of 29.
  • There are approximately 1.2 million people living with HIV disease.
  • Since the first AIDS case was diagnosed in 1981, over 600,000 Americans have died of AIDS, more than all the U.S. combat deaths since the beginning of World War I.
  • Nearly half of the people infected with HIV in the U.S. are not receiving medical care.
I humbly ask for your sponsorship of me, Team Love, and support of AIDS Walk/Run Philly. DONATE whatever you can, every cent helps. 
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