Monday, August 22, 2016

Asher Dean

Our first little grandson was born August 19, 2016.

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I have to say he is a little cutie pie!

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Our son Jake, Grandma Mindy and Grandpa Rusty

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Great Grandparents, Jim and Barb.

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Four generation photo.

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Got to have a picture of Mama Jackie too! 

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We sure are enjoying him, so much fun!!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Lavender Gardens

Had a great time picking lavender today at Moonstone Lavender Gardens  in Thurman, Iowa.  Thank you Marcia, for taking my picture.  Now I have proof I was actually there lol !   I’m usually behind the camera.

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I had bees and butterflies right there beside me helping me out!

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You had to be careful and not step on any Wee Folk.

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If you took a notion, you could stop and take a break any time and play  checkers with Mr. Butterfly.

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Couldn’t pass up this wonderful smelling tea. They have a shop there full of all kinds of lavender goodness…too many to mention.

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Go and smell the Lavender!

Mindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fun Purchases

It’s been awhile since I picked up some of these fun items but wanted to share them with you. Target has a lot of neat things anymore. Found this cute kitchen towel on sale none the less.

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Fell in love with this sign from Hobby Lobby, again at a bargain price!  After all it is very important to know whether the kitchen is open or not!

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A new place for me that I am finding I like (maybe that’s not a good thing) is T.J. Maxx  Had to have this reusable shopping bag and…

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this marked down coffee mug!

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Always a good feeling when you find a good product at a good price!  I’m finding myself really starting to like the lighter “farmhouse” look. 

Mindy

Monday, July 25, 2016

More Flowers

Just love photographing flowers.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Herbs

I’ve become really interested in herbs this year.  Didn’t know which ones to buy so I just bought a few that were more popular.  I’m just learning as I go. I’ve already figured out the ones I want to get next year and the ones I don’t. Here is some basil ….

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and here it is once I dried it. Hopefully I will have more and I can get my jar filled.

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I also planted some lavender. It has a calming scent and promotes relaxation. There are numerous ways to use lavender.

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This is lemon balm and it smells amazing!  It can be used in teas, salads, fish dishes. You can freeze fresh leaves in ice cubes for use in beverages. Dried leaves can be used in potpourris. I hung some up to dry.

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This is Rosemary.  It is an aromatic herb  most often used in cooking but the scent is great in air fresheners and aromatherapy. Mine hasn’t gotten very big, but my friend clipped a few sprigs off of hers for me and it has since dried.  In 2013, British researchers found that people that sniffed rosemary essential oil increased their chances of remembering the things on their to-do lists by 75%!  Hey….what do you have to lose?!

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Here is Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) .  It smells wonderful too! Pineapple sage leaves can be used dried or fresh. The leaves may be steeped for teas. It will bloom in late summer, early fall.  The flowers of this plant will be intense red.

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Herbs have been around a long time and they can be food, medicine or decoration.  I believe there is a lot of benefits in using them.  I never use to be much on gardening except for flowers, but now I’m trying to create a healthier home and lifestyle. I have a long ways to go and I’m just taking baby steps but at least I think I’m headed in the right direction.

Mindy

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Little Miracles

Every time I look at a flower, I mean really look at it,  I’m in such awe at what a miracle it truly is.

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Ooops!  Not a flower, but a miracle just the same!

Mindy