2019 Garden Layout

This is the second year of the garden and it is quickly developing into the garden I always wanted. I had lofty goals for the year, and they are panning out just as I hoped. I love using The Old Farmers Almanac Garden Planner to plan the layout of the garden. This is an awesome resource that helps plan out what fits in the raised redwood garden beds, when to plant what, and when to transplant. It is such a fun tool to use in the Winter before the garden gets going in the Spring. I also love to plan the future expansion of the garden.

Here is a clearer PDF of the Garden layout

This garden provides us with around forty vegetables & herbs.

A future goal I have is to grow all the fruits and vegetables we eat. For now, with two young boys, my goals are to:

  • Immerse the kids in gardening and caring for the garden.
  • Introduce a variety of home grown fruits and vegetables- they seem to be more adventurous with their food choices when they take part in growing it.
  • Grow different varieties that we cannot find in our local super market.
  • Introduce Airbnbers to the garden and the varieties of plants we grow.
  • Grow a HUGE pumpkin!
  • Have fun, get messy, and reap the rewards.

Here is a clearer PDF of the Plant List

Follow along with me as we enter an awesome 2019 season. I plan on introducing the various fruits and vegetables we decided to grow in a later post. Stay tuned!

Everyone’s Cheerleader

Be everyone’s cheerleader.

I was a cheerleader in the traditional high school sense- pom poms, flips, and repetitive chants. I spent many days practicing and many evenings cheering at various high school sports events with cheesy smiles and poster board.

Looking back now I realize that I am still a cheerleader.

When someone tells me their idea, I’m not going to be the reason someone doesn’t follow through. I am not going to list all the reasons why I think their idea is crazy.

When our team is down and the other team has the ball, I am not on the sideline pointing out all the errors or faults in the game. Instead I am screaming “DEFENSE” “GET THAT BALL BACK”. After all, I’m not the Coach and I’m not the person in the bleachers that thinks I could do it better.

And when the basketball player is dribbling down the court in the direction of the basket about to score, I’m on the sidelines cheering for the slam dunk.

See when someone is down and heading in the wrong direction, I do not take it upon myself to be the Coach. I don’t know their game. What I can do is tell them to get on defense and understand that they are trying- grab life and get that ball back. After all, no one wants to lose the game intentionally. No one wants to suck. We all have dreams and aspirations- they may seem silly to others. Don’t dim their dream. If they want to be the next star in the NBA, why sit there and tell them all the reasons that isn’t going to happen. Don’t kill it for others. As long as they are on the court, they are making the effort to win.

Be someone’s cheerleader.

Be that person that tells them to keep running to the end-zone. Be that person that cheers when they get a touch down. Even though it wasn’t you that got the slam dunk, you can still be on their team. And when the player is making judgements that you don’t understand, ask yourself if you are their Coach or if you are their cheerleader.

Do you know their game well? Do you have authority to give tough love? Are you an expert in their life? We all need Coaches, but we also need cheerleaders. So if you are their cheerleader, make sure they have a Coach. Make sure they are on the court. Then support them and tell them the good you see. Don’t be the reason they feel bad about losing the game- help them get off the bench. Scream, “We are proud of you, say we are proud of you.” Chances are they are harder on themselves than you could ever be- don’t contribute to that negativity.

And when you are at the top of that pyramid-all eyes on you- remember it takes the strength of some pretty awesome people to lift you up there. When people below you are doing all the heavy lifting so you can be in the spotlight, be humble. Remember to pass the support on- be infectious with your spirit. Use the support you get and pay it forward. Acknowledge the people lifting you, because without them, your moves wouldn’t be seen.

Sending big smiles and spirit fingers,

Sabrina

*If you dove way too far into this analogy and are finding exceptions, criticisms and jokes— you’re probably that person that goes to high school football games voicing your opinion loudly from the comfort of your last row bleacher seat. We all know how you could play a better game in your day.

California Homestead

We’re back!

We were given the opportunity to move back to California and live in my childhood home. To move again wasn’t a decision we took lightly. In the end to be close to our family, have our kids grow up and attend the same schools we did, all while keeping & renting out our home in Texas was the best decision both financially and emotionally that we could make for our family. It’s been a stressful couple weeks, but we are where we should be.

I have dreams, lists, and plans for our adventure. For now I am waiting for the rain to end so my husband and I can get to building.
The seeds have been purchased and the garden has been planned.

25 Christmas Traditions

25 Christmas Traditions
December traditions to keep the holiday spirit alive.

Traditions are important to me. Since my Grandma passed away I feel like there has been a shift. She never got to meet my kids and never got to see me as a mother. Traditions shifted. Now my mom is the Grandma, and I am the mom.

New traditions are now blended with our old traditions.

I found this list from Country Living Magazine and I am set on incorporating these activities into our December Holiday Season.

Click here, for a copy of Christmas Traditions to download a copy for your family.

Homemade Halloween Costume

Check out these Power Rangers Megaforce dudes!

We purchased our son’s Halloween costume at the local thrift store and he really wanted his dad to be a power ranger too. I was not down to spend $45 on a costume for a couple hours walking in the cold. So I through this together.

First I printed the mask from here:

https://lifeshehas.com/super-mega-power-rangers-printable-coloring-masks/

I colored this mask in and ran it through my laminator. Added a string to wrap around his head.

Then I purchased a $6 red Hanes Sweatshirt from Walmart. I cut it down the middle and put duct-tape on the seam.

I spray painted an old belt gold.

I wrapped my husbands ankles with red and silver duct-tape over his black sweatpants.

He wore a black shirt.

Perfection!

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Miss Sabby Knits

Check out these cuties modeling for my Etsy store, Miss Sabby Knits. I have been knitting since college. I have a whole bin of things I’ve knitted throughout the years. I’ve sold on Etsy years ago, but this time I’m doing it for a hobby. I’ll be adding items as I knit them. I’ve decided that the one thing that everyone loves is a good winter hat. So, I’ve decided to sell “The Winter Hat” with the customizable embellishment. Check it out!

One of my favorite knitting patterns was inspired by a pattern I found for free on Ravelry. Read about it here.

Also, I am not a photographer. HOWEVER… I did take these pictures of my boys with my iphone and I love the way they turned out. Here is what I did if you want to achieve the same look:

  • Purchase a chunky knit hat. You can purchase the one my boys are wearing in my Etsy store here.
  • set a chair (mine was a white wooden chair) by a window with natural light.
  • set kid in chair without the light (sun beams) directly on their face or body.
  • say cheese 🙂
  • use the “photoshop express” app (adobe PS express)
  • filter the photo with “HicontrastBW”
  • admire your cuties!