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It is no secret to many that I am a horrible sleeper and I love my food, having a garden has helped. Almost 7 years ago, I became a single Mom. I was okay with it. It was a new journey that I was happy to take. Why? I was a very depressed person. Not happy with my life and I had gained a lot of weight. I was over 250 lbs when this chapter began. Over the course of the years, I managed to lose 50 pounds. This was a big accomplishment for me because I didn’t think I could do it. Stress is an amazing weight loss tool. Not that I recommend doing it that way. Over time I gained a few pounds back.
Currently I have hit that weight loss wall. I will be 40 next year and I know it gets harder to lose it as we women get older. I got to the point where I just ignored it. Out of sight out of mind, right? That just wasn’t working for me.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently started Thrive. I am currently on Day 5 and feeling great. I haven’t gone back to bed in 5 days and I am excited to see where this takes me. With the balance of sleeping and moving twice as much during the day, I am hopeful. Wish me luck!
With all of my new-found energy, I started to focus on my garden. I am determined to have an amazing crop this year. Last year we had a lot of cucumbers but nothing else really seemed to thrive. (See what I did there? Completely unintentional lol) So, I decided that I wanted to do raised beds. The ground moles got under the garden and ripped my root vegetables to shreds. I pulled up my radishes with such joy, only to find them chomped on. Very disappointing.
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The other day I told you about our adventures with being a first time gardener. As I mentioned earlier, it has been a complete learning process. The garden has been growing since Mid-May and it seems never-ending. Not that I am complaining but, wow!
I didn’t think about planting everything according to how long it would take to reach harvest time. I also didn’t factor in the fact that we planted 3 vine plants. Yep! So our pumpkins, watermelon and cucumbers are taking over the yard. We try to redirect them but, you can’t always catch it in time. The pumpkin vines will root themselves into the ground and many times, it’s too late. You just have to suck it up and let it run. read the rest of this entry »
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One thing I have always wanted to do was have a garden. While I am extremely picky about fruits and vegetables, I love the idea of picking, and preparing, fresh produce for my family. So, we took the plunge and made a garden. I should say, I made a cute pouty face at Patrick and he got right to tilling our yard! Yea, we will go with that, he got right on it. We laid down some 2x4x10 pieces of wood in the yard and the tilling template was born. Yep, that was it.
Then, it was too late. I had this big patch of dirt in my yard and it was real. I was going to have a garden! I clearly didn’t think it through because then I sat and thought, ” What the heck am I going to plant in there?!” Off to the garden store I went. Once I saw the price of fruits and vegetables that were already starting to grow, on to the seed isle I went. read the rest of this entry »
Spring is here! If you are like me that means planting! Gardening is one of my absolute favorite hobbies. Anyone can plant some seeds or bulbs, anyone dig up an already established garden and replant it in their own yard. I like to get involved in my garden and the boys love it too. I always wondered if they would eat certain vegetables if they actually grew them on their own. Well this year I am putting that to the test with the Growums Garden Kits. We are planting the seeds to help get them more into gardening and on the path to healthy eating.
According to the American Gardening Association, 98 percent of kids who grow their own vegetables, eat them so I am hopeful! Now Growums gives kids the tools they need to get started with specially-themed garden kits that combine learning and fun with an unique and exciting online educational experience to grow vegetables and herbs; all with a little help from a colorful cast of herb and vegetable characters!
- Though there may be other gardening kits on the market labeled for children, this is the only kit known to offer an interactive platform. The characters enhance the entire gardening experience with a fun and entertaining approach that instills the healthy eating habits so important in the struggle against childhood obesity.
- Kids can choose from six fun kits including Herb Garden, Pizza Garden, Salad Garden, Stir-fry Garden, Taco Garden and Ratatouille Garden to grow a real garden with virtual world fun. Each garden kit features unique, magical coco or peat pellets that make planting and growing practically foolproof.
- Kids start by going to http://www.growums.com/ to register their garden and follow the colorful characters in a virtual garden world that shows them how to care for their vegetables. This animated step-by-step series of mini videos are updated every ten days with tips on what to expect next and how to care for the seedlings. With a little help and information from Tomicio the tomato, Frank Cilantro, Belle Peppa, Ice Berg the lettuce wrapper and, of course, Elvis Parsley and more; in a matter of weeks kids will be able to harvest fresh vegetables and herbs to create nutritious meals. Weekly emails also alert children to next steps and explain topics including watering, weeding, growth cycles and more.
- Healthy eating is a key component in the battle against childhood obesity. The Growums program:
- Gives children a life-changing experience, teaching them that they can grow their own food and help the environment, as well as emphasize the importance of healthy eating
- Gives them gardening knowledge and shows them the skills it takes to become a successful gardener – no matter what their age
- Gives kids a chance to have fun quality time with their parents, siblings and grandparents in the garden
- And offers them unique online play with colorful cartoon characters that transform gardening into a fun and entertaining experience
- Growums are available online and at independent garden centers across the country as well as for use as fundraisers. For every Growums garden kit purchased through a fundraiser, a generous portion goes to the child’s school or organization and the company donates a portion of proceeds to feed needy children.
These little kits are just amazing. As you can see from our Cucumbers below, they are growing like crazy! This is part of the Salad kit. I have never see anything grow this fast. It was so simple to get them planted it really took us less than 15 minutes to plant 2 kits. We did have some seeds not grow at all but like the package suggests, we replanted in 10 days. It has been a long time since I have been able to have a vegetable garden and I am so excited to see this one growing. The boys are not big on vegetables but they are so excited to try everything that they are growing. I will do a follow up on this once we have vegetables coming in!
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