Do you compost? Composting has become very popular in our area and Denver’s Compost Collection Program has been a big driver for local households to jump onto the composting bandwagon. Perhaps you’ve seen the green carts in your neighborhood? Why Compost? You’ve done your part and you’ve reduced, reused and recycled, right? Now it’s time to start composting. I know composting is beneficial to our earth and helps reduce landfill waste, but it’s only recently that I’ve come to appreciate the true wonder that is composting.  Here are just some of the amazing benefits composting can bring to our earth and your garden: Trash Reduction.Read More →

Eek! It’s already the first week of April, and I haven’t even started my warm season seeds yet. Time to get crackin’! In the meantime, here are some steps YOU should be taking in your garden this month. Did you get your soil tested? If not, do it now. If you did, then you can start supplementing your soil to get it in its best shape. Consider adding in some compost to the soil- 1-2 inches will be sufficient. As you’re digging through, take out the old vegetable roots (my kids loved digging through the dirt last weekend and seeing how big the pumpkin andRead More →

I made it! I made it!  I made it through the Whole30. Honestly, I feel like I have so much more information about myself as a result of doing this little experiment. Here are some of my takeaways: Weight Loss Let’s be honest here. One of the biggest motivators for doing the Whole30 is weight loss. The number on the scale means something- at least according to all of the social media out there that’s ingrained a number in my head. With this experiment, I’ve lost 4 pounds….which when I saw the final number on the scale was a little disappointing. All that mindfulness andRead More →

  Phew! Well, here we are 21 days into this little experiment, and boy do I feel good. I’m feeling stronger than ever- I smashed through some personal records at the gym this past week. I haven’t had a surge of the “Tiger Blood” that the program talks about, but I definitely feel stronger and more in control of my body. The Lack of Appetite The program definitely talks about the lack of appetite that can happen in the third week. While at first blush it seems like a good idea to be eating less, it’s actually not ideal. I’m exercising and going about myRead More →

  I’m not going to lie…I totally thought I would’ve fallen off the wagon by now. I’m not one to try eating fads, which the Whole30 totally is. But here I am, 14 days later, still on the wagon and eating clean. Days 8-14 of Whole30 The Food Here’s what I’ve discovered so far. Sugar is in everything. There’s sugar in our meat (even the ones that say smoked!). There’s sugar in our sauces. Sugar lives everywhere. No wonder I had such a sweet tooth going into this little project. And here’s the icing on the cake (ha!): two weeks into this project and I’veRead More →

Here in Colorado, there’s plenty of areas with snow on the ponds are frozen over. With ski resorts reporting record levels of snow pack, soil and seed variety is the last thing on my mind. But believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about your Rocky Mountain garden once again. My part of Denver is considered to be in Zone 5b, but if you look at a plant hardiness map, you’ll see that different parts of the Front Range are in different zones. Some areas, including mine, seem to straddle between 5b and 6a, so figuring out what to do when can beRead More →

Dear Readers…I’ve been keeping a secret. My secret is that I started the Whole30 diet a little over a week ago and so far, it’s been really interesting to see how my body reacts. You’ve probably heard about Whole30 program- it’s a program started by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. The main gist of the Whole30 is to cut out certain foods like sugar, grains and dairy so that you can see what effect those foods have on your body.  Oh, and no alcohol for 30 days either. No alcohol +2 young kids= let’s just not talk about it. Why am I doing this? Well, IRead More →

  I inhaled and took a deep breath in this morning and now, six hours later, I feel like I’m just starting to exhale. We took our daughter into the ER this morning.  Last night, on our way home from gymnastics, my daughter tells me nervously and with a hint of fear in her voice that all the lights look blurry. I thought it was that glow around street lights that happens when it gets dark and didn’t really think too much of it. I was hoping that maybe she was just tired from a full day of fun and that it would go away. Read More →

You’ve purchased your bullet journal supplies and you’re ready to go. What’s next? Brainstorm Take 15 minutes to brainstorm what you want out of this journal. My brainstorming list included keeping track of books I want to read, restaurants I want to try, inspiring quotes, a way to keep track of what needs to be done not only today but also during the week, a gratitude journal, and a way to keep track of my progress on habits I’m trying to keep (and also those I’m trying to break!).  Other ideas include financial goals, school or work deadlines, or your bucket list. The options areRead More →

Bullet Journal

One of the secrets of getting more done is to make a TO DO List every day, keep it visible, and use it as a guide to action as you go through the day. -Jean De La Fontaine Perhaps you’re one of those people that has no idea what a Bullet Journal is. I know that was me 3 months ago. Or perhaps you’ve heard of it but have no idea where to begin. That was me 3 months ago as well. I’ve been doing something like Bullet Journaling for 3 months now and am happy to give a report and a vote for whyRead More →