Saturday, March 24, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts®. All opinions are 100% mine.
This year I want to try to get my grass going strong. As you know I love my vegetable garden, and my flowers, but the grass in my house is a mess. My husband was supposed to be in charge of that! he was supposed to do the fertilizing, mowing etc. Well, he did the mowing last year, but somehow forgot to do the fertilizing and the weed treatments!! As a result, we ended up with bold patches, weeds and just not green enough grass. To top it all up, I tried to remedy the situation by applying the last step of the Scotts system in the fall. Well I did it wrong and my rotary spreader broke and all the fertilizer went into a patch of grass..... it got all burned..... sad grass, that is what I have.
Now, I will make it into happy grass. You know me... when I get determine to do something I do it!. For starters I have my eyes on a new system from Scotts called the Scotts® Snap® Spreader System. I saw it on their website and it looks very easy. It has a bag that locks into the spreader and voila. You walk and it spreads! No mess, no overflow, no heavy lifting of crazy bags. I sooo need it. Here is one of the testimonials that convinced me.
I also joined their Snap perks on Facebook - Maybe I am lucky and win the $25 instant prize so I can buy the equipment - they do have a couple of big prizes too - a trip to a game and a ride mower, but I am not interested on that! I just want the Snap System to review and to use and to get my grass in check!
Well let's see, if I win or convince Scotts people to let me try it, you will be getting the detailed reports of how to use it and how it works. If I do not win, you will have to go to their website and see it there! and I may just return to my crazy bags.... I still have some left over from last year - I am so hoping that I may not need to use them!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
I was travelling for work with some colleagues, it was quite interesting. There were 6 of us in the trip, and we looked like the United Nations! 3 Americans (1 living in the UK), 1 French (living in the US), 1 British (living in in France) and 1 Venezuelan. Each one of us with a fantastic story to tell. How did we end up all living in so far away from home? and how do we cope with it? How do we get our kids to speak English, French, Spanish?
So well it looks like there are still so many more things to try - we all tried the music, the pretend we do not understand unless they speak in our native language, the TV, books, you name it. But there were things that some of us have tried that others have not. I will be posting some of the new ideas during the next few weeks, but here is idea #1 - my favorite so far and one that I will start this weekend.
Go shopping with your kids. Some of us do this routinely (I do not!) My husband and I divide and conquer and one of us goes shopping while the other entertains the kids - this makes the shopping trips efficient and FAST!! However, it made us miss some bonding time as well as important teaching time. Yeap - teaching time. And here is how.
Grocery Shopping: Go around the supermarket and every time you grab something to put in your cart let the kids know the item name in Spanish - they may know some of them but surely they will not know them all. Make a game with them to see who can remember the most names or something similar. If they can name something new they like without you telling them, then buy it for them. In no time they will have great vocabulary and will be able to cook you a dish in Spanish!!!
Do the same while going cloth shopping, and use colors and sizes as well as item names. Like "look at this big blue pants" and challenge them to find things - Who can find me a small red t-shirt? and things like that. Make it fun, use competition if they like to compete, use small rewards if they like that.
I am going to try it this weekend - hopefully they will enjoy it! and I get to do my shopping too.
Disclosure: I will receive discounted tuition from Language Stars as compensation for this post. However all facts and opinions expressed in this post are true and my own. Language Stars have not asked me to write about anything in particular, only my true and honest opinion about my experience with their program. This post have not been edited by a third person.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
It is that time of year again in where I get the seeds out and start planning my vegetable garden for the year. I love March as it promises warmer weather and the flowers start to show up (well at least the brave ones!). As usual I started my seeds.
This year my husband is building me a seed growing station comprising a table, a growing lamp and heat pads! I can't wait! Well literally I could not wait or my seeds will not be ready on time so while he is busy at designing, I already planted the first seeds of the season.
To do so, I gather some old containers and trays, some organic seed soil, a lamp from my bedroom and my cold season seeds and started to plant.
First fill your containers 1/2 full with seed starting mix. Put a spoonful or so of vermicompost (click here to see what this is? and how to make your own). Continue filling until 3/4 full with starting mix. Put containers on tray and water the mix.
Then put your seeds in according with the specified depth, cover with a thin layer of solid and water.
I planted onions (seeds above), Kale, Lettuce, Broccoli and a couple of hot season plants (only because I want them big by the time they go out) Brandywine Tomatoes Heirloom and Aji dulce - a Venezuelan pepper that I cannot find here in the US!! I cannot wait for this one - I will introduce my kids to the most amazing pepper flavor ever!!!
Mark your seeds so you know what you have planted and cover them with a plastic dome. Put your light on and voila. I have my table on a sunny place so I am only turning the lamp on from 7am to 9am and from 6pm to 9pm to simulate a longer day.
Do not forget to check my old posts about seeds and planting - they are all in this page (click here)
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
I know this is not an exciting photo and it certainly does not give justice to the delicious dish it was!!! You see, I have been in the search for Oat Bran recipe ideas and have truly started to love this stuff! I was on twitter and @JosaYoung was talking about oat bran porridge. I had to know how to make this, particularly with the Scottish roots in my household.
She told me to get a lot of water to boil, add 2 tbs of Oat Bran and a little salt and cook until thickened. That was OK, but if you know me, you know I needed to change that! so here is my version that was so good even my kids asked me for more!
Ingredients (for one serving):
- 1/2 cup of 2% milk (you can use skimmed too)
- 1/4 cup of water
- 2 tbsp Oat Bran
- Pinch of salt
- Stevia to taste (optional - I did not use it as I do not like sweet porridge)
Turn the heat off and let it cool for about 2 minutes.
You are done!! You can also microwave it for about 3 minutes and rest for 2 minutes.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
- 1 small carton of egg beaters
- Low fat cheese
- PAM olive oil spray
- Muffins or cupcake pan
Pre heat the oven at 350F. Spray the muffin pan with PAM
Pour Egg beaters into each one of the muffin molds - about 3/4 full
Add chopped ham and cheese on top of each egg circle
Put in the oven for about 30 minutes. Keep an eye of them after 25 minutes - they will puff up quite nicely.
Remove from oven and enjoy!!