It’s spring and the garden is a huge part of my life at the moment! Here’s some gardening hacks and ideas that might help you too!
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, and I’m excited to bring them back! It’s a fun way to share favorite things that we’re actually using in our daily lives (Instagram is showing my content to less & less people so I’m hoping we can all connect here in a better deeper way!)
Here’s some favorites that have been helping or inspiring me this spring!
Favorite gardening idea:
We’re knee deep in gardening right now, and I realized something. I realized that I’d learned so much about diverse plant ecosystems, pollinators, and companion planting through my vegetable garden, but hadn’t really translated that knowledge to my other gardens.
I have decided to plant things that make my front garden look more like that top picture, and less like that bottom one. The goal? Less maintenance (no more mulch??), a more diverse ecosystem, and a beautiful cottage garden feel.
Favorite Garden Hack:
Click here for the terra cotta spikes we love
OK so I have loved learning about olla pots and how they provide a much better way to water plants (by feeding the roots). BUT they’re definitely expensive 😬 I have a large garden and there’s just no way that I can afford to have olla pots in my garden.
HOWEVER I can use these terra cotta spikes and wine bottles – they do the same thing as the olla pots with without all of the expense. You’ll just need some wine bottles!
Here’s a super quick video about how they work:
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Favorite Spring/Summer Dress:
Click here for the most comfy + cute dress!
OK so anyone who knows me in “real life” knows that this is no surprise – I have this dress in 3 colors and wear is all summer long 😂 But why mess with something when it works?? It’s so comfortable, washes well, and is less than $15!! I have black, green, and gray. Now pretty sure I need navy too 😅
…and we finally got it 🦠
Well can you believe it’s been over 2 years since all of this started and we finally got 🦠? We’re all on the upswing now (which is why I’m finally able to finish this e-mail!) and getting ready to rejoin society next week. Whew – it feels good to be (mostly) done!
Since I have such a curiosity about how other families have walked through this, I thought I’d share how ours played out:
- Isaac got sick first, woke up with a 102 temp. Tested negative when we tested him later that evening. Had a fever all day, it responded slightly to meds. He felt gross & sick. He continued to be febrile for another 2 days but his fever never got over 102 (he’s my kid who has spiked really high fevers in the past). He continued to feel pretty gross for the next week.
- All of us felt OK until 2 days after Isaac’s first symptoms. I felt like I was getting bad allergies at first, and then it felt like it was developing into a gross cold. Really congested and uncomfortable, but no cough. I tested and was negative.
- 3 days after Isaac’s first symptoms (and his negative test), Heidi came down with a fever. We retested Isaac at that point, and his was a strong positive this time. His fever was gone by this point, and was just feeling “yucky” but nothing like he had been the first few days.
- Heidi continued to be sick for the next few days, and definitely got it the hardest out of all of us. She was over 105 one of the nights and it took a lot for us to get her down to 104. She was having really bad dreams and slept poorly despite being so tired. After 3 days of fever (she hovered around 103 the next day and then 101 after that) she finally started feeling better. She was still pretty lethargic and she slept late in the mornings, but having that fever go down was key!
- I will note that Heidi is the only one in our family who has not been 💉. I KNOW there are many conflicting opinions around this, but I would hope that you would respect that I will not be hosting these discussions here on my website. Just sharing our story, and this is something I think is important to note.
- I got sick about a day after Heidi, and my “cold” turned into more of flu-type symptoms. Achy, tired, light cough, uncomfortable. But thankfully it didn’t feel scary, it just felt gross. My husband got the same symptoms a day after me. We tested after a few days, and our tests were immediately positive as well.
- I had been really anxious about my lungs being effected by this. With my history of being asthmatic (since I was a child) it was something I was rightfully worried about. It was SUCH a relief to me that it never felt like it affected my lungs. I did not have issues breathing the whole time I was sick. I did have some times when I had heart palpitations and my heartbeat was faster than normal, but never any issues with my lungs.
- I lost my smell and taste. Now I’m feeling SO much better but still have no smell or taste. It’s very bizarre.
- Nora never had more than congestion and a light cough.
Well that was a VERY long way of telling your our story! 😅 I hope that helps anyone who has been curious about how it’s played out for people with similar family dynamics or health issues.
Thanks for sharing your experience! Heidi’s course sounded a lot like my friend’s daughter who is also too young for 💉 I’m glad you guys made it through ok!!!! We somehow still haven’t gotten it so I’m just bracing for impact. Though me and our little guy were both sick a few weeks ago and we had multiple negative rapids but I have to wonder …
Ah I hope that it’s mild when you do get it Kerri! We were sick a few weeks ago too and I thought “maybe…” even though we all tested negative. Nope haha. Guess we’re just getting all the viruses this year haha.
I am so happy to hear you and the family made it through this and are on the mend Christina. Have a beautiful summer in your garden 🪴
Thanks, Von! I’m so glad too! We’re enjoying time outside in the garden for sure 🙂
I got it two weeks ago, sore throat, slight cough, swollen glands…then after a couple days, congestion set in. But bit bad. I didn’t think it was C because 🤷🏻♀️, until my mom called and find me she had C. With the same symptoms! Then I tested, abandon the test showed positive almost immediately. My mom is not V, I am. Same symptoms. No one else got it though, the hairdresser I was with for 2 hours, coworkers, husband and son… so weird!!
Still feel the glands, and morning stuffiness. Tired.
But not bad**
Told me she had**
And the test**
We’ve had a few times when I reallllly thought we had it and then just ended up being another virus – I did NOT think we actually had it this time!! It’s so weird to see how it presents in everyone!
I caught the thing the first of April- achy like the flu for 2 days, felt like I had a sinus infection, fever of 100.4 for a couple days- on day 3 no fever, no aches just felt like a sinus infection- very tired for maybe 10 days though. I did not get the 💉 – I am 67 buy no other health issues. I did take a medicine and it works. My son and daughter-in-law did get it – they were ok too. My daughter and her family had it in like September- all did fine. Out of 8 of us 2 had the 💉
thank you for sharing your story! I am still feeling tired too and don’t think that’s going away for a little either. I feel great in the morning and then by the afternoon realize I’ve overexerted myself 😅
I’m sorry you and your family got sick but happy you’re feeling better!
I know you guys have been so cautious the past 2 years. We were VERY cautious and nervous at first but then we got it and realized that it was just like a normal cold. Honestly, we felt kind of silly for all of the things we missed out on because we were afraid of getting sick.
I understand that it hits some people harder than others and I am sorry for all of the loss due to 🦠 but that’s true with any virus. I truly believe that the media scared people more than they should have with this whole thing.
I’m so glad yours was mild! Ours was definitely more than a cold. And I would normally agree about the media (trust me I’m not able to tune into that haha) BUT we were so cautious because we were so connected to my dad who is working in the hospital and seeing all the loss firsthand. It was not something we took lightly because of that, and I’m really glad we were able to get the virus after we had interventions in place and remedies to take that we knew worked against it too.
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I would like to order the hand-woven Jackie Black pillow from your clearance section, but this is what comes up on my screen when I try to check out. How do I get past this in order to complete my order? I tried to take a screen shot, but your format here won’t accept it.
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hey Cheryl I’m so sorry – I don’t know why that’s happening but I’m going to e-mail you 🙂