Monthly Archives: July 2010

Time to Revamp

Hello friends!

I hope vacations, sunbathing, and all things summer are treating you well!  I know I haven’t been blogging too much this summer, but like everyone else, I have been taking a bit of a hiatus from all of the organizing to enjoy my summer break.  I realize that when life gets busy it can be hard to stick to any routine, so until Labor Day, I will be touching base a few times a week with mini tips and tricks to help you organize your OM!  It is hard to believe it is almost August and before we know our precious summer will be over!  Have no fear, we are going to take advantage of it for as long as we can!

So, my first tip for you has to do with taking advantage of our summer…..now remember, I am no professional, I am just passing along tips and tricks I have read, learned, etc.  If you are trying any new type of regimen (physical, dietary, etc) make sure to consult a licensed doctor to make sure the tips/tricks are right for you!

In today’s world, skin safety in the sun is a major concern for many (including freckle-faced me!).  I recently read an article though that took me by surprise.  This article stated that in order to get the daily recommended dose of Vitamin D your skin needs from the sun, you should spend 10-15 mins in the sun WITHOUT sunscreen.  The “without sunscreen” part is what took me most by surprise.  We always here that we should put sunscreen on before going out, no matter how long.  Looks like it is good to go out without some sunscreen to soak up a few rays.  Healthy levels of vitamin D are great for our bones and our mood!  So talk a walk around the block, water your flowers, read a magazine, etc.  Go out and get yourself a little dose of vitamin D today!

xoxo

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Hello friends!  I know it has been awhile, but I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!  So much has been happening on my end and I have also been working on ways to revamp my fabu blog!

As for my summer in a nutshell…..I got a job, turned 30, was diagnosed with plantar faciatis, wiped out on cement stairs, celebrated milestones with friends,  put our townhouse up for sale, and is looking forward to 2 fabulous trips over the next couple weeks!  Oh, and we planted a garden!

Whew!!

Seriously, this summer has been amazing.  I am officially a full-time 2nd grade teacher and will be working in the district I substituted in all year.  I am thrilled, blessed, and in love with the dollar bin section at Target!  Turning 30 was a wonderful celebration with my family and friends…..the injuries, not so awesome, but with the help of my husband we came up with an awesome “How did you get hurt?” story.  Upon reading that, it may look a bit shady that my hubster is helping me with cover stories, but for all the years I was a dancer, I am the clumsiest person ever!  The story we came up with was that I was in a roller derby accident……you should see how impressed people are when I say that!  I am not the toughest looking person, so the derby thing totally takes them by surprise.  Now, I am sure you are saying to yourself, “well if you are going to use that as a story, you should probably have a roller derby nickname!”  Have no fear my friends, yours truly goes by the name EMD, Elbows of Mass Destruction…..for the record, my bony elbows can seriously hurt someone and are not to be messed with!!

One of things I am most proud of this summer (obviously aside from getting a job) is the garden that my hubster and I planted.  Living in the city, there really is not a lot of land for gardening, but an empty plot of land across the street from us was donated to us by the city for a neighborhood garden project.  We were so lucky to get a plot and we have LOVED taking care of our plants.  It makes us really excited to have our own backyard one day because there is nothing better than home grown veggies!! We have really gotten in to the whole gardening game and have been learning a lot from some of our more seasoned neighbor gardeners.  We started off small this year since we are new to this.  We chose to grow tomatoes (cherry and early girl), cucumbers, jalapenos, rosemary, basil, and Greek oregano.  So far we have eaten several cherry tomatoes (DELISH!!), 1 early girl, 3 cucumbers, and the hubster had one of our jalapenos today.  It has been so much fun cooking with our very own produce!  Once our larger tomatoes start to ripen we are going to make our own pasta sauce and salsa!!  Here are some pictures of our summer project!!

Our Garden Plot!

Early Girl tomatoes, almost ready!!

Jalapenos

1 of 3 cucumbers growing right now!

I hope you are all having a great summer and doing things that you love and relax your OM!  Next Sunday, I will debut some of the new things I am working on for this blog!

xoxo

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