Organic Produce in My Own Garden!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Whitney Farms for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’m a big fan of organic produce. It’s not always easy to find money in the budget to buy it at the store, though. What better way to cut costs than to grow my own organic produce, right?

Right now my garden looks like this though:

My Garden

Not a lot going on there right now. I’d really love to have some beautiful organic carrots, broccoli, spinach, and more growing, though.

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Their organic soil and plant foods have been improved to:

  • have little or no dust
  • no manure odor
  • be easy to apply
  • contain beneficial microbes

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Whitney Farms® is one way to try and increase the amount of organic food your family is eating but without breaking the bank. I don’t know about you, but I don’t alway have a lot of money to spend, even when I really want to do what’s best. Whitney Farms® can help my garden produce organic vegetables that I’ll be glad to serve my family over conventional plant food.

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I Made It! Monday

I am unbelievably tired after my weekend. It was just one of those weekends where we happened to get invited to multiple events. And then said yes to every single one. Saturday I left my house about 9 am and didn’t get back until close to 10 that night. Then, bright and early Sunday morning to take a friend to a Spanish Bible convention 65 miles away.

It was all fabulously worth it. That doesn’t convince my body that it shouldn’t be exhausted, though. What I’m thinking might cheer me up, though, is this cake linked up last week:

Fresh Orange and Vanilla cake by Feeding My Temple. This just sounds super light and refreshing. Plus, it’s got cream cheese. Yum!

On to this week. A few guidelines:

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How to Make a Simple Spring Wreath

Yesterday I shared my April mantel with you. I anchored the mantel with this simple wreath that I absolutely adore. Here’s how to make your own:


First, gather a few materials.


You’ll need bright-colored cardstock, twine, muslin, and a foam wreath.


Cut your muslin into 3” wide strips. The number of strips will depend on the size of your wreath and the length of your muslin. I used scrap muslin for my project, so it took five strips.


Wrap the muslin strips around the foam. Overlap the ends of the strips to hold them in place.


I’m cheap. I hate buying tons of $4 wreaths at the store. To finish off the wrapping, I inserted a straight pin into the last strip and anchored it into the foam. To create my next wreath I will only have to remove the pin and the fabric. Alternatively, you could use hot glue to hold your muslin strips in place on the wreath.


See? You can’t even tell I just used a pin to hold the fabric in place from the front of the wreath.


Next use a circle punch to cut out a number of circles from your cardstock.


Sandwich your twine in between the circles. Use glue to attach the circles together. Eyeball your spacing on the circles.


To attach the twine to the wreath, I again used straight pins. Makes for easy removal.


And that’s all there is to it! This is cute enough to go on a mantel or your front door.


April Mantel

You’re probably thinking this is a little late to be creating my mantel for April. But actually, it’s the perfect time. I wanted to do a little something to carry April into May.


As always, just ignore the ladder into my bedroom loft. I’m not good enough with photo editing to completely take it out of the picture. Smile

I decided to go for a big contrast to my Spring Mantel. Rather than more muted colors, I decided to go for a bright design, with lots of colors. Since the weather here in Eastern Oregon went from 90 degrees earlier this week to a giant rainstorm, I’m glad to have the burst of color in my living room.


First I included these little vintage molds. I love their simplicity. The bird and bunny motifs are perfect for this time of year, too.


Next, I designed this play on the saying “April Showers Bring May Flowers” for a cute printable. I’ll share that with you a little later. What do you think? Am I as clever as I believe I am? Winking smile


Remember these cute apothecary-style jars? With the green candles, they were the perfect addition to my April mantel. Plus, they only cost $2 each to make. Don’t forget to check out the tutorial on how to make your own.


I also added a simple wreath and my favorite little birdy that I took from my mother’s house. She still hasn’t asked for it back, so I guess I’m keeping it.

Fishing in Eastern Oregon

As promised, I’m sharing some photos from our fishing expedition on Saturday. Erik and I went with my parents on their boat. We hit up Thief Valley Reservoir, which is not too far from where we live.


You might remember the post from last year, where I shared some of the beautiful flowers that surround Thief Valley. It’s a beautiful place, very unlike what most people think of when they think of Oregon. Definitely not rainy! (Which I adore.)

The morning started off with me attempting to buy a fishing license. Here in Oregon you can get one online and print it out. The site absolutely refused to work for me. I haven’t had a license in Oregon since before I lived in Alaska, so I tried creating a new account. Wouldn’t work. Tried searching for my old account. Didn’t work. I figured I would just be spending the day on the boat, without a fishing pole.

As we were headed out of town, we noticed the one shop that sells fishing licenses happened to be open. We stopped in, and he started the process. When he asked if I had had a fishing license before, I suddenly recalled that yes, I had. And it had been under my maiden name. He called the powers that be, fixed it for me, and I got myself a license.


The day was absolutely gorgeous. Well, maybe a tad too gorgeous. It got a little hot. And even though I put on multiple layers of sunscreen, I got burned. I absolutely hate it when I get a sunburn. I’m still all red from it.

To top it off, I caught nothing. I got only a couple of bites. Meanwhile, everyone else is pulling in fish after fish.


I really didn’t mind. It was just nice to be out on the water. The sun was shining, and even with my lack of catching ability, we still caught more than everyone else we talked to. They were pretty luscious fish, too.


And for anyone who thought I might have been out there looking like a supermodel lounging on the boat. Here’s me for the day, busily getting sunburned:


How’s the weather where you’re at? How have you been enjoying the sunshine?