Safety Outdoors







Outdoors is calling.



As we all start running outside this coming spring/summer it is important to think about safety.


  • Be aware of your surroundings and look around you at all times. Things happen quickly and even if you feel you live in a safe area being prepared is vital.
  • Find an exercise partner. If you have children, a great way to exercise is to have a friend come over with her kids and take turns running a lap in your neighborhood while the other stays with the kids. The mom that stays inside can do push-ups and a core workout.
  • Carry a cell phone.
  • Wear reflective clothing
  • Don't go out at the same time every night
  • Do it when it is still light out. 
  • Bring a dog if you have one.

 This seems basic, but after having a few encounters myself I know how important it is.




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In Honor of My Heritage - Planting Potatoes

My Irish Green Thumb.


Over the last few years I have attempted developing my green thumb and growing my own vegetables and fruit. This year for St. Patty's Day I thought it would be fun to plant potatoes. It is a really simple project and is a lot of fun for the entire family. I cannot wait to harvest at the end of the summer!


You will need: 


3  pieces of 2"x6"x8' pre-treated wood, wood screws, weed barrier fabric, industrial staples, seed potatoes and compost.


  1. Cut your wood into 2 feet pieces.
  2. Screw them together, creating a square frame.
  3. Staple weed barrier fabric on the bottom to keep the compost from spilling out the bottom.
  4. Fill with compost.
  5. Place your seed potatoes about 12 inches apart. (I fit 5 potatoes per box).
  6. Cover with compost and let them grow.
  7. When the leaves get above the box add another square frame and add compost leaving 2-3 leaves at the top. D
  8. Do this 3-4 times throughout the summer.
  9. At the end of summer after the potatoes have flowered and start to yellow you can harvest.
  10. Don't wash the potatoes until you are ready to eat them so that they last longer.

Here are some pictures I found on Pinterest of what other people are doing.