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.








Loving Others



In honor of Valentines Day I wanted to write about "Love". I did not feel led to write about romance, but about loving the women in our life. We work to form the outside and beauty is often defined by how we look. This topic led to my I looking up quotes on loving yourself and most said, "You cannot love others if you do not love yourself." 


Truth or World View?


Wow! What if I never learn to love myself...does this mean I will never love anyone? This seems so backwards. In fact, it was learning to love others that taught me to love myself. I had to learn to appreciate and respect other women in my life to see myself as a woman. I was fortunate to be involved with MOPS for four years when my children were younger. I came into it with the false belief that I didn't need other women in my life and I actually got along better with men. The fact is I never learned how beneficial having a female community was. I am not saying it is easy, but after sticking it out I soon realized that the women in my life became sisters and that we all walk a similar path.


Let's face it, beauty fades. 


My husband once said something that released me from the worries of compairing myself to other women. He said, "Hunny, we all look the same eventually." I laughed at it but realized how true what he said was. What makes us beautiful long-term is really who we are internally. For a lot of women our bodies change drastically after having children. I remember being at MOPS and joking with the other ladies about what happened to our bodies after kids. I was secretly grieving and getting it out made me feel so much better. Knowing everyone else was like me made me feel at ease and learning to have a sense of humor helped me to love other things about myself. I am an advocate of being healthy and I am not recommending neglecting your health...not being scared of not looking 18 anymore, though, is so freeing. I had my "Aha" moment and never looked back.


My heros...


Ever meet another woman who is glowing from the inside out? I am not talking about the supermoms who are perfectly dressed and have a perfect house and the perfect family. I am talking about the women who are inherantly kind and generous. The women who have nothing unkind to say. The women who have a joy that radiates to everyone around them. They have a healthy confidence that is not arrogant  but makes you draw near to them.


Those Not Quite There...

Everyone has a story and is trying to figure it all out. I think for the most part everyone is good or started out that way and that they deserve many chances. Love is being a light and an example and not giving up on people. We are all a work in progress.


I hope the idea that we can't love unless we love ourselves is just a world view. It is so freeing to love others and have grace for them which leads to having grace for ourselves. We have to live with ourselves for a long time and after the beauty fades I hope to have a lasting beauty that is a light to others.


"Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." - Philippians 2: 3-4


"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." - Proverbs 17:17

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