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She {hearts} The Mighty Max

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IMG_9071Those who know us, know that we are a family on the go. From the many times we have moved (7 times in 9 years) – to the spontaneous trips we take. Even if its just a day trip – going requires a lot with 3 kids.

We recently made a trip to Atlanta – where I had a gig to photograph some baby carriers for a company. With the trip I not only had to tote boxes of baby carriers, I also had our diaper bag, hoodies (since it was chilly that day) and 30 lb two year old. It was a lot! All of it honestly would not have fit into our stroller.

The Might Max Cart was a great option. It is easy to control, light weight and can withstand the beating and weight of a couple grown men. So I knew, it would be great for us.

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The Mighty Max Cart comes with a life time warranty.

It never Rust!

It will never have a flat tire :)

& best of all it is made in the USA. No “made in china” stamp on this item.

So if you love to garden, travel with the kids, make trips to the beach or park and really just want a great product to help from time to time with a move. The Might Max Cart is a perfect fit.

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She {hearts} Freebies

Mighty Max is generously giving away one of these great carts to one of our readers.

To Enter:

Simply comment on this post, letting me know one feature you really found nice about The Mighty Max. Or one way you’d love to use this product. :)

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She {hearts} a Spring Window Sill

I love a little green on my kitchen window sill. I planted grass seed in egg shells (cradled by a ceramic egg crate that I purchased at Anthropologie, and I’ve seen them at Joann Fabrics in the seasonal section this year!) to bring an Eastery, Springy feel. I attempted this last year as well, and failed miserably. Who messes up growing grass?

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Of course, I couldn’t leave out my milk glass and some pretty tulips!

Any other simple ideas for adding some Spring to your kitchen/home decor? Do share.

She {hearts} Gardening Inspiration

We’ve had a wild ride of a winter here in southern Manitoba, and it’s been amazing!  Instead of our months of -20 C temps, we’ve had hardly any snow, and it’s all melted within days or weeks of falling.  Yesterday the temperature rose to 25 C!  That’s totally unheard of for our area!  We even had a crazy thunder storm.

PhotobucketSo, with all the nice weather here, I’ve been thinking more about gardening, and finding some inspiration on pinterest.  Here are just a few gardening tip posts that I wanted to share.

Ever wonder how to get more green peppers per plant?  Here is a post with some great information on growing peppers!

How about potatoes?  Want to grow your own, but don’t have a lot of space?  Check out this post.

My plan is to have an amazing herb garden this year.  I found some tips on growing basil here.

What do you plan on growing this year?

(And yes, that is my garden in the picture.)

She {hearts} Easy Basil Pesto

Nothing compares to the intense flavor of fresh basil. If you plan things well, you can carry that fresh summer flavor through the winter by freezing homemade pesto. Once you try this, you’ll never go back to buying pesto.

My basil plants were started by seed indoors early in the spring and transplanted to the garden. The secret to growing luscious basil is to constantly pick off the seed bolt at the tops of the stems. This will allow the plant to get bush-like instead of going to seed. All season, I hover over my basil plants (8 of them this year) and pluck off the tops. You’ll know they’re ready to harvest when the bottom stems turn brown up to the first shoots of stems.

If you look close in this photo below, you’ll see a little white flower–that’s what you pick off throughout the season (but try not to let it get to the flowering point, you’ll see a bunch of leaves growing tightly together, that’s what you want to pick off)

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I cut all of the stems off at the bottom and bring them to my kitchen where the real work begins: picking all the leaves off the stems. With 8 basil plants, it made for a long day picking alone, but it’s totally worth it.

After plucking all the leaves, I rinse them and give them a whirl in my salad spinner.

The recipe:

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup walnuts (you can use pine nuts, they’re more expensive and I can’t tell the difference in taste)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic
sea salt and fresh ground pepper
**1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan or Ramano cheese–add this only if you are serving immediately, if freezing add when serving.

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Put everything in your food processor and let it work its magic.

*If your walnuts are whole pieces like mine were, zap those in the food processor before adding the other ingredients.

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That’s it. If you’re freezing, put it in a freezer bag or plastic freezer container as shown. If serving, throw the Parmesan or Ramano in with the other ingredients.

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Enjoy!

She {hearts} Hens and Chicks

Hens and Chicks are another hearty little plant those of you with black thumbs can try.

If you missed my post on Hostas, it was the first in a series about easy to take care of and hearty plants.

These are my hens and chicks planted in my husband’s old boots. A few cuts in the leather of the boot, dirt and hens and chicks. This photo shows them at the beginning of spring, after a super long Chicago winter. I could have left them just like this and they would have been perfectly fine, but I choose to separate and clean them so they reproduce more.

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The process is simple. I wrap my fingers around the base of the plant

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Then gently pull so I get the root with it. It comes out without much effort.

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Before:

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After:

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The next step is to clean off all the dead leaves at the base of the plant. Just pinch the dead leaves off. That’s it.

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Then replant. Fill something with dirt and just stick them in.

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They’ll fill up and out and reproduce and you can do this season after season. I don’t take mine in during the winter months and they’ve always survived.

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She {hearts} Beautiful Flowers From My Garden

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She {hearts} CobraHead

Here’s a tool for all you gardeners out there, or even non-gardeners like me. CobraHead®. It’s all you’ve longed for wrapped up in one simple tool to tote around. The company describes this baby as a “steel fingernail” and put to the test it lives up to the name. The small head allows fantastic accuracy but can still get big jobs done in record time. My husbands favorite use was as an aerator, easily breaking up the soil without damaging nearby plants. As a lefty I often find I have difficulty using some tools designed for the majority of all you right-handed folks- not so with the CobraHead® it fit comfortably in my hand and worked just as hard for me.

Some features beyond the ability of the tool I like are the recycled composite (comfortable) handle and the one year unconditional warranty, if a company offers an unconditional warranty you know they trust their product!

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Besides their Original CobraHead® Weeder and Cultivator for $24.95, you’ll also find worm composting, gardening books, and product sets/packages at CobraHead.

She {hearts} Freebies

CobraHead is giving away one (1) Original CobraHead® Weeder and Cultivator. Giveaway open to US residents only.

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Leave a comment telling us what you would use your CobraHead® on.

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