can you dig it?

by Janetha on May 21, 2016

in giveaway,product review

hello and happy rainy saturday to you. well, it’s rainy here in the 801, not sure about where you are. but it’s been coming down all morning! since we can’t play outside, i will just ramble about our recent backyard adventures.

as you may recall, we recently moved into a new home. we have a nice, big yard at the new place, complete with an area for a garden. i haven’t gardened since, well, i was in single digits. my family had quite a large garden in the yard of the home i grew up in. but i basically forgot everything there is to know about gardening… so i am starting from scratch.

on mother’s day, we headed to a friend’s farm to get some starter plants. we got lots of things, in hopes at least one of them will grow! our selections included five kinds of tomatoes, two kinds of cucumbers, spaghetti squash, four kinds of peppers, and various herbs.

since the area for our garden hadn’t been used for a garden in years and years, we had to get it ready. or, i guess i should say marshall had to get it ready while fox and i watched. ;)

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there was a large, black tarp covering the area, and weeds and grass had grown around the tarp, so it was pretty hard to pull up. but underneath the tarp was some great soil to work with! we needed to add some amendments to the soil, so we headed to snag some ecoscraps compost and mixes.

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i actually wasn’t sure how to get my garden going, i had googled a few things and asked my brother in law about it. then i was coincidentally contacted by ecoscraps to see if i wanted to try out their garden soil and potting soil, and i feel like that was a sign! of course i hopped right on board and went on to learn all about ecoscraps and the ins and outs of starting a garden.

i was actually stoked to find out about ecoscraps because they are different from other brands in the sense that they make their product by reusing waste that would otherwise end up in landfills. the USA wastes 40% of the food produced (holy crap that statistic is high!) when the waste sits in landfills, it produces methane, which is 20 times more harmful than CO2.  SO.. ecoscraps takes that waste and recycles it into usable products. they recycled 75 million pounds (!!!) of wasted food between 2011 and 2015. they hope to recycle another 75 million pounds in 2016. to put it in perspective, recycling just 15 million pounds of food waste is equivalent to keeping half a million cars off the road for an entire day! so, yeah, pretty sweet stuff and a product i feel good about using and promoting. bonus: they are based here in utah.. yay, local. you can find ecoscraps lots of places, including their preferred distributor, walmart. you can check out a video about ecoscraps by clicking here!

we planned to do a vegetable garden in the ground and also some potted flowers and then decided to grow our herbs in pots as well. since we had these plans, we got some compost as well as some potting mix and moisture retaining garden soil.

we also had to get some other gardening essentials, like a watering can, small shovels (are those called trowels? i forget), plant food, pots, and various wildflower seeds for good measure. we got home and got to work!

marshall got the vegetable bed all ready to go, mixed the soil in and raked it out.

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i got a fun pot at our local garden shop, and some flowers to go with it, so i got started on the flower pot with the potting mix.

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to save on soil and create a better draining system, i put gravel in the base of the pot. that was a tip from momma b!

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i think it turned out pretty cute for my first flower potting attempt!

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fox loves smelling flowers. not sure where he picked up on it, but it’s pretty darn cute.

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over the next few days, we worked on planting all our vegetables. randy helped.

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it was kind of a joke the way we tried to lay everything out and then didn’t follow the plan exactly… but all that matters is that everything got planted and we’ve been caring for the plants diligently! haha.

i am sure the addition of the ecoscraps will give our garden a fighting chance at thriving! i really hope the tomatoes work out, that’s all i REALLY care about.. i just love garden tomatoes!

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well.. i guess the one good thing about all this rain is that it will help my garden! i am going to go make another pot of french pressed coffee and wait for the pizza we ordered to come. haha.. wild saturday over here. :)

Qs~

1. do you have/have you ever had a garden? 

2. what’s your favorite garden veggie?

xo. janetha g.

this post was sponsored by ecoscraps. all content presented represents my own opinions.

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pregnancy number two.

by Janetha on May 13, 2016

in meals,moves,oh baby

hey! so, it only took me half of my second pregnancy to get around to blogging about it. ha. yep! halfway there! i am 20 weeks along, hallelujah. 223edbd5-fdf9-4a8b-88c2-99b599a7c87b
i had my anatomy scan on monday, and everything is great with the baby. healthy brain and heart, growing on track, and we found out it’s a girl! so we will have one of each, which makes for a fun adventure in parenting. i am excited to see how having a girl is different from a boy, and i would be lying if i said i wasn’t excited for the necessity to buy new things. haha. if it had been a boy, we have all the clothes in the world.. but now i am *forced* to get some girl stuff. darn it.

this pregnancy has been way different from my last. a lot of people told me it was because i was having a girl, and i guess *technically* they were right, but i know many people that have vastly different pregnancies, but end up with the same sex. so, who knows.

as some may recall, it took me a real long time to conceive my first time around. i had lots of tests done, tried for some time, and eventually took clomid in order to conceive, which worked like a charm. (luckily, because one round of that nonsense is all i could take—it made me crazy!)

anyway, fast forward, and this time around i figured it would probably take some time to conceive again. i was also having some unexplained abdominal pain, and my doctor thought it was possibly the way my IUD was laying in my uterus. even though i’d had my IUD for nearly a year, she said things can change over time. after an ultrasound of my IUD, showing that it looked normal, they suggested i just take it out all together. this was in december, and since i was hoping to get pregnant in 2016, i decided that was a good idea.

less than a month later… i was pregnant! ha. it was shocking how quickly it happened. shocking in a good way, of course, but very unexpected! i actually took a pregnancy test just one week before my company trip to mexico, and when i saw it was positive, i was so surprised.

and then, just days before my mexico trip, the CDC released the travel warning about the zika cirus, urging pregnant women not to travel to certain areas, including mexico. yikes! i wasn’t sure how serious it was, but i didn’t take the warning lightly, so i researched it some more. my doctor told me if i was her daughter, she would advise me not to go (but that she couldn’t straight up tell me not to go, ha) and that mexico would always be there. i also visited the travel health department at my local county building and spoke with a professional. she told me that it is very rare for the CDC to tell people to cancel their trip all together, rather than just take precautions, and after a good chat.. i decided it just wasn’t worth going. not only the risk, but the paranoia that would swallow me whole during my pregnancy had i been bitten by a mosquito while on the trip. there were actually two of us who were pregnant and planning to go on the trip, and both of us opted out.

so, i didn’t go. which also meant i had to announce my pregnancy to my bosses and everyone at work just a week after finding out myself, haha. not something i would typically have done, but that was the circumstance and it turned out just fine. and they actually issued me a travel voucher because of the circumstance and we are using it to take a trip to portland this summer! one of the few places we can go for a few days that is safe from the virus and is not deathly humid in july. (travel tips welcome!)

it’s probably good i didn’t end up going on the trip, because i started getting nauseated about ten days after finding out… and it only got worse from there. i was mildly nauseated the first time around, but this was way different. i was throwing up daily, sick from morning to night, it was practically debilitating. and that lasted for two months! i was miserable and also probably super miserable to be around, haha. sorry, friends and family.

is this a food and fitness blog? or maybe it once was? how about i tell you about the meals & moves part of my pregnancy, then.

even though i was really sick, i did manage to eat something every morning. i started out eating an egg, cream cheese, and bagel sandwich from einstein’s every day… but then i remembered that i love the starbucks bacon & gouda breakfast sandwich, and they have a drive through, score! ha. so i have legit had one of those at least 4 out of 5 work day mornings for the past three months. they never get old.
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during my first trimester, anything sweet sounded awful, as did coffee. i swapped my coffee for english breakfast tea for quite awhile. but starbuck’s tea is so expensive (like $2.50 for a tea bag and hot water) so i would buy my own tea bags, and get a free cup of hot water with my breakfast sandwich.

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i couldn’t do raw veggies, either. i think i survived off of toast, cheese, crackers, salami, and marshall’s homemade bolognese over angel hair pasta. it’s the best. my last pregnancy, all i wanted was mexican food, and now it’s all italian all the time. give me all the pizza, pasta, and garlic bread.

now that i can do sweeter stuff again, i have been craving lots of fruit! i also had my first acai bowl in cali last month, and now i am after finding the perfect one in salt lake city. so far, i haven’t found one as good as the one i had in cali.. but i will keep trying!

IMG_4432momma b has also been very accommodating, haha, making anything i was craving at the moment! she’s the best. (mashed potatoes in the works in this pic.)

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i wasn’t really working out prior to getting pregnant, fitness has seriously fallen by the wayside in my life… whoops. but i did manage to exercise 2, maybe 3 times a week. and now? zero, zip, zilch. ha. exercise was totally out of the question during my first trimester, being so sick. but now that i am feeling a little better and the weather is nicer, i do try to take walks with the little guy when i can. we love our new neighborhood and it’s perfect for before-dinner or weekend morning strolls.

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i lost a lot of muscle over the past couple years, what with not really lifting weights anymore, having my first pregnancy, having a baby, having no time.. and so this pregnancy, i actually started out at a lower weight than my first time around. i attribute this all to muscle loss, though, and not fat loss. haha. i was still weird and squishy from pregnancy #1. i gained about 35 pounds with my first one, so it will be interesting to see if this pregnancy is similar or if my body decides to gain more. i am pretty sure i’m on track to gain more, but we will see at my doc appointment next week. my sister had three pregnancies, and started out at a different weight for each one, gaining different amounts each time, but delivered all three babies weighing the same exact number. isn’t that crazy?! the body is pretty cool, how it knows what it needs to gain to have a healthy pregnancy.

i expected to start showing sooner, since everyone told me that’s how the second pregnancy goes, but i would say i am showing about the same or a little bit less in comparison to my last pregnancy. and i am definitely carrying a lot lower (something people say means you are having a boy, guess that’s not true for me, haha.) pregnancy 1 on the left, 2 on the right.. both 16 weeks along.

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i haven’t kept track of anything this time around, i actually forget how far along i am when people ask. i am taking way less progress photos (i think that one up there is the third or fourth i have taken, period, where as before i took one each week and made a production of it, ha.) and i am much busier with a little toddler to keep me occupied when i am not working, so the pregnancy details tend to slip my mind.

but now that we know it is a girl, we can start trying to think of a name (we really have zilch for ideas right now) and getting her room ready. since fox is still in his crib and likely will be for at least another year, we will have to become a two crib family. plus, his pediatrician pointed out that fox probably would throw a fit if we took his bed away from him and gave it to the baby, ha!

i know he will be a great big brother, though. he already gives my belly kisses all the time, and says, “hi, baby!” it’s SO cute!

he loves being around the babies that he has been around (my BFF has a 6 month old and he loves her), so i am hoping that is an indication of him handling a new baby fairly well… but it’s a whole other story when that baby lives with you, haha. he will be a little over two once the new one is born, so hopefully he understands things a little better and takes it well. in the meantime, i will soak up the moments of him being our only child. he is just so dang sweet. IMG_4433 IMG_4435so that’s my pregnancy #2 story in a slightly big nutshell. i am happy to be halfway through, and also so grateful to not be super sick anymore. now days i just am exhausted and have horrible heartburn, which are two things i would take over nausea any day!

that explains why this blog has been so, so silent this year so far. i know i had slowed down on posting quite a bit after baby #1, but it has legit been at a standstill since i was so sick in that first trimester. but i am feeling like myself again and wanting to post more frequently.. so here’s hoping i can achieve that! i mean, my 7th(!!) blogging anniversary came and went, and i didn’t even muster up the energy to post about it! the old me would never let that fly, haha. but here’s to making a comeback, right? we shall see.

thanks to all of you who still read this little corner of mine, you guys are the best.

have a WONDERFUL weekend! hooray for that!

xo. janetha g.

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mother’s day weekend.

May 11, 2016
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hey! happy wednesday. i thought i would pop in an share a few bits from the weekend, it was a fun mother’s day celebration. (and if you follow me on instagram and/or snapchat… you’ve basically seen it all already, haha. but this post is great for posterity sake.) saturday was an early mom’s day celebration […]

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family photos.

May 3, 2016
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i know it’s been over a month since i tapped into this space of mine. i know i want to and need to write a post about how this 2nd pregnancy is going. i know i have a lot to catch up on. i know. but, for some reason, i have zero time! funny how […]

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easter weekend & some fun news!

March 28, 2016
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hey! is it just me, or are mondays after holiday weekends way rougher than your average monday? i think it’s because everything is go-go-go all weekend, with not a lot of down time, then.. BAM.. monday slaps you in the face. i’m draggin. we had a fun easter weekend, full of traditions. i don’t love […]

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let him be little.

March 24, 2016
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thank you to Pampers and Acorn Influence for inspiring today’s post. long-time readers may recall that there was a time i dismissed the idea of having kids. it wasn’t because i didn’t love kids—i have several nieces and nephews, all of whom i adore. it was basically because i was absolutely, positively terrified of being […]

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happy national cereal day!

March 7, 2016
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hello! happy march 7th to you. i couldn’t let this day go by without popping in to celebrate my favorite national food holiday… national cereal day! you all know i am a cereal monster… as is marshall… so it is no surprise that we created a mini cereal monster of our own. the boy loves […]

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currently: march 1st!

March 1, 2016

oh, hi! should i maybe make a goal to blog more than once this month? i think that’s a pretty doable thing. i mean, i hope so! why not kick off march, one of my favorite months, with a good old fashioned survey? it’s a great way to get my foot back in the door […]

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