Penny's Passion: 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Five on Friday - April 21, 2017

Friday is here!  Boy did that come fast.  I honestly don't know where this week went, but it's gone.  I sure hope the weekend doesn't zoom by as fast as the work week did!  That being said, I'm pretty darn excited that the weekend is here already.  Hopefully I'll get some of the things done that I totally blew off doing last weekend.

Before today gets away from us, here's my five for today ~

1.  National Earth Day
Saturday is the celebration of Earth Day.  Get outside and enjoy some fresh air.  Plant some flowers or a garden.  Take a nature hike.  There's lots of fancy ways to make National Earth Day special, but at a bare minimum at least step outside, take a big deep breath and look around you.  We live in the most amazing place.  Let's all try, even for just a day, to help sustain this planet we call home.

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2.  Born in China
Speaking of Earth Day, Disneynature has a movie opening today.  Here's what they have to say about their movie, "Disneynature, in its ongoing quest to bring the natural world to the big screen as never before, presents its most ambitious project to date, taking moviegoers on a grand journey into the wilds of China. “Born In China” follows the adventures of three animal families — the majestic panda, the savvy golden monkey and the elusive snow leopard.

Featuring stunning imagery, the film navigates the vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of a red-crowned crane, showcasing remarkably intimate family moments captured on film for the first time ever.

See Born in China opening week and Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to World Wildlife Fund to benefit wild pandas and snow leopards."

Now that sounds like a movie you can take your entire family to!


3.  Starbuck Unicorn Frappacino 
Okay, you've probably already seen this, but Starbuck's has a special Unicorn Frappacino available until Sunday, April 23.  This drink offers you flavor-changing, color-changing magic.  It starts off sweet and fruity and then, right as you are sucking on the straw, changes to a pleasantly sour taste.  I can't really imagine what "pleasantly sour" tastes like, but I believe I'll pass.  Have you had one?


4.  Free HBO and Cinemax Weekend on AT&T
Do you have AT&T as your cable provider?  If so, you might want to know from April 21 to April 24 they are offering a free preview of HBO and Cinemax.  Score!!  I'm really hoping that Pretty Little Lies will be available.  It's supposed to be a bit rainy this weekend.  Perfect to catch a movie (or two) on HBO.

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5.  So true...
Bahaha funny cause it's true bless their little hearts:

Have a great weekend!  If things go as planned, I will have a very clean closet and lots to donate to the American Red Cross when they stop by my house for their pick up next weekend.  See you next week!

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Friday Favorites - April 21, 2017

Welcome to Friday Favorites!  Lots of great features today.  Mine is low card mushroom cap pizzas and boy do they look amazing!  Have fun seeing what all the links are today ~

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday - April 20, 2017

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  I, for one, am shocked that it's Thursday already.  Thanks for popping in to see what I'm thinking out loud about today.  Please link up below and share what's on your mind.

Spring is officially here and in St. Louis we have been having some gorgeous weather.  I think we can safely put away the winter wool!  We store our off-season clothes in rubber tubs in our basement and I had Eric drag them upstairs last weekend.  Still haven't touched them, but at least they are in our bedroom and ready for my attention.

I added a couple items to my wardrobe from Old Navy and love them so much I thought I'd share their sale with you today.  These versatile sweaters are perfect to wear with a skirt to the office or with jeans on the weekend.  Click HERE to check them out.  Is it bad that I ordered one in every color??

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While you're on the Old Navy website, check out this beauty.  It's on sale for only $4.99!!  Tell me that wouldn't make an excellent addition to your jewelry case.
                 
I couldn't resist this little dress.  Casual and fun.  And on sale for under $20!!  Click HERE to see it.

             

I have pledged to myself that if I add something to my closet, something else has to go, so I scheduled the American Red Cross to stop by my house later this month for a pick up.  Love that they come right to your door and get your items!  If you are interested in scheduling a pickup, visit them HERE and click on Schedule Your Pickup located in the upper right side of the page.  Your donation is tax deductible and they will leave you a form at the time of pickup.

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So that's what is on my mind today.  What about you?  What are you thinking out loud about?  Link up and share!


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Monday, April 17, 2017

Weekending - April 14, 2017

Happy Monday after Easter!  Anyone else having a hard time thinking about going to work after the holiday?  We had a very nice few days and, I have to admit, the long to-do list I left work on Thursday night with is still over half full.  The weekend took on a life of its' own and I kind of just went with it.  I know I'll probably pay the price this week, but that's okay.  Sometimes you just need a few days completed off!

Thursday night on my way home I got a few things done and felt like it was a great start to a productive weekend.  Eric's order from Old Navy that didn't fit was returned, my car got a bath and I popped in the Honey Baked Ham store for our Easter ham with not a single other person in line in front of me.  Score!

Friday morning we woke to the sun shining and the birds singing.  It was a great morning for a walk and Eric and I took full advantage of it.  When we returned home, he had to get ready for work and I wanted to sit on the patio for a bit in the sun.  Well, a bit turned into several hours of glorious time.  I opened the computed to monitor my work email and between answering the dings I started reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.  It felt good to actually hold a book in my hands.  It has been ages since I read a book not on my Kindle.  If you are looking for beach reads, I would recommend adding this one of your list.

This book was so intriguing I actually finished it over the weekend.  That's a real accomplishment for me because usually a book takes several weeks!  Here's what Goodreads has to say about it ~

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.
 


The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel by [Gaiman, Neil]
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Friday night after church we met some friends at a wine bar to listen to Brad Noe.  Love his music and he just released his first CD of originals.  He plays a mean guitar and if you close your eyes on his Pearl Jam songs you can definitely hear bits of Eddie Vedder.   Hope he makes it big and I can say I remember him when.



Saturday was another glorious day.  I had to run in to work for a very short time then Eric and I caught a movie before he had to go to work.  I let him pick the movie and he did good.  We watched Going In Style.  Fun flick!  I would recommend seeing it.


When the mail was delivered, I noticed the mailman slipping a package in my box.  As fast as my feet could carry me I went to the mailbox to check it out.  It was my Birchbox!!  I swear I heard angels singing when I pulled down the mailbox door.  There was a clay mask sample that I decided to try.  Loved it!  


The rest of the evening should have been spent getting ready for Easter lunch the next day, but it wasn't.  I decided the third season of Grace and Frankie really needed my attention so I binge watched 8 episodes before Eric got home from work.  Finished the rest of the season on Sunday night.  Now it looks like I'll have to wait until the Spring of 2018 for Season 4's release.  So sad we have to wait that long!


Sunday I had to get up extra early to make up for all my laziness to prep for Easter lunch.  We went to early church, then had to grab a quick lunch before going to the St. Louis Blues game.  Thank you Blues for playing a great game on Sunday and giving the fans a win!

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When we returned home from the game, we cleaned up and got somewhat ready to start the week before collapsing in bed (to finished season 3 of Grace and Frankie).  What a fun weekend!  

How was your Easter?  And how long do you think you can leave your Easter decorations up?!?  I don't think I'll have time to take mine down this week!

Check out what others were up to this weekend.
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Five on Friday - April 14, 2017

Oh my - am I excited about this day!  Good Friday is a holiday at my work so I can spend the day doing the stuff I typically don't get to do at home during the week.  Can't beat that!  First thing I'm going to do today is read some of my favorite blogs.

Speaking of favorite things, here's my five for this week ~

1.  Senior Pass for National Parks
Are you or do you know someone who is 62 years old?  If so, you should STRONGLY encourage them to get their Senior Pass from the National Park Service as soon as possible.  The Senior Pass currently is only $10 for a lifetime pass.  The cost is increasing to $80 this year.  What can you do with a Senior Pass?  You can get into more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies for your lifetime.  The Senior Pass admits the pass owner and up to 3 passengers in a non-commercial vehicle free entrance into some of the most beautiful spots in the world.  Check out their website HERE for all the details.  But don't wait too long - $10 is a lot less than the $80 you'll have to pay when the price goes up!


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2.  Going In Style
Every Monday, a friend of mine at work and I chat about what movies we saw over the weekend.  Last week he saw Going In Style and said it was really cute.  I'm definitely adding it to my want to see list.  Here's what Rotten Tomatoes has to say about it, "Oscar winners Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby"), Michael Caine ("The Cider House Rules," "Hannah and Her Sisters") and Alan Arkin ("Little Miss Sunshine") team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, in director Zach Braff's comedy "Going in Style." Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money."


3.  Waterproof Garden Gloves with Fingertip Claws
Spring is here and the height of gardening season will be here very soon.  These gloves look like they would be wonderful for any gardener out there!  What a unique Mother's Day gift!  These allow you to plant and dig without hand tools.  Amazing!  Interested in some?  Click HERE to check them out.


We read this book a while back in book club and, man, it's interesting.  Have you read it?  Later this month HBO is featuring the movie and guess who's starring in it - Oprah Winfrey.  HBO says this, "Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne star in this adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. Told through the eyes of Henrietta Lacks’ daughter, Deborah Lacks, the film chronicles her search, along with journalist Rebecca Skloot (Byrne), to learn about the mother she never knew and understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks' cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever."  The book was intriguing, but I thought by the end it got a little stale.  It's worth a read though.  It's available on Amazon HERE.

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5.  Chat with my clothes...
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Hope you have a very special Easter.  After church, Eric and I will be going to the St. Louis Blues hockey game.  What's on your agenda for the day?  Whatever it is, enjoy your Easter and see you back next week.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Friday Favorites - April 14, 2017

It's Friday!  Are you as excited as I am about today's favorites?!?  We've got some great ones today and since I'm off work, I'm looking forward to checking out all the new links.  Enjoy!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - April 13, 2017

Hello friends!  Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  Hope you link up below and share what you're thinking out loud about today.

True confession:  This post almost didn't happen.  I'm off work this Friday thanks to the holiday so that means five days of work needs to be completed in four.  Sometimes real life just gets in the way of the fun stuff (like blogging), but thanks to the St. Louis Blues having a late televised hockey game I'm up later than normal and thought I'd multi task while watching the game.  Please excuse any typos!

I've been doing a lot of thinking about 3,500.  Do you know why I've been thinking about 3,500?  It's not the amount we won in the lottery (I wish!) or the number of new blog followers I got this week (again, I wish!).  It's roughly the number of calories in a pound.

One of my goals this year was to drop a little weight.  Was this one of your goals too?  So I've been thinking a lot about 3,500 because to loose a pound of weight, you roughly have to either eat 3,500 calories less or burn 3,500 calories more in exercising.  DISCLAIMER:  I am NOT a dietitian, physician or any other type of "ian".  I'm just a chubby girl trying to drop a few pounds, so my comments and methods are probably not approved by anyone official.

Since exercising isn't that fun for me and I love to eat, finding a way to make the balance between the two be -3,500 can be a true pain in the butt challenge!  Solution:  My new Fitbit Charger 2 HR!  I don't like it - I LOVE it!

This baby gives me a little reminder every hour if I haven't taken my goal number of steps for that period.  It also tells me how many calories I've burned in a day, how many flights of stairs I taken, how many minutes of activity I've done, plus more.  See why I love it!  If you're interested in one, click HERE to check it out.  I loved mine so much, I got Eric one too.  Now we work together to get our goal number of steps per day and compare our activity minutes.  Honestly, it's been kind of fun challenging each other to get in our steps.

Because the black band really wasn't my favorite thing, I found a couple bands on Amazon that were excellent replacements.  Here's the ones I have ~

I might resemble these ~


Lol pretty much

All in all, this gadget has helped me exercise more and increase my activity.  Yes, I love it.  Now am just wondering why it took me so long to hop on the Fitbit bandwagon.

What are you thinking about today?  Would love to hear from you!


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Friday, April 7, 2017

Five on Friday - April 7, 2017

Hey, hey -- Friday is HERE! It's been one heck of a week and I'm so excited the weekend is here! My friend, Linda, and her daughter, Kelsey are visiting and we are going to work on some graduation things for her. I love weekends when I get to craft with friends. It's going to be a great few days!

Want to see my five for this week? Here you go ~

1. Gifted
I have been excited about this movie since the first time I saw the preview. It's opening this coming Wednesday. Anyone up for a mid-week date?!? Here's the movie info from Rotten Tomatoes, "Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) - in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well."


2. All by Myself, Alone: A Novel
Are you a fan of Mary Higgins Clark? Her newest book was released this week. Check it out HERE. The "Queen of Suspense" chose to write about a glamorous cruise on a luxurious ocean liner that turns deadly in this latest mystery. Sounds like a pretty good book to have on your Kindle or in your library.

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3. PBJ Smoothie Stick
A few months ago I got a PBJ Smoothie Stick in my Birchbox. Fell immediately in love with it! This super smooth stick is made with almond butter and goji berry. Per Birchbox, "The hydrating formula, rich in vitamin E, antioxidants, and beta-carotene, moisturizes and protects, so lips feel, look, and taste sweet all day long."  This little stick glides on so smoothly and has great staying power.  I just might have to get it in every color it comes in.  It's available HERE and HERE.



4.  National Zoo Lover's Day
April 8 is National Zoo Lover's Day and Eric and I are definitely a zoo-loving couple.  It might help that we have an absolutely phenomenal zoo here in St. Louis.  As a matter of fact, the St. Louis Zoo was just voted No. 1 in the nation in USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards contest, which launched in early March.  If you have ever been to the St. Louis Zoo you can totally understand how it won.  If you are ever in the area, a trip to the zoo should definitely be on your agenda.  Oh, and something else great about our zoo - there's no charge to get in.  That's right, it's FREE!

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5.  My new goal....



Have a great weekend!  We are supposed to have wonderful weather here, which will make the weekend even better.  Now I'm off to began getting this weekend started!

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Friday Favorites - April 6, 2017

Hello Friday!  I've been in the spring cleaning mood this week.  Maybe it's because of the feature I picked this week.  Check it out below, along with all the other great features.

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday - April 6, 2017

It's Thursday already and that means only one thing - It's Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  


Today I'm thinking about April being Stress Awareness Month.  Raise your hand if stress is a daily part of your life (both my hands are in the air).  From the moment our eyes open in the morning, stress can be skirting around us.  We need to get to work, feed the kids, pay the bills, clean the house.  The list goes on and on.  Sometimes when I truly stop and think about my stressors, I actually feel lucky.  I'm not stressing about a serious illness with me or my family, not worrying about how I'm going to make my house payment each month, or keeping my kid out of trouble.  No, what causes me stress are things like clutter around my house, sitting in traffic or meeting deadlines.  

Have you ever done a little stress inventory?  A very popular inventory list is the Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory.  Take a peek at it below ~


Regardless of what causes you stress, finding a relief for said stress is the goal.  It's so important for us to find our happy place and visit it often to reduce the tension in our lives.  I have a couple things that almost always relaxes those tight muscles in my shoulders.  These aren't big things (which sometimes is what we need), but instead just little tweaks that make my day a bit better.

Starting my day with a de-stress tablet in the shower has never let me down!  If I wake up and my mind immediately goes to the all the things I need to get accomplished, standing in a hot shower with the aroma of these tablets helps melt away the stress.  A pack of six tablets is just $7.50 (free shipping with Amazon Prime).  Click HERE to check them out.

                                Aromatherapaes Spa Shower De Stress 6 Tablets/4.8 oz

I personally don't have one of these, but I've been hearing some great reviews from people that use them.  What am I talking about?  The Fidget Spinner!  This quiet little gadget is a blessing for anyone with a nervous disorder.  Some of the things it's tagged for is anxiety, ADHD, Autism, and ADD.  It's also used for quitting smoking and staying awake on long car drives.  Why haven't I purchased one of these?!?  
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My Fitbit (Charge 2 Heart Rate) has a handy "Relax" option that guides you through a few minutes of relaxation breathing.  Taking literally two minutes to do some deep breathing can definitely reset your stress level.  So simple, yet so effective.

What tends to stress you out in life?  What are some ways you reduce stress in your life?  

So that's what I'm thinking out loud about today.  What's on your mind?  Link up and share with us!



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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Five on Friday - March 31, 2017

Happy last day of March!  It's hard to believe that one-fourth of this year is already behind us.  I don't know about you, but I'm excited for this next quarter because we should be facing warmer weather and longer days.

Wondering what my five will be for today?  Wonder no more ~

1.  National One Cent Day
Since my name is Penny, I thought I'd mention that tomorrow is National One Cent Day. With tomorrow also being April Fool's Day, not many people think of April 1 as National One Cent Day.  Thought I'd share some facts about the penny straight from National Day Calendar - "The United States first issued a one-cent coin produced by a private mint in 1787. It was designed by Benjamin Franklin. On one side it read “Mind Your Business” and the other “We Are One”. This coin was made of 100% copper, was larger than today’s penny and came to be known as the Fugio cent.  It wasn’t until 1792 that the United States Mint was first created. The first coins struck by the newly established mint were called Chain cents, or Flowing Hair Chain Cents by collectors today. On one side of the was coin a circle of 13 links of chain representing the 13 colonies. On the reverse side of the coin was an image of a woman with flowing hair, otherwise known as Liberty.  The one cent coin was reduced in size in the 1850s to make the coin more economical and easier to handle. In 1856, the mint produced the Flying Eagle cent with a wreath on the reverse side.  This coin was soon replaced with the Indian Head cent in 1859 which quickly became popular and remained in circulation for decades.  Today’s one cent coin is made of copper and zinc and has borne the image of President Abraham Lincoln since 1909. From 1959 to 2008, the reverse featured the Lincoln Memorial. Four different reverse designs in 2009 honored Lincoln’s 200th birthday depicting various scenes from his lifetime and a new, permanent reverse – the Union Shield – was introduced in 2010."  Now you should be ready for any trivia question they ask about the penny!

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2.  SnapPower Guidelight - Outlet Coverplate with LED Night Lights
I'm so intrigued by these outlet covers.  They have lights on the bottoms!  I think I'm going to have to get one (or a few) and give them a try.  They look so cool in the pictures I've seen on the plug ins above the counters. The material says it installs within seconds and requires no wires or batteries.  They are designed to look like a standard outlet cover by day with beautiful LEDs that provide ambient lighting at night.  Want to give them a try?  Click HERE for more info.



3.  The Zookeeper's Wife
This movie is opening today and it's definitely on my "want to see" list.  Here's the synopsis from Movie Insider, "The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned – and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk."

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4. Crayola Says Goodbye to Dandelion
Today is National Crayon Day, but also the day we have to say goodbye to a Crayola color.  Dandelion is being retired!  Not to worry ~ a new color is being unveiled today at a Crayola event in Times Square.  You can be one of the first to hear, and probably see, the new color if you watch the livestream on Facebook.  Is the suspense killing you??  RIP Dandelion.  We will miss your golden glow.


5.  Parenting....
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Have a fabulous weekend!  We don't have a ton going on over the next couple days.  The St. Louis Cardinals are playing at home Sunday night and I'm so excited for the start of baseball season.  Can't wait to hear the crack of the bat!  It's a sure sign that summer is coming.  See you back next week.

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Friday Favorites - March 31, 2017

We've made it to Friday!  There's lots of great reading for you from our features this week.  You are going to love them!  My feature this week comes from Gluesticks with Lemon Curd Hand Pies.  What would be a better way to welcome spring than with some of these!?!

I also wanted to mention that I host another link up on Thursdays called Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  I would love you have you join in the fun and link up!

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday - March 30, 2017

Happy Thursday!  We've almost made it to the weekend.  Thanks for stopping by Thinking Out Loud Thursday.

Today I'm reflecting on my grandmother and her love for hummingbirds.  Every time I see one, I immediately think of her.  I've tried for a couple years to attract them to my yard with only modest success.  This year is going to be different!



After doing a little research, I believe one of the problems has been my lack of getting my feeder out early enough.  These little guys migrant, so your feeder should be out and visible in time for their trip north.  According to the map below, they should be getting to my area any day now.

Ruby-throated map for North America

We (watch out Eric - this means you) are going to do a little planting this year too.  According to Birdwatchers.com, hummingbirds are attracted to the following ~

Flowers
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis
Lantana Lantana camara
Columbine Aguilegia spp.
Fuchsias Fuchsia spp.
Impatiens Impatiens spp.
Coral-Bells Heuchera sanguinea
Hollyhocks Althea spp.
Penstemen Penstemen spp.
Petunia Petunia spp.
Flowering Tobacco Nicotania alata
Geranium Pelargonium spp.
Begonia Begonia spp.

Shrubs
Azaleas Rhododendron spp.
Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii
Flowering Quince Chaenomeles japonica
Honeysuckle Lonicera spp.
Weigela Weigela spp.

Trees
Flowering Crab Malus spp.
Tulip Poplar Liriodendron Tulipifera
Locust Robinia
Eucalyptus Eucalyptus spp.
Vines Honeysuckle Lonicera heckrottii
Morning Glory Ipomea ssp.
Trumpet Creeper Campsis radicans
Trumpet Honeysuckle Lonicera sempervirens

There are so many cool feeders on the market.  Would one of these make a great Mother's Day gift for you?  Ian and Kayla got me the first one a few years ago and I love it!

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Wondering what to put in those feeders?  Well, you can purchase nectar concentrate.
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Or you could whip up a batch of the feed yourself.  Here's a recipe ~

1 Part Sugar 
4 Parts Water 
Boil 1-2 Minutes 
Cool & Store In Refrigerator

Remember to clean and change your nectar every 3-4 days.  If it's super hot, you should really change it even more frequently.

Do you have hummingbirds in your yard?  What tricks have you found to attract them?

So that's what is on my mind today.  Please link up below and share what you're thinking out loud about today.




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