This week I haven't really been on pinterest that much, yea I have the five to ten minutes or so right before my shift starts at work, but I haven't spent a lot of time on pinterest. Anyways, I have been pinning some wonderful items.
Animal testing. What is it, why do companies do it and does a company have to put on a label if they test on animals? Since this is a controversial topic, I would usually post about this on my Let's talk Friday's (which I know I haven't done in a while) but these questions keep running through my head, especially when I shower or use make-up.
Animal testing can be defined as " Cruel or cruelty free experiments on animals" To me that doesn't make much sense. How can an experiment be cruelty free? Also do the animals or their owners consent to the testing? Furthermore- why do we test on animals when there are a bunch of people on prison who we could test on (just an idea). To be honest, people would do a better job since they can communicate and let the researchers know that they are in pain- animals- you have to listen to them, look at their eyes, and see their sad faces. That thought is just too much for me. I would love to see a world where we didn't test on animals what about you?
As promised, I would post a picture of my plants when they have started to seed. Well, this past week has been an exciting one. I have had quite a few of my plants start to sprout little seedlings. Not all of my plants have sprouted, which worried me, until I did some more research and found out that it looks different plants take different amounts of time to sprout. Kinda like how everyone goes through their growth spurts at different times.
Of the herbs I planted only a few them haven't sprouted yet. Those that I'm still waiting on are my parsley, oregano, cilantro,mint and dill. All the others have little seedlings, even my chamomile ( The seedling is super small, but it is there)
My flowers have also sprouted- the peace lily I brought seems to be going strong and I hope that when the flowers are in bloom they will look great in the painted containers I have.
The vegetables I'm working are also a slow progress. The garlic and onions are doing great! The peppers haven't seeded and I have restarted with my avocado plant. This time I really want it to work.
And last a picture of the flowers that my husband gave me on Valentines day. It's been a week and they are still going strong.
My Beautiful Daisies
The end table (This one is is right by the door- the pot my sister made holds our keys.)
I am super excited for the plants to keep growing and to be able to use my plants this summer. Imagine eating fresh onions, using fresh garlic and herbs, and taking a bite into a fresh pepper. I cannot wait. Which makes me feel very lucky. I am very blessed to be able to try and grow a bunch of new plants and just learn how to garden.
2 Corinthians 9:6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Last night my husband and I went shopping for seeds. We have started our herb garden. I promise I will post a picture of what it looks like when the herbs are in full bloom.
We found the sunniest window and set up a small shelf right under it. We planted all of our seeds adn then we put saran wrap on top of the plants. We did that to keep the water in and to make sure that warmth stayed with the plants. Now we just have to let the sun do it's business.
We also got some flowers to and planted them in some containers. I'm hoping that by container gardening, I'm going to be able to learn how to have a green thumb. To help with that, my husband and I brought a book from Better Homes and Gardens. It's all about growing herbs and veggies.
After reading through the book, I realized I have a lot to learn, but I don't mind learning as a go. I have also decided that I am going to grow an Apricot tree in a container in my apartment! Then, when it produces fruit, I can give it to my mom (who loves apricots) and I can make apricot jam (which is my mom's favorite jam).
The herbs we planted are:
We also planted:
As well as we still have our garlic and scallions growing.
Since I know my husband won't be seeing this until AFTER I give him his gift, I'm going to post what I made for him on here. Using the pin that I posted yesterday (and for a few other days) I made a
DATE NIGHT PASSPORT!
I made a list of local restaurants some we've been to and others we haven't even touched. And some I didn't know existed. After that I made a list of many different date night ideas ranging from free to super expensive. ($$$)
Finally I put the book together and made my money code.
As you all know I love to bake. With Jeff being on his diet and with me doing it with him, I haven't been able to bake as much as I would like :( but I can pin many different recipes to try, starting with a Death by Chocolate Chip Cookie
and the entire first Chapter of Harry Potter under the stairs. AWESOME for a fan like me.
Lastly, today is Ash Wednesday the start of Lent. I encourage you to do what ever you feel is best to get closer to what ever God or higher power you believe in. For me, being a Catholic, I will be fasting today and going to church. I will wear my ashes proud and I want all my other Catholics to wear their ashes proud.
This winter I have been working on making mittens for both me and my husband. Below are the final as I like to call them Hobo mittens since the top can be flopped over to use be able to use the fingers.
With my husbands mittens I did a the two most basic stitches- knitting and purling. I started by knitting and purling, then I went to basic knitting in the row. I measured my husband's hands and knitted to the length I needed before I casted off and made the top flap and the thumb. For his mittens I added a dash of color with the green button to keep the flap down.
My mittens were a bit more complicated. I made some small cables and other designs in them, as well as making sure to use the basic knit and purl on them. I also added a lining from an old t-shirt for some extra warmth.
Lastly, a I finally I have picture up for my baby blanket design I made back in October.
Just click the picture and it will take you to the blog post.
I work with kids and I love it. Being able to talk to kids and help them with what ever is bothering them, as well as teach...is wonderful. It's what I want to do with my life. I seriously cannot wait for the day when I have my own classroom. Until then, I will continue working with children what ever way I can.
I'm lucky that I work with awesome kids. One of the most awesome things about them is they LOVE to play board games. Every morning I've been able to play Life, Sorry, Guess Who and Candy Land. Which of course makes me think.... What is your favorite board game and why is it your favorite?
My favorite is
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(Yes, I know it's not a board game per say, but it's super fun)