Good morning ladies. Hoping that you have your goals set on things eternal this week.
We make plans when we garden and then there’s those things that just happen and you add them to the plans you made.There’s this large stockpot that my mom gave me.This pot is large enough to feed an army, type stockpot.I use it in the kitchen to hold my potatoes and as of late I’m using it to store the rest of our sweet potato harvest from last year.
While in the kitchen the other day, I looked down in the pot and saw an itty bitty leaf sticking out.You’d thought I found hidden treasure.
After seeing the leaves I called my husband to tell him what I found.This lead us to do some research on how we can create our own sweet potato plants.Every year my husband goes on a search to find sweet potato plants and it’s a quest because most of the garden nurserys don’t get them in stock until late spring or early summer.
We also have a 4×16 raised gardening bed to grow our sweet potatoes in.
Which means we have to plant a maximum of atleast 30 something sweet potato plants to fill this baby up.Purchasing the plants aren’t overly expensive, but what’s better than growing your own sweet potato plants from the previous season’s harvest?
Nothing gets better than that.
Some of our harvest from last year and this is just a portion of it.
After researching we found out that we need to get the sweet potatoes to make shoots by either placing them in water or cutting off the part of the potato that’s sprouting, place them in dirt and allow the roots to grow.
So, that’s what we did.Next, we just add a little more dirt, but not to cover them fully.
Follow up buy watering it.
And since we’re doing the winter sowing method we added tape to close the milk jug so we can take them outside and place them in our raised beds under our hoop houses.
Yeah, out here in this snow is where we have our plants growing under the hoop houses. Thank God for micr-climating.
This is crazy Chicago weather and here are some crazy Chicago gardeners.
Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
Stay tuned for an update on how our sweet potato shoots come out.
Have you ever turned on the light in your room and everything appeared dim?My first thought is to check to see if anything is wrong with lightbulbs and to my surprise I see all of the build up that has began to accrue on the chandelier crystal drops.
Now, this is a task I avoid at all cost, cleaning the crystal drops.Although cleaning light fixtures are on my cleaning list, it’s something I skip over or surface clean until it get’s notably icky.I’ll look up at the chandelier then, look away, up at the chandelier and then walk right off. lol
But one day… while in the kitchen I looked at the dishwasher and that BIG’ OLE light bulb went off in my head.
PUT THEM IN THE DISHWASHER!
But before I tossed them all in the dishwasher and experience a total ruin and have to purchase all new ones, I did a test run.I took 3 pieces and ran them through a cycle to see how they hold up.I place two in the utensil holder and one on the top rack.
To my amazement they came out Cleznene! (clean in my Snoop Dog voice)
I also plan on using this technique with my ceiling fixture light domes as well. Now, depending on which room of the house the chandelier drops or light fixture domes are located, you may have minimum to maximum build up.For instance, my light comes in the kitchen get maximum grease build up quickly because they’re in the kitchen and I cook A LOT.In this case you may not have the same results.
What to do?
Soak chandelier drops or lobes first, remove excess dirt or grease and then place them in the dishwasher.
Now, let’s clean the chandelier drops.
- Remove chandelier drops.
- Check for excess dirt or grease build up.
- Pretreat any area that has excessive build up with some dish soap and remove it with some elbow grease and a towel.
- Place in the dishwasher.I placed mine on the top rack because the heating coil to dry the dishes are under the bottom rack.
- When load is complete, remove and dry with a towel.
- Place them back on the chandelier or light fixture.
I’m not ashamed to say that school wasn’t my favorite place to go
Sharpened number 2 pencils in hand, two to be exact, a good breakfast and out the door and off to school for a full day of testing.Oh, how I dreaded those days.Although I cringed the days of testing, the apprehension was higher when the results were in.
I’m not ashamed to say that school wasn’t my favorite place to go, but I also can look back with slight regret wondering what if, things would have worked out differently?What if school had been my prized place to go.Knowing that dwelling on the ‘What ifs’ changes nothing, I keep those experiences in mind and I’m always looking for ways to help make my kids look at school differently than I did.
how I help my kids get through the testing as stress free as possible
This week many of our kids, grades 3rd through 8th and high school will begin taking the PARCC Tests. Short story long, PARCC is PARTNERSHIP FOR ASSESSMENT OF READINESS FOR COLLEGE AND CAREERS.That’s a darn mouthful.I’m not here to debate if this testing is beneficial or battle out my beliefs of the Common Core State Standards.I’m just here so I won’t get fined LOL.For real though, I’m sharing how I help my kids get through the testing as stress free as possible and hoping you may adopt some of my ideas or spark your creativity to come up with your own.
One thing I do to help my kids look at school differently than I did growing up, is by sharing some of my experiences with them, when I see them facing similar battles that I faced growing up.Of course when sharing my experiences I have to be selective with each child and make sure I share what’s age appropriate for them at the time.I think it also let’s them see that, although I’m a parent now, I’ve walked in their shoes and I know how this may be challenging for them.Hopefully this helps them feel comfortable and willing to come and talk to me when they need someone to talk to.
Another way I like to shine some light on my kids educational experience, is to make sure that when they’re testing, things on the homefront are as stress free as possible.Here’s 10 ways I do this and depending on what type of test and the severity of the stress it can cause, I may subtract a few or add some more.
This is where I begin and this is where I end, praying with and for my children when they’re about to take a test.Although I pray for my children daily, taking their hand and letting them hear me pray for them is refreshing to their souls.Though they may not always say it, they have come to me later and said thanks for praying for me, mom.I’m thankful to the Lord for allowing me to come to Him with my concerns and when I see Him answer my prayers.
From spelling test to PARCC, practice, practice, practice.A few weeks ago we had a parent meeting at my daughter’s school informing us of what we needed to know before our kids took the PARCC test.That’s when we received website information for the practice test.Daily Jala spent time on the site taking the practice test and getting familiar with the type of questions that would be asked and how to solve them.We both thought it was helpful because it gave her and myself insight on the testing process ahead of time.
Let’s make sure they get a good meal before leaving the house while testing.Does this mean you have to cook breakfast every single morning?No, but if you want to go right ahead.You can also make breakfast ahead of time, a bowl of cereal, smoothie or some quick frozen breakfasts meals that you can heat up in the microwave will do.I also like to ask my kids what they’ll like in the morning.If they say cereal, cereal it is and they better not expect bacon, eggs, grits and pancakes, if they suggested cereal.
Seeing as though I like to have dinner done before the kids get home, eating dinner at 3 o’clock is a bit early.So, after a long testing day at school coming home to a refreshing snack always makes the day.Days like this really calls for a tasty smoothie, some fruit, yogurt or whatever snacks your kids enjoy.
Ain’t nothing like a home cooked meal and what better way to end the day with dinner.
Get Clothes Ready for the week
Of course you can set out the clothes the night before, but if you can do it for the entire week…Do it!You’d thank yourself in the morning.
For us moms with natural brown girls, throwing the hair up in a ponytail…is as is as it gets.However, when I put Jala’s hair in a ponytail I have to do this every morning for the entire week.That’s when braiding her hair up into french braids trumps the ponytail. So, I shampoo and condition her hair.
Then, braid it into french braids and it’ll look beautiful the entire week.This helps make our mornings a breeze.
Go to bed early
Jala has a 9 o’clock bedtime.I’m sure that may be considered a bit late for some, but it works well for us.Every night about a half hour before bedtime, Jala gets some “ME TIME’.During this time she gets to either watch one of her favorite Youtube channels or have some reading time.This week this won’t change. She’ll have her “ME TIME” and she’ll go to sleep between 8 o’clock and 8:30 to make sure she get’s enough rest and she’s bright eyed and bushy tail in the morning.
Um, who doesn’t like a stress free home?I know I do and that’s one thing I’ve always strive to do was to create a peaceful atmosphere in our home.
Set Timers To Get To School On Time
Last and definitely not least, I set some timers to make sure our mornings are flowing smoothly to get the kids off to school on time.Who wants to get to school late and have to rush to get in their seat right before a test?Not me and our kids don’t either.Check out this post on how I set timers to stay on track.Not trying to toot my own horn, but I don’t think Jala has any tardies this year.Not bad for a mama that received detentions for being late all the darn time when I was in school.So thankful for maturity.
Hope this gave you some ideas on how to help your kids make it through PARCC testing and any other testing they may have coming up.What are some of the things you do to make sure your kids get through testing stress free?
It’s MonYAY!Hope you’re excited to begin this new week.However, I know that many of us can often experience anxiety in our lives and for some Mondays aren’t, MonYAY.Life’s trials, struggles and disappointments can be sure to leave us a bit anxious.
I’m always thankful for God’s word and this past month I’ve been experiencing some anxiety.Which led me to really lean in on God’s word and meditate on His promises.If I hadn’t, I would be a nervous wreck.Tore up from the floor up not knowing which way to go and definitely not easy to live with.Spending time in His word and in prayer restores my soul and helps me to focus on my Savior and not my problems.
In the book of Matthew it says, But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.When reading this I realized how my priorities were out of whack and I had to get them straight.My top priority is to seek God’s kingdom.Not mine, not the world’s or anyone else’s.My first concern is to Seek God’s kingdom, His rulership, sovereignty and authority and to seek His righteousness.His way of doing things, not my own.My waY is SCARY 🙁
I Hope that as you begin your week, you make seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness your top priority. That’s what kingdom women do.