Sunday, May 17, 2015

2015 Garden

The garden is in and looking good. I'm approaching it a bit differently this year. Fewer plants, wider spacing. I think the last few years we've tried to cram too much in and ended up disappointed.

The long bed has onions again and tomatoes. I read an article in the local paper this week that suggested not suckering your tomatoes to increase yield and prevent sunburn. I was always taught to remove suckers and generally try to follow that practice. But I'm all about getting more tomatoes, so I'm going to give it a try. My mother in law has never suckered her plants and has HUGE yields (she also has soil to die for, but I can't really replicate that!) Excited to try the Black Krim. Everyone raves about heirloom tomatoes but I don't think I've had much luck in the past. Hope springs eternal.

The big bed is really quite spread out. The Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes are prolific growers so I'm hoping I've left them enough room. Eggplant and peppers up the middle should be fine. And 3 squash plants to dominate the other third. Some people might be terrified at 3 squash plants since they tend to produce a ton. But C and I love zucchini and we've got a lot of neighbors to share with.

I decided not to put flowers in the little bed this year. The blueberries are still limping along. I put a Mountain Fresh and 2 Plum Crimson tomatoes and 4 North Star peppers. These are all kind of extras for sharing so we'll see how they make out over there.

The lilac we put in last year is getting ready to bloom. Our neighbor's lilac didn't bloom this year and I really miss the smell. Hopefully ours will be well scented.
The little bed at the end of our deck is looking so nice this year too. The burning bush is gorgeous. The bleeding hearts and columbines are really filling in too. I put a Golden Treasure Barberry in to try to fill up that last space.

Here's just a quick look at the flowerbeds at the front of our house. I have no rhyme or reason to what I plant there, just whatever looks pretty when we are looking at flowers. The mums didn't fair too well after our winter...only a few little stalks left. I'm hoping to baby them through but will replace them this fall if need be.
 We put down cocoa shell mulch this year. It is by far my favorite mulch but not always easy to come by. I love how easy it is to get in around the flowers. It smells heavenly. That does fade after awhile, but right now our house smells like Willy Wanka's chocolate factory! It is a light mulch so wind is not its friend and it can get a little moldy looking in a wet summer. Still, it is my go to when I can get it.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

MoonaLisa Haul

It's time for another Moonalisa haul. My Spring 2015/Let Them Eat Cake order finally arrived this week. The wait was excruciating on this one. I placed the order February 28 and it didn't arrive until May 4. Originally she said the orders would start shipping around April 8. They only started a week after that. Then the fulfillment company changed their processing order, so even though I ordered within the first few minutes of the sale, my order didn't ship until near the end of the run. So, yeah, the wait time was a real bummer. 

I ordered lots of goodies this time.

Only one soap, Woodland Moss. I did find out from Moona that her soaps are melt and pour, not cold process. They are gorgeously done and the best quality m&p I've ever experienced. So even though I'm a soap snob, these definitely make the cut. The scent is herbal and woody. Very outdoorsy. She calls it "man-soap" and I do agree a guy would like it, but there's nothing so masculine a girl can't use it. I also got this scent in perfume and lotion.

A lip balm in Raspberry Vanilla. It takes me forever to go through a tube of lip balm and I don't keep too many open at a time so haven't had a chance to try this yet.

I picked up the L'Heroine perfume oil which comes in the pretty hex bottle. A somewhat powdery, complex earthy smell (notes listed are Agarwood, Myrhh , Frankincense, Vanilla Ab, Amber Blend, Sweet Orange). I also got this in lotion.

The other two lotions are Bees' Knees (beautiful hyacinth floral) and Freyja (light citrus). The lotion bottles are a different format than before. I think I might like these square bottles better than the round ones. Because the lotion is rather thick I store the bottles upside down. The square shape should help to keep them from tipping over.
After chatting with another Moonalisa lover about my previous experience with the hair mist having almost no scent and her telling me her's had always been highly scented, I decided my previous one may have been a fluke and I would try them again. I picked up 4 since I'm nearly out and detangler is a non-negotiable for me. Freyja; Bali Cloud is a creamy vanilla with ylang ylang, very nice; Cotton Candy Cupcake which smells exactly like it sounds (most strongly scented of the bunch); and Earth is a very softly scented orange (again, the scent is almost non-existent in this one). So I'm still on the fence about the hair mist. The product is great, I just wish there was more scent payoff.

I'm a little disappointed in my scent choices this time. The scents all sounded good when it was 30 degrees when I ordered. Now that the temps are in the 80s, I wish I had chosen more summery scents. My sister got Sea Witch soap which smells (and looks) amazing! She also got soap and lotion in Brazilian Mango Lime Smoothy. I'm not normally a lime fan, but I think that one might be perfect for warm weather.

Not sure when Moona's next launch will be. She mentioned needing to take a break and maybe just doing some small releases. Be sure to join her Facebook page to get all the announcements.