If you're anything like me, you set out on the weekends with a mile long to do list with a little bit of everything on there.
We had some family time at the orchard followed by a Lowe's trip (because who doesn't go to Lowe's on the weekend?), outdoor work, intense cleaning, never ending laundry, and continuing to purge one room at a time. As I look around, I am realizing we apparently have alot that "sparks joy," still. We even had some time to spare for an impromptu cook out with some neighbors. While we certainly chipped away at the list, one of the exciting moments was seeing our fall garden start to bloom!
So as I sit here on a Monday, I can't help but feel like we're set up for a good week. Monday always feels like a good fresh start, don't you think? There is something renewing in returning to weeklong habits after 2 days of rest.
It's also hard to even believe we're talking about fall already. However, as I sit on the patio writing this, hot cup of coffee in hand, there is a crisp morning breeze, which is exciting me for fall. It's encouraging me to pop a transitional summer/fall blend in the diffuser even of Thieves, Eucalyptus and lemon! Last weekend we laid out and planted our fall garden seeds. This weekend they popped through! We're officially on our way to homegrown fall veggies, which will be a first for us.
This year, we are trying out this Survival Garden set of seeds we found on amazon. You can check them out for yourself here! They come in an awesome variety pack and are giving us a little bit of everything to try out. So far, we're super impressed with the quality and everything has sprouted on time.
- Buttercrunch lettuce: Germinates in 5-10 days; ready to pick 60-70 days.
- Kale: Germinates 6-8 days; ready to pick 55-70 days.
- Beets: ready to pick in 45-60 days.
- Turnips: ready to pick 30-60 days.
- Peas: Germinates in 7-14 days; ready to pick 21-30 days.
- Beans: Germinates in 7-10 days; ready to pick 50-55 days.
- Butternut squash: Germinates in 7-10 days; ready to pick in 90-110 days.
Like I said, this is a fall gardening is a first for us, so any pointers are greatly appreciated!
What are your favorite fall veggies?
Today marks a big day, an exciting day in our household as well as many others. School is starting for my little one & it's hard to not feel emotional. Excitement that they are growing into tiny humans; anxiety over watching them watch you leave; hope that their teachers will love them like their own; pride that they are your perfectly imperfect baby, regardless of their age.
In the midst of these happier and exciting moments, I am here to remind us of an emotion we as Americans never want to feel again : fear. For today 16 years ago, we as Americans were stripped of our blissful innocence and felt the wrath of true hate. Every September 11th, we remember the raw emotion felt and seen across our nation.
Make today the day you change. Make today the day you do instead of plan. Be kind to everyone. Be accepting of different than yourself. Judge less. Thank your veterans, first responders, everyday heroes & their families. Without them, where would we be?
We are all in this together.
About last night :: welcoming a new brother-in-law to the family was so so much fun! We partied the night away but this particular wedding opened my eyes a little more to my world.
Weddings are always fun. Exhausting but fun. It doesn't matter your relationship to the bride and groom, they are fun. You get to primp, eat good food, & dance you pants off. So when my sister-in-law invited my son, I was hesitant to bring him along. Hesitant to bring my toddler to a wedding because that would mean I would have to stay "mom" all night rather than have a date night to myself & my husband.
But last night the hand that normally holds my drink, held my son's hand. And it was AWESOME.
He danced to every.single.song.... not even his French fries could pull him off the dance floor. His smile was seen everywhere. And high fives were given away like candy at a Halloween parade. But my favorite thing he gave last night was selfishly, he gave me new perspective.
As we readied ourselves in the morning, I couldn't help but see myself in photos & say, " Wow you look like a mom." My body shape is different, my hair still thin (thanks hormones), and I spend far less time working those trouble areas. For a quick minute I saw my younger adult self lost behind the fact I wasn't 22 & carefree anymore. It dawned on me that I am, in fact, a mom and am so incredibly happy and proud of my accomplishments. I have mom dance moves (I have mastered the side step clap), I think every move my son makes is more adorable than the last, I even enjoy the fact I woke up at my normal time not feeling the party bug (if ya catch my drift) today.
So on the day of my husbands 35th birthday, I celebrate not only him, but the new & accepted perspective he helped open my eyes to.... and for our incredible little family he has given me.
So this weekend was full of firsts..... I baked a fresh picked peach pie ( & it was insanely delicious -- check out Southern Living Magazine for the recipe)... The babes had their first bike ride ( of course my husband did all the work pedaling the trailer up and down the streets), & lastly, I unplugged from cyber world.
The phone lived on the counter near all weekend! It allowed me to truly enjoy my babies & be fully present in the moment. Surprisingly enough it was easier than I thought it'd be. Don't get me wrong, there were a few picture perfect moments I had hoped to catch but those images will remain permanently etched in my mind.
So take some time to try new things, live in the now & unplug every now & again..... & for goodness sake --> EAT THE PIE!
you ask who / what is the basic suburban? Well, the answer is simple :: it's ME.
Without being over the top, it's an account of who I am... what I create ... & sometimes what I am even thinking. .
Thank you for supporting my creative endeavors &taking an interest in what I am learning through out my mom-adventures. Every day brings new challenges BUT it also brings new opportunities to love fiercely, smile BIG, & laugh as loud as possible.
Welcome to my [ basic . suburban ] life.✌🏼❣️☺️
the most basic suburban .....
For starters..... Basic. The term can be perceived to mean many different things. To me, it's; Simple. At the core, I am the same as many of you tuning in (major thank you for being here)!
I've become a natural living & wellness advocate working to do better everyday for my family & would love to help you do the same!
I take advantage of the perfect imperfections each day brings, while trying to raise good, kind babies.
So, if you ever catch yourself wondering what a simple suburban life is like, you can find me, The Basic Suburban, chasing my tiny humans, talking to my houseplants, dreaming of the next DIY & trying to smile & laugh my way through the day.
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