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Motivation Monday: You CAN Achieve Your Goals.

I know that this is the time of year where everyone is making goals and implementing changes. So I’m joining in on the chorus too! I’ve been yearning for the willpower.. the strength.. the commitment.. the discipline to take better care of my own body.. my one life.. heck why not? We only get one run at things right?

I’ve told myself that time and time again.. through the headaches, dry eyes, tummy-aches, and sleepless nights. Nothing ever seemed to changed though. I’m one of those people other people look at and say.. “You don’t need to lose weight, You don’t need to get healthy, You are already skinny.” That’s just it though. It didn’t seem to matter anymore. Even though I am skinny by societies terms, my body was constantly getting sick.. and by constantly I mean ever other week I was in excruciating pain of some sort that left me in bed for hours on end. My body felt toxic.

I thought I was enjoying my life and the foods that this world has to offer. I feel like I was lying to myself. What’s so enjoyable about sore eyes and migraines? How can I have fun with an aching body and sinus drainage? I think you get the pic.

What did I do to make a change? … I prayed. I prayed and told God that I didn’t have the strength to live a healthier lifestyle on my own, with my sugar cravings-love for bread-and all things dairy… I couldn’t turn the corner without giving into the next food induced temptation.

I prayed for what seemed like a while. But, I think I actually only really prayed about it a few times over a period of a few months. He took away my addiction to sodas a little over a year ago. And I’ve basked in the greatness of how good it felt to be freed from those pesky little devils. Honestly once I got past the “I need a coke” it turned into “I don’t want a coke”.

I asked God, “Thank you for taking away my desire for sodas.. Will you please take away my desire for gluten, sugar, and dairy? I know I’m too weak to give it up, and I know you are wayyy more than capable enough to take it away.”

I figured one day He would, but I didn’t know when.. Until last week.. I woke up feeling totally crappy Monday morning, and after I began to feel better it just clicked.. It was time to make the change. So I’ve sworn to dairy-free, sugar-free, and gluten-free foods, a somewhat easier way to describe this is called Paleo.

My mind has changed from what I can’t eat, to what I Can Eat! And believe me, once you start to focus on everything you Can Eat.. the options are actually endless haha. It’s like there’s all this food out there, ripe for the picking.. and I Can Eat It! By ripe for the picking I mean fresh foods, and honestly it’s the best way to go. Your body will love you for it.

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What exactly am I eating? Just this week I’ve had Paleo Hamburger & Cabbage stir-fry, kinda like a substitute for “Chili-Mac” if you leave out the Herb Seasonings and Sour Cream.. and add Cumin, Chili Powder, and Garlic.

I’ve also made Mashed Cauliflower.. which has been an AH-maze-Zing substitute for the oh so dairy-filled mashed potato staple..

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Crock-Pot Ribs (recommend using 1T of mustard and not 2), Oh and I made an exception for the sugar on this one… my favorite BBQ sauce from Hinze’s BBQ does have a little sugar in it. I’ll let you know if I find a paleo recipe for sauce that stands up to the taste bud test..

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and tonight I’m have Paleo Fresh Taco Soup! Haven’t tried it yet but it literally took me 20 minutes to throw together and it smells delish 🙂

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Don’tcha just love you some Pinterest?? hehe 😉 I know I sure do! Well, Until Tomorrow… I’m basically just trying to tell you that You Can Do It, you can take control of your body, you can live a healthier lifestyle, you can make fitness goals and stick with them.. and if you need help doin it I’m here to give you all the motivationally positive support you need!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Tip Tuesday: Enjoying the Sunshine

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How about this sunshine? Mmmmm…. my skin is whispering sweet nothings while I bask in the warmth of it all… I’ve been looking for excuses to get outside and enjoy this amazing weather, and it looks like I’m not the only one!

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What are you guys doing to enjoy the great outdoors? I’ve been pulling weeds, dusting ant piles, beginning the cleanup of my garden for spring, walking my puppy loves, sitting out in the grass reading, basically just some good ‘ol I’m ready for spring activities!

We’ve got plenty of fertilizer, plant food, ant poison, bug zapping kinda stuff along with some great deals on plants left over from last years orders.

Come on by, we’d love to show you around!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Rain Sensor – Lawn Sprinkler System

Guys… There is a permanent smile glued to my face right now! Why? You must be asking… because the sun is blazing shiny rays across my ghostly appearance, the warmth is caressing my soul, and I am comfortably content in only One Jacket!! Woohoo… this Southern Summer Lovin’ girl is feelin mighty fine today 😉

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I am thankful for the weather that we’ve had… cold, wet, rainy, soggy, make me want to stay inside under a mountain of blankets near an imaginary fire place substituted by a space heater!!! Wow… ya I’m lovin’ this sunshine, and those kinda wintery days make me appreciate warmth so much more.

I’m sure you’ve noticed the weather too. And I’m sure you’ve noticed all the water standing in your grass and how moist your flower beds have been… If you’ve got a sprinkler system, you’ve probably got it manually turned onto OFF. Which is a great way to prevent the expansion of the wetland area you may or may not have naturally occurring in your yard… hehe.

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So what happens when the rain stops? Do you remember to turn your system back on? I know I wouldn’t. I probably wouldn’t notice until my yard started getting a little too dry, or maybe my plants started wilting.

Nevertheless whether you do or don’t remember to turn your system on and off, modern day technology and introduced an awesome way of managing your sprinkler systems output of water when it’s raining. Simply attaching a Rain Sensor to your control will automatically shut off your system while the sensor is wet from rain. The “dry out” time of the sensor can be adjusted according to your preference. Whether you’d like a long wait time, or a short wait time.. this hassle free attachment is designed to reduce stress, reduce water waste, and increase your pocket book!

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Need some help? Myra’s Garden can install one for you! We also off lawn sprinkler system install, sprinkler system troubleshooting maintenance, and repairs.

Call us or Come by Myra’s Garden today… Have any questions? Leave them in the comments below, we’d love to share more information with you!

Until Tomorrow…

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Garden Seeds are Trickling In!

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I was so excited to announce last night that my first package of seeds came in! I am already beginning to plan where I want to plant them in my garden…. I’m even thinking that I may need to expand my garden! Eeeeeek 🙂

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If you have any question about what to plant or when to plant feel free to ask. I’m at the beginning of this really awesome journey to a healthy lifestyle and I would love for you guys to come alongside me!

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Basically what I’ve got right now are a few packages of seeds to be planted in February. Which is actually only a few weeks away, but I want to go ahead and get my raised beds ready for planting. As well as add a few along the fence line to plant beans, peas, you know those climbing sorta things 🙂 I have a 6’x8′ box full of herbs and a box of the same size ready for veggies. These boxes aren’t huge… so I’m considering forming and filling one to two more boxes in order to expand my garden area.

What do you guys think? Have any tips on seed planting or do you prefer transplants? Let me know in the comments below. Until Tomorrow…

-XOXO,

Myra’s

tip Tuesday: water puddles

As I am sure y’all can see… it’s raining again this morning! 🙂 hehe. how can I be happy you ask? Well it seems that we’ve had an abundance of rain in the past months, and I’m very thankful for that. We’ve been without a good rainy season for a little while now it seems… I’m sure that there are plenty of rivers, bays, and creeks that needed to be replenished… not to mention it takes the stress off of our pocket book when we don’t have to water our yards!

One thing that I have noticed in my yard is that I’ve got a few spots holding water. Some of these puddles are small… and almost seemingly insignificant, but there is one puddle that I would really like to take care of. It’s about 10-15′ long running down the fence line. I’ve filled in this area with top soil before, but I may not have put enough down to solve the puddle problem.

What I recommend doing is taking some marking paint or a few yard flags and marking around the area where the water is standing. That way when the water dries up enough for you to work in your yard, you still know where your puddle was located.

Here at Myra’s we recommend topsoil for yard leveling projects. By the Yard topsoil is $22.50, but we can also sell you a few buckets if your need is on a much smaller scale. If you’ve got a little time to spare you can also install an underground drain system in your yard. We can also do these things for you, if you’d like for us to come by and take a look give us a Call or Come By 🙂

Until Tomorrow, y’all stay warm and dry!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Ordering Seeds

As I sat in the not so blissfully winter air, I began to dream of spring summer and all things warm and beautiful… then I thought oh my goodness I can order seeds for my Garden!! Woohoo! One step closer to warmth and good food 😉

So today I did just that. I went online to my trusty Heirloom Seed provider, Annie’s Heirloom Seeds. You can order a catalog or browse online… I prefer to have a catalog on hand to daydream through as I flip the wonderfully crisp pages, then when I’m ready to place my order I go online and submit it!

If you’re not sure what to plant here’s a great little guide to a few of the basic veggies we plant here in the south.

To give you an idea of what I ordered see the following:

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage (Summer)
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Peas

I started with a small list of veggies I can sow outdoors in February… that way I don’t get overwhelmed with lots of little packages containing thousands of seeds. I’ll place another order in February for the seeds I’ll need to sow outdoors in March.

One other thing I’ll be order today is Potatoes. Yes. You heard me Potatoes. I love me some Potatoes. haha have I said it too many times?

POTATOES! I’m ordering my Seed Potatoes here.

haha. ok ok. So I’m going to order these and plant them in February as well. Looks like I’ve got plenty of work cut out for myself! Phew 😉 Do you have any plans for your vegetable garden? Don’t have one you say? Well get started now, it’s the perfect time to begin a new journey to saving green and eating clean! Stay tuned for a video post of my seed order and further details of my #eatmyyard journey. Until Tomorrow…

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Freeze Protection

Did you guys know it’s supposed to get down into the 30’s for the next few nights? Wooooo-Weeee that sounds pretty darn chilly to me!

When I hear freeze I often think, ok what has the potential to bust, die, freeze, or injured?? Mainly in regards to my home, pets, or plants.

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We can add insulation, reduce draft through doors & windows, only open garage doors when absolutely necessary, wrap exposed pipes, and leave our faucets and spigots dripping.

Bring pets inside or set up heat lamps in an area with wind protection. And as always make sure they have access to water and food.

Water the soil around your plants thoroughly… wet soil holds heat better than dry or damp soil. Bed sheets or Blankets are good materials to use in covering your plants, use stakes to keep the covering from touching the plants (Especially if you are using plastic or tarps). If possible, cluster container plants together close to the house.

If this years first freeze has caught you off guard, use these simple tips to prepare your home. Taking care of things such as pipe insulation, heat lamps and having blankets on hand will last you for years to come.

Oh, and here’s a helpful tutorial from Myra’s Garden for wrapping your pipes! Stay warm guys, Until Tomorrow…

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Happy New Year.

It’s so good to be back. I love that I can say that honestly and whole-heartedly. I really do love my work. It’s amazingly astonishing that those words are coming out of my brain through the tips of my fingers haha. But seriously, I just want to stop right Here and give Thanks, all the Glory, Honor, and Credit to God for guiding me to exactly where I am today. And I’m thankful that He never tires to remind me that He’s got it under control!

I also want to say that I love you guys (seems like I’m full of love, joy, and all things peacefully nice this morning)>>you guys better eat it up now. hehe. You guys also make my work worth while and I want to Thank You for it.

How was your Holidays? Did you celebrate the birth of Jesus and Ring in the New Year?? We did. It’s been a blast. Took a 9 day Holiday and now we are ready for 2015! I’m also beginning to be Thankful for Mondays. That should be a Hashtag. #thankfulformondays yes. I like the sound of that. It’s like the perfect opportunity to start every week out right.

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“God, forgive me for allowing things of this world to take my focus away from You. My heart is Yours. I belong to You!” -Deuteronomy

Let’s stay focused and motivated lovelies! Until Tomorrow…

-XOXO,

Myra’s

All Wrapped Up

Last minute gift wrapping/giving/forgot to buy someone a present now you need to regift something from contents only found in or near your home?? We’ve all been there and our guest post has a solution for you!!

Gift wrapping is a big deal in my family. There are competitions.

The finalist are normally my mom and my brother. Yes, my 6’4 Country-Hood brother is a master at wrapping paper and curling ribbons. The present’s wrapping is celebrated as much as the present itself, and with good reason, because they really create beautiful gifts.

I am the hippy child of the family,  and all of the wrapping paper has always bothered me a little bit. Don’t get me wrong… I admire & enjoy it. There is just a nagging thought in the back of my head as we are bundling up all of the leftover paper and filling a trash bag… that it seems so wasteful.  Here is a short, interesting article that talks about the history of wrapping paper,  how much money we spend on it and how much of it enters our landfills every year. (Hint: It’s a lot)

But you can’t give an unwrapped gift. It’s just not right. So you see… I had a problem.

I also had another problem. Being the hippy child that I am I try to take my own bags to the grocery store. If I forget, I ask for paper bags. Well, I forget a lot. I also forget to take my paper bags to the recycling center  (only 5 minutes from my house). This accumulation of brown paper bags drives my husband crazy!

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Two problems & One Solution

As I was organizing my paper bags one day I thought, why not wrap my gifts with this paper! At that moment I decided I would not buy anything for wrapping this year. I would only wrap gifts with what I had in my home. Below is how I did it:

 

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This leaves you with a nice sheet of ‘wrapping paper’.

IMG_3522Wrap your present…

And decorate! (After I finished this project I looked on Pinterest and there are a lot good ideas on how to decorate a brown paper gifts)

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Zion can’t wait to see what he is going to get!

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Sometimes we get carried away with our To-Do Lists and getting things done as quick and easy as possible. Let me encourage everyone to try to incorporate mindfulness in every aspect of our lives. If we are mindful of what we say, what we eat, how we spend our time and mindful of our resources… I believe time will slow down and we will be able to feel satisfaction as we complete our tasks.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! God Bless you, and let’s open our hearts and pour out love this year!

Guest post written and illustrated by the very lovely and super talented Margarey Valdez-Diaz!

Thank you Margarey and Merry Christmas from Myra’s Garden!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Motivational Monday

How was your weekend? Mine flew by!! I feel like I say that almost every Monday, so I don’t really know why I am ever surprised by this realization… 😉

I did enjoy our Family Ugly Sweater Christmas Party… A few of us actually made our own tacky creations, and some just had some plain ol’ traditionally ugly sweaters lol.

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I just love that Ugly Sweaters are becoming a sensation… it’s so much fun to see the different sweaters some people create! And it was actually a lovely weekend to wear a sweater… I was worried we’d literally be Sweating … thank The Lord that we weren’t!

I get a scripture sent to me by text from 89.3 KSBJ every Monday… today’s verse was Psalm 40:8, “God, I surrender my plans & desires to You. I want to obey Your will for my life. Show me the way so I can do Your will.” This verse was extremely motivating for me, because I felt a little worried and anxious about a few things this morning and then… When I read that scripture I was like Thank You for reminding me Lord, I do surrender my plans & desires to you once again today, and I do want to obey Your will for my life.

So instead of worrying, I’m watching and listening for guidance and direction. Thanks for the motivation Lord!

I’m finding some really cool links for planning my Spring Garden… which I hope to start planting in January… I’ll be sharing this info soon!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

P.S. Don’t forget about the Candlelight Christmas Eve Service hosted by Myra’s Garden and presented to you by the Vineyard Church this Wednesday December 24th at 6PM!

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