• Trying To Conceive

    Our TTC Journey: Mira Fertility Tracker

    When I first stumbled upon the Mira Fertility Tracker back in March, I made it a point to read the reviews. A lot of reviews, since it wasn’t exactly cheap (about $199 to start, then you have to buy the wands every month or so). Basically the Mira measures actual Luteinizing Hormone concentrations and automatically connects to the Mira app to keep track of the data. It’s pretty simple – you pee on the stick, insert it into the device, and the device analyzes it. It’s advertised as a way to help you get pregnant faster by providing accurate and personalized cycle tracking. For the first 3 months, I tried it…

  • Food/Recipes,  Garden/Homestead

    Pepper Jelly (Recipe)

    The first time I had pepper jelly, it was served to me at a work potluck, topping a block of softened cream cheese with some bacon bits and spring onion. Amazing. The second time I had it was smeared over tuna – a dish that I created based on something my mom had at a friend’s house. But I never thought about making my own jar of pepper jelly until my mom asked to borrow some of our peppers for some. She traded me a box of pectin for the peppers and I knew I had to make some. I’m so glad I did. Instead of that oddly green colored…

  • Garden/Homestead

    Let’s Talk About Okra

    I feel like people who don’t like okra are the ones who have only experienced it being slimy and gross, similar to snot. Not very appetizing to most of us, right? But I LOVE okra. I love the gorgeous flowers that appear on okra plants. I love how quickly they grow. I love eating them fresh, pickled, preserving them. The only thing I don’t like about okra is how the plants always make my arms break out when I’m picking. One of my favorite ways to eat okra fresh is by roasting them.  Heat your oven to 400*F and slice the okra pods length wise. I toss them with just…

  • Misc,  Trying To Conceive

    Our TTC Journey: Chemical Pregnancy

    This post is a little painful to write, but since I’m being honest about our TTC (trying to conceive) journey, it needed to be written. A little background about our journey: Our first son, Caleb, was born in December 2017. My partner was 34, I was 30. This was my first pregnancy of any sort. We weren’t trying, we weren’t not trying. At that point, we had been together since October 2014. My menstrual cycle resumed back in October 2019 – that same month, we started trying to baby number two. We were torn on if we wanted another child or not, but decided if it happened, it happened. Fast…

  • Garden/Homestead,  Toddler

    Our 5 Favorite Toddler/Preschool Gardening Books

    I have a book addiction. It started when I was just a child myself – we had a spare bedroom at our house with built-in bookshelves and I made it almost a mission to fill them. When a used bookstore opened locally, the children’s section was well stocked thanks to me. I want to make sure that my son enjoys reading. While he doesn’t necessarily have as much of a love for reading as I do, I want to make sure that he does find pleasure in having a book in his hands. So we make it a point to read at least one book every day. I like to…