My Little Star

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My daughter is my biggest achievement. She is a little star and my life has changed so much for the better since she came along. – Denise Van Outen

Not my words, but I can totally relate. Nothing compares to the unexpected gift of being blessed with a fabulous, happy, intelligent daughter. She is definitely the star that makes my sky brighter every day. The sunshine that makes me excited about getting up in the morning.

Happy International Women’s Day!!

Yours,

Maria

Planning 2017’s Garden

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I absolutely love this time of the year! The time to plan, and soon plant, a garden. It’s exciting times!

 

The photo above is of my daughter, super proud over her zucchini’s, that she grew all by herself. We are mostly into growing food, a lot of food. This morning I wrote a list of the container garden we have now, and the annual garden I want to plant this year. It’s all based on what we enjoy eating. We are not vegetarians, but we eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, because we like it! This is the list I came up with.

 

 

Container garden:

6 Olive Trees

4 Fig trees (2 one year old + 2 three year olds.)

1 Nectarine Tree (1 year old.)

1 White Peach Tree (2-3 year old.)

4 Elberta Peach Trees (1 year old.)

1 Pomegranate tree (2-3 year old? Maybe get a couple more for better pollination?)

1 Sweet Cherry Tree (2-3 year old. Maybe get one other variety? Usually a good idea for better fruiting.)

1 Wild Plum Tree (BIG, and very beautiful.)

A bunch of 1-2 year old apple and pear trees of unknown variety.

 

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Annual Vegetable Garden:

Heirloom Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes (LOTS, my daughter’s favorite vegetable..)

Corn (my daughter’s second favorite.)

Pumpkins

Watermelons

Zucchini

Sweet Bell Peppers

Jalapeno Hot Peppers

Baby Spinach

Strawberries

Blueberries

Basil

Cilantro

Should I ad something to my annual garden? What did I forget? (We live in hardiness zone 9, with long hot summers.) I always love new ideas!!

I am going to make a garden at a new location. So I have to figure out what kind of garden beds I want to have. Something I’m planning on dedicating this weekend to. I’d love ideas about that as well. Last year I made garden beds out of old tires. It worked, but I might try something different this year. I want a bigger garden! I do like the ideas of garden beds, I feel that it makes me more in control. Bring it on! I want to hear all about your successful garden tips!

Yours,

Maria

Carefree – Right Here, Right Now

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I love taking morning walks with my daughter. It feels good to get exercise in the morning, and when you’re taking a walk with a 4 year old, you’re forced to be mindful. Many stops is an essential part of the adventure. Admiring the view, looking at animals, identifying the shapes of clouds (a dog, a dinosaur etc,) feeling the wind, smelling different scents, jumping in some muddy puddles..it’s all part of it. Every minute I spend in nature with my little girl is very valuable to me. There is no price tag on this, and this special time will not return. It’s true that every time is special with a child, and in life in general, but I am surely very grateful for this time. Right here, right now. 

 

The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

Right here, right now, is a priority for me. It’s a priority to spend as much time as possible with my daughter, in a positive nurturing environment, where she can thrive and develop her self according to her interests. I don’t believe there is a one size fits all model for parenting. Or for life. I do however believe that it is my responsibility to live fully present, enjoying right here, right now. For my daughter, and for myself. Life is in this moment.

Tell me your thoughts below!

 

Yours,

Maria

The Sunshine Of My Life

My little big girl is turning four..tomorrow, but we had her party today.

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Part of her happy dance!

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No one can make me smile like she does. Always sharing her happiness with everyone around her. I honestly don’t know anyone who’s mastering the art of spreading happiness to family, friends, and strangers, like she does. ..and she’s never faking it. She notices details that she truly like, and tell people about them (their beautiful smile, happy laughter, shiny hair, or anything she happens to notice.) I really wanted to make her day special. She is so special. Not only because she is my daughter.

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I made her cake from scratch, but cheated and bought the piñata.

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As soon as her guests left she wanted to turn her room into an art studio, and try her new colors, and brushes. I see my little sister, when I see my daughter paint. Her whole appearance, laughter, posture, focus, it takes me back about 30 years.

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It made my day to see her this happy ❤

I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

/Maria

MJP Gratitude Challenge

Every Saturday I host a gratitude challenge. I share something that I am grateful for, and encourage you to do the same!

It’s been another great week! My daughter and I have spent a lot of time with her horse. She’s making wonderful progress in all areas, and have become an important part of our family.

Her hooves are so much better. She still prefers to not be tied up while I’m working with them. Looking at her hind legs, I am pretty sure she’s been stuck in barbed wire at some point. If I respect that she doesn’t want to be tied up while having her back hooves handled, then she accept that I hold her hooves up for longer periods of time. (She is perfectly fine being tied up in all other situations.) She doesn’t have long toes anymore, they are all gone. It’s easy to see that she is relieved. So much more comfortable.

My daughter rode her for the first time on Wednesday, and a few minutes every day since then. We haven’t put a saddle on her yet, just playing around bareback. (I got a few rides before letting my daughter try.) I still don’t know if I am starting her, or re-starting her. I was told that she never had a rider on her back, but I don’t know.

We’re taking things in her pace, and so far everything is going great. She is the sweetest soul. It’s easy to read her. She freezes up when things are going to fast, and we need to step back. Most of the time she is very eager to do things. She likes to move her feet, and she loves attention. If she gets tense, some scratches usually does the trick. She is a very affectionate horse. Time after time she chooses our company, over the herd. During some of our sessions I never put a halter on her. She comes up to us, and follows us for a walk around the property, or walk into the round-pen on her own initiative. We always have fun, and she knows it! I am so grateful that she walked into our life. I’m extremely happy that she is my daughter’s first horse. I can honestly say that I haven’t met a sweeter horse.

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No riding photos yet. Riding bareback demands 100% attention..

I sincerely hope that your week have been filled with good things! I would love it, if you would join my Gratitude Challenge! Write about something you are grateful for, and tag your post MJP Gratitude Challenge.

Have an amazing Saturday!

Yours,

Maria