Happy Holidays

I hope you all had a great Christmas with friends and family. We stayed home with just the 3 of us. Nice and quiet. The boys did go ride their horses for a while, while mom napped. :0

I saw  a lot of customers buy furniture for themselves for Christmas this year? How about you? Did any of you purchase new furniture or appliances?

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We didn’t purchase furniture or appliances for Christmas this year, but I did let a customer talk me into purchasing a cabinet at the store. I had been looking at for a while, but you know the old problem, where am I going to put it? And why do I really need it? Well she mentioned that it would be adorable with antique quilts displayed in it as it has glass doors. She was right, and yes I put it on layaway.

It will be coming home with me after the first of the month. I am excited, and can hardly wait to share a picture of my new cabinet with my antique quilts. AWESOME!

Have a great day!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Bear

Never too Old to Dream

 

 We are never too old to set goals or dream. As we get older they may change direction, but we all need to dream to stay young!

 

 

Have a great day!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Bear

What is Organic Gardening and How to Get Started

Organic Gardening is essentially gardening the way nature would. Too often non-organic gardeners attempt to force a garden to comply with their wishes, contaminate the soil, vegetables and water table with pesticides and fertilizers, and spend a hefty amount for expensive soil treatments and exotic or hybrid plants. All of these might result in a pretty garden and big produce, but at a dangerous price.

Organic Gardening, on the other hand, is a basic method of gardening that was used for thousands of years prior to the invention of chemical treatments. It protects people and animals from the dangers of chemicals leeched into drinking water and sprayed on vegetables, it reuses kitchen and yard waste, and it maintains the natural diversity of native wildlife.

The keys to organic gardening include staying away from chemical pesticides and fertilizer, using organic compost, and gardening with plants suited to your local environment.

The basics steps to start organic gardening are:

Create Natural Compost. Building a compost heap is a basic step that you can take at any time. It basically turns your kitchen and yard waste into a pile of nutrient rich soil which you can separate out and spread around your garden plants.

You will need to start with some loose dirt, a bunch of worms, grass clipping, fall leaves, and kitchen waste. Simply pile all of these together and using a shovel or other turning device, mix the items up on a regular basis. Do not add meat or animal fat to the pile. Speed up the process by making sure large leaves and vegetables are chopped into smaller pieces first.

Use Natural Pest Control. There are natural ways to avoid the damage caused by garden pests. The solutions will vary based upon the problems you are encountering. Some natural solutions include the introduction of insects that prey upon insect pests, complete removal of roots of plant pests, and using fencing or certain edging plants to repel animal pests.

Since the problems and solutions vary greatly by location, soil type, amount of sun or shade, and types of plants, you will need to research your specific situation for the right type of pest control. A great place to start is OrganicGardening.com or your state agricultural outreach agency.

Buy Natural Fertilizer. The compost you are creating is one of the best fertilizers you can use on your plants. If you haven’t had time to develop any compost yet, you can purchase quality organic fertilizers. Many of these are specific to the type of plants you are growing. There is also the natural fertilizer that has been used for hundreds of years — manure. It is not a pleasant smelling fertilizer, and can increase the presence of mosquitos and flies, but it will help certainly help your garden grow if used appropriately.

Plant Native Plants. Plants that grow wild in your area are considered native plants. These have been a part of your local eco-system longer than people, they have not been brought from another region, and they will grow happily with little or no assistance.

These often are the wildflowers you see growing in unplowed fields or along the sides of country roads. They will reproduce themselves every year, either from seed or from root. Native plants are also suited to the local wildlife, and often are the food or shelter of choice for native birds and butterflies. Time and effort are just about all that is needed to begin gardening organically. Making the switch will save you money and increase the health and environmental factors of your garden.

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Here are a couple of cute and simple Christmas gift wrapping ideas. I hope you enjoy these, and check the links for more ideas!

I love the stamped names on these packages! Simple yet so easy to see where they go Christmas morning!

A few Christmas wrapping ideas (32 photos). Love the stamped names on the packages! Bianca@itti

 

This is another simple idea – add color by using a small amount of Christmas wrapping and then stamped initial for the recipient! Very cute!

A few Christmas wrapping ideas (32 photos)

 

I would love to see your gift wrapping ideas!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Bear

 

Christmas Decorating

This is such a lovely idea for decorating your Christmas table, entry table or even the buffet. Simple yet elegant!

Hi Sugarplum | Festive and Colorful Christmas decor. Decorating the mantel

Share your Christmas Table décor with us.

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Bear

 

Peppermint Hot Cocoa in a Gift Jar

Today we are going to add a few handmade jar recipe ideas for all of you. I am a huge fan of peppermint and cocoa!

Add a mug and this is a wonderful gift anyone would love to receive.

Gift in a Jar: Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Now if you would like my address to send me one also, I’ll share!  :0

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Bear

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

You can’t have Christmas without the traditional Frosted Sugar Cookies. How would Santa make it from house to house without these wonderful Christmas treats?

It is about time to get the kids together and make a couple of batches of these goodies.

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies Recipe

 

Enjoy and make sure that you take pictures of all the fun you’re having!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Bear

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

As far as I am concerned there is nothing better than chocolate and peanut butter so today I am sharing the recipe for some awesome peanut butter balls. Who wouldn’t love to see these on the table at their next Christmas party?

Click on the photo for the complete recipe.

 

Peanut Butter Balls IV Recipe

Have a great day!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Bear

 

Drink Up

If you were stranded in a desert, would you want something to eat or drink? That rumbling says eat but did you know that the human body can’t go more than a day or two at the most without water? It is important to stay hydrated.

Water is the most abundant fluid in the body. Over half of our body weight is represented by water.  It is an understatement to say that water is vital to life.

So why do we need to stay hydrated? Water is used to keep our bodies going. Every system needs water to operate properly.

Do you exercise? When you do, your body perspires. That is water you are losing through your skin as well as some electrolytes. The body uses water as a cooling system. But, that water you lose needs to be put back so water isn’t stolen from other systems.

How about digestion? When you eat food, the body breaks it down into nutrients that are transported to the cells where it is used for repair, daily functioning and building new cells. It can’t do that without water to give volume to your blood to help carry these nutrients.

What about excretion? Whatever the body can’t use is excreted from the kidneys. Water is needed to transport these nutrients so they can then be filtered from the blood to form urine.

Without proper water volume your body becomes dehydrated. Severe dehydration can lead to dizziness. Your body doesn’t have enough water to keep its systems functioning. In extreme cases, body systems can begin to shut down. You will get sluggish also. Intravenous fluids may be used at this point to increase your blood volume and the amount of water in your system.

So, how do you get that water? The obvious way is by drinking water. Tap, mineral, purified, spring, flavored and carbonated are all ways that water comes to us. But what if you are not the kind that likes water? For some, water is hard to consume because they don’t particularly like the taste.

There are other sources of water. If you like tea or coffee you are also getting water in your system. Go easy on the sweeteners so that you don’t get empty calories mixed in with your water. Also try drink mix packets. They can be added to bottled water and are a substitute for soft drinks or sugary punch.

Consume water throughout the day to spread out your consumption. Before, during and after exercise, drink plenty of water to replenish what is lost. Electrolyte drinks will also replenish the salt that you lose. When you are hungry, drink a glass of water. It partially fills your stomach so you eat less and sometimes those pains signify thirst and not hunger.

Got water? If not, get some now to keep that body hydrated.

 

Create your Spark!

 

What more can I say? No one is going to do it for you! Now get out there and Create Your Spark!

spark

 

Have a great day!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Bear

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