WINE4GIRL's SparkPeople Blog WINE4GIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Measuring Sexy Just saying... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:03:26 EST Do what you love I always find the most interesting and clever info on the Good Food Jobs website. They have grown so much and continue to share people whose passion has let them to do what they love and succeed at it. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Need a little inspiration today? <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:33:46 EST World's Largest Indoor Farm Awesome article and interview. <BR> <link><BR>rgest-indoor-farm-is-100-times-more-pr<BR>oductive/ </link> <BR> <BR> Do you garden? <BR> In a box? <BR> On rooftops? <BR> Outdoors or In? <BR> Is your garden Zen? <BR> <BR> Couldn't resist! Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:39:43 EST 27 important lessons from older farmers AN OLD FARMER'S ADVICE: <BR> 1. Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. <BR> <BR> <BR> 4. A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. <BR> <BR> <BR> 5. Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled. <BR> <BR> <BR> 6. Meanness don't jes' happen overnight. <BR> <BR> <BR> 7. Forgive your enemie... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 15:04:05 EST Things to start doing for yourself Ahhhh, who doesn't put others before themselves, sometimes to their own detriment? I find that many of my loving and kind friends will give selflessly and often are tired and worn down themselves at the end of the day/week/month... <BR> <BR> Instead of being negative with "Don'ts", let's work on the "Dos" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hings-to-start-doing-for-yourself/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 08:42:44 EST Not taking myself seriously A friend had this in her FB feed this morning. <BR> <link><BR>r-dress-me-for-a-week-heres-what-happe<BR>ned/ </link> <BR> <BR> I don't have toddlers, haven't for a long time, but I did ask my kids on occasion for their thoughts on my attire. My youngest even went to help me pick out clothes for his high school graduation. <BR> <BR> Biggest takeaways from this? <BR> Don't take things so seriously! <BR> Have fun! <BR> Laugh out loud! (Burns more ca... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 09:01:59 EST "Old girl" exercises When I say that I feel old, the Man says "Well, you ARE old!". Nothing like a little laughter, eh? He's slightly older than me, so I enjoy sharing that fact with him. <BR> <BR> These look like some exercises I can get into. <BR> <link><BR>-can-do-at-home/?cid=GEN_12615_fb1&lin<BR>kId=11953141 </link> <BR> <BR> Not giving up on the yoga, just trying to see what will work that i will stick to. We have a black tie event in three weeks and I really want... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:36:25 EST Yoga for Depression I have been thinking of trying yoga again, even chatted with a few folks from a new studio in town. They are locally owned and the owners are very accessible. I like that. <BR> <BR> I came across this today. Depressed or not, it doesn't hurt to begin with simple poses. <BR> <link><BR>-poses-depression?s=1&?adbid=101529937<BR>54581469&adbpl=fb&adbpr=87494991468&ci<BR>d=socFit_20150124_39339327 </link> <BR> <BR> Do you practice yoga? Do you have to mo... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:55:26 EST Catalogs and seeds and websites - so much to take in! Hi. My name is Wendy and I'm a seedaholic. <BR> <BR> You know, it wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have access to more and more varieties and cool new plants that I've never heard of! Thank goodness the Man is not afraid of a "few" plants! I started over 1600 plants last year for our annual plant sale and (you already know what I'm going to type) this year will be even BIGGER! <BR> <BR> Just received a packet yesterday from I love to order from them because they try to fi... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 08:52:41 EST The Ron Finley Project I'm a fan of Will Allen, Jamie Oliver and Ron Finley among others that aren't afraid to not just think outside of the box, but to toss the box aside and create something magnificent! <BR> <BR> Ron has started a new project in LA and I'm really looking forward to watching it grow. <BR> <link><BR>planting-few-seeds-his-neighborhood-ma<BR>n-launched-nationwide-conversation-abo<BR>ut?cmpid=foodinc-fb </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:12:00 EST I'm Awake! I'm Awake! Sometimes when I wake up early and can't get back to sleep, I think I'm like Peppermint Patty. She was always my favorite Peanuts character. Have a Wonderful day! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 06:25:28 EST 30 ways to make yourself feel and be better! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:42:29 EST Get in shape - TED talks In my continued research... lol! I need to quit researching and get moving! Yesterday, besides doing two loads of laundry and polishing wood floors and baseboards, I did stop occasionally to dance. How can you not when it's Chumbawamba? I gt knocked down, but I DO get back up again! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's a collection of 6 TED talks to motivate us. <BR> <link><BR>pe_for_real_this... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:16:33 EST Things you should have done by the time you are 50 Another great article. #5 was the hardest for me. What about you? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ings-you-should-have-done-by-50_n_6390<BR>600.html?ir=Women&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000046 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:31:12 EST Good advice I love reading motivational articles. I am always curious at how many folks read and then follow the advice in the articles. <BR> <BR> Found this one and thought I'd share: <BR> <link><BR>aks-to-help-you-lose-weight-feel-great<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> One of the highlights is that it isn't all about denying yourself and eating tofu-bean sprouts-whatever... (though I actually like tofu!) <BR> <img src=" Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:11:29 EST 52 Week Savings Challenge A couple of friends and I are doing this money challenge, so thought I'd invite anyone else who wants to join us. We are starting with the New Year, which is Thursday (in case you didn't know... <em>246</em> ). A couple have also decided to only do this until Thanksgiving and make this a Christmas fund. <BR> <BR> To help myself remember, I'm going to set a reminder on my calendar for each week with the amount "due". If you have any other suggestions, please share them. Some are starting... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 08:40:48 EST Grant finalist Many folks know that after I had an accident, I had lots of time to sit and reflect on what I wanted to do with my life. With my wonderful husband's support, I founded the nonprofit Hampton Grows. We teach gardening programs and help schools and many other organizations to grow their own food. <BR> <BR> We have several programs in the works and while we just received a grant for one program (which we are extremely grateful for!), it was $500 less than what we had applied for. Today I recei... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:16:04 EST Gardening workout It's cold and dreary most places, but it seems like there is always something to do in the garden. Found this great article and really speaks to why I don't go to the gym. I'd much rather be in the garden! <BR> <link><BR>2/Keep-fit-in-the-garden.html </link> <BR> <BR> Transplanting tomatoes from the aquaponics to sterile soil to keep in the greenhouse this week. We decided that even though it will take a good bit of space, we really love zucchini, so ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:19:39 EST Abdominal Snowman <img src=""> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:05:36 EST Greenhouse Aquaponics Adventure We started our aquaponics last winter and managed to keep some of the "animals" alive all winter. The summer has been extreme in keeping the GH cool enough. It has definitely been a learning experience. We are raising tilapia, one of the best fish for aquaponics, and Australian red claw crawfish. Red claws are increasing in popularity both in aquaponics and on dinner plates. We will harvest two for Christmas dinner! <BR> <BR> We've had one brood of tilapia unexpectedly and managed to save 1... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:02:09 EST Cooperative Extension I stumbled across a website yesterday while doing some research for a meeting. I am a Master Gardener... why have I never seen this site before?!? Lots of great info and resources. If you aren't familiar with Cooperative Extension, there is a wealth of knowledge available to you for Free! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> ps. It's not just for gardeners! Thu, 4 Sep 2014 07:25:21 EST Best diet ever! Probably the best diet you can ever go on! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>art-guide/ </link> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:16:31 EST Rules <img src=""> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:00:42 EST Herb infographic This is a pretty cool herb chart that can offer some ideas when looking at what do do with those glorious herbs you are growing! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-to-using-herbs-when-you-cook-infogra<BR>phic.html?utm_campaign=recommendation&<BR>utm_medium=scroll&utm_source=feature </link> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 21:11:58 EST Inspiring! I am no runner and pretty much hate standard exercise. BUT, I can't help but be inspired by these athletes! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> WOW! Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:24:51 EST Zucchini Salsa and a bonus recipe! Zukes are coming in like crazy! Did you know you can sub most other summer squash for zucchini? I made a mixed squash bread, using zucchini, "yellow" squash and patty pan. Just remember to cut out any large seeds. <BR> <BR> We eat a lot of fish, usually in tacos with a roasted pineapple salsa, but since there's zucchini, why not modify? Here's the recipe... add more heat and salt to taste. <BR> <BR> Zucchini salsa <BR> <BR> 2 cups diced zucchini <BR> 1/2 cup diced Vidalia onion <BR> Lime... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:52:26 EST 41 Truly Powerhouse Fruits and Veggies I just read this awesome article from the Washington Post on 41 super foods based on "nutrient density". While I disagree with iceberg lettuce, the biggest surprise was the lower rankings for most fruits. What do you think??? <BR> <BR><BR>ur-health/wp/2014/06/05/finally-a-list<BR>-of-powerhouse-fruits-and-vegetables-r<BR>anked-by-how-much-nutrition-they-contain/ <BR> <BR> I decided to take the list out to the gardens and see how many I'm growing. Wha... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 08:44:04 EST Are you on FB? Help me win! My nonprofit is one of the finalist to win $1500 in plants. We implement garden programs in low income areas... schools, public spaces, food deserts. If you want to know more about us, check out our website. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Ok, back to the contest! We are a finalist in the Green America Award, sponsored by Nature Hills Nursery. As with all current contest (or so it seems), this one is focused around Likes on social media. If you are on FB, please like Hampton... Thu, 1 May 2014 21:16:19 EST Rain Barrel Auction Tonight is the Rain Barrel Art Auction at our History Museum. Just a few more hours and it will be done and I can sleep... I hope! If you want to see the entries, please go to: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day, weekend and Easter holiday! Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:12:54 EST Oh so many plants It's no secret that I drive myself nuts trying to get ready for the spring plant sale. This year, I'm doubly crazy since we have a Rain Barrel Art Auction the week before the sale. Yup, color me nuts. <BR> <BR> Today I did a quick inventory and came up with 1092 seedlings in the greenhouses. Two friends are also growing for me and/or supplying bulbs for the sale. When K said she had lots of colorful Swiss Chard, it made me realize I had totally missed counting what was on the side porch. Bu... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 20:07:19 EST Birds, bees, Milkweed and more Questions yesterday got me thinking of stuff I had no clue about before we started this adventure. <BR> <BR> Milkweed is from the asclepias family, over 140 strong. They are the host plant for the Monarch butterflies. Our favorites are Butterfly, which has orange flowers and Scarlett, which actually have orange, red and yellow flowers. We also grow pink milkweed, know as common milkweed. From my butterfly garden: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:28:08 EST A potting we will go.... After counting this morning, I have 195 seedlings in 4 inch pots, 36 smaller pots of lemon basil and three flats of seedlings waiting for their new home in the little greenhouse. About 150 of those are different varieties of tomatoes. In the big greenhouse, potted up three colors of Milkweed, three kinds of eggplants, purple cayenne, purple and green cauliflower and tons of flowers. I am almost out of room, since I "graciously" gave up some space for the aquaponics. Here's a shot from half ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:10:18 EST Playing mind games to help you succeed I read this article this morning about the Olympic athletes and how they push themselves to continue to work out and work at their goals. The part about focusing on your goals and reminding yourself every day of your goals is one we can all utilize. <BR> <BR> Interesting read. <BR> <link><BR>games-everyday-exerciser-play-09103367<BR>6--spt.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:19:18 EST Ousted from my exercise area With the cold temps, we have put heaters in the greenhouses. Unfortunately, the one with my veggies wasn't going to be able to combat the 14 degrees last night, so we moved most of the plants and seedlings inside. Tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are now taking space on what was my workout area. We brought in some of the seedling flats but missed the Basil. I unfortunately unplugged the heater to get the tomatoes out and didn't get it plugged back in, so the basil and a few others bit the dust.... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 19:44:05 EST Super Slacktastic! I did the stretching, a few ball exercises and lots of other stuff today, but I've run out of time! Yikes! Worked in the greenhouse and fished! YEA.... no. No fish, not a nibble. But I worked on my casting and had some great quiet time with nature and God. My son came down for the last few minutes and took this pic. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Holy... okay, I did have a fish towel and gloves in my pockets, but seriously? This mess is going... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 21:13:48 EST Body Ball or Rock & Roll exercises I did the usual stretching today, sneaking in an extra set where I could. I was excited that after only three days, I can stretch a bit further. Just a bit, but noticeable to me. <BR> <BR> I have a stability ball that I've used in the past, usually to sit at my desk. That desk is long gone, but the ball remains... staring at me... wondering why it's being ignored. Sooooooo, <BR> I downloaded this graphic: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> See the... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:48:01 EST Today's exercises I love SP, but I'm lazy, which is one of the reasons I'm in the shape I'm in. I'm also extremely visual, so I'll print something out if I want to follow it. Pinterest has become one of my go to sites. Today I happened upon this. Think I'll give it a try. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My TED talk today was amazing! You can sign up for the daily TED emails and receive their recommendations or browse the site. Either way, it's a win! ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:57:09 EST Challenges, not resolutions I've decided to change my way of thinking. Instead of resolutions, I'm focused on challenging myself to: <BR> lose weight <BR> become healthier <BR> save money <BR> further my education <BR> <BR> My husband and I started the 35 pound challenge on Jan.1. It was embarrassing for him to see just how much I weigh, considering it was only 9 pounds less than him! We are going on vacation in late May, so the weight must come off. We are encouraging each other, which is huge! I set up my Workout bo... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:06:03 EST Permaculture resolution I've decided to start my resolutions early... <BR> <BR> Further my gardening education: <BR> Save money: <BR> <BR> I'm managing to do both with this free course. <BR> <link><BR>cctidx=share-this </link> <BR> Yes, the course really is free. I've already signed up and downloaded the ebook. <BR> If you want to become certified, you have to pay for that, but I'm fine just soaking up the knowledge. You never know where that will lead! <BR> <BR> More re... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 10:24:14 EST Today Time to stop talking... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Because <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And because <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 3 Dec 2013 08:52:55 EST Chillin' on Thanksgiving Directions said, let the bird chill in the sink for a few hours. How we doing? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:37:14 EST Chayote and a great calorie counter I looked up recipes this morning on SP for Chayote squash and noted comments that folks couldn't find the calorie counts so they used another squash to sub. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This came from the website <link> </link> which contains some great info. <BR> <em>550</em> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 08:40:16 EST The Christmas ads have started! This must be the year for Naughty ads or Kmart is trying to reestablish itself. <BR> <link><BR>lay-jingle-bells-their-junk-crazy-chri<BR>stmas-ad-153929 </link> <BR> <BR> Keep smiling! Tue, 19 Nov 2013 07:43:24 EST California Brushfire areas need your help! Just saw this posted on FB. My friends are in that area... please post this to your FB page or email it around if you know anyone that can help! <BR> <BR> Brush Fire Partyline/ Temecula, Murrieta, Camp Pendleton <BR> Urgent request: Via Bl Huss & Sharmin <BR> The Riverside County Shelter in San Jacinto needs supplies for animals: 951 791 3720 Address is 581 S. Grand Ave, San Jacinto <BR> This shelter has only been opened for evacuated animals. There are 30 cats, 30 dogs, a frog, a bunny, 2 p... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:09:05 EST Compressed culinary training... this is gonna be fun! My son recently contacted me to let me know he was going to visit. Oh and by the way, would I teach him everything I knew about cooking in the week he'd be here? <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I spent about 35 years in the food industry, graduated from culinary school and an apprenticeship with a major hotel after several years. Sure, I can compress all that into one week. <BR> <BR> I created a pretty intense program for him based on what might be most applicable in his life, and touching on a ... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 08:14:11 EST Fit Bit deals Saw this on Woot... I do love a deal! <BR> <link><BR>ls.woot&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign<BR>=pre </link> <BR> <BR> <em>376</em> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 07:03:02 EST Groundhog prediction? <img src=""> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:43:59 EST Busy growing and growing some more I didn't realize how long it had been since my last blog. Since starting a (future) non-profit, I've learned a lot! Like, don't bite off more than you can chew... funny how most of my analogies relate to food. <BR> <BR> Once word got out that my small team would design and help to implement a vegetable garden or edible landscaping, we were amazed at how many people immediately got on board with the idea. I have a hard time saying no, since the main reason I started this was to educate and ... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 21:20:20 EST Support your charity by exercising Just came across this website: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> which is pretty cool. You walk, run or bike and your charity of choice will receive a donation. It's a pretty need concept and is a great motivator. <BR> <BR> Are you doing something this spring for charity? <BR> <em>432</em> <BR> Habit for Humanity <BR> Local Church project <BR> American Heart Walk <BR> Relay for Life <BR> Light the Night <BR> Growing gardens for the food pantry/food bank <BR> <BR> Help ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 16:49:22 EST Local Super Food Movement As a foodie, I look at all aspects of the food that comes into my kitchen and where it's sourced. I'm so excited about the "local food" movement! I love seeing kids and adults getting involved in supporting local as they learn more about food, gardening and their "neighbors" - local farmers. <BR> <BR> A friend of mine is in charge of a volunteer "crop mob" that goes out for several hours on a weekend or several weekends to help farmer's in need. One recent recipient was a goat farmer (and ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:58:44 EST