This month's issue of Nature is Calling! honors mothers. Whether your little one is yet to arrive, you are chasing little ones around your home or watching your adult kids take their own steps in life, you know what it's like to be a mom and deserve to have some time taken for all you do. Highlights of this issue give the top ten ways to celebrate with your mom this May 12, simple tips for starting a backyard garden and great ways to enjoy the spa in the comfort of your home, plus some discounts
on gifts for moms of all walks of life.
From the Mouth of Moms
1) Give mom a day off from the chores, meal preps and all the stuff that moms do day after day. If the family gets together and helps out to give mom a bit of a break, chores are done with lots of time to spare and celebrate with mom
2) breakfast in bed
3) Do something together as a family, whether going for a hike together, having a picnic, having a family game night or taking photos of the family in the backyard.
4) Many moms not only appreciate family time, but a little quiet time to read a book, take a bath or just veg.
5) If mom has a project like cleaning out the closets or cleaning up the backyard, get together as a family and tackle her to-do-list.
6) For those sentimental moms, pour through and organize family photos, maybe even scrapbooking them to make family memories more meaningful.
7) My brothers had a knack for creating playlists or mix
CD`s of tunes that my mom would listen to over and over again in the car.
8) Have a spa night at home with do-it-yourself treatments (see the spa article further down).
Vegetable Gardening for Dummies!
Many people love the idea of a vegetable garden, but get overwhelmed when thinking about starting one. My husband and I started a sweet little garden in a pretty small area in our
backyard with huge success. Here are a couple quick tips to think about when starting your garden.
1) If you have a short growing season, like we do, think about raised beds (the ground is warmer and you can plant earlier) as well as starting your garden indoors a few weeks
before the last frost of the year.
2) Keep seeds continuously moist when first planted, but no water logged, seeds, especially large ones, will rot easily in soggy soil.
3) Follow the directions on the package and thin once seedlings are a few centimeters high. If you don't your harvest will never fully mature.
4) Weed the day after a rainstorm or watering. Weeds will be easier to pull out by hand. Weeding with a hoe will often disturb the vegetable roots.
5) Use mulch to keep weeds at bay and retain moisture. You can make your own using grass clippings, manure and peat moss.
Our family has thoroughly enjoyed the harvest from our little vegetable garden and we love to experiment each year with different vegetables and fruits. Happy planting!
Have a Spa Night At Home
Running out to the spa for all your treatments might not be do able, so here are some easy do-it-yourself ways to indulge in the spa without the price tag.
1) Exfoliate with cut up oranges to treat rough heels, elbows and knees.
2) Make a skin firming mask with clay powder and any warmed liquid (milk, water). Clay will lift impurities from pores, allowing them to tighten. (I use Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Clay Mask with great success)
3) Use natural, pure oil (such as almond oil to soften cuticles) Check out my video on an at home mini-manicue.
4) Mix 1/2 cup yogurt with the juice of one lemon. Coat hair, cover and secure with a plastic bag and let sit for one hour. Shampoo well and enjoy the ultimate treatment for shiny hair. I found full fat greek yogurt works best.
5) Make your own bath salts for a luxurious soak in the tub. Mix espom and sea salt with skin-safe oils like lavendar or ylang-ylang and store in an air tight container.