Strawberry Fields Forever

We got ourselves filthy today…. I mean sweaty, boots in the farm mud kinda dirty today… However we were surely rewarded with one beautiful bucket of hand-picked strawberries and a pocketful of family memories. Let me explain to you all…. I work my hind end off (as any mother typically does) to create fun family adventures. No matter how hard I work though… nothing…. and I do mean nothing ever truly goes right. In fact it is typically a series of disastrous events for our adventures. Take today for example….It took forever to get out the door so by the time we were on the roads the girls were screaming and bouncing off the walls for they had both decided to veto naps, and were starving for lunch. We pull over and get lunch then get back on the road, and then it hits me that not only did I forget hats for the girls but sunscreen as well…..We decide to wing it anyways since we had driven close to an hour outside of Atlanta to the strawberry farm. We finally get out…. get a couple of pictures. For this is a super mom must, ALWAYS make sure to get pictures at the very beginning (time is not on your side) because with littles your chances of massive meltdowns greatly increases with every passing minute…. My eldest was freaking out over having to share the bucket with her sister….my youngest ย was pissed we wouldn’t let her roam and eat all the unwashed strawberries her bohemian spirit could grab…. and not to mention most of the strawberries were so picked over, it was like searching for a needle in a haystack. Between the heat and my anxiety I ended the family adventure promptly by telling my husband to grab the girls and get everyone in the air-condition car NOW!….As I started picking every strawberry I could find to fill our bucket up even half of the way. On the drive home, I felt defeated and a tinge of ‘Why do I even bother?’ but then when we got home and I saw our pictures…tucked my ladies in to bed this evening with my eldest baby bear proclaiming this way the best day ever!… it hit me…. While we are all so busy worrying about how we are failing, we are forget to see just how much we do matter and impact the lives of those around us. Life flies by ferociously fast… don’t let how important you are pass you by as well.

“Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see
It’s getting hard to be someone but it all works out
It doesn’t matter much to me

Let me take you down
‘Cause I going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever”

 

The Metaphysics of Gardening

 

I always foster these grand ideas about being some fantastic gardener. However the reality of the matter is I suck so badly at the activity, that it’s not even funny. I guess at the end of the day after nurturing, and caring for everything around and making sure that my family is still alive at the end of the day. I’m just too darned tiredย to remember to make sure the planets needs have all been met as well. That said this year I was determined to at least get a little garden flourishing and hopefully even alive and the end of the season (we will see…fingers crossed). Regardless of the outcome I love any opportunity to engage and to include my littles in the wonders of nature.

So first up, we started off our gardening adventures with a visit to the Atlanta botanical gardens for inspiration.

Nothing quite beats story time in the gardens, ย learning about different seeds, and planting workshops.

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We left with all sorts of inspiration to boot!ย First we got our seed starters going- from old recyclable egg cartons. We added some potting soil, and then our seeds (along with some good wishes) . We started off with some seeds for lettuce, carrots, onions, and tomatoes. Then we got these seeds in our Cheerios box to help #bringbackthebees that we planted as well. We learned all about how important bees are to our ecosystem and how we all need to do our part in helping to support them.

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Then we finally started to see some success after about a week of watering and nurturing our seeds and it was plant time.

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Next on our garden list is for us going to get our herbs going strong to add some yummy flavors to our food. Also doesn’t hurt to add a little good metaphysical mojo as well…

Basil- This is plant is known to bring in money and fortunate energy. Who can’t use a little more wealth in their lives? Am I right? Strongly attracts energy for money but also for love and health matters as well

Sage- Known for its purification properties, dry and burn your own sage for environment cleansing properties

Lavender- the plant that brings in more men into your life. Lavender brings on great love energy. Plus this plant is so soothing you can use it for endless soothing and restful properties.

Lemon- Great for clearing blockages

Another little added jazz for your garden would be adding some crystals to the soil surrounding the plants. Not only for a cool look but a lot of crystals are known for over all garden health and productivity.

moonstone-a symbol of fertility and the lunar energy. promotes restorative health in a garden.

Tigers eye- thought to improve overall root growth in plants. A stone known for courage and strength will promote overall stability and strength in your garden.

Citrine is a stone that energizes and warms your garden. Extremely protective this stone is in association with the solar plexus and is known to transmute negative energy into positive.

I hope you found this inspiring enough to get your green thumb on as well. The planet needs fresh new growth and dedicated warriors to help preserve and enrich our environment.

Happy Earth Day to all & Namaste!