Mexican Domestic Goddess


Jacqui Skemp5 Comments

Can a hashtag be a post title? Hmm. Many deep thoughts. 

Guys, blogging hasn't even been on the back burner. It's been collecting dust and grease somewhere behind the stove. Yes, yes, this is a garden update, but it's also kind of a life update, ya know? I'm just learning to create boundaries for myself, and when I'm getting overwhelmed by the day to day life stuff, I know I need to cut things out and trying to get a post hammered out is one of those things. 

Okay, lots has changed since my post from early April. First we got our fence installed. It's awesome and contains our children, and we've really been able to enjoy being outside with them. We've done loads around the garden beds, and we have many of them! I won't go into to too much detail, because I'm hoping I can write more later. 

Oh, and that blog title? It's a little hashtag I whipped up after obsessing over my friend Laurel's beautiful California garden. She was using Instagram stories to share her garden, and in an effort to make her share more, this little hashtag entered the scene. Mostly because Monday's can be really crappy, and gardening is just such a joy, I figured we should just make garden tours a Monday thing. Join us! Anna, Bonnie, Dwija, Rosie, Katie, and others have shared. It's fun to see what others are growing and learning from them. 

Okay, these photos are from April and May. I'll get June photos up in another post. 

It's so crazy to see how the raspberries looked a few weeks ago. They are much more abundant now. 

The lilacs are long gone, but they were so, so beautiful while they lasted. 

This mandarin lights azalea was such a surprise. The blooms are short lived, but really vibrant. 

Our window boxes got loaded up, and are looking very lush these days. 

Our veggie gardens have been planted too. We have bush beans, pole beans, three tomato plants, a zucchini plant, cucumber plant, and rows of carrots, beets, and radishes. Our boys love checking the beds to see what's gotten bigger, and they really love trying to pick things prematurely. We're working on it. 


Garden 2017: Part I

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It's that time of year again. Things are greening up around these parts. I was going to link to my older garden posts and thought I was for sure missing one from last year, but nope! I never wrote it. You can see a few photos on Instagram where we dug out the previous garden here and here, a view of our front planters here, and the literal fruits of our labor here and here. For our garden posts from previous years, check out this link here

Since this is our first year in this house, I think I will try and hold back from digging tons of stuff up and planting new things because 1. that's expensive and time consuming and 2. I really want to see what's going to come up this year. 

If you're able to identify anything, please let me know because I have no clue (for the most part). 

I know that this stuff in the photo below is sedum because we had it at our last place. 

Pictured below is a plant that covers a large area of our backyard, but some of it is going to get ripped out because we have two toddlers who are going to need their sandbox stat. 

I am so grateful that we own our home because this whole place needs a face lift. The amount of beige and brown and beige and brown and beige and brown is just driving me crazy. So these window boxes will get a fresh coat of paint and some pretty flowers. What are your favorite drought resistant flowers that would work in a window box? We've got western sun exposure here. 

I'm pretty sure this is a climbing rose and it needs some love. I've been reading up on how to prune them so lets just hope I don't kill it, mkay? 

Along the house in the backyard we've got hosta city, and with the amount of shade we get back here, this is going to be okay and probably go untouched. 

This little patch here is to the side of the roses and faces south, so I'm thinking depending on what comes up, we might try putting the vegetable garden in here since it gets lots of sun throughout the day. I'm thinking a couple of tomato plants, cucumber, carrots, and beets. 

I forgot to take a few photos of the porch, but there's a spot right below in the front where I think we'll put a few climbing plants so they can give some coverage when we're sitting around drinking our Jarritos tequila cocktails. I've got serious plans for that porch, you guys. Serious. 

CWBN Twin Cities 2017 Recap

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Like many things in my life this past year, planning this conference was an exercise in trust. We did not have funds to start with, we didn’t even know if the speakers we hoped to have at the conference would want to or be able to join us. We just wanted to make a space where women could gather, be refreshed, and be inspired to keep creating with their hands, their words, and their hearts.

God is faithful. We said Yes without knowing what the end result would be. But, you guys, it was beautiful. I cannot think of one thing that went wrong. Our speakers were amazingly generous when it came to sharing their knowledge, wisdom, and personal blogging journeys. Some people spent hours on the road or on planes to make sure they could get here. Connections were made, online friendships became in-real-life friendships, and reunions took place.

I’ll share more in the weeks to come about my personal experience during the conference, but I want to take some time to thank all of the people who made this possible:

First, my co-hosts Anna and Susanna. Hours and hours of love and work put into this thing. We did it, friends.

Our speakers, Nell, Laura, and especially Haley who flew in from Texas and endured our crappy weather.

Our amazing dinner from Gardens of Salonica that everyone swooned over. If you’re in the Twin Cities, please do yourself a favor and check them out. You can thank me later.

The amazing Katzie Truso came out and took headshots for many of the attendees. I really can't wait to see these. 

Our door prizes were provided by Lily Jade, Nena & Co, Kiki Koyote, Brooklyn Herborium, LulaRoe-Maegan Odicino, Pink Blush, Pink Salt Riot, Magnificat, Hallie Lord, Carrots for Michaelmas, Mothering Spirit, Do Small Things with Love, and Chewslife.

Swag bags were filled with goods from Be A Heart, Hatch Prints, Keep it Light Art, Call Her Happy, Brass & Mint Co., Other Side of the Fence, Mata Traders, Annery’s Handmade, Pink Salt Riot, Chrism Shop, Rakstar Designs, Brooklyn Herborium, and Magnificat.

 (Pictured: Magnificat, Be A Heart, Mata Traders, Pink Salt Riot, and Brass & Mint Co.)

(Pictured: Magnificat, Be A Heart, Mata Traders, Pink Salt Riot, and Brass & Mint Co.)

Thanks to all of those who helped spread the word about the conference, who watched babies so moms could attend, and everyone else who made this day possible.

It was a blast. See you all in 2018 ;)

If you attended the conference and wrote about it, please link up below!

(most) photos courtesy of Anna