Good Energy Changes Everything

PMD Friday Gems

By Estelle Hayes “Beauty is an energy.” -Indie Lee This quote on Twitter got my attention last night as I edited photos from a recent trip to wine country. Those words feel so true, so comforting and perfect for nearly everything that came from that trip. The crazy pretty light that fills every corner of that part of California is magical and the quiet energy is contagious. Which brings me back to Indie Lee, a young woman who had a potentially fatal brain tumor removed several years ago and went on to launch a company Read More →

In the Garden: Growing Basil

PMD basil

A chilled movie theater, a glowing campfire, a backyard BBQ, an ocean breeze… Ahhh, the glorious aromas of summer. The ‘season of bounty’ may not be here just yet, but its mascot herb sure is, and- next to tomatoes- nothing smells more like summer than basil fresh from the garden. But its fragrance is just the beginning.  Aside from serving as the special key ingredient for a number of summer dishes, savory sauces, and sweet treats, basil is one of the simplest annual herbs to maintain.  And best of all, it’s the plant that keeps Read More →

Thoughts on Starting Fresh

PMD refresh

By Estelle Hayes “You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” ~Mary Pickford, Actress I have long appreciated variations on this quote. The idea that we can start fresh at any moment is empowering and liberating. And I can always use a reminder that “failure” is more about what you do about it – how you recover and rebuild – than it is about whatever didn’t go exactly as planned. So maybe you burned dinner or forgot Read More →

DIY Summer Plans

PMD summer camp

By Estelle Hayes Have you ever made your own cheese? Can you mix a martini or muddle a mojito? How about make your own soap or compost your food scraps? Nope? Me neither. I’m thinking this summer is the perfect time to take on a few new challenges. Love Apple Farms is offering some amazing classes, none of which I can actually attend this month, but their schedule has inspired me to come up with a list of my own. And I’d love to know about any projects you plan to take on this summer. Read More →

In the Garden with Pumpkins

Pumpkin patch collage

  It’s time, friends. Time to plant your pumpkins if you want your own beauties to carve up this October. Last year we planted seeds in a girlfriend’s yard. The experience of watching our kids watch thier own garden work grow was oh so satisfying. You can see a post of our progress here. This year, we’re trying our luck in my own yard and already two tiny seedlings have sprouted. I highly recommend starting a few pumpkins from seed or seedling right now.  Find a very sunny spot, build a small mound of good quality soil and some Read More →

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