Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Cleaning My Fitness Routine

I guess I should name this post something like I Finally Got My Rear in Gear and Started Exercising Regularly and Didn’t Flake Out Like I Have in the Past and I Didn’t Realize the Reasons Why Until I’ve Been Doing it During the Winter and into Spring but my blog software won't let me use such a  long post title.

Basically, I surprised myself by subconsciously spring cleaning my attitude about what I thought like and don’t like about exercise to the point I am starting to look forward to going to the gym. Those are the only results I have to show so far.

Oh and I like yoga now!

But I still hate planks. (Unless I’m building something out of wood.)

Husband’s company closed the office building that had a small company gym. Husband used it all the time. It was like pulling teeth to get me to go until last summer’s leg injury pretty much forced me into it.

Husband and I quickly learned we have completely different needs when it
comes to joining a fitness center.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

6 Green and Frugal Things for March (and a Few That Aren’t!)


Sometimes I post a list of little frugal things we do each month on my food blog Lazy Budget Chef and thought I’d do it today on Condo Blues. Some of these thighs are big, most are small. You don’t have to look to closely to see that most of them are green too!

real life green and frugal things that save money


1. Turned off the heat Saturday when it reached 60 degrees ( F) outside. Husband and I did a little dance thinking we were good to go until this fall.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

15 Unique Garden Border and Edging Ideas

Now that it is officially Spring, I’m ready to start planning our landscaping. I found a bunch of clever, unusual, and some down right weird ideas for garden borders and edging one day while I was researching what to plant and where to plant it.

I thought I’d share because maybe you need new garden borders too.

Or you just like to look at garden p*rn. that’s OK too.

15 unusual garden border edging for the garden

Thursday, March 19, 2015

21 Drought Tolerant Plants for Your Yard

You are getting excited for the Spring planting season?

Me too!

Although I am not looking forward to how much it will cost us to keep a new landscape watered all summer long.

One way to avoid a high summer water bill is to plan my new landscape with native plants. Since I often forget plants need water to grow, they should be drought tolerant too.

Since I know pretty much nothing about native or drought tolerant plants, I'm cruising over to Organizing Made Fun and reading her 21 suggestions for Going Native: Drought Tolerant Plants for Your Yard.

Check it out now and pin it for later!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

8 DIY Fire Starters

Last summer during a impromptu gathering, my friend  Tim and his neighbor Marc when out side to start a fire in the backyard fire pit.

eight recycled homemade fire starters

From the kitchen, we hear unintelligible squabbling followed by:

Tim (raised voice): No, you are doing it wrong!

Marc (bellowing): Well then put on some more!


A HUGE fireball erupts over the fire pit!

The rest of us tumble out of the house and into the the backyard. Fortunately our friends weren’t charred crispy critters. Oh no. Instead  Tim and Marc were a safe distance away and laughing like two naughty kids playing with too much lighter fluid.

Husband turns to me and says, “THAT is why you will never have a fire ring.”

Au contraire my dear Husband, there are ways to start a fire without lighter fluid. You can start a campfire with homemade fire starters!

How to Make Fire-Starters

Friday, March 13, 2015

Make Candle Wax Warmer Melts, Tarts, and Cubes: The Complete DIY Guide!

I got a candle warmer for Christmas and fell in love with it. I use it every night after dinner to clear cooking smells from the kitchen instead of burning one of my homemade scented soy candles (learn how I make them here.)

The candle warmer it is more convenient because it is flameless. Unfortunately I don’t quite know  if wax cubes I melt are phthalate-free and paraffin-free. Two things I try to avoid.

everything you need to know to make wax warmer melts

Pin this tutorial for later!

Being a candle maker, it didn’t take me long to clue in that the only difference between a candle and a wax melt is the container and a wick. Since I make non-toxic candles, I knew I could make non-toxic wax cubes too. Here’s how.

How to Make Non-Toxic Scented Wax Melt Cubes

Sunday, March 8, 2015

10 Small Homes with Big Curb Appeal

It’s time to think Spring!

Spring planning, Spring planting, and spring blooming (hopefully.) Since I have a blank slate in my front yard – again. I am looking for garden and curb appeal inspiration where ever I can get it.
Housekaboodle has a fabulous roundup of 10 Cottages with Curb Appeal I pinned to my Pinterest boards (follow Condo Blues on Pinterest pretty please?) and want to share with you.


Which one is your favorite?

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