The five little things that made my week…

First apple blossoms of spring

1. Spring starts much earlier in Southern California than most parts of the country, but a sure sign of the change of seasons for me is when the apple blossoms on our tree begin to appear!

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February 24 2017      Leave a comment     Linda Ly
Miscellaneous

Leggy seedlings: what causes them and how to correct them

If you like to give your seeds a head start on the season by sprouting them on a sunny windowsill, you may be wondering right about now: why are they so spindly and stretching toward the sun? This isn’t a catwalk, ladies!

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February 21 2017      Leave a comment     Linda Ly
Jardín

Planting milkweed for the monarchs

It’s one of the greatest migrations of the animal kingdom: Every spring, hundreds of thousands of monarch butterflies sweep across the continent from Mexico to Canada and then back again in fall, a journey spanning nearly 3,000 miles and multiple generations. In fact, recent studies show that it takes up to four generations for monarchs to make it north out of Mexico and into Southern Canada!

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February 17 2017      5 comments     Linda Ly
Entomología   Flores

The five little things that made my week…

Iman the Golden Laced Cochin

1. Confession: This little ball of cuteness rivals the other cuteness toddling in the house right now.

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February 10 2017      4 comments     Linda Ly
Diversión

Nestling in bed on a cold day

Do you find pleasure in nestling deep in your blanket on cold days, or warming up the house with a slow-cooking stew? Do you feel content with sharing a simple meal with family and friends, or gathering around a campfire under a moonlit sky?

The Danes have a word for all these things: hygge. But hygge is not any one “thing,” per se. It’s a Scandinavian lifestyle concept that encompasses all things cozy (in its most simplistic definition) and the intimate connection one feels with others. While there’s no direct translation in English, hygge can be thought of as the pursuit of everyday happiness, or the art of creating a calming and comfortable atmosphere in and out of the home.

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February 5 2017      3 comments     Linda Ly
En La Casa

Introducing my 10-month-old baby to snowboarding

Pre-parenthood, I always heard stories of babies that could swim before they crawled or run before they walked. It seemed that babies were built with instinctive reflexes that went beyond sucking or smiling — reflexes combined with a lack of fear and low center of gravity, two great advantages in the world of snowsports.

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February 3 2017      2 comments     Linda Ly
Aventuras   Familia

The five little things that made my week…

Weeding after the rain

1. Weeding is so much more enjoyable after a rain. Not only are they easier to pull out, but digging your hands in the dirt is a great way to dose yourself with nature’s happy pill.

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January 27 2017      Leave a comment     Linda Ly
Diversión