Archive | March, 2013

Happy St. Patrick’s (and blog birth) Day!

18 Mar

Well we now have even more reason to celebrate that greenest of days…ah yes ya’ wee lass I speak not of Arbor Day (another of our favorite days) but o’course of lovely St. Patty’s day!

In addition to that fact that I am of Irish descent (1/4 to be exact , I will explain the other 3/4 later) for I am a proud son of the McGowan clan that once roamed the emerald isle, this date also has two other significant meanings for us.  First it is the day that oh some 34 years ago that yours truly was supposed to be born.  I decided to sleep in for about 11 days in a trend which I would love to repeat throughout life but which seems to have evaded me thus far.

And second it is the day that my beautiful fiance’ and partner in crime decided to launch our new blog:!  It actually happened by coincidence but it seems that this day has always found its way onto my calendar in special ways.

So in the great Irish tradition I decided to have a nice frosty brew to celebrate, now before you go grab the torches and pitchforks I know it is not an Irish beer.  Fact is I didn’t plan this but I’m going to play it off like this: In addition to being 1/4 Irish I am also of German, Italian and Russian lineage (yes the family reunions are quite the affair) so I decided to honor my other ancestors by drinking a (sort of ) German beer.

Plus Jany loves to practice with the insane number of features on her camera as often as possible!  So I hope you enjoy the pics as much as I enjoyed the holiday and the brewski!





How to Make Your Orchids Bloom

17 Mar

We absolutely adore orchids in every shape size and color.  Near our home there is a little orchid stand that would sell us some of the best orchids we have come across at a very reasonable price.  But even at a good price with the amount of orchids that we buy (a couple every month or so) it was costing us a pretty penny.  We heard that once the flowers on a stem died that it was possible to keep watering them and that eventually they would bloom again.  We decided to keep them in our garden in the hope that they would bloom again.

After about a year of waiting for our first batch we were getting frustrated because they weren’t blooming. We decided to get some “professional” help by going to Home Depot to see what advice they could give us.  They gave us a few options to try and once again we were disappointed.  With that in mind we decided to do some research on the great and powerful Google.  We came across a few more ideas but one in particular called our attention: Orchid Focus Bloom.  We were a little skeptical because of the high price but remembering that you always get what you pay for and reading some great reviews we decided it was worth a shot.

To our great delight we began to see results after only a few months when several buds starting appearing.  Shortly after that there was an explosion of orchids everywhere in our garden!

Here are some of the orchids from our garden…



Now not only are we saving a ton of money by only buying new orchids every now and then, but in addition our constant supply of blooming orchids have bigger and more numerous flowers!

We just can’t live without this product anymore and wanted to share it with any orchid lovers.

You can purchase Orchid Focus Bloom in the 32 Oz. bottle by clicking here.  Or if you want to start small you can find the 8 Oz. bottle by clicking here.

Thank you for stopping by,

Jany & Josh

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