Friday, August 18, 2023

rustic wood pathway | on the creek blog //

If you're a rustic, whimsical aesthetics fan, you won't want to miss this update on my charming wood pathway. Initially built in 2019, the path has found a new home by the Little Free Library. With the mulch area shrinking, this was the perfect opportunity to give the pathway a new lease on life. Despite some wear and tear, the character and charm of the path have only grown over the years. If you're curious how it fits in with the rest of the property, you will want to see this post!

Thursday, August 17, 2023


DIY terracotta pumpkin tutorial | on the creek blog //

Get ready for Halloween with a fun and easy DIY craft! Faux terracotta pumpkins are popular, but they can be pricey and time-consuming. This step-by-step guide shows you how to create your own using plastic pumpkins, acrylic paint, flour, and a little creativity. Whether you're a fan of vintage aesthetics or just looking for a unique way to decorate for the season, these pumpkins will impress. Take advantage of the opportunity to create the pumpkin of your dreams!

Tuesday, August 15, 2023


harvesting & processing my homegrown tomatoes | on the creek blog //

It's tomato harvest season, and if you want to upgrade your tomato processing game, consider using a tomato strainer machine. This post walks you through the simple steps of making delicious tomato puree using a tomato strainer machine. The process is straightforward to follow, from washing and preparing the tomatoes to cooking and storing the puree. With a tomato strainer machine, you can quickly turn a 5-gallon bucket full of tomatoes into a smooth and delicious puree. So, whether you plan on making tomato sauce or soup, this post has got you covered. Please give it a read, and enjoy your homemade tomato puree!

Monday, August 07, 2023


5 things I let go of since becoming a widow | on the creek blog //

In this post, I share my personal journey of growth since becoming a widow over a year and a half ago. I discuss the things I had to let go of, including perfectionism, the desire for approval, materialism, the need for control, and life as they knew it. I have found peace, acceptance, and a brighter future by embracing imperfection, focusing on my happiness, valuing relationships over material possessions, and letting go of the need for control. This post offers a powerful reminder that life is messy. Still, we can progress by letting go of negative aspects and embracing core values.

Friday, August 04, 2023

Why You Should Keep a Journal & How to Get Started - on the creek blog //

Keeping a journal can be an incredibly powerful tool for self-reflection and personal growth. 

I've kept a journal on & off throughout the years & it has helped me process so many things. Of course, it's not a substitute for professional advice, but it has helped me get my feelings into words.

Here's my argument for why you should keep a journal:

Why You Should Keep a Journal & How to Get Started - on the creek blog //

Why You Should Keep a Journal

Keeping a journal can be an incredibly powerful tool for self-reflection and personal growth. There are many reasons why you should keep a journal. For one, it can serve as a way to track your progress over time. By regularly writing down your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, you can see how far you've come and how much you've grown.

Another benefit of journaling is that it can help you process your emotions. Sometimes, it can be challenging to make sense of our feelings when we're feeling overwhelmed or stressed. By writing it down, we can gain clarity and perspective on our emotions, which can help us better manage them.

Journaling can also serve as a creative outlet. Writing can be a form of self-expression, and by keeping a journal, you have a safe space to explore your thoughts and ideas without fear of judgment.

Keeping a journal can be a powerful tool for personal growth, self-reflection, and creative expression. Whether you're looking to track your progress, process your emotions, or simply explore your thoughts and ideas, journaling can be a valuable addition to your daily routine.

Why You Should Keep a Journal & How to Get Started - on the creek blog //

How to Get Started With Journaling

Journaling is a great way to reflect on your thoughts and emotions, track your personal growth, and record important events in your life. Here are some tips for starting and maintaining a journal:

Choose the correct format: Decide whether you want a physical notebook or a digital app. Both have advantages, so choose what is most comfortable for you.

Schedule a regular time for journaling: Whether every day, once a week or whenever you feel like it, make sure to set aside dedicated time for journaling.

Write freely: Don't worry about grammar, spelling, or structure. Just let your thoughts flow onto the page without any self-censorship.

Be honest: Be truthful about your thoughts and feelings, even if they are difficult to confront.

Use prompts: If you need help with what to write about, use prompts to get started. There are many resources online with journaling prompts to help inspire you.

Reflect on your entries: Review your past entries and reflect on how you've grown and changed over time.

Be consistent: Make journaling a regular habit. Even if you only have a few minutes to write, reflecting on your thoughts and emotions can be incredibly valuable for your mental health and well-being.

Remember, journaling is a personal activity, so make it your own and enjoy the process!

Thursday, August 03, 2023



My July Garden | on the creek blog //

My garden has officially entered the wild zone! After carefully trying to contain my tomato vines as much as possible, I finally gave up & let them go!

I'm working on sprucing up the garden area with some aged mulch I had. It's been a slow process, but I'm getting there.

I stumbled upon some sad-looking lavender plants at Walmart & Home Depot on sale and couldn't resist bringing them home. Lavender is a perennial, so I'm looking forward to harvesting it year after year. I already got a small harvest this year that I plan to make into oils.

I also discovered some wild mint on our property, so I'm slowly transplanting some in another garden box. 

I'm currently obsessed with perennial herbs. Secretly, I love anything I only have to plant once!

My tomatoes are almost ripe, so it will be harvest time for them. Because I have so much going on, I'm planning on just freezing them & then figuring out what to do with them later.

I also have a few peppers coming along.

My July Garden | on the creek blog //

My July Garden | on the creek blog //

My July Garden | on the creek blog //

My July Garden | on the creek blog //

The garden takes quite a bit of upkeep, but I love it so much.

Wednesday, August 02, 2023


My Summer Self-Care Routine - on the creek blog //

It has been a self-care summer for me.

My son has been spending a lot of time at Grandma's house this summer, so I have been taking the opportunity to get in a lot of self-care.

I'll go into my self-care routine later in this post, but here's a breakdown of self-care & some ideas for your own routine.

What is self-care?

Self-care is actively preserving and improving one's well-being, health, and happiness, especially during stress. This can include a wide range of activities such as getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, meditating or practicing mindfulness, engaging in hobbies or activities that bring joy, connecting with friends and loved ones, seeking professional help when needed, and setting boundaries to prioritize one's own needs.

Self-care is not selfish but necessary to maintain a healthy and balanced life. By prioritizing self-care, you can better manage stress, reduce the risk of burnout, and improve overall physical and mental health. While I still have a long way to go, I am working self-care into my daily routine.

I've developed a little nighttime routine that helps me wind down & sleep better.

My Summer Self-Care Routine - on the creek blog //

First, I make my 'little drink,' which is tart cherry juice and caffeine-free lemon-lime soda. I know soda isn't the best, so I am looking into other things, but that's what I had when I started my routine. Sometimes, I add a little sorbet that I already have. That's a lemon sorbet popsicle in the pictures!

I heard that tart cherries are helpful for sleep, so I looked into it & found a study done by Dr. Russell Reiter, a renowned sleep researcher. The study found that drinking tart cherry juice increased melatonin levels in the body, a hormone that regulates sleep. The participants who consumed the tart cherry juice reported better sleep, less difficulty falling asleep, and reduced daytime sleepiness.

The study also found that the participants who drank the cherry juice had increased total sleep time and efficiency. The cherry juice helped regulate the participants' sleep-wake cycle, essential for maintaining a healthy sleep pattern.

The benefits of tart cherry juice for sleep have been attributed to its high concentration of natural melatonin. This powerful antioxidant helps regulate sleep. Melatonin allows the body to recognize when it's time to sleep and when it's time to wake up.

It may be more of a routine for me than melatonin. Still, I have cut back on my melatonin gummies and fallen asleep faster.

I'm not a healthcare professional, so I honestly don't know.

After my drink, I take a hot shower. 

Taking a hot shower before bedtime can have many benefits for your sleep. Firstly, hot water can help relax your muscles, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. Additionally, the heat from the shower can help to soothe any aches or pains you may be experiencing, which can also improve your sleep quality.

My Summer Self-Care Routine - on the creek blog //

Another benefit of a hot shower before bed is that it can help regulate your body temperature. When you get out of the shower, your body temperature will drop, which can help signal your body that it's time to sleep. This can be especially helpful if you have trouble falling asleep because you feel too hot or cold.

Adding those two simple things into my nighttime routine has made an enormous difference.

The information provided is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please understand that the self-care routine discussed is not a substitute for medical treatment and should be used with professional medical care.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2023


My experience with grief, loss & finding myself | on the creek blog //

Losing everything can be a terrifying thought.

It's even worse when it comes true.

I should know. Over the last three years, I've lost almost everything.

What began as a series of unfortunate events (my favorite dog dying, a failed foster placement) turned into a dumpster fire lit and fueled by gasoline when my husband, James, was diagnosed with cancer & passed away 5 months later.

What followed was me trying to work through my grief while facing even more challenges (some really crazy stuff went down at my expense). I was a complete mess at the time, but I have a lot of it sorted out now.

I was a completely different person before James died & the many epic disaster events that followed.

Aside from my trauma, something else completely changed me: seeing my worst-case events come to fruition.

Before these losses, I was a terrified perfectionist. I clung to minor inconveniences and made them into gigantic problems. I was always on top of bills and other household tasks.

When I went through the experience of losing everything, the small things that used to scare me were no longer significant. I've learned that there's some wiggle room in opportunities & deadlines & sometimes, I was fortunate to receive grace & a second chance. While my bills are still paid on time & documents get returned, I don't let it consume my life. I don't stress about a little (or a lot!) dust in my house.

I no longer fear the small things because what I've been through has been much more significant. I became more resilient and better equipped to handle life's challenges. I have (unwillingly!) faced my fears and came out the other side, which gives me the confidence to tackle anything that comes my way. (Confidence is also something I used to struggle with.)

While I would have never picked this life for myself, the events that transpired made me realize what really matters to me & helped me prioritize my values.

I began understanding material possessions didn't define me as a person before everything happened. Still, the experiences I went through really brought them home for me. It isn't about my status or how much money I make. It's about loving fully and kindly. There's much to be said about being kind, but I think Dr. Wayne Dyer said it best: "If you have the choice between being right and being kind, choose being kind."

While there's nothing worse than losing everything, it's also such a transformative experience to find yourself...that I wouldn't wish on anyone!

My experience with grief, loss & finding myself | on the creek blog //

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