TGIF! And it's a Fab Finds Friday!  For those of us still in summer mode I wanted to share a few fav accessories and some basics to get you through the rest of the lazy days of summer and to put away for next summer, since everything is on sale it's great time to shop!


Hellooo and happy August! And happy Motivation Monday! Feels weird that August started on a Tuesday, so yes, this is the first Monday of the month! Technically June is the half year point but for some reason August always feels more like that to me.What's your perspective? Does it feel like 'Yikes, half the year is already over and I haven't done enough?' or 'I have a whole half a year left and so much I can accomplish?'  I'm a glass is half full kinda gal. In August I like to go back to my list of goals from the beginning of the year to see what I've accomplished, where I stayed on course, where I fell off and what I want to get done in the remaining months of 2017. Here in Southern Cal summer weather can last well into October so there's no counting down the last few weeks of summer fun yet. I do however have a seasonal clock, and come August my toes start to get tired of sandals and start longing for boots again. And August starts sunflower season! Got my first bunch on Saturday at our local Farmers Market. I'll be posting about drying them for the seeds on Off The Grid In The City soon.

Make it a great day, a great week and a fabulous August. And remember to buy yourself flowers ;)


Happy Be Well Wednesday! I'm feeling all into herbs today. So let's talk thyme! I have thyme in my garden and it's one of the easy herbs I love to grow so when I came across all it's medicinal benefits on Pinterest, of course, really where would we be without Pinterset?!? I had to share. Truth is thyme has been used since ancient times and not just as a culinary herb, but as a medicinal herb as well.

Here are some of its benefits

  • It regulates blood pressure
  • Is used in treating chronic fatigue
  • Soothes a sore throat
  • Fights dizziness/vertigo
  • Is beneficial for people with lupus, fibromyalgia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis an hoshimotos thyroiditis. 
  • Contains anti bacterial properties to ward off colds and flew well 
  • Has anti-rheumatic, anti-parasitic, anti-septic, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties

Wow, that's pretty impressive! You can make a drink out of thyme like tea, simply put a handful of fresh or dried thyme in a tea strainer, pour hot water over it, let is sit a few minutes then take out the strainer. You can add honey or agave to sweeten. You can also buy thyme tea.

Here's some other great herbs for your herbal medicine chest;


Helloooo!  Finally, time to share my Ojai Garden Tour pictures with you.  As you know, if you've been around here for a while, spring garden tours, especially the one in Ojai, are my jam!  I just love, love, love strolling though other peoples yards and gardens, (without getting arrested), getting ideas, and mostly being in awe of the beauty of Mother Nature working in conjunction with peoples individual creativity. It's so inspiring. So here are my favorite pictures from this years tour, you know, of the hundreds I took! I hope you enjoy them!

And last but not least that's our garden grapevine behind me and it has grapes!

If I haven't over dosed you on garden pictures, here's some previous tours, here and here.


If you missed the last few tours check them out here and here.