If quarantine has you dreaming about a unique vacation with a mix of flash-to-the-past and scenic beauty, The Trailer Pond may be a fun option for your next getaway. You’ll be free to drink wine, relax, enjoy California’s wine country to the fullest – all while enjoying the quaint accommodations of a vintage camper.
The Trailer Pond houses 5 vintage campers that line the edge of a pond, situated in the heart of the 130 acre Alta Colina Winery in Paso Robles, California.
Check out this view of the accomdations! Pretty gorgeous, right?
Each trailer sleeps two, with one double bed. The 1950s-1960s restored campers don’t have bathrooms or showers, but there are shared options on the property. The campers also have mini-kitchens, though you’re not allowed to cook inside them – there’s a shared kitchen space on the property as well!
Nothing jazzes up a meal quite like fresh herbs. I often long for cilantro, basil, oregano, and parsley to enhance a meal and add healthy, satisfying flavor. Without a green thumb, I’ve struggled to keep even succulents alive (I even managed to kill a cactus that was sold to me as “you literally don’t have to do anything to it!”) So, I leave the gardening up to my partner. But, he doesn’t want to trek out to the planter boxes or the garden year-round. It’s just not super realistic to plant herbs we use daily out, away from the house. Plus, the winter weather and frost makes it harder to keep herbs alive outside – even with modest coverings.
Thankfully, growing herbs indoors is easy! With past ventures to keep indoor plants, we’ve had to scramble to find enough little pots and small containers. But, with this herb garden, you simply need mason jars! If you’re anything like us, you’ve got loads on hand from the past decade of canning. It’s 2020 – despite the craziness, this year has been so far, it’s time to embrace the convenience, aesthetic, and ease of mason jar gardening.
Regardless of if you’ve canned in the past, Mason jars are easily and readily available. Additionally, they’re inexpensive and have a timeless, almost rustic style. But the best part? They make for a no-fuss, mess-free herb garden. Simply follow the steps below to get started!
The small rocks or gravel are key to drainage. Since jars don’t have a system for drainage, laying ~ 2 inches of rocks, gravel, or even marbles will ensure the roots are protected from excess water damage.
Add Potting Mix
It’s important to use potting mix – not potting soil. Potting mix allows for excellent moisture retention and works best for container (i.e., jar) gardening. Fill jars with potting mix to 1-2 inches below the jar rim.
If transplanting, carefully dig up the herb plant(s) (being mindful of the roots). Gently shake off excess dirt and place into the potting mix in the Mason jar. Gently cover the roots with potting mix and ensure the transplant is firmly situated. Water immediately after re-planting.
If planting from seed, follow directions on seed packet. In most cases, you can simply sow seeds directly on top of the potting mix and cover with around an inch of potting mix – lightly water.
If you want your kitchen windowsill to be beautifully lined with your Mason jar herb garden, having cute labels are key. Of course, their main purpose is so you can easily identify the herb in question (I’ve definitely thought “oh, I’ll remember” and I NEVER do – don’t be me!).
A popsicle stick with hand lettering placed directly into the potting mix.
A piece of paper with a written label taped or glued around the jar.
An ID card around the neck of the jar with cute lettering and maybe a ribbon.
A sticker with the herb’s name.
Having a cute jar garden can actually really spruce up a space, so make sure they’re fun to look at!
Keep your Mason jars in a location that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight (like a windowsill). Thankfully, they can be easily moved – so you can move them to a sunny location for part of the day and they can be housed more “permanently” elsewhere, the rest of the time.
Disney’s 101 Dalmations is a story in which the world roots for the animals for a change. The underlying message is very pro-veganism and pro-animal welfare – no one wants the puppies to be turned into a coat for Curela Devil!
Corinne Jones and Tony Collier recreate the movie’s moment where Anita and Roger first meet in an adorable photo shoot.
The Classic Disney Moment
Izabelle, a mastiff mix, and Mookie, a black lab mix stood in for Perdita and Pongo (the original Disney dalmatians). Although not true dalmatians, the pair did a wonderful job posing for the camera and acting their part.
Cornnie and Tony took their first vacation together to Walt Disney World – it was only fitting their milestone moments continued with the theme.
Click through the slideshow above to view all the photos!
The two completed the look with Anita’s book, Roger’s hat, and the soggy hankerchief.
The photoshoot was done around 5 years ago, though the photos are just as adorable today as they were then! Since then, it seems Cornnie has gone onto partner with Walt Disney World and do work with them.
San Fransisco is under a shelter-in-place order and one videographer captured the hauntingly still drone footage of the cities once bustling streets. The drone flies through tourist-heavy areas, including North Beach, Chinatown, and Fisherman’s Wharf, and showcases nearly empty scenes – a ghost town.
Over 200 people took to the comments, sharing mixed feelings about San Fransisco’s current situation.
One person wrote, “this looks like a futuristic movie. creepy sad and overwhelming. Thanks for the drone footage”
Another commented, “Very powerful, and moving. Also reassuring that citizens are taking this threat seriously. Great technical skills too!”
Many seemed to agree the footage was eerie, haunting, and beautiful. Several people were commending the citizens of San Fransisco for following the shelter-in-place order and helping to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Watch the video for yourself and see how eerie the city is when everything is closed and everyone is home.
With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world and changing our everyday lives, at least temporarily, hygiene has moved to the forefront of many minds. To help slow the spread of the pandemic, it’s important to practice proper handwashing, use a hand sanitizer when unable to wash, and practice social distancing. In addition to these practices, there may be other tools we can use to stay as safe and sanitary as possible.
Emergency prep company StatGear Tools recently launched the “Hygiene Hand” tool that acts as a substitute for human hands when interacting with public surfaces.
They announced the tool on their Instagram, saying, “the Hygiene Hand is made from solid brass which is inherently anti-microbial, meaning viruses are unable to naturally thrive. In addition, it’s eco-friendly, durable, and beautiful.”
The tool is designed to help you “touch buttons, sign digital screens, and even open doors WITHOUT the use of your finger/hand touching the same surfaces as 100’s of other people!”
The item is made in the USA and started as a kickstarter campaign with a goal of raising only $5,000. Within 2 days, the campaign grossly exceeded its goal and has earned upwards of $75,000 with 28/30 campaign days left!
The tool is designed to fit easily on a keychain so it can be carried about in everyday life. Production for the tool will begin as soon as the campaign ends, considering they far exceeded their goal.
What do you think? Do these belong on the keychains of everyone?
If you can’t get enough of your pet and could look at him/her all day, every day, you may appreciate a custom painted planter of your pet’s face. While nothing can replace your actual fur baby, these planters are a pretty awesome keepsake – and they’re perfect for the office to look at your pet’s cute little face all the hours you’re at work.
All you have to do is send in a photo of your dog and you’ll receive a custom-crafted planter. The planter is both molded and painted to resemble your pet’s portrait. They’re made out of biodegradable plastic and are not equipped with draining holes – so best for fake plants or some creativity to allow the plants to drain.
The planters come in 3 different sizes and price points. Standard ($99.85), Large ($125.95), and Mega ($179.10).
The planters take 1-2 weeks to ship and shipping is free.
Though the Etsy shop advertises the planters for dogs specifically, they state they can do pretty much any pet upon request. Many people get them as gifts for the dog lovers in their life and are thrilled with the end product.
Another reads, “Oh.my.gosh. She did SUCH AN AMAZING JOB!!!! And got it to me before Christmas, like she promised!!! Such incredible work…looks JUST LIKE the dog I gave her a pic of!! Cannot wait to give this gift to my dog loving brother in law!!!”