Monday, January 3, 2011

Snow Pics, Review of Hometown Seeds, and an Ecolissa Clothing Discount!

Boy, there's a lot to get done in this post. Busy, busy, busy.

First, I thought I'd show you the paradise where I was for a few days, celebrating the new year. What's nice about Sacramento, besides its own quaint charm, is that it's just a couple of hours away from some great getaways: San Francisco, the Pacific Ocean, and the Lake Tahoe/Truckee/Donner Lake area.

My family stayed at a friend's cabin with my parents in the coldest weather that I have ever experienced in my entire life! Sacramento is cold when it gets below 70 degrees, and people think we're in the next Ice Age when it's below 50. I've been in Truckee and Tahoe when it's snowed, and the temps hovered in the 20's. Well, this time we were in sub-zero temps in Truckee. Ahem, I said sub-zero! But, it was beautiful. Please enjoy just a couple of snapshots of some crazy, cold fun.

Here's the Truckee cabin where we stayed.

Here is a snowball fight with some of the biggest snowballs known to mankind. That's GR hurling a chunk at SR, G, and JK. G got back at the Blessings with one about twice that size. I have some great shots of the children sneaking up on him with arms poised to throw on his unsuspecting back. This pile of snow in the foreground is covering our patio. The Truckee River is in the background.

A beautiful shot of the scenery on a walk. So gorgeous it was breathtaking. The snow sparkled like silver.

This is GR on the morning we left. She went out to recover all five toboggans that we brought that were buried in the snow. Some of my shots captured the snowflakes pouring down on her. Look at her hair and our car behind her. I hope everyone had an awesome and safe New Year!

Okay, well that was fun. But now on to Hometown Seeds. I was contacted by Melanie who offered to send me their Kitchen Herb Value Pack worth $16.99, if I would add their company as a link in my blog list. You can find them in my Veggie Friendly section. I said sure, and in a couple of weeks I received a package with ten bags of seeds in it. You can see in the picture above that I got parsley, thyme, cilantro, chives, sage, rosemary, oregano, dill, and two kinds of basil. Melanie did not ask me to review her seeds, but I told her I would anyway.

Of course, I can't review the quality until I plant them, and I plan to save one garden bed just for this purpose. However, I went to their website,, and looked around. What I was first drawn to was their Survival Seeds packet, in case of some kind of disaster! That was exciting to me, and it offers 22,000 seeds of bunches of kinds of foods.

They also offer sprouting seeds, vegetable seeds and flower seeds. The prices seem comparable to my neighborhood nursery, so I wouldn't necessarily be tempted to buy online, unless it was a seed I couldn't normally find. Like their asparagus seeds, for instance. Everything seemed to be around two dollars a packet, but they offer various large deals. Check them out, and see what you think.

Finally, Melissa Dion from Ecolissa asked if I would post a discount on my site for her clothing website. I was not offered anything in return, more than you are being offered, but I don't do everything just for greed's sake. I checked out her site and thought, "Sure, why not?"

I asked Melissa if her site was completely animal-cruelty free, and she responded, "Everything I carry is 100% vegan. No leather, fur, wool, silk, down feather, etc. I am vegan, so it is very important to me." If you would like to check out Melissa's clothing site, her address is You will get a 20% discount if you mention the coupon code "vegan20"when you order.

Hope you had fun checking everything out on here. Keep warm, grow plants, and wear clothes!


  1. Wow that is a beautiful spot that your guys cabin is in. It looks like the view is breathtaking! I love cabins!!! That's cool that you got those seeds, I'll have to check out her website as well as the clothing one :)

  2. I think you have yourself a little nirvana there! I am going to head over ecolissa now. Love the pics, they made me smile!

  3. Great sites ! I am sharing the one for Hometown Seeds with my facebook friends. It's January, time to drool over garden possibilities and these guys have a great selection of sprouting seeds for those of us who are garden challenged with swelling green thumbs !

  4. What a great place to be for the holidays. Its so beautiful out there. I always wanted to live in a log cabin, that was and has always been a dream of mine. But that cabin is so charming and I bet you guys had lots of fun...great family memories.

  5. Hi, Carissa, I wish that was OUR cabin, but at least we get to enjoy it. :-) Hope you like the other two sites.

    Brandi, it was wonderful, albeit cold. Glad you liked the pics. Have fun looking at clothes. :-)

    Yes, Di, this would be a great site to share. I'm looking forward to planting my herb seeds.

    Millie, we did have fun, thank you. It is always good to build great, lasting memories.

  6. Such beautiful pictures! I've grown up in a part of NY thats covered every year in tons and tons of snow, which I hated, but since moving to Québec I really am starting to love it. These pictures looks like they are covered with(vegan) marshmallows!

  7. I'm glad you had such a good time in Truckee — it looks beautiful, and reminds me of the huge and beautiful snowfalls we enjoyed in Wisconsin.

    I got the same seed offer you did but you made me realize I forgot all about it! Oh well.

  8. What a fun way to spend the New Year. I bet everyone had a blast in the snow, especially since you never get snow where you live. Beautiful pics!

    I'm definitely checking out hometown seeds; I'm always looking for seed providers that preserve their own and don't deal with the big seed companies. I'll definitely check out the clothes too.

    Happy 2011 to you and yours BlessedMama

  9. The snow is so beautiful around the cabin, not piled up or salted or sanded and muddy. The second photo with all the frosted trees and playing kids looks amazing!

  10. What a fun time and what a beautiful cabin and snow! I would love to be somewhere with snow like that. :o) I love snow, but suppose I would get tired of it if I had to deal with it all winter.

  11. those pictures are so beautiful! but whats not pictured is the cold, lol hope they were nice and warm inside!!

    HAHAAH thats not a snowball thats a snowMAN hes tossing!!

    ill go look at her site! two kinds of basil? fun! you will have to do a review later!

  12. Heard it was cold by my in-laws who were in Soda Springs at Christmas (they have a house there),We were in Soda Springs Christmas 09 and it was cold, can't imagine it in the sub-zeros. Have you thawed out it?

  13. How fun for you, Jessica (Lima)! A few days of this weather suited me just fine, though. :-)

    Andrea, do you miss the snow? I bet you could still get those seeds if you wanted to.

    The snow was lots of fun, Rose. I hope you like the sites.

    Jessica (Cookie), it was so beautiful, it was amazing!

    It was a great time, Michelle (LLV), but I agree with you - I don't think I'd want to deal with it all the time.

    Michelle (DD), do you mean the adults? Yes, most of us tried to stay warm! They were huge snowballs for sure, but I like your idea of tossing snowmen! I'll let you know how the herbs turn out.

    Lynette, We're still working on it! Ha ha!

  14. beautiful snow pics! i had no idea it gets that cold in california.

  15. beautiful cabin!

    thank you for stopping by my blog.=)

  16. Sara, yes, some parts of California do get that cold, in our mountain regions. This is right by Donner Lake where the infamous Donner tragedy occurred.

    Kelli, you're welcome. You have a great blog.

  17. Michelle-thank you for your kind words on my attempt at refining my writing and being creative.

  18. Ah.... the snow looks delightful! Mmmm!

  19. Hi, Carissa, I wish that was OUR cabin,