the life of a nanny

just the musings of the life of a nanny

1500 ladybugs April 14, 2011

Filed under: our garden — thelifeofananny @ 12:33 pm

Something was eating the green leaves of our preciously planted veggies and herbs. We talked to a few of our friends who garden and one suggested that we get Marigolds, because they attract ladybugs and ladybugs eat aphids, and aphids are what are more than likely eating away at our garden. So we got 6 Marigold plants, planted them in pots and placed them around the garden, hoping that ladybugs would appear.

We waited.

And waited.

Waited for about a week, and no lady bugs came. We talked to our friend and he said we could just buy some off the internet. So I searched, and could only find ladybugs that came 1500 or more. What the heck was I going to do with 1500 ladybugs, i thought, oh, 20 should do. Well i order them, joked about it all week until they arrived, via USPS- yes, they were in the mailbox.

So, we let them loose in our garden…

Shipped USPS

the back of the box, breathable

netted bag, inside the box where 1500 ladybugs were!


up close

ladybugs on the parsley

proof that the aphids are eating my garden. poor basil.


So hopefully these little ladies will do their job and our garden will be plentiful.

Ladybugs remind me of elementary school. I remember them being everywhere at KLES. It took me back. I made me remember the smells, and even made me smile.

In other garden news, we have our first tomatoes! 4 of them in fact! They are ‘yellow boy tomatoes’ and they make me happy!







Springtime in Tallahassee April 4, 2011

Filed under: 101 in 1001,date night,g5,our garden — thelifeofananny @ 2:24 pm

This weekend was busy- story of my life.

Friday, after work, my parents met Caleb and I at our house and then we headed to First Friday, where we met up with my brother and his girlfriend, Kaylee. Can we say Triple Date! hahh!

My brother, Justin, and Kaylee

My parents!

Caleb & I

drummers. their music was beautiful!


After First Friday, we headed to Cabos for a late dinner. It was delicious!

Saturday morning I went to the annual Springtime Tallahassee Parade, with the Gonzalez Family. I got to see the parade from a whole different angle, as they were invited to the patio view with catered Chic-fil-a! Cant beat that!

our view, second story of the realtors bldg on the corner of college and monroe.

LHS band

The Catered life, Christian and Adeline

Love this lady!

Springtime Tallahassee is a parade, and that knocks off one of my 101 in 1001!

After the parade, I stopped by Mozaik to see my super cute chef boyfriend. I even tried something new on the menu, the portabella sandwich, and it did not disappoint! Then i went and ran a few errands. When Caleb got off work, we headed to Tallahassee Nurseries to pick up some marigolds for our garden. Marigolds attract lady bugs, lady bugs eat the pest that have been eating the leaves of our garden plants. We bought 6 of them, and planted them in little pots around the garden to welcome as many ladybugs as we can get. If some dont show up in a few days, I will buy some offline- ha!


marigolds and our growing garden

We picked up these tiny watermelon plants too.

Planted the watermelons in our herb box, so they will have plenty of room to grow. Tag says that they are the “perfect icebox watermelons”! Excited to watch these babies grow!

Sunday, the day of rest, was anything but! We had picked up Calebs moms trailer to help my brother get a few things moved out of kaylees old apartment and some stuff out of storage. Sunday when we woke up, it had a flat tire- we didn’t have the proper things to fix it, so we had to wait for his brother to come bring us the correct tools. oh fun! 2hrs later…we met my bro and kaylee and the girls at kaylees old apartment to get the rest of the stuff out: 2 TVs, a couch, an entertainment center, and a few other odds and ends. Then we went back to our house, because we got the couch, a tv and entertainment center (woo hoo to our formal living room actually having furniture in it!). Then we went to the storage unit to get some things out fir


our garden is GROWING!! March 24, 2011

Filed under: our garden — thelifeofananny @ 10:32 am

I cannot even tell you how excited I am that our garden is actually sprouting. Caleb and I know nothing really about gardening, other than our common sense and what knowledge we have taken from classes and asked around. We started this garden on a whim. I randomly told Caleb that I wanted a garden and he happily obliged. And now that it is growing we are past ourselves.

STRAWBERRIES! See those two green buds? Those are strawberries!

look how tall our tomato plants are getting!

edamame sprouting!

carrots sprouting!

corn sprouting!

see that stick looking thing coming up from the dirt? thats asparagus!

Have I ever mentioned that we have a fig tree in our backyard? Quiet a few people in our neighborhood have them too. Ours is HUGE and just beginning to bloom.

a fig (still growing)

our fig tree

Last Sunday, Caleb and I spent almost all day outside. We ate breakfast out in those chairs, then sipped coffee reading the newspaper for about an hour, we ate an oranges in the afternoon out there. Oh it was a great day!


Our Garden March 20, 2011

Filed under: our garden — thelifeofananny @ 2:23 pm

Last Sunday we planted our first garden! We have a 12ft x 4ft vegetable garden box (plus strawberries) as well as a 4ft x 4ft herb box. It was easier than we thought. We bought lumber and screws from Lowes. Soil, soil additives and most plants came from Tallahassee Nurseries- i highly recommend them for all your gardening needs. Sean and Roger really helped us and provided a vast amount of knowledge about gardening.

This is our sketch: SPRING GARDEN 2011

our raised garden beds



HERBS: rosemarry, cilantro, basil, parsley, and thyme

sweet sweet Remi pup!

its been a week since we planted, and we can already see some of the plants growing taller- it is so exciting.


last weekend March 10, 2011

Filed under: date night,our garden — thelifeofananny @ 12:07 am

Friday, March 4th – Sunday, March 6th

Caleb and I had been so busy since we had moved into our new place, that we really hadn’t had any time with just each other. When we first got together (i should create a whole post on just that!) we would have what we called “date nights”, where we would: get out of the house and go on a date- duh! 🙂 They were simple, maybe just going to dinner, but they created a lot of memories. So, last Thursday night I suggested to Caleb that we should have a date night the next night- so we did. It was fantastic, just getting out of the house, where my to-do list is 3 pages long, ohh the joy of moving into a new (way bigger) house.

Friday as soon as I got of work, went home, and did my hair, put on a cute dress and boots, and we were off to First Friday Gallery Hop! If you arent a Tally Local, then you probably dont know what that is. Its held at RailRoad Square Art Park, the first friday of every month. Its totally free, they have a couple of live bands playing, food vendors, very talented craft vendors, and about 90% of the shops in RRS are open for you to browse through. Its fun, we looked at lots of beautiful artwork, i bought two eco-friendly candles(my weakness!), we shared a snow cone, people watched (one of our favorite things to do together!) and just held hands. It was blissful!

old tattered piano

FSU has this huge studio at RRS, where grad students get a cubicle sized space and go to town creating all sorts of “art”. Its pretty neat to see. I took this picture because Caleb said he liked it, I thought it was a dust collector. ha.

After FFGH we headed downtown to Harry’s. A girl that Caleb works with, also has a serving job there, so we went and enjoyed delicious creole’ food. We started out with the Lobster & Crawfish Eggrolls- which I would order next time, they were amazing! Then Caleb had the Shrimp & Grits, while I enjoyed the Eggplant and Crabmeat Napoleon. Then, the manager came over to our table, Ashley, the girl that works with Caleb as well as works at Harry’s told the manager that Caleb was a chef at her other job, so he came over and chatted with us, and made sure we liked our food and then sent out their chocolate bread pudding- talk about the icing to the cake, that desert was so yummy, we have talked about it every day since.

Then we went home and relaxed, we were stuffed and Caleb had to work the next day.

Saturday, Caleb worked and I signed up for a Vegetable Gardening 101 class at Native Nurseries. It was very informative and made me want to garden even more. We even had a hands on part of the class, where they showed us, in their opinion the best way to plant a tomato plant.

"bury" a tomato plant. Fill in the dirt around it as it grows.

carrots, they grow down, in the dirt

see the baby radishes?

they even had a chicken coop. they collected the eggs to eat and collected the chicken poop for their compost.

After my class, I went to Calebs work and had a delicious eggplant gyro for lunch.

When Caleb got off work, we went to Lowes and purchased some lumber to start our garden. yayy

Sunday, Caleb woke up before me and cooked me a delicious breakfast! We lounged around for a bit and then we built our vegetable and herb garden boxes. We decided to put them in the yard where it was most sunny, with plans to look at the at various times during the week, to make sure they were getting enough sun. We think we will need to move them down towards the house about 2.5 feet.

our garden boxes up close

another view

the vegetable box is 12ft x 4ft & the herb box is 4ft x 4ft.

wish us luck. I am pretty sure we will be planting this weekend 🙂