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Manatees Are The Best

If you know me, you know that I’m a bit obsessed with manatees (as is Melody).

This is my desktop wallpaper.. Not even kidding.

So it all started when my brothers introduced Melody and I to “Mermaids the Body Found” on Animal planet. Remember that show? It was weird and creepy and apparently mermaids are real.
ImageAnyways… On the “documentary” they said that manatees were often mistaken for mermaids and they showed video of manatees just hanging out in the water, being awesome. This brought us to wonder “what sounds do manatees make”? We decided that it had to be a lazy “muhhh” sound (it’s a squeaky sound in real life). We went on YouTube in search of the song of the manatee. What we found was the most awesome song sung by this kid that was hilarious but has since been removed from YouTube (maybe the Swivlettes will cover it in the future).

From what I can remember, the song went as follows:

Manatee, oh manatee
Cow OF the sea
Your face looks like a vacuum
You don’t really look like a sea cow you look more like a sea pig

There were other verses but you get the gist. We have taken this song to heart and embarrassed many a person while singing it at random. I’ve seen one in the wild before and it was magical. I just really love manatees. If I ever live in Florida I am totally getting that manatee license plate.

I will leave you with this.



St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!


Since we are both part Irish AND we will be going to Ireland later this year (EEP!), we are big fans of this holiday.

This year I made a very Irish dinner consisting of corned beef, cabbage, and smashed potatoes.


The corned beef was made straight from the package, I used the Pioneer Woman’s cabbage recipe as well as her smashed potatoes recipe (found here and here). So good!

Dessert was an Irish car bomb in dessert form! ImageClick HERE for the recipe if you’d like to try it. It turned out absolutely deliciously. Seriously. So yummy.

After the feasting, Melody and I decided to break out the instruments and play some Irish tunes. Here’s a really fun Irish jig called King of the Fairies.

Thanks for watching! – Katy



Starting an Organic Garden

Starting an Organic Garden


It’s finally coming! Spring is almost here!

Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the seasons of the year for their unique treasures, but I’m ready for warmth. Picnics, the beach, swimming, sunshine, oh the possibilities! Plus, this year I’m cultivating my largest garden project yet. I’ll be sharing my successes (and failures) with you guys. i’ve planted small gardens in the past, but I’m expanding the turf this go ’round.

Ready to get dirty, sweat lots, play outside and enjoy the fruits of your labor (yum yum)? OR maybe you just want a small window garden to grow herbs for fragrance and cooking. Either way, I’ll be posting tips for loving and cultivating an organic garden. Let’s do this thing.

  • First: Pick what you want to grow! Do you want a heap of veggies and herbs? That’s what I’m planting this season. I’m hoping for a small crop of eggplants, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, sweet peppers, basil and mint. Try to pick things that grow well in your zone. You can find out what zone you are in fairly easily by searching the internet.
  • Second: Decide where you are going to put your garden. Do you have space in your yard for the crop you want? Maybe you live in an apartment and you’re trying for a small window garden? Remember that different plants require more or less sunlight in comparison with others. Don’t haphazardly place your seeds in the darkest corner of your yard. Find out what your seedlings and transplants like.
  • Third: Make way for the growth! Prepare the space you’ve picked for your little ones. If you’re planting outside then you may need to do a soil test. You can get a test kit for roughly 4 bucks at any feed/seed place. They might even have them at Home Depot (I love that place). If you’re planting inside then you’ll need an attractive looking container that has good drainage for the water you’ll be feeding your plants. If you’re like me, and you want to tackle a big space outside, you’ll need to till the ground. I bought a refurbished till machine for $80 at Home Depot. It was a steal. It works like a charm, unless you’re running over giant roots and/or rocks. Check out this giant boulder my machine found earlier! 
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Okay, there’s your homework. Now, go get started on your organic garden! I’ll be posting more 

Oh, and post comments or questions below!




 My sweet, bargain tiller.