Gardening Chores for October

October 20, 2014

Submitted by Blogger of the Month Jennifer Cazzola

While spring planting season is months away, and the evening temperatures are just beginning to drop, there are still a number of things that can be done in your garden before winter sets in.

Plant Garlic

Garlic is a super easy and rewarding crop to grow and now is the time to plant it. Bulbs for planting can be purchased at any seed store, and while it is a bit late in the year for shopping, there are still a few varieties available. Grocery store garlic is not recommended as it may be of a variety unsuited for your area and will most likely have been treated for an extended shelf life.

To plant: separate the bulbs into cloves leaving the outer skin on. Place root side down and pointed end up 2” deep and 4” apart. Cover with soil and water well. As the bulbs begin to sprout, you may cover them lightly with mulch to protect them from the frost. (If by chance your plants are affected by the weather, don’t worry too much about it. They’ll recover and should continue to produce well).

Fertilize occasionally and provide adequate water throughout the winter and spring. I make sure mine get about one inch of water per week. Harvest in the summer when the foliage begins to turn yellow and die back.

Plant Flowering Bulbs

Daffodils are our favorite. The first October on our homestead, we had just moved in, but I took time out of our unpacking to plant a number of daffodil bulbs around our pond. Every spring we are rewarded with a beautiful display that continues to spread. Other bulbs that can be planted at this time are tulips, crocuses, and grape hyacinth.

Plant at the required depth (usually specified on the package) adding a small amount of organic matter or blood meal to the hole. Be sure to mark the location so you can watch for new growth in the spring.

Bulbs will typically bloom once for a few weeks and then be done for the year. However, depending on the variety, they may come back year after year. Keep in mind that Oklahoma weather is not kind to tulips so those may not provide as good results. Consider combining your bulbs with a variety of annuals and perennials which can also be planted in the fall.

Make Plans for Next Year

Now is the time to think about what you’d like to do in your garden next year. Once the holiday season hits, there is little time left afterward to plan before the spring planting season begins. Make a list of new varieties you’d like to try, take notes on what worked well this past season as well as any changes that need to be made.

If you haven’t already, order a few seed catalogs to provide inspiration and give ideas. Order any seed as soon as possible. Popular varieties tend to sell out rather quickly.

SONY DSCBlogger of the Month Jennifer Cazzola writes about her transition from city to country life, offers tips on natural gardening, chickens, recipes from her kitchen and ideas for frugal, simple living on her blog,  Black Fox Homestead.

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Sunday Potluck

October 19, 2014

Sunday Potluck

Guidelines for the Oklahoma Women Bloggers
Sunday Potluck

  1. Link up your favorite post from the previous week.
  2. The purpose of our weekly link party is to gather and connect with one another, so please visit your neighbors’ blogs in the link up!
  3. If you are not yet a member of OWB, please sign up. We want to get to know you!!



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Submitted by Brittney Lee, Arkansas Women Bloggers member

Signature Style, Go-to Pieces for Fall, and Working with Local Businesses

Hi Oklahoma ladies! I’m Brittney from Razorback Britt.  You can probably tell from my blog name that I’m an Arkansas girl.  However, my home is just 6 miles from the Oklahoma border…so I’m hoping you’ll accept this “almost Okie” gal.

I frequently travel into Oklahoma for some big city fun. On a trip to Tulsa, I stumbled into a great shop called POSH Style. I got cute clothes and great service.  After a second visit, I asked them if we could work together (more on that later)… and they were gracious enough to send me a couple items to spiff up my fall wardrobe. I want to show you how to harness your signature style and how to add some go-to pieces for fall using these great items from POSH Style.

Signature Style

Your signature style is something you have to refine. It’s what makes you feel comfortable, what makes you feel beautiful, and what makes you stand out.  For me, I love to layer, I love statement pieces, and I love animal print. I would challenge you to define your style.  Maybe it’s structured, mixing in some fun prints.  Maybe it’s feminine with ruffles and pearls, with a splash of color.  It’s whatever you find yourself drawn toward when shopping.

Go-to Pieces for Fall

When POSH Style sent me some fun fall pieces, I loved how I could incorporate those into my signature style.  They sent me a great cable knit vest and a monogram clutch purse. These fit into my signature style perfectly.  In fact, I love the cable knit vest so much, it’s totally going to be my go-to piece for fall.  I can see mixing it into many outfits.

For starters, it’s a great layering piece…and layering is totally my signature.  I layered the vest over a leopard print sweater (hey signature animal print!), with skinny black pants, and boots.  I love this look.  It’s interesting – full of textures, colors, prints, and looks polished.  The pants and sweater are both soft and stretchy, so they are comfortable to boot.  Can’t beat it.

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I also added the vest to a grey maxi dress. The dress is comfy on its own, but it doesn’t have much “style.” When you add the vest and some leopard booties (again, my “thing”), it’s suddenly super fashionable.

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When you top it off with a statement piece like the jewel tone monogram clutch, it’s trendy and on point.

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I think along with finding your signature style, it’s great to find a go-to piece for the season and use it to mix and match outfits. For me, it’s this cable knit vest.  If you like these pieces, check them out at POSH. The vest comes in grey and plum, and the cross-body clutch comes in red, black, white, tan, and green – and you can keep it plain or monogram it.

Working with Local Businesses

So how did I get to work with POSH Style? I asked them to partner with me. As a blogger, you have influence and a community of readers. That’s valuable to businesses who want to reach your readers. If you think you have a business that would benefit from a partnership, reach out to them. The worst thing they can say is “no.” I recommend starting with local businesses, especially if you have a local following. Here’s how I do it.  Please note this is not the end-all to approaching companies, this is simply what’s worked for me.

  • I only approach businesses I have a relationship with.  It’s just more authentic.
  • I will contact the business. If I want to reach out online, I find that I get a better response from their Facebook page than emailing from their website.  I just find that their social accounts are monitored more than generic email addresses.
  • I tell the company how much I love them, give them examples of where I’ve given them digital love already and tell them my story.
  • I give them ideas of partnership, but I leave it open.  I might say “If you’re open to partnership, that might mean giving me some products to review, giving my readers a discount, hosting a shopping day for my readers, giving me a product to giveaway, or maybe even offering me a discount so I can purchase products to review. I could promote an event or sale you have coming up, or promote a new product line. I’m also open to any ideas you have.”
  • Tell them what you will offer in return. You will blog about them, linking to their website and social profiles.  You will promote them online, etc.  There’s value in that.
  • Sell what you have.  If your readership numbers aren’t what you’d consider great, sell them on your big Pinterest following, or your Twitter followers.  You have something to offer.
  • Give them an example of where you’ve worked with another company. If you haven’t yet, write a post without sponsorship about a company you love.  I bragged about some local restaurants on my blog a long time ago so I could show examples of me promoting other businesses online.
  • Keep your word. Do what you’ve promised.  Don’t just take the free stuff and never write about it.  That is a disservice to other bloggers who might want to partner with them in the future. Make sure you follow FTC guidelines. Taylor at Texas Women Bloggers has a great post about that!
  • Follow up with them.  They won’t see your numbers…so if that blog post got a record number of comments or shares – tell them. That stuff is valuable to keep future partnerships in the works.

I hope that helps you when you want to approach local businesses. It is a win-win for everyone involved.  They get to share their business with your community, and you might get a discounted or free product in return.

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We are thrilled to feature our friend from Arkansas on the Oklahoma Women Bloggers today! Brittney is on a mission to be better every day. She blogs her journey at Razorback Britt, where she writes about fitness, faith, cooking, fashion, weekend adventures, and more. She’s a huge Hanson fan (don’t laugh!), a Zumba instructor, and she can eat her weight in chips and salsa. 

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Guilty Pleasures: Pumpkin

October 16, 2014

Contributed by Stephanie Clinton, OWB Admin The theme here at Oklahima Women Bloggers this month is “Guilty Pleasures”.  For me, October is the perfect fit for this theme. I’m all about the pumpkin. Pumpkin bread, carving pumpkins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice scents in candles and hand cream. My all time favorite is the Pumpkin Spice […]

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Wordless Wednesday

October 15, 2014

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October 13, 2014

By Blogger of the Month Jennifer Cazzola One of the first additions to our country homestead was a tiny flock of Rhode Island Red hens. To me, nothing screamed country living more than the task of collecting fresh eggs every day from the nest box. Chickens, however need not be limited to the rural yard. […]

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Sunday Potluck

October 12, 2014

Guidelines for the Oklahoma Women Bloggers Sunday Potluck Link up your favorite post from the previous week. The purpose of our weekly link party is to gather and connect with one another, so please visit your neighbors’ blogs in the link up! If you are not yet a member of OWB, please sign up. We […]

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Souper Comfort Food

October 10, 2014

Submitted by ShaRhonda Crow Soup is liquid comfort. I have told my readers time and time again how my inner Martha Stewart wells up and my chest sticks out when my family, especially my husband sends me a text telling me his leftovers are even better than they were the night before, or the entire […]

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Wordless Wednesday

October 8, 2014

Submitted by Marie Wreath at The (Not Always) Lazy W  

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Pumpkin Spice Overload

October 7, 2014

Submitted by Mari Farthing, OWB Admin In Oklahoma, you know it’s fall not because the leaves start turning or that you must break out your sweaters—rather it’s the barrage of pumpkin spice everything. As evidenced by these Pumpkin Spice Oreos my husband brought home from the grocery store this past weekend. And now I believe […]

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