I love reading with my kids. It is probably my number one favorite thing to do with them. I know it doesn’t promote physical fitness and an active lifestyle, or creativity, or social skills. But reading and a love (or at least an appreciation) for books is such a huge gift. There are children all across the world who don’t have access to books, and even if they did their parents are unable to read to them. It is a simple gesture, to sit and read with your child, but shows them love and builds bonds that will last a lifetime. [Read more…]
If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or like my Facebook page, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve got gardening on the brain! We started our 4×8 square foot garden a couple years ago and I’m super excited to get going on it again. We’ve still got a good 4-6″ of snow on the ground, but it’ll be gone soon and it’ll be time to get our hands in the dirt.
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Are you planning a vegetable garden this year? I know we learned LOTS of lessons with our little 4×8 raised bed last year and will be doing many things differently this year. Luckily for all of us, there are some great looking Kindle ebooks on organic gardening that are free* right now. Here are 6 to check out! [Read more…]
When I started our little raised vegetable garden, I didn’t do much planning or research. I just sort of planted whatever I thought we’d like to eat and figured I would learn as I go. Well, that’s exactly what I’m doing – learning. We’ve had some success – tons of radishes early in the spring and a good amount of sweet peas a bit later. But now I am learning some important lessons about growing summer squash.
Lesson number 1: Summer squash plants get Really.Big. I mean, I knew when I planted them that they get big, but I only knew this in theory. I hadn’t ever grown them or seen them in person before and I wanted to be sure we were going to get some yellow squash and zucchini this summer. So I planted six. Three yellow squash and three zucchini. All in a single row that is only about 4 feet long. And they have taken over!
Good morning and thank you for stopping by to check out my blog! While it feels like summer here in Northeast Indiana, it is technically still spring – my favorite season. I love how everything begins to come to life and grow again this time of year. I even love the rain (when it doesn’t turn into tornadoes!). So in the spirit of spring and the new beginnings that come with it, I thought I’d write my first post about my family’s brand new raised bed vegetable garden. My husband and I have talked for years about starting one of these and we’ve finally done it. I am just so excited about this and can’t wait to share with you how we built ours.