Fall Gardening: Vegetable Garden Basics all Gardeners Should Know


Thinking about growing a fall garden? If you are a new vegetable gardener, you should know the few tips and tricks seasoned vegetable gardeners live by.

There are a few tips and tricks of the trade that some vegetable gardeners and gardeners in general have been following for years, and as a result continue to yield produce worth bragging about. You will find these tips to be easy and helpful, so take a look! [Read more...]

Weeds be Gone: Three Methods for Weeding Vegetable Gardens


No one likes weeds. They are unsightly and can cause major damage to your vegetable garden. How? They act as tiny ropes that strangle the roots of your plants and soak up the water and nutrients your plants need. Tackling weeds in your vegetable garden is essential, or your garden simply won’t survive. However, the thought of getting on your knees and weeding each and every day can seem daunting. Instead, take a look at the three weeding methods below. Each is perfect for weeding vegetable gardens and is a different option then having to crawl around pulling them out.

Make your garden weed free. Take a look at these three methods to get started! [Read more...]

The Benefits of Vegetable Gardens: Why Grow a Vegetable Garden?

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If you are thinking about planting a vegetable garden, you might be wondering what the benefits of vegetable gardens are.

This is just our third year having a garden and we absolutely love it!  A small vegetable garden in your own backyard can bring you many benefits. Not only will you realize the creative and very fun benefits of gardening, but you will grow fresh produce for your family and the local food pantry even. Gardening can be a fun family affair with your children and a chance to teach them many new skills as well (we’ve worked it into our homeschool curriculum for the summer)! Everyone can get in on these benefits, and you will soon find that even a tiny garden can help so many people and bring them food and joy. [Read more...]

Homemade Valentine Ideas: DIY Valentine’s Day Pencil Toppers

Homemade Valentine Ideas


Some of the best gifts are the ones that are made with love by hand! As Valentine’s Day parties draw near, you might find yourself needing to come up with small favors for your child’s classroom or teachers.

While it might seem easy to run out and buy a box of paper valentines, think about how much fun your children will have if they get to create the valentines themselves! For about the same cost of a few boxes of paper valentines, you can whip up your own Valentine’s Day pencil toppers for friends and teachers. The best part? This sort of valentine can be used long after the holiday is over!

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Homemade Valentine Gifts: “Soap” You’ll Be My Valentine DIY Teacher’s Gift!


Homemade Valentine's Gift


Teachers love Valentine’s Day just as much as the students! It is a fun time to make Valentine’s as a class, learn more about the history of the holiday, and exchange little gifts. Teachers typically receive lots of goodies to enjoy on Valentine’s Day from their students, including the traditional chocolate and flowers. And while these gifts are very thoughtful and sweet, perhaps you are looking for something a little more unique this year to give? If you want to give your child’s teacher a fun and purposeful Valentine’s Day gift this year, look no further!

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Valentine’s Day Crafts: Candy Barrettes and Picture Frames

DIY Valentine's Craft

You might enjoy nibbling on those crunchy and sweet conversation hearts as the Valentine’s Day season rolls around, but have you ever thought about incorporating them into your accessories? Conversations hearts can be purchased for just a dollar a bag at your local dollar store, and they are great for your Valentine’s Day crafts including sweet Valentine’s Day hair barrettes and picture frames! [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Decorations: DIY Sweetheart Wreath

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Christmas is just a memory now, and when you took down your lights and tree you may have taken down your holiday wreaths as well. Perhaps your home is looking a little bland these days, and in need of a little festive color and decor? Although Christmas is long gone, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! Nothing adds Valentine’s Day cheer like reds and pinks splashed throughout the house, adding sweet charm and announcing the arrival of the season for made just for sweethearts! So this Valentine’s Day, why not attempt your own Valentine’s Day wreath to replace the Christmas one you took down?

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5 Ingredients to Perfect Pretzels: DIY Valentine’s Day Pretzels

homemade pretzels


My family loves soft pretzels. So after looking for an easy to follow recipe online we decided to give it a shot. In keeping with this months blog theme of Valentine’s Day, we decided to make heart shaped pretzels. It is the perfect Valentine’s Day food and if you are looking for a yummy Valentine”s Day recipe, this is it! I was even able to sneak in a math lesson for my daughter on measurements, which is a mini review of this weeks math focus! It is a beautiful moment when you can enjoy some fun family baking together and make an educational lesson out of it! Five ingredients are all you need!

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