25 Free Summer Activities for Kids

Summer is here! It’s that time of year again and it seems no matter how much a parent intends on planning for it, summer sneaks up on you. I’m a firm believer in kids keeping themselves somewhat occupied but I like to plan activities or have things to assist in their summer fun, because while I…

Luffa Plant

A Veggie or a Tool? Are you looking for something new to plant in your garden this year, something that you can eat and use as a tool too? Well look no further than the Luffa plant! A couple years ago, while shopping a seed catalog, I came across this plant and thought…”interesting”, so I…

Hands on Learning

Earth’s Layers For school recently we have been learning about the Earth’s layers and I thought it would be fun to do some hands on learning along with the reading, so we made mini Earths out of homemade dough. To make the dough you will need 2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 cup of salt, 1…

Kids and Chores

How to Get Kids to do Chores Kids and chores can be a touchy subject for parents. Should my kids do chores? If so, what kind of chores? Should children be paid or should chores be just a normal part of living? Many think that chores should be expected with no reward, others think allowance (monetary…

Easter is More Than Eggs and Bunnies

Meaningful Easter Activities In a world of plastic eggs, chocolate bunnies, pre-made baskets and holidays that are over commercialized, I am sometimes asked how I can celebrate a meaningful Easter with stories and candy, but the truth is most traditions can be traced to more meaningful ideas and situations. Easter is more than eggs and bunnies,…

Festive Deviled Eggs

Yummy and Fun! With Easter comes tons of boiled eggs and probably deviled eggs. If you use regular food coloring to dye your clean, boiled eggs, keep the dye and make some festive deviled eggs. After the kids find all of the eggs, it becomes time to make something of them. Deviled eggs are a…

There Won’t Be Enough Time… It’s OK

Time is Precious I wake up, late, to a sink full of dishes, laundry in the washer, dryer and on the kitchen table and as I look around, I see a few (a colony of) dust bunnies poking their heads out at me. My kids are in mismatched pajamas, refusing their breakfast, while running up and down…

Carrot greens…not just for bunnies!

Don’t Skip the Rabbit Food This year I planted carrots for the first time and I didn’t do a rotation, just one planting to see how it would go. We don’t use tons of carrots, the kids like to eat them, but my thoughts were leaning more toward freezing them for stews and such. I…

Green tomatoes…overlooked gems

Green is Good Tomatoes, to me, seem to be about the easiest garden plant to grow. They can basically break in half, they will mend themselves and still grow, you can grow an entire new plant from a broken stem and they really don’t require too much attention. Every year is different, weather wise, but…

Upgrade Your freezer Meals

Make Planning Easier Do you pre-plan and freeze meals? Do you have 20 odd freezer bags with your delicious freezer meals all forming a blob in your freezer? Many moms are finding that taking a day a month and prepping meals, then freezing them, is coming in handy. I see many posts and pins with…