Bean Teepee

Each year of gardening brings new thoughts and perspective on how to improve production and efficiency for the following year. After realizing that things aren’t planted in a good location, I start scouting a better position for the next season. If I start to notice that there are ample amounts of bugs causing damage to…

Veggie Pasta Recipe

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been striving to find more ways to incorporate more veggies into our household. (All the mommas feel me on this) I’ve always been a veggie head. I’ve loved every vegetable there ever was since childhood. It was never a problem for my mom to get me to eat…

Happy Hummingbirds

One of my most favorite things about my back porch is the Mimosa tree that sits right off its corner. It’s so lovely all year around. In the Spring, it produces bright pink flower tufts, much like the Truffulas found in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. In the Summer it hangs heavy with pods similar to…

Our Week Ahead 7/29-8/2

One thing that I get asked quite often is, “how do you do it all?”. “How do you homeschool, keep a clean house, cook healthy meals from scratch, tend to a garden and animals, make it to social events (ok, maybe not so much of the latter.. let’s be real) etc..” And my answer is,…

Create a Peaceful Retreat

Have you ever noticed how relaxing it is to stay away from home? Now, I know that’s a loaded question, as I have stayed a few places that I wouldn’t return to if someone paid me. But I’m talking about the feeling that you get when you stay at a nice hotel. It’s clean, it’s…

Mail Order Butterflies

Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.  Jeffrey Glassberg Have you ever heard of an at home butterfly kit? It’s an actual kit you can purchase, that includes everything you need to watch caterpillars turn into butterflies. I’ve…

How to Choose a Homeschooling Style

When you imagine a homeschooling family, what image comes to mind? Is it a family who hand sews all of their clothes, churns their own butter and lives without the internet? Or maybe it’s a family that is completely free spirited, allowing their children to run around with snot encrusted nostrils, juice stained clothing and…

What I’ve Learned from Adopting Shelter Pets

As far back as I can remember, movies and media have portrayed shelter pets as flea infested, disease ridden animals with a vendetta for small children. “You don’t know that dog’s past.” “You should get a puppy or a kitten so you can raise it how you want to.” “That cat will stink up your…

Raising Baby Chickens

For years, I have wanted to have my own backyard flock of chickens. I even petitioned my old neighborhood’s HOA rules which forbid livestock or poultry of any sort. (True story!) I was dismissed by the board members, as their mental image of a chicken coop looked something like an old decrepit shack with ripped…

A Day in the Life of a Stay at Home Mom

Often times I get asked, “What do you do for work?”. A typical conversation starter here in the U.S. I’ve always hesitated and muttered out something to the effect of, “nothing” or “I don’t” or “I’m a stay at home mom”. And in recent years, as I’ve grown into the role and title of stay…