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One of our favorite outdoor activities: Printable Scavenger Hunts

We love being outside. Kids will be kids and sometimes they need direction (atleast mine do). Without it they do things like fall off the playhouse, again. It’s like how in the two seconds I look down to pull a weed can they scramble to the top of that thing? Ask them to put on their shoes and it’s a 20 minute process. Anyway, we started doing scavenger hunts last year and they LOVE it. I love it because I...

Our Suburban Garden: 3 consistent struggles

We live in a subdivision nestled in a suburb of a small city. I envisioned the first home we bought would have 1-2 acres of land. We have 1/3 of an acre. Much different than my dream, but it’s a nice little 1/3. It doesn’t have room for things that I wanted like goats, chickens, and a large garden. Having a garden is important to me so we make it work. This season marks the third garden we have put...

Our first experience growing Spaghetti Squash: What we learned and how it impacted this year.

I wrote the following last year after finding out the hard way that spaghetti squash grows fast and BIG. Last year I swore I would never plant it again. Guess what? I totally did. I did put it sort of out of the way…near 6 pumpkin seedlings. 🙂 We’ll see in a few months if that part of the yard still exists. 2016: Growing Spaghetti Squash Sometimes I like to do a lot of research before I do something new,...

Video – New Jersey Road Trip

The beaches were EMPTY in the beginning of May. Here is a video to show just how empty they were. Almost seemed like they were closed! Wildwood, NJ beach video The pics from our vacation are here: New Jersey Family Road Trip  ...

Children’s Garden Plot

Having a garden is important to us. With little children it can be hard! They want to to be part of the action (which I also want), but that can be hazardous to all the plants. Since I also want them to experience the joy of picking vegetables, I can’t let them go crazy on the entire garden. This year we made a separate plot for the kiddos. We took the easy way out and moved the playhouse for a...

Our Family Road Trip to New Jersey

Our first trip to New Jersey! I love a good road trip. Luckily our children feel the same way. I thought I would share some of our favorite parts about our trip, where we stayed, and where we ate! Next time I hope to squeeze in some Philadelphia tourist attractions, but it was a great trip as it was! Some Highlights 8 states in 6 days. 3 nights in Wildwood, New Jersey- Sea Gull Motel – Clean, friendly owners, SUPER affordable, a...

My very first online party with Usborne Books & More – VIDEO

About 7 years ago I joined Pampered Chef to make some extra money. I did that and I had fun doing it. I remember my first party though. Oh my goodness was I nervous! So nervous. It turned out fun, mostly because I had invited my friends (why was I nervous?). Anyway, it was a good way for me to make some extra money. It was work. Definitely. I spent time picking out my recipes for parties and practicing them....

Choosing to Simplify our Kids’ Birthday Parties and then Renting a Wallaby…

  It was not intentional, but here’s the long story of how it happened… Last year I threw my daughter a Fancy Nancy birthday party. Do they make Fancy Nancy party supplies? No, no they do not. The decorations were made. The games were thought up and brilliant. The food was good. I was exhausted, for like a month. I worked for hours on these hanging pouf things which according to Martha Stewart are simple. Well, they aren’t for me....