Do you have kids who love to play in the snow, but they don't feel well or you just can't keep dressing them up to go out for two minutes? Try bringing in snow to play with indoors! Winter sensory play brilliance! We don't see much snow since we moved to sunny California, but back when we lived in Massachusetts it was a fixture of our lives for months on end. The kids … [Read more...] about Winter Fun for Kids: Bring in the Snow for Winter Sensory Play!
Visiting Miramar Beach and Setting Goals for May 2017. Setting goals each month makes it easier to stay accountable. April was a hard month, so it was pretty amazing to end it by dropping the kids off for a one-night sleepover with cousins while Mike and I escaped to Half Moon Bay. This was our first time child-free since Emma was born in 2006! The kids had a blast with … [Read more...] about Visiting Miramar Beach and Setting Goals for May 2017
When we moved to California from Massachusetts, we traded our stunning half-acre yard for a concrete patio with a raised garden bed – and we were pretty lucky to get that! We had a massive compost bin in Massachusetts, and I learned to really appreciate that nutrient rich soil for gardening! Our raised garden beds here have really poor soil (most of the soil in our area isn’t … [Read more...] about Urban composting
In my previous update on my Home Depot sponsored organic gardening series, things were not looking very good. Local animals had chewed our Swiss Chard to the bone, consumed every single pea plant, and even one tomato plant! The obvious solution was to put netting or fencing around the garden. I wasn’t thrilled with that idea, because I plant my garden primarily for my kids, and … [Read more...] about Animals, Pepper, and Organic Gardening
One of the challenges of organic gardening is dealing with animals. Here are some of the steps we've taken to protect our organic garden. We have been planting a garden in these planters for several years, but our organic plants must be especially tempting to animals, because they are eating our plants, for the first time ever! We have done organic gardening with heirloom … [Read more...] about Organic Gardening: Dealing with Animals