Celebrating the Coming of Spring (with a Toddler)

What a weird past month it’s been. We’ve gone from watching news about the coronavirus’ impact in other countries to seeing its impact firsthand. We are in quarantine mode – no gatherings larger than 10, restaurants are take-out/drive-thru only, teleworking, etc. Which means no group celebrations for the spring equinox. We actually just received notification of the cancellation of an Easter Egg Hunt our friend was planning for next Sunday. Bummer. But just because you can’t leave the house doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the coming of spring. Here are a few easy ways to rejoice in spring’s arrival when…

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You Don’t Have To Do It All

I see it often. A drive, especially among homesteaders or those wanting to move toward a simpler life, to want to do it all and to want to do it all at once. They move to their homestead, not really knowing how to do anything, but just having this drive to become more self-reliant. They want to have chickens, they want to learn how to bake bread, they want dairy cows… So they go for it all at once. And it all falls apart. I can understand that ache, that hunger, to want everything and want it right then. The…

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Composting 101: Getting Started

One of my favorite books to read to my son, to the point where I nearly have it memorized, is ‘Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth‘ by Mary McKenna Siddals (brilliantly illustrated by Ashley Wolff). It’s a rhyming book that gives you all sorts of ideas of what to include in a compost heap to create a rich, healthy soil. If you visit Ms. Siddals website, she has a wealth of information and lesson plans about composting (check it out). Composting is one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to enrich your soil, reduce your garbage…

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Becoming a Homemaker

It’s funny. Growing up, I never wanted to stay at home with a child. I wanted to have a career. In fact, I even broke up with a boyfriend during college because that is what he wanted me to do – become a homemaker. But somehow, Caleb changed all that. When I found out that I was pregnant with Caleb, the idea of staying home with him sparked within me and it was an idea that I couldn’t shake. I envisioned taking him to the library every week, having picnics in the park, going on little adventures – I wanted…

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Trick-Or-Treat With Us + Sensory Activity

This was Caleb’s first time trick-or-treating. Even though he was walking last year, I just had him stay with me and pass out candy. This year was quite the adventure for him though! When he went to his first two houses, he was quite skeptical. But by the time he hit his third house, he had figured out what was going on and loved it! Running around going “More houses, more candy!” By the end of the night, he was running from house to house dragging Robb. Check out this video for more fun:

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