Our 5 Favorite Toddler/Preschool Gardening Books

I have a book addiction. It started when I was just a child myself – we had a spare bedroom at our house with built-in bookshelves and I made it almost a mission to fill them. When a used bookstore opened locally, the children’s section was well stocked thanks to me. I want to make sure that my son enjoys reading. While he doesn’t necessarily have as much of a love for reading as I do, I want to make sure that he does find pleasure in having a book in his hands. So we make it a point to…

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Late Spring Tour of Our Homestead

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Our TTC Journey (for baby no. 2)

When you are trying to conceive, it’s always disappointing when you start you period. Especially if you are feeling pregnant or are so certain that this cycle was your cycle. It’s funny, I never really dreaded the onset of my menstrual cycle until recently. We got pregnant with Caleb by chance. We weren’t trying, we weren’t not trying, it just happened. It was perfectly timed, honestly, and we were ready for it. But we want to expand our family and it is either now or never for us. We are both getting older and if we are going to have…

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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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