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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The Teal Pumpkin Project®

We are a teal pumpkin family. The Teal Pumpkin Project is about “raising awareness of food allergies through the addition of non-food trinkets and toys to your treats, making Halloween safer and more inclusive for all trick or treaters.” We’re fortunate that none of us, Caleb included, have any known allergies at this time. But several of Caleb’s friends have allergies or intolerances toward certain foods. We became a teal pumpkin family even before Caleb was born. I love Halloween but dreaded the thought of my future child having all that sugary candy. In looking for alternatives, I stumbled upon…

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Hurricane Dorian Hits Home

In ranking extreme weather that impacts us here on the Carolina Coast, hurricanes fall slightly under tornadoes. For me, it’s the unpredictable nature of tornadoes that scares me. Your neighbors house could be destroyed while you escape with no damage. Hurricanes, on the other hand, are a little more predictable. Usually you can determine the strength and the path with a slight margin of error. Hurricanes you can try to evacuate because you usually have advanced notice. We see a lot of hurricanes around here. While I haven’t evacuated before (and I’ve only stayed in a shelter once), that doesn’t…

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