Category Archives: Home & Garden

It’s the middle of summer, and I’m freezing.


To recap the weekend: My birthday, uneventful. Our yard sale, a bust. The weather? HOT.

Yes, we’ve had quite the heatwave this week. My mom and I practically melted during our 2-day yard sale. And I’ll bet the local pizza joints were hopping, because it was way too hot to cook.

But even in the middle of the summer heat, my thoughts are zeroing in on winter. This will be our first winter living on 1/3 of our old household income, and I can’t say I’m not a little concerned. So, in the spirit of preparedness, I’m spending the summer months stocking our freezer with every fresh fruit and veggie I can get my hands on. Continue reading


Filed under Green Living, Home & Garden, Recipes & Food

{Guest Post} Greening Your Home

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We’re in the middle of a heatwave, but the veggies won’t wait! I’m spending my day in the garden, as well as the garage, getting ready for Friday’s yard sale! Today’s post comes your way courtesy of guest blogger, Sara. She’s got some great ideas on how to make your home a little greener. The greener, the better, right?

How to Green Up Your Home

There is a lot of talk about using organic ingredients and eating healthfully whenever possible. You’ve learned how to clean your air with plants. But what about the rest of your home? What are some good ways to “green up” your home? Continue reading


Filed under Green Living, Home & Garden

Ten Easy Ways with Rhubarb

Oh, rhubarb. Poor, misunderstood rhubarb. Food that ranks right up there with butterscotch under “Things Grandparents Like.”

 What is it but that weird fruit (vegetable?) that your mom, neighbor, mailman always has too much of. That leafy thing that looks like celery, but not quite, and only ever tastes good buried under pounds of strawberries inside a pie crust.

Sad, sad, rhubarb.

Hey, wait a minute! This is the year of using what we have. No, this is the year of LOVING what we have! And we have rhubarb, therefore we LOVE rhubarb! Continue reading


Filed under Green Living, Home & Garden, Recipes & Food, Uncategorized

Tidy Books: A New Look at Kids’ Books! {Review and Giveaway}

Yeah, so, uhh….we’re still working on the kids’ furniture. Ugh. It’s SO hard trying to fit 2 kids, a boy and a girl, one preschooler and one infant, into one tiny little room with a set of stairs in it. I just can’t seem to get it right. But we’re making small strides, and I’m confident that once we get our bunk beds in, the room will start to take shape.

The problem is that I’m pretty picky about what kind of furniture we buy. We can’t spend too much, but I want safe, well-made furniture that will last. And if it’s unique, that’s even better. But I’m happy to report that we did find one piece of furniture for kids that is all those things and more: our new Tidy Books Kids’ Bookcase!

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Filed under Baby Guide, Home & Garden, Product & Service Reviews

Wordless Wednesday: Honeybees!

This is a photo of my parents’ new willow tree. But, if you look closely, there’s something else there..

It’s a swarm of honeybees! There was a time when the sight of them would have scared me out of the yard. But now that the health of some bees is in jeopardy, I’m just really glad to see a happy, healthy swarm!

They only stayed a few hours, then left, so I’m glad I snapped this photo when I did.

Sorry it’s not too clear. I didn’t want to get any closer!

Are you afraid of bees? Have you ever seen a swarm like this?




Filed under Home & Garden, Wordless Wednesday