Summer Garden Update

Written by contributor Eren of This Vintage Chica. Currently at our house, there are tomatoes on almost every windowsill, picked a bit early by our 5 year old who just can't help himself. I have four large zucchinis sitting on the counter, ready to be used. Green beans and edamame beans have taken over everything out in the garden. But the carrots underneath are happy to have the shade. We are watching baby cantaloupes and watermelons grow right before our eyes. But this is also the time of the year that I always seem to start letting things go. It gets hot and I am not in the garden as often as I was earlier in the spring. I get tired of watering or we go on vacation and things begin to dry up. And garden pests like squash bugs can begin to get to the fruits of our labor. But just because it is summer doesn't mean it's time to take a vacation from the garden. There is lots to do, friends! Let's check in with everyone to see how your garden is growing. Read More
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Making Healthy Smoothies With Your Fresh Summer Greens

It’s a rare day that goes by in our home when we don’t make a fruit smoothie. Call us addicted. It’s a wonderful addiction to have! Since I have 3 little ones and a husband that rely on me to help them get in maximum nutrition with each and every bite they take, I frequently (read more…)

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Four fun ways to practice playful parenting

It is summertime, and the livin’ is easy . . . until you and your children hit that summer wall. You’ve exhausted your list of “fun stuff to fill the time,” the much-anticipated excursions are now just sweet memories, and the lack of rhythm and routine finally just catches up with everyone. I don’t know (read more…)

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The Benefits of Getting Into Nature With Your Kids

Written by contributor Eren of This Vintage Chica. I once came across a saying that read “Avoid housework. Live outdoors.” I love this saying, and our family lives by it. “Oh, it’s raining? Here’s your umbrella.” “Oh, it’s 109 degrees outside and you are hot? Turn on the water hose, little man.” Even when my (read more…)

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12 ideas for frugal artwork

Having moved countless times in the past decade, I’ve grown to appreciate a minimalist look to the decor in my home. The stuff we’ve chosen to keep and hang on our walls is stuff we truly love. There are so many great choices for art, there’s no need to default to cookie cutter motel room-style (read more…)

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