Growing Vegetables, Slightly Later in Season

We have been wanting to have our own garden forever, but we moved into this house a bit late in the season last year and with all that comes with moving, unpacking and settling in, a garden really was last on the totem pole of our to-do list. This year, Spring 2014, however, we knew a garden was a must. Sadly, we did start late in the season, so whether we get any crop or not is uncertain. This is how I started our garden with the little man, my youngest ….

Planting Veggies with Kids

First, I purchased the type of seed starter package that will decompose in the ground, this leads to less issues when transplanting your sprouts of veggies and fruits.

Planting a Garden with Kids

Second, we had to purchase all of the seed packets of veggies and fruits that we wanted to possibly include in our garden. We have pumpkin, watermelon, green beans, peas, and the list goes on. Tip I learned this first time around - start earlier in the season with planting and purchase seeds online, they are cheaper online than in local shops.

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Third step is to start putting the soil into each compartment of your seed tray. The little one loved doing this with his little shovel. It was a messy job, but that’s why I had the planter on the ground of our dining room floor; easy to sweep up afterward.

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The most important step comes now; inserting the seeds into each compartment. Sadly, when you do this with a little one, you may end up with crowded veggies but hey that’s part of having fun in learning. You can always space them out when they sprout up. Little man had fun inserting seeds into each compartment, slightly under the soil.

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Last, but certainly not least, you must water with warm water all of the soil with seeds in them. Place this outside or covered in plastic to really get that greenhouse effect. Note: Do not place outside if using this decomposable container or if you are still at risk of a freeze outside.

 

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Within time, you will start to see your veggies and fruits sprout up. It’s an exciting time watching these grow and it’s also a very fun learning experience for your kids.

 

 

 

We Seem to Always end up at Denny’s

It is rare that my fiance and I get a date night, meaning that while we don’t have kids every other weekend, we don’t spend money on dates. We spend much of our kid free hours at home organizing, cleaning and eating at home over a good movie. On occasion though, we like to try to save money to get out of the house for special date night.

Each time we decide we can spend a little money on a date night at a restaurant, we head to West Lebanon, NH where there are more restaurant style places to eat. Where we live there is mostly just the franchise chain restaurants and fast food. We wanted to go to Chilli’s or Applebees, but sadly their liens are always so long at this time of the evening when we decide to go out.

Date night at Denny's

We always end up at Denny’s. This is a place that offers breakfast all day round, yummy yummy! I don’t usually order a breakfast but still, it’s nice to have that option for the occasional visit with the kids who love breakfast menus.

Date night at Denny's

Denny’s never has a long line to wait in, while we have arrived with a few couples ahead of us from time to time, there isn’t ever that long of a wait to get seated and served. We decided to start with appetizers … zesty nachos sounded good.

Date night at Denny's

These happen to have jalapenos in them, and I happened to eat one. Wow, talk about my heart burning for a bit. It had a little kick but not too bad, as long as you don’t get a bite with a larger piece of jalapeno.

Date night at Denny's

For my dinner, I chose a prime rib type sandwich with yummy melted cheese, caramelized onions, mushrooms atop garlic bread of some sort. It was delicious. Oh my yummy yummy-ness, the taste buds were happy!

Date night at Denny's

Mister Lee, my fiance chose a burger that had swiss and mushroom and all sorts of stuff on it. He also asked for bacon to be added to this burger, sadly the waitress screwed up but she ended up giving him bacon for free, normally that was an extra $1 charge. Way to make up for her own mistake.

We had a great experience at Denny’s, as always. I am thankful for their delicious food, large servings (we always bring home food bagged) and their quick ways to get customers in to be seated and served!

I swear it’s All Sheila’s Fault

It’s easy to pass the blame right? So today I blame @sheilacakes7 for the addiction I not only have to @drpepper but to Fritos Jalapeno Cheese dip and Doritos combination.

Yes. I am guilty of having gobbled down more than I should of these tasty combination treats… and it was Sheila who introduced me. I happened to put my finger in her cheese when she was sitting next to me on the recliner.

I started laughing so hard because I didn’t even think twice before sticking my finger into her food she was holding. It cracks me up how rude I can be without realizing. The funny thing is, I hated these upon first try but oh how they have grown on me.

I must not eat too many though or I shall have risk of gaining back all of my weight lost.

Things I Seriously Don’t Want to Live Without

I can live without a lot of things, but the following are things I seriously prefer not to live without …

A deck of Cards

My kids and I love playing various card games, without this little deck o cards we would have some boring evenings trying to come up with creative things to do that all three kids enjoy. A deck of cards provides hours of fun for the little ones and me.

Clorox Disinfectant Wipes

These were something I hadn’t used until I received them free from Clean It Supply, but now? I swear I prefer to not live without them. These wipes provide a quick and easy way to wipe up the counters in between meals and to clean up messes the youngest kiddo makes. I seriously love these wipes.

Nestle Coffee Mate Hazelnut Creamer

This is a brand of creamer I prefer, any other creamer with flavor has proved to be too sweet on my taste buds. Coffee Mate either Hazelnut or French Vanilla has been the best option for my coffee and I prefer to have this in my coffee over any other creamer or milk option out there.

My Morning Travel Mug Cup of Coffee

I will not drink warm coffee or room temperature coffee, my morning coffee (or mid day coffee) must be HOT HOT HOT and so I seriously would prefer not to live without my travel mug. It keeps coffee hot and it provides me with 16oz of my fuel for the morning.

Dawn Dish Soap

While I have and do use other dish soap for hand washing my dishes, I have noticed that Dawn dish soap really cuts through grease the best. Requiring little work from my hands and making sure my dishes and pans are spotless. I personally would prefer not living without my Dawn dish soap.

 

Enjoy the Simple Things in Life

When you look around the world you will see humans making life more difficult than it really is.  A friend once said that life is pretty simple “do what you want and harm no one”, this is rather simple but I have to admit it’s true.

So when you are feeling like life is too much to bear, you can’t handle another thing. Take a moment to enjoy the simple things, such as a walk in the quiet woods.

A stroll down the edge of a river.

Or check out the odd mushrooms growing in your backyard. Just don’t eat them or touch them unless you know which mushrooms or good and bad.

Whatever it is that you do, just do it. Enjoy the simple things, life really is that simple. Happiness really is that easy to come by.

The Cold Lunch vs Hot Lunch for School Debate … what do you do?

Today I share with you my vlog about cold lunches vs hot lunches for school. Do you have your kids get school lunches or cold lunch? Is there a debate over it, meaning do your kids prefer hot lunch but you make them take cold lunch? Curious your thoughts on it after watching my video …