7 Back-to-School Organization Ideas

7 back to school organization ideas

Each year after the 4th of July we begin to see back-to-school supplies hit the shelves and sales galore. There's something about a box of crayons for a quarter that gets me to the store each week! {Surely, I'm not alone.} But, with back-to-school season arriving, the daunting task of keeping all of the important paperwork, homework and artwork organized. Not to mention the need for a family calendar so that everyone makes it to their extra-curricular activities on time. Today I've found 7 Back-to-School Organization Ideas that are sure to put you at the head of the class! Command Central - Never lose another permission slip or homework assignment with this command central station for schoolwork. Each day when your child comes home from school he/she can place his/her papers in … [Read more...]

Community Gardening – Summer Maintenance and Harvest of a Square Foot Garden

Summer maintenance for a community square foot garden

Hurry up and wait.  That’s what this first month of the garden has been.  After planning and building and filling the raised bed, there was plant purchases and reading and actual planting.   Now we wait.  Planting in late May, we chose to skip seeding for the most part and chose organic plants to transplant into the bed. The good news – almost all of them have taken hold.  We did lose the cilantro almost immediately – this wasn’t much of a surprise as I’ve never had much luck with cilantro even in containers on the back porch.   We built a trellis for the cucumbers and staked the tomatoes. With tomatoes, you ultimately have 2 varieties – determinate and indeterminate.  Basically – those are plants that will either produce one time a set amount (determinate) or continue to produce … [Read more...]

Time For The Reveal With Valspar and Ace Hardware

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It’s reveal time.  When I told you about the summer colors we are loving this year, I said I would tell you how we were going to get them in our lives in a big way and here it is: That’s right – paint chips.  I recently received a “color wheel” full of inspiration in the mail from Valspar Paint  and Ace Hardware . Have you ever felt overwhelmed in the paint section of a large home improvement store? Too much to look at, maybe not enough help or not the right help? Good news! Ace Hardware has teamed with Valspar to create a boutique style experience in their stores. Just like the curated, edited experience you have in a clothing, beauty or jewelry boutique – it’s now available at Ace in The Paint Studio. The beautiful blue green aquas we loved were perfectly portrayed in Valspar … [Read more...]

Take Fireworks Photos that SPARKLE

Fireworks Photos that SPARKLE feature

On July 4, 1776 America declared her independence.  That means that this year is our nation's 238th birthday.  That also means that in the coming days hundreds of thousands of folks in America are going to gather to watch a glorious display of pyrotechnics in the sky.  {I'd sure love for someone to blast some fireworks into the sky for MY birthday each year!} {photo credit} Photographing fireworks is sometimes tricky. The night time conditions aren't ideal for photography, to begin with. Add in getting a crisp focus on a bursting ball of sparkles and it almost seems impossible. Using these few steps YOU can capture beautiful photos of any fireworks show. Don't forget the tripod.  You'll be taking photos in the dark so you're going to want complete stillness in your camera's … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Printables and Quotes

Fathers day card and gifts

For Father's Day this year, we thought it would be fun to offer you a couple of special things, printables and quotes. You see, holidays don't have to be about expensive, store bought gifts or even fancy, elaborate meals. They can be simple and fun. They can involve the kids. They can be handmade. Use the printable questionnaire below to ask the kids questions about their dad. The younger the child, the sillier the answer. Like this, "My dad weighs 82 pounds." Dad hasn't weighed 82 pounds since grade school! Come back each year to print one out and see how the answers change with age and a smidge more {childlike} wisdom. {Image credit, Becca Paro of Jumping Jax Designs}   Does Dad do all of the grilling? You could frame this one and set it out for him or hang it next to his … [Read more...]

Community Gardening – A Beginner’s Square Foot Garden – Part One

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I joined a community garden this year.  Growing vegetables and herbs is something I’ve thought about for a long time.  But digging up the back yard to create a garden was never high on anyone’s list at my house. In a matter of happenstance, In April I noticed an advertisement in the local paper for a new community garden and knew this would be my chance.  I enlisted a good friend to share the plot so that both of us would have the ability to take summer vacations etc without being tied to tending a garden.  Community Gardens are a great way to garden.  Not only will you have a dedicated space for growing but you’ll have the resources of experience from other gardeners. Already I’ve found it fun to see what everyone else has planted and watch their plants growing too! My garden … [Read more...]