Frost Protection for Vegetable Gardens

Frost Protection for Vegetable Gardens

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We have mild winters here in southern Nevada but it can get cold enough overnight that most of our vegetable plants need protection. Sometimes it can seem like a hassle but the payoff is that we can harvest food all year. With a little planning, we can eat from our gardens all winter. Here is a look at what I use for frost protection to keep my plants producing.  Gardeners in colder climates can also use these items to extend their growing season. Continue reading →

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FREE – Fall Theme Activity Printables

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Here is a pack of 5 fall theme activity printables to add some fun independent work to your homeschool day.  There are three pages of handwriting practice using autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving words.  Test your skills with a fall memory game and a word search.  These are perfect for early elementary aged kids.

You can laminate the handwriting sheets and word search so that they can be used again and again.  Print the memory card game on cardstock paper and laminate to make it more durable.

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Morning Basket – October 2018

Morning Basket – October 2018

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I think of October as the kick off to the holiday season.  For the next three months we’ll revisiting our favorite books  for Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Winter and Christmas.  Each year we find a few more to add to our favorites list.  I normally don’t do themed Morning Baskets but I do add in a few seasonal favorites here and there.  I keep a pile of other seasonal books off to the side for us to explore outside of Morning Basket time.  Here’s a look at what we have in our October Morning Basket. Continue reading →

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How to Start Seeds in Soil Blocks

How to Start Seeds in Soil Blocks

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When I first starting growing my own transplants for my garden, I quickly became frustrated with the seedling trays I used. I tried several from major brands and I always had a hard time getting the seedlings out of the trays without damaging them. The ones that survived well enough to transplant still had a tough time overcoming transplant shock. I had to plant far more seeds than I had room for in the garden simply because I knew I’d mangle quite a few while transplanting. Everything changed when a friend introduced me to soil blocks. Now I start all my seeds in soil blocks and not only do they all make it into the garden, they don’t suffer from transplant shock. Once you see how easy this is, you’ll never use the compartment type seed starting trays again. Continue reading →

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Morning Basket Tips to Get Started

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Morning Basket is a fantastic way to expose your kids to a wide variety of topics through books and activities.  It’s extremely popular among homeschoolers but many families new to this concept have many questions.  Let’s break it down into small pieces and you’ll find that it’s really simple.  Here are my top Morning Basket tips.

 

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Grocery Budget Challenge – August 2018

Grocery Budget Challenge – August 2018

Another month has passed so it’s time to check in with August’s grocery budget challenge to see how we did with our goal of spending only $2 per person per meal.  Let’s crunch some numbers! Continue reading →

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Financial Independence and Early Retirement Resources

Financial Independence and Early Retirement Resources

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It’s been a few months since I was first introduced to the idea of financial independence and early retirement, popularly known as FIRE (Financial Independence / Retire Early).  We’ve been financially responsible for years (living below our means) but this takes our goals to a whole new level!  Here are some of my favorite resources that I’ve come back to time and time again as we learn more about and work towards FIRE. Continue reading →

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Morning Basket Book List- September 2018

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September marks the first full month of our new homeschool year.  Storyteller is now in 4th grade and Comedian is in 1st grade.  One of my favorite routines in our homeschool culture is our Morning Basket.  Even though we call it Morning Basket, we actually bring out these books and activities at different points throughout the day. Some people prefer to call it Book Basket time.  Regardless of what you name it, this is simply a collection of beautiful books that we share as a family throughout our homeschool day. Continue reading →

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Organize All About Reading Homeschool Curriculum

Organize All About Reading Homeschool Curriculum

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Teaching your kids to read is one of the most intimidating tasks for a homeschooling parent of younger kids. It was something I obsessed about in the beginning as I researched endlessly for the “best” reading program that would also hold my hand throughout the process. There were so many to choose from! Today, I’m going to walk you through how to organize All About Reading which is the program we choose 5 years ago and still love. Continue reading →

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My Favorite Tomato Varieties – 2018

My Favorite Tomato Varieties – 2018

We’re at the end of the spring and summer tomato season here in Las Vegas. They are not too happy with our 110+ degree summer days! Once the weather cools off a bit, the tomatoes will start producing again and will continue until killed by frost. Last year, our winter was so mild that many people saw their tomatoes produce all winter! Now that we are at a break in the tomato growing season, it’s time to look back and pick our favorite tomato varieties from this year. Continue reading →

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