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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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Grocery Budget Challenge – July 2018

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It’s time to take a look at how we did with our grocery budget in July.  I’m almost afraid to look!  But it’s gotta be done.  For the last few months I’ve been cringing towards the end of the month as I see this budget category go up and up…and up.  It’s time to start reigning in those numbers and putting that extra money towards our savings and investing goals.  Let’s kick off our grocery budget challenge and see how much we can save!   Continue reading →

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Morning Basket Book List – August 2018

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We’re diving into our new school year this month and with a new year comes new books in our Morning Basket. Our morning basket is a collection of books that cover history, geography, read alouds, poetry, art, music, and nature study as well as a game or two. They come from the homeschool curriculum we follow, our own collection or just gems we find at the library and want to read together.

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Our 1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Lineup 2018-2019

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My youngest is now heading into 1st grade and she’s excited to once again get her own school work. She started actively following along with big sis’ history, science and literature books when she was 3-4 years old and Storyteller was in 1st grade.  I never meant to combine them since they’re 3 years apart but it sort of happened accidentally.  Last year was the first time she had her own school books and she was so thrilled!  Here’s a peek at what we chose for her 1st grade homeschool curriculum.   Continue reading →

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One Simple Trick to Grow lots of Melons

One Simple Trick to Grow lots of Melons

Melons are a favorite summer time garden treat.  They’re easy to grow and there are even small varieties that are perfect for small home gardens.  However, often times we can have healthy plants and lots of flowers but very few fruit that develop.  It is so frustrating to see this happen!  This is usually a pollination issue and, luckily, it’s easily fixable for home gardeners. Continue reading →

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Sonlight A vs Bookshark K Homeschool Curriculum Comparison

When we first started with our homeschool journey, I was looking for a curriculum package that was open and go, mostly non-consumable, and filled with great books. Even though we only have two kids, I wanted to be able to save money by reusing as many materials as possible. I very quickly narrowed it down to Sonlight and their sister company Bookshark, two very popular literature-based homeschool curriculum companies. In order to better understand the differences between the two product lines, I compared the book lists of the level I was considering.

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4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Lineup

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We are about to kick off our fifth year of homeschooling and we are excited about the new adventures that await us!  Today, I’m going to share our 4th grade homeschool curriculum choices for Storyteller.   Yes, that’s right she’s in 4th grade now and Comedian is in 1st grade.  Wow, how did that happen?!  It seems like yesterday that I was wringing my hands about what I would use for Storyteller’s kindergarten year.  Continue reading →

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Best Plants for Community Gardeners

Best Plants for Community Gardeners

A common piece of advice for new gardeners is to plant the garden close to the house because it will be easily accessible and frequently in view so it can’t be forgotten. But what about a community garden? Most people can’t tend to their bed at a community garden as often as they would if it were right outside their door. Often times people think that they need to check on their gardens several days a week. That is simply not true! Continue reading →

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Our New Financial Journey

I’m going to get off my usual blog topics for a minute and share about something that’s been an important journey for us since 2009 but especially this last year.  We were blessed with our first child in 2009 and she inspired a massive career change for me and a new financial path for our family.  It’s now time for the next chapter of this journey as we work towards financial independence and early retirement! Continue reading →

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Seedling Experiment Results

Seedling Experiment Results

A few months ago I was itching to get a head start on some warm season garden goodies so I started some seeds indoors really early.  I had the space so I figured I’d give it a try and see if I could get some cucumbers, watermelon and cantaloupe earlier than usual.  It’s time to take a look at my seedling experiment results to see if it worked.

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