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Spring Inspired Reading List for March

March 10, 2015


There is something so wonderful about the last few weeks of winter. The snow starts to melt, the smell of mud and dirt is in the air, the robins return, trees are being tapped for sap, and winter boots are traded in for rubber (pink sparkly) rain boots.

I know there are still a few weeks left before Spring is officially here, but I think it’s safe to say that everyone is officially OVER winter. This week, we are lucky enough to have temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s, so it seems fitting to share a few of the books we will be reading this month to celebrate the changing of seasons:

Flannel Kisses – Linda Crotta Brennan (one last Winter book)
Millicent and Meer – Richard Byrne
Fairly Fairy Tales– Esmé Raji Codell
Doodleday– Ross Collins
Maple Moon – Connie Brummel Crook
And Then It’s Spring – Julie Fogliano
Planting the Wild Garden -Kathryn. O. Galbraith
Rapunzel – Sarah Gibb
The Spring Equinox – Ellen Jackson
Too Many Fairies – Margaret Read macDonald
How Robin Saved Spring – Debbie Ouellet
A New Beginning – Wendy Pfeffer
Maple Syrup Season – Ann Purmell
Mud – Mary Lyn Ray
Spring Song – Barbara Seuling


Herb Garden

June 3, 2013


I had big plans for a garden this year. Huge plans; but now that I’m going to be super preggo in the heat of summer…I’ve decided to scale it back a bit (WAY back).


I present to you: Our front yard herb garden!


We started our seeds indoors a few weeks back, and most of them really took off! I could tell that they were starting to outgrow their little dixie cup homes, so we transplanted them this morning.


We’re trying out cinderblocks for our herb garden this year. I think they look pretty rad (and the hole size of the blocks is perfect for herbs). Possibly next spring we’ll jazz them up a bit with some tiles and grout (a fun DIY project), but this year they are “good enough” they way they are. 🙂


Of course, JBird was a huge help. That kids loves her some dirt!


I’m eager to see what they’ll look like once the seedlings turn into larger plants.

We still have about 10 little herbs seedlings that need homes, so it looks like another trip to the garden center is in our future.


Here’s a list of the herbs we planted: Basil, Sage, Cilantro, Rosemary, Oregano, Lavender, Chives, Scallions (not an herb…but a good size for this small garden). We also started some Marigold seeds to plant amongst the herbs as well.


I’m planning on purchasing a few mint, parsley, thyme, and lemon balm plants as well. Just to round out the herb garden.


Our next gardening “to-do” is to transplant our tomato seedlings into larger containers. Fun!


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Our Mud Pie Kitchen: The Beginnings

May 20, 2013

mud pie kitchen

My husband found this little gem on the curb last fall. We stashed it in our garage, knowing that it would become our outdoor play kitchen (aka mud pie kitchen).

mud pie kitchen

All of our mud pie kitchen play structures were found on curbs, freecycle, or salvaged from the garbage. They include: our play kitchen, toddler size picnic table, table made from  wooden spools and a piece of plywood (covered with our old camping tablecloth), and all sheltered from the sun and rain by a 8×8 garden canopy/gazebo that we scored a few years back off of freecycle. Frugal fun is where it’s at.

mud pie kitchen

mud pie kitchen

I scored some awesome mud pie kitchen finds at a local thrift store too: metal mixing bowls, old muffin tins, old pie pans, old mini tart tins, old egg beater, small metal pots, and some enamel bowls. I think I spent about $20 total.

mud pie kitchen

I’m sure my quest for more fun and unique thrift store items to use in our outdoor play kitchen will be never ending, but this is a good start.

mud pie kitchen

A deck planter filled with topsoil has been our go-to dirt pile for months now; making it a “no-brainer” addition to our mud pie kitchen too.

mud pie kitchen

I dusted off an old plastic tub (usually our camping dish sink), and filled that with soapy water too (which was promptly used to give the dog a bath).

mud pie kitchen

For something that we just threw together in an hour, I’m definitely pleased with it; and I think a little JBird is pleased with it too.

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mud pie kitchen

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What We’ve Been Up To

May 20, 2013



So, it’s been awhile since I last posted a “life” update on here. Since March, we have been nearly non-stop and I finally found some time to dust off the camera and take a few (or more than a few) photos of the JBird this morning.


Now that gorgeous weather has found us, we’ve been spending our free time trying to do what we can to spruce things up a bit.


Yesterday, we built our fire pit (which took about 5 minutes), set up our “play canopy” and outdoor play kitchen (post to follow), hung up our clothes line, and started our compost.


We spent all last week camping with friends from out of town (and loving every minute of it). May camping it truly perfect. The weather still isn’t too hot, the bugs aren’t in full force yet, and the nights are cool for sleeping (we only had one night in the 30’s…and we all stayed toasty warm. I had a toddler and a Toby dog sharing my sleeping bag so obviously I was toasty. Love them!)


Our next yard project is transplanting our started seeds (plants) into their appropriate containers. I want to use cinder blocks for our front herb garden…so we’ll see how that turns out. We were gifted a box full of raspberry plants (bare roots)…so I really need to pick a spot and start digging so we can have beautiful berries in a year or so.


Our “big” summer project is to start building our deck. We are building it in stages, so it’ll be a 2-3 year project. Once we get started, I’ll be sure to take photos.


Now, Enjoy the random selection of photos from this morning’s outside play time:

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