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How to Keep a Cricket as a Pet

Going through a little pet withdrawal these days as we come to an end of our stint in pet-free military housing... so, to fill...
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Healthy Coconut Macaroons with Flaxseed

In my quest to make healthy lunchbox treats I created these flax seed-based coconut macaroons! They are barely sweet and my kids love them. This...

Birthday Tree – Simple and Inexpensive Celebration

Our 8 year old loves anything NATURE.  Patterns, colors, flowers, animals, experiences... It was a rainy weekday and the fun we had planned after school...

HOW TO Enjoy the Farmers Market with Kids

There are over six thousand farmers markets in the United States according to the U.S.D.A Agriculture Marketing Service. About once a month, we head...

Tourmaline Hunting

We had a lot of fun at the Himalaya Mine located at the base of Palomar Mountain in San Diego County. Unfortunately, we couldn't...

Themed Fruit Salads – A Simple Way to Celebrate any Special Day

Some of the best birthday and father's days end up being the most simple. Instead of buying him  gadgets and trinkets to store on...
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Dinosaur Math Word Problems for 2nd Grader

If you like to play school or home school your children, customizing some of the worksheets can make a lesson FUN! Incorporate their interests...

YUMMY Ginger Snap Cookies with Flaxseed

Let these 'in your face' ginger cookies snap back at you! Lots of ginger and spices leave an impression you won't forget. Not passed down from...
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Interviews with Cindy Rajhel of Home Grown Fun

Host Mike Podlesny of the Vegetable Gardening Podcast talks with Cindy about innovative school gardens and making your own fertilizers and soil amendments. Host Dave...
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Helicopter Gardening

It was a balmy spring morning in a Southern California coastal community and tiny streams of leftover rainwater make their way around weed bumps...
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Fun Facts About Ladybugs

"Hi, I'm actually a lady beetle, not a bug. I chew my food instead of sucking it up. When something threatens me, I ooze...

Our Favorite Children’s Books

Over the years we've accumulated a nice list of our favorite books. As of Spring of 2011, our oldest daughter is almost 8 years...
How to Get Rid of the Tomato Hornworm

Tomato Hornworm Video

Little Miss Squash Blossom is faced with a rude garden pest in this fairytale featuring live shots of the tomato hornworm. http://youtu.be/NqxprkWt6_8 Transcript
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How to Eat Kohlrabi | 5 Ways to Prepare Kohlrabi

Everything is doing well at our school garden including the kohlrabi. The farm stand that I visit regularly sells a bunch for $1.75 and...