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...
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HOW TO Make Your Own Solar Oven – Fast, Easy and Cheap

Solar ovens are fantastic fun for all ages. It's a special thing to be able to cook your own food without electricity. Our giant...
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11 Fun Pumpkins and Winter Squash and How to Use Them

My oldest and I are on the lookout for the most interesting pumpkins and winter squash. Check these out at your local farm stand...
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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...
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What is a Geode and How Do You Hunt for Geodes?

Holidays around here are usually an adventure. Our extended families are on the other side of the country so we seek out some kind...
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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...

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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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...
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

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...
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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...

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...
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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...

Homemade Fossils – MADE EASY!

It's easy to "mix up some mesozoic" at home or at school!  Making homemade fossils is fun and addictive. We've got a simple recipe for creating...