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Indoor gardening with kids

Helping put marbles in pots

Pots ready for dirt

Filled pots

I really like fresh herbs.  I recently fell in love with thyme and I decided to start an indoor herb garden.  I had a dream of my little girl and I watching the little herb plants sprout and grow stronger each day.  I thought it was something we might do as a project together. (more…)


Why you should use WordPress

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Feb 25, 2011 | Free-for-all Friday, Technology | Tags: , ,

Editing a post

Installing a new theme or a custom theme

Installing plugins is easy

So I’m an avid user of WordPress.  In fact, my whole business (D3 Solutions) is built around WordPress.  I think WordPress is amazing for these reasons:

  1. It’s free (well, mostly)
  2. There’s an extremely active community surrounding it which means there’s always an answer on Google for any problem and plugins and widgets provide additional functionality
  3. It’s so easy to customize and make it look like a regular website (as opposed to a blog site) – don’t believe me?  Check out: www.gemedot.com
  4. It’s easy to update website content using WordPress even for non-technical people (ask my right-brain sister)



Sheet to Shower Curtain

The boys’ shower curtain tore recently and I’ve had my eye out for a new one.  But, I have the worst luck finding shower curtains that I like at a reasonable price.  So, when I saw this sheet set at Target for $13, I knew I’d found a solution.  The logic there may not be obvious, but a flat sheet can be turned into a shower curtain in no time flat (no pun intended).  It can even be done without a sewing machine!  When I get around to this exciting challenge, I’ll be sure to take some notes for you, in case you’re curious!


Reading with Bob

Reading with Bob Books

Boy #4 turned five recently.  Its hard for me to believe and its going to be even harder for me to give him up to kindergarten next year.  Though we primarily homeschool our kids, they do go to a classical studies center four mornings a week and then spend their afternoons and off-days working on assigned homework.  I like to call it “homeschooling for dummies;” to clarify, the kids aren’t the dummies, I’m the dummy.  I get to have my kids at home (more…)


2nd and 3rd Week of February

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Feb 23, 2011 | Wonderful Wednesday | Tags: , , ,

18 Month Checkup

Received Valentine's flowers from my father!

Finished 2 pairs of slippers - now for felting


Playground workout

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Feb 22, 2011 | Exercise, Tip Tuesday | Tags: , ,

Last week, you read about using weights while walking, but perhaps, your child is too old for the stroller?  Or you want to change up your workout a bit.  How about a playground workout(more…)


Salsa Gardening Part I

Salsa is a favorite in our family, second only to cereal.  As a result, despite all my efforts to the contrary, we are regular patrons of Chili’s because their bottomless chips and salsa appetizer is very cost-effective way to feed a ravenous group of salsa-crazed guys.  In fact, we eat so much of this delicacy that we suggest our Chili’s servers just go ahead and bring out a few refills worth at once to save themselves the hassle of all the trips back to the kitchen–the only server who ever doubted the sincerity of this suggestion regretted her decision later.



Age-appropriate skills

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Feb 21, 2011 | Mommy Monday, Parenting | Tags: , ,

I must point out before I begin that the purpose of this story is not to have you say “oh, she’s so cute” or to brag on my child, but simply to marvel at God’s amazing creation.

So here goes….

Being the left-brain representative of the family (I married a right-brainer), I feel it is my duty to instill a desire and need for order in my little girl’s life(more…)


Giveaway #1

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Feb 21, 2011 | Giveaways | Tags: ,

UPDATE: This giveaway is now over.  Congratulations to Jessica K. Don’t forget about our second giveaway and there will be more fun to come!

With the start of our new blog, we’d like to encourage people to leave their comments, bookmark us, and come back again!  So, we will host a giveaway of one of my (rbt Bags) extra large unlined tote bags for everyone who posts a comment on our blog over the next four weeks.  Everyone who posts a comment on any of our posts in the coming weeks will be automatically eligible for the drawing–and your name will be entered for every comment you make!  So, come interact with our blog and be eligible to win one of my oilcloth beach bags in time for your upcoming spring break trips!  The winner will be announced March 21st.

rbt Bags' Extra Large Unlined Tote Bag, $30


How-to set up an RSS feed

My sister asked that I write a post on RSS feeds so here it is. Not the most thrilling topic, but hardly one that you can escape in this blogging day and age.

Let me first address the definition of an RSS feed.  RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary.  Simply put, an RSS feed brings the content of your favorite websites to you through the use of a feed reader (we’ll go over various types in a minute).  (more…)

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