Garden Life

Gardening on Instagram

Hello friends! I know it's been awhile since I've posted a blog but I wanted to let you know I haven't been totally dropping the ball. I've been working in my garden and getting ready for the growing season. If you want to follow along and get pointers and see some epic fails you can… Continue reading Gardening on Instagram

DIY

Q-Kids: Wax Leaves Project

Sometimes you find the PERFECT fall leaf. It's stunning and beautiful. It represents everything you love about autumn. Then it falls apart. Wouldn't it be great if we could make that leaf last a bit longer? "Every leaf speaks bliss to me / Fluttering from the autumn tree." -Brontë Melt bees wax over heat (using… Continue reading Q-Kids: Wax Leaves Project

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Q-Kids: Crayon Remake

If you're like us then you have a TON of broken crayons. I've done several crafts with broken crayons already but here is another one to try. This one makes crayons into a fun ty-dye effect. You will need: A muffin tin or silicone if you have onePaper muffin liners if your pan is not… Continue reading Q-Kids: Crayon Remake

Writing

5 Ways to Choose Your Next Project

Anyone else suffer from too many ideas? Anyone else know that all ideas are not equally good? How do you decide what to work on next? I've outlined how I process this dilemma for me below. You may have different factors and reasons but here are mine and I hope you find them useful as… Continue reading 5 Ways to Choose Your Next Project

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Roasted Tomatoes

Our garden has more jumbo cherry tomatoes than we hardly know what to do with this year. So to keep things going all winter long we spent some time roasting them up. What I love about preserving my own food is having full creative licence over it. If I don't like how it's turning out… Continue reading Roasted Tomatoes

Lifestyle

Q-Kids: Plantable Seed Art

We decided to save seeds this year. You can read more about that here or how to here. But we had a little mishap in the process. Our seeds got mixed up. With kids this is bound to happen at times. So we did some sorting and came up with this fun project in the… Continue reading Q-Kids: Plantable Seed Art

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Q-Kids: Investigating Seeds

While some people's goal with gardens is to store up food. Mine has been to teach our kids where food comes from, how it grows, and how yummy it is. As the season starts producing food the question comes up about seeds. My kids wonder, can we eat them? What happens if we don't? After… Continue reading Q-Kids: Investigating Seeds

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Q-Kids: Hand Kite

My kids love kites. I do not. As a parent who has to get the kite in the air, untangled, and gauge the weather the whole task feels daunting. So instead of a full blown kite we made these fun hand kites that can be used inside or out. All you need is: Shower curtain… Continue reading Q-Kids: Hand Kite

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Q-Kids: Blue Jean Bunk Bags

We recently combined rooms for two of our kids. Let's just say it's going rough. It's hard to share space when you're young. To give each of the kids their own special space that was off-limits to the other I came up with this solution. Blue jean bunk bags. I took a pair of ripped… Continue reading Q-Kids: Blue Jean Bunk Bags

Lifestyle

Q-Kids: Fabric Fort DIY

If you're like me you have a tablecloth or two that have seen better days (like way better days). I pulled out a cloth one that was not only stained but also frayed at the corners. Not ideal for much more than scrap rags. Instead I found my permanent markers, drew a scene, and let… Continue reading Q-Kids: Fabric Fort DIY

Lifestyle

Q-Kids: Mermaid Money DIY

My girls are obsessed with mermaids. And unicorns. And glitter... you get the drift. So after a fun fourth of July we had a bagful of snail shells fished from the lake. I had the girls clean the shells (nothing like smelly shellfish to find later, uck!). I grabbed our stash of nail-polish and some… Continue reading Q-Kids: Mermaid Money DIY

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Q-Kids: Edible Bird Feeder

With all this heat we've lost a bit of bread around our house. When I realized my bagels had gone bad I was so sad. I decided to take an opportunity instead. We have been bird watching hard core with all the other activities canceled due to quarantine. So this was a way to up… Continue reading Q-Kids: Edible Bird Feeder

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Q-Kids: Unique Bouquet

My kids love to pick dandelions and about any other flower they come across on our nature adventures. The problem is that rarely do the kids pick the flower stems long enough to actually make a real bouquet with. So when I saw this fun craft I knew we had to try it out. Before… Continue reading Q-Kids: Unique Bouquet

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Q-Kids: Nature Prints

It's been awhile since I've been able to renew my stash of play dough for the kids. So each of the little tubs are getting dry and difficult to work with. There has to be a last use for play dough about to go bad. Here's what I came up with. Nature Prints! Gather lots… Continue reading Q-Kids: Nature Prints

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Q-Kids: Gourd Bowls

My kids are obsessed with Native American history and all things artifacts right now. I want to take advantage of their desire to learn in a positive way. We've done a dig site already and found a few things. We've searched a few local farm fields for arrowheads. We've visited a nature preserve focused on… Continue reading Q-Kids: Gourd Bowls