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    On the Road

    What is the best way to camp?

    You know I think camping in a camper is the best way to travel, but camping in general offers most of the same great benefits. We highly recommend traveling and camping to everyone who is able to get away. We are thrilled with our little travel trailer camper, but we can see there are pros and cons to every form of camping. What is the best way to camp? People have different needs, different goals, and different budgets. Which one is right is for you? TENT:  $15 – $2000 Let’s start with basics. For the diehard outdoorsy types, this is the only way to camp and going any further in…

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    In the Garden

    Let’s Think Spring!

    Only 9 weeks to go until spring!  Until then let’s think spring with some pictures of flowers! OSTEOSPERMUM ZINNIA ARGYRANTHEMUM HIBISCUS TORENIA HOSTA OSTEOSPERMUM DOUBLE CALIBRACHOA CALIBRACHOA COLEUS BIDENS ROSE HYDRANGEA DAHLIA BACOPA IPOMEA VERBENA PURSLANE PETUNIA SALVIA PETUNIA CELOSIA VINCA MARIGOLD DAHLIA LOBELIA IVY GERANIUM MARIGOLD AGERATUM GERANIUM (Can you tell I love to take pictures of the flowers we grow???) What is your favorite spring flower?  Let us know!

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    In the Family

    The misunderstood disease that can ruin your life

    Let me begin by saying that I have no medical training whatsoever, and I cannot give you any concrete reason for taking my advice at the end of this post.  That is not going to stop me from offering my strong opinion on this matter though.  I can only tell you the story of our experience with the misunderstood disease that can ruin your life: Lyme disease.  This is our personal story, but sadly we have seen it repeated in friends and with others who have shared their experiences with us.  We put it out there with the hope that soon more medical professionals (and the general public) will recognize…

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    In the Garden

    Think Spring With These Unique Planter Ideas

    Who is thinking about their spring garden in the middle of the winter blahs?  We are!  Here is something you can actually DO right now to get ready for spring planting.  Look around your house (in your attic, in your basement, in your cabinet, under your bed), your garage, and your property.   See if there is anything you can repurpose as a planter to place on your porch, to stick in your garden, to hang on a fence, or to put on your patio. Don’t be afraid to get out the spray paint and/or stencils to change the look of something.  Clean out whatever you’re using before filling it, and be…

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    On the Road

    5 Best Reasons To Visit Delaware

    It’s the new year and that means it’s time to make plans! Do you have plans to travel this year? Each month we will pick a state we’ve enjoyed and recommend our top 5 places to visit in that state. We feel compelled to start with our home state of Delaware because we love it, and it is a wonderful place to enjoy a vacation (9 million people a year can’t be wrong)! Since most people ask, “Dela-where?” here are some facts about our state: • Delaware was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, on December 7, 1787. • Delaware is the second-smallest state in the nation and…

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    In the Family

    Top 5 Things To Do With Your Family in January

    1. Volunteer together The holidays may be over, but the need for help never ends. People in need often need more help after the holidays when fewer people are helping. Help someone start the year off well. Children are never too young to learn about giving. Look for volunteer opportunities at churches, hospitals, libraries, schools, senior centers, food banks, animal shelters, nursing homes, homeless shelters, etc. 2. Get rid of stuff Work together to clean out everyone’s closets, toy boxes, the garage, basement, attic, storage shed, etc. Get rid of everything you haven’t used in more than a year. There are so many places to donate items year round, or…

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    In the Garden

    Must-Have Plant of the Month: Red Twig Dogwood

    My kids frequently ask me what my favorite color is. Because they ask so often, I wonder if it’s supposed to change. Usually I say blue, but switch to green if they seem disappointed that it’s “still” blue. I’ve been answering this question so long that I don’t really think about it anymore. But as I thought about my favorite plants to pick a plant of the month, I realized something. I have no idea how I overlooked it before: I love red. I’m obsessed with red actually. Our house is white and I have wanted a red door forever. Our new barn is red. I wear red a lot. If…

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    In the Family

    How to boost your immune system

    ‘Tis the season to be stuffy!  Keeping yourself and your family healthy during germ season is not easy.  It can add stress to a season that should be peaceful and joyful!  How can you boost your immune system? I will preface this by saying that I am not a doctor, nor do I play one online. I am just a mom, a mother with three kids. These three kids go to school, play with friends, do extracurricular activities, and are exposed to many germs. My older two kids were sick so much in elementary school. Seriously, in kindergarten, they had something every month, and they were the healthy kids in the class! …

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    In the Family

    Get Christmas Spirit with these Christmas Song Games

    Earlier this week I posted dessert recipes for the upcoming holidays, which is kind of off-topic for this journal. This is about trying to live healthier, more active lives. But I just couldn’t resist sharing something related to Christmas, and everyone is allowed to go off-topic and indulge once in a while! I’m going to share one more holiday post that you can share with your family and friends because we all need a little more Christmas spirit. Then we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled outdoor / gardening / travel / family fun!Here are two games you can play while traveling to Grandma’s house, around the tree while drinking…

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    In the Family

    8 Christmas Dessert Recipes You Will Love

    Are you in the Christmas spirit yet?  My youngest one has the countdown going and each morning she enthusiastically reports how many days are left.  I know it’s exciting for Christmas to come, but I really like enjoying the whole season and making it last. One of my favorite traditions is baking with family and friends.  Although we really try to eat healthy all year, we just can’t resist baking our traditional desserts this month.  Sugar gets added as a food group in December.  The truth is that we just love making them, and we always set aside at least one day to spend making treats, which we usually share…