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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 Garden

    Top 5 Things To Do In Your Garden In January

    Oh boy it is January! Does anyone feel like working outside in January? Well, you probably have this image of the wind howling, snow drifting up against the patio door, a raging fire in the fireplace. Here in Delaware we do get snow but it usually doesn’t hang around. Now, I understand that other parts of our great nation do, more than likely, resemble the blizzard-like description above. Well, you have to get outside those four walls at some point before you go nutty, so what to do? 1 Shovel the snow is the obvious answer. Duh, what are you waiting for?  No, pass the hot cocoa.  How about just…

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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…

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    On the Farm

    Meet Our Farm Family

      Who doesn’t love their furry and feathered friends? We may not live on a typical farm with all types of barnyard buddies, but we’ve got a nice collection of lovable creatures around here! Today we’ll introduce you to our farm family! Buddy First and foremost, we’ve got Buddy. Buddy is our faithful watchdog. He’s a 4-year-old Australian Shepherd who could happily run forever. We got him from a farm where he was born in a barn. He hates being indoors except for brief visits to get a treat or two (leftover meat is his favorite). He’s got a cozy house outside but sometimes sleeps with the chickens, sometimes in…

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    In the Garden

    Top 5 Things To Do In Your Garden In December

    We’ll start each month with a list of the top 5 things you should do outside in your yard to keep your garden healthy, your property looking great, and your mind free from worry!  Keep in mind that we are writing from zone 7b and our experience lies in zones 6 and 7, but the majority of these tasks will be applicable for most gardens, especially those that experience the change of seasons.  Here are the top 5 things you should do in your garden this month: 1. If the ground isn’t frozen where you are, you can feel free to still plant perennials, shrubs, and trees. 2. Prune and…

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    In the Family

    Top 5 Things To Do With Your Family in December

    Each month, we would like to throw out some activity ideas you may want to use to get your family together and ideally outside, active, or, at the minimum, away from technology. Most of the ideas will be for families of all ages.  If you have no nearby family, get your friends together. Lifestyles are becoming too sedentary and people are becoming too self-absorbed (in my very own opinion, ha ha). One of our goals with this website is to bring people together, and spending time with family and/or friends is one of life’s greatest joys. Because it is the holiday season, most of this month’s ideas are based on…