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 Tomatoes

If you are like me...then even your plastic house plants seem to die on you. I am determined to grow a vegetable garden this summer so I can say things like, “Yes, this salad is made completely from my own garden!” or “Here is a basket of vegetables from my garden...I can’t get them to stop growing (laughing and tossing my hair).”

I set out to find plants that no matter how much sun, water, neglect or overcompensation they get….they will grow.


What you need: soil, sun, seeds & water

(For you city folk that don’t have an inch of green within miles, no problem. If you don’t have an actual outdoor garden area, you can use a planter.)

Soil

If you already have an outdoor garden, or rather an area of dirt, make sure to sow the soil before you plant the seeds. I am sure you all know what sowing entails, but just in case (wink wink), it simply means loosening up the soil and pulling out any weeds or stones that might disrupt the vegetables from growing. Already sounding like too much work? Simply pick up a planter and a bag of pre-fertilized soil.

Sun

Pick a spot that gets about 6 hours of direct sunlight each day (give or take a couple hours...remember we are only planting things that will live no matter what).

Seeds

You can pick up small packets of veggie seeds at any hardware or garden store. If you prefer shopping from the comfort of your own home...you can order both seeds and starter plants from online garden shops such as Burpee.com

Water

Good news- your veggies won’t need to be watered every day- or even every other day. Or if you’re like me it will be once a week. All they need is the equivalent of 1 inch of rainfall water a week. In the beginning when they are just baby seeds- try to keep the soil moist on a daily basis- but then it becomes like flossing- do it when you remember to do it.

 

“I will survive” plants:

Beets

When: Plant beets in late spring or when the weather starts to warm a bit all the way through mid-July.

How: Plant the seeds about 1 inch under the soil and 2-3 inches apart.

Eat: You can eat beets at any size, but they are best full grown when the green are about 6 inches tall.

Tip: Don’t forget about the tips. Beet greens are full of flavor and hold even more nutrients than the beet itself.


Radishes

When: Radishes can be grown all season, but do best in early spring and late summer

How: Plant seeds a half inch deep and 1 inch apart.

Eat: You will be harvesting these little round treats in about a month!

Tip: Radishes are a cool season vegetable, so plan to have the best harvests in spring and fall.


Lettuce (There are tons of different varieties of lettuce- pick your favorite)

When: When you think you’ve had your last frost- or sometime in April or May

How: Plant seeds about ¼ inch deep, cover with soil and water

Eat: Most varieties mature in about 6 weeks, but you can harvest it anytime it looks ready. And it will continue to grow throughout the fall.

Tip: For better tasting lettuce, start picking leaves early as they will tend to get bitter and tough if allowed to grown too long.


Tomatoes (most popular vegetable for any garden size!)

When: Tomatoes are warm weather plants and will not grow in temperatures below 50 degrees. Plant once day and night temperatures are not dipping below that temperature.

How: You can grow your own plants from seeds by starting them inside it pots for about a month, or you can just buy starter plants (easiest way)

Eat: We all know what a ripe tomato looks and feel like, right? So just pick them when they look like that! Or you can pick them a little early and let them continue to ripen inside, off the vine.

Tip: Pinch and pluck the “suckers” that grow in the “crotch” of two branches. These little buds suck energy away from the fruit.

image credit: Tomato_Suckers.jpg


Peppers

When: If you want to grow from scratch, you will need to start your pepper seeds indoors for at least 2 months before you plan on moving them to your garden. Which is why I suggest going to your local garden store and purchasing starter plants. Plant starter plants about 3 weeks after the last frost.

How: Transplant starter plants from the indoor pots to your well-sowed outdoor garden soil

Eat: Most pepper plants mature in 60-80 days.

Tip: Be patient and allow peppers to fully mature. Some peppers take a while to change from green to red/orange/yellow. The flavor and nutrients increase drastically during that change, making it worth the wait.


Bush Beans ( as opposed to pole beans)

When: Plant seeds after the last frost.

How: Plant about 1 ½ inches deep and 3 inches apart

Eat: Bush bean plants will harvest all summer long. When you start seeing beans, pluck them off and check back again the next week for more!

Tip: Don’t let the beans get too big...younger beans are more tender and tastier.


Bonus Tip: Label your planters with our waterproof chalkboard labels.


Another great idea: Our chalkboard labels are a creative, heartfelt way to thank your child's teacher this year!


Here's to turning our black thumbs green this summer! Enjoy all your yummy veggies!

SNL nailed it! Haha!

But in all seriousness, you deserve to pamper yourself on Mother's Day.

Here are our Mother's Day Must-Haves when we are looking to treat ourselves. It's your day...indulge!

 

1 - Almonds and sea salt in dark chocolate from Chocolove

2 - Slouchy Vegan Tote from Free People

3 - Lustro Face Oil from Beauty Counter

4 - Where In The World Cuff Bracelet from Swoon Jewelry Studios 

5 - Perfect Veil Roller Perfume from Chelsea

 

 

And here is a little gift from us!

$10 off all orders of $40 or more from now through Mother's Day. Use code momlove10

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Make your kids giggle and have some laughs of your own with these super easy and totally harmless pranks.

Frozen Cereal:

Pour your kid's milk and cereal the night before and put it in the freezer. It will look completely normal, but when they try to dig in to breakfast in the morning they will find a frozen surprise.

Blue Milk:

Two easy options with this colorful trick. First, you can put a few drops of food coloring into the bottom of the cereal bowl and cover with cereal. Let the kids pour the milk into the bowl. They won't know what to think when the milk instantly turns colorful. The second option is to put food coloring directly into the carton of milk so that when they pour it out they will think it came from a unicorn instead of a cow.

Wormy Apple:

Surprise your kids at lunch by packing them an apple with a surprise guest. Carve a small hole in an apple and put a gummy worm in with its head sticking out. This one will have even the teachers laughing.

Jello Juice:

Why is my juice jiggling?! Make jello in your kid's juice glass. For added effect, put a straw in it before it hardens.

You may be a parent, you don't always have to act like one!

April Fools Kid Pranks

Sources:

www.meetthedubiens.com

www.cleanandscentsible.com

 

Camp season is right around the corner! Have you gotten your camp labels yet?

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Brrrrr....Baby it's been cold outside!

Hot cocoa is a definite go to but can be high in sugar and calories. Try this simple recipe to make your cold weather warm up a healty treat instead! We have dairy free peeps in our house, so our favorite alternative is coconut milk

1 cup of unsweeted coconut milk

1 tbsp of unsweeted cocoa

Liquid stevia to taste (5 drops should do it)

1/4 tsp of vanilla extract

Enjoy and stay warm! 

dairy free sugar free hot cocoa

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Family vacations should be fun, memorable, and stress free...in a perfect world. Just because you may have had a nightmare vacation in the past doesn't mean you hsould stay close to home and do a family staycation. Kidecals proudly presents the definitive guide to traveling with kids!

We have got the best tips, tricks, apps, and advice so that you can make your next family vacation a success!

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In this infographic we provide the answer to a question that most moms ask themselves daily… Am I a good mother? Share this, and Moms will thank you!

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Trying to be a little more creative for the holidays? Wrap your head around these cute gift wrapping ideas to get in the holiday spirit!

  • Butcher paper:  You can decorate this plain paper however you like. You can use stamps, sponge paint, finger paint, or even just markers. This is great activity that you can do with the family or a fun craft for a holiday party. This is  a cheap substitute to traditional wrapping paper, and who doesn't want to save money??
  • Old music sheets: This is a cute and creative alternative to wrapping paper. It still has the feel of the holidays with a little flare. Make it stand out with different color ribbons or paring it with our Kidecals' holiday labels.
  • Newspaper: Want to save a buck? Choose newspaper over wrapping paper. You can get it just about anywhere and make your gifts look a little more creative. You can add cute touches with bows made from newspaper as well. As you can see in the picture above it is a few easy steps that can make your present that much better.
  • Put your finishing touches on your gifts with labels from Kidecals. They can add a little bit more of that personal touch while adding an extra pop of color. There are a plethora of styles to choose form that can be personalized to your needs.

 

References:

Stamps/Sponge Paint: http://www.kowalskis.com/recipe/dessert-cookies-brownies-bars/blonde-brownies-in-a-jar#.Up5NhaW6LwI

Found from: http://www.etsy.com/listing/83058899/music-gift-wrapping-paper-sheets-pack-of

Found from:http://inspirationforhome.blogspot.com/2011/11/20-creative-gift-wrapping-ideas-for.html

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