acreage renovation: a garden for brother + sister bear

This spring we decided to make a garden for our children. We were wholly inspired by “The Berenstain Bears Patience, Please” after reading it to them. They begged us to have their own garden just like Brother and Sister Bear. One that they could till, plant, weed, and water and grow whatever they wanted. Of course we had to agree to such eagerness.

We used my small corn garden for their new garden. It was south facing and the best location in our yard for one. Geoff ripped out the old and temporary fence we had around it to keep the animals out. Then the kids and I each took a shovel and spread our composted food into it. We also moved all of the rocks and heavy stones from behind the garage. This was all hard work but they did very well. Next, Geoff rototilled and worked the compost into the garden, expanding it by a lot. Finally, he built a new fence to go around it.

I spent an entire spring morning planting seeds with them. I planned it out and made all of the little holes in the dirt. They wanted corn, carrots, cucumber, sunflowers, tomatoes, snap peas, watermelon, and flowers.

The kids meticulously filled each hole with seeds. Then we watered it all. They continued to water on the days where it didn’t rain. Within a few weeks we had sprouts. From there, and with occasional weeding, we had a full (albeit somewhat messy) garden!


They are so proud of their work. I am, too! Mostly everything came up, and we snack on their snap peas daily. I hope to do this with them every year until they are no longer interested. It’s such a special and rewarding thing.

Emory

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how to discuss body piercings with children: tips for parents

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Parenting comes with its own set of challenges. No matter how much you think you know about your child or how well equipped you believe you are as a parent, situations will arise that test your limits and throw you off balance. Parenting also changes as your child grows and develops into individuals with their own views and preferences, which means that parent-child conversations also require revamping at different stages. 

With so many parents eager to find ways to support their child’s development, it’s safe to say that body piercings have become quite the trend among the younger generation these days. While some might worry about the implications of such an action on their child’s future prospects and social acceptance, others might be more curious about what it entails. Either way, it’s a topic worth discussing with your child if you feel that this is something they would like to do in the future.

Talk About the Basics

When you first bring up the topic of discussion, it’s best to start with the basics. Ask your child what they know about piercings. What styles have they seen before? Where would they like to get it done? What does it involve? In order to give your child a well-rounded conversation about the process, you should first be well-rounded yourself. Parents should also get familiar with the terminology associated with this type of piercing. Knowing the difference between the different types of piercings, such as an ear rook piercing, will help you better prepare yourself for your child’s questions and better react to any concerns they might have. 

While you’re at it, you should also familiarize yourself with the potential risks and benefits of this kind of piercing. You might be surprised to learn that your child isn’t as familiar with the facts as you think. By being prepared with the facts, you’ll be able to address better any concerns your child might have about the process.

Discuss the Potential Risks and Benefits

Exploring the different potential risks and benefits of body piercings is a great way to detail what will happen when you decide to pierce your child’s body. Start by asking your child what they like about the idea of body piercings and what they think the main benefits will be. It’s also essential to ask your child what concerns they have about getting pierced, no matter what age they are. 

You can then discuss the potential risks associated with body piercings, such as the piercing causing an infection, problems with healing, and how long the piercing will last.

Ask if Your Child Has Any Questions

By the time you finish explaining the risks and benefits, your child might already be sold on getting a piercing. In this case, you’ll want to ask if they have any questions about the process. If not, you can move on to other topics, but if your child has some burning questions, it’s best to answer them as soon as possible. 

Some of the questions you might expect your child to ask include: Where can I get it done? At what age do I need to wait? How much does it cost? How painful is it? How will this affect my relationships? All of these are valid questions, and the sooner you respond to them, the better equipped your child will be to make an informed decision.

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happy easter

Happy belated Easter!!

I had the idea to have an Easter egg hunt in a field after first reading “Happy Easter, Little Critter” to our children last year. It’s one of our favourite Little Critter books and it’s just so darn cute.

So last year, I hid some eggs in the field directly behind our house and one afternoon that Easter weekend the kids searched for some eggs. I documented it all. Even though I was newly pregnant and very nauseated, we all had so much fun.

This year, I decided to hide the eggs in the farmer’s field beside the park that we walk to almost on a daily basis. It has a few more hills and trees than ours, and I thought that it would be a different experience for Remy and Wilder.

Also, baby sister was here to join us this year and she certainly made it all much cuter!

In all honesty, they love searching for eggs more than the gifts and the chocolate they receive at Easter. I hope to continue this tradition for many years to come. (I may even include the neighbour children next year just like in the book!)

Hope your Easter was hopping!

Emory

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tasty ways to make breakfast time for fun

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Breakfast time is a big deal. It’s the first meal of the day and it sets the tone for how we’re going to start our day. It can set us up for success or failure, depending on what we eat. So, why not make it fun? Why not make it something that we look forward to because it’s so delicious? Let’s take a look at some ways that you can make breakfast time a little more fun and exciting – without having to stress about what you’re making or how much sugar is in it!

Why You Need to Shake Up Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s a great time to get some healthy food before you start your day. But sometimes it can be hard to come up with new ideas for breakfast. The key to a successful breakfast is variety. Try different breakfast ideas and shake up your routine with something new!

Some of the most popular breakfast foods are cereals, eggs, and toast, but there are plenty of other options to consider!

1. Pancake Topped with Fruit

Pancakes are a classic breakfast food that can be made in many different flavors. The most common toppings for pancakes are butter and maple syrup. However, there are many other ways you can make your pancakes healthier and more exciting. One of the easiest and healthiest options is to use fruit as a topping for your pancake.

2. Morning Glory Muffins

The muffins have a light, fluffy texture and a subtle sweetness. They are perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. They also come in a range of ideas like blueberry, chocolate, and banana muffins with nuts. Morning Glory Muffins are a healthy alternative to traditional muffins. They have a light, fluffy texture and a subtle sweetness. The muffins are perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

3. Oatmeal with All the Toppings

Oatmeal is one of the most popular breakfast options. It is high in fiber, low in calories, and a great way to start the day. Oatmeal can be made with milk or water and then topped with a variety of ingredients. Some people like adding fruit, nuts, honey, cinnamon or cocoa powder to their oatmeal. There are also many different ways of cooking oatmeal so that it isn’t too thick.

4. Healthy Fruit Yogurt Parfaits or Smoothie Bowls

Yogurt parfaits and smoothie bowls are a great way to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. The best part is that you can customize them depending on your taste buds. You can add any kind of yogurt you like to the parfait or the bowl. It is up to you whether you want plain yogurt, greek yogurt, or flavored yogurt. For toppings, you can add granola, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, berries, honey and a lot more.

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happy birthday, geo

This week is my husband’s birthday!

This one is especially special because we get to celebrate it with a newborn baby. This may very well be our last, so I hope that you are able to get in all the snuggles!

Happy birthday to a wonderful dad and husband. Hoping this next year around the sun will be just as memorable as the last.

Emory

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