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Fun garden activities for the whole family

Posted by on Jul 5, 2022 in Family, Gardening | 0 comments

It’s not easy to find ways to keep the family outside for a while to get some fresh air and a little time away from their devices. But if you’re able to capture everyone’s attention, they’ll soon be spending more time in the garden than ever before. Here are some fun and safe ways to get the outdoor family bonding time you want. Plant a new tree together  There’s an incredible bonding experience that comes with planting and nurturing a growing tree as a family. It promotes responsibility for the kids, and if you find the right tree, it can even become a place for you to regularly spend quality time together.  Look into deciding on the perfect eye-catching tree as a family. Buying dwarf Japanese maple trees is a great example of finding something that’s easy to maintain...

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Tips for Taking Care of Your Garden

Posted by on Jun 1, 2021 in Family, Gardening | 0 comments

If you are fortunate enough to have a garden, you will likely understand and know how hard it can sometimes be to keep the garden neat, tidy, and smart. The task of keeping the garden pristine is made even harder when and if you live with lots of people or have kids. This is because, especially in the case of kids, they can trample and play in the garden up until a point where the garden loses its vigor. If that has happened or if you fear that will happen to your garden, read below to learn about some tips that should hopefully help you take better care of your garden and stop it from looking like a mess. Water regularly An important first step is to make sure the garden is well catered and kept hydrated. Of course,...

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Simple Ways to Teach Kids about Sustainability

Posted by on Mar 19, 2021 in Family, Gardening | 0 comments

Sustainability is an important topic, which is no surprise, considering the state of our planet. That’s why doing only a bit on an individual level matters so much. However, education about environmental issues should start from an early age, so teaching kids to respect their surroundings while being optimistic and kind is something every parent or teacher should do. Therefore, if you’re planning to teach your kids about sustainability, then here are some simple tips that will help you make that happen. Spend more time in nature Being in nature is one of the best and most healing experiences. But, if you spend time in nature with your kids, you’re also teaching them the importance of nature and being outdoors. You can take them camping, so they’ll also learn how to survive outside their comfort zone. But if camping...

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A Secret Garden: 5 Unique Flowers for Your Garden and How to Grow Them

Posted by on Mar 15, 2021 in Family, Gardening | 0 comments

The garden is one of the most important aspects of your house that must speak of yourself, and to complete the whole picture, you must plant flowers that expose your personality. While roses, daffodils, and pansies are some of the classic garden plants, there are unique and beautiful flowers that you can plant in your garden that will mesmerize your visitors’ eyes and that you can buy in stores like Flower Chix There is so much to learn during the elementary school years and the school year seems longer to a student of this age. In fact, many students lose interest in school halfway through the year and have a little bit of trouble staying on track. Testing requirements seem to get harder each year, and teachers don’t have as much time to review as they did in the...

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From Tree to Table: Sweet Desert Dates

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Family, Gardening, Green Living, Health | 1 comment

Sponsored Many families are unaware that the Imperial and Coachella Valley is one of the most important farming regions in the state of California. Recently, I went to visit the area to learn more about the farmers, the produce that is grown and how the area is on the cutting edge of preserving water in the farming industry. During my visit, I made a stop at Hadley Date Gardens where I was given a unique opportunity of getting to learn how dates are grown, harvested and packaged for families to purchase. When I arrived at Hadley Date Gardens, the first thing that caught my attention was the beautiful date palm trees. The family owned and operated business has been growing dates for over 70 years. The owner of Hadley Date Gardens, Herb Keck, was there to greet us upon...

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Keeping Your Produce Fresher Longer

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Family, Gardening, Green Living, Health | 5 comments

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid® I have a huge outdoor garden where I grow fruits and vegetables and every week I go to our local farmer’s market to get organic and the freshest produce available for our family. The only struggle with purchasing produce from farmer’s markets is that it does not last as long as the produce filled with GMO’s & chemicals in our local grocery stores. I have been on the hunt for a solution to helping make our weekly produce stay fresh throughout the entire week, and I finally discovered it with Rubbermaid’s FreshWorks Produce Saver. Since we were spending the weekend in Carlsbad this past weekend, my husband made a stop at one of our favorite local farm stands in Oceanside called Cyclops Farms. Since we were not going to bring the produce...

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Wonder Sprouts Fall Nature Classes

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Education, Gardening | 0 comments

September is just around the corner and they have a special line up of sessions planned for our Wonder Sprouts this autumn at the Outdoor Education Center. Come out and join us as we hunt for berries, harvest squash, plant food for bees, build micro-greenhouses from re-purposed containers and more! Dates/ Times: Monday, September 11 – 10:00-11:30 am Friday,September 15 – 3:00 -4:30 pm Monday, September 18 – 10:00-11:30 am Friday, September 22 – 3:00 -4:30 pm Monday,September 25 – 10:00-11:30 am Friday, September 29 – 3:00 -4:30 pm Monday, October 2 – 10:00-11:30 am Friday, October 6 – 3:00 -4:30 pm Friday, October 13 – 3:00 -4:30 pm Monday, October 16 – 10:00-11:30 am Friday, October 20 – 3:00 -4:30 pm Monday, October 23 – 10:00-11:30 am Price: Adult/ 1 child – 1 session $15.00 Adult/ 2 children...

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Tips for Successful Raised Bed Gardening

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Autos, Gardening, Green Living, Kia | 16 comments

Sponsored in partnership with Kia When my oldest son developed severe food allergies, I turned to food to help heal his overactive immune system. I found that by feeding him a plant-based diet with all organic produce that his allergies decreased, and he had fewer anaphylaxis reactions to food. The only downside was that feeding a family of five a diet rich with organic food was very costly, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I went to The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano and got information on how to start growing organic produce for my family in our backyard. I had my husband tear out most of our grass in the backyard, build raised beds, and we got started on what we now call “The Barone Farm.” Over the years, I have successfully been able...

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Wonder Sprouts Helps Kids Become Eco-Heroes

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Education, Events, Gardening | 0 comments

In organic gardens overflowing with herbs, kale and berry bushes, Suzanne Slavens led my son and his new friends in song during the fall session of Wonder Sprouts at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center. “Capturing sunlight, collecting worm poop, I can make a difference even though I am little.” Soon the children jumped up and danced to the music, their voices rising loud enough for the citrus trees in the hills above to hear. Suzanne is excited about the new winter curriculum for ages 3-6. Topics include making dyes out of beets and greens, searching for “gold” treasure in citrus groves and training kids to be eco-heroes. Turns out Suzanne created the quoted song about kids making a difference. She believes active lessons in nature during early childhood produce huge dividends later. “Hopefully Wonder Sprouts will inspire a...

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The Outlets at San Clemente Debuts in Orange County (Giveaway)

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Featured, Gardening, Shopping | 1 comment

Sponsored Just in time for the holiday season, The Outlets at San Clemente has officially opened. All of the hottest retailers have opened discount store locations in the shopping center offering the coolest fashion trends at 30-70% off retail. More than 35 retails stores opened this weekend during the grand opening celebration including Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, H&M, Nike Factory Store, Tilly’s, Tommy Hilfiger, and more. Additional stores will continue to come to the popular shopping destination over the upcoming months reaching more than 70 outlets stores. The outlet center is one of the most beautiful shopping destinations in Orange County with beautiful architectural elements. Guests will feel immersed in the atmosphere of a European village while strolling through the courtyards and promenades. With families in mind, the Outlets at San Clemente features the most luxurious mother’s room and...

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Berry Picking and Apple Cider Mini Donuts at Snow-Line Orchard

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Events, Family, Featured, Gardening | 0 comments

While spending the afternoon apple picking in Oak Glen, we couldn’t miss stopping at Snow-Line Orchard for their famous apple cider mini donuts. Snow-Line Orchard is one of my favorite places to visit while in the area to stop, relax, and spend quality time with my family while surrounded by such beautiful nature. We started our visit to the farm by picking up some souvenirs for the kids in their adorable store and then waiting in the long line to get some of their delicious mini donuts. The donuts cost $2.45 for a bag of 6 donuts and $4 for a bag of 12 donuts. Once we got our freshly made apple cider donuts, we took them to the enjoy at one of the outdoor tables while listening to live music. The farm has a barbecue going on the...

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Family Guide to the all-new Discovery Cube Orange County

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Activities, Featured, Gardening, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 3 comments

We visited as a guest of DSC It’s an all-new discovery Cube OC as today the center opened their highly-anticipated new wing, restaurant and more. The center has expanded to become a 44,000 square-foot venue with permanent exhibits, interactive programs, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning spaces. It is the perfect place for families to keep their children learning throughout the summer. Discovery Cube Orange County will also feature a new 10,000 square-foot Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater and Exhibition Hall. It will provide the ability to transform an exhibition space into a 500-seat theater for greater flexibility in giving the families of Orange County an ever-changing destination for entertainment and education. New Exhibits: Sherlock Holmes – The first exhibit on display in the Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater and Exhibition Hall will be The International Exhibit of Sherlock...

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How to Start a Backyard Vegetable Garden

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Family, Gardening | 4 comments

Starting a backyard garden is easier than many people think. This month is the perfect month to get started planting for a Summer Harvest. Don’t have the space? You don’t need a large space to grow a large amount of produce for your family to enjoy throughout the Summer months. If you only have space for 1-2 things to plant then look for a couple of families to crop share. Think you don’t have time to care for a garden? It will take 1-2 days to get started, and then only 5-10 minutes a day to care for the garden. You’ll need to commit the 1-2 days every year to refresh and replant. I first started my backyard garden over five years ago in an attempt to try and calm my sons overactive immune system, and try and heal...

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Free Garden Activities at the Farm + Food Lab in Irvine

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Events, Featured, Gardening | 1 comment

Want to get your kids outdoors in the fresh air and away from the electronics? Want to inspire them to eat, (of all things!) vegetables?!!!! There’s a wonderful demonstration garden, the Farm + Food Lab, at the Great Park in Irvine that offers free garden related events for kids on the weekends, and anytime is a fun, educational place for them to explore! What is the Farm + Food Lab? What? It’s a 2 acre demonstration garden at the Orange County Great Park. What’s in it? 12 themed garden beds: ‘Pizza’ garden, ‘Fruit Salad’ garden, ‘Butterfly’ garden and more. What else? Be sure to visit the chicken coop, worm bin, bean tunnel, vertical strawberry garden, kid sized container garden, container blueberry orchard, hay bale garden, and over 50 espaliered fruit trees. Maybe read a story from the garden’s mini...

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Kids in the Garden! Spring Blooms from Seed Bombs

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in Crafts, Family, Gardening | 0 comments

Remember the fun of making mud pies and getting your hands (and the rest of you!) dirty? Here’s a project that lets kids get their hands dirty, but also gives them the opportunity to bring spring blooms to your yard, school grounds, or anywhere you can get permission to throw them! What is a ‘Seed Bomb’? Seed ‘bombs’ are made of clay, compost and wildflower seeds (or other easy-to-grow seeds) mixed together with water, formed into balls, and then dried. Once dry, they can be tossed into the garden, on backyard slopes, or anywhere that has full sun exposure and the ability to get water from sprinklers or natural rainfall. Materials Needed Clay (I used Crayola Air Dry Clay found at Michaels Craft Stores) Compost (sold in bags at hardware stores or garden centers) A large packet (12 grams)...

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Easy Ways to Refresh Your Backyard

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Family, Gardening, Parenting | 0 comments

Is your backyard looking old and dumpy after the fall and winter seasons? Does your outdoor furniture look as though squirrels nested in it? Do you notice cracks in the hardscape? Flowers non-existent? Well, now’s the perfect time to refresh that worn backyard with some splash and color. Probably like me, you’re still waiting to inherit a boatload of cash from a distant relative, which doesn’t leave a big HGTV remodel budget. Which is why our own backyard refresh has been a “work in progress” the last year. Doing some research, including interviewing my mother-in-law (MIL), who is knowledgeable in landscaping and reviving outdoor living spaces, here are a few ways to refresh that dull yard: Add Seasonal Flowered Plants If you love vibrant hues of summer flora, these are a few no-fail flowering plants that will bloom all...

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How to Compost

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Family, Featured, Gardening, Health | 0 comments

Gardening is one of those fun activities for the whole family! You don’t need a green thumb to have your own garden, especially if you grow lettuce, herbs, potatoes, radishes, beans, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Those are some of the easiest vegetables to grown, green thumb or not. My favorite part about it all is connecting with nature. Call me a kid at heart, but I truly enjoy digging in the dirt and picking the weeds! It’s one of the best was for me to unwind and relax, plus the kids absolutely love watching everything grow. The picture above is from my spring garden last year. Our lettuce went crazy last spring and we had a constant supply of home grown leafy greens (as you can see from the picture above). It was my best garden yet! Every gardener knows...

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