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Organic Gardening 101: Building Up Your Soil with Wood Chips

We have some big plans for our yard and lots of projects on our to-do list, but the foundation for all of them is pretty much the same – fix our soil. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, then you’ve already seen what we’re dealing with. We have lots of sandy dirt toward the […]

Permaculture Gardening: How Companion Planting Helps

As we continue our yard projects, I realize we’re embracing permaculture as we’re building up the garden and general layout. What’s Permaculture? It’s difficult to summarize, but I see it as a design process that attempts to mimic nature and build around systems instead of just looking at individual components. It’s usually associated with yard/garden design, but […]

Tree 101: Figuring Out What Kind Of Trees We Have

Stumped by which kinds of trees are in your yard? Here some tips to help quickly identify any unknown tree! This year is about about trees – learning about them, tending to them, pruning a few, and in some  cases, chopping them. Our yard is packed with trees. No matter which side you’re viewing it from […]

Less Stress and Mess in the Kids’ Room

As I’m going through Joshua Becker’s Uncluttered course,  I’m seeing firsthand the benefits of simplifying and removing excess around the house. Last week we had cleaned out one of the most cluttered, overstuffed rooms in the house – our kids’. Reaching a Breaking Point Long story short, cleaning up was stressful for everyone. Our oldest daughter […]

Uncluttered Course Review

One of my big goals for the year is simplifying around our house. With two young kids, I’m amazed how much stuff (okay junk) is around us, but we hardly use. Honestly, I’m tired of the cycle of cleaning and reorganizing. I’d love to remove the clutter and develop a process that allows us to have […]

Simplify Gardening: How to Start a Compost Pile

Looking for ways to make your yard more beautiful and productive without spending a ton of money? Here’s how you can start a compost pile that is easy to maintain.  Creating a beautiful and productive garden and yard can be as expensive or time intensive as you afford. You can go to the store and […]