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Gardening Fun for Kids: Windowsill Peas

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Screen shot 2011-03-22 at 10.56.33 AMYou might not associate temperatures in the 40s with gardening, but mid-March is actually the perfect time to plant peas, according to gardening expert Rebecca P. Cohen, author of the new book, Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids. She recommends planting them in containers outside or, if it feels too nippy to be digging in your garden, on a windowsill. It’s an easy project for little ones to help out with—and peas are one of the most exciting vegetables to grow (add a stake to each container, and your kids will enjoy watching the peas vine up the sticks over the coming weeks). If you don’t want to deal with soil, you can even use wet newspaper with the seed pressed up against the glass, Cohen notes. Within seven days, your seed will sprout!

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A New Use for Mud

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Adobe2 Last week, I was clicking over at ohdeedoh, and my heart just about melted when I came across a post on building mud-brick houses. I loved making mud pies and building fairy houses as a kid—if I'd known the secret to making mud bricks (hint: add some grass to the mud and then pack it into an ice cube tray) I'm sure I would have gone nuts with them too.

Bricks Got a little builder or mud-fiend in your backyard? For detailed instructions (and other fun outdoorsy projects and activities you can enjoy with your kids), check out the original post on the Imagine Childhood blog.

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Grow Your Own (Soup)

Friday, April 24th, 2009

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For the first time in their more than 100 year-long existence, the Campbell Soup Company is making available their specially cultivated seeds that grow tomatoes for the iconic Campbell's Tomato Soup. At a community garden here in New York City, they kicked off Help Grow Your Soup, a campaign to grow more than one billion tomatoes in communities and backyards across America. After New York, Campbell's will travel with the National FFA organization and Urban Farming to Atlanta, GA, Campden, NJ, Chicago, IL, and Detroit, MI to plant similar gardens that will offer free food and agriculture education to urban community centers.

Danny Seo, green guru extraordinaire, was there to talk about farming, planting, and the environmental and cost-effective reasons to grow your own food. He got down in the dirt with the kids from the Brotherhood/Sister Sol community center to plant tomatoes in their garden. One of my favorite parts of this event was seeing the Urban Farming Food Chain Edible Wall, an innovative vertical garden that produces tomatoes and other veggies—the ideal solution to grow food in a limited space (also eliminating the potential for the neighbor's dog to trample your crop).

Wanna reap your own harvest? Visit Helpgrowyoursoup.com to learn how to get your free packet of Campbell's tomato seeds!

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May Flowers

Monday, May 12th, 2008

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If you haven’t yet discovered Kids Craft Weekly, then it’s time. Amber Carvan, Australian mom of 2, offers up really accessible, adorable, and kid-friendly craft ideas. You can sign up for her themed newsletters that will give you fantastic ideas for rainy day crafts, birthday party crafts, and  educational crafts.

The most recent edition is about flowers—you can get complete instructions for these precious blooms and step by step photo-illustrations on her site. Kids Craft Weekly is the perfect remedy for the "I’m bored" weekend mantra!

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Plug of the Week: Home Improvment Made Easy

Monday, May 5th, 2008

House_always_winsWhen Marni Jameson isn’t writing for Parents, she’s dishing out very practical and funny home-decorating advice in her syndicated column “At Home with Marni Jameson." Her new book, The House Always Wins, is about how you can create your dream home—but a real-world, budget-friendly dream home that actually works for a family, not a spartan, spotless showroom. And the book isn’t all how-tos: Marni has two daughters, one of whom wants gorillas and elephants painted on her bedroom walls and a “furry phone,” so she’s also got great tips on finding a sane compromise when your kids make crazy decor requests. You can order a copy here or enter to win one by sending her your most horrific remodeling tale.

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Mother’s Day Giveaway: Win a Katie Brown Gardening Kit

Monday, May 5th, 2008

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It’s spring and you’re no doubt spending as many minutes outside with the kids as possible (at least if you don’t suffer from seasonal allergies). So while you’re hanging out in the garden, suit up in some good-looking gardening gear and get your hands dirty (after Mother’s Day, of course—no maintenance of any sort for you on May 11th)! Enter to win this all-you-could-ever-need garden kit, designed by domestic darling, Katie Brown, produced by The Companion Group. Here’s the loot:

To enter to win, just post a comment on this post (click on “comments”) by midnight ET on Friday May 9. We’ll email the lucky winner on the following Monday. Goody Luck!

Full rules here.

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Recycle to Make DIY Watering Cans

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

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Here’s a green way to grow some green! Instead of throwing out your old, plastic soda and water bottles, pick up the Twist and Spout at re:modern—you just screw it to the tops of the
bottles and voila… instant watering can (found via Coveiter). It’s also got a nice, easy-to-grip handle so you or your kids can carry it around and water all your plants. Happy gardening.

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How-To Gurus

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Picture_9 I admit it–I am a "how-to" junkie.  I can’t get enough of this D.I.Y. craze sweeping the nation.  So you can imagine how totally thrilled I was to come across Howcast.com, a website that will show me how to basically do anything. The site is broken down into categories, from Kids to Personal Care & Style to Mind & Body. 

Some of my personal faves are How To Pretend You’re a Real New Yorker, How to Make Your Girlfriend’s Parents Like You, and How to Get Into a Nightclub (the materials needed: appropriate clothing, good shoes, money to burn and optional: an expensive car).  But in all seriousness, the kids section is super-fun, with videos on crafts, games, and even essential how-to’s like changing a diaper. 

I love the cute "You Will Need" graphics–they include grown-up as a material needed.  Listed right under scissors.  How perfect.

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