I love feeding my family good, real foods. Eating that way can get expensive, so to help with that expense, we turn our expense into fun garden projects. Growing a vegetable garden for the first time can be pretty intimidating and confusing- when do I plant... when do I pick the produce... how long does it stay good in my fridge... can I freeze the produce? This will only be our second year planting a vegetable garden, so I am no expert. What I do know is this...
It is important to make sure you have good, fertile soil to give your plants the nutrients they need to grow into healthy fruits and veggies.
To help our plants, we like to put a little Miracle-Gro in the ground prior to putting our plants, or seeds, in the dirt. They even have a super convenient LiquaFeed All Purpose Plant Food Advance Starter Kit for those who need the whole kit-in-a-caboodle. This gives them everything they need to grow into healthy adult plants.
We also put water in the hole with the Miracle-Gro before putting the plant in the ground.
We then cover the plant using our regular garden soil and water the plant generously.
I love using our produce for grilled veggies, homemade salsas, pickles, BLT sandwiches, and so much more. Not only that, our kids get to learn about the plant cycle first hand. They look forward to planting and harvesting the fruits and veggies. Not to mention, I get a tan when I am out working in the garden, which is plus in my book!
If you have any questions about gardening of any kind- vegetable gardening or flower beds- visit The Gro Project website. There are tons of fabulous ideas for you and your family to get started in the garden! If you have a gardening story you would like to share with other readers, head over to The Gro Project and share your story!
4. I make my own babyfood. I know it isn't anything new to most mommas, but I have made my own purees for all my babies. It is so easy and so much cheaper to make organic baby food than to buy organic baby food. Also, I don't have to worry about anything else being in the food- it's just pure fruits and veggies.
5. I use Shaklee cleaning products. I do not have to buy cleaning products for my home. I have had these for a LONG time and they will still last me another year. The are concentrates that you mix with water to dilute. They are non-toxic and work great. I use it as a germicide, all-purpose cleaner, window cleaner, and degreaser. One thing I do still buy are toilet bowl wand refills. I love those things- use and then pitch.
How do you save money for your family??
The question: Do you think sending our kids to public school is wrong?
Ummm... no. Wasn't that easy?
No, I am not against public school.
Actually, I feel like our public school has very kind and capable teachers.
God just revealed to me that I have other options. I am capable of teaching my own children.
This time is so brief, and I am not called to send them away quite yet.
I was called to keep them home, for now.
I realize that we will get some resistance for some things that we choose to do, or not do, as far as our family is concerned. Part of growing up is realizing that you don't have to stay with the pack. We are not all cut from the same cookie cutter. I am unlike anyone else in this world. My children are unlike anyone else in this world. So, why would our journey be the same as someone else's?
We are on our own journey- with our own family.
We are led a certain way. It isn't the same way that everyone in my community, family, or even social circle is supposed to go. We are made perfectly and carefully. God crafted us to be our own person. With that comes different life choices.
I get asked about "sheltering" my kids. I am not ashamed to say that, "yes," I am sheltering them.
Isn't that what I am supposed to do- shelter and protect?
I share life with them as they are prepared to experience it.
I keep from them what they are not prepared to experience.
I am blessed to be a homeschooling mom the same way that my best friend is blessed to be a parent of public schooled children. We are both moms who love their kids and pray for our kids. We are both moms that protect and want the best for our kids.
We are just on a different journey.
napkins c/o: dot and army