Author: Lisa Pedersen

Our ‘Bugging’ Entomologist

As many of you know our Annika (aged 5) loves bugs.  At her preschool ‘graduation’ after all the princesses, fire fighters, and artists, the teacher announced:  “When Annika grows up she wants to be an entomologist”.  Most of the parents looked at each other and laughed and the kids all looked confused.  Like most parents I hardly even knew how to spell… Read more →

Eating RIGHT Out of the Garden

Our hope this with year with having a productive garden was to get our kids interested in eating different types of vegetables more often.  I wrote about this hope in the Spring in “Will Gardening Get Kids to Eat Their Vegetables?”.  We thought that our kids would be excited about eating vegetables that they planted and cared for.  So far the results have been impressive.  The other… Read more →

Summer Reading

We previously wrote the blog “Read to Your Kids Before Bed Everyday” and I thought this needed an update. We still strongly believe in reading to you children everyday.  It takes some time to do but it is worth it, for the kids and youself.  We just signed Annika with the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Summer Reading Club.  She is in… Read more →

Save Money Saving Seeds

This year we spent over $50 on seeds for the garden with most of them being vegetables but some flowers as well.  My frugal nature always questions purchases like this and I wondered why we need to be spending so much when seeds naturally occur in the vegetables and flowers we grow.  Some of the things in the garden are already… Read more →

Giving Our Five Year Old More Freedom

A little while back we had a family outing to a very nice beach just North of where we live.  It was one nice day in all the terrible rainy weather we had been having, so we thought we better take advantage and do something outside.  The grandparents happened to be in town with their trailer and were accompanied with friends visiting from Australia. … Read more →

Early Summer Garden Photo Essay

Summer has arrived and our garden is in full flower.  The garden gradually starts blooming and before you know it is a sea of colour.  I was impressed with the way the garden looked when I took these “Early Spring Photos”but the garden has progressed even more since then.  Our beds are just packed with plants that it almost looks like it is overgrown (I like… Read more →

Pests in our Garden

We have had an interesting spring for pests in our garden.  We have a lot of bugs (to keep Annika busy and happy) but there are a couple big pests that have been more notable.  It is hard for me to call these creatures pests, we do live in their environment after all, but they are causing some havoc in our garden and I… Read more →

Nap Time is Ending Soon

Oh how I’m going to miss nap time.  No not my naps … the twins naps.  It is so nice with twins to have a small break in the day to have some time to relax and get some chores done.  Right now the twins nap from 1pm and get up between 3 – 4pm.  Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with… Read more →

Re-Use For Old Boots and Toys

I have a problem, I hate to throw things away.  Either stuff just sits around the house cluttering it up, or I do something with them.  What do you do with old rubber boots(wellies) and toy trucks that are holey or broken and can’t be given to charity?  My solution was to reuse them in the garden. Annika has a… Read more →

Herbal Tea Blends from Your Garden

I do like a nice cup of tea… and then another.  Drinking a lot of tea seems to run in my family but I am not sure if any of them have ever made their own.     I think making my own tea blends from ingredients found in my garden we be fun and rewarding and another great way to enjoy my gardens bounty. You do not need… Read more →