February 27, 2015

Create Your Own Earth-Friendly Vegetable Garden #DIY | Step-by-Step #Tutorial with KLB

Create Your Own Earth-Friendly Vegetable Garden #DIY | Step-by-Step #Tutorial with KLB

Rural Mom is pleased to welcome guest KLB, avid organic gardener and member of the award-winning husband-and-wife reggae/world/hip-hop band, Deedub and KLB.  KLB shares her step-by-step tips below for creating an earth-friendly vegetable garden:

1. Pick a nice spot that is sunny year round. This is especially important if you have trees near your proposed vegetable garden space. Trees that are barren in winter months may shade garden areas once their leaves grow in. It is important to keep in mind that sunlight differs in winter than it does in spring or summer. Here in Southern California, for example, the sun rises at a lower angle in the winter than it does in the summer. When I created my first garden space a few springs ago, the sun was high overhead and the area received plenty of light all the way through fall. As winter rolled around, the angle of the sun dropped and it became completely shaded by the nearby trees. My winter vegetable garden did not produce as anticipated and I ended up having to start over. At least I learned a good lesson!

February 26, 2015

I Love Family Travel Launch & Twitter Party 2–26-15 at 9pm EST #FamilyTravelChat

I Love Family Travel Launch Party #FamilyTravelChat 2-26-15 at 9p EST

With the unexpected frigid temps and mounds of snow that have recently hit Appalachian Kentucky, I'm more than ready to plan a fun family vacation.  Preferably somewhere tropical! Join me tonight to share tips, tricks and travel planning fun at #FamilyTravelChat.  Details below!

February 20, 2015

Fun Facts: How Glass Is Made From Sand

Fun Facts: How Glass Is Made From Sand

Glass is everywhere. It makes up the windows and mirrors in your home as well as those soda pop bottles you drink out of. It’s such an everyday item that most people don’t give too much thought about them. However, there is an intricate process that goes into the making of glass. Before the process is explained, though, it helps to understand what glass is and what it’s made of.

6 Essential Tips for Winter Skincare

6 Essential Tips for Winter Skincare

A cold front has swept through the nation and temps are below freezing here in Kentucky.  This certainly doesn't deter my children from playing outside in the fluffy white stuff, but During the winter, dry indoor heat and low humidity outdoors can combine to cause itchy, dry skin. Needless to say, skincare during winter can be a challenge!

To take care of your family's skin this winter, try a combination of natural approaches and tried-and-true products to work inside and out on keeping your face, eyes, lips, body and hair moisturized through the winter months.

February 19, 2015

Expressing Our #DisneySide in the Kitchen!

Expressing Our #DisneySide in the Kitchen! #spon

There are no shortage of volunteer opportunities in our little Appalachian area, but funds for supporting programs are often scarce.  So when Disney offered the chance to host a #DisneySide party again this year, my thoughts went directly to gifting our local 4H cooking club with a fun celebration.  This program teaches Middle School-age children all about teamwork, self-sufficiency, cooking and baking skills and nutrition.  I couldn't think of a better group to share my talents with and my deep love for all things Disney!

One of the things I absolutely love best about sharing time in the kitchen with my children is the conversations we have, which generally have little to do with food!  We chat about how they are doing in school, their social lives, our dream, our hopes and more than likely lots of superhero-related things like the upcoming Avengers sequel.

Cooking together not only gifts them with practical skills but gives us the moments we need to bond, connect and cherish each other's company.  I saw this same level of connection with the kids as they worked together in cooking class and also enjoyed watching as the older kids took on leadership rolls with the younger to help them through the tasks.  Truly heart-warming!