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5 Vegetables Every New Gardener Should Grow

June 26, 2019

New to gardening?  No worries!  Every new gardener is a little nervous, but it’s really not difficult to grow your own organic vegetables. There are obviously many advantage to growing your own vegetables in your own organic garden. Besides saving money, you’ll benefit from the freshness and rich nutrients in homegrown vegetables. There are many […]

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How To Choose The Best Plants For Your Flowerbed

June 25, 2019

Colors, textures, blooms, and types–so many choices are available to the gardener in creating a beautiful yard. One thing’s for certain, a flowerbed brings vibrancy and joy to every landscape! Thanks to our partnership with Ray Padula gardening tools, we’re creating a mailbox garden flowerbed this summer and sharing all our best tips including how […]


5 Free Things To Do In Chicago This Summer

June 24, 2019

Chicago is a large vibrant city perfect for both quick getaways and extended stays.  It also happens to be the city where I lived the first twenty years of my life and the place I return to often to visit with family. Traveling to Chicago can be a bit pricey.  The difference from Louisville to […]

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Best Companion Plants for Your Tomato Garden

June 21, 2019

In all vegetable gardening, it is always smart to find ways to yield a maximum crop with the least amount of effort, time, money, and space.  Growing companion plants in your tomato garden allows you to maximize your yield while repelling insects and pests.  It’s totally a vegetable gardener win-win! Tomato Garden Companion Plants Repel […]

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Growing Tips for Organic Carrots

June 20, 2019

Carrots are a delicious vegetable rich in vitamin A and other essential nutrients.  Organic carrots can be grown in your garden and are well suited for growing in containers as long as they are large enough.  With a little know how they are easy to grow and a delicious fresh staple for your organic garden! […]


The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Masters of Mischief (Giveaway!)

June 19, 2019

Find a comfy spot and get ready for some fun summer reading! Simon & Schuster is partnering with me for a MASTERS OF MISCHIEF (The Misadventures of Max Crumbly #3) giveaway! As a former teacher, mom of three and library volunteer, I’ve witnessed the many positive effects the “magic of literature” has in our children’s […]

ENTERTAIN Technology

SkullCandy Push True Wireless Earbuds – Amazing Sound That Moves The Way You Do

June 17, 2019

The famous quote from Plato, “music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything,” is as true today as it was then.  Music simply super-charges your life and makes all the moves you make even more enjoyable.  Thanks to my partnership with Best Buy, SkullCandy […]

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10 Mistakes New Gardeners Make (and how to avoid them!)

June 16, 2019

When you’re new to anything, there’s a learning curve.  For new gardeners, the learning curve can be steep and pricey as it often results in plant death.  There’s no need to fret, though.  All gardeners can turn brown thumbs into green thumbs by avoiding some common oversights, missteps, and costly failures in the organic lawn […]