Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What I really want for my birthday

I'm turning the big 2-8 in just 2 short weeks, and I have a little wish list. As you can tell, I don't have expensive taste, I just like some little things to make me happy. If you're looking for a gift (or 2 or 3 or 4) here are some ideas. You're welcome.

1. Sharpies- I love sharpies. Something about the clear, permanent way they write just speaks to my teacher-heart. The more variety in colors, the better. 

2. Colorful pens- like sharpies, they speak to my teacher-heart. I love doing my correcting, to-do lists and plan book in pretty, pretty colors.

3. Earrings- Nope, I don't even want fancy earrings or gemstones. Just some simple studs. Now, none of that super-cheap stuff from Claire's that turn my ears funky colors, just some stainless steal/cubic zirconia studs. Small ones to wear in my 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th sets of ear piercings. 

4. Giftcards- I hate spending money on things for myself, but if you've already spent the money, I'm more than happy to buy myself something pretty. I love Old Navy, Kohls, Forever 21, Target, etc... or I love something yummy, some Dunkin', or maybe a little Sebago Brew Co.

5. Frozen- The movie, on DVD... I know, I'm shocked I don't already own it... that needs to be fixed! 

6. A jogging stroller- okay, this one might stretch the bank a little bit, but it would also allow me to take the mini on some runs... which means I might actually run... or at least walk at a brisk pace. Either way, I want.

And that's it. All my little heart desires. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Gardening With a Toddler: Growing lettuce from the leftovers

I haven't been continuting my Gardening with a Toddler series, but I have a couple of posts lined up to talk about our experience this summer trying to garden with a two year old and teach her how it all works. Today though, I'm focusing on something amazing that I learned:

Did you know that you can grow more lettuce after chopping up a head of it? 

Yeah, I had no idea! 

A friend of mine posted on Facebook about it, so of course I had to try it out. All you do is take the root end of the lettuce (that you were going to throw away anyway) and put it into a small cup of water. You only need an inch or two of water in the cup. Leave it for a couple of days, then plant it in your garden (or in a pot, or wherever). Then, it actually starts growing again! 

Craziness. I didn't think it would actually work, but it started growing back when we just had it in the cup of water, and it has continue to grow since we replanted it into our garden. So, basically, you can buy a couple things of lettuce in the spring and then just keep replanting it all summer long to have fresh lettuce.

The things you learn

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