Apr 262013

After finding several garden related giveaways last week I became curious as to others that may be out there.  Here are several I found and wanted to share with you.

 PartyLite Candles

Party Lite’s 40 Years, 40 Days of Winning – you can enter daily for a home fragrance and home decor prize.  There will be one winner from the US and one from Canada each day.  At the end of the 40 days two winners will be drawn for the Grand Prize – home décor and fragrance package from PartyLite® each month for a year and $5,000 cash.  Ends May 10, 2013.  Among the daily prizes are wind chimes, led lights you can sit outside and other decor items you can use in your garden, as well as items for your house.

mother's day fireplace candelabra giveaway

The Blog at FireplaceMall is hosting a Mother’s Day Giveaway of a  Expandable Fireplace Candelabra.  Ends May 2.  Ambiance for a garden party anyone?

 Nourish Your Body Sweepstakes

Driscoll’s is giving away a Vitamix Blender as a Grand Prize, with 3 First Place winners getting free berries for a year. Ends May 31. I think that would be a tough choice – a great mixer or a year of berries.  Either way I think I would be happy.  Just imagine all the yummy recipes you could make with the berries or the jams.  However, with the mixer you could use items from your garden to make shakes and many other things.


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Apr 202013

Today is going slow and easy.  I’m not rushing through anything and have found myself enjoying the lack of guilt I have about it.  🙂

This also means that I’m stopping to enjoy time to play or talk with my kids rather than telling them to “wait a minute while I finish XYZ.”  Not every day can be like this, some days really have to be more time sensitive due to what needs to be done those days. Today isn’t one of them, neither was yesterday for that matter.  I really need to work on having more days like these past few have been.

A side effect of this is that the posts I have in my head have not gotten written.  There have been several websites, posts and links I’ve come across that I wanted to share with all of you.  Instead of making each a separate post, like I started to do with the Gardener’s Idea Book, I decided to put them all in one place.  Some have to do with gardening, some with Earth Day, and some have absolutely nothing to do with either.  Grab a cup of your beverage of choice and peruse through them.  Make sure to stop and smell the roses along the way.  There isn’t much that “absolutely must be done today or else the world will cease to revolve around the sun”, though there are days that contains items like this.  Been there, done that.  Still there some days.


Insects Printable Pack

Gift of Curiosity has an Insect Printable Pack that can be downloaded for free.  This is geared for ages 2-7.  This pack contains so much information.  I was very impressed when I looked through it.

You may also want to check our Gift of Curiosity’s showing their experience making “Earth Day Crayons“.

handful of crayons

Project Noah was a find this morning that was made completely by accident.  I had told one kid that there was going to be no t.v. this morning.  One thing led to another and we ended up on the computer looking up pictures of scorpions.  (Doesn’t this ever happen to you?) This led us to Project Noah.

From their website: “Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.”

Scorpions were quickly left behind as we found more and more things to look at.

Bug Printables Update

3Dinosaurs is offering a free printable Bug Pack that goes along with three different book about bugs.  The Bug Pack is geared for ages 2 – 7.  I’m seeming a summer activity here. What a great way to take the reading of a book and expand upon it.

Speaking of reading here is a unit study around the book Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder, that may interest kids who are a bit older.

Confessions of a Homeschooler has a unit study on Animal Classification.  I love how she has taken all the beautiful photos and put them into a check list you can take with you to the zoo.  Field trip anyone?

Bible Based Homeschooling on a Budget has compiled a list of Bible Based Gardening Resources.  I thought this a very timely with Spring being here and gardening in the beginning stages in a lot of Zones.

Previous experience has shown me that a summer with no schedule is tough on a mom. Our morning routine involves ‘getting ready for the day’, eating breakfast, Bible Time and then some sort of learning activity or field trip or errands (can also be a ‘field trip’). This is where all of these resources come into play.  If I can keep a few library books in the house and a some field trips on the schedule, boredom can usually be staved off.  It also helps keep the skills learned during the past school year fresh in their minds.  So, even if you don’t homeschool, these resources can still be used.  Kids home for the summer, scout group working on a badge/patch, book reading group, VBS and more can use these.  Please, don’t be limited by the label “homeschool”.  Think creatively.

MarthaStewart.com has several Small Space Gardening Ideas.  I am going to be looking at these again as I work on containers for my deck.

I have been searching for a trellis idea for a front bed of mine.  The plan is to put beans and zucchini here, but I need something for the beans to grow up.  This search result produced quite a few images of trellises to give me ideas. My mind had a picture of what I was thinking of doing.  Here is an actual picture of what I was thinking of.  My only concern is that these would be situation so that one side would be taking the brunt of all our winds.  My other idea was something a bit more 2 dimensional that could be put close to the house..  I already use this same concept for my raised beds and was hoping for something a bit more … free to use this year for the beans.


Hip Mama’s Place is hosting a VeggieTales: Bible Heroes Triple Feature DVD giveaway.  This ends 4/22.

Sugar & Spice by Celeste shares not only a great recipe, but also a giveaway – Quinoa with Pork, Parsley & Bell Peppers + A Gourmet Garden Giveaway! Giveaway closes at midnight (CST) on 4/30.

Enter for a Chance to Win a $50 Gift Certificate PLUS a Seed Library Membership on Horticulture’s website.

C.R.A.F.T. is giving away a $50 American Express gift card.  END TODAY! So if you are wanting to enter, go do it now.  Then after you enter, or before, take a look at her post about the raised bed she ‘found’ at  her new house and what she did to reclaim it.  (She turned it into a salsa garden.  What a great idea.)

Plan to Eat talks about Harvesting Your Kitchen Garden and is giving away a copy of the book ‘The Kitchen Garden Cookbook’.  ENDS TODAY!

Story partnered with several other are giving away a half bushel full of items, literally.  The prize pack includes: basket, hand tools, plants, planting labels, soil amendments, 20 gardening books, Inkling enhanced digital editions, and an interactive garden planning app.  Entry is easy and ends April 30.

Good Reads is having a Book Giveaway For Garden Insects of North America: The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs.  Unlike many of the other giveaways, this is open to residents of US, CA and GB.  The giveaways ends April 30.  (I’m not sure what it is about bugs today, but between this and some of the printable packs and unit studies above I think today is just a ‘buggy’ day.)

Well, this post spilled over into the night/morning.  I woke up in the wee-hours of the day and couldn’t sleep.  There was also quite the bird chorus going on this morning before the sun was even up.  Now that the sun is up, they are almost all quiet.  Another reason that getting up early is a good idea.

I hope you all have a great day and enjoy some of the links posted here.  If you know of anymore, even ones you have posted, please share them in the comments below.

Jan 102013

Now that we are done with the Creating a Garden Calendar series, I was thinking a link-up would be in order with the theme of Garden Preparation.  Here is your opportunity to share with others things you have done, or are planning on doing, to prepare your gardens.  This linky will be open for two weeks and you can link to posts you have written in the past.

Link to a post you have written.  Ideas for what they could be about are:

  • actual preparation you have done – photos or step by step accounts
  • forms you have used to keep track of your garden or harvest
  • an idea you have used (raised beds, Square Foot Gardening, rain barrel construction, container planting)
  • reviews of things you have done that worked, or didn’t
  • seed starting
  • installing animal deterrents (fencing, covers, etc)

These are just a few ideas.  I look forward to seeing what you have come up with.

Some rule:

  • link to actual posts, not your homepage
  • keep to the topic of garden preparations
  • please link back to See You In The Garden in your post

To encourage sharing of links I have decided to randomly select one of the link ups, or rather the person who posted that link up, to receive a packet of seeds.  These can be of their choice or mine, from one of the companies I will be ordering seeds from.  The winner will be posted January 25,2013.



Nov 062012

Everyday Mom's Meals

Everyday Mom’s Meals is hosting a giveaway through Monday, November 12, 2012 for a jar of Salsa Me Krazy medium salsa.

I tried canning salsa for the first time this year.  Though the look wasn’t quite what I was going for I think it turned out well.  Of course, it was a basic salsa with nothing complex.  Perhaps next year, or the year after I’ll try being a bit more adventurous.  After reading the review for the Salsa Me Krazy salsa on Everyday Mom’s Meals I was ready to go out and buy a jar.  It sounds delicious.  I know this isn’t exactly a canning post, but I’m offering myself some liberty.  Salsa and a giveaway, what could be better?

Oct 302012


I am in the middle of baking and doing other items on my list today, both this list and this one.  So far I have three crockpots with beans soaking, a dessert made for tonight, a pan of brownies baked (decided to do that instead of cupcakes), 24 corn bread muffins baked, three more pans of corn bread muffins ready to bake – 12 muffins in each pan, a load of laundry washed awaiting to be switched over, ran to the store for some forgotten items and made lunch.  There is also a sick toddler around today.  Sick enough to be onry, but not sick enough to stay in bed.  =)

So, today, I am going to just share a list of links I have for sweepstakes/contests/giveaways that are garden related. I tried to put these in order by their end dates.  There are a few which end tomorrow! Good luck.


  1. Kids in the Garden Photo Contest http://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/291264 One (1) winner will receive a $150 Whole Foods Market® gift card and a one (1) year supply of milk from Organic Valley.  There are also second and third place prizes.  Not really a garden related gift, but the photos need to be of kids in a garden.  Ends October 31, 2012.
  2. Benedryl is having a Dream Yard Sweepstakes.  You could win $10,000 towards you dream yard.  Ends October 31st.
  3. Dutch Bulbs has an ongoing giveaway of $100 at the close of each month. To be entered you share several pictures of you garden.  There are more details on their website.
  4. Gardenista is hosting a contest to see who can create the best fall inspired Pintrest Board.  Click here to see the post.  The winner will recieve a gift card for basket of gardening tools from Williams Sonoma Agrarian.  Closes November 1st.
  5. My Garden Colors is having a giveaway on their Facebook page – Fall Color Sweepstakes.  They are giving away a collection of flower bulbs that would be great to plant under a tree.  Ends November 3rd (or 6th, depending on whether you read their Facebook page or the official rules).
  6. FreeNClear is hosting a giveway – Win a Floral Bouquet from FromYouFlowers.com and FreeNClear.  The giveaway is open till November  8th.
  7. Bring Holiday Home Sweepstakes from Better Homes and Gardens. Win a holiday decor makeover from FTD and $1000 in cash. Ends November 9th.
  8. Mother Earth News Classy Coop Giveaway.  Ends December 7th.
  9. Gardener’s Supply Company Win Your Wishlist , worth up to $500.  Enter by December 10th.
  10. Vacationfun.com is having a Sweepstakes for a Corpus Christi Getaway for four.  This package includes four tickets to the South Texas Botanical Garden and Nature Center.  The Sweepstakes ends January 9th.
  11. Home and Garden Events is giving you a chance to win a $500 gift card to Home Depot.  Ends March 30, 2013.
  12. This is a listing of search results on the HGTV website.  The list the ones on their site as well as their sister sites.  Click here to go to their search result page.