Month: July 2014

Movie Review: “Safe Haven”

Wow! I loved this movie. This 2013 film starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel certainly exceeded my expectations. I thought it was going to be a standard “chick flick.” So, I decided to watch it when I couldn’t sleep. It had suspense, family issues, and romance. I’ve never read a Nicholas Sparks book before, but he’s going to the top of my list since I usually find the book to be so much better than the movie.

Science time – Making a Bouncy Ball

Note:  To protect their privacy and identity, my children will be referred to as Farmer Boy and Sparkly Princess.

Before the kids went to their grandparents to visit this week, we did a science experiment off of Pinterest.  Both kids usually enjoy science experiments.  This one required Borax, which can be found in the laundry section of your grocery store.  (I had a hard time finding it at the local superstore, but was happy to find it at our local grocery store.)  All the other ingredients were things that you probably have on hand in your pantry.

Halfway through the prep, Farmer Boy was already guessing we were making slime.  When I told him we weren’t, he correctly guessed what we were doing.  I did most of the measuring and mixing this time and let them be in charge of forming the concoction into a ball.  They definitely had the worst part.  Their hands were a sticky mess!  The Sparkly Princess didn’t know what she’d gotten herself into.  After they had formed the ball, I took it from them and continued to roll it with my clean hands while they washed theirs.  That seemed to work out to get the ball more dry.  The kids were split on their take of this experiment. The Sparkly Princess thought it was neat while Farmer Boy was underwhelmed by the bounciness of the ball.  To be fair, it didn’t bounce a lot after all.  However, when I explained that we weren’t making industrial grade toys, he seemed to think it was ok.  Here are the directions I followed: Bouncy Ball Instructions


Well, the garden is starting to yield. This is the first time that we have had the vegetable garden on our land. For the past few years, we have either used my grandfather’s land or my parent’s land. I have really enjoyed having it here so that I can tend it more easily. Unfortunately, the deer, rabbits, and insects must like it here too. I have put it on my list to learn more about organic farming this winter so I’ll be more prepared next year.

We have planted kale, arugula, cucumbers, squash, purple-hull peas, watermelons, cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, bell pepper, sweet green peppers, jalapeño peppers, basil, rosemary, and okra. We had also planted peanuts (twice), but we were unable to get them to sprout. I like that the kids can see where our food supply comes from. Although I don’t think it’s cost effective, there is something satisfying about growing your own veggies. If you have any favorite recipes or storage ideas for these veggies, please feel free to share them.