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Olivia Whalen

Olivia Whalen is mama to three young girls who is devoted to creative learning, exploration and free range imagination. Olivia enjoys thinking outside of the box when it comes to preparing homemade baby food or meals for her family. She most enjoys allowing the little minds in her life to flourish and with that you will see her write about creative kid crafts, recipes that fit a family budget and keep everyone asking for more, tips and tricks for a tiny babe, and beginner homesteader fun! Some of her hobbies include gardening, hiking, reading, cooking or just basking in motherhood.

Crockpot Southern Green Beans and Stewed Tomatoes

This crockpot southern green beans and stewed tomatoes recipe is the perfect way to jazz up dinner! For us, it’s a holiday favorite but this dish sits nicely with any belly filling plate.  This dish is something we always have accompany Thanksgiving and even Easter dinner. It goes so well with a turkey or ham. …

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Harvesting and Roasting Fresh Sunflower Seeds

Our goal this year for the garden was to try and use as much as we possibly could during harvest for our families consumption and use! Trying to think outside of the box and use, freeze, process and can as much of the plants and herbs that we could! Harvesting and roasting fresh sunflower seeds …

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Fresh Roasted Tomato and Herb Sauce – Can or Freeze

This past week I made some fresh roasted tomato and herb sauce that you may can or freeze! This recipe is easy and absolutely delicious and only calls for a couple of minor adjustments if you plan to can it! I chose to freeze this first batch so that we have a quick pull out …

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Learn Responsibilities With Age Appropriate Chores

Summer isn’t over yet but the households with school aged kids are starting to shift their thinking to the start of school. Am I right? What better way to tackle getting back into a routine and slowly start shaking off the carefree summer break feeling for the kids than start to learn responsibilities with age …

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4 Ingredient Creamy Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

This 4 ingredient creamy chicken Caesar pasta salad is a delicious change up from your normal summer cold pasta dish. It doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, prep or time to make and it’s pretty light and refreshing considering!  Pasta salad is a great side summer dish but this one includes protein so it can …

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Mason Jar Storage For Keeping Produce Fresh Longer

Mason jar storage for keeping produce fresh longer is a little kitchen hack I wish that I knew about years ago. If you are sick of wasting your money in the produce section than this trick is perfect for you. To think of the amount of money I have wasted over the years on produce …

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Oven Roasted Crispy Herbed Smash Potatoes

Did someone say potatoes? We are a potato loving family – in any variation. Chunk, mashed, baked, fries….the list goes on. We certainly do not discriminate. These oven roasted crispy herbed smash potatoes are hands down one of our new all time favorites. Once you give them a bite, I mean try, I don’t think …

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DIY Nature Journal For Children

Encourage imagination, creation and exploration with this DIY nature journal for children. Not only will crafting it challenge them to get outside and get creative but the contents will be packed with an explosion of adventure and fun! Let them pour their personality into the construction of their nature journal and then load the inside …

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Top 5 Children’s Store Bought Bathtime Washes with Clean Ingredients

Having three little ones that all have my sensitive skin I have learned the ropes in what does or doesn’t work for us, all the while advocating for cleaner ingredient products for my family. Here is a wonderful list of my top 5 children’s store bought bathtime washes with clean ingredients…. There are SO many …

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7 DIY Father’s Day Cards To Craft With Kids

Handmade and homemade make for the absolute best kind of gifts- especially when the children are involved. They are the best keepsakes to have over the years of their growth. I’ve compiled a list of 7 DIY Father’s Day cards to craft with kids so no matter dad’s interests we should have you covered for …

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Simple Ways To Boost Your Child’s Savings Account

There are so many simple ways to boost your child’s savings account! Even if you don’t feel like you have a lot of extra cash on the weekly basis there are many ways to continue contributing to their savings fund without pulling from your weekly budget. Before you know it you will have a couple …

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Foolproof Method For Hard Boiling Farm Fresh Eggs

Are you searching for a foolproof method for hard boiling farm fresh eggs? Look no further – I’ve got you covered. Honestly though, getting that perfect hard boiled and easy peel egg can be a bit challenging. Then add in another challenge and try it on farm fresh eggs! Yikes!  I didn’t even know that …

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Mexican Style Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Mexican style stuffed sweet potatoes are a new family favorite in our house! We eat sweet potatoes fairly regularly but with kids it is in the typical forms you could imagine….fries, cubed potatoes or even whipped. But by roasting them and stuffing them you get to cut down on all that chopping and up the …

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9 Must Have Items To Pack For Family Camping

Packing to go camping can take some serious planning. I always start my list with the must have items to pack for family camping. Next, add in the extras where it is needed. We really focus on ditching the modern conveniences and coming together closer as a family to spark curious adventure! It has certainly …

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11 Healthy Meal Ideas For Kids

Striving to get the kids to eat healthy is always of upmost importance however, it does not always come easy. Healthy meals for kids can sometimes take some coercion and creativity. I’ve pulled together some really great options that might help you in persuading the growing littles in your life to expand their cuisine and …

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Companion Planting Your Vegetable Gardens

The benefits of companion planting your vegetable gardens is endless. If planned right you can boost your harvest and overall crop health significantly. Companion planting is great for your plants, soil and can even be good for wildlife if done correctly. You can keep away pests, welcome in pollinators, improve overall crop tastes and even …

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