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Holiday shopping out on the farm

Saturday, December 3, 2016

I am obviously a little biased about this shop because the owner happens to be my aunt, but judging by others reviews she really has an amazing little gem right on her farm. Whether you are shopping to decorate your own home, for a gift for somebody else or just plain treasure hunting Whispering Acres is a great place to stop.

My Aunt Jill started her little shop out of her love for JUNK, as she affectionately calls it. Her home was quickly being taken over by all of her lovely treasures and out of her husbands concern for his space... they started a little shop out of one of their buildings on the farm. When you shop at Whispering Acres, you are helping a family near and dear to my heart. Not too long after they opened their shop, their gorgeous, big red barn was burnt to the ground by a fire. They were blessed to get most animals out but lost all of the contents and of course the barn itself. They are slowly rebuilding and it has come a long ways, thanks to their side income from Whispering Acres, and many, many generous and lovely people donating supplies, time, and money.
Since nothing can stop Jill from what she is passionate about, they keep opening their farm up, about once a month to shoppers. She is also open by appointment. Since both her, and her husband Jamie, have full time jobs besides the store, the weekends they are open vary but she does a great job of posting on Facebook to let you know when her open weekend is.
Jill really loves what she does and puts a lot of her time, energy and heart into everything she creates. She also has some beautiful furniture, cute vintage children's games, dried flowers, fun baskets and bins, small farm equipment... the list is never ending. 

Speaking of never ending list... their full business name is Whispering Acres TAILS and treasures... because of the many animal tails you will encounter while visiting the farm AND they run a small PETTING ZOO. They take their critters on the road for birthday parties, fundraisers, church events, town celebrations... you name it! Here is a peek at Oliver, AKA Ollie. He frequently roams all over the farm and also does a little trick. So, if your out there and see Ollie, ask to see his trick ;)
They are only open one more time this year, THIS WEEKEND! So be sure to make a special little road trip out to their farm for one of a kind treasures.

Shop local, and shop small this Holiday season friends!

Blessings,
Dakota XOXO

Why you should shop local and one of my favorite local stores

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

I am sure you have heard the phrases "shop local"  "support small business" or "shop small" many times... BUT have you ever really stopped to think about what the really means or how it could impact those that you would supporting?

By making wise choices as to where I spend my money, I am making an impact somewhere close to home.  I can put money into a friends pocket by purchasing an item from her that she handmade, between diaper changes and filling sippy cups. I can buy a gift for somebody special from a family member who works for a direct sales company trying to pay for her daughters dance classes.  I want to support small businesses, around my local community before I run to a big box store and put money into somebody's pocket that I have never met.

That is how I found my friend Jojo. This lady has been such a blessing in my life, and in more ways that one! Since I have this passion for shopping local, I came up with the idea to start featuring some of my favorite local places, or my friends who are working hard to earn a buck by slaving over handmade goods or standing behind products that they love and working for a direct sales company. I might sound a little "commercial -y" but I am okay with that, and I hope that you are too! All opinions are 100% mine, this little series just came about due to my love for purchasing with purpose!

Let me introduce you to the lovely Jojo Meyer...
She owns a small shop in Beatrice called Jo jo's Where Shabby Meets Bling. Jojo and her husband live in the second story of this beautiful home and the store is located on the main floor. Beacuse I love people, and I absolutely love hearing peoples stories I asked her to share about herself! :) Here is Jojo's story:
"My name is Amy Meyer, I prefer jojo but answer to a variety of names including mom and Mother Bird. Born in the great state of Nebraska and raised in Iowa where my parents and sister Molly and her family still reside. My baby sister lives in Vegas with her family which is wonderful because that is where my only child, Zedekiah, has moved to. It's a great comfort knowing that family is nearby for him.
Upon graduating I moved to New York (Long Island) and began my first Nanny position.  Through the years I've worked for/with many families in numerous states and have met some amazing people. I created a business called Mother Bird (the name my son gave me years ago).  In a nutshell, I would assist families or individuals by doing whatever it was that made their lives easier.  While living in Colorado my days were rather colorful with clients. I was a Personal Assistant to a young 90 year old business man.  An overnight Nanny 2 times  a week to a Junior Ski Champion. I took on organization and decluttering projects for clients as well as holiday decorating.  People in the Vail Valley are busy people so I also assisted clients with weekly grocery shopping and errands.   A personal chef to an anesthesiologist and an as-needed Mary Poppins style Nanny to numerous locals in the Vail Valley as well as those visiting for "fresh-powder" skiing.  I could've worked 24/7 had we stayed living there longer I would've hired individuals to assist with clients.  Once we knew we were going to be moving to Beatrice I did months of research and searching for clients for Mother Bird in Beatrice.  They just weren't found.  Perhaps I was looking in the wrong places.  I ended up finding all my clients in about 2 weeks in  the Omaha area. It presented the obstacle of needing to live in Omaha 4 nights per week for work and I'd come back to Beatrice on the weekends.  Eventually the commuting took a toll on me and I began focusing on opening a store again.  A store that would contain things I love and also allow me to utilize my creativity which was something I missed after moving away where I owned a company called G'Wiliker's which catered to kids.  I provided art's&craft's sessions and parties as well as a Mommy & Me time.
Married to Kevin Meyer, a teacher and football coach.  I still laugh to this day when I think about how a certain someone said I was only dating him because he was a football coach.  I laugh because I know nothing about football and it actually puts me to sleep but I try to be a wonderful supporter for him.  I'll always be his biggest fan!"
What can you find at Jojo's? "Treasures and things created with love!  Vintage treasures, repurposed home decor, shabby chic furniture and home decor, jewelry by 2 artisans. darling children's items created by 2 women and awesome bird feeders using repurposed materials."
Who might enjoy what Jojo's has to offer? "Those who have an understanding of what it means to support local and why we all should support local.  Buying local is not a fad.  It's a way of life that keeps your town from turning into a ghost town.  Those who appreciate one-of-a-kind treasures and homemade creations.  Those who appreciate the creative mind,  People who don't care for a store filled with "from China" merchandise. Customers who respect and appreciate building up other women who are simply following their dreams, being true to themselves and embracing and making time for creating."
So... this holiday season, purchase with a purpose. Seek out the individuals who are putting so much effort into providing for themselves/family. 
How cute are these gift tags that she made out of vintage children's books? (I may have bought a few packages...) 
And this display was for the fall season but LOOK AT THIS, darling! 

Blessings, 
Dakota xoxo






Halloween and Fall Themed Books We Have Been Enjoying

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

With decor changes for the seasons, I like to also switch out the books in our book baskets. I keep one basket in the living room and one in the dining room. I leave 2-4 of our go-to books that the kids love in each basket, and then gather seasonal books from their book shelves and place them in the baskets so that they are easy to find. 
I wanted to share a few books that we have really enjoyed so far this season. I will try to link to them if possible too! I would like to share that I have only bought four of the books on this list. The others were gifted to our boys in some way over the past 5 years.

The only book I purchased brand new, and at full price, was "Five Little Pumpkins"  I found ours at Walmart last year. Parker kept singing a little tune that he learned in PreK...and then I came across this book with the same story, so I caved and bought it. It's surely a favorite though with its cute little rhymes.
I try to look for books at thrift stores, garage sales and our used book store. I LOVE buying LOTS of books, but our budget can't afford that many new ones...so I try to pay no more than $1 for a children's book. If it is one I have been hunting for, then sometimes I forget about my own little rule and break it ;)
Starting from the top left and going clockwise: 
"We're Going On A Leaf Hunt" by Steve Metzger - This is similar to We're Going On A Bear Hunt, and fun to read after we collect leaves on a walk. (gifted)
"The Best Halloween Hunt Ever" by John Speirs - This is kind of like a Where's Waldo or I Spy book. Parker and I both love these because the boys can do them without an adult since they don't know how to read. :) (thrifted)
"Johnny Appleseed: A Tall Tale Retold and Illustrated By Steven Kellogg" - It is hard to welcome Fall into our lives without talking about apples. (thrifted)
"Pumpkin Town" by Katie McKy - A fun story about LOTS of pumpkins. (gifted)
"Five Little Pumpkins" - Ours from Walmart last year came with a CD of "spooky" sounds but I can't find that one to link to.
"Sara Squirrel and the Lost Acorns" by Julie Sykes and Catherine Walters - This is another fun one after we have gone a walk and collected acorns. The illustrations in this book are super cute too! (thrifted)
"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" by Charles M Schulz - My mom found this book for Parker a few years ago and it is fun! It has reusable stickers (see photo below) that they can place throughout the book! (gifted)
"Let's Shine Jesus' Light on Halloween" by Diane Stortz - This was either a gift from Parker's youth church leader or a prize from our fall festival at church, I can't remember but it is fun to ALWAYS remind our kiddos of Jesus, and so this will be a story that I will read again and again for years to come as my kiddos grow. (gifted) 
Happy Reading Friends!

Blessings,
Dakota XOXO

Fall Curb Appeal: On a Budget

Monday, October 17, 2016

I love seasonal changes. As each season approaches, I find myself saying that "I just LOVE... whichever season it may be"... I love them all and I am so glad that we live in a state where we get to experience all four.

To get in the spirit of harvest, pumpkins, and coziness we loaded our hoodlums up on a weekend and went to the local tree farm... who sells pumpkins in the fall :)
Each kiddo got one pumpkin that they will either carve or decorate when we get closer to Halloween. Plus we grabbed a few extra for cuteness :)

Parker decided he wanted a BIG WHITE pumpkin instead of a regular ole orange one... He must take after his mama! ;) Daddy had to help him of course.
This is seriously the best I could get with all three kiddos. 
After our trip to get pumpkins, they sat scattered around the entire front yard as the boys played "pumpkin patch" and their mother got enough gumption to place them strategically and look decent. ;) We had a cart load of pumpkins/gourds and three straw bales, this totaled about $45. BUT we did not have to pay an expensive admission fee to get into a fancy place with games, and such. Don't get me wrong, those places are fun, but with three kiddos under five...it's just not something we need to do every year. Our kiddos got to enjoy the "experience" and fun that goes along with picking out pumpkins, and they don't even know that they are missing anything! So... this counts as "seasonal" budget costs and "entertainment" budgets costs in my book! 
This little corner of our yard that meets the driveway is a place that I love to spruce up each season. The lantern was found at Gordman's, about 7 years ago. Our scarecrow came from the thrift store, $2.
These little wood slices give a little more dimension and rustic look to a simple pumpkin. They were leftover from my sisters wedding and I took them off her hands for a couple bucks each. The chair they are sitting on has been around for about 4 years. It was a $4 garage sale find, and has been used outside the entire time it's held up great to the elements! 
The corn on the cobs came straight out of our field. They missed a few stalks so of course I made Jerrad drive me out there to grab them! 
Here is a peek at another little display, this is up by the garage. Leftover wood slices again. The galvanized bucket was a Tractor Supply purchase awhile back... they were on sale and cute so I needed it ... poor excuse but that is what I told myself. I have gotten plenty of use out of it at least. This past summer it served as a foot rinse before getting into the kiddie pool! Corn stalks, again, forgotten in our field... so FREE for my decor!
I also decorated our mailbox with a straw bale, corn stalks, and a few pumpkins and squash but forgot to get a picture of that :) Parker never seen me decorate it... so he told my cousin that our neighbor must have done it... HAHAHAHAHA!
Have you put any decor outside for the season? Let me know!

Blessings,
Dakota XOXO



How I Keep Our Laundry Routine Natural and Frugal

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sorry guys - I have zero tips on how to make laundry fun. There is just nothing fun about it. Or dishes. But I do want to share some ways I have found to cut down on costs, while keeping many harmful chemicals away from our clothes.

STAIN REMOVAL
I have a stain removal stick that I bought at a farmers market a couple years ago... although I am surprised it has lasted me this long. It is from Lomah Acres and is my "go to" method for pre-wash stain treatment. I just wet the stick, wet the fabric, and then rub together, followed by rubbing the fabric together. Most times I am able to completely remove the stain before the actual washing.

I also have some things on hand for other stain emergencies: hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice. All of these items can almost always be found around our home and are great, safe alternatives for pesky stains. Of course, all very affordable!
DETERGENT
I started making our laundry detergent, about 6 years ago. It has saved us a great deal of money and also helped keep some harmful chemicals out of our house, woohoo for that. My post on detergent can be found here, however I have changed it up a bit since then. After looking closer into the ingredients of Fels Naptha I decided to just grate homemade soap bars instead. When I do this, I use 3 bars of soap due to their smaller size. I make sure to only buy soap that has been scented with pure essential oils or plants, no artificial fragrances.This also gives the laundry a great scent and keeps my hubby from trying to make me add yucky fragrance to our laundry! 

EXTRA CLEAN AND FRESH
I really like to use products that have multiple uses in our house. We don't have the space for a lot of different detergents, stain sprays, scent boosters, fabric softeners... But I can use hydrogen peroxide and baking soda for soooo many different things and both of them can ALMOST always be found in my house. Check out the post over on livesimply.me to find out how those two ingredients can be used to give your laundry an extra boost... because most of you know, I wash sweaty and cow manure covered clothes often, please just trust me on this one. (also, Live Simply is one of my favorite blogs, so I wouldn't blame you if you got stuck over there on the interwebs for awhile!)
This wooden tray sits on tops of the dryer and holds my large jar of detergent, and canisters of epsom salts, clothes pins, and the small one has my stain stick in it. 

SOFTENER
To help soften things up I like to use 1/4 - 1/2 cup epsom salts in the washer with our towels or whenever I feel like a little extra softness wouldn't hurt. I like to add a couple drops of Young Living's Purification essential oil to my jar of epsom salts for the purifying properties, and the fresh and clean smell!

REDUCING STATIC
After reading about how bad dryer sheets are for us, I switched to wool dryer balls! They are my favorite thing about a natural and frugal laundry routine. They are made out of 100% felted wool. Since introducing them to our home about three years ago, I have only bought 7 dryer balls. The first set of three I bought at a flea market, handmade from a local farm, I cannot remember what this farm or their handmade shop was called. The newer set that I have was ordered off of Etsy, but they are from Ewe and Us, a farm here in Nebraska. The newer ones have held up better than my first set, so I would definitely recommend these. They are so affordable too! I still use and interchange both sets of dryer balls. Also, I can only imagine the amount of money we have saved in the past three years. Another tip if you are wanting an extra scent boost, add 2-3 drops of essential oil to your dryer balls... my favorites for this would be Lavender with our bedding, Thieves when a bit sickness is going around, Orange for a sweet/everyday scent.
Last, but certainly not least... Hang drying clothes can reduce your electricity costs AND it gets your clothing out in the fresh air! Dingy whites??? Hang them out in the sunshine for an hour or two and you will be amazed by the amount of brightness that returns!

Let me know if you try one of these methods or if you already do any of them at your home.

Blessings,
Dakota XOXO

Homeschooling: Without the Toddler or Baby Eating Crayons

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

One question that I keep getting after people ask where Parker goes to school or what grade he is in and we respond by saying that he is homeschooled has been, "How do you do it with the little two at home?" I feel like this is actually a really good question. It was the first thing my hubby brought up when we discussed homeschooling. Honestly, at the time I didn't know how I would do it, but I knew that God was calling me to keep my boy home, so I came up with something to satisfy my husband. I would like to say that after a couple weeks... I feel like we will be okay!! I have not noticed any crayon eating, or paint eating... I haven't cried in the bathroom, or called my husband for back up! :) 



We have been settling into a good routine, and I feel like this has helped tremendously. We generally start breakfast and school at the same time with all three kiddos around the table eating, and me, reading. We start with prayer, recite our bible verse, story time, and read a little from our picture bible. Noah loves all of this and is very eager to listen. To transition away from breakfast we do a little "Rhyme in Motion" or "Fingerplay". This gets us up from the table to put away dishes and move around a bit. Noah is able to try and mimic the movements and has fun with it. 

After this we settle back down at the table while I start Parker on some things that he can do on his own. At this time I pull something out to keep Noah sitting at the table. So far it has been a puzzle of some sort. By now Aspen is ready to go down for a morning nap. I nurse her, lay her down and head back to the dining room table. 

Noah is most likely fed up with his puzzle and Parker finishes up his work to move on to drawing, coloring, or painting. This has been fun to work into our school work. I get to see Parker's imagination on paper, while he draws a "scene" from our story time or history lesson. Noah goes crazy with his project!!! :) I also have coloring or Do-A-Dot pages for Noah to do, that I will be using to introduce letters of the alphabet. He barely talks but has been pointing to letters all week saying "A". Hopefully it isn't a fluke and this next week he will be saying "B!". 

To give Parker a little independent break, I let him have free play for about 15-20 minutes while I sit down with Noah and a few board books. He has been into Lift-the-Flap books lately.


To kind of wrap up our "school" day, Parker comes back to do one-on-one work with me that requires more of my undivided attention. I like to pull out wooden building blocks or farm animals for Noah during this time to play on the floor with. It has been difficult to keep him on the floor and not the table, but it really helps Parker if he doesn't have his little brother, and toys, in his face when he is trying to concentrate. I may have been guilty of bribery a couple times in this situation... a snack works wonders. ;)

This brings us to lunch or Aspen waking up. We try to pick up our books and move on with our day.

So, I would say that we are doing pretty good so far! 

Blessings, XOXO
Dakota



Leggings aren't pants

Friday, August 5, 2016

Leggings aren't pants, and neither are shorts, or dresses, or skirts... yet the only debate here is whether ladies should be aloud to wear leggings without something covering their bum. I say it depends on the quality of leggings,  the whole outfit, your modesty, and just how comfortable you are in public ;)


I honestly love wearing leggings, they are so comfortable. Whether I am lounging around the house, in church, or running errands... I like my leggings, darn it. When buying leggings I will ALWAYS try them on... I need to make sure they aren't see through! Modesty will be your best friend when it comes to leggings ladies. Also, muffin top is a thing after three babies, so I like to make sure I don't have anything spilling over the sides... the struggle is real these days. Generally, I do like to make sure I wear tops that will at least cover the top portion of my bum, if not all. Tunic tops seem to be my "go to" when wearing leggings.

I have been eyeing all the printed leggings lately but never jumped on the trend due to either poor quality of leggings, or they were great quality but not in my budget. So... when my friend Lindsay reached out to me through Instagram, asking if I would like to try a pair of LuLaRoe leggings I was so excited!

I first found out about LuLaRoe through my friend Meagan, she had posted a photo of some VERY cute printed leggings and when I asked, she said they were from LuLaRoe! My search was on. I immediately Googled this brand, as I had never heard of it. My next step was searching Facebook and Instagram for a local consultant. FOUND ONE! This is where Lindsay comes in. I started following her through social media so that whenever I had enough money in the budget I would know where to go for cute leggings.

Evidently she thought I posted decent photos on my Insta account because she started following me as well, blushing here... :)  Anyways, when she asked me if she could send me a pair of leggings, I couldn't say no! I only got to choose size, and whether I want a solid color or print. I chose print of course. The sizes were "Tall & Curvy" or "One Size". I chose Tall & Curvy, you know, since I like to hide my muffin top and don't want to stretch them out so much that they end up being see through... I was very nervous that I never got to try them on, but I quickly got over that little issue.

When the pretty pink package arrived I was nervous to open them... I had said "print" but what if the print wasn't really my style?? As soon as I seen the pattern and the colors, I knew that Lindsay had put a little thought into what leggings to send me! Just my style!! They were wrapped in a cute little packaging (weakness of mine) and when I opened the bag to pull them out.. they felt DREAMY. So soft, and buttery feeling. I just rubbed them on my cheek for a moment... they are that soft friends. Like baby skin soft.When I finally got to try them on, I couldn't believe it. They are the single most comfortable thing that I own. If you thought leggings were comfy, you don't know what you're missing with LuLaRoe... buttery soft y'all...  The fit is also perfect for me. They sit right below my belly button, hiding the extra fluff. The top band is considerably wide, so I could also fold them down if I wasn't comfortable with them sitting so high. If you want to see what all LuLaRoe has to offer please check out Lindsays facebook page: LuLaRoe with Lindsay Hartsburg


I am excited to wear these all through the cooler...and colder months here in Nebraska. I also started my birthday list... I need a LuLaRoe skirt now too. It's coming up you know.. my birthday...hint, hint ;)

My cute little "Free in Christ" bracelet is a Plunder Designs piece that I purchased through my friend Meagan that I mentioned above. The necklace is also Plunder, and it happens to be my favorite piece of jewelry! Plunder has a fun vintage/glam look to their jewelry that I just adore!

Watch is Fossil I bought it about 4 years old, and shirt is thrifted.

Love you friends.
Blessings,
Dakota xoxo

What's on the Menu

Monday, August 1, 2016



I'll just put this out there... we eat like crap if I do not menu plan. Also, our budget gets shredded to pieces and thrown out the window if I do not menu plan. Lastly, I hate cooking meals when I do not menu plan. Moral of the story... I NEED to menu plan to keep our bellies, budget, and my attitude in check. :)

When there isn't a planned meal we end up eating cereal for breakfast, hot-dogs for lunch, and boxed pizza for supper... not literally every time, but most. I usually don't buy hot-dogs, or boxed pizza... so that means that I end up running to the store, yuck. I still can't get my hubby to kick his cereal habit so we always have Frosted Flakes... also yuck.

Our grocery budget isn't all that big, so extra trips to the store, or going out to eat, can really damage our budget. I try to keep our "household" budget around $100 per week. This includes things like toilet paper, supplies to make laundry detergent, our groceries, etc. During farmers market season I try to spend $30-$40 of our weekly budget at the market. We also get a CSA during the summer. That costs us $300 up front and lasts 20 weeks from May - October.

Feeling rushed because I don't have a plan and its five o'clock is HORRIBLE on my attitude... really horrible. Baby screaming, toddler crawling up on counters, five year old asking "what's for supper" and hubby calling to say he is on his way home... understand why I say horrible?

This all leads to my favorite part of planning: menu planning. If you don't do it, you should seriously try! I really struggled at first. I would sit down with my phone (for Pinterest), a blank paper and pen... then draw blanks! Scroll Pinterest, everything looks good but all of that is not in our budget. It wasn't until I realized that I never cook from my Pinterest board every night, and we basically have the same thing every couple weeks, that I realized I had been making things way too complicated.

Here is my outline for how I base our supper menu:
Monday - Mexican
Tuesday- Something new! (this is where Pinterest or cookbooks come in)
Wednesday- Simple/leftovers (church night)
Thursday- Family Favorites
Friday- Homemade pizza
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Crock pot

For breakfast I just mix and match the following favorites:  fresh fruit, muffins, toast, smoothies, pancakes, french toast, eggs (fried, scrambled, casseroles, omelets etc) --- and LOTS OF BACON ;)

Lunch is usually fresh fruits and veggies, leftovers, cheese/meat/cracker trays, tuna or chicken sandwiches, more eggs...

This week our menu is off because I thawed out the wrong meat for Monday so had to change things up.

Monday:
B - eggs and toast
L - cucumbers, tomatoes, applesauce
S - roast, potatoes, zucchini fritters

Tuesday:
B - pancakes and smoothie
L - leftover roast on toast
S - trying a new tuna and noodle casserole with leftover noodles from Sunday

Wednesday:
B - fried eggs and toast
L - cheese w/ crackers and fresh fruit
S - Tacos

Thursday:
B - muffins and boiled eggs
L - leftovers
S - Cheesy chicken and broccoli

Friday: 
B - sun butter and honey on toast, smoothie
L - tuna sandwiches
S - homemade pizza

Saturday:
B - pancakes and bacon
L - fresh fruit with broccoli salad
S - anything leftover or that needs to be finished off

Sunday:
B - toast, boiled egg, fresh fruit
L - chicken salad sandwich
S - crockpot cheesy chicken and beans


There you have it. This is what I base my grocery shopping list off of and how I try to keep sane. There are many times that the plan gets derailed due to a change in plans... or when you don't pay attention and pull the wrong meat out of the freezer to thaw out ;)

Do you menu plan? If so, do you thing it helps you stick to your budget better?

Blessings,
Dakota xoxo

Garden Update

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


We have picked a watermelon, only to find it wasn't ripe yet... We've planted some things that never grew... We have had an invasion of sunflower eating caterpillars, BUT we have harvested our first cucumber grown by our own hands this summer and it was yummy...with a bit of salt.

Currently we are growing: watermelon, bell peppers, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, and sunflowers. We also have a couple blueberry bushes that we just planted this year, but we aren't expecting to harvest anything off of those this year :)


Our first melon that we picked had the boys and I very excited, only to cut it open and find a WHITE melon... we planted Sugar Baby melons so it should have been red :( My hubby had flooded the garden out for almost three days in a row before this though... so we concluded that it was his fault that the melon never had a chance to ripen up!
Here is a sequence of photos showing the melon growing though... so fun!]
First day that I started documenting
day 2
day 3
day 4
day 5
day 6

We picked the melon a couple days after this. Sugar Baby melons are smaller, and have a very dark green skin to them when ready... or supposed to be ready. 

Here is the growth in our tomatoes...
At planting time, you can barely see the little green plant :)
Full and flowering and producing lots of green maters!

Our cucumbers need a trellis, badly. I hope to get to that sometime within the next week. I have one row of sunflowers and have yet to see a bloom, but I feel like we are getting SO CLOSE!! 

Hopefully I will be back soon with harvest pictures! :)

Blessings,
Dakota xoxo
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