Oops, it’s been a few months!

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Well, it’s almost been a year since I called up Emily and said. “Hey, I have an idea”. She had a sister who is handy with the IT stuff and I had a vision. Emily had a bit of free time to fiddle around, and wanted to learn about Internet publishing so could do some medical writing during the time she had between her hubby’s various stations. I was unfulfilled in my job, desperately wanting more social interaction, and missing the chance to exercise the journalistic muscles that I had developed in the hard-hitting newsrooms of Muncie Burris High School (for your yung’uns this was how people saw pictures of sporting events and learned about the Prom theme back before Facebook happened). I dabbled in journalism in college as a copy editor at the IDS, and ran the B-School paper for a few years. Come to think of it, in this blog I still haven’t proven that I remember how to write a good lead.
But I digress.

July means gardening … and another giveaway!

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Well, Emily and I have been working on our gardens to varying degrees of success.  This year I am still good at growing cabbage worms…  my three kale plants can attest to that.  The most exciting thing for me this year is that, in addition to my four little tomato plants and some cucumbers, I added some strawberry plants and started some seeds for the first time (some melons)!  I tried to start an herb garden but the amount of rain is actually drowning them … I need to add some drainage to my patio container.  And, I planted six little kohlrabi plants. Just because they are so funky looking. My garden is not even in a square plot, it is spread throughout various flower beds around my little yard.  I even put some corn and pumpkins in my front flowerbed … It will probably look pretty random to passers by here in a few months.  You can take the girl out of Indiana …

On that note, while I sit and wait for my garden to grow, I have time to share this with you!  This month we have a fun summer giveaway full of some random gardening, cooking, and foraging items.   Check out the goodies and enter below!


Giveaway Items


The Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil (e-book)
Whitney Farms Natural Blood Meal 12-0-0 (3 lb. bag) (similar to this link item)
Whitney Farms Natural Bone Meal 6-9-0 (3 lb. bag) (similar to this link item)
Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard (paperback)


Seasonal Favorites from The Organic Kitchen: Spring/Summer Menus Cookbook (e-book)
The Practical Produce Cookbook: How to Plant, Pick, Prepare and Preserve Produce
Outdoor Cooking Cookbook
Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Spiral Vegetable Slicer
Miracle Whisk – Sports Edition Mini Whisk
Bamboo (Wooden) Spoon
Fruit & Veggie Keeper


At Home Canning for Beginners & Beyond (DVD)
Canning Essentials Tool 6 Piece Set
Tattler Reusable Canning Lids & Gaskets – Widemouth (1 dozen)
Canning Chart Magnet
Pomona’s Universal Pectin (1 oz. box)


Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat
Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle
Stainless Steel Tea Ball
Apple Corer with Plunger
Cherry & Olive Pitter


Hand-Forged Lantern Hook
Botanical Beauty Cream (4 oz.)
Kaytee Mealworms Pouch (7 oz. bag)

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Participating Host Bloggers or Sponsors

Be sure to visit the other fabulous host bloggers or sponsors participating in this giveaway.

Amazing Graze Farm

Faulk Farmstead

Learning and Yearning

New Life on a Homestead

Pantry Paratus

Peaceful Acres Farm

Reformation Acres

Schneider Peeps

The Organic Kitchen

Timber Creek Farm

Trayer Wilderness

We Got Real

Your Gardening Friend

This giveaway is open to all USA residents.

This giveaway ends Monday, July 21, 2014, at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

Eight Reasons Why I’m Not Checking My Sunscreen Against EWG’s List


This topic is highly debated and frequently discussed, particularly among parents trying to make the best sunscreen decision for their families, so I jumped at the chance to have my friend and fellow native Hoosier, Professor Ruth, spend some time on the topic for this issue of Sensible Science.  ~Laura


Three years ago, I was closely following the FDA’s progress toward revamping sunscreen regulations because I knew it would be a great story to share at the Chemistry summer camp I teach, and because my first child was going to be spending more time in the sun. A big thing that I do during summer camp is teach students how to read ingredient labels, so I was also researching the active ingredients in sunscreens.

When I got an email through my playgroup mailing list about the Environmental Working Group’s list of sunscreens for that summer, I sighed… (more…)