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Penn State Extension Offers Garden Layout and Soil Fertility Webinar for Beginners and Homesteaders

Thinking about starting a garden but just don’t know how to set it up? You want to try your hand at Homesteading but need some tips? Penn State Extension is offering a webinar that might interest you.

On March 14, 2024 from 6 – 8 pm EST Penn State is offering a webinar called “Living on a Few Acres: Soil Fertility and Garden Layout. This session is designed for the beginning producer or homesteader and for those looking to become more self-sufficient in producing a crop.

You might not realized different plants prefer different soils. You might now know that planting certain plants next to other plants can help or harm your plants. Participants will learn the basics of soil fertility, how to locate a good site for a garden or orchard, and how to set up a garden.

The “Living on a Few Acres” webinar series covers basic information on how to get started and provides resources with more advanced information for participants to continue pursuing goals or hobbies. Topics have included beekeeping, syrup making, vegetable gardening, tree and small fruit production, home food preservation, backyard greenhouses, and other homesteading topics.

If you’re interested in this webinar you need to register no later than March 14, 2024 before 8 pm to get the link. There is also a $5 registration fee. Registrants will also receive access to the recording.

For more information on this webinar and to register visit the Penn State Extension website:

Hershey Bears Official Bobblehead With A Cause

If you are familiar with the Hershey Bears hockey team in the AHL then you might know about their teddy bear toss. Fans toss stuffed animals onto the ices after the first goal of the designated Teddy Bear Toss game. Teddy bears tossed on the ice during the designated game this year were donated to 35 Hershey area charities including: Vista Autism Services, Milton Hershey School, Harrisburg school district, Hershey Food Bank, Palmyra Lions Club, and more.

The last teddy bear toss game was Jan 7, 2024 when the Hershey Bears played the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at GIANT Center. Bogdan Trineyev scored the “Teddy Bear Toss Goal” that flooded the ice with thousands of stuffies. A record 75,599 stuffed toys were collected, breaking the previous record of 67,309 set in 2023.

Now the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled an officially licensed Hershey Bears Teddy Bear Toss Bobblehead with a cause.

The bobblehead celebrates the Hershey Bears world-famous Teddy Bear Toss, and the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum will be donating $5 from every bobblehead sold to the Hershey Bears Cares initiative that the Teddy Bear Toss supports. The special edition bobblehead is being produced exclusively by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, an official licensee of the American Hockey League.

Standing on an ice-textured base, the bobblehead features the Hershey Bears’ mascot Coco the Bear holding a bobbling teddy bear with teddy bears also covering the ice-textured base. Each bobblehead is individually numbered to 2,024 and they are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The bobbleheads, which are expected to ship in July, are $40 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order.

Fun Facts About Hershey Bears Hockey

The Bears have a long and storied franchise history in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Chocolate manufacturer Milton S. Hershey first established the “Hershey Hockey Club” in 1932 to manage professional hockey teams based in Hershey, and the Bears were officially founded for the 1938-39 season when the Canadian-American Hockey League and the International Hockey League merged to form the eight-team International-American Hockey League, now known as the AHL. The Bears have played in Hershey for their entire existence, making the franchise the longest continuously operating AHL member club still located in its original city.

The most successful franchise in the history of the American Hockey League, the Hershey Bears won their 12th championship in 2023 after defeating the Coachella Valley Firebirds in seven games in the Calder Cup Finals. The team also won titles in 1947, 1958, 1959, 1969, 1974, 1980, 1988, 1997, 2006, 2009, and 2010. The Bears captured their first championship since 2010 when forward Mike Vecchione became the first player in AHL history to score a sudden-death overtime goal in Game 7 of a Calder Cup Finals, clinching the championship at 16:19 of overtime.

How To Get Hershey Bears Bobblehead

The Officially licensed Hershey Bears Teddy Bear Toss Bobblehead with a cause is available for pre-order now on the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum website.

The bobbleheads are expected to ship in July. Remember that $5 from every purchase of these unique bobbleheads go to the Hershey Bears Cares Initiative.

About the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum:
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located at 170 S. 1st St. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, opened to the public on February 1st, 2019. The HOF and Museum also produces high quality, customized bobbleheads for retail sale as well as organizations, individuals, and teams across the country. Visit us online and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

On a Side Note

If you have never been to a semi-pro hockey game I highly encourage you to do so. About 6 years ago I was looking for something to do in the winter with my kids. I wanted something indoors something that didn’t cost a lot of money. I had heard about the Johnstown Tomahawks hockey team. I looked at the ticket prices and they were very reasonable even for good seats. It was just me and my to youngest kids at the time and we had so much fun. I talked my husband into going with us the next time. After that we were hooked. We go to several games a year now and are even considering getting season tickets. Support your local sports teams! Plus, you never know who will make it big time. You can say “Hey I saw that guy play when he played for the local team”

December 2023 – Let It Snow Cash Giveaway

Happy December! We wish you a warm time of cheer this holiday season and offer you the chance to win some cash!

This event is HOSTED by The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It and sponsored by fabulous bloggers, authors, and Etsy shop owners! Click Your Way Over To Our CoHosts!Sunshine and Rollercoasters, Get Your Holiday On, Deliciously Savvy, Sybrina’s Book Blog, Author Jill Chapman, Ottawa Mommy Club, Versatileer, Saving K, Jessica Inspired by Faith, Jennifer Lane Books, Mom Does Reviews, and The Frugal Grandmom.

Who couldn’t use an extra $100 this time of year? I know I could. What would you do with the money?

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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ONE entrant will be selected by the entry form to win $100 USD PayPal Cash! Open for entry WW, 18 years and older from 12/01/2023 at 12:01 a.m. ET thru 12/21/2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET. No purchase is necessary. Void where prohibited. This event is not sponsored or endorsed by PayPal. A winner will be chosen after/around December 22, 2023. The winner will have 12 hours to respond to the notification email to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. See Rafflecopter for official rules. The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island are responsible for sending the winner their prize. Twitter and Facebook dummy/fake accounts are ineligible for entry and will be blocked. Authentic accounts only are eligible to win. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Reebok Drops Harry Potter Collection

My husband and I just watched a few Harry Potter movies the other night for …oh I don’t know… maybe the 10th time. While I’m not Harry Potter obsessed, I do like the movies and some of the aesthetics.

Speaking of aesthetics have you seen the Harry Potter Collection drop from Reebok? Harry Potter and athletic fans rejoice. They have you covered (literally) from head to toe.

I’m not gonna lie, I’m liking the look. Of the shoes, my favorite is probably the Harry Potter Classic leather Hexalite Shoe. (The light blue one in the picture above) Though I’m definitely seeing the school uniform in the Harry Potter Club C85 shoes (2nd from left)

Calling all wizards, witches and muggles. The new Reebok x Harry Potter collection inspired by the magical world is here.

Can you have the Harry Potter shoes without the athletic wear too? Probably. But do you want to? I’m asking

This collection officially drop on December 1, 2023. If I were a betting gal, I’d better that some of these items will sell out pretty fast. If you have a Harry Potter fan on your shopping list, this would be an awesome gift idea!

You can get matching kicks for the whole fam if you’re so inclined.

You won’t be able to purchase these items until December 1, 2023. But you can browse the collection and get your shopping strategy lined up before drop day.

Are you a Harry Potter Fan? Do you think you’ll be grabbing anything from his collection? Let me know in the comments

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Harlem Globetrotters World Tour 2024 – Save 20% off your tickets!

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I’ve had the pleasure of attending several Harlem Globetrotters games throughout the years. All of my children have experienced several games. They love the mascots, the crazy tricks, the comedy bits, and meeting the players after the game. Here’s a pic from the last time we attended.

Here’s a hint, they do have Harlem Globetrotters merch to buy at the game but if you don’t want to purchase items you can take an autograph book and pen with you to get autographs after the game.

For my Pennsylvania peeps there are lots of games in Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Wilkes-Barre, Philadelphia, Reading, Hershey, Allentown, Erie, and State College.

Break the boredom of the cold months with an exciting Harlem Globetrotters show. I’ll be heading to the show in Johnstown, PA on February 22, 2024. Hope to see you there!

Check out the tour dates, Is there a show near you?

As a US Family Guide blogger, I will receive complimentary tickets to attend. No other compensation has been or will be received.