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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:

Waterproof Labels from Name Bubbles

I have been using waterproof, washable labels for years. I discovered them back when my oldest boys were starting school. It was so easy to label all their stuff. The stickers stayed on all year, the labels were easy to see, and if something needed cleaned up, I could do it and not have to worry about re-labeling.

Now that my kids are older I still find myself using label stickers. Inside backpacks, on gloves and hats, labeling electronics, I even use them when taking in a cover dish for work.

Name Bubbles has so many options and sizes. They have so many options for designs, adding characters, fonts, and more. When my kids were little they loved the novelty shapes or little icons. Now that they’re older they’d rather it just be plain and to the point. Name Bubbles has options for all that. And it’s so easy to create your custom label stickers.

If you have kids in daycare, I highly recommend getting the Name Bubbles daycare packs. I would get one pack for each kid. It comes with all kinds of different size and types of labels. 96 total labels to be exact. All the daycare pack labels are microwaves safe, waterproof, freezer safe, and laundry safe. So label bottles, sippy cups, shoes, clothing, toys, baby food, etc.

Custom Daycare Labels

Name Bubbles also has camp packs. I’ve already seen quite a few sign ups for summer camps, day camps, and educational camps coming up. Get ahead of the game and have a better chance of your kids’ stuff coming back home with them.

I created some name labels for my youngest son because we were getting low. What do you use name label son for a 13 year old?

  • backpacks
  • bluetooth speaker
  • chargers
  • laptop
  • jackets
  • handheld gaming systems
  • sports equipment (especially with football or hockey)
  • and more

The Name Bubbles name labels have saved us more than once. The school issues a laptop and charger to all the kids for virtual days. My daughter has lost track of her charger a couple times. Thankfully it was found in one of her classrooms. You know how they knew it was hers? Yeps, Name Bubbles labels.

So I made sure I stuck one of those handy dandy labels on my son’s charger too.

If my younger child is having a show-and-tell type day I label whatever she’s taking in. If they want to take stuff on vacation with us, I label stuff. Kids are fighting over whose charger is whose? label it.

I keep talking about kids but as a healthcare worker, I recommend people label their loved ones items if taking something to the hospital for them or short rehab stays, or for those living in a nursing facility. Books, ereaders, headphones, glasses, clothing, walkers, wheelchair, please label it!

Name Bubbles labels are so durable. And they really last a long time.

If you’re ready to grab some Name Bubble labels for yourself, your kids, or your loved one. You can save 20% off with code: BUBBLE20 code exp 12/31/23

I received a sample of Name Bubbles labels in order to complete this post. Any opinions expressed are my own.

May Flowers Giveaway Hop

My two youngest kids have been enjoying the National Geographic Kids books. During the month of May Nat Geo Kids book is celebrating DinoMAYnia! This time around, they had the opportunity to check out a Dino themed book package.

My 12 year old was immediately drawn to the Nat Geo Ultimate Dino-pedia. He sat for over an hour reading through the book, excitedly telling me facts about different dinosaurs. Asking me if I ever heard of some of them, truth is, I really hadn’t.

When my 8 year old came home I told her we received some books to check out. she went over to the books and started sorting through them. She was drawn to the So Cool! Dinos book. This small book is packed with easy to read and understand facts about dinosaurs. It’s the perfect size to pack in a travel bag or suitcase for down time too. The colorful, well illustrated pictures in the book are very eye catching too

One of my favorite books in the Dino-packed package is the Weird But True Dinosaurs book. This book has 300 dino related facts. I was flipping through and found a lot of interesting facts right away. Did you know that there is a hotel in Japan that has robotic dinosaurs that work the front desk?

There are dinosaur books for all ages in this package. Something for everyone you might say.

Where Can I Get More DinoMAYnia Info?

Nat Geo Kids has a fun websites filled with DinoMAYnia games, videos, facts, and even a dinosaur personality quiz:

You can find out more about each book and purchase Dino themed Nat Geo books here:


1 US winner will win a Nat Geo Kids Books DinoMAYnia bundle

Nat Geo Kids Books: DinoMAYnia

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Greenlight the Debit Card for Kids

In a world that is increasingly becoming cashless it’s a good idea to teach kids how to budget and manage cashless account early. Greenlight is the debit card for kids, managed by parents.

Greenlight let’s parents monitor and add money to your child’s account without runs to the the ATM. You can set parental controls and get immediate notifications when your child spends money. Immediately reward your kids, give them their allowance as soon as you think about it, get your kids involved so they can learn to manage their own finances. There’s so many benefits to Greenlight.

Right now you can get a 30 day trial of Greenlight to test it out for you and your child. After the 30 day trial it’s $4.99 a month service fee. After your 30 day trial you can also get a custom Greenlight card for your child that even has a selfie on it if you like. You can fund the account with $5, $20, or $50

I’m gonna be honest. I currently have 3 kids I’m giving an allowance too. Trying to remember to take out the money at the ATM on my way home from work or having extra cash on hand for incentive chores is hard. This would be such a convenience for me.

I’m gonna have to try this out myself. I know several people that already use Greenlight and love it. Do you use Greenlight? Have you been thinking about it?

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Harlem Globetrotters at 1st Summit Arena: Johnstown, PA

When I was growing up I remember hearing about the Harlem Globetrotters. Maybe the thing that stands out to me the post was seeing them in a couple episodes of Scooby Doo. I mean, they must be something if they were cartoonized with Scooby Doo right?

Fast forward years later. I have my own kids. And the Harlem Globetrotters are coming close to my little town. I had to take my kids. My littlest ones aren’t really into basketball but they were entertained the whole time. They were fascinated by the tricks and athleticism. Then of course they loved Globie and BIG G.

The Harlem Globetrotters newest event Spread Game did not disappoint.

Visiting the 1st Summit Arena in Johnstown, PA is great too because the concessions are affordable, there’s plenty of seating for the shows they have, and it’s not hard to find.

I made a short clip on instagram with some of the play action. This was actually a mild part of the game/show.

You can hear my daughter and I laughing and commenting a little in the video.

My daughter favorite part was Big G though. She thought that was hilarious. It’s basically a big version of Globie. He bounces around on his head and everything else. She was laughing the whole time he did his performance.

They also have a merch stand available with Harlem Globetrotters basketballs, shirts, sweatbands, lariats, and more. Word of advice, bring something from home or consider making a purchase to get signed. All the players are available after the game to sign items and take pictures. They have small kids size basketballs for $20 and regular size basketballs for $30. That’s what we like to get. From each of the shows my kids went to they now each have their own autographed Harlem Globetrotters basketball.

Kids got a picture and signature from Buckets

I love that they have a diverse group of players on the team too. My kids each have their favorites. My daughter loved that fact that there was a female players. She was so excited to meet her.

Torch from the Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters Spread Game tour is still happening. Check out the Harlem Globetrotters site to see if there’s a show near you.

Then use this US Family Guide link for up to 20% off your tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters near you!

This is definitely something to do with the family, with the grandkids, or as a fun and unique date night.

We received complimentary tickets from the US Family Guide to facilitate this review.