Free Amazon Kindle eBooks Round-Up

Here’s my weekly round-up of free Kindle ebooks on Amazon! I found many more books: for cooks,  kids, and then miscellaneous books I’m interested in {and since I am a crunchy mama…I’m calling them books for crunchy people!}

If you don’t have a kindle, but have a computer, ipad, or smart phone, head on over to download a Free Kindle App. Or you could go here and buy a Kindle ! Make sure you check the prices as they change quickly on Amazon. While everything was free when I posted, it’s highly likely that they will change!

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Tuesday Garden Party #TGP – Garden Inspiration for 10/28/14

 Welcome to the last Tuesday Garden Party of 2014!

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Welcome to the last Tuesday Garden Party of the 2014 season! We have so enjoyed your gardening posts, recipes, decor, and inspiration through the season – thank you so much for partying with us! I’m still traveling with my kids, but will be home in a few days to shut down my garden. It’s still producing a few things according to my husband,  but the weather is turning colder and winter is coming. I like to have my garden ready to go in the fall or I can’t get it planted as quickly in the spring – so I have a lot of work to do once I get home. I’ll share that with you – but we won’t have any more linky parties until 2015.

Let’s use this last TGP to share what we’re doing in late October with our garden produce, or to prep for winter – and mark your calendars now for the start of the 2015 season on February 1st (a whole month earlier than in the past, so we can share about seed-starting and spring garden preparations)!

 From your host this week, Jami of An Oregon Cottage:

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While I’ve been pretty honest in the past about my ‘lazy gardening’ – I do just what I have to, as I simply don’t have the time and I can’t stand to garden in the cold and rain – there are a few things I do every year to prepare the garden for winter.

Must-Do Tasks To Prep The Garden For Winter:

  1. Cut back perennials that become ugly as the winter approaches, like hosts (you can see in the photo above how they look so much worse than the other plants…) and day lilies. I leave others with seed heads to provide interest and bird food…and because I don’t want to have to cut back everything!
  2. Cut off ratty looking foliage of evergreens (for me, this is mainly lamb’s ear and brunnera)
  3. Dig and divide the perennials that need it – usually hostas, blackeyed Susan, and day lilies.
  4. Mulch areas that didn’t get it in the spring or certain plants I want to give extra protection to (which is only about 2 – most have to survive on their own in my garden!).
  5. Plant bulbs for spring (tulips, daffodils, crocus, allium) flowers.
  6. Plant garlic and compost some of the bigger spent vegetables in the edible garden. I always admire those who completely clean up their vegetable gardens in the fall, but I never get to it all until probably February.

What are the must-do tasks you’re doing now to get your gardens ready for winter?

Even though the links were fewer at last week’s TGP as everyone is winding down in the garden, there were still some great ideas, tips and inspiration to be found! Here are the features I chose:

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1. Cute pumpkins face idea from Minnie’s Milestones.

2. How to deal with common gardening mistakes from Schneider Peeps.

3. Winter storage for potatoes (loved the shredded paper idea!) from Grow a Good Life.

4. Garden planning for next year from Garden Matter.

5. Fun garden infographic from Prudent Living.

Okay, let’s make this last TGP a good one – show us what you’re doing for winter prep, what you’re cooking from the garden or how you’re decorating with natural elements!

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$150 Iowa Bloggers Visa Card Giveaway

Iowa Blogger $150 Visa Gift Card giveaway

I’ve teamed up with a great group of Iowa bloggers to give one lucky reader a $150 visa giftcard on November 1! I can’t believe it’s already almost November and that means I will need to start buying and making Christmas gifts! Sadly, I’m not eligible to win the giftcard, but if I were, here are a few things I’m contemplating for gift making and buying and would happily use the gift card on!

$150 Iowa Bloggers Visa Card Giveaway

Le Creuset Butter Crock – I’m getting my wishlist ready for the new kitchen I’ll have in the Passive House and this butter crock is one thing I want!
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Walking Boston’s Freedom Trail

Walking Boston's Freedom Trail

One of the things I really love about homeschooling is the flexibility to travel and learn on the road. I have been traveling a lot with my kids this year and think that travel is such a great way for them to learn new things and also learn to appreciate history. I’m always amazed when I hear how many people hate history. I have always loved history, but when I was a child I was lucky enough to travel a lot and learn about history in an authentic and hands-on way – instead of only by fact memorization. I really think one of the reasons I love history so much is because of all the awesome travel experiences I had as a child.

So I am so thrilled that I am able to travel with my own kids and give them some of the same opportunities I had as a kid. My kids and I are in New York right now, staying with great friends who also homeschool. Last week, all of us – 7 kids, 2 moms, and 1 dad – took to the streets to walk Boston’s Freedom Trail. We were quite the sight and my husband made sure to call out to his “wives” several times {in jest, of course}.

Since all 4 of my kids are back to home schooling, and since the hubs and I had business meetings in Boston this fall, I decided it was the perfect time for us to study the American Revolution.  In preparation for our trip to Boston, we’ve been reading books, learning about the history of the period, and reading about influential revolutionary Americans. To really bring it all home and make the learning experience more authentic and memorial, we also headed to Boston for some experiential learning.

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Walking Boston’s Freedom Trail

Boston’s Freedom Trail, if you’ve never heard of it, is a 2.5 mile walk around downtown Boston – marked by either red bricks in the sidewalks, or painted red lines. All you have to do is follow the red brick road for a hands-on and interactive tour of 16 famous Revolutionary War sights!
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