Our Summer Project

“Liam, you dug up the broccoli that you JUST planted!” “Sydney, please keep the dirt in the garden honey! No, honey, don’t eat the dirt, it’s yucky!”

Sound anything like your house when you are attempting a fun family project? I’m not going to lie, having a 3-1/2 year-old and 1-1/2 year old home all summer started to give me a little anxiety. My son’s early learning program ends in May and he’s still too young to do any real summer camps so I started brainstorming projects.

We just bought a new house that has a large backyard so a garden seemed to be the perfect fit. It would be a learning process for all of us. I envision my son and daughter outside each evening helping me water or check on our plants and measure their progress. Then in 60-90 days they will see the fruits (or vegetables rather) of their labor!

toddler gardening

So far they do think it’s fun to use the sprinkler on the garden and they have finally stopped trying to jump in it and run over the  plants. Progress people. I’m not sure they will totally get it until they actually see the physical produce like what they see in their books. I realized that I always prep their food and that they have no idea what it actually looked like before it’s taken out of a field or tree. I’m excited to teach them where their food comes from and we all might learn a little something along the way. For me, it just might be patience.

If you are interested in starting a garden there are a million ideas on Pinterest! And it’s definitely not too late to do it. I chose to build a raised bed garden so that I can grow organic broccoli, carrots and watermelon. A raised bed garden keeps out weeds and I don’t have to worry if the previous owners chemically treated their lawn.

Sound fun? I would love to hear from you about more ideas on summer projects for the kids!


Tiffany never dreamed she would be mom material let alone a SAHM! Leaving her full-time job as a marketing manager/graphic designer, Tiffany set out to explore the world of spit-up, Sesame Street and sleep deprivation. Managing her two little ones has definitely proven to be a challenge of patience and will but at the end of the day those sweet faces make each day fulfilling. Married to her husband of ten years, the couple takes every opportunity to explore new places even if it means being out of their comfort zone. Outside of her children and spouse, Tiffany truly enjoys vintage stores, photography with her beloved Nikon, a good facial, wine and chick flicks. Her role at Jacksonville Moms Blog will be to take her readers through the journey of living greener. It’s sure to be a great resource for using easy-to-create household cleaners to what to do with all of that food your toddler just wasted!


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