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Creating a study space or “homework station” just for your kids is a great way to encourage better study habits in your children. It also helps keep the home organized—and the kids engaged in their work away from an area that you might need after school (such as the kitchen table). Plus, as this article points out, establishing a designated study area can even help your child enjoy better work-life balance as they separate schoolwork from other aspects of life such as family time or sleep time.


A kid friendly study space, of course, is a little different from an adult’s ideal workspace. Here are some key tips for establishing a kid friendly study space or homework station in your home.


Find your ideal setting.


There isn’t any one perfect place for a kid friendly homework station; it will depend entirely on your family’s lifestyle. If your child needs a space with very little distraction, for example, you might consider moving a desk and chair into your child’s bedroom. If you would prefer to have your child complete homework in a community area, where you can monitor them and answer questions as needed, you might consider carving out a special area in your living room or dining room. You could even try converting an unused space in your home, such as a dining room, sun room, or loft, into the perfect study space.


Start with the basics: a table, a chair, and a free wall.


All you really need to create a basic homework station are a table or desk, a chair, and a free wall. In spaces like your child’s bedroom where you have some room to spare, you might consider investing in a desk that includes drawers and other useful organization features. If all you have is a free wall in the living room, on the other hand, you could instead opt for a narrow table positioned right up against the wall. (Narrow tables, in particular, are great because you can arrange one or two against the wall and create multiple homework stations!)


Bonus tip: If you want to create two separate homework stations in one space, consider setting a tall open bookshelf sideways against the wall and then setting a small table on either side. The bookcase in the middle will offer storage while separating the two study spaces.


Add color.


Once you have the fundamentals down, it’s a good time to start thinking about color. Making your child’s homework station colorful will make it more inviting and a more fun place to work. It could even inspire creativity. You might paint the table or chair a bright color, or you might plan to incorporate colorful accents and desk supplies into the space later on.


Get organized.


Be sure to create some organization at your child’s homework station. You might, for example, install a shelf on the wall for your child’s textbooks and study aids. You might also include a large dry erase calendar on the wall for writing in daily assignments and long-term projects. File folders, bins, pencil cups, and hooks for backpacks can also help round out the space.


Stock up on essentials.


As you’re beginning to organize your child’s study space, now is a good time to consider all of the school supplies your child might need. Here is a brief list of the most common essentials for a homework station:


  • Pencils and pens
  • Erasers and correction fluid
  • Colored pens and highlighters
  • Colored pencils, crayons, and markers
  • Paper clips and a stapler
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
  • Lined loose leaf paper
  • Blank computer paper
  • Folders
  • Binders
  • Laptop


Add decor.


As with color, a homework station that’s lacking in fun decor is not going to be very inviting. Look for fun accents that you can incorporate into your child’s space. You might install a cork board, where you can hang favorite photos and important reminders. You might add a colorful globe or wooden block letters. Fun bookends, a decorative pencil cup, a colorful lamp—look for things that will appeal to your child’s taste.


Where do your kids study in your home? Share your creative ideas for your children’s homework stations below!


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Turkey Burgers with Tropical SalsaOur grill has finally appeared from under the snow bank and although it may not be feeling like spring outside it is never to early to do some grilling. Enjoying these turkey burgers with tropical salsa will give you a taste of the warm summer weather to come. This recipe serves four people.


Turkey Burgers with Tropical Salsa



1 pound ground turkey

2 scallions, minced

¼ cup whole wheat bread crumbs

2 Tbsp minced celery

2 Tbsp salsa

¾ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp chili powder

½ peeled and cored fresh pineapple, chopped

2 kiwifruit, peeled and diced

1 scallion, sliced

¼ cup fresh cilantro

1 tsp grated lime zest

2 tsp diced pickled jalapeno peppers

2 whole wheat hamburgers buns, split and toasted

4 lettuce leaves




Combine the ground turkey, scallions, breadcrumbs, celery salsa, cumin, and chili powder in a medium bowl and mix well. Shape the mixture into 4 patties.


Cook the patties on your grill or use a heavy skillet and cook them over medium heat. Cook until the internal temperature in 165, about 5-6 minutes on a side.


Meanwhile make the tropical salsa. Stir together the pineapple, kiwi scallion, cilantro, lime zest and juice and jalapeno in a medium bowl.


To serve place the bun, cut side up on each of 4 serving plates. Top each bun with one lettuce leaf and one burger. Top evenly with the salsa and serve!Turkey Burgers with Tropical Salsa

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Recently I wrote a post on planning for this year’s vegetable garden. Gardening has always been a big part of my life. I enjoy planning out my vegetable garden each year, what I will plant and how I will preserve the harvest. For years I have always started my own seeds, often using seeds that I saved from the year before. This year I will be planting mostly flowers. With the house going back on the market and an enthusiastic realtor who seems to be confident that the house will sell in 2017 I am not going to be planting a big vegetable garden.

Instead my time will be spent packing and de-cluttering! I will miss my garden. Now I have eight beautiful raised beds that my husband built for me and I will not completely ignore them. After all we do have to keep up a beautiful appearance for any potential buyer! So I will plant flowers and beans and a zucchini plant perhaps, just enough to provide some fresh vegetable this summer and some cut flowers for the house. I have a neighbor close by that offers beautiful heirloom tomato seedlings so I may just have to plant a couple. It wouldn’t be summer without garden ripe tomatoes!Can't wait until the tomatoes turn red!

Luckily we have a wonderful Farmer’s Market that offers a wonderful variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables. But I will be missing my garden and the wonderful harvest I used to get.vegetables, farm market

The sad reality is that the future owner may not be as into gardening as I am. Perhaps this will be a second home for them and they just won’t have the time to keep up the gardens. It makes me sad to think that way but we’ve moved in the past and each time I have left behind a beautiful garden. One of these moves I hope to move into a home where the previous owner had beautiful gardens and I can take them over. That hasn’t’ been the case yet.Vermont, seed saving

Have you experience leaving a wonderful garden behind due to a move?

There is no difference in taste or nutritional value between white and brown eggs. The breed of chicken determines the color of an egg’s shell. Freshness, however does affect taste, so always buy the freshest eggs available. The best option is to find someone selling local eggs nearby. For years we raised our own chickens and had plenty of fresh eggs year round. We no longer have our own chickens, but instead rely on a neighbor who has chickens and often has eggs available for sale.storing eggs


Eggs are best used within a week of purchase, but will last up to three weeks in the refrigerator.storing eggs


A simple test will tell whether an egg is still fresh, place the egg in a small bowl of water. A fresh egg will stay on its side; an older egg will stand straight up and float. Eggshells are porous to air, but if so much air has permeated the shell that it has made the egg buoyant, it’s a clear sign that the egg has been sitting around too long and should be thrown away.


Old eggs will not necessarily spoil or cause food-borne illness, but they may dry up, lose flavor, or develop unpleasant odors.


When purchasing eggs from the grocery store check the carton and see is it has a USDA shield on it. It’ll also have a three-digit code. That’s the pack date. The code corresponds to the day of the year. 001 means the eggs were packed on January first. 364 means they were packed on December 30. You may also see a sell by, use by or best by on the carton. The sell by date is one month from when the eggs were packed, while the use by or best by date is no more than 45 days from the pack date.storing eggs


When you purchase eggs you want to buy the freshest eggs possible, ideally if you buy your eggs directly from the farm, you will be getting the freshest eggs. Fresh eggs will have the most flavor.storing eggs


Eggs will keep, refrigerated, for several weeks before the quality starts to slide – five weeks according to the USDA. But remember those eggs you purchase at the grocery store may have already been sitting in the store or in storage for a while. Eggs should not be stored on the refrigerator door, but in the main body of the refrigerator to ensure that they keep a consistent and cool temperature.


Buy the freshest eggs possible, check the codes if purchasing from the grocery store and when in doubt put the eggs to the water test. Buying and storing eggs the right way is important to ensure you are getting the most use for your grocery dollars.storing eggs

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