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An Open and Honest Letter From a Therapy Mama: 15 Things I Wish I Had Known

Find yourself shuttling your kids to therapy -- physical, speech, occupational, vision, and more? Though the road can be lonely, you aren't alone.

Dear Fellow Therapy Mama,

I just wanted to let you know that I see you.

I see you transporting your amazing kiddo back and forth to their therapy faithfully. I see you there, tired, exhausted, worn out, beat up, and pressed in from all sides. I see you sagging your shoulders, trying to figure out how to fit it all in. You are not alone.

You’re doing an AMAZING job raising your kid and getting them to their therapy sessions.

And you know what? This is hard. This life of raising an amazing kid with extra needs is HARD. But because we love our kids fiercely, enduring this crazy is worth it.

15 Things I Wish I Had Known

As I reflect back where the last few years have taken us (especially the last 10 months), I wanted to record some of the truths/nuggets of wisdom I wish a fellow mom had shared with me at the beginning of our journey. Granted, many of these principles one really may not fully grasp until fully in the trenches. But in years from now, I want to be reflect back and remember where we’ve come from. Continue reading

Review Games: Make Drilling Facts FUN! (+ Free Downloads)

Who says learning needs to be boring? Use these easy and versatile ideas to make reviewing facts FUN. Plus, get free downloads of our best review games!

Sometimes you just need some fun to spice up the mundane parts of life. Whether you’re practicing math facts, memorizing notes on the scale, or reviewing the periodic table — games can bring a whole extra element of fun.

My son has been receiving speech therapy for awhile and our speech therapist has been a MASTER of doing “review games” — taking a fun toy, game, activity and using it as a tool to review. She has taught me how you really can use ANYTHING to make a fun game. Continue reading

Northern Pickling Cucumber

A high-yielding, early variety for salads and pickling.

Medium green fruits bears early and sets heavily on short space-saving vines. Pick frequently at a small size to maintain good color and fruit shape. High resistance to scab.

Jackson Supreme Cucumber

 

The blocky pickling cukes have white spines and a broad disease resistance package that keeps plants healthy over a long season. Harvest at 3-5″. High resistance to cucumber mosaic virus, downy mildew, and scab; intermediate resistance to anthracnose, angular leaf spot, and powdery mildew.

H-19 Little Leaf Cucumber

 

Blocky, medium-length (3-5″) fruits are good for fresh eating. They pickle well and have a distinctive, bright emerald green color. Vines are compact, multibranching, and yield well even under stress. Half normal-sized leaves provide easy visibility and harvesting. White spines. Parthenocarpic. High resistance to anthracnose, angular leaf spot, bacterial wilt, and scab; and intermediate resistance to cucumber mosaic virus, downy mildew, and powdery mildew.

Valley Girl Tomato

 

Sets fruit under heat or cold stress, Determinate.

This productive, flavorful tomato has been a top yielder in numerous areas. Maturing early, the medium-sized (avg. 7-8 oz.), globe-shaped, red fruits are uniform ripening, firm, smooth, and crack tolerant. High resistance to fusarium wilt races 1, 2 and verticillium wilt.

German Johnson Tomato

 

More vigorous, higher-yielding Brandywine type, Indeterminate.

Excellent flavor. Deep pink tomatoes are earlier, more uniform, and slightly smaller than Brandywine at 8-16 oz. Fruits have lots of deep, acidic tomato flavor and a rich, creamy texture. There are two strains of this heirloom variety; this is the regular-leaved strain, which is earlier and more productive than the potato-leaved strain.

Celebrity Tomato

Long-popular variety with good flavor, determinate.

Medium-large, 7-8 oz., flavorful, globe-shaped, firm red fruits ripen midseason, widely adapted. High resistance to fusarium wilt races 1, 2, nematodes, tomato spotted wilt virus, and verticillium wilt, AAS winner.

Supersweet 100 Cherry Tomato

 

The classic sweet, red cherry tomato, indeterminate.

Supersweet 100 is a reliable cherry tomato with prolific yields of great tasting, 15-20 gm. fruits produced in large clusters. Widely adapted. High resistance to fusarium wilt and verticillium wilt.

Sunrise Bumblebee Tomato

 

Yellow, round cherry tomato with red stripes and pink interior marbling, Indeterminate.

Gorgeous combination of yellows and reds, inside and out. Excellent sweet and tangy flavor. Great in mixes with the other Artisan varieties.

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