FREE Molly Green Magazine: March, April

FREE MGM March - April

Leap into Spring with a jump start on all things Homesteading. Right now – you can get the new issue of Molly Green Magazine . . . FREE!

A sneak peek at what’s inside:

  • In Notes from the Heart, Patricia Hunter talks about using what you’ve got
  • The FlyLady (Marla Cilley) talks to Molly readers about getting started with a system to help life become more organized
  • Sharon White provides a fun, votive candle holder project in Something Old, Something New
  • Gardening from the North and Gardening from the South are sure to give you great gardening tips, spring is the perfect time to begin planning!
  • In Hearth & HomeLisa Barthuly brings you some examples on natural spring cleaning
  • Eric Osborn is back and writes from the male perspective in Ancient Ways in the 21st Century
  • Kids in the Kitchen is just one of the featured articles from our friends over at Build A Menu
  • In Here’s to Your HealthSusan Lyttek shares how to survive ear infections at home
  • Beekeeping 101 is yet another featured article that will walk you through the basics of beekeeping

The Spring issue will help you get organized using what you have, and with efficient tips from our resident expert Marla Cilley – aka. The FlyLady. Home projects, gardening, and natural cleaning articles will inspire and equip you to be the best homemaker you can be. Get recipe ideas the whole family will enjoy. Increase wisdom and know-how by learning about natural cures to keep the family healthy, and investigate the idea of a new family hobby with Beekeeping 101.

This is just a taste of what you will find in this Spring issue -but  best of all – for a short time you can get it all for free!

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Molly Green Magazine: Homesteading 101

Molly celebrates Homesteading!

In this issue, Molly brings you on a tour around the homestead, just in time for spring!

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Look for these topics and more:

  • In Notes from the Heart, Patricia Hunter talks about using what you’ve got
  • The FlyLady (Marla Cilley) talks to Molly readers about getting started with a system to help life become more organized
  • Sharon White provides a fun, votive candle holder project in Something Old, Something New
  • Gardening from the North and Gardening from the South are sure to give you great gardening tips, spring is the perfect time to begin planning!
  • In Hearth & HomeLisa Barthuly brings you some examples on natural spring cleaning
  • Eric Osborn is back and writes from the male perspective in Ancient Ways in the 21st Century
  • Kids in the Kitchen is just one of the featured articles from our friends over at Build a Menu
  • In Here’s to Your HealthSusan Lyttek shares how to survive ear infections at home
  • Beekeeping 101 is yet another featured article that will walk you through the basics of beekeeping

See why readers love Molly Green Magazine—see what’s inside!

 

Click here for a preview!

Director of Publication: Becky Bleck
Director of Advertising: Lisa Barthuly
Project Editor: Dara Ekanger
Cover Design, Layout, and Art Direction: Ronda Bodenstab

Contributing Writers: Rhonda Barfield, Lisa Barthuly, Karee Blunt, Leah Courtney, Betty Daley, James Duke, Meredith Duke, Sharon Duncan, Lisa Holcomb, Patricia Hunter, McKenzi Knapp, Susan Lyttek, Eric Osborn, April Schroader, Sharon Shirey, Morgan Treece, Anna Vaagen, Amanda van der Gulik, Sharon White

 

Publication: 2014
Pages: 71
File Size: 10.9

 

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Money Matters: Four ways to teach kids to save

Piggy bank from German bank HASPA, around 1970.

Money Matters

Four Practical and Effective Ways to Teach Kids How to Save

Ages one through six-years-old is the perfect time to teach your kids about money. Teaching them in their formative years about the value of money and how to save effectively will definitely build a strong financial foundation for them. If you’re going to impart lasting wisdom and knowledge to your kids, it might as well be about managing their personal finances.
1) Be intentional. Decide that it’s something you want to teach your kids in the long run. This means you have to plan it out and follow through with your goals. If you truly see the value of what you want to teach your kids, you wouldn’t give up or stop. It’s best to start teaching them about money while you can still influence them. Once your time is up (teenage years), you and your kids might come to regret it.

2) Make it fun. Most people hate math because it’s “boring.” Don’t let your kids feel the same thing just because saving money involves numbers! The only way to make your kids love saving is by teaching them how it could be so much fun.

  •  Books: Who says reading a bedtime story always has to be about fairy tales or your horrible recollections of that embarrassing experience you had when you were 12? You can inspire your kids to save through books that teach them the value of saving money instead. Try the books Dolly Parton’s A Coat of Many Colors, or The Berenstain Bear’s Trouble with Money by Stan Berenstain.
  • Toys: You can buy cash teller machines or cute piggy banks to encourage them that saving money can be a lively and fun thing to do. Play games with your kids. Add little colorful piggy banks at every corner of the house and tell them it’s a challenge to “feed” your house pigs coins to keep them healthy. The possibilities are endless.
  •  Shows: Expose them to television shows that show how important money is, like Cha-Ching in Cartoon Network.  You can search for other resources online.
  • Apps: Do you know a kid who hasn’t played a touch-screen app yet? Kids are definitely regular users of smartphones and tablets, and like you, they deserve apps that encourage the better use of money. Download apps: Life Quest, Kids Money or Virtual Piggy.

3) Trust them. Your kids will love it if you treat them like adults. Trusting them with money and believing that they will do good with it will boost their confidence. This way, you’re effectively showing them they’re more than capable of handling and managing money. Try to be their “savings buddy” saving. Give them challenges or ask them for “help,” anything that would make you and your kids save for something. If you all reach your common goals, then your kids will definitely be more motivated in saving money. Don’t forget to be encouraging and supportive all the time.

4) Finally, practice what you preach. If you constantly teach your kids about saving money and yet they see you indulging in a ton of unnecessary things, you might as well give up on raising money-savvy children. Kids are the best copycats. They look up to you. Mommy and Daddy are their first superheroes and idols, and it’s only natural for them to follow whatever you’ll do — the good things … and the bad. So always be cautious around your children because, most times, they’ll follow your example — even when you don’t want them to.
Your children’s financial success depends on you! The earlier you start teaching them about savings, the better off your kids will be in the future!

About the Author
Jep Barroga is a freelance writer and blogger for MoneyHero, a Hong Kong based finance portal that provide unbiased information on loans, credit cards, and other financial products. Jep will be sharing more information about teaching kids to save money next week. He will share with us his favorite apps to use to make it a fun and memorable experience.

 

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Homestead How-To: Simple Composting

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 The basics of homesteading are not difficult to master and can play an important role on the homestead.

Whether you live on a big farm in the country, or manage a roof-top garden in the city – simple composting can be the most important supplement you can give your soil.

Composting enhances the soil as it provides a nutrient-rich humus and helps the soil to hold vital moisture.

What can you add to a composting bin? Table scraps, fruit and vegetables, and grass clippings add nitrogen.  Weeds that have not yet seeded can provide additional nitrogen. Mix the nitrogen rich items with carbon healthy items such as dried leaves, hay, and pine needles.

Recycling coffee grounds and tea leaves are excellent sources of additional nutrients for your homestead compost, but you may be surprised to hear that even your dryer lint and old newspaper can be added to the pile.

Begin your composting bin in the ground where earth worms and other natural organisms can do their job.  A layer of straw or twigs will help to aerate the contents.

When adding to your compost bin, alternate layers of wet and dry ingredients.  Grass clippings and other greens should be added, but avoid clumping. Aim for a mixture of 1/3 green and 2/3 brown materials to strike the correct balance in your composting materials.

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Cover your compost bin with wood, plastic or other materials to maintain heat, and to keep compost moist. A cover will keep your bin from being over-watered by rain, yet maintain moisture.

Turn your compost with a pitch-fork or a shovel to add oxygen and to mix in new ingredients.

Composting is a wonderful way to maintain your garden. It is good for the earth, green, and an affordable way to fertilize your soil.

Learn more about natural composting HERE!

Do you have a garden and/or a composting bin at home?

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Valentine Ideas For Your Spouse that won’t break the bank

Valentine Spouse ideas

Go Digital

Remember mixed tapes? This Valentines Day, make your husband or wife a cd with all their favorite music.

Send them a You-Tube video with a song or a poem singing their virtues!

Send a special Skype video message instead of a traditional love note, listing all the reasons you love them still.

No sitter?

Take a family walk – be sure to hold hands and talk about the good old days.

Put the kids to bed early and share a candle light dinner with your favorite foods.

Love Notes

Bring them breakfast in bed with a handmade card.

Place sticky notes around the house – like on the bathroom mirror, by the coffee maker, on a breakfast tray, in a briefcase – all with different messages telling them why you love them.

Coupon Book 

Create a coupon book full of favorite date night ideas and romantic notions that can be redeemed monthly, weekly, and daily.  These don’t need to be expensive to be appreciated. Think: evening picnic, a foot rub and a favorite movie,  a drive in the country, or a stroll through downtown and out for coffee.

Create a practical book with redeemable coupons for the chores they hate to do. How about: wash the car, cut the grass, or weed the garden? Use whatever may be a small sacrifice on your part, but will mean the most to them!

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Homemade Goods

Bust out the apron and get to baking! No need to spend lots of money on chocolate candy when the homemade kind is even better.

Get a recipe HERE for Giant Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Lotion

Women aren’t the only ones who need good moisturizer! Using natural ingredients and essential oils, you can create lotion and bath/shower products your man will love.

See recipe HERE for a manly lotion

Go HERE for homemade scrubs

homemade lip balm

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Learn about beginner homesteading, gardening, bee keeping, and valuable information to run your home and family life in a more simple, back to basics style. Wonderful for city dwellers who want to make steps in that direction or down home on the farm!

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Do you have more ideas to share? I’d love to hear about them – in the comments!

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, New Molly – Green Tuesday!

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Happy Monday Y’all!

 

I do hope all your Thanksgiving plans are falling into place.

Today we get a sneak peek at the Molly Green Black Friday – Cyber Monday – Green Tuesday SALE! (It’s a mouthful for sure)

Although I cannot yet spill the beans on the exact nature of the sale price – I can tell you it will be fantastic and that it may have a little something to do with slashing annual membership prices with my gardening shears! 

We are so very thankful for you,  and on that note, we will begin our “knock your socks off” special on Thanksgiving and continue right on through to the brand new  holiday named after – yours truly. . . .

I know! I was just as surprised as you are to hear that the whole world will be celebrating the brand new Molly Green with the upcoming . . . . . GREEN TUESDAY!  Although no one has called yet to officially tell me about this great honor – someone online let it slip that GREEN TUESDAY is all about natural living,  sustainability, with a Green simple lifestyle, so, they might as well have mailed me the invite!

We are loving the new materials, writers and resources for the upcoming launch. January will be over the top exciting, but this . . . . .

a whole holiday called GREEN TUESDAY –  is truly quite an honor.  I’m off to practice my acceptance speech and peel some more potatoes.

See a great Thanksgiving kids craft here 

Decorate a festive table with items found in nature HERE

Be sure to check out the current BOGO Molly Christmas bundle HERE

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Frugal decorating for the holidays: Using items found in nature

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One of the most frugal and beautiful ways to decorate your home during Thanksgiving and Christmas time is by using items found in nature.

It makes sense, as they were created by the ultimate Designer.  The results can be simple elegance or elaborately detailed creations.

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Where you live will likely play a major roll in the types of items you have access to. Keep your eyes open throughout the year for things that can be transformed into table decoration, accents for the mantel or shelves and even for the Christmas tree. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box or to look for things while away on vacation.

nature decor

 

If sea shells are to your liking, they make a whimsical fun design. Adding white or silver paint to shells, pine cones, or acorns can transform them. Glitter can be added and ribbons for hanging or to accent.  Shells, acorns, and pine cones are beautiful in their natural state or painted.

Try adding real fruit to a platter and round up other items such as this hurricane lamp to fill up, or candle sticks for a pop of color.

The idea is to use what you have on hand, dress it up, pair it with something new,  and be creative!

 

Don’t miss the Molly BOGO Christmas Bundle – see it HERE

 

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Simple – Frugal Vegetable Gardening: Starting Seeds Indoors

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Starting seeds indoors and then transferring them to larger container gardens, means you can grow vegetables for the family practically year-round.   If you choose the proper containers, you create the potential to grow a substantial amount of fresh food – right in the pots!

To get started you will want a comfortable work space with either a larger container underneath to catch any dirt that may fall, or work in an area that is dirt friendly.

You can easily spend $50 – $100 on seed starter bio-domes, or you can simply make your own.

We used a dollar store container with a clear plastic snap on lid to create a “greenhouse effect”.  We also saved our toilet paper rolls and re-purposed them by cutting each in half to make individual little cups for the seedlings.

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Healthy soil or potting soil is needed to get your little plants off to a good start. You’ll require a couple of inches of soil for each seedling cup. Add about a half inch of healthy soil into the bottom of your tray or container, then set the paper cups inside. The soil will help to hold them in place, and also serves as a way of holding moisture in your mini greenhouse.

Spoon most of the soil into the cups, then drop the seedlings into each. Large seeds will require only 2 or 3 in each container. Smaller seeds can germinate with 3 to 6. Be sure to read your seed packets and follow their basic guidelines. You’ll find links at the bottom of this post to help you decide which seeds to buy.

Cover the seeds with the remaining soil and water them in. Do not over water. Water only into the main bottom pan and not into each individual cup. The soil in the bottom of the tray should be good and moist, but not too wet. You can add extra moisture to the seed cups with a spray bottle, or by spooning it in.

Don’t cover seeds that need light to germinate with soil. Check the seed packet for special germination requirements. You can gently pat the surface of the mix to be sure it has good contact with the seeds. After placing the plastic lid on top, your seedling container is ready to sit in a windowsill or on a patio to get a few rays. The sunlight and the moisture covered with the plastic lid will cause your little greenhouse to sweat. Keep an eye on it to make sure it does not dry out.

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Once seeds have taken root and have grown little root bundles, you can transplant them carefully to larger pots. Seeds that tolerate this type of planting well are: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, leeks, onions, parsley, peppers, and tomatoes.

Tips for planting in pots: 

Use a quality mix with perlite and peat moss. Add fertilizer, either a dry organic product ― such as one containing alfalfa meal, or kelp meal, or other natural nutrients ― or a controlled-release type of fertilizer that will supplies nutrients over a longer time period.

Soil polymers such as Broadleaf P4 added to the mix before planting will help keep the plants moist. These are not hard to find, and can be purchased at most any garden store.

You can grow your vegetables indoors, as long as they can get about 6 hours of sunlight every day. Placing lightweight pots on a cart or wagon with wheels is important if you will have to cart them in and out every day.

While this is certainly not a comprehensive guide for growing indoors, it will get you started as you learn more about the process. You’ll need to make adjustments according to nursery recommendations in your area.

Readers Digest – “9 vegetables to grow indoors”

Better Homes and Gardens

Gardeners.com

Planting seedlings indoors . . . now THAT works for me

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What’s Bugging Midge?

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Wasps, Flies and Other Nuisance Bugs ~ Natural Solutions

My husband travels a lot for work.  This means the job of eradicating bugs from this house has become my duty.   This is not my preference as I have never had an easy time with anything creepy crawly (especially… scorpions).  But, flying nuisance bugs likes wasps and small fruit flies (you know, the gnat like insects that sometimes take a ride into your home on fresh fruits) have become the toughest bugs to eliminate!

What's Bugging Midge

The last time I tried to conquer a wasp in my house was a bit crazy!  I am a bit on the short side and the wasp was dive bombing our heads from the dining room light.  The fly swatter was just not going to work!  I ended up grabbing a broom in one hand while holding back my child with the other hand.  The whole thing ended up with me getting the wasp stuck on the broom, screaming like a little girl (oh yes, I did…) and literally throwing my broom out the back door slamming the wasp and the broom out in the cold.  The wasp survived (WHA??!!??), my nerves survived and more importantly NO ONE was stung.  I felt like a real hero… we just won’t mention that part about the screaming, right?  LOL

Wasp Chat ~ My three big ideas about wasps in our house…

  1. Fix the Problem: Maybe I should fix our bent screen door?  It has probably let in about 75% of all the wasps who have snuck into our house in order to scare the daylights out of us.
  2. Identify the Location of the Nest:  My first idea when spotting the creepy wasp was to guide it through the back door.  But, you know sometimes that plan just lets in more of his friends (see #1).  We really need to identify if there is a nest near the back door and take care of it. And when I say ”we”, I mean ”he”… as in my husband can tackle that job!  Seriously, who am I kidding here!  If there is no nest near your home or in a spot of danger for your family, move on to #3.
  3. Naturally repel the wasps away from the house.  At a recent event, I had a friend who was even more timid around wasps than I am.  A few lazy wasps had gotten into a room and she brought out orange soda and a mason jar.  I am not sure where she learned about this idea but amazingly the wasps stayed closed to the jar and away from the area where we were going to be.  By the end of the event, I believe she had even caught a couple in the soda.  (See below for another natural way to trap wasps).

Natural Bug Repellant/Traps

With having a wee one in the house, I often worry about using chemicals, sprays or other store bought measures to take care of bugs.  This past year, I have asked Molly a couple of bug “HELP!” questions through the newsletter.  I have used the ideas she shared here: NATURALLY ABOLISHING GNATS AND FLIES many times.  We had a small gnat issue awhile back and by using the mason jar/vinegar trick, the gnats in my house went extinct.   She also gave some detailed advice about dealing with the dreaded MOSQUITO.

This natural wasp catcher: HOMEMADE WASP TRAP looks easy and effective.

Are Ants and Cockroaches a problem in your home?  Try #30 on this link: Baking Soda Help!

 

Have any other hints on how to naturally repel bugs?  Ever had a wasp experience like mine?  LOL I would love to hear it!

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