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How Does Your Garden Grow: Week 2

October 11, 2016


With bad weather (Hurricane Matthew) in the horizon, I knew I had a few days to get things into the ground. I laid out the plants from Brad of Veg Out Gardens, in a general location of where they needed to go. The Elementary children studied the root balls of kale and lettuces, and smelled the assorted herbs plants. I pointed the different shapes of the plant leaves, and we talked about what things help a plant grow (especially those worms we had plopped into the dirt the previous week). The children carefully measured the advised spacing directions, and with small beach shovels substituting as a garden trowel, they each dug a hole, placed the plant into it, and moved dirt around on top of it. I was surprised no one bulked at the idea of getting their hands dirty.

~ Brad’s tip of the month ~

The first frost is around Thanksgiving (November 22nd with a 50% of probability), so be sure to have your transplants in your garden soon. They need at least one month of growth and root development.




“Straight” rows of kale & lettuce!


Happy herbs.


Excited Kindergarteners were up next to plant the carrot seeds in the smallest of the raised beds. Carrots are usually planted in the spring, but I wanted to give it a try in the Fall, and I had a row cover (of a soft fabric like material) that I wanted to test out as well.

This group of children had participated in the worms, so they were curious as to where the worms were and if they could find them. I had organized the number of carrot rows we would have, and had marked them with chopsticks and garden markers beforehand. The children pulled a string from one side to another, to make a straight line, and then used a trowel to make a small trench. Seeds were carefully pinched into the trench trying to give everyone enough space as to not over lap each other. Afterwards, eager hands covered each row with soil and patted them down. We talked about coming back each week to check on their progress.



This sums up the end of week 2 in our school garden. I checked on the gardens today (3 days after the rain and winds of Hurricane Matthew struck us), and most of the plants survived. There are even carrot seedlings poking up from beneath the soil. So good so far!


A VB BASICS Giveaway {Win 100$ of Zutano} : CLOSED

November 18, 2015

Babies and Zutano bootiesI want to introduce you to a staple in my VB Basics “baby” wardrobe. Meet Zutano, a children’s clothing company located in the hills of my home state of Vermont. Their clothes are bold and bright, with versatile prints/patterns and are all made with the SOFTEST cotton. From preemie sizes all the way up to Toddler 4T, they have created clothing that is playful and fun yet very functional. The Zutano brand, its employees, and partners “firmly believe that we owe it to our children and our children’s children to inspire and engage the local and global community in a sustainable way that creates real and positive change”. They also have an acclaimed “Baby-to-Work” program that has been going on for a decade, in which their employees may bring their up to one year old babies to work with them. As a local Vermont business, Zutano certainly seems to be making an effort at home and worldwide to better our environment.

Let me tell you about why my family loves Zutano so much. Five years ago, I purchased a pair of their Cozie Baby Booties for our first child, and was instantly captivated by this great company. Jump forward to present day, and those same green fleece booties are in great condition, and are worn and well loved by my third baby boy. Zutano’s booties are my “go-to” baby gift, which I usually scoop up from Sprout Children’s Boutique, a local Virginia Beach business. The booties are toasty warm and actually STAY ON baby’s feet with the helpful snaps. I would like believe that every friend’s baby has a pair because of my recommendation – make sure you have the 6-12 month size, it’s the most practical size, I promise! (And how simply adorable is my oldest son with all his Virginia Beach baby buddies rocking their beloved booties in the photograph above? They were the runners up in a Zutano photo contest years ago).


As my boys have grown up, Zutano clothes in toddler sizes have filtered into their closets. The clothes are super comfortable for my active children, and the colors have never faded with all the use and MANY cycles in the washing machine! The boys LOVE the fun prints and I often have to dig through the laundry for the favorite Dino City print hoodie or search for the shorts with the “deep pockets” (quoting my 4 year old). Over the years we have come to adore their Spring, Summer and Fall lines, but as we move into the colder months here at the beach, their Cozie fleece is an absolute must-have to keep your kiddos warm. I’m especially digging their new collection of Warm Waffle Cozie, which I secretly wish they made in adult sizes…

Now on to the giveaway(s)…

Zutano is offering a $75 gift certificate to ONE lucky reader!

Simply visit and leave a comment below (on this post) about what you would buy for yourself or someone you love if you won! Please include a way to contact you.

“Like” or “Follow”  Zutano on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter and leave a separate comment for each action below telling me that you did so. It wouldn’t hurt to leave some love on their social medias sites as well!

Sprout Children’s Boutique & Consignment is giving away a
Dino City print footie to a “LOCAL”! Just post a comment below that you live in Hampton Roads, and you will be entered into this special giveaway. For additional entires, hop over to Sprout’s Facebook page or Instagram and give Natalie a shout-out as to how much you love her shop!

Winners will be picked and contacted next Monday, November 23rd.

Good luck everyone!

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The more you know: Trick-or-treating 2015

October 31, 2015


Trick-or-treating in Virginia Beach begins at dusk and ends at 8:00 p.m. for children 12 years old and younger.

Please leave your porch light ON if you are handing out treats!

Plan your route before you head out, and make sure you bring flashlights, glow sticks, reflectors so you can be seen in the dark.

For those children with food allergies, look for a teal pumpkin on the porch of your neighbors.

And, most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Happy Halloween!

(For additional trick-or-treating safety tips from the City of Virginia Beach)

Painted pumpkins