englexas this little mister has been asking for a pet all summer long...we caught two little caterpillars in the garden and after some research decided that they would be the perfect (free!) pets. His sisters caterpillar "kitty" already went into it's chrysalis and "softie" is almost there...it's actually been a really great lesson in patience and how amazing creation is! 8h
  •   thislittlecorner What a great idea, I know wher a bunch of caterpillars are, do you just put them in the jar and the plant they are on and cover it over? Xx 7h
  •   smileandwave Here, too! I found the chrysalis under the dirt after we couldn't find the caterpillar. So magical! 7h
  •   champagneandpipedreams This is the most precious photo ever. 6h
  •   laurie218 Totally! Did you see my video? 5h
  •   laurie218 We had them at Nod;) 5h

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englexas I have a question for all you gardeners out there...what do you do about all the dirt/creepy crawlies on your vegetables? I was ok with the peas (which were in a shell) but I just harvested my lettuce and after seeing all the slugs and bugs on there I'm not sure I can get past it to actually eat the lettuce, even after washing every leaf individually! Is it just a mental thing you get used to or do you do anything extra? 2d
  •   madebylon Haha! Can't help out there ;). 2d
  •   caitlinmfrost Ahhh mine is the same way! I don't even know if I wanna pull it. 2d
  •   withlovekacie It's kind of just part of the program. Admittedly a creepy part. For the slugs, put cups of cheap beer in the ground (so the lip is level with the dirt). They'll crawl in and die and won't eat your plants. You can also lay copper around the edge of your bed. Supposedly they don't like to slither over it. When I harvest lettuce or kale I put it in a deep bin and pour cold water over it, drain and repeat a couple times. Lots of the bugs float to the top. Then I was every thing by hand. 2d
  •   sunkurl I grow my lettuce in bins attached to patio posts. No slugs! 2d
  •   acubec The more protein the better, in many countries bugs are a delicacy. 2d
  •   ericaengle I don't eat homegrown lettuce cause I get a little sling in my salad every. single. time. 2d
  •   ericaengle Slug not sling geesh 2d

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englexas a lot of my proud mama moments recently have been when she asks to match me, there is no greater compliment than your children wanting to be just like you, I hope she never loses that! 3d
  •   thegiftoftoday Yes, I love love when they request that. My favorite favorite. 3d
  •   love_sarahjoy It's no wonder why she looks up to her mama! 3d
  •   melanielaurene That's adorable! x 3d
  •   wholemadeheart Oh the best feeling!!!! And seriously adorable picture! 3d
  •   thegraygang Proud mama moments (especially where they want to be little "mini me's" carries us through the tough days. 3d
  •   megrussell I can see why pretty mama! Love your sandals! 3d
  •   thislittlehouse_ Oh my goodness this is sooo adorable! A mama and daughter bond is so special . 2d

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englexas Happy 4th July friends!! 6d

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englexas I was tagged by @midwesteffect to share #widn...we are currently eating our first beets harvested from the garden!! I even found a recipe for the stems! Such an exciting day! I tag @annanovak @herwelshness @stevisavage and @jodygray what are you beautiful ladies up to? 1w
  •   nicklepickle Amazing!! Ca t wait until ours are fully grown! 1w
  •   annanovak Growing your own is the best! 1w
  •   megrussell Yay! You have produce! 1w
  •   midwesteffect Yum! Beets are my fav, roasted or juiced 1w
  •   raquellalily Holy wow!!! 1w
  •   jodygray I was helping out on a shoot, telling your man that just because Jesus was black doesn't mean it makes a good color in a logo ;), taking Jax for a walk and then giving him a bath.. And now, going to bed early in case I get called in the middle of the night to shoot a birth! Yippee! 1w
  •   hillgaz50 Wow now thats a harvest :-) 6d
  •   thislittlehouse_ Go mama! One of fave things ever to eat this time of year 2d

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englexas one more from today...I love when Instagram friends are just as fun in real life! 1w

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englexas such a good way to start our day! #nodtourbus 1w

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englexas having so much fun with @laurie218 and #nodtourbus! 1w

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englexas come hang out with us!! @thelandofnod will be hosting a play date at my house with the #nodtourbus tomorrow from 10-12. Any Chicago area mamas want to come out to the west suburbs to have a fun morning? Email me at debbie <at> englexas.com and I'll send you the address 1w

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englexas in the middle of the night we heard our first tornado sirens since moving from Little Rock. I never used to pay much attention to tornado sirens but since the last storm (in little rock) took everything from people that I know, I have a whole different perspective on things now...as I lay on the basement floor with my 3 littles squished on a twin mattress I couldn't help but think of how none of this really belongs to me, not in a fearful or depressing way but realizing that everything is a gift and while I have these things in my life it's my job to do the best I can with everything I have. 2w

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englexas ice-cream to celebrate the last baseball game of the season! 2w

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englexas the restaurant we went to for team night tonight had free s'mores...such a good idea!! 2w
  •   christiannramona Oooo! That's awesome! Where did you guys go?! 2w
  •   megrussell Baby boy's face! 2w
  •   jodygray Stick the piece of chocolate inside the marshmallow after you brown it and it melts like yummy goodness! Best way to have a s'more 2w
  •   hillgaz50 That bep 2w
  •   hillgaz50 That brings back memories! Hopefully dad will be able to enjoy them next time round! 2w

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englexas on our way to the splash pad little man was falling behind...his big sister ran back to get him, grabbed his sippy cup and hand and helped him catch up...she has the sweetest little heart! 2w

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englexas sprinklers+swings=pure joy 2w

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englexas mister lost his first top tooth! his face will never look the same...bring on the awkward phase! 2w

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englexas little man's been acting waaaaay too grown up recently! 3w

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englexas every Friday night we have "team night" where we do something special, just the 5 of us...our life is full of loving and serving those around us but it's so necessary to have a scheduled time just for our little team! 3w

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englexas #latergram from their last week of school...I've missed being on Instagram for the last few weeks, lots of crazy things happened over here and it's taking some time to adjust! 3w

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englexas my "kindergarten grad"...so proud of his progress this year, he's growing too fast! 4w

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englexas I gave the boys their summer haircuts...it's crazy to think that Mister had the same color hair as his little brother 4 years ago! 1mon

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