Growing up in central Florida, Ginger took annual vacations to St. Augustine throughout her childhood. She quickly learned to love the combination of historic charm and the beach, as well as a deep love for all things Florida—hot and humid summer days, thunderstorms, and the smell of orange blossoms. After meeting her husband in Gainesville, they relocated to St. Augustine where they have been living for the past fourteen years. In 2013 she became a mother for the first time, as well as a stay-at-home mom. Her family has grown since then, which now consists of her shy school-aged son, feisty preschooler daughter, two rambunctious dogs, and ten curious chickens. They are a homeschooling family who enjoy supplementing education with as many outdoor activities as possible.

How to Grow Edibles with Ease in Florida’s Heat and Humidity

Thunder was grumbling in the distance as the warm, wet cloud of humidity wrapped around my skin. The cicadas in the trees serenaded me as my feet sloshed through the warm puddles not yet...

The Art Of Raising Butterflies…And Hopefully Not Killing Them

It was last spring when those squishy creepy-crawly wannabe butterflies first came into my life. My son happened across a book at the library about raising monarch butterflies. He read through the book and...

A Stay-At-Home Mom’s Doubts: Is It Okay To Not Have A Career?

Every morning I wake up, get out of bed, and begin my day in my chosen career as a stay-at-home mom. Immediately after the birth of my first child, it was clear to me...

10 Books Sure To Get Kids Turning Pages With Free Electronic Resources

During these troubled times, it is wonderful to have a mental escape, and there is no better way than through a good book! I believe children almost universally enjoy being read to, even well...

I Had a Breast Problem and a Question: Do Mammograms Hurt?

On a bright and clear afternoon, I walked out of the doctor's office with two things on my person that I had not ever anticipated having, or at least not the first thing—a problem...

The Imperfect Making of an Idyllic Valentine’s Day Kid Date

"Do cucumbers grow on a vine?" This question came at me while I was still in a dream. I was dreaming about spending the afternoon on an idyllic Valentine's date as the perfect mother...

Public Restrooms and Those Dreaded Words: “Mom! I Need to Poop!”

It was a beautiful day at the beach until I heard the dreaded words: "Mom! I have to go poop." I don't think there are too many of us that will deny peeing in the...

The Daily Scroll: Are You Growing Your Brain, or Exercising Your Finger?

"Politics—heard it all before," I grunted as my thumb got its nightly workout called The Scroll. "Someone cried over a Jeopardy answer—don't care." Scroll, scroll, scroll... "Meme, meme, oh look—another meme!" I felt myself falling deeper into...

A Joyride and a Tradition All Rolled Up in One: The Nights of Lights...

Dragging children out after their bedtime on a weeknight to go downtown at peak traffic season, in order to participate in a trolley tourist attraction crammed with people sneezing the flu all over me?...

Ethics vs. Caution: To Help a Stranger in Need, or Turn a Cold Shoulder

A feeling of heightened awareness washed over me as the stranger approached. It must be something similar to a small animal catching the whiff of a predator nearby. My guard went up, and a...