Courtney

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Growing up in Devils Den State Park, Arkansas has certainly influenced my career choice. I'm an Extension Horticulture Educator for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service via Oklahoma State University. I have 3 little children and a kind-hearted husband that stays at home with them while I work (more than) full time. We love quality time together, whether it be going to church, hanging out with cousins, checking our plants in the garden, or anything else. We love to travel and hope to bring our kids on our international adventures in the distant future.

The Pandemic Relationship Blues

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Cue the blues music.  I knew the pandemic would cause ripples of sorts in different aspects of our lives. We've seen it happen throughout history - during pandemics, famine, natural disasters, war,  anything that devastates...

5 Flowering Plants That Will Make Your Kids Love Gardening

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I'm a horticulturist by trade, so my kids get to live around all kinds of plants, both usual and unusual. We only have about a 1/10 acre yard, but we grow a lot of...

Going Stir Crazy? Try Out These DIY Chia Pets!

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This is a fun gardening activity/craft to do with your kids when it's too cold to play outside. You can call them dirt babies, plant people, or whatever cute name your kids come up...

Finding Self-Care in Serving Others

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Consider this idea: your self-care can be found in serving others around you. I don't mean taking care of your children or your spouse, because that is a given as a mother or as a...

How to Get Involved with Your County Fair

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So, you've heard about the STATE Fair, but do you know about your COUNTY Fair? Every county in Oklahoma holds its own Fair, typically in August or early September each year. Usually, it's a...

Calling All Bug Lovers! DIY Bug Vacuum for Your Creepy-Crawling Loving Kids

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Calling all bug lovers! If your kids love to pick up all the crawling bugs, or even just look at them, they might love this activity and YOU might love that it keeps them...

I Never Felt “Old” – But Then 2020 Happened

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I've never been one to feel old when another birthday came around. When I would hear friends say they feel so old at 25, 28, 30, I didn't share the sentiment. That is, not...

Hot Take: I Don’t Love Disney

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*Gasp* It's true. I don't love all things Disney and I don't dream about going to Disney World. In fact, I'd be perfectly happy if I never go there.  Don't get me wrong. I was...

How Living Overseas Helped Us During the Pandemic

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My husband and I lived in Hangzhou (pronounced HONG-jo), China in the 2012-2013 school year. Like many Americans that travel to China, we taught at a University there. We taught engineering majors all about...

The Importance of Games and Why It’s A Priority for Us

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Do you have a kiddo that loves all things games? Our 5-year-old is all about the games, be it board games, card games, video games, you name it. He likes to live his life to...

Six Things I’ve Learned from Writing for OKC Mom

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My background is in technical writing. I've written for the Oklahoma Gardener magazine, which is no longer in publication. I've written for OSU's Department of Horticulture Newsletter, I write my own seasonal newsletter The...

An Experiment for Little Ones: Starting Seeds Indoors

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For those with kids that love gardening, any kind of science experiment, or just like to dig in the dirt, this is for you! This is the perfect time of year to start growing...