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This is the place we moved when we had nowhere else we wanted to be – after a long and overwhelming cross-country move from San Francisco. This is where we became parents, and how wonderful it was to be part of a new family in a new place.
1. I have New England to thank for land and greenery – as far as the eye can see. Whether it’s the golds and ambers of falls, the pure white of winter, the blooming of spring, or the intense green of summer, I have never seen anything like it. And I have traveled! Not only do I love our land, I take pride in helping to take care of it as best as I can. I live in a family of green thumbs, and I try not to stick out like a sore thumb. I do my share! We are lucky to have a large garden with room for growth.
2. I have New England to thank for the #FreeToBe childhoods my kids are getting. Let them be little! I love their whims and ideas; their dreams and visions. We have made many of them come to life, like my daughter’s beautiful fairy garden.
3. I have New England to thank for allergies. They gotten worse with age, time, and bloom! It affects everyone differently. My daughter is unaffected, but my husband has been getting them over the last few years. My son and I can get itchy, sensitive skin. About two years ago, when we were still newly a family of four and spring hit with a bang, we discovered all® free clear. It’s the #1 recommended detergent by dermatologists, allergists, and pediatricians for sensitive skin. New England is so nutty with its season changes, and it’s nice to roam and play outside without worrying about our itchy and sensitive skin.
One of our favorite things to do is to create garden masterpieces. Cassidy is more of the gardener, and I’m more of the harvester. (an important job!) Des was an active part in building our garden racetrack and our fairy castle, but the original and favorite project around here is our fairy garden. It was our first big family garden project and while it needs to be updated or changed after every winter, the work is actually part of the fun. It’s something everyone can do together:
Looking to make a DIY Fairy Garden? We love this experience:
1. People absolutely can make miniature fairy gardens and I recommend that! I really do. We are “go big or go home” people, though. These are tips for a sizable fairy garden right in your own yard! First, plot out your fairy garden with a pallet, or other source of spare wood, soil, little trees, bushes, flowers, etc. Ours has a fun wall for growing ivy or morning glories. Will yours?
2. Draw up a sketch, with the help of your kids, so you have an idea of how everything will go in the garden.
3. Head to various stores for inspiration and supplies. For us, it was a dollar store, a craft store, and a garden store. We picked up wooden castles, pebbles, and toys at the craft store and dollar store. We got great rocks at the garden store.
4. Don’t forget living things too. We asked our garden store about plants that would do well here, in full sun. We also bought climbing plants, as I mentioned above. I love watching these plants bloom year after year.
5. Then just put everything in and have fun! Kids love to help with this part.
6. Find little extras. We perused garage sales for little treasures. You never know what you’ll find.
7. Find your own way to keep the magic alive. For us, it’s a fairy mailbox so our daughter can write letters to the fairies and receive replies, and occasional gifts too. I’ve heard of all sorts of gems like this. We also use fairy lights and fairy keys.
What fun, right? Living free is what summer is all about. Living free from sensitive skin worries is key too. Allergies can be inevitable to many people around here, and we make sure to use moisturizer on our skin. Also, wear sunscreen, wear lightweight clothing, avoid the harsh sun during the middle of the afternoon (break for lunch then), and of course – use the wonderful line of all® free clear products – like all® free clear detergent and all® free clear Mighty Pacs®.
Are you excited to use all® free clear?
Are you also planning a road trip, a summer camp schedule, a big vacation, or outdoor activity? Allergens and sensitive skin can get you down, but all® free clear prevents allergens from sticking. We got ours at Walmart with laundry detergents:
all® free clear detergent fights tough stains, whitens whites, and brightens colors, and was awarded the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association, for having no dyes, perfumes, certain chemicals, and irritating residues. It removes 99% of everyday and seasonal allergens, including cat and dog dander, dust mite matter, ragweed, grass, and tree pollen. *all® free clear is not intended to treat or prevent allergies. In addition, follow the directions for use on the packaging exactly!