AJ (Street Articles Author)
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AJ is a mompreneur with two small children. She enjoys exploring nature, gardening, trips to the local farms, cooking, baking, canning, and crafts. AJ is an expert bargain shopper who is always looking for new ways to maximize a budget.

AJ has multiple entrepreneurial ventures - real estate, tax liens and deeds, website design and internet marketing to name a few. Her current obsession is learning new ways to use her canner to maximize food budgets, expand food storage, and teach others to do the same.

You can see more of AJ's work on her website: econcepts4u.com. AJ also publishes articles on Squidoo. You can find her at: http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/mantuamom

AJ recently completed a 30 Day Challenge - How to Create a Vegetable Garden. Follow her journey on her website: http://econcepts4u.com/how-to-start-a-vegetable-garden-30-day-challenge/

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How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - Day 30!
Welcome to Day 30 of my 30 Day Challenge: How to Start a Vegetable Garden! If you follow me on Street Articles, you may have missed the last two days of this challenge. Day 28: Conserve Water For Your Vegetable Garden and Day 29: Flowers For My Vegetable Garden can…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jun 29, 2012  
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How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - The Great Pollinators
Day 26: How to Start a Vegetable Garden Welcome! I hope all of your gardens have prospered well since my last article. I have been busy with my Garden Journal this week. Each day, I provide an update on my blog of something that's happening in my garden or something…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jun 10, 2012  
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How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - Organic Garden Pest Control
Welcome to Day 25 of my 30 Day Challenge: How to Start a Vegetable Garden. My Garden Journal My most recent article: How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - Garden Journal - Do You Keep One? inspired me to start my own garden journal. My only…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jun 04, 2012  
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How to Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challange - Garden Journal - Do You Keep One?
Today is Day 24 of my 30 Day Challenge: How to Start a Vegetable Garden. We are getting down to the end of the challenge and I have a few more important tidbits to share with you. So stay tuned for information about fertilizers and tips for watering your garden,…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   May 31, 2012  
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How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - Surprise Garden Visitors
It's Day 23 of My 30 Day Challenge - How to Start a Vegetable Garden. Today I want to share a story...something amazing that happened within the last 24 hours...TWICE! HAVE SNAKE WILL TRAVEL In preparation of the Memorial Day weekend, my dear husband was in the yard cutting the…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   May 27, 2012  
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How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - Garden Pests
Welcome to Day 22 of my 30 Day Challenge: How to Start a Vegetable Garden. It's been a few days since I've published an article on my 30 Day Challenge. There has been very little activity in the garden aside from watering, weeding, and some tender loving care. However, I…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   May 24, 2012  
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Free Mason Jars - Tips for Acquiring Home Canning Jars
Acquiring mason jars as a beginning canner can cost a small fortune. I have shopped around for mason jars locally and on the internet and the cheapest I found was $7 / dozen for pint jars and $8 / dozen for quart jars. On average, you can expect to pay…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Survival and Emergency   May 23, 2012  
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Preserving Strawberries for Your Food Storage
This weekend, I took my children to the local U-Pick Farm to pick strawberries. The fields were filled with beautiful berries and by the time we stopped picking, we had gathered 14 pounds of strawberries. 14 POUNDS! What do I do now? Strawberries do not last long in the refrigerator…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Survival and Emergency   May 22, 2012  
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A Picking We Will Go - Strawberry Picking That Is
A few of our local farms have FINALLY opened up their fields for the first u-pick of the season! After a long winter of eating fruits and vegetables grown thousands of miles from my home, my family and I have been eagerly awaiting the local crops. My children (3 and…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   May 21, 2012  
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How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - Peas Vs Green Beans: A Healthy Competition
Welcome to Day 21 of the 30 Day Challenge: How to Start a Vegetable Garden. Now that you have planted most of your vegetables from seeds, you may have extra seeds that you were wondering what to do with. If so, check out my Day 20 article: How To Start…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   May 14, 2012  
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Preschool Scare - Whooping Cough - I Am Thankful for Vaccines
It's Amazing How a Note Can Change Your Day I picked up my son from preschool today and received two…
Post Pregnancy Weight Loss - Getting Back Into A Routine
Congratulations! Your baby is born and you are transitioning into the life of a new mom. Between middle…
Overcoming Weight Loss Plateau - Eating to Increase Your Metabolism
In my previous article, Overcoming Weight Loss Plateau - Why You Can't Lose Weight, we learned that…
How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - How to Preserve Extra Seeds
Welcome to Day 20 of the 30 Day Challenge: How to Start a Vegetable Garden. If you missed Day 19, you…
How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - My Seed Sprouting Mistakes
Welcome to Day 7 of the 30 Day Challenge: How to Start a Vegetable Garden. Yesterday, we discussed selecting…
Beating Childhood Obesity - Family Exercise Is Key
There are so many children in the United States that are overweight and many can be classified as severely…
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff - Keeping Everything In Perspective
Do you ever sit and worry? Worry about all the things that MIGHT happen to you? Worry about what others…
Excedrin Recall - Are there Percocets In Your Bottle?
I heard a rumor that there were traces of Percocet found in Excedrin, that it had been recalled and…
Preserving Strawberries for Your Food Storage
This weekend, I took my children to the local U-Pick Farm to pick strawberries. The fields were filled…
How to Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - All About Seeds
It's time to talk plants. There are two ways to get plants for your vegetable garden, grown them yourself…