kids, summer, road trip

Summertime Roadtrip Supplies

Rock Lake in Lake Mills, Wisconsin

Many, many years ago in a land far away, my brother and I lived in an idyllic farming community where the sweet brown eyed black and white cows outnumbered the people 4 to 1.

You were just as likely to see a tractor rumbling down the street as you were a car. Those summer days were filled with running through sprinklers, stealing purple beans and pea pods from the garden and roller skating in the large church parking lot next door. Who needs a roller rink when you have your own personal rink outside in the sunshine.

The one thing Forest Junction didn't offer for summertime fun. Water. There was no lake. It certainly wasn't big enough to boast a town pool.

Then the 4th of July would roll around. Our family would pile into the car and drive south to visit my grandparents, four hours away, in Lake Mills. True to its name, Lake Mills boasts one of the cleanest spring-fed lakes in Wisconsin. The springs kept the water cool and refreshing.

However, we had to get there first. Summertime in the back seat of a car with no air conditioning, gliding up and down rolling hills was doable. Guarding my half of the back seat from my brother, a challenge. "Don't make me pull this car over" blasted from the front, met in the middle with, "Are we there yet?"

I'm sure each and every one of you has a similar story.

If you're heading out this holiday weekend with the family, be sure to drop by Birch St. House & Garden first. I have a collection of toys and games that will help occupy your little ones hands while confined to the back seat.

My favorite are the finger puppets and magnetic story boards. Let me know which ones your kids like best.

I See Green All Around Me

Every morning I walk into BSHG and smile. Why? Because I see green all around me.

It's March. The month that marks the start of daylight savings, theory at least, and St. Patrick's Day, when everyone is a little bit Irish.

Be sure to stop in and pick up a St. Patty's Day item or two.

  • Shamrock scarves, back by popular demand
  • Shamrock ornaments
  • Shamrock charms, Irish angel charms
  • Green jewelry
  • Green pear candles
  • Cards, and much more.

It's a Happy New Year "Non-Blog" Blog

Happy New Year to you and yours. Now is the season for purging, organizing and submitting to peer pressure by declaring a pesky resolution or two. And if you're like me, those declarations pretty much fizzle out as I'm speaking them.

But 2015 will be different!? Hopefully.

In 2015, I pledge to write more, as in actually post more than one blog to the BSHG site.

Right now you're thinking, "Oh, I should grab a cup 'o joe and get comfy."

Think again. This is it for today. Who knew it would be so hard to ramble on?

So, circling back to the top, I sincerely wish you and yours a wonderful, fun, and safe New Year's Eve. See you in 2015.

Dressed for Adventure on Halloween Eve

 Me. Circa 1977.

Me. Circa 1977.

Do you remember your first step out into the crisp dark night, dressed in a costume, clutching the handle of a plastic jack-o-lantern? Or maybe it was an empty Wonder bread bag? Or was it a Star Wars pillow case?

The adventure in front of you promised mini candy bars, glowing popcorn balls wrapped in orange or yellow cling, and Tootsie Pops. How many licks does it take? I always lost count.

I look back at my first trick-o-treat escapade with fondness. Hand-in-hand with my dad, walking down the sidewalk, a father and his three-foot devil, dressed in red.

I probably don't actually remember that night first-hand, but I've heard the story countless times. I've seen the Kodak proof.

This Halloween as you make your way through the neighborhood with your children, be sure to stop at Birch St. House & Garden. We will have candy and non-candy treats for your little devils, angels, and Elsas. 4PM - 7PM


Labor Day Break: Closed 9/1 – 9/5

It’s been a wonderful summer. I had fun helping you with wedding gifts, birthday gifts, and hostess gifts. Although I’m not a gardener yet, I enjoyed helping you pick out a new addition for your gardens, whether it was a whirly gig, a new bird bath or the perfect set of gardening gloves.

And now I’m heading South for a few days to catch up on my summer favorites, swimming and shopping .The store will be closed from Monday, 9/1 through Friday, 9/5. See you post Labor Day.

Coloring Contest for the Kiddos

[UPDATE] Congratulations to contest winner Hailey, age 11! Thank you to all the children who participated this year. To see entries, stop by Birch St. House & Garden now through the end of August. They are posted in the window.

Hey kids! We’re having a coloring contest. Pick up your coloring page at the Roslindale Village Main Street Farmers Market or Birch St. House & Garden tomorrow. Let your creativity flow. Then bring your page back to the shop next Saturday, August 9th during our Back to School Trunk Show. The Best in Show will win a prize! All entries will be displayed on our windows in August.

Back-to-School Shopping Starts Here

Start your back-to-school shopping at Birch St. House & Garden and save. This year, I’m featuring lunchtime essentials by Crocodile Creeks, including lunchboxes, water bottles and snack boxes. Save 10% when you purchase a lunch kit (one each, lunchbox, water bottle, snack box set).

We also offer locally made, reusable snack pouches and sandwich bags by Proof.