Saturday, March 8, 2014

Grow Something Greater: A Story and Giveaway



"Growing Adventure"

Growing up I always loved being outside- taking long walks with my parents through the trails in our backyard, looking for “buried treasure” and digging for dinosaur bones, or simply helping with our backyard garden. So when Hank and I found out we were expecting Henry, I was over the moon. A million thoughts and excited plans swirled through my head, and one of the best things on the horizon were all the adventures I’d eventually take with our future son. And now that he’s three, adventuring is exactly what we do- we wake up each morning and ask ourselves “what should we do today; where should we go?” The other morning we decided to take a walk across the street to check out a new area of the park that was being built. As we got closer Henry started to get really excited when he realized that today was the day the flowers were being planted. We must have sat there for an hour, just watching the landscapers put in the beautiful bright blooms. It sparked something in Henry, and on our walk home you could tell he was inspired. Amidst his curious questions about flowers and plants he asked, "Mommy, can we plant pretty flowers in our backyard too?" Seeing those bright colors gave him an idea, and that idea turned into a whole trip to the garden store that afternoon, walking up and down the aisles, an excited glimmer in his eye, so happy to be doing something so new to him. And I hope he's always like this; I hope that he always finds inspiration in nature, and a sense of adventure and excitement wherever he goes. And now when we go in our own backyard and see our soon to be growing flower garden, I'm reminded of what lies ahead- a whole childhood with Henry, exploring and learning new things every single day.

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This month I'm teaming up with Miracle-Gro on their "Grow Something Greater" Campaign- a movement designed to encourage all of us to "grow something greater" ourselves, in all that we do. I love the whole concept and the idea of encouraging community and public gardening, and this spring and summer Hank and I hope to really try out our green thumbs and see what we do in our own backyard. I've also been loving reading all the stories via this project, and have found even more inspiration through the awesome "growing" projects and stories featured.

So to celebrate springtime and the idea of growth, Miracle-Gro is giving away one grow kit to a lucky reader.

Here's what it includes:

-Gardening Moleskin Journal
-Gardening Shears
-Gardener’s Hand Therapy Lotion
-Gardener’s Soap
-$50 Amex gift card to purchase seeds and gardening supplies of your choice

To enter, first visit the Grow Something Greater page and check out all the ways people are growing something great themselves, then see ways to enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


this post was sponsored by Miracle-Gro 

82 comments:

  1. I like the grow kitchen courage story by Terilyn Hutcheon.

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  2. Amber Lewis "grow party favors" - it reminded me of all the hard work my mom did to grow the flowers for my wedding. :)

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  3. Grow Green Smoothies! Plus, she has twins like me. :)

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  4. OH! would be so helpful with my garden!

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    1. I liked the grow community story, as a high school art teacher, it's something I've been interested in doing with my students, just trying to find the right place to do so.

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  5. The story of Jen Lula, NY- Grow Wonder inspires me to grow and explore the wonder with my kids.

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  6. I can't wait for spring to finally get here so I can start digging in my garden! What a great gardener's giveaway!

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  7. What an awesome giveaway! The stories I related to the most was yours, as well as "Grow Family" by The Martins. Some of my best childhood memories are exploring the wilderness behind my house with my brothers, and camping in the forest with my family. Growing up exploring and going on so many adventures outside really cultivated my appreciation for nature and plants. I also really love the Grow Family story. My grandmother and grandfather had rain lilies, and they have been passed down to my Dad, who has passed them down to me and my brothers. I think it's amazing that those plants connect 3 generations.

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  8. I am just starting to think about my garden for this year. I love the journal!

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway!
    to be honest I love to see my sister working on her garden.Mostly she grows a tons of vegetables and obviously for the front garden we add flowers. My favorite is Jasmine!! I can't wait for summer!!
    Have a nice weekend! ♥

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  10. Love this. We love getting our girls involved in the garden, it's so good for them.

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  11. like the My Nguyen grow green smoothies story

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  12. Another wonderful post! My oldest is 3, and it's amazing how much they bring you back to enjoying all the little things you might take for granted. I know Atticus is very interested in nature right now, and is loving to stop and literally smell the flowers a lot lately! I can't wait for it to get warmer!!

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  13. As a volunteer community garden leader this giveaway would go so far in helping our community! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  14. I like "Gardening With Children".

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  15. This would be a perfect bday gift for my Earth Day baby as he turns 5!

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  16. I love the grow wonder story about growing a family herb garden. This really is a great way to create some great family memories.


    Entered the rafflecopter as “Wild orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  17. I like the "grow get togethers" story here http://www.growsomethinggreater.com/#id=ugcItem-2030

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  18. This will be our second year planting a garden on the back porch of our apartment- it's small, but very special to us. jona.favreau@gmail.com

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  19. The story grow potential resonated with me.

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  20. I am so looking forward to spending more time outside and cultivating this summer!

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  21. I like Grow Imagination by Katie Rodgers. This is so me..I love watching how things blossom.
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. I liked the grow community story.

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  23. Grow appreciation. Sharing the love of food and cooking with the next generation is a wonderful thing.

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  24. I love the Martins story - sharing a garden with the whole family in a way!

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  25. I love the Martins story. What a fun and special way to stay connected. I have a spider plant right now that everyone in my family gets a piece of when they buy their first home.

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  26. i love this whole concept, one of the favorites i read was "grow sandwiches". i cannot wait for ny to thaw out so we can begin planting our gardens this year..a front yard full of veggies should be everyone's dream!

    xx
    trisha
    veranellies.blogspot.com

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  27. I liked the Grow Joy story by Jenn Quillen about her grandmother.

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  28. I liked the grow green smoothies story because that's what I want to be able to do this year.

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  29. I like the Grow Joy story of Jenn Quillen

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  30. I liked the story by Danielle Hampton in Prescott, AZ -- getting their child interested in planting and flowers is cool!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  31. I loved our backyard growing up! It was so much fun exploring, playing, going on adventures (minus the ticks!). I remember always loving having our job be to put the little flower stick info cards into the ground by each type of flower. I can't wait to do that with Lucy, but we are pretty limited to what we can plant down here in the heat. Henry loves mom's garden so much, I know he will love whatever you guys do in the backyard. I can't wait to come visit and see!

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  32. The Grow Sandwiches story is the one that resonated with me because my family eats sandwiches a lot and we can make them a lot healthier by adding organic veggies from our garden.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  33. I like the Grow Party Favors story by Amber Lewis in Los Angeles CA.

    Thanks for the nice giveaway!

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  34. I love this idea... Your story as well as the Grow Green Smoothies story both resonated with me. My husband and I keep talking about starting our own little backyard garden but the Phoenix heat is our excuse. I would love to win so we could actually attempt it!
    Thanks for another great post!

    Life is Peaches

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  35. I can't wait until our son is old enough to play in the dirt and plant seeds, and grow veggies and flowers!

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  36. I like the Grow Curiosity section. I used to do the same thing with my children and now they love to grow things and fix stuff! I have always wanted a rose/flower garden but have not had a place to grow one until now. I am so excited to be able to watch them grow!

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  37. This is one thing I've really wanted to add into my life, growing!!! I'm excited about this giveaway

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  38. We're planning a trip to the nursery tomorrow to grab a few spring things!...can't wait for summer gardening....already making big plans!

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  39. Gardening with children!! Thank you for a lovely giveaway!

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  40. Grow Imagination by Katie Rodgers was adorable. That one really got to me.

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  41. My husband and I were just discussing our new garden today! We can only hope our little one due in June will love being outside as much as we do and playing in the dirt!

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  42. The grow community story about the school garden as I'm very much for kids learning how to grow their own veggies

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  43. This is a great concept! I can definitely get behind the idea that Miracle Gro puts forth. I think my favorite story I stumbled across was the "grow inspiration" one by Kat Irlin.

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  44. I love the Grow Creativity story. As a self-proclaimed DIY-er, I constantly find myself taking average, everyday items and giving them new purpose.

    Great post, Danielle! Henry is going to have so much fun watching his flowers grow. Last year my husband dug me a raised garden and I took such pleasure working in it every day. I can't wait for gardening season to start in a couple months again!

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  45. gardening is one of our family's favorite things--there is something magical about watching your little's anticipation of things sprouting and then getting to pick the fruits (or flowers) of his labor.

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  46. My favorite is Grow Curiosity

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  47. Curiosity! Isn't that the point of life? Keep exploring...

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  48. I have a few vegetable garden beds in my side yard. Every year I plant with gusto and about 75% of my gardening fails...black thumb here, I guess. Now spring is on the horizon and I'm all set to plant my veggies again with hope and heart. Maybe this year will be better!

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  49. Grow Curiousity without a doubt. This is the first year my son is going to really get to watch us create a garden, and I'm so excited to show him the joys of watching things grow. I can see so many days ahead this summer of him helping in the garden while my daughter happily watches us from her blanket.

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  50. I love Jenn Quillen's idea of an indoor garden to remember her grandmother. I am moving soon to a smaller apartment in DC, so I won't be able to garden as much as I am used to. I'll be growing Tulips though, for my Grandpa :)

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  51. With spring (maybe) looming around the corner I am really wanting to start an herb garden with my little, just like Jen did with her Rowan on the Grow Something Great site!

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  52. I love my backyard. It's a bit of a work in progress but it's getting there. We just purchased lavender this weekend and can't wait to plant them!

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  53. Grow Family....my best memories growing up were outside.

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  54. I am itching to start gardening in our new home's blank slate of a back yard! I never thought to go on Miracle Grow's site for inspiration but it really is quite beautiful. I would love that grow kit but I would love the end of this brutal winter just as much!

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  55. The growing kitchen courage resonates best with me. I've found that growing my own produce makes me use it more in my day to day

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  56. I love the Martin's story. What a wonderful way to share family!

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  57. I like the grow kitchen courage story!

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  58. I like the grow kitchen courage story

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  59. I love the grow wonder story

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  60. I like the grow perspective -Stef Andrews story.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  61. I like Ian Padgham grow rewards story

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  62. Oh I loved the Grow Curiosity Jennifer Medeiros story!!!

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  63. I love the Grow Perspective with Stef Andrews. The garden in the truck bed is such a great idea - talk about recycling!

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  64. the grow kitchen story
    thanks
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  65. Grow Kitchen Courage because it motivated me to start an indoor herb garden.
    Thank you

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  66. I like Grow Curiosity story by Jennifer Medeiros.

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  67. I love the grow green smoothies story! :) so inspiring!

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  68. Such a great giveaway! Especially with Spring right on the horizon.

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  69. Great giveaway. I liked Crissy Page's story the best.

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  70. I love Amber Lewis' story about growing party favors! Gets me excited about throwing get-togethers this summer.

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  71. I love the Gro Communities story. I think it's something that's missing in too many lives, the knowlegde of where food comes from.

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  72. I really like the gro curiosity story - great ideas for kids

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  73. Heather Hayes PanjonMarch 13, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    I Love The " Gro Imagination" Story From Katie Rodgers!

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  74. The Gro Family story is awesome. I love that they have been passing down clippings from generation to generation!

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  75. I liked Gro Potential. I'm also on a path for personal growth, so I can relate to her story.

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