Clean Sweep

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Is it just me or are norwex/microfiber cloths and homemade cleaning solution mops all the rage now? I am hearing about them everywhere! I admit I feel the urge to do some deep cleaning at this time of year. I think it is getting all the Christmas decorations packed away and seeing surfaces covered in glitter and pine needles that makes me want to shake up my cleaning routine. But do I need to run out and get Norwex/ecloth/flylady purple swipers? … [Read more...]

Our Homeschooling Routine

This is what happens to the baby on the weekends.  Those are even busier than our weekdays.  Josie's a rock star at going with the flow.  I think she's achieved mascot status for 2 older sibling soccer teams.

Happy Monday! I've had a lot of questions lately about what my days "look like."  So this is going to be a really practical and honest post about  how I/we plan (or don't plan) our homeschooling days. I'll begin with a confession.  If I am not going on a morning run, I set an ALARM for 8AM!!!!!!!!!  I'm serious.  My kids sleep in and I love it.  I am not a morning person, and neither is my husband, so I think our kids have just very gradually gotten the hint that we aren't nice … [Read more...]

How to Make Hydrangeas Last

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Hydrangeas are my all-time favorite flower, but until now I have been sorely disappointed every time I have attempted to bring them into my home. Within 24 hours of placing them in a vase, they have completely wilted and I have thrown them into the trash, thinking that there was no hope! Two weeks ago, however, my husband brought home three stems of light blue hydrangeas for me, and this time I was determined to make them last! Sadly, two of the three stems were already pretty droopy, but I was … [Read more...]

Fall Morning Magic

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I love Kat's post about being intentional about meeting our own needs so that we can set the right tone in our household.  My biggest challenge lately has been the early morning hours.  I am NOT a morning person.  Life has radically changed for me this September and the mornings have been rough.  When my big kids get up to head to the school bus, my others all wake up as well, so we have a household that is noisy and clammering for breakfast by 6:30 am. Some days I run around and meet … [Read more...]

Dream Home

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After several housing situations fell through for our family this spring we have had to readjust our plans. What our family is looking for (a home on land for our boys to be boys outside) does not exist in the area in which we need to be. Which leaves us with the option of building a home, which is simultaneously exciting and terrifying. It is fun to look at all the great ideas out there and then come back to reality and see what we can actually afford. We want to create a home that is … [Read more...]

How I’m Going To Survive Summer

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It's happened.  Last Friday my kids came a runnin'. Backpacks were emptied; lunch boxes stored away; school shoes placed on the lower closet shelf.  Our family together breathed a collective sigh. Summer. Don't get me wrong, I've definitely had moments where I've begun to panic thinking of all the family togetherness we'll be having or wondering if I've inadvertently left something off of our summer schedule. One goal I've aimed for in planning this summer was SIMPLICITY.  We are … [Read more...]

Order in Chaos

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Our boys love to collect and create. But my hyper organized self has a hard time accepting the mess that comes with such creative genius. What I want hidden from sight, my boys want to proudly display (to the piano teacher, neighbors, even the exterminator). My trash is their treasure (I know this is true because I often find them creating with things I have recently thrown away). Recently a priest told me that "the perfect is the enemy of the good." I had to think about this a bit because I … [Read more...]

As We Begin Summer…

Our summer has just begun, and so far we are having a great time! I should qualify this statement by disclosing a couple of things: I just got my hair cut at a salon that is part of a fancy fitness club (not ours), so my kids were in a very cool Kids' Club for over an hour while I got my hair washed, cut, and blown dry by somebody else. The kids were excited to play, and I got my head and neck massaged - I see this as a win-win situation. Right now I'm feeling very refreshed and relaxed, so … [Read more...]

Homeschool Round Up

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Inspired by Charlotte at Waltzing Matilda, here are some of my lessons from the school year which we are about to finish: Activities: Keep: Skiing: I will treasure the ski season, especially fresh powder on weekday mornings and long sessions reading Heidi in the evenings, I will cherish those months always.   That sort of flexibility is one of the major benefits of homeschooling. Trash: Overscheduling: For the past 8 weeks I have had children’s activities outside the house 7 days a … [Read more...]

The Domestic Arts: Veni, Vidi, Vici

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For the whole schoolyear, I have been putting off sewing my daughter's badges onto her scout troop vest. Because I don't know how to use a sewing machine. What? I graduated from college with a degree in public policy and started having babies 4 seconds later. I've been taught to use a sewing machine a handful of times, but it never stuck. Proficiency with machines and domestic arts are two skill sets that I lack--by nature and by choice. Anyway, today the scouts are wearing their uniforms at … [Read more...]