30 Day Flower Photo Challenge

flower photo challenge

  I know, I tried a photo challenge last year and I never finished it. Horrible! But, I'm trying again! I've been taking a lot of nature walks with the kids lately and I'm realizing just how little I know about local plants. I'm so ignorant of what is in nature that I'm actually a little bit embarrassed about it. So, my challenge [More...]


Chicken Pox!

chicken pox

Yep, that's what our week has been this week. Our eldest started with chicken pox on Sunday. He's been pretty miserable and complaining of pain on and off. I vaguely remember having them when I was 7 or so, but I don't remember being in pain. Poor kid! Oatmeal baths have been his friend. He's starting to be on the mend though. I didn't [More...]

8 Life Lessons Learned from a Nature Walk

nature walk

I've been taking the kids on fairly frequent nature walks so that they can become more familiar with, well, nature. The birds and bugs and plants. To become more observant. But I've been learning myself that there are a lot of life lessons to be learned on these walks as well. Lesson 1: Obedience. If mom says to stay off the parking lot, is [More...]

The Mom Who Took Away All of the Toys

took away toys

  Once upon a time, there was a family with 4 young children. Over time, those children slowly stopped being thankful for what they had and started wanting more all of the time. The mom and dad didn't quite catch on quickly enough, or maybe they just were in denial. But one day, when those sweet young children were whining and complaining [More...]

Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl: Free Audiobook Download

anne frank

Available for one day only, you can download a copy of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl for free if you sign up for Random House's newsletter. Nice! Offer expires June 13 at 9:59am EST. Go get it! (Must be downloaded to a computer, although you can stream it from a phone.) [More...]

An Impromptu Science Lesson

homeschool science

One of the nice things about homeschooling is that my kids are around to experience and learn from unexpected situations around home that they might have missed if they were in school. A few days ago I just happened to look out the window and I saw a little turtle walking right down the middle of our street. I ran out, calling to the kids "hey, [More...]

Starting a Nature Journal with Young Children

charlotte mason nature journals

I've been reading a lot about the Charlotte Mason homeschooling approach and I plan on slowly implementing several aspects of it. I just love how un-pressured, natural, and yet complete it is! We started out with the Delightful Reading kit to help Tobi with his reading. Simply sounding out words was not working for him so a friend suggested I [More...]