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Painted Pumpkin Sunlight Catchers

Painted Pumpkin Sunlight Catchers

Seasonal art projects are one of my favorite things to dream up and use for festive decorations around the house. While carving pumpkins is always a fun tradition, lasting projects are fun to get back out each year. Art (especially paint!) is a lot of […]

From Plate Art to Granola Bar Cookies

From Plate Art to Granola Bar Cookies

My kids love arts and crafts. Unfortunately, I can’t keep everything they make or we would be swimming in drawings, coloring papers and projects covered in glitter. I’m not very excited about throwing things away either. So, I try to look for projects we will […]

Simple Pre-K and K at Home

Simple Pre-K and K at Home

If you’ve read anything else I’ve written or posted, you’ve probably seen me stress simplicity. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and think you need to keep up with every Pinterest craft you’ve pinned if you are going to keep your kids home. Who has time […]

Why I Homeschool (And You Can Too!)

Why I Homeschool (And You Can Too!)

A lot of mothers I know get overwhelmed at the thought of teaching their kids at home. The first few grades are simple and the biggest factors are really patience and consistency. More and more is being expected of our young kids in school. I […]

Making an Effort to be Bored This Summer

Making an Effort to be Bored This Summer

Let them be bored. As a parent today, it’s hard to let our kids be bored. There is so much to do. We constantly face pressure to show off what we are doing with our kids. Whether it’s learning activities or entertainment, we want to […]

Hello Year 3 of Square Foot Gardening

Hello Year 3 of Square Foot Gardening

  When we moved into a more urban area of town, I wasn’t close enough to garden on the farm with my grandfather. But, my husband enjoys wide open yards and really didn’t want me tilling up a space to use for vegetables. Then I […]

Easter Craft Decor: Footprint Bunnies

Easter Craft Decor: Footprint Bunnies

We love projects around here. The kids get so excited about anything from crayons on paper to painting projects. Of course, because paint is the messiest and scissors are the most difficult, projects including one (or both) of those things in a craft makes it […]

Creating Our Preschool Journals

Creating Our Preschool Journals

Preschool is a great opportunity to collect memories and focus on “unschooling” techniques. I love having the kids learn about nature by gardening with me or learn about math because we solved a snack problem. I also love to write down all their funny thoughts […]

Making Rice Krispie Treats

Making Rice Krispie Treats

Cooking with your kids in the kitchen teaches useful, lifelong skills. My kids love it. But, that doesn’t mean it is always easy to stop and make time for the extra “help.” Today it was Dad’s idea that we get ingredients for Rice Krispie Treats. […]

7 Picture Books: Kids of Color Being Themselves

7 Picture Books: Kids of Color Being Themselves

With a black husband and three children that are mixed, black history is naturally important to our family year-round. Too often, the majority of black history is ignored for a white-washed version of the past. February gives us a chance to reevaluate how we incorporate […]