• INTENTION,  LIVING

    Being a Better, More Intentional Friend

    Last year I read a book, of course I can’t remember the name right now, but in essence it was all about learning how to be a better friend. It was exactly the book that I needed to read. I don’t have a great friend history. I had the same “best friend” for most of elementary school but when I switched school we drifted apart even though we still lived close together. Now I have a general idea where she is living but with the exception of one short email I haven’t heard from her for well over fifteen years. (Oh man, feeling old right now.) In my new school…

  • HOMESCHOOL,  LIVING

    For When You Don’t Feel Like You Are Doing Enough in Your Homeschool

    Whether your family follows a curriculum, or a particular homeschooling method, does your own thing or completely unschools; we all have days of self doubt. When we are (pretty much) our children’s sole educators we alone are shouldering the responsibility for their education and that can be a daunting task. For this reason I know many families prefer to use a bought, pre-made curriculum so they can check the boxes someone else made for them and feel like they are doing what they are supposed to. It helps remove some of the feelings of responsibility and overwhelm. No matter what method of homeschooling you have chosen for your family for…

  • Is Minimalist Right For Your Family? - Your family will benefit from simple living if . . .
    LIVING,  SIMPLE LIVING

    Is Minimalism Right For Your Family?

    Let’s start with getting something out in the open: I bounce back and forth between calling myself a minimalist and not. It depends what definition you are following. If the definition you are thinking of involves a room with white walls with just one chair and a table with a white vase and a single tulip, that’s not the kind of minimalism I’m talking about. (Well, I do have white walls, but that’s where the similarities end.) My minimalism definition is: Only owning what I am going to use or benefit from and getting rid of the excess. This doesn’t mean I’m perfect. I’ve admitted multiple times that books are…

  • Homeschooling Without a Curriculum
    HOMESCHOOL,  LIVING

    Homeschool Without a Curriculum

    When we first started homeschooling I knew right away that I didn’t want to invest my money into a curriculum. I imagine curriculum can be good for some people and families but it just does not mesh with my personality or homeschool goals. Says the woman educated as a teacher, the irony is not lost on me. I knew if we purchased a curriculum it would be fun to unbox and look over but it just wouldn’t get used. And I’m not into wasting that kind of money. A few weeks ago I shared a bit about creating broad homeschool goals and it really resonated with a lot of other non-curriculum…

  • How to Add More Intention into Your Days - Live An Intentional Life
    LIVING,  SIMPLE LIVING

    An Intentional Life

    Over the last couple of years I’ve been thinking a lot on what it means to live an intentional life. And, truth be told, it’s changed over the years. I don’t think living an intentional life includes a set in stone list of dos and don’ts. To me, very simply put, an intentional life means living life on purpose. It means thinking about why I do what I do and pausing before agreeing to do more. It means trying to live in the now instead of in the future (or past). It means thinking about what is important to me and making those my priorities. It means living the life…

  • The Best Novels for Grade Two
    BOOKS,  HOMESCHOOL

    Twelve of the Best Novels for Grade Two

    It feels like forever since I’ve written a book list! I used to do them every week but I took a little break and it’s been hard to get back in the habit, but I plan on bringing them back every two weeks, if there is a specific genre/type of book list you would like, let me know! For today’s list I am sharing some of my favorite novels for grade two. Because every child reads at a different level for some kids these books will be read to them, or listened to on audiobook, for those who are more advanced readers they can read these for themselves. My daughter…