• Gluten Free Bake With Me - Gluten Free Banana Bread, Dehydrating Herbs and a Gluten Free Sourdough Starter Fail
    FOOD,  GLUTEN FREE,  LIVING,  RECIPES

    Baking Gluten Free Banana Bread, Dehydrating Herbs & A Failed Gluten Free Sourdough Starter

    This week I was doing some gluten free baking and herb dehydrating and decided to do a bake with me video. Also, I have my first attempt (and fail) at a sourdough starter. Since making the video I have decided I WILL TRY AGAIN! Ha, hopefully there will be a gluten free sourdough success video in the future. I have another post with the banana bread recipe but I’ll include it below as well.       Here are some links from the video: banana bread recipe my food dehydrator homemade gluten free all purpose flour more gluten free recipes  

  • 34 Birthday Goals While 34
    GOALS,  LIVING

    Thirty-Four Birthday Goals

    Well, today I turn another year older. I’m not really big on birthday celebrations. I usually like pick what I want to eat and go on a bit of a local-ish adventure. Other than that I often spend the few weeks leading up to my birthday thinking of goals for the next year. Back when I turned twenty-six (a lifetime ago!) I started making a list of goals based on my age. I like doing this larger list of goals because it forces me to be a bit creative and my list ends up including a number of quick and easy ones, some practical ones and some I need to…

  • BOOKS,  LIVING,  PARENTING,  READING VLOG

    Mother’s Day & Reading Weekend Vlog

    This was a different but yet still really good Mother’s Day weekend. I love my family and my mother and mother-in-law and feel so blessed!           The game we’re playing in the video is Colt Express. FOSTER CARE BLOG POST OUR FOSTER CARE TIMELINE   BOOKS I’M READING HERE: Angela’s Ashes A.D. 30 Mistborn The Broken Way Stay The Dry

  • Feeling Like a Failure as a Foster Parent
    FOSTER CARE,  LIVING

    On Feeling Like a Failure

    This weekend is Mother’s Day weekend, so it feels pretty ironic that I am writing a post about feeling like a failure when it comes to mothering. The timing was not planned. I admitted here right off the bat that we were struggling ever since Cece was placed in our home. Our struggles were much more with ourselves than with her but for a number of reasons the placement was not a good fit and yesterday she ended up moving on to a different foster home at our request. This was not a simple decision.     It was the right decision for our family but I still feel guilty. I…

  • Birthday Escape Room/Scavenger Hunt - Ephraim is SEVEN!
    LIVING

    Birthday Escape Room/Scavenger Hunt & Interview – Ephraim is SEVEN!

    Last week was Ephraim’s seventh birthday! Honestly, I always get a little teary on his birthday when I think about how we missed the first year and a half of his life but I’m so thankful that we’ve been able to spend the last five and a half together. Since we weren’t doing a party on his birthday (we’ll do one when we can) I wanted to make the day a little more special and so I decided he would find his gift at the end of an escape room/scavenger hunt. I made a video of his birthday but I also wanted to write out how we did the escape…

  • Learning Through Play - A Day in the Life of Our Unschooling Homeschool
    HOMESCHOOL,  LIVING

    Learning Through Play – A Day in the Life of Our Unschooling Homeschool

    Welcome to a peek into our homeschool/life! The weather was finally warm enough that we were able to spend a lot of the day outside, I’ve been waiting for this weather for six months!     I would love it if you would take a few minutes and subscribe to my channel and leave a comment on the video!     RESOURCES MENTIONED heatless curls video   OTHER LINKS curious about unschooling? I have a free online workshop on the topic. my monthly-ish newsletter homeschool newsletter personal instagram homeschool instagram our foster care timeline