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    Coronavirus Self-Sufficiency Part 2: Budget Cloth Diaper Supplies for the Quarantined Mama

    Ok. So you’ve got your brand new (or new-to-you) cloth diapers. And the inevitable question that’s looming in your mind grows bigger and bigger until it’s unavoidable: “But what do I do when baby poos in them???” Let’s take a deep breath together. In… and out… People have been caring for babies in non-disposable diapers for thousands of years. Somehow, we’ve all made it this far. If you’re not used to reusable cloth products, then yes, it is going to seem weird at first while you’re getting the hang of it. But YOU 👏 CAN 👏 DO 👏 THIS 👏 There are a few things you need to make cloth…

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    Coronavirus Self-Sufficiency on a Budget: Cloth Diapering When You Swore You Never Would

    I know. You were never going to cloth diaper. It’s ok. Me, too. To be fair, I started cloth diapering after my second baby was born out of necessity (because two under two in disposable diapers = $$$). But it was never something I had initially planned to do. I remember SCOFFING at the idea of using cloth on my sweet baby’s bum. How DISGUSTING. Ha. HAHAHAHAHAHA Ok, so that was years ago, and I’ve now been successfully (and even happily!) cloth diapering my babies for some time. I even went through a complete obsession-over-all-things-cloth phase … just ask my husband. He thought it was adorable. And a little concerning.…

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    Morning Menus

    Have you heard of Morning Menus?And no, they’re not about food! Morning Menus are a simple way to make a gathering time in your homeschool streamlined and consistent. I first heard about them within the context of Charlotte Mason education, and yeah, I thought they were about recipes, too — but trust me, this is better than a menu of breakfast ideas. Rather than food, Morning Menus present a feast of beauty and rhythm, with no prep time required (once assembled). You can include anything you like in your menu — and that’s why they’re so perfect. They’re adaptable to suit just about any family culture. I’ve attempted a variety…

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    Raising Artists

    Art Appreciation … with preschoolers?? So much YES! 🙌 When I was growing up, I was privileged with classical art exposure through ballet and orchestral music. I pursued flute intensely through high school and later went on to study ballet and modern dance as my minor in college. It is a goal of mine to instill a love of the arts in my children early — and to create an infusion of art into our home atmosphere whenever possible. Can Children Appreciate Art? Can children appreciate art? Oh, absolutely! Who better to revel in the colors of a painting than the child who just yesterday marveled at the tomato in…

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    My Favorite Preschool Pumpkin Printables

    I don’t know about you, but I love the simple pleasure of a good pumpkin. Sound ridiculous? Ask any preschooler what they think about this seasonal squash and I guarantee their response will be equally exuberant! This post may contain affiliate links, which you can learn more about here. We love everything about studying pumpkins in our home. It’s fun to pick them, wash them, carve them, paint them, light candles in them, dry seeds, make tasty treats, and on and on the possibilities go… Today I’m going to share with you My Favorite Preschool Pumpkin Printables to make your exploration of pumpkins even more exciting! Life Cycle of a…

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    Of Mother Culture & Creativity

    “Mother Culture” — I’m sure you’ve heard of it. The beautiful Charlotte Mason principle that even as mamas we are still worthy of self-care and value. But more than that, it is a declaration that to be the best mothers we can be, then we absolutely must pursue our own quiet, our own rest, and our own enrichment. As moms, it can be so easy to prioritize our kids and their needs, our home and its needs, our family and their needs… all the while forgetting to acknowledge we are human and also have legitimate needs for rest, beauty, friendship, and the exploration of our own talents. If we would…

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    Easy Magnetic Matching Activity for Preschoolers

    Hey, friends. Here’s one of my go-to activities that we use with almost every unit study for our preschoolers. It’s so easy to set up and the pay off is hours (yes!) of kids playing and learning independently! Materials • Metal cookie sheet (this one was $1 at Walmart) • Printable — print 2 copies (Pictured here is my Autumn Leaves poster) • Laminator (optional, but it will help your homemade magnets last longer) • Cardstock • Magnetic tape • Scissors Instructions Print two copies of whatever printable you will use. I prefer to use poster-style printables for this activity, but honestly you could get creative and use just about…

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    Autumn Leaves Unit Study

    Why hello, October — this week we’re studying Autumn Leaves! Our maple tree are just barely beginning to turn from green to gold, but a few neighboring trees are tinged with crimson. The kids have been asking why it gets dark so much earlier now, why the leaves are falling, and why we can’t have a sprinkler on in the yard anymore — so it’s the perfect teachable moment (season??) to focus on All Things Autumn. We’re continuing through Gentle + Classical Preschool Level 1, but I’ve taken a different approach with our unit study this time around. Rather than continue sequentially, we’re skipping ahead to Unit 14: Tree Anatomy…

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    Honey Bee Unit Study

    Studying bees has been my kids’ all time favorite unit to date. From repeated renditions of The Birth of a Bee (complete with plush blankie “cocoon”) to sampling honeycomb to melting down crayons and beeswax for homemade modeling clay — it’s been a busy, buzzy couple of weeks for our Honey Bee Unit Study!