Nov 30th — Book Review

Dizzy By Peter O’Donnell This adorable picture book is about an Elephant. We picked it for this reason as we are going over all the sounds of the letter “E” as many letters have more than one sound. My Kinder really enjoyed this book and thinking and talking about what would happen in a city […]

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Nov 29 — Polar Bear Love.

Polar Bears (Found here on Amazon) This beautiful touchy feel book is one of the best I have ever seen. The textures are fantastic, the colors wonderful, and it just sparkles and gleams. It is of the very best construction like most all books from Usborne, the best board books made in my opinion. We […]

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10 wonderful Natural Toys for 5-7 year olds.

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First, let me say Happy Holidays! Second, if your shopping for a 5-7 year old boy or girl I think your very wise to be looking for natural toys and gifts. While big box stores have lots of plastic that blinks and beeps, by now I am guessing you have had any of it that […]

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NaNoWriMo — Day 28

This month has been wildly lovely for my writing dreams. I made the 50,000 words for National Novel Writing Month but my story is not over and so I must keep going. However today was a day of rest, of joy, and of really letting myself dream a bit bigger for those story. I have […]

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Review: Take-Out

Take-Out by Marina Games Ages 8+ One Player or more. Educational math dice game! Game night was met with a new game for us to play. Take-Out comes in a small box, easy to store. It includes 10 red dice, and 2 white, with a shake cup, and simple directions in English. The directions where […]

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NaNoWriMo — Day 27

I am a WINNER. That sounds…. odd. Like you or I needed to know that? Really though, I finished 50,000 words in 30 days, really 27 day. I am happy so don’t get me wrong it is just that I have my actually finished the story, there is at least 20k more I am thinking. […]

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Day 27

A friend who is a talented photographer (I have a few thank goodness) reminds me that not all photos have to be posed and to just capture the moment, and follow what catches your eye. I hope I never forget how brave and wonderful my little Handsome is. Blue toe nails and all.

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NaNoWriMo — Day 26

A long day. In Bed. Another day with me hardly managing to make word count before midnight. Not a lack of ideas, but too sick to get in the right mindset. All. Day. Sick. I think the NaNo gods however are being kind to me. A sick month and an easy novel to write. I […]

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Nov 27

There are few things as beautiful as seeing a child learning. How did mine however get to be so big so fast? “Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them.” – Richard L. Evans

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NaNoWriMo — Day 25

Goodness did I sleep in after being out so late for midnight Black Friday fun. Yes it was fun and yes I kept safe. Though it was cold… I had my husband to cuddle with at least. Oh and we got to watch shows on his cell phone while we waited in lines. I know, […]

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Nov 25

The sugar glider babies are about a month old now! The female joey is still the trouble maker of the two. She is grumpy and has even nipped us. We are going to specially hold and play with her so that she will feel safe and be a great companion for someone. Tween really wishes […]

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Giving Thanks

Thank you to everyone who is reading this. You read. There for I love you! 🙂 Really though I tell my kids never to marry anyone who doesn’t own a lot of books! Thank you for reading, thank you for not beating me with my own poor grammar too! While today is Thanksgiving and it […]

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NaNoWriMo — Day 24

11:40 and I am in line at Toys R Us. Yup, I am after some plastic toys. Some wooden ones too though, and the savings are worth it. However I enjoyed Thanksgiving and the meals and the family and friends and have not written a single word for my Novel. I feel crummy about it. […]

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Nov 24

This baby looking up at Gnomeo I am sure in love with how big her Pepes TV is and how Gnomeo is just her size! We all enjoy this show and the children specially enjoy some TV time while visiting. We hope you Thanksgiving is wonderful!

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NaNoWriMo — Day 23

The day was hard. I managed word count thankfully but not much more. I am still joyed to not be behind. I have never had a month go so well. It is exciting. I have a passion for writing, but my other passions like Mothering have priority. I thought though that it is not so […]

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A simple and beautiful fall tree craft!

Items Needed: Adorable children of course (in my case a 4 year old and 6 year old) Chalk (I used scrap book chalk I had gotten a long long time ago) Printed TreeSink near by to wash hands! (This is more important than you might think!) How To: Just ask your children to think of […]

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NaNoWriMo — Day 22

A day of procrastination! I know I should be writing, however we leave for a long trip tomorrow and I dread the pain it will physically cause me. Though it will be over 8 hours of time on the road to type! Painful hours though… hours I might well spend weeks recovering from. The thought […]

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When people of your “tribe” make you look crazy…

While I love the crunchy world, attachement parenting, trying to leave green, trying to eat cleaner, and trying to raise a healthy family, I don’t always agree with what others in those same groups believe. Maybe that is why I think of myself as only a little crunchy. An example I came across to night […]

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Giveaways that You might like!

Every now and then I find some giveaways that I think my friends like too. I thought I would add some here today. Let me know if you win! The Olive Parent Giveaway – Eco Lips Adventures 8 — Pampered Chef Giveaway The Thrifty Things Blog — My Publisher $50 giveaway Mymcbooks blog — Loon […]

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Do one brave thing…

I found myself aggravated again today with a local military pet list I am on. In short, family is moving to Canada and they are not taking their 6 year old pug. They paid 1,200.00 for her so of course are trying to sell her for $600. . . . Really? So I jumped in […]

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Nov 21 — Homeschooling Art

Oldest daughter made the above in one of her whirlwind lego rampage. Her building with legos is much like me in a book or my husband when programming, it is fierce and little else distracts us. She just loves them and loves working with her hands. My children are getting in the holiday mood before […]

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NaNoWriMo — Day 21

Day 21 found me living off of the bliss from the 4k I had written the day before. Life though crept in and distracted though, mostly holiday planning and the trip we are going on later in the week. I also spent a lot of time just thinking about people I love, people no longer […]

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Anne Herman still Inspires

Anne Herman Born: 1933. Died: November 22, 2007 I miss her. I have never met anyone like her. She never asked anyone to do what she herself was not willing to. She traveled the world looking to help people. She was a peace activist. She was arrested for her civil disobedience and never regretted it. […]

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NaNoWriMo — Day 20

I am in love with novel. While my children are the most beautiful things I have ever helped to create, and while my marriage is the most beautiful relationship I have ever seen, I have to say this is the most beautiful story that I have ever written. It is mine, just mine. At least […]

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Nov 19th — Birthday Traditions

In trying to simplify our lives, live more simply, we adopted a tradition dear friends have for their children, a party every other year for birthdays. The none party years will be household birthday celebrations. We added a tradition to our household birthdays, the web of life! In short, it is a blessing you where […]

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NaNoWriMo — Day 19

Dear Novel, I adore you, you are shiny and magical and deep. It has been a wonderful few weeks together and gone so much better than any other first date I admit. However we need to talk. It isn’t you. Its me. I am not ok, my health is declining in ways that have me […]

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NaNoWriMo — Day 18

It is happening, I am having a hard time getting my word count in. I am having an issue finding the emotion and getting my head into the story. It is not the stories fault and I feel like I am not doing it justice trying to push through it when I know it should […]

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Nov 18

Birthday Boy and Girl! I wanted to make them birthday crowns but you see how well that went! 🙂 However they did not seem to notice something was missing. They where just so thrilled that finally they had their special day. “We wish you a Happy Birthday A joyous and celebrated Birthday To our dear […]

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Nov 17 — Fall Felt

Meet Squirrel and his counting acorns. There where easy to make just googled squirrel silhouette Printed one and printed acorns the same way, then traced on felt and cut. They stick all on their own to the felt wall. Felt boards are wonderful for pretend play and other learning such as math. I believe hands […]

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NaNoWriMo — Day 17

Day 17 was a wash! I managed a few words right before midnight. The day as a whole though I felt rather useless. I had some crafting to do for my children and failed. They focused more on Homeschooling than I did even. I think I have lost my passion for my story, suddenly and […]

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