Hello! And welcome to a humble place! Here you’ll find a hodge-podge of topics, mostly related to homeschooling with Charlotte Mason, food, books, and whatever else happens to be taking up my brain space. Because that’s not particularly helpful when you’re looking for a specific topic, I’ve made a handy little guide here to help you get started on the path to the posts that might interest you!
I discovered the Charlotte Mason method of educating in 2014 and really started exploring more and writing about her methods in 2016. I began with a few posts highlighting some quotes from her books with my own little commentary:
When my son reached the age of six in August of 2016, I made my own Kindergarten (or Year “0.5”) for him and posted about our experience with that here:
After our Kindergarten year, I started offering the curriculum we used in my shop, which you can take a look at here:
I also wrote about our first grade year (using Ambleside Online):
And our second grade year (also using Ambleside Online):
I also wrote a series about our Charlotte Mason co-op, detailing the why, the what, and the how of its inner workings.
Beauty in Charlotte Mason Community: Part IV (the what continued)
And, because I have a BA in art history and picture study was one of the big draws of Charlotte Mason’s teaching philosophies for me, I offer free picture study aids here (and an option for toddlers as well!). I generally follow the Ambleside Online Art Study schedule, but if my co-op is doing another artist, I offer picture study aids for those, and I try to also do some lesser-known, non-western, or artists of color and female artists.
In my shop, I also offer downloadable prints featuring quotes from Charlotte Mason and others.
I discovered the National Park Service Junior Ranger program when my son was four and being the slightly OCD person that I am, I learned everything I could about it. You can find all of the badges we’ve collected here as well as a few write-ups about our experiences:
More of these will be coming as I have time to write them.
My husband and I were diagnosed with a gluten-sensitivity in 2009 and have been gluten-free ever since. After seeing some improvement in my thyroid after going completely gluten-free, we then switched to being primarily grain-free and my thyroid is now as happy as a clam. We also try to consume only raw or cultured dairy and we usually eat only grass-fed and/or pastured meats. I have a few posts related to food and cooking here:
I’ve also been known to post recipes sometimes, though only very occasionally.
I used to post weekly meal plans but then switched to monthly meal plans. I plan to update this page with a full year’s worth of monthly meal plans that I update frequently.
Before I immersed myself in the world of homeschooling, I was a mama to just a tiny boy and I wrote quite a few posts on my experience with PTSD after his birth. I was very passionate about natural birth and when I ended up in a horrifying situation in which we thought we were going to lose him and concluded in a very fast, emergency c-section, I was devastated. I wrote a few posts detailing my feelings before and after I went to counseling about two years after his birth and was guided through EMDR therapy. I credit this with allowing me to move on, get pregnant again, and have a successful VBAC with my daughter. To this day, I have an enormous heart for other women who have experienced birth trauma.
I am an avid reader, though definitely don’t have as much time for it as I’d like. I try to post System Status posts at least once per quarter with updates about what I’ve been reading, but you can also follow me on Goodreads.