We’re on round three of sickness this week. B was out last week, then C last weekend, and now E and I are getting hit. It’s that time of year, right?
From the internet…
40 Bags in 40 Days-Post One I love the idea of decluttering and getting rid of things over Lent. This woman has purged 1 bag of things from her house every day during Lent over the last several years and she’s sharing how she does it.
Obituaries My Mother Wrote for Me While I Was Living in San Francisco in My Twenties. The last two are the best. 🙂
Why I Don’t Like Coloring Books (+ Creative Alternatives for Kids) This articulates well why there are far better alternatives to coloring books when it comes to promoting creativity in your children.
Eating Real Food on a Budget #1 is the one that has made the biggest difference for our budget, and I’m hoping to implement #10 in a few months!
Anna Vance Charlotte Mason Inspired Homeschool Planner – My friend Anna recently released the 2020-2021 version of her planner! Honestly, I was a digital kind of planner girl until I got one of these and now I’m addicted to paper. They’re well-designed and come with not only everything you need to plan your homeschool year, but also scattered throughout are inspirational quotes from Charlotte Mason. My favorite is a new one she’s offering this year that allows you to put in a custom verse and with a watercolor painting of your family. ❤️
From the blog…
Charlotte Mason-Inspired Kindergarten Curriculum (free booklist!) Three-and-a-half years ago, I wasn’t really sure what to do with my son school-wise. I was firmly set on a Charlotte Mason education for him, but the timing of his birthday (August) offered a dilemma….should I start him in first grade just after his sixth birthday? Or should we continue on with “Year 0” for another year? Neither option was was very appealing. So, I started searching for some kind of kindergarten or Year 0.5 that followed a Charlotte Mason philosophy. I found a few, but none that seemed like they would work for us perfectly… either they had even more books listed than AmblesideOnline Year 1, or the books didn’t seem very living, or were difficult to find, or any number of other things. So, I decided to make my own!
(2019) Charlotte Mason Picture Study Aid: John William Waterhouse I think this is one of my favorites of the picture study aids I’ve made. I love how Waterhouse used so many ancient stories as inspiration for his art.
(2018) Charlotte Mason Picture Study Aid: Michelangelo This is the longest picture study aid I ever made, but I was glad to be able to include the notes by Giorgio Vasari as he and Michelangelo had been friends.
(2017) March Meal Plan – I used to post my monthly meal plans on the site and is actually a habit I’d like to get back into again as I find some of my favorite recipes from other people who share their meal plans.
(2016) EMDR and Birth Trauma – While we were preparing for the birth of our oldest, 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 and later diagnosed with PTSD because of how everything happened. I credit EMDR therapy with allowing me to move on, get pregnant again, and have a successful VBAC with my daughter.
(2015) Ideas for a Natural Easter Basket Skip the plastic eggs and include some well-made an beautiful items in your Easter baskets this year!