I’ve always wished I were a Type A personality. My mind looks a bit like one of those butterfly exhibits at the zoo–full of beautiful things swirling about; completely scattered and predictably unpredictable. I have so many ideas, so many dreams and one million ways to execute each of them. Each plan sparks ten more and despite my best intentions, no amount of writing them down ensures they’ll come to fruition. Despite these things being true, I work best as a mother, wife and business owner with a plan and loose schedule in place. Here’s how I allow for a bit of freedom and creativity without flying by the seat of my pants each day.
Something I enjoyed most about the Peaceful Press Homeschool curriculum is being exposed to new books I otherwise may never have found. Each day has a heavy emphasis on reading and let me tell you, my kids are readers through and through. (And when I say readers, I guess I mean ask-for-me-to-read-ers until they memorize it.) I always take note of the book they want to read over and over, especially when it isn’t a superhero book, to track what’s getting their attention and peaking their curiosity. Here were our favorite books from last year.
There are about 10 items I’d call wardrobe essentials. They change depending on your job, the seasons and your location. Two items on that list that never change no matter who or where you are a great pair of jeans and a white top.
Finding desserts and baked goods free of grains, soy, corn and dairy is no easy task-trust me, I’ve done my fair share of hunting. Baking things myself makes this a whole lot easier and I love the romanticism of it all. The kids will often ask around lunchtime, “are we having dessert tonight?” If the answer is yes, they have a twinkle in their eye and watch with wonder to see what exactly that means. Often it’s fruit or berries with almond yogurt, but sometimes it requires their help and the oven. When that’s the case, these are my staples.
March was lovely. Yes, we technically lost our jobs. Yes, we had to move home earlier than anticipated. Yes, Lema had a never ending ear infection. But man, God was so faithful to us. I’m writing this with my hair blowing in the wind, the sun warming my skin and birds chirping overhead. What more could I ask for? Here are the things I read, watched, ate, wore and listened to this past month.
Screen Time feels like a hot topic as soon as kids enter the toddler phase. I’ve received the question countless times in the past few years and it’s one I can’t quite put a finger on why we’re all so curious about it. I love learning how another mom manages screen time. I think it gives a behind-the-veil peek into family life and the nosey part of me is all for that. On a deeper level, though, I believe we want to do that age old “match a mom” thing. A mom you admire doesn’t own a TV or allow any screens for her kids? Suddenly you’re rethinking what works for your family. A mom you admire is cool with all.the.screentime? Then and only then do you feel “freedom” to do the same. Does this sound familiar?