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ADVENT: WEEK 3

The third Light of Advent, It is the light of beasts: The Light of faith that we may see In greatest and in least. WHAT WE DID: We made popcorn and cranberry strings for the animals outside and we made orange and cranberry window strings to help us remember the animals outside during the winter. We discussed how many animals hibernate and instead of hibernating for us, winter forces us to slow down  and come into our thoughts and meditations....

ADVENT: WEEK 2

The second Light of Advent It is the Light of plants: Plants that reach up to the sun And in the breezes dance. The 2nd week of Advent is the Festival of Plants. We go outside and gather new greens to freshen up our wreath and to add around our home. We add pinecones, moss, nuts and anything else that would represent the plant world and add it to our Advent wreath.  This week is also the week St. Nicolas and...

Advent : Week 1

  DECEMBER is coming! Its dark and silent.  Peaceful and slow.  December holds a promise,  no matter how dark or cold or empty it may get, the light is coming back.  The solstice is coming.  The return of the sun will be soon!  When December arrives there is a shift in my soul.  I like the darkness that it holds.  The centering and grounding that surrounds my spirit.  And all the while I am eager for the coming solstice when...

Eco Dying with Plants Tutorial

Im kind of slightly…ok…significantly obsessed with the plant world and what I can do with what Mother Nature is providing right outside our door steps.  A month or so ago, I attended a girls night where we did just this…dyed hankies with plants.  From that second on I was fascinated with this.  I have them framed proudly, like works of art, on my mantle from that night.  I think they are so genuine, raw, and beautiful!  I had some left...

Blackberry Chia Seed Jam

We pick back up with homeschooling next Monday so I am hoping to soak up as much fun as we can this week. This trip was certainly more interesting than our lasts with our sweet Bear in tow. He surely enjoyed himself! Im not sure if picking the berries or watching Bear get covered in berries was more rewarding! When we got home I knew I wanted to make something special with the berries we picked so I decided to...

Homeschool Portfolio

One of my biggest reasons I chose to home school my children is to steer clear from standardized testing.  I will leave that at that and save those thoughts for a whole other post. HA!  I am so thankful to live in a state that is very home school friendly!  We can chose to let our children test or we can put together a home school portfolio for assessment at the end of each school year. I go through waves...

Going Green + The Mighty Fix

Going green and making less and less of a carbon foot print is something we have been working on improving in our family for years.  This is a change that cant happen over night because 1.  that sounds too stressful 2. it can get pricey investing in a less is more and quality over quantity mindset. I love the changes we have made so far…cloth diapers, biodegradable tooth brushes (what you dont google those at night time when you should...