Lift Your Voice With Melody Ellison

Jem and Melody

If you haven’t had a chance to meet Melody Ellison, you must! Melody is the newest doll in American Girl’s BeForever line and her adventures are set in the civil rights era of 1960’s Detroit. She has a passion for music and a heart beating for change. Melody says: Fairness and equality for all people […]

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

Oh. My. Goodness. Our very first homeschool year is upon us! 4 weeks away now! I’m excited and nervous and all the while our curriculum for the year has been rolling in despite my worry about what I’m getting in to. It’s going to be a great year though and I can do this. I […]

How To Make Elephant Toothpaste


This post was sponsored by P&G as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. By now you’ve probably gathered that we are official homeschoolers! I know, I know, I can hardly believe it too. It took mountains of research and a giant leap of faith to […]

It’s Official, We’re Homeschooling For Kindergarten!


A new era is beginning! We’re homeschooling next year! An official homeschool family, that’s us! And I’m scared spitless. Here’s how it all goes down — Years ago, before we had children, Dominic and I tossed around the idea of homeschooling someday.  It’s easy to talk about someday plans. So easy. We are practically professionals at someday […]

The Privilege of Making Education Plans


This past weekend Dominic and I went out on a movie date (Owen Wilson’s No Escape, totally not a normal Owen film I might add). After, we found ourselves at Applebee’s. We haven’t been in ages, but it holds fond memories for us because late nights at “The Bee’s” were a regular occurrence during our […]

Visiting Yellowstone With Kids


1994. My first trip to Yellowstone. I had just finished 1st grade and was greatly anticipating our adventure to a new part of the country. My parents, grandma, almost 5 year old sister and newly turned 2 year old sister were all coming along in our ancient Suburban. We dubbed that beast the “Zoo-burban” because […]

Jemma’s Favorite Audiobooks

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Jemma adores her alone time. It’s weird, because at her age, I never ever ever left my mom alone. Bless her heart. Jem and I are alike in a lot of ways, but her love for time in her room to imagine and play is all her own. It’s darling to see her entertain herself and […]

Homeschool Adventures … Spring Nature Walk

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Much of what we do in regard to homeschooling falls into the “play” category. With Jemma and Max being 4 1/2 and 2 1/2 respectively, book work just isn’t necessary most days. They’re at the age where play is their best teacher and so, that’s what we often do. During the week and as often as […]

Howdy Lubbock, Texas!


Home, home, we are finally home! After spending almost all of February in Texas we’re back in green country – AKA, the Northwest – and so happy to have such a swell trip under our belts. The kids are smitten with the toys they missed and are loving bedtime more than ever because hella yes […]

The Beauty of Books

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This year we’ve resolved to read more and screen less. Jem is thrilled, Max … not so much. Don’t get me wrong, Max loves books too, just not his top pick when put up against a movie. Jemma and I though – books4life! I love that she loves books. And not just any books, she’s truly […]

Yes, the iPad Is Part of Our Homeschooling Plan

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This week on Instagram I mentioned that my mom and I went out on a girl’s date and along with us came 2 kids, an iPad and an iPhone. It seemed necessary. Very necessary. For us to properly enjoy our margaritas and guacamole I needed the little ones to zone out with a dose screen […]