On Your First Day of Kindergarten

Oh my little love! It’s your first day of kindergarten! And it happened in a blink of an eye. How? How? I mean, I’ve been here all along, but it’s still a wonder that you’re almost 6 and in your first year of school. We had planned to start our homeschool routine after co-op next […]

Lift Your Voice With Melody Ellison

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

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

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

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 […]