There is a new and delicious friend in our house. It goes by the name of Kefir. Kefir, if you are unfamiliar, is a probiotic. While they are sold in the stores in the form of pills and smoothies, none are as potent as what you can grow on your own.
I found a fantastic recipe for deodorant. It’s very simple and works great! If you’ve made deodorant then you know just how easy and fun it can be. My favorite part about making this is that I know what ingredients are in it and none of them include chemicals! We have gotten away from deodorants that include aluminum, but there are still lots of other ingredients that I’m unsure of and I’ll be honest, making things that go on or in our bodies is important to us. Laelia helped me today. She has been such a good helper in the kitchen lately.
Our sweet Willow turned 5 on Halloween. Five. Hard to believe my sweet girl is five already, but so it goes. They grow so quickly. I have loved all of our Willow moments. She came into this world so peacefully, but howled like a storm for the first year of life. She has been just like that since then–peaceful one moment but tempestuous in the very next. Willow finds so much calming energy just by feeling within herself, which I find incredible (as I am in fact a people pleaser). I love her spirit. She is kind and gentle and forgiving. She is quick to give Mama her love. Continue reading »
All around there are great, safe opportunities for the kids to take part in for Halloween. Our library hosted a fun trick-or-treat night last week for the kids. Of course we are going out on Halloween as well, but that day is also Willow’s birthday. So there will be plenty to share about that day later on. Here is a little peek at our Halloween warm up, as we’ll call it.
It seems to me that since we’ve moved to Florida, the entire notion of getting and carving pumpkins almost completely slips my mind each year. In fact, if the kids hadn’t reminded me this year it probably would not have happened. And I know why. It’s the air. It doesn’t remind me that it’s time. And if you know the Northern air, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Toward the end of September you start to sense the change in the air, as the cool begins to make its way back (or Duchess Autumn as we call it around here). Then when October comes, the nip has arrived and you just know. You know it’s time to look for the nearest corn maze, hay ride, haunted house, apple orchard, and of course, pumpkin patch.
I realize I haven’t been sharing our moments as much these days. First came our precious boy and then the start of our school year. Then my camera broke, but I have a fabulous new camera with which to rejoin the world of blogging.
We are having so much fun at home together. All three girls are thoroughly enjoying school. Laelia isn’t involved in formal learning, but she participates in our movement activities and everything else in our day. Her favorite is speech class (which is actually only for Chloe, but Willow and Laelia love it), where she loves to recite “The Dandelion” by Emily Dickinson. Precious to hear her sweet voice recite that poem! Anyway, here are some moments from yesterday’s math lesson on doubling and tripling that Scott captured. Continue reading »
When I try a new, healthy recipe and it turns out to be a home run, I get so excited! Tonight that was what happened. It turned out to be so good that my kids thanked me all through dinner for making it! I think that’s only ever happened a few times. We all loved this recipe for these baked veggies, so I thought I’d share it. I saw a picture of this on Pinterest. I have no idea how the original recipe was made. I just saw the veggies that were in the picture and I decided to create something based on the picture.
Every morning we head outside for a bit of fresh air, nature walks, and to get out some wiggles. Do your kids have excess energy when they wake up? Mine do! Our outside time can be any number of things–the beach, gardening, walking, biking, swimming–but one thing we recently added to the list is playing with Rock Buddies. Such a cute little project/activity for them. And so simple! Continue reading »
One of our favorite books is Little House in the Big Woods. We’re in the middle of the Little House series. The author is very descriptive about different things they did when she was a child. One of the things she describes making with her mother is butter. Since we read that, Chloe and Willow have been all about making butter. I finally remembered to buy what we need at the store. And when you hear the ingredient(s) involved you should understand why it’s silly that we didn’t make it right away, but sadly it’s been a few months since we read the book. Are you ready for it? Here it is.
Grandparents’ Day is too often overlooked, in my opinion. Our kids receive so much love and adoring attention from their grandparents. They deserve so much in return. So today the kiddos and I put together these precious pictures featuring their sweet little hands and feet. I have been planning this one for a while. I was trying to figure out how to give them all a part in it. This picture is great for having several kids. Each one gets to take part in a piece of the picture. Together they make one beautiful work of art.