Family

Hygge-Inspired Summer Activities for Your Family

I don’t know about anyone else here in the Midwest, but this summer’s hot, sticky, cut-with-a-knife humidity has basically rendered me useless everywhere except my basement! It's. So. Hot. But with two wiggly, energetic kids (and a couple of wiggly, energetic indoor pets) we all end up needing some quiet, fun activities to accomplish in… Continue reading Hygge-Inspired Summer Activities for Your Family

Baking List · Gluten Free · Home Life · Recipes

Strawberry Blackberry Pie

This last Sunday we didn’t have any plans for the afternoon, so our family went blackberry picking our church community garden.   We filled a wicker basket so heavy neither of my kids could carry it! When we got home and washed everything up, we discovered that we had picked almost a gallon (!) of… Continue reading Strawberry Blackberry Pie

Education · Family · Homeschooling

15 Ways to Turn Around a Chaotic Homeschooling Day

The amazingly creative learning activity you planned was a total bust and ended in toddler tears. You lost your keys somewhere between changing the baby's diaper and packing the snacks for after soccer practice. The kids' bad attitudes are quickly growing contagious, and you have absolutely zero plan for dinner. I've been here. So many… Continue reading 15 Ways to Turn Around a Chaotic Homeschooling Day

Education · Home Life · Homeschooling

Unplugged Play: 50 “I’m Bored” Activities

At 11:15 this morning, I set the baby in the pack-and-play and started to prep lunch. I asked my five year old to find something fun to do while waiting for lunch. Apparently, this was no small feat --  the whining ensued almost immediately. Independent play is definitely a learned skill, and takes time to… Continue reading Unplugged Play: 50 “I’m Bored” Activities

#desiretoinspire · Home Life · Weekly Brew

New Adventures through Trades of Hope

It's SPRING! Our little house by the prairie has tons of new daffodils and pear tree blossoms, a few new bird nests around the yard, and freshly tilled garden beds, so now seemed like the perfect time to announce something new in my own life. I've decided to start my own business through Trades of… Continue reading New Adventures through Trades of Hope