Cotz FACE

Cotz FACE

This is one of my favorite things. A year or so ago, I decided it was time start researching anti-aging skincare. One of the first things I realized was that I needed a facial sunscreen, since sun exposure is a significant factor in how skin ages. Up til that point, I had only worn sunscreen … more

Reflections on High School

Reflections on High School

Happy Summer, everyone. I’m still here. Late winter and spring were busy with travel and graduating our 18yo. Things have slowed down and I thought it might be good to post a few reflections on our first trip through the high school years–while it is all fresh on my mind. Our high school was pretty … more

Cream of Chicken-Wild-Rice Soup

Cream of Chicken-Wild-Rice Soup

Here is a soup that is easy, elegant, and cozy all at once, and great for the holiday season.  (I really should have photographed it in something other than Corelle.) This is a regional dish here in our neck of the woods, and pretty much everyone likes it. You can make it from Chicken-in-a-Pot, or, … more

A Day in the Life of Learning

A Day in the Life of Learning

I usually describe our homeschool as “Classical/Charlotte-Mason-y” but frankly we’re a bit simpler than either of these. After 13 years, our school is a mix of philosophies, honed and simplified down to what works for me and for my children. Someday I will write about those influences, but the overarching goal is what some call … more

Minimalistic Cooking – Chicken-In-A-Pot

Minimalistic Cooking - Chicken-In-A-Pot

Hasn’t cooking gotten complicated in recent years? I blame the internet. Endless inspiration can be found there, but also endless competition. The simple meal has lost its dignity, and it is a shame. Fewer ingredients (which means less planning, shopping, money, storage, and management), less time, and less effort– how can that not benefit a … more

Curriculum Plans for 2018/2019

Curriculum Plans for 2018/2019

  A full year ahead! Our first–and only–year with all four children in school. Dusty – 12th Grade (!) Statistics, English, and Physics at the local Community College – From my Charlotte-Mason-y viewpoint at the beginning of high school, I never thought we’d go the route of community college. It is not free for homeschooled high-schoolers … more

Curriculum Review for 2017/2018

Curriculum Review for 2017/2018

My thoughts on last year’s curriculum choices: 11th Grade It’s getting a little hard to give detailed reviews at these upper levels because it has become so hands off for me. That’s a good thing! The biggest role for a parent at this stage of the game to to provide accountability.  The Student Planner remains … more

Simple Cleaning

Simple Cleaning

Since I’ve been on the subject of housekeeping . . . I grew up with a mom who loved to clean and had the whole lineup of traditional products. When I got married, I became enthusiastic about natural living and made my cleaners from things like baking soda, vinegar, and borax. The novelty wore off at … more

Good Appliances

Good Appliances

“And provides . . . a portion to her maidservants.” Proverbs 31 Our appliances are our modern-day maidservants. It’s worth it to have good ones that will serve you long and well. Here are three gals that keep our household running and whom I can recommend highly: A Bosch dishwasher, entry level After many years … more