I apologize for my blogging absence! We are in the process of selling our house and the amount of work this old 1980’s tract home is demanding is just unreal! But we see the finish line coming up and we’re so excited to barrel through it to literally find “greener pastures.” If you would like to follow along on our house hunting journey, I post almost daily on Instagram :)

So tonight I found myself wanting to reach for my camera when I saw my littlest having a ball on the new tree swing. We’re praying a young family buys our house, so they can enjoy the treehouse and swing as much as we have. I shot maybe all of 10 minutes, threw them on my computer and edited very quickly. In all the hustle of this past month I’ve neglected taking photos with my big camera and it felt very good to get out and create some art of my own.

My message to you is, create art, even when you don’t feel like it. Even when the process is hard and trying. Take breaks, but don’t let the breaks last too long. That’s a piece of advice I’m still working on :)

 

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Welcome to a brand new blog series called, “Thrifty Thursday!” I’m so excited to share with you the items and products that I find at thrift stores and make over. What is even more exciting is that I am doing this series with my sister, Kendra, over at her blog, Momtique. So after you’ve scrolled down this post, please head on over to her blog and see what she is doing with her thrifting finds!

I have been a thrifter since I knew thrift stores existed. The most exciting part of thrifting for me, is the hunt. I love to walk into a store, push up my sleeves and get my hands dirty (literally, please promise to wash your hands after every thrifting trip!) Sometimes I find items brand new, ready to be wiped down with a clean cloth and placed in my home. Other times I find items that need some work done to them, or I go shopping and pull together something that can make a great craft.

Today’s post is simple and sweet. I have a certain path that I walk when I enter a thrift store and one of the paths lead me to the table lamps. This particular time I was scanning the lamps and I came across one that looked just a hair above the caliber that usually shows up in thrift stores. I grabbed it, turned it upside down to find a label and sure enough…”West Elm” was right on the bottom. I looked up the serial number and it turned out to be the $169 Morten Table Lamp being sold for $14. Needless to say I held it close and didn’t let it go!

 

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The lamp shade isn’t exactly the same one but that doesn’t bother me.

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Unfortunately, West Elm does not have any more Morten lamps in stock, but I did find a few lamps for you that are absolutely adorable and are in the same mid-century modern style. You can find these on Amazon.

 

 

 

So you never really know what you are going to find at a thrift store! Don’t be scared…just go in…look around…they are magical places :) :)

 

Now head over to my sister’s blog, Momtique!!

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Last month I took a photo of my kids every single day and posted them in black and white. I struggled each day only able to choose one photo to share! So here are my February photos that didn’t make the cut!

 

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The weather was unpredictable. Everyone was holding their breath. Would it rain? Would it stay dry? 48 hours before they were to say “I do,” they moved their wooded wonderland wedding into her Grandpa’s race car steel metal barn and it was one of the coolest venues on the planet.

Nothing could dampen their smiles on their wedding day! Isn’t that truly what your day is about though? Marrying the person of your dreams! They ended up having a gorgeous wedding day, it was overcast and cloudy and their guests had such a fun time, (check out their massive “Jenga” and “Connect Four” games!)

So sit back with a cup of coffee and scroll through Sierra and Yannick’s magical wedding day!

 

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If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

What fills a homeschool mom’s mind? Books. Do we actually get to read the books? Maybe :) But what is really happening is constant researching what to read next, what to recommend to my kids and what books would serve our family in the best way possible.

My kids were shocked when I told them that the majority of time I spend on my phone is taken up on our local library’s website, or on goodreads.com or on various instagram accounts, searching out what books we can read next!

You’ll never hear me recommend a reading curriculum, but you’ll always hear me recommending books. I firmly believe a child needs nothing to supplement their reading lessons except for books that are interesting to read. This is also where the dear Charlotte Mason and I part ways a bit. If you know anything about her, you understand that she only tolerates “real” books, and things like comics, books based on kiddie tv shows or abridged versions of novels are a big no-no to her. I absolutely beg to differ. I believe that a child will learn to read if they are reading books that absolutely evoke a feeling of excitement and wonder. Is your seven year old simply obsessed with Mickey Mouse? Then find some great pre-readers with just a few words in them to grasp their attention. Is a boy lost in thought over pirates and daredevil feats but they just aren’t ready for the full dialect of Kidnapped, Treasure Island or Robinson Caruso? Then let him read the Great Illustrated Classics over and over until he is ready to dive into the full texts. Let’s not hold back anything from our kids because they might then learn to read “wrong.” Instead, find what they are passionate about, and fill the house with books about that subject.

Here is our stack of books for March:

    1. The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton

We are about 3/4 of the way through this fun, silly, at times inappropriate, preposterous book! We are having a really good time with it. FYI: it takes us 3-5 months to read one book aloud.

2.  The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson

Zach (age 11) finished this book and the next two in this Door Within series. I will forever be indebted to this author for igniting a spark for adventure novels in my son.

3. The Mandy Series

It took her 6 months, but Abby (age 13) read all forty books in the beloved Mandy series.

4. Sophie Mouse

Lily’s reading skills (age 9) just soared the moment she picked up the first book in the Sophie Mouse series. The adorable stories about tiny animals and their friendships is just what she was looking for.

 

As for me, I read 19 books in 2016 (my goal was 16!) and my goal is 17 books for 2017 (see what I did there?) So far I’m on my 3rd book (and it’s only February! Yay!) and the books I’ve read have been fiction that I don’t need to analyze or go deep with. If you’re anything like me, you rarely read a non-fiction book without a highlighter and sometimes I just want to get lost in a story.

Do you feel that way? Or do you prefer books that are non-fiction or inspirational?

As always, let me know what books you are reading, if you have any recommendations or if you have any questions on our choices of books!

 

 

 

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