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Showing posts from September, 2012

Style Summary

This sweater was a Target clearance find: cheap, stripes, & mustard - I couldn't be happier. 

Growing up we didn't own fall coats but instead my mom focused on getting us one really good coat that would survive Iowa's long and windy winters. Until it got really cold we just relied on layers. I continued to follow this tradition until a couple years ago. Now I see lighter weight jackets as an essential and this is one of my current favorites; I picked it up at Gap (clearance) last year for under $20. 

I feel like the trend is old now, but I'm still loving matching shoes and tights.

I picked these pants up at Francesca's this weekend - $16!  I was a little nervous that they wouldn't wear well, but they are extremely comfortable and stayed wrinkle-free all'll probably be seeing them a lot in the weeks to come.

Converse used to be my go-to shoes and I still think a classic black pair can be worn with almost anything. I got this blue pair a little…

Small Graces

A weekly reflection inspired in part by Bob Bennett's song "Small Graces".
"these are the small graces, the little moments when the miracles come... they are a reminder to the heart there is more to life than meets the eye... He is in the small graces.... small graces pointing me to the larger one... little glimpses of the kingdom come..."

This was a very good week.  Sunday night I  was able to visit my sister-in-laws and see my niece, Wren. Then the rest of the week was full of play dates. I'm incredibly thankful for my mom-friends, and for the quiet support and encouragement they offer. It often feels like getting together is a small thing but it makes such a big difference - it lightens the parenting load. 

Bubble Print Ocean Layers

When I shared our Ocean Unit I mentioned that National Geographic Kids Oceanswas one of our favorite books. There is one page in particular that Big Buddy loves - he'll study it for several minutes at a time.

Since he's so captivated by the picture we've read the text several times and decided it would be fun to create our own ocean layers...
Our supplies: blue, black, and white paint, small bowls, stir sticks, bubble wrap, sponge brushes, white paper/foam board, sea life stencils, markers, stickers. 
Step 1: pour a little blue paint into the three bowls. 

Step 2: add a bit of white paint to one cup to create a lighter shade of blue. This will be the top ocean layer/sunlight zone.

Step 3: add a bit of black paint to one cup to create a darker shade of blue. This will be the bottom ocean layer/midnight zone. The remaining cup of blue paint is the middle layer/twilight zone.

 Step 4: paint bubble wrap with the three different shades of blue. Painting the lightest shade on top an…

Unit Syllabus: Oceans/Sea Life

It feels like it's been a long time since I have put together one of these posts. I think before I start, I should give you a little update on our homeschooling: 
Big Buddy turned five in August. Since he is a young five, we have debated a lot on whether to "red shirt" him and wait until next year to officially start kindergarten, or to start this year. Like most children he has areas where he excels and areas where he struggles. Since the path is not an obvious one, we've decided to take full advantage of the flexibility homeschooling offers and continue to play it by ear. That being said, we are not calling what we do this year kindergarten. Instead we are just continuing to move forward on skills like math and reading while digging deeper into subjects that spark excitement. In addition to our theme units, Big Buddy and I are also working our way through The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading and Singapore Math.
Mini Man turned three in August. When …

Style Summary

Today I'm headed out of town to attend a styling party my sister-in-law Heather is hosting at her local Francesca's Collections. She just started her business so it's exciting to see so many people already recognizing her amazing talent. My husband is encouraging me to go even though it means he'll be handling the kiddos all by himself - incredibly grateful for him. 

I don't post a lot of pictures of my kids clothes but this week I couldn't resist sharing a couple. It's my humble opinion that they have some pretty great style, especially since over 90% (everything in the pictures below) of what they wear is a gift or thrifted. 

Want more? Check out these sites to see lots of other ladies having fun with their clothes.