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My 7 Favorite Charlotte Mason Resources| Home education

  My children are captivated.  The silence and motionlessness confirms any doubt I had about whether this book was a good, “living” book.  As they strain to hear every word, they see me, their mother, pacing the living room in excitement, baby strapped to me, enjoying our literature just as much as they are.   This, my friends, is Charlotte Mason Education.   Racing from our car…er…I mean huge white van, my children dash into the trees. They know this trail and their boundaries.  I’m walking as I strap my 4 month old to my body to catch up to…

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10 Signs You are Normal (Just Like the Rest of Us in Motherhood)

    Every now and then when several of my 7 children and I are piled on the floor crying over the frustrations of the moment, I wonder, is this normal? I’ve never felt it necessary to fit into a mold or look to others for acceptance, but in this role of motherhood and even sometimes as a wife I have wondered if other women have the same struggles. I’ve asked the question. You’ve asked the question. Is this normal? You are having a conversation with a friend over coffee and you are just catching up on life and as…

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Gray Hair, Body Image and Not Wasting Your Life.

  I’m sure you recently saw the viral video of the You Tuber over at The Stay at Home Chef.  If you have not seen her video about the comment she received on her blog, then please watch it here, first, BUT don’t get all caught up in the yummy food yet, COME BACK!! Ok…did you watch it? Now, let’s chat! EWWWW…People are mean!! Don’t be mean. The older I get the more I understand the old saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all!”   I have not always been kind with my…

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Intentional Living | Choices for the New Year

Several months ago on the way home from a friends house,in my van, with my 7 children, it hit me. I want to live intentionally. I want to chase my dreams with purpose and joy. THIS is MY life. I’m not talking the, “Holy Crap, this is my life and I can’t believe we now have to have a passenger van!” sort of thought, but more of a realistic epiphany about who I am, where I want to be and how I’m going to let God get me to where He wants me to be.  I was created with purpose!!…

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Serenity Grows | Supported in Breastfeeding: Stories of Nourishing Wisdom

    As I opened my eyes I beheld the sweet boy who had nursed all through night. Through my exhausted, crusty eyes, I saw he had not only rolled on his side, but had clenched his fat hands to his mama’s nursing tank top.  Oh the joys of nourishing your child that you never even thought to long for. I have nourished 7 of my own children with my breastmilk and helped to sustain another child once too.  My husband confessed to me once, he was a little jealous he would never really know what it felt like for…

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Gray Peony Studio: Review

    I found another cute company!!   This mama is so fun she came up with her company name while watching Grey’s Anatomy. When she looked down and saw the peony on her screen saver, Gray Peony Studio was born! I’m so glad it was.   Rachelle sent me her Let the Adventure begin bodysuit and as you will see, our sweet new boy enjoyed having something new on while we all ogled him!! The most hilarious thing!! We put him in this outfit, he immediately went into this flexing position and then…            …

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Routine not Schedule, Park Days and my Favorite Family Bag

    It seems these days, I wake up to noisy children. I’m sure someday I will miss the pitter patter of little feet, but today I’m tired.  Whether fighting,  loud role play, or just really loud trampling around, their noises are the first sounds I hear before I stumble out of bed toward the coffee.  Blessed as I am, at least generally the first sight I behold is my 2 month old, who is apparently a cali kid already because he needs the body heat of his mama if it gets below 65 degrees in our house.   I…

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Hen House Apparel: Children’s Clothes to Adore

  Boutique children’s clothes. I’ll be honest and tell you, I’ve struggled with this.  Having a large family, the idea of spending $30 on a dress is difficult.  HOWEVER… As I kept seeing posts from friends with their children wearing Hen House apparel, I decided I had to check it out.  The clothes are adorable and I wanted to see if they were a good quality and worth the little extra money.  I mean, look at these!!!   In short. I love these clothes, this mama and this business!!  My top 5 Reasons to buy from Hen House apparel: The…

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Lula Roe Review |Ultimate Christmas Giveaway Series

You fit into 1 of 3 categories right now: LULAROE!!!! WAHOO!! Um…yes, that sounds familiar. (insert polite smile) How in the world do you pronounce that and why should I care.        I’m mostly talking to you if you are a 2 or a 3 here. You number 1’s are already excited for your chance at FREE LULA ROE coming this week and that is why you are here!!    Here is just part of why this company is awesome and why people are going crazy over these clothes!!     This is my favorite dress!! Now, for…

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