Friday, September 30, 2011

Fall Fun!


Fall has finally arrived. This season has so many offerings from pumpkin patches to apple orchards to fun costumes and delicious food. To add to the fun here are some cute craft and food ideas for you to enjoy with your little ones.

Learning Packs:

Fall Fun :: Homeschool Creations

Leaves :: 2 Teaching Mommies

Apples :: 2 Teaching Mommies


Crafts:

Apple Prints :: about.com

Felt Pumpkins :: Twig and Toadstool

Pumpkin Game :: Pink and Green Mama (she has a lot of other great fall crafts listed in the side bar)


Leaf Garland :: A Beautiful Mess


Food:

Pretty much anything involving apples or pumpkins reminds me of fall. A few ideas for some sweet treat.

Apple or Pumpkin Pie


Pumpkin Spice Latte :: Thekitchn

Chocolate Acorns :: From Chapel Hill to Chickenville


And just for fun, check out this post on the sights, sound, smells, and tastes of fall at SimpleKids. Also, as you check out the other links be sure to try some of the other crafts they have listed. There are just so many great ideas and not enough time to do them all. Darn.

We have done a few of these crafts and the kids have loved them. I am so excited for our school break next week (we do 6 week terms with a week off in between) so we can do a ton of crafting and eating. Happy Fall!

Unprocessed 2011

Eating a diet full of processed foods seems to be the norm in American culture. With busy schedules, tiredness, and ease of preparation serving pre-made or fast food meals to their families makes sense for a lot of people. (This is not a judgment on anyone. At times, that includes our family as well. There are seasons where it is just easier.) But those choices come with costs. Costs to our health, budget, even family togetherness.

Our family has been on a journey to eating a more whole foods diet. It has been a challenge, but the benefits like better health and lower grocery bills has made it worth it. There are times where we buy a frozen pizza or grab a burger out. No one is perfect and as a spouse of someone who deploys quite often, usually during soccer season, there are days it's just easier to eat food someone else has made.

For the month of October however our little family will be taking part of Eating Rules challenge to eat unprocessed. What is considered unprocessed you may wonder. Well, Andrew defines it as:

Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with readily available, whole food ingredients.

We already eat pretty much unprocessed anyway, but with soccer being in full swing we are out of the house during the dinner or lunch hour a few days a week. It is going to take some creativity and commitment to make food ahead of time (that isn't pb&j all week) for our meals. But I am looking forward to the challenge and will update each Friday during October. I hope you'll join in too.

(for some encouragement and ideas be sure to check back at Eating Rules for fabulous guest posts and ideas throughout the month.)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Yarn Along :: September 28


Knitting and reading are great ways to relax and I am so thankful for the time and ability to be able to do both. Lately I have been reading Half the Sky which discusses women's oppression. It's been so eye opening and has made me appreciate the freedoms that I have as an American. And as I knit my sweet girl her scarf thoughts and ideas on how to teach her compassion and thankfulness for her place in life swirl in my mind. Hopefully by the time the scarf is finished I will have some plans on how to instill a desire to serve and help those who are oppressed.

And if you have time check out more knitting tales over at Ginny's.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Daybook :: Sept. 26, 2011

FOR TODAY
Outside my window...beautiful, sunny skies. Not sure how long they will last but so enjoying them.

I am thinking...that there will be quite a bit of fall crafting and baking this week.

I am thankful...for a chance to skype with my hubby. Technology is a wonderful thing.

From the learning rooms...Last week of our first 6 week term. Beginning studies on Israel and the Civil War. Lots of lapbooking fun to look forward to.

In the kitchen...simple meals and leftovers with it being the middle of soccer season. And some freezer cooking too.

I am wearing...skinny jeans and a cozy, striped sweater. Oh, and my slippers. Our floors stay so cold.

I am creating...a scarf for my sweet girl. Plan
s for all the creating that will occur once the weather gets a bit colder.

I am going...to Girl Scouts today. And if I decide to brave it the education office to start on the journey to my degree in sociology.

I am wondering...what my hubby is doing at this moment. Missing him terribly this deployment.

I am reading...Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof
and Sheryl WuDunn. So amazing and eye opening. I really encourage everyone to read it.
Rest by Keri Wyatt Kent. Sabbath is something we all need.

I am hoping...to enjoy some quiet time alone with God today. With three kids and being a "single" parent right now it gets difficult.

I am looking forward to...the kids soccer matches this saturday. Watching them play brings me so much joy.

I am hearing...the washing machine run and my sweet kids playing before our school day begins.

Around the house...there are some cleaning projects to work on. We are beginning our deep clean/purge before the beginning of our birthday/h
oliday season. (and cold and flu season too)

I am pondering...Our lives speak loudly to those around us, especially the children in our home. ~Billy Graham

One of my favorite things...a cup of black chai tea and dark chocolate during quiet time.

A few plans for the rest of the week:girl scouts, soccer, co-op, errand
s, cleaning

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...
Check out more at simple woman's daybook.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Simple and Intentional

Over the years my vision of how I want to live my life has changed and matured. Instead of trying to live in a way that meets the world's standards and garners me recognition for all I've done I have chosen to go another route.

Loving God and loving others are the two rules I live by. To live up to those two rules some changes have had to be made in my (and my family's life). We have begun a journey to live a simpler more intentional life so that we can honor God and serve others. Enjoy sharing in our adventures along the way.