Welcoming Autumn & Embracing Our Simple Life

There is something truly magical about Autumn. I love to bundle the kids into soft sweaters and run around outside once the heat of summer is gone, and then cozy up under a warm blanket with cider and a story. Of all of the seasonal changes, Autumn is the one universally loved by myself and the kids. We have been looking forward to the first day of Autumn since last year! In our home, we celebrate the first day of each new season by cleaning out the house, buying fresh seasonal produce and spices from the farmers’ market, and exchanging our toys and books from storage. We keep all of our books and toys separated into 1/4th’s (other than our favorite blocks, grimm’s rainbow & art supplies) and we exchange them for more seasonally appropriate items. This keeps our messes down to a minimum, creates a rhythm in our lives, and helps the kids see old toys with fresh eyes. Since…

Buying natural art supplies is perfect for downsizing if you want a minimalist lifestyle. The best part? It is more beautiful, smells better, and is more environmentally friendly. Downsizing our art and craft supplies for the Tiny House move was a little bit overwhelming. Since we homeschool, we have…

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Christmas in August – Peppermint bark

Andes Mint Bark and Peppermint Bark Christmas Candy and Wooden Peg doll Nativity toys!  It has been dark and dreary and flash flooding for several days. The kids and I have spent a lot of time coloring and painting and storytelling, and even a fair share of moping around because we can’t go anywhere. I was trying to cheer them up, and Selena asked to listen to Christmas music… and one thing led to another. So, even though we missed Leon Day, we celebrated Christmas in August! Since we’re moving, all of our stuff was easily accessible, so we even got out our stockings, a mini tree, and this little peg doll nativity set by HereComesBrotherSun! One thing I always do on Christmas is make lots of candies. Since this was last minute and we couldn’t drive during the flooding, I looked for things I had around the house, and I had the supplies to make some simple 2 ingredient bark. It…

Blueberries for Selena and Gideon.

Kira spent the weekend with her grandmother, so we decided to make it an all weekend date with the littles. Selena decided that it should be blueberry themed, in honor of the summer solstice and blueberry season. So, we decided to visit a pick-your-own blueberry farm. Actually, it was a fully functioning farm, with bees, chickens, lots of various veggies and fruits, and a wonderful little farmer’s market with jam and homemade ice cream. We got our hats and sunglasses and cameras and started to make the trip over there… and it started pouring. Selena said, “Dad, I asked if you checked the weather!” She’s five going on seventeen, in case you didn’t catch that.  We panicked. What else could we do in rural Alabama? Nothing. Well, stop and look at cows and soybeans, but that was about it. It stopped raining, so we headed out to the blueberry area.   Gideon stopped to visit the chickens. This baby is such…