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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…

Minimal and Natural Kid’s Art Supplies

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 had boxes and bags and jars of glitter and sequins and fabric scraps and so many broken crayons. At one point, we had an entire walk-in closet full of art supplies. I wish I had a photo. It was probably 1/3 of the square footage of the entire tiny house and it was just piles of stuff. To be honest, once I got over the fear of downsizing, and stopped thinking things like, “but I might need that jelly jar full of felt scraps or that box of half finished origami. If we throw it away, it’s just a waste.” It was really, really freeing. Who really needs 10,000 broken crayons? Here is a step-by-step guide to…

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…