Category Archives: Education

she {hearts} back to school preparation

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Back-to-school planning and preparation is in full swing around here.  We have our schoolroom painted and ready to go!  That was a huge item I needed to check off of my list… whew!  Now I can breath a little.  We typically buy the kids a couple of new outfits to wear through out the year.  We never go overboard… they grow so fast and their clothes show wear from playing outside.  Even so, it is nice to have a few special pieces for them to wear when we are out and about and need to look pulled together.  That is where the Tea Collection comes into play.

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With their new fall line featuring beautiful jewel tones and scenes from abroad, my kiddos have those “go-to” fashion-forward pieces.  I love the feel of Tea Collections clothing- both soft and very durable.  Round it off with super adorable boots, and we’re good to go!

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Next item to check off my back-to-school list… supplies!  I love breaking open a new box of crayons or markers.  What back-to-school preparations are you entertaining?

Tea Collection: Ella’s Shirt/scarf; Liam’s shirt; Guinnyth’s romper

Timber & Tamber: Ella’s rain boots

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She {hearts} The Well Planned Day

the well planned dayConfession: I am a list maker. I make lists for everything, from meal planning to what I want to accomplish in the next week. I love to cross or check things off, I will even re-write my ongoing lists to keep them neat and orderly (sometimes adding already done things just so I can check them off). So when it comes to my daughters schooling I am no different. Even being attracted to a more simple approach to schooling and having a laid-back lifestyle I still love having something to check off. A written plan is especially helpful since we do 5 days of school curriculum in our 4 day school week. With The Well Planned Day planner I can easily see were to spread that extra day of work throughout the week.

I love all the extras this planner packs, chores charts, a budget page, an area to keep track of letters and cards you send. Each new month includes a calendar month, an article on homeschooling, tear off shopping lists, and space for books read and field trips taken that month. The weekly part divides 5 school days using a two page spread. There is a small section for weekend and dinner menu. Along the top are different scripture verses and quotes each week. There is a section to keep track of grading with 4 cardstock report cards you can give out in the back. December even has an extra Holiday Organization section!

The only drawback is it is designed for 4 children- not a big deal for me since I have only one in school, but I already have a 3 year old, a newly 2 year old, as well as a newborn so we’ll be maxed out in a few years. However for now as a homeschooling mama, it’s the only planner I need- and I look forward to purchasing one for next year.

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You can purchase The Well Planned Day planner- hard copy or software from Home Educating Family Association in their shop or check out a sample here. You can also find many reviews and articles- a fantastic resource for the homeschooling family.

She {hearts} Savings

Right now The Well Planned Day Homeschool Planner (2012-2013) is on sale for $12.48 (regularly $24.95) and if you want to get ready for next year, all of their 2013-2014 planners are on sale as well.


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She {hearts} Hannah’s Oak


Hannah’s Oak began with a product to sell- cute wool dryer balls, which Paula sent to me for review. However since then Paula felt like she was being called to use Hannah’s Oak mainly to help mothers and families rather than sell a product. Hannah’s Oak is an awesome site whose heart of  their mission is to particularly help those “brokenhearted by pregnancy complications, children in intensive care units; & child loss through our projects & support.” Paula recently began Project Bella’s Bows to provide adorable bows for babies in her local NICU as well as for bereavement photos shoots.

I have been witness to the loss of a child in labor, miscarriages, unable to conceive, having a child in the NICU and each trial brings about it’s own unique set of hardships. I think it’s wonderful that someone is doing something for these mothers, using her time and talents in service of others. Offering a small bit of encouragement- soaked in love, to them in their pain.

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Check out Hannah’s Oak and see where you can jump in to help, one way is by purchasing your own cute bow from their etsy shop (all proceeds go towards providing bow’s to babies in need), or find resources to receive encouragement and support with whatever pregnancy difficulty you are expeiriencing.

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She {hearts} Perfect Pushing

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Well in a few short days or weeks… I will be in that place again…

In Labor… ready to push.

Now this post may be bizarre for some and something many of us never even think about. After my 3rd born though and a very hard and intense natural birth experience… I realized I knew very little about pushing in labor.

With my 1st two births I relied on the epidural and by the time I had to push, it was just something that felt very unsure about and unnatural. Maybe because I could not feel with my first two… with them though, I just followed the instructions of the nurses and it eventually worked out. After hours of pushing. The good thing with those was the fact I couldn’t feel a thing :) but come my 3rd born and the ability to feel, I realized I knew nothing about pushing.

My pushing with Owen was extremely difficult… I wish going into that birth experience I had known more about that process, besides the “given” – you will know when you need to push. :)

Months ago I came across a site that sold a dvd called “Perfect Pushing.” I had heard about this company prior and the amazing techniques they have for women who have a Diastasis after pregnancy… but the information about pushing in labor was something I had never seen before.

perfectpushingdvdI’ve since watched the dvd and have learned so much about how our bodies work in pregnancy… but also after pregnancy. The methods Julie teaches on this dvd are so wise and make perfect sense.

It is something that you can put into practice at the beginning of your pregnancy and use throughout. Once baby comes you can use these methods to strengthen your abdominal again and begin the journey back to your pre-pregnancy figure. :) Obviously after 3 kids and soon to be my 4th, I do not expect a perfect stomach…. but I do know strengthening it properly is so important… not just for comfort reasons in clothing but also core strength and even spinal health.

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The Perfect Pushing DVD is available online. You can read many reviews on how this dvd helped so many women during labor… I can’t vouch for its methods personally, since… well, my baby is still cooking ;-) – but I look forward to going into this labor experience with a little more knowledge and help, than I have in the past.

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Julie would like to give one of our readers the chance to win the Perfect Pushing DVD.

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She {hearts} Cucumberlime

cucumberlime logoIn our house, we really try to prioritize the training of our children… from manners and academics to self-discipline and responsibility. So, when I found Cucumberlime’s adorable chore charts and magnets, I knew they would be a wonderful addition to our home and training!

The kids were so excited when they arrived in the mail and now diligently move their magnets from “To Do” to “Done” throughout the day. From getting dressed and making their beds to unloading the dishwasher and collecting the trash, I appreciate their help and they enjoy moving their magnets to show what they’ve accomplished:) In the process, however, they are learning the important role that each member of our family plays, as well as the importance of self-discipline and responsibility.

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Each wooden magnet is large enough to be grasped by tiny fingers, but little enough that you can fit quite a few chores on the chart. In addition, the pictures show the children what needs to be done, which helps “young readers” still know what to do! We love Cucumberlime’s chort charts and magnets!

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She {hearts} Teacher Gifts


I found this on Pinterest and thought it was such an adorable idea. I made some for Dustyn’s Preschool Teachers. I put a little drawing from Dustyn and a note from me in the cup along with the little packets to add to water. They really loved them. If you go here they have where you can print the little flags.

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I love that this makes a great teacher gift and it is not that expensive. Plus the teachers can you the cups for a long, long time.

What are you doing for your kids teachers for the end of the year?

She {hearts} The Eight Little Circles

My mother gifted the book, The Eight Little Circles, to my daughter.

I’ve known the author of this book for quite some time. I grew up with Mrs. Lynn’s daughter, Stacy. Stacy and I graduated from high school and I even recently photographed her wedding! It wasn’t just a big year for Stacy, but for Mrs. Lynn because she published this wonderful children’s book! Mrs. Lynn has a degree in Early Childhood and has worked with children for more thatn 20 years which led her to writing books. She also enjoyed writing poetry and children’s songs.

The Eight Little Circles helps children learn about basic colors, numberes, and important concepts such as big and little as they rhyme their way through this unique, interactive book.

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My Eight Little Circle can be purchased for $8.09 at Barnes & Noble.

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I have one copy of the My Eight Little Circles to give away to two She {hearts} It readers!

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Congrats to our Winners, Jenny & Patricia!