This book may have taken us over a year to get through. I can’t even remember when we started it. Our slow progress through this book is not due to boredom or disinterest. Rather it seems life got in the way even as it was becoming a part of our lives. Through this book we, together, have learned beautiful words, interesting conversations, and simple morals. We have delighted in language for its structure and its beauty. And we have gained confidence in public and private speaking.
All that in one little book!!
We just completed Level One of First Language Lessons by Jessie Wise. It is part of a series published by Well-Trained Mind Press. And it is WONDERFUL for kids in early elementary! Approaching instruction classically, it is full of simple lessons for parents and children to work through in just minutes a day. But it is so rich with language, that it can be enjoyed long after the book is closed. Continue Reading
I am in danger every day of getting sucked into a vortex which succeeds in pulling me under and releases me hours later, numb and feeling less-than accomplished. This vortex has a couple of entry points: my laptop and my cell phone. And if I am not careful, I can ruin what could have been a productive day in my home (and in my business, this blog) simply by turning on the portal to this vortex: Facebook. Please, tell me I am not the only one! I know I can’t be!
Well I have decided I am taking back my time and my productivity from this fiendish Facebook! And I have a number of simple things I do to make myself more productive on Facebook in less time! Since I have a strong feeling I am not alone in the Facebook trap, I thought I would share with you how to be more productive on Facebook.
My name is Leah and I write about meaningful homemaking without fussiness at Simple.Home.Blessings. And I am NOT an expert on Facebook, but I have learned a lot about it because of my business. These tips are for those who consider themselves experts on Facebook and for those who haven’t quite figured it out yet. They are simple step-by-step strategies to get a hold of your time on Facebook.
This entry is part 28 of 33 in the series Baby Days
I am not crazy, I LOVE a good deal! Who doesn’t? And right now it is a great time to be a new mom because there are a TON of new mama freebies to be had! Lots of companies want to congratulate you on your status as a new mom. And they want you as a new (and loyal) customer. So, they are offering lots of great things just for being you! But not all the freebies/deals are all that great.
Here’s a rundown of the really great ones. The ones I think are really worth your time. And just so you know, most of them involve paying shipping and handling for the product (you know what they say about no free rides). These freebies are ones I haven’t seen on the myriad lists of new mom freebies and giveaways. And my list is not a bunch of coupons you don’t have time to cut or the ability to remember to bring to the store. Continue Reading
This entry is part 20 of 33 in the series Baby Days
Nursing is amazing, isn’t it? Just think of it. You carried your little one in your tummy for around 9 months, feeding and nourishing him until he grew large enough to enter the world and thrive. And then…and then, God has designed your body to switch gears completely to feed and nourish your little one for months (sometimes years, right?). It is miraculous, really!
Notice I didn’t say nursing was easy. But it is miraculous. If you are considering nursing your little one for any period of time after he is born, you may need a little bit of encouragement along the way. Because, honestly, as natural as nursing is, it doesn’t always come naturally.
After nursing FOUR little ones, I have learned a LOT about nursing. I am still not an expert, but I have learned plenty. That knowledge has helped me (and encouraged me) along the way. So I thought I would share with you the simple things I think nursing moms need to know. Continue Reading
We have tried it all…all of it. We have tried singing lullabies. We have tried the Jo Frost solution – um…sorry that one really didn’t work. We have tried punishments (oh, that one is awful!). We tried essential oils. We tried massage. We did it all.
A. L. L.
We even tried that new “magical” book – the second night she refused to listen to it. And nothing helped our oldest toddler get to bed easily. She is a fighter. She is always up and ready to go. She’s the one who gets a full 40 minutes and is ready to go for the rest of the night. So, I am always on the hunt for the next toddler sleep solution. And I will try just about anything.
But, I finally came up with a sleep routine that helps my toddler wind down enough to be still and [most nights] get to sleep quickly. Continue Reading
I have been hoping that the Lord would bless us with another baby (despite my husband’s other-minded-ness) and He has. I am pregnant again and just made it through the first trimester. I have not taken the opportunity to talk pregnancy and child-birth much on this blog, because honestly, I didn’t have the energy when I was going through the last pregnancy and early baby stages. But this time around, I don’t have that pesky bed-rest to deal with (just yet) and I have finally gotten back some of the energy I so desperately miss during the first trimester! And after my pregnancies, I have LOTS of opinions on products that are my must-have items for each stage of pregnancy. So, I thought I would divide them up by trimester and share my favorite pregnancy supplies with you. If this is your first pregnancy (congratulations!), you may want to consider these items as you navigate this new season. If this is your second (or third, etc.) pregnancy, I am sure you would agree with some of them and have others to add. Continue Reading