DIY: How to Build a Rain Barrel

diy water barrel - See Jamie blog

Someday, when my garden grows up, it's going to be a cottage garden. I've been working on making it into one for years now, and that's taken a whole lot of trial and error in regards to what works and what doesn't. It's an ongoing process. Our house isn't at all cottage style, but surrounding it with hand-me-down plants and flowers like this … [Read More...]

Mama’s Tea Time Giveaway

tea gift collage

Every Mama needs frequent mini-breaks to replenish her batteries. For me, that comes in the form of tea time, first thing in the morning and throughout the day. I almost always have a steaming mug of tea within arm's … [continue...]

Worth Reading: my latest book recommendations

recommended reads

I go in spurts with reading. When I have a bunch of other things going on, I neglect my stack o' books, but then read one right after another. Sometimes I have more than one book going at a time: maybe a nice little … [continue...]

Relaxed Homeschooling: Core Phase for Young Learners

Core Phase for Young Learners

I believe young kids benefit from very relaxed, unschoolish, interest-led learning, and a delayed start to structured academics. In the Leadership (or Thomas Jefferson) Education model I've been discussing, this is the … [continue...]

How to be Friends with an Introvert

how to be friends with an introvert

Is there an introvert in your life that you just don't "get"? Then on behalf of introverts everywhere, I'd like to thank you for making an effort to understand us better. We know we can be a little quirky. ;) First of … [continue...]

Spring Nature Study: Fairy Garden

fairy bench made of sticks

My younger kids don't really get the concept of seasons in more than a very broad way, so we've been working on that. For instance, they are convinced winter is ALWAYS cold and snowy; not always true here in Georgia! … [continue...]