Valentine ❀️ Gift Ideas

I recently read a great, short article on gift giving by tidying expert Marie Kondo (see link below). Choosing Gifts That Spark Joy It's only a few weeks until Valentines Day. Here are some fun gift ideas for a variety of ages and budgets. Edible gifts from Sohnrey Family Foods Health & Beauty gifts from … Continue reading Valentine ❀️ Gift Ideas

100th Day of Homeschool πŸ“

Happy 100th Day of school everyone! We haven't celebrated this day in the past and we had a lot of fun! I did a Google search for 100th day of school celebration ideas and let each kiddo choose one favorite idea. We found so many fun ideas that we celebrated for 2 days. We just … Continue reading 100th Day of Homeschool πŸ“

Happy Lunar New Year πŸ§§

I was in the mood for a celebration, so we planned a fun Lunar New Year family party. We included books, movies, games and food inspired by China. We read these books: We watched this movie: Disney Nature Born in China available on Disney+ We watched these TV shows: Curious George: season 9 episode 5 … Continue reading Happy Lunar New Year πŸ§§

The Story of Ferdinand – Five in a Row Christmas Ornament

I did not come up with this adorable idea. Our friends, the North family, from North Carolina made this for theΒ Five in a Row ornament swap in 2016. I made a very similar ornament for a friend of mine. First, collect 4 corks per ornament. My next-door neighbor just happened to bring over a giant … Continue reading The Story of Ferdinand – Five in a Row Christmas Ornament

Five in a Row Christmas Ornament Swap 2018

My dear friends from Five in a Row NC were so sweet to send us ornaments from last year's Christmas ornament swap (2018) even though I didn't send in my contribution until this year (2019). You can find details instructions for that ornament here: Five in a Row Christmas Ornament - Who Owns the Sun? … Continue reading Five in a Row Christmas Ornament Swap 2018

The Salamander Room 🦎 – Five in a Row Christmas Ornament

As you may remember, when we lived in North Carolina a few years ago, we were part of a really great homeschool group, North Carolina Five in a Row (NC FIAR).  Every year the group leader, L.N. organizes a FIAR ornament swap.  She is so sweet to let me participate in the swap even though … Continue reading The Salamander Room 🦎 – Five in a Row Christmas Ornament

πŸŽ„ Christmas Book πŸ“š List

Happy December everyone! One of my favorite Christmastime childhood memories is pulling out the box of Christmas books that were stored with the rest of the Christmas decorations.  The books somehow seemed more magical because they were Christmas themed, and we only saw them once a year, and they smelled like the Christmas candles that … Continue reading πŸŽ„ Christmas Book πŸ“š List

Who Owns the Sun? β˜€οΈ – Five in a Row Christmas Ornament

When we lived in North Carolina a few years ago, we were part of an amazing homeschool group, North Carolina Five in a Row (NC FIAR).  Every year the group leader, L.N. organizes a FIAR ornament swap.  She is so sweet to let me participate in the swap even though we don't live in NC … Continue reading Who Owns the Sun? β˜€οΈ – Five in a Row Christmas Ornament

πŸ¦ƒ Thanksgiving Book πŸ“š List

I'm wishing y'all a happy Thanksgiving a few days early because we're hosting the big dinner at our rental house this year. I'm grateful to have the space to cook and to host this year! By next year I would really like to read a different book each day leading up to Thanksgiving. I'm working … Continue reading πŸ¦ƒ Thanksgiving Book πŸ“š List

Apple 🍎 Hill – Boa Vista Orchards – Placerville, California

My sister came to visit this past weekend and we decided to take a day trip to Apple Hill today. My favorite stop was Boa Vista Orchards. If you are ever in the area I highly recommend stopping by to try the apple cider sugar donuts! I hope you enjoy the photos of our excursion. … Continue reading Apple 🍎 Hill – Boa Vista Orchards – Placerville, California