Let’s Talk About Self-Care and “Doing it All”

Yes, We Know Self-Care is Important (an Introduction):A few years ago, just after I graduated with my MA, I was was asked to participate in a panel discussion for incoming graduate students. One of the students posed a question to the panel about self-care, and balancing work and life in grad school, and everyone turnedContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Self-Care and “Doing it All””

Christmas 2020: Bake All The Cookies!

We made it through the Fall semester, both with Homeschool and my university’s semester! Celebrate! I still have some things to button-up in both places before I can say “Winter Break!” and even then, the kids will get a break, but I will be planning the next unit for them while also planning for myContinue reading “Christmas 2020: Bake All The Cookies!”

(Pandemic) Life Updates: The “Lost” Two Months of Remote Learning

Oh my goodness it’s mid-October already! We’re still editing vlogs from South Dakota. I haven’t updated the blog in awhile. And we’re putting the garden to rest for the season while also loading in the greenhouse. So much is happening at the Homestead to talk about, but before I can start the post routine again,Continue reading “(Pandemic) Life Updates: The “Lost” Two Months of Remote Learning”

Fun Homestead Announcements & News

Hello, all! June is halfway over, if you can believe it, and the first two weeks were action-packed! Fun things are happening at the Homestead and all of our food is grow-grow-growing, so this post is going to provide quite a few updates. Because there’s quite a lot of updating to do, I’ll be writingContinue reading “Fun Homestead Announcements & News”

The World is Hurting and I Can’t Not Write About It

As I write this, my two amazing children are engaged in a Kids Baking Show-style challenge. Their assignment? Bake 6 cake donuts with a glaze and a topping. This is the second challenge in a series. Last week they made ultimate brownies. In 20 minutes, my timer will chime and it will be time toContinue reading “The World is Hurting and I Can’t Not Write About It”

COVID-19 Morale Boost:May the 4th Disney at Home Day

After the success of our first Disney at Home Day, which I had planned very much on the fly, the kids kept asking to do it again. On our first day, we had park hopper tickets and visited all of our favorite highlights from each park. For subsequent Disney at Home days, then, I thoughtContinue reading “COVID-19 Morale Boost:May the 4th Disney at Home Day”

The Weekly Meal Plan: April 13-19 2020 and Homemade Easter Treats

Happy Easter week! This past Sunday we celebrated as a little family at the Homestead, then we took a little cake and plates of food to my parents while still staying at a distance and not going inside their house. It was strange to not have a large family gathering, but I’m thankful we gotContinue reading “The Weekly Meal Plan: April 13-19 2020 and Homemade Easter Treats”

The Weekly Meal Plan: April 6 – April 12 2020

So, it’s April 9th and I’m just now getting the weekly meal plan posted. It’s been a garden-focused week, as I mentioned in my previous post. It’s also been a week where I’ve had a little more bandwidth to handle my job, which has been welcome and necessary. I’ve been catching up on things thatContinue reading “The Weekly Meal Plan: April 6 – April 12 2020”

Weekly Meal Planning: 3/28/20 through 4/3/20

As I write this it’s almost 70 degrees outside in Central Indiana and it feels glorious. It’s such a welcoming feeling–a promise of summer. It’s something I think we all need right now. This morning, as we sipped our coffee and greeted a wet, misty day, I nearly recorded all of the birdsong and woodpeckersContinue reading “Weekly Meal Planning: 3/28/20 through 4/3/20”

Life in Stressful Times: Planning a Garden

Last week was better at first. I focused on organizing the kids’ and I into a schedule so that we could all not only get work and school-work done that needed doing, but move through our days meaningfully and with purpose. Not to mention that building in chore-time three times per day helped ensure myContinue reading “Life in Stressful Times: Planning a Garden”