Here’s a new video with the addition of two of my kitchen helpers. If you can get over their antics (they LOVE seeing themselves live on the screen) you may learn a thing or two to make your kitchen more functional as a whole by putting your kids in charge.
Turning your kitchen over to your kids is a win/win situation. 1) It takes the burden of cooking + cleaning off of you as the parent and 2) it empowers your kids to step up, learn essential skills, and thrive on making the family machine function seamlessly.
Check it out!
the sleepy time gal
Here are the two words that changed my life 6 years ago. These two words are powerful for solving every single problem you have or will ever have to solve. Seriously.
Enjoy the video! Happy weekend friends.
the sleepy time gal
I’m super excited to reveal my brand new video channel!
On my Live Boldly video channel I’lll be regularly posting videos to inspire + motivate you in your pursuit to create/live the life YOU really want. I’ll also be sharing simple tips + tutorials that you have asked for through this space on my blog.
I’ve been wanting to create this video channel so I can DO and SHARE things I could never do just through my blog. And I can answer many of your questions via video, do house tours you’ve asked for, and show you exactly how we do some of the things I’ve written about in this space.
Let me know what you think!
Go out + live boldly!
the sleepy time gal
This morning I decided it was time to totally change up my morning routine. I need something new. Something different to wake up to.
So I went into my calendar and deleted a few blocks of scheduled time in my morning and, while I was at it, in our day. I’m not sure what I will fill the freed up space and time with but right now I need to see the blank, free space on the calendar.
I’ve been reading Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less lately. And it’s increasing my recent desire to get rid of more, live off of less, and only keep the most essential things physically in our lives and on our calendar. And so I’ve been making mental lists of what I will be getting rid of in our house, in our bookcase, closets, kitchen cupboards, bedrooms, garage, and basement while also deciding what isn’t the absolutely most important way we use our time during the week.
This may be our fourth week without a working dishwasher but new things are happening in the kitchen! My ongoing mission as 1) mother and 2) healthy-food-generator is to come up with new exciting ways to serve up eggs for my kids.
Yesterday morning we made popovers for breakfast! And since I have two kids that are tentative about eggy-consistency “baked goods” I knew I’de have to have something pretty awesome to slather over them.
So chef Annabelle and I tried to recreate some of the cream cheese spreads we sampled this week from our local farmers market. The chef for the day refused using ANY herbs in the spreads so we came up with two spread everyone would enjoy. They take just a few minutes to throw together and are an incredible, flavorful addition to eggs, toast, or even crackers.
As unschoolers, our family doesn’t follow a set curriculum. Because of that, we are free to explore and dive into the subjects we are most interested in at any given moment. That means the library is one of the most important assets of our homeschooling.
Our approach to our library visit is simple. Each child chooses:
- A handful of picture books (younger children) or chapter books of personal interest
- A handful of interested topic-specific books
Sticks. Are everywhere.
I see now at my age that life isn’t a race or about “winning” or reaching the top first but about giving everything you have to the things you care deeply for. One person’s “things” are different from another, just as one person’s passions/priorities are different from another. You give and give and become more and more. Sometimes you see progress and growth where you concentrate your nurturing and time and sometimes you see no progress in your very sincere efforts.
Then old phases die out and new phases begin and you start all over again, choosing your priorities all over again. Giving and observing, making sure your heart and precious time is moving something small into something bigger.
We give so our children grow from something small into something bigger. We give and wait for our dreams to come true. Give life into our deepest hopes and longings. And give great effort to breaking past our struggles to find peace again. And the cycle of giving is always there, always deep and real but changing its’ purpose with each phase of our lives.