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Friday Favorites: 7•31•20

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I'm linking up with  Andrea  and  Erika  again this week to share a few of my Friday faves. Thrift Books and Book Outlet are my favorite places to buy books.  I recently placed an order with Thrift Books for a bunch of Usborne history books that I'm planning to use for the upcoming school year and they were so cheap (like 5 books for the cost of one on Amazon cheap).  Thrift Books also allows you to choose pretty easily between new and used books, which I love (I'm from Portland and this bookstore with its literal mountains and mazes of used books defined my childhood and adolescence).  ( Note : The Thrift Books links in this post are referral links so if you're interested in purchasing from them I would be very grateful if you would use one of these links - any help funding my book obsession is much appreciated.) I'm sure that even if you haven't listened to the album yet, you've all heard about Taylor Swift's Folklore album.  I used to be

Quick Takes: Raffi, Haircuts, and Weaning

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1. RAFFI I grew up in Portland so everything that's happening there right now is hard for me to see and hard for me to talk about.  It makes me mad but, more than that, it makes me so, so sad.  BUT Portland is a tough and resilient city with tough and resilient people and I know that it will make it through this horrible intrusion with its spirit in tact and undeterred. Do you all remember Raffi?   He recently wrote a song about Portland and you should listen to it.  It's so simple but the message is strong - come out tonight, don't stop coming out tonight.  You got this Portland.  We're all with you, even Raffi. 2. WEANING The funny thing about nursing is that when you first have your baby, everyone is so proud of you for nursing. You're amazing, you're an inspiration, you're commendable.  But there comes a time when that baby gets older and hits a certain age and society says nursing is not okay anymore. People go from being proud and amazed to

What's In My Amazon Cart: Homeschool Edition

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While I've already ordered by 2020-2021 curriculum (v. v. exciting), I still have a bunch of stuff sitting in my Amazon cart that I'm mulling over.  My gut is telling me to only buy the bare minimum at the beginning of the year and then add what we need as we need it since it's our first year homeschooling and I, quite honestly, have no real idea what I'm doing here.  That said, I'm excited and my excitement about the year makes me want all. the. things. So, here's what's sitting in my Amazon cart right now that I haven't bought yet but probably will  might buy in the next week or so. Pencils .  Obviously. Markers .  My kids are marker assassins.  Markers last about three months in our house before they're dried up or discarded.  I'm hoping that one day (probably around the time my kids finally remember that they need shoes to leave the house or how to make their beds...whichever comes first) they'll remember to actually put the lids b

Friday Favorites: 7•24•20

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I'm linking up with Andrea and Erika again this week to share a few of my favorite things. Let's talk about swimsuits (again...I think I've probably written like 3 separate posts on this but since we've been going to the beach so much, swimsuits are always on my mind).  I recently bought this swimsuit top from Amazon and I think it's my new favorite top.  I didn't buy the matching bottoms yet (I've worn it with plain black bottoms and it looks great IMHO) because I wasn't sure how I would like the brand but I think I might make room in my budget for them as I'm so impressed with the top. Last week felt a little crazy because of our spur of the moment camping trip .  This week we didn't do much of anything and it was so nice to just spend some time relaxing at home.  Being home with my family and watching movies on the couch is my absolute favorite (especially when the kids insist on watching Harry Potter...I didn't influence them

Quick Takes: Curriculum & Lots o' Links

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1. CURRICULUM I finally settled on curriculum for our 2020-2021 homeschool year.  I put together a lengthy blog post all about it HERE .  I'm so excited to get all the books in the mail and look through them.  It took me months to decide on everything but now that I have, I really can't wait to get started. 2. CAMPING We went camping last week and I can't stop thinking about it.  There's something so magical about camping with kids.  Even though just about everything requires more work than it does at home, it's just so relaxing.  We're going to try to plan another short trip sometime in August and then hopefully once a month (or once every couple of months) after that. 3. BOOKS I'm just about finished with Little Women (only about 50 pages left, sad). I want to finish Little Women when I’m alone and not distracted so I can really enjoy saying goodbye to the characters and their world.  So instead of finishing Little Women on our Wednesday

Secular Homeschool Curriculum: 2020-2021 School Year

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Alright guys, here it is - my 2020-2021 curriculum post! I have spent months pouring over curriculum blog posts, reading curriculum reviews, and watching curriculum flip throughs on Youtube.  After all that, I still spent weeks going back and forth trying to choose between all the different options.  This is our first year homeschooling so I'm sure this isn't perfect and will almost certainly be subject to change; but, this is what we're starting with. For those that haven't read my "About" page, I have three kids ages 8 (going into third grade), 5 (going into first grade), and 3.5.  George, my son, is going to be in first grade and Eleanor, my oldest daughter, is going into third grade. Math : Horizons (Level 1 and Level 3) I went back and forth between Horizons and Saxon but ultimately chose Horizons because it seemed more fun and exciting to me , which means it will almost certainly be seen as more fun and exciting by my kids. Language Arts

Camping During Coronavirus

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OUR TRIP Currently, at California State Parks, all camping is by reservation only.  Most campgrounds are also only partially opened, meaning less people per campground. This basically makes camping just about the best social distancing vacation there is right now. On Monday evening last week we started talking about how restless we were and wouldn’t it be great if we could get away for just a few nights. First, we checked Airbnb but quickly realized that wasn’t going to be an option, at least in the areas we were interested in going. Then it hit us - camping! The last time we went camping was back in February (so pre-coronavirus lockdowns). We went to Joshua Tree and it was a dream trip. Camping is always the answer. We decided to check reservations at all the campgrounds near our house to see if we could book a trip for the coming weeks. And just our luck - a site was available at the lake by our house (Lake Casitas, if you’re localish) for the SAME WEEK. We didn’t rea

Friday Favorites: 7•17•20

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I'm linking up with Andrea and Erika again to share a few of my favorite things! We just got back from a pretty impromptu camping trip and, while I'm completely exhausted, camping is a MAJOR favorite of mine (especially right now when all other vacations and trips are put on hold).  Check out my camping post HERE . My favorite thing to do while camping is read by the campfire so our camp couch is probably my favorite piece of camping gear.  We actually got ours as a wedding present (just over nine years ago now) but this one is pretty similar if you're in the market. I know I posted about this last Friday but I'm still working my way through  Little Women (I'm right around page 500 now though so...progress!) and it's just so good.  Definitely a favorite.  I'm at such a good spot in the book and I'm having the hardest time putting it down. The best part of camping though is the uninterrupted family time - no TV, no phones, no interne

Quick Takes: Decor Highs and School Lows

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1. VIDEO GAMES We bought a Nintendo Switch a few years ago for Christmas and so far the only games we really play on it are Sonic and Mario Kart.  Lately though, my kids have been so into Apple Arcade games and I think we're finally entering the age where they're taking more of an interest in video games.  They're obsessed with a game called Sasquatch on Apple Arcade (if anyone reading has played this, they just found the treasure chest and got into R Corp...so it was a big night over here last night).  I'm now looking into more games on the Switch that they might like.  I'm thinking Animal Crossing because it looks a little like Sasquatch.  Recommendations are welcome.     2. READING George can officially, officially read now.  It's always hard to mark when your kid becomes a reader because it's such a gradual process.  But when we went to the beach on Monday he brought a Pete the Cat book with him and read the entire thing in the car without

Perfect Pickled Peppers

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I love pickled anything.  Who doesn't, really? As a kid, I would eat pickled asparagus straight out of the Costco-sized jar while watching TV and I could easily polish off a jar of pickles in a weekend.  However, as much as I love pickled foods, I don't like waiting for things to pickle.  This is why quick pickling recipes are my very favorite thing. As I've mentioned before, our garden is growing like crazy this year thanks to a pretty decent spring rainfall.  This year we planted hatch peppers, bell peppers, and jalapeño peppers.  We just harvested our first batch of jalapeños and hatch peppers and just about as soon as they were picked, my mind turned to pickling. I ended up doing a quick pickling with the hatch peppers while my husband, who is much more detail-oriented than I am, did a traditional pickling/canning with the jalapeños.  The pickling recipe that I used is crazy easy and I bet you have all of the ingredients already in your pantry. First, you s