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Sensory Play: The Importance of Making a Mess

Sensory Play: The Importance of Making a Mess

I like cleaning up messes – said no mom ever, most especially me. But,  making a mess is important to children’s brain development. It is not making the mess, really, but playing with the different textures, scents, and sounds that makes those important neural connections. But it often does makes a mess. We can be…

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Donielle By Donielle, January 25, 2019
Setting Goals that are Actually Useful

Setting Goals that are Actually Useful

It’s a new year. That means a goal setting session as a family. We sit down with colorful cardstock and markers and set goals. We have learned a lot through years of going through this process. We’ve learned to set realistic goals, while still reaching high. We have learned to write out steps that will…

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Donielle By Donielle, January 18, 2019
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On Going Gray

On Going Gray

My transformation is complete. I began going gray when I became pregnant with Rainbow Baby. Since she was getting the detriment of my beat up 42 year old body to be carried in and birthed from, I wanted to give her an advantage. Even though I had been using the most natural hair color kits…

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Donielle By Donielle, January 11, 2019
Overcoming Anxiety and Fear

Overcoming Anxiety and Fear

Let me share something that may surprise you.  I suffered with anxiety and panic attacks for 25 years.  They would ebb and flow with whatever was going on in my life.  They started when I was 14,  (I traced them back to a bad ear infection, by the way).  I was healed when I was…

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Donielle By Donielle, December 31, 2018
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DIY Montessori Mats

DIY Montessori Mats

This is cool, ya’ll.  A Montessori store opened up not too far away.  It is called Natural Acorn.  They have such gorgeous wooden puzzles and manipulatives.  But the thing that really caught my eye were the soft learning mats.  They are neatly embroidered.   Dozens are available to choose from.  They reinforce basic concepts like colors, shapes,…

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Donielle By Donielle, December 21, 2018
My Christmas Playlist

My Christmas Playlist

Do you get a little tired of the same old holiday songs played over and over, made, re-made, and regurgitated ad nauseam?  At first it is good to hear the classic Christmas songs.  Like old college buddies, they are great to see once a year.  Then, about two weeks after Thanksgiving I remember why these…

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Donielle By Donielle, December 15, 2018
A New Christmas Tradition!

A New Christmas Tradition!

Don’t you just love Christmas traditions?  My favorites involve reading my favorite stories from The Norman Rockwell Christmas Treasury and The Candle in the Forest: And Other Christmas Stories Children Love – eBook By Compiled & edited by Joe L. Wheeler / Howard Books (affiliate link).  The kids love when we scoop them up in…

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Donielle By Donielle, December 5, 2018
Gifts for homeschool moms and other awesome ladies!  Giveaway!

Gifts for homeschool moms and other awesome ladies! Giveaway!

I am busy creating my DIY Christmas gifts today. There is something very special about receiving – and giving – a gift that took time and effort to create. But, sometimes I do not have the time, materials or talent to re-create something amazing that I have seen.  When that happens, I like to support…

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Donielle By Donielle, November 26, 2018
Art History Thanksgiving Project!

Art History Thanksgiving Project!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I am sending out this post early this week, so you have time to do this Thanksgiving art project.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. I never do art projects for their cuteness. It is part of my efficiency rule. Projects have to have some educational value or brain…

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Donielle By Donielle, November 20, 2018
Read “Emma” with Me

Read “Emma” with Me

Would you do me the honor of reading a Jane Austen novel with me?  I promise you will enjoy it.  Emma is entertaining, simple to follow, and teaches lessons that you did not know you learned until the last page turns and you shut the book, feeling satisfied.  Read Jane Austen’s Emma with me! Why read Jane…

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Donielle By Donielle, November 16, 2018
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