OUR HOMESCHOOL STORY-UPDATED 2018

Our homeschool journey began back in March 2017. What started out as a temporary solution has now turned into a permanent choice & we are very excited for the future. Here we go; Sometime in 2016 we found out my father in law was battling what was now his second round of cancer. If you’ve witnessed a loved one fight the good fight against this monster then you can probably visualize what that was like. He was given the option to go for round 2 of radiation along with chemo as he was beyond operating at this point, which he refused. View Post

DIY (POM-POM) BOHEMIAN DECOR BASKETS

I have three boys and I’m an avid crafter, that means there’s always some sort of mess-making situation going on at our place, that also means lots of little things that often have trouble finding a spot for. I love decor baskets around the house because they are so versatile when it comes to how you can use them and today I have a super easy little craft to dress up décor baskets around your home to give them a modern, fun and bohemian flair with colorful View Post

FLORIDA SUMMER VACATION 2017

FLORIDA SUMMER VACATION 2017

This year we decided to go back to DisnewWorld in Orlando Florida for our summer family vacation. It was super fun, super hot & super memorable!

Deets of our vacay:

Rental home through:

HomeAway I love using HomeAway.com to book our vacation homes because it’s super easy & they have awesome customer service. We used them on our Austin trip as well last 4th of July. I love that your account keeps your TRIPS and the homes selected, making it easy to re-book same properties without the hassle of having to search for them over again.

Disneyworld & Islands of Adv. Tickets:

Purchased through Walmart near our rental home. We felt they offered the quickest and safest experience. Of course you can always purchase online as well.

Favorite restaurants:

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Historic Rock Castle tour in Hendersonville, Tennessee 

Today we toured the historic Rock Castle mansion and I fell completely in love with it and its warm history. I have to say, I am a sucker for old tales and old things…Tennessee, at least these small nearby cities , Gallatin, Hendersonville, Portland and Goodlettsville are full of civil war history and museums, amazing green rolling hills and farms and the friendliest of people. If you have ever considered vacationing here I would highly recommend it, especially with littles. I shared with you all the reasons why we decided to homeschool our boys last week and I’m just so lucky that the husband is working in such a history rich town, as I can use many of these “fun outings” to keep us from going mad from being in a tiny hotel room all day and as field trips to teach them a little history; they have been having such fun answering tour questions and learning fun details about past US presidents. We’ve definitely incorporated more history into our homeschool plan that’s for sure.
You can learn a little about Historic Rock Castle here and you can check out their website here for more information.
I leave up with some pictures from our tour, thanks for reading.

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SMUDGING FEATHER WAND

Today I want to share how to make your very own smudging feather wand.

If you’re not familiar with cleansing rituals or smudging rituals then you probably have NO idea what I’m talking about. Let me give you a very basic crash course. Smudging is the burning or “smoking” of a smudge stick, a bundle stick made up of dried healing herbs, this ritual is done to Purify a space, place or person. This started out as a ritual in Native American culture and other indigenous cultures hundreds of years ago, and it is done so to Cleanse a space, person or place of negative energy. I’ve been smudging my home since I learned about it about 8 years ago and I LOVE the peace I feel after my home has been cleansed. Sometimes people’s bad vibes or negative energy rubs off on us and we bring it into our home, other times it lingers in your home after their visit. Sometimes just someone’s bad vibes towards you will be enough to make you and your home feel burdened and just negative. I will try follow up this post with a smudging ritual so you can see this amazing feather wand in action. For now, I leave you with this fun and quick tutorial on how to make a smudging feather wand.

The feather wand is used to spread the smoke into every inch of a room or space. The reason a feather or feather wand is preferred is because in many cultures birds are admired for their “closeness” to heaven

Items needed:

Feathers of your choice
String
Floral tape
Wooden dowels
Wooden beads (optional)

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You’ll want to start by breaking off 2-3 inch pieces of the dowel to create “spacers” between your feathers to make it “fan out”, otherwise your feathers will basically overlap each other.

Grab a feather and a spacer and use the floral tape to connect them, then add another feather and another spacer. I used 2 spacers and 3 feathers for the base

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You can simply stop here, or add more feathers to adorn your wand. Remember that you are creating your own feather wand, so make sure you give it some personality and have fun with it. My feathers were pretty skinny so I went ahead and added 2 more white feathers on the sides to give it a little extra width and some smaller colorful feathers on the front to give it some contrast. I also wrapped embroidery thread to support the “handle” and to add a little charm made of wooden beads.

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Your feather wand is ready for smudging

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Hope you liked this quick tutorial…Adios!

 

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