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Suburban Homestead
Northern California
I am a designer and mother of three. Welcome to my blog!
Interests: Modern design, organic gardening, interiors and product design, cooking, entertaining, graphic design, textiles, patterns, color, music, childrens books, photography, farming, reading, photography..
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THIS WEEKS BOOKS In The Car: We finished up a great book in the car over our break, Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and Other Wily Characters. We are now onto Every Soul A Star, and everyone is enthralled. 10yo: He's reading Just A Drop of Water, a book... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Suburban Homestead
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I hesitate to say we've been blessed with beautiful weather this winter. As much as we enjoyed the past week for all it's warm, spring-like days, it no doubt came with a cost: my East Coast friends are being pummeled with relentless storms. My girlfriend in Boston and I kept... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Suburban Homestead
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MONDAY 9:30 - 3:00 Homeschool in the forest! Pack leader reports from this week: 5yo: "We had another excellent day with the Pup Pack on Monday. We brought our Little Bird song to life by making "molasses candy" pine cone bird feeders for the birds, which the children greatly enjoyed.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Suburban Homestead
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MONDAY 9:30 - 3:00 Homeschool in the forest meets on MLK day. Pack leader reports: 5yo: N/A 8yo: "We became true fox lizards last week as we focused on stealth walking, which we call fox walking. We practiced this through games and challenges during the day. We will slowly be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Suburban Homestead
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I can't figure-out which week this is for us. Our fall classes started tapering off long before the schools let out in December, and our new classes are only just starting to ramp up. We've been keeping busy with lots of great stuff, but I've been terrible about documenting it.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Suburban Homestead
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MONDAY 9:30 – 3:00 Homeschool in the Forest Daddy lets me sleep in until 8 and when I come out to the kitchen I witness the 10yo preparing hot, turkey leftover lunches for himself and his siblings. He puts all food, including freshly made hot cocoa, into vacuum-sealed containers for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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IN THE CAR THIS WEEK Come On Seabiscuit! "Who would have believed that a knobby-kneed little colt called Seabiscuit would become one of the most celebrated racehorses of all time? Although Seabiscuit was the grandson of the legendary Man O' War, he was neither handsome nor graceful. His head was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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IN THE CAR THIS WEEK The Phantom Tollbooth "This ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth's gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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IN THE CAR THIS WEEK The Phantom Tollbooth "This ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth's gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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IN THE CAR THIS WEEK The Phantom Tollbooth "This ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth's gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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We've been drilling down into the American Revolution in our studies this past month - books, audio, video, and then this silly doggy Halloween float as our art component. I had the idea for the Boston Tea-rrier Party float last year, but we weren't able to pull it off. In... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Last Friday, when we took a studio tour of Heath Ceramics in Sausalito, I noticed a small counter space up against a window. Through the glass, bright morning light came in and danced on the most unusual assortment of colorful ceramics. I couldn't quite make it out (probably because my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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MONDAY 9:30 – 3:00 Homeschool in the Forest Today we did it in the rain! Rain or shine, the group meets. It can feel a bit counter-intuitive to the modern parent, dropping your tiny buns in the dark, wet forest for a day of un-sheltered fun, but as their pack... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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IN THE CAR THIS WEEK I love audio books. I can NOT tell you how good audio books are for us. For all that time spent in the car each week, instead of the pop music, we go educational. Johnny Tremain We watched the movie last week, now listening to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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This week was tough. I was sick, Daddy was out of town, and two of my three were on-and-off sick the entire week. We had to miss some of our classes, some of our classes canceled on us, and each day felt like a juggling act. The good part was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Last month, when I realized we would actually make it to this year's Northern California Renaissance Faire (I haven't been since I was 13), I began peppering our home studies with books and audio that touched on the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods. This is how I like to approach... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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People are always asking me what our days look like. The truth is, they are always changing depending on the season, what courses are being offered in our network, how we're feeling, and which way the wind is blowing. I love hearing about all the different ways people learn, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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It finally feels like we are getting in the swing of things this week. Last week marked our first week of full-session classes/tutoring sessions, but Beanie was out in DC with my mom. She's finally back home and we just wrapped up our first solid week all together. This is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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This week marked our first official week of homeschool! While we've been ramping up slowly for several weeks, and even though I thing we are always learning, last Monday was the start of all our remaining classes, and the tight schedule we need to stay on to keep it all... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Our drive out of Wyoming, heading towards the Black Hills of South Dakota, was one of our longer days driving. As a rule of thumb, I always try to keep our time in the car to no more than three to four hours. Tourist attractions along the way always have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I have great memories of my grandmother taking me to the South Dakota State Fair in 1983. All the farm animals and machinery, the giant bingo game where you could win a TV, my 86 year-old grandma taking me on the Tilt-A-Whirl (God bless her!!), going back for seconds on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Cody, WY was such a treat. The chuchwagon cookout, the rodeo, and The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, had us all wishing for a covered wagon and our own pairs of cowboy boots. We stayed at the Americinn, which was ideal in that it had an incredible display of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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At the suggestion of my MIL, who spent her teen years living in Sheridan, WY, we exited Yellowstone last week via the east gate, and headed to Cody, Wyoming. She recommended we stop at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, specifically. That was enough for us. What we didn't... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Since leaving Yellowstone, we’ve crossed Wyoming, taking in a rodeo and state fair, and made our way through The Black Hills, and across most of South Dakota. Before I post about any of those adventures, and trust me when I tell you there were many, I want to skip to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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To truly get a feel for Yellowstone’s geothermal features, one must get up close and personal to each one. This might seem obvious, but I was guilty of appreciating many of them from afar at first, somehow believing I was having a full experience. It can be deceiving. On an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Suburban Homestead