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I'm a homeschooling mom of 4 boys ~ 18, 13, 11 and just born 5/26/13!
Interests: My interests include my family, my faith, home education, nature study, reading, journaling, planners, baking, crafts ... and coffee!
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Lol, it's good to go a little "crazy" sometimes! I often make a leap without thinking too much because if I did, I'd never do anything! (I'm very much a creature of comfort!) Thanks so much for your comments. :-) Take care! ~ Dawn
Thanks, Sarah! :-)
Hi Kristie! Let me quickly answer question one, but I would like to do more in a follow-up post. The Day Designer pages I generally only begin writing in the morning OF the day. The time after I wake up and before Little Bear wakes up can be 1-2 or more hours! I am generally up around 5-6 a.m. and LB can sometimes sleep till 9! So during that time I sit upstairs and drink coffee, check my phone and get my planner set for the day. That said ... I am trying to get a system going where I'm setting up pages a week or so in advance. Only because lately I haven't been able to rely on that window of time each morning and when LB wakes before I get the daily page written out then it kind of stays blank for several hours - or gets filled in hastily and not as effectively. I thought if I could write out the bare bones of each day over the weekend it would go a long way in being prepared for each day, especially in the event I have an unusually early start to my day. Now, about photos - well I fear I'm not as organized as I should be! I download from my phone every day or so. I find I'm taking less photos with my phone now that I have a camera though. But I download each of those just about every day. Then what I do is go through those photos and edit the ones I want for ... something ... whether it be a post or instagram ... and save those images to a folder cleverly called, "Images." ;-) The bulk of the photos stay in the "iPhoto" app on my computer. Bill does occasionally "download" (?) photos for back up to an external hard drive. I don't print any but I think that's a good idea! I really need to be better about my photos considering how many I take! That would be another great topic for a post ... I'd love to get suggestions from others! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and for the thoughtful questions. Let me know if you end up getting a DayDesigner! I'm loving my new one - it's beautiful! Will do a post soon. :) Take care! ~ Dawn
Hello and Happy Monday, my friends! Today I'd like to talk a little about favorite children's books - in particular, ones that celebrate a happy day and/or a good night! We certainly enjoy books of all kinds and at any... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at By Sun and Candlelight
Happy Friday, my friends! And blessings on this bright and bonny St. Patrick's Day! I have some pictures to share today - I've been busy with my boys and baking and books and blizzards and ... well, the usual. :)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at By Sun and Candlelight
... because spring IS coming, without a doubt - nevermind the historic BLIZZARD bearing down on New England as I type up this post! Yes, we are in for a lot of snow tomorrow - over a foot, maybe a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at By Sun and Candlelight
Kimberlee, thank you SO much for these very kind words. I'm so glad you enjoy my posts and will be catching up with the 52 Weeks series soon! (I fell a bit behind but have been working on the laundry room this weekend!) Blessings, ~ Dawn
Thanks, amy! :) Blessings, ~ Dawn
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Thank you, Veronica! Blessings ~ Dawn
Thank you so much, Tanya! Blessings to you and your dear family ...
Denise, I have them stored in my binder just as listed above. The special project pages come after the weekly planning pages. I've toyed with different arrangements ... still working out the kinks! ;-)
Thanks, Denise! Yes, a newish planner (since maybe December?) but one I only recently started using more faithfully. I have another week-at-a-glance planner that is quite a bit larger that I love as well. Can't decide which one suits my purpose better! Blessings ~ Dawn
Kristie, we got our couch at Jordan's Furniture in Reading, Massachusetts. I think they're a New England chain. We've had it about a year and it's quite comfortable! :) Blessings, ~ Dawn
Thank you, Benita. :) The stones are described in this post ... Near the bottom of the post. :) Blessings, ~ Dawn
Thank you, Michelle! I am honored! :) Blessings, ~ Dawn
Thanks, Penny! I guess we're in for another round of BIG snow ... *sigh* ... trying to summon up that "yay it's snowing let's hunker down and make cocoa" vibe ... but really, I'm just so ready for spring! Thanks, as always, for your kind words ... they always make me smile! Blessings, ~ Dawn
Thanks, Angie! Here's to a colorful spring! :) Blessings, ~ Dawn
Thank you, Lisa! I loved your pics - we're due to have a BIG snow this week! Guess we'll have to wait a bit longer for those daffodils ...
Hi Krystal! If you check out my "homekeeping journal" archive there are several posts about my binder (which has changed through the years). I will have a new post coming up soon though as I've changed it up again recently! :) Thanks so much for your comments! Blessings, ~ Dawn
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Thanks, Penny! Hope all is well with you guys. :)
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Thanks, Sarah! Yes, we do! I used to feel almost guilty asking for "time" on the weekends to sit down and plan (etc.) but then I realized it was an important part of my "job" as homeschooling mother and household manager! :) Blessings, ~ Dawn
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2017 on Command Center Cleanup ❤ at By Sun and Candlelight
Oh my gosh, cheeseburger soup with spiced crackers sounds amazing, Denise! :) Thanks so much for all your thoughts and questions! To answer your questions ... When I'm going somewhere I need to make appointments (salon, dentist, etc.) I take the little woodland planner with me - jot down the appt. date - and then record in my Day Designer *and* my month-at-a-glance calendar in my homekeeping binder (my favorite one - the one I trust most!). It's a bit of rewriting but it seems to be the best way for me to coordinate my overall calendarkeeping. As for the stack of papers - yes, those are clippings for my journal! I really try to keep current with my clippings - adding a little everyday as I find things keeps the journal most timely - but it can be hard to carve out that kind of time in a given day. So sometimes I sit down with my reading paraphernalia and snip stuff then add a big batch of clippings in my journal. Hope that helps! :) Blessings, ~ Dawn
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2017 on Command Center Cleanup ❤ at By Sun and Candlelight
Hi Sue! We don't actually use that particular stretch of the counter (we call it the "jetty" lol) for food prep or serving. I do keep a cup of tea or coffee here but that's about it. Most of the cooking and prep takes place on the island or beside the sink. That said, when entertaining we do use the jetty as a buffet quite often but in that case I have all my planning stuff put away. Hope that helps! Thanks for the comment ... :) Blessings, ~ Dawn
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2017 on Command Center Cleanup ❤ at By Sun and Candlelight
Hello my friends, and Happy Friday! I hope you've all had a good week. :) It's snowing lightly here today but yesterday that late winter sun was just glorious! I had just tidied up my "command central" when I stopped... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at By Sun and Candlelight