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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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Thank you! Thanksgiving, 2015! :-)
Thanks so much, Denise! :-)
Thank you very much, Shirley-Ann! :-)
Thank you, Penny! You would be welcome anytime in my schoolroom! (In any room, actually!)
Yes, I am SO glad we've kept it! It's seen better days - lists to one side, lol - but the boys have all loved it and Little Bear is no exception! :-)
Thanks, Joanna! :-)
Oh my gosh, Karen - this just made my day! <3 Thank you so much, for sharing these kind sentiments. :-) As for the book holder ... it's quite old actually, something I picked up at an antiques barn MANY years ago when Bill and I were first married. It's made of a bendable wire frame - kind of like a coat hanger. It's very flexible and surprisingly sturdy! Hope all is well with you and your family, Karen. Thank you very much for reading and commenting!
Thank you, Andrea! :-)
Penny, thank you so much for these very kind words! I too want my own nature table! I kind of have one - I've made the windowsill above my kitchen sink "my nature space." I keep a candle there and any little blooming things I find or pretty stones, acorns, pinecones, etc. Anything that represents the season. It's a small spot but it's out of the little guys' reach! (And by guys I mean, Little Bear AND the cats!) I hope you have fun setting up yours .... this is the perfect time of year to start one! :-)
Hi Helena! Thanks so much. :) We bought that rug at a Babies R Us last year. It was in a bin near the registers - not sure if they still sell them. I'll take a peek next time I'm there! :)
Hello my friends, and Happy Weekend! If you've read my blog for any length of time then you know I frequently post about my file crate system - a kind of "tickler file" arrangement I've been using for many years.... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at By Sun and Candlelight
Hello my friends, and Happy Weekend! I am popping in today to share some "extras" to go along with my May planner pages. (Original post found here, with the basic sheets for every week of the year.) I'm a little... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at By Sun and Candlelight
Hello and Happy Wednesday, my friends! I hope you all had a nice weekend, and a lovely Easter too, if you celebrate! I am currently writing up a post about the file crate, but for today I thought I'd pop... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at By Sun and Candlelight
Hello and Happy Monday, my friends! I hope your new (and Holy!) week is off to a great start. :) So last August I mentioned that we were finally ready to turn our sunroom into a formal learning room. But... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at By Sun and Candlelight
Hello everyone, and Happy Hump Day! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen one or more of my recent posts in which I gush over my brand new rolling "caddy" carts. Well, I'd like to share them... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at By Sun and Candlelight
Hello and Happy Monday, everyone! Today I'm here to share another planning printable with you! This is just something I made up for myself because I'm always looking for ways to keep on track - plus, I just love making... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at By Sun and Candlelight
Hello my friends, and Happy Friday! Well, as usual I'm here with but a few hours to spare, sharing some "extras" for your April planning! These pages can certainly be used on their own, but I've color-coordinated them with my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at By Sun and Candlelight
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 Mar 27, 2017 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