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Dawn
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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(A bit of a hodgepodge today!) Happy August, my friends! It sure is hot and hazy here, but I love how the flowers just glow in the summer sun these days. And everything is so green ... I just love... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at By Sun and Candlelight
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Happy-almost-Weekend, my friends! I just have a few things to share with you today ... some pretty late summer images I thought you'd like to see. (Ack, did I say, "late" summer? Where has the time gone?) This is tickseed... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at By Sun and Candlelight
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Happy Tuesday, my friends! (I teased this pic on Facebook the other day, but wanted to share it here, too!) So this is a new daily planner I bought at Target over the weekend because - well, first off -... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at By Sun and Candlelight
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"But it's not enough to merely exist," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower." (Hans Christian Anderson) I love how easy nature study can be ... especially in midsummer, when life all around us is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at By Sun and Candlelight
Jackie, I have heard of them but have never seen one in person ... I see them pop up on Pinterest a LOT! People enjoy modifying them to fit their needs ... they are very pretty!! I will take a closer look ... thanks for the thought! :-)
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2015 on Calendar News! at By Sun and Candlelight
Elizabeth, it's so nice to hear from you! I hope you are well. :) I have a draft on fall magazines to post next month. It's my favorite time of the year (August-back-to-school) because all the Autumn mags arrive and it's so fun to plan!! :-)
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2015 on Calendar News! at By Sun and Candlelight
Arlene, you and I share a love of calendars!! I too have a few that I must get every year ... even if it's just to see their loveliness and seasonal inspiration. Mary E's page a day for sure ... SB in some form or another ... and I also love a couple by Lang (nature/garden theme). It's no wonder I'm stuck on making my own calendar - I'm a bit obsessed with them! :-)
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2015 on Calendar News! at By Sun and Candlelight
Hooray, Tanya!! :)
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2015 on Calendar News! at By Sun and Candlelight
Wouldn't that be wonderful, Kelly? I once used colored pencils to shade in the seasons on an otherwise plain month-at-a-glance calendar. I also added stickers and the feasts myself in pen ... I have the post somewhere here but I'd have to dig to find it!
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2015 on Calendar News! at By Sun and Candlelight
Shirley, I do still do seasonal planning - out of habit if nothing else! ;-) And yes, I do need to tweak things a bit as my kids grow out of certain activities, though I tend to draw on things that can appeal to all ages. Sometimes it's just me doing something in the home or preparing a certain food that celebrates the season ... but there are still specific child-focused things I plan, too ... I have too much to say in a small comment box I think, but would love to do a post on this topic ... I will start a draft! Thank you for the idea!
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2015 on A File Crate Tweak! at By Sun and Candlelight
I kind of like that phrase, actually - file crafting! :)
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2015 on A File Crate Tweak! at By Sun and Candlelight
Shelly, this crate is much smaller than my original crate (which is now used by Bookworm at college!). I'm pretty sure I bought it at Staples ... it fits my folders well and has room for a few things in the back (clipboard, binder, etc.) but doesn't take up too much space on my counter. I would prefer my counter be clear but this is the best spot for me to keep my crate otherwise it's out of sight and out of mind. Let me see if I can find a link to it or something similar ... It's something like this one, but I don't remember it having a lid. It's similar in size, though. http://www.staples.com/Staples-Handy-File-Box-Letter-Size-Clear-w-Blue-Lid-110971-/product_757451 Hope that helps! :)
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2015 on A File Crate Tweak! at By Sun and Candlelight
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Good Tuesday morning, my friends! :) I just wanted to pop in quickly and let you all know that Susan Branch is stocking her new 2016 calendars right now! I remember several of you inquired about the pretty desk blotter... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at By Sun and Candlelight
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Tanya, it's hard to estimate how much time I spend planning a week ... it really varies depending on how much I set myself up ahead of time. I do enlist Bill sometimes and then I find I can devote a couple of solid hours organizing materials and sketching out goals, preparing the space, etc. This would be over the weekend but often the weekend comes and goes - busily - and I don't carve out that time for myself. In that case, it's just a little bit of time here and there and then the following week is usually a "spontaneous" kind of thing, lol. I do MUCH better when I plan/prepare ahead. Bill is good about giving me time when I ask but it is often very hard to do it. I always feel like there is so much else going on and so many other things to do ... sitting somewhere quiet on my own for a few hours feels like a luxury in a way ... but truly, it;s so vital. I am now calling it "office hours" ... and insisting I need those hours each week to plan and take care of the household agenda. I'm trying to figure out how many hours I really need and when we can manage to fit it in - but then have them scheduled HARD into the family weekend. Rambling ... sorry, I need more coffee! I hope that answered your question a bit and I will re-visit this topic in a future post! :)
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2015 on A File Crate Tweak! at By Sun and Candlelight
Helena, I'm not planning any kind of academics for Little Bear at this age ... but I do find having some activity ideas and a rhythm to our week helps a lot. I'm writing a nature-based (seasonal-inspired) early years curriculum (and I use that term loosely) that I will use with him before we begin anything formal (1st grade). This will cover toddler/pre-K and K years ... Joining us at the table with his own little activity (much as you described above) will be the norm ... but I also hope to have some weekly goals (wee projects, things to observe in nature, concepts to focus on, special outings) that I can refer to through the week. Hope that helps a bit ... I will share more in a future post. :) Blessings!
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2015 on A File Crate Tweak! at By Sun and Candlelight
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Well, it's been a LONG while since we've talked about the "FCS," but I must show you all something new I've been doing with my file crate ... nothing earth-shattering mind you, but a fresh little "tweak" I've found quite... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at By Sun and Candlelight
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Hello, my friends ~ and Happy Friday! I hope your week went well. :) I have just a few "bits and bobs" to share tonight .... Above you see the splendor of our weekly CSA share! Summer's garden bounty is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at By Sun and Candlelight
Lori, I would like to make rose hip jam! :)
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2015 on Posting Schedule - Update! at By Sun and Candlelight
Thank you, Penny! I will pass on your good wishes! And thank you, also for the WONDERFUL owl picture! Oh my gosh, what a magical experience this must have been (BE) for you all!
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2015 on Posting Schedule - Update! at By Sun and Candlelight
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Aka - purse, handbag, bag, tote, and/or satchel! Whatever you might call it (and what do you call it? I'm curious!) let's talk about the thing you use to lug around all your STUFF when you leave the house. (I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at By Sun and Candlelight
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Blessed Sunday, my friends! I hope you are all enjoying this lovely weekend ... it's a hot one here, and a busy one for us, too! Bill's birthday was yesterday so we spent a happy day celebrating with family. And... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at By Sun and Candlelight
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Well, not new exactly - just not wrong! Lol, I am sorry if you had trouble sending me your pocketbook photos ... It seems I mis-typed the email address in my previous post. You can reach me here at: bysunandcandlelight... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at By Sun and Candlelight
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Good Tuesday morning, my friends! In yesterday's post I mentioned, very briefly, that I'd like to do a post about Summer Pocketbooks, but if you didn't read all the way to the end of the post (which was all about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at By Sun and Candlelight
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Happy Monday, my friends! Are you enjoying the fruits (and veggies, herbs, etc.) of the season? So much to look forward to, but right now our rhubarb plant is growing like mad! With our latest harvest I made a nice... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at By Sun and Candlelight
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Wishing you all a Safe and Happy 4th of July! *❤* {Posting is slow at the moment, but all is well here! Hope all is well with you, too!} Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2015 at By Sun and Candlelight