The season is changing… and we are in the glorious days of endless summer days and crispy cold mornings…
Well as you can imagine we are hanging on to the endless summer days and late night treats for ice-cream sure help to create that endless summer feeling…
Lovely Links from This Week
- Oh these masks… What a great celebration of the Ocean!!!
- I keep telling everyone I know to listen to the Sarah MacKenzie’s Read-A-Loud Revival… to the point of exasperation… but here she is on Simple Homeschool and she can tell you all about it herself!!!
- Babble, Dabble Do’s 25 DIY Toys to make at home… yes please!!!
- Zoe at Playing by the Book just reviewed a book that I keep hearing about everywhere: You Have to Look at 100 Great Children’s Picture Books.
- Leo Babauta loves to challenge, here’s food for thought: Your Internet Habits Create Your Reality.
- Heather Sander’s never fails to post great, well thought out, researched homeschool posts: Can’t Keep Up: 11 Ways to Simplifying Next Year’s Homeschool Curriculum.
- I loved Megan Tietz’s blog Sorta Crunchie… well she just launched her new podcast Sorta Awesome… chatty, fun, moms chatting, their challenges, their thoughts and more…
And the se7en + 1th link:
A Blast From the Past:
- 2009: Se7en Reasons Why Children Don’t Play Anymore…
- 2010: Hospitality Begins at Home…
- 2011: Se7en of the Best Bazillion Chapter Books.
- 2012: Se7en Tips for Starting an Art Explosion.
- 2013: The Myth Being Sold to Our Daughters, All in the Name of Fashion.
- 2014: A Year of Hiking… Our First Real Hike in Cape Point Nature Reserve.
Book of the Week:
I read a book from start to finish… actually more than one, a passport queue can do that to a person. So many folk have been reading, and writing about this book that I just had to take a look at it. This is a book about tidying up never again… and I think for a lot of folk it would be eye-opening. I literally inhaled it. Finally I have met someone who embraces… if you don’t love it get rid of it… I felt for her frustrations at growing up in a house of hoarders… Not so much because I grew up in a house of hoarders (and I did), but because I live with nine other people who battle to get rid of anything. I am the family “toss-it-out” person and I am vigilant about it. To be honest I didn’t embrace all of it… I am not about to thank our possessions as we leave and enter our home, for “bringing us joy.” But trust me I am inspired to chuck a whole lot more than I already have. I love that she provides real solutions to tossing out those things that prove difficult… things that have been gifted, things that you loved in the past, but not so much anymore. My closet is well, at a minimum… and books I am forever weeding out… because there is only so much space.
But it is time to say good-bye to a whole lot of dishes in our kitchen that I never use, crafty materials that we are never getting round too… not to mention it is time for another toy reduction. While we only have a very select collection of toys… I see that my kids only play with their faves within the collection… so it is time to lose a few more. f you are about to embark on a galactic declutter then this would be a great place to start and it will save you money, as she says – don’t waste money on storage – just get rid of the stuff. Honestly, we live in an are of “over-availability” there is just no need to stockpile anything. The question is, how do I convince the rest of my family to embrace my “lose it if you don’t love it” attitude. Honestly, I can’t change them… I can do my bit and my older kids were quite keen to read a book that I read with such enthusiasm… I think this could well be a book I just mention as a “quick read that they might want to dip into.” In a nutshell, this is a book filled with practical ideas on how to get rid of – or release – the stuff that is stifling you in your home.
Follow the Waddle… throughout this week:
And that’s us… hope your weekend is packed with fun and heaps of reading!!!