Sometimes a mom just needs a bit of pampering and chill time. Granted, that time may only last for a few minutes, but it’s important! One of my favorite ways to treat myself is with a specialty coffee – one that I don’t have to drive to a coffee shop and pay for. This Toasted … Read More about Toasted Coconut Honey Latte
I’m always on the lookout for gluten free bread and biscuit recipes that are easy to make and consistently bake up like they should. My gluten free cheddar, garlic, and chive biscuits fit the bill! You see, gluten free baking tends to be part science experiment, part art project, and part..well, prayer that it works … Read More about Gluten Free Cheddar, Garlic, and Chive Biscuits
I can’t help it…I absolutely love Loaded Baked Potato Soup. It’s so creamy and hearty, and the flavors blend together in the best way. And with my Instant Pot, this soup is super easy to make! No more babysitting the soup as it cooks over the stove or in the oven, trying to gauge whether … Read More about Instant Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Over the years, I’ve gone back and forth between stressing over every Christmas detail (and driving my family insane) and forgetting that the holiday exists. Literally. One year when I was ready to lose my mind as a short-staffed retail manager, I forgot to put up a tree, plan Christmas dinner, and buy gifts. My … Read More about Maybe Christmas Doesn’t Have to be Perfect
The weather and our schedules are changing as the season changes to fall. To me, that means a few different things: comfy sweaters, hot chocolate, hearty soup recipes, and fall crafts. This Fall 3D Papercraft is one of my favorites, and I wanted to share it with you! Affiliate links may appear on this page. … Read More about Fun Fall 3D Papercraft
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is changing up my lesson plans. I can’t even believe I just admitted that, but it’s true! I really have fun with the variety of Christmas units, activities, and literature choices that are available. To help you out, I’ve rounded up some of my … Read More about Christmas Units and Activities for Your Homeschool!
As you can probably tell by this month’s series, I love art. Studying artists and their work is fascinating, and I find it difficult to reel myself in. There are just so many incredible things to write about!
One of my favorites, though, is the subject of today’s study: Claude Monet.
When I was a little girl, I loved the ballet. I took classes when my family’s budget would allow, and when that wasn’t possible, I listened to music from performances and looked at pictures of dancers every chance I got.
Edgar Degas’ renditions of dancers were among my early favorites! I didn’t really understand everything that went into them, but I loved looking at his dancers. They were graceful, beautiful, flowy, and strong…but they were also real. He somehow managed to capture both the fantasy of the ballet and the reality of the dancer’s lives.
How he did this is really an interesting story!
When my son was little, he would often get frustrated because his artwork didn’t look like that of the masters we studied. He figured that if his work couldn’t measure up to theirs, then what was the point of doing it?
Eventually, he got past this, but I can remember telling him: “That’s ok. Michelangelo couldn’t do that when he was little, either. You’re doing great!”