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
I’m really more of a summer girl, but there are things I adore about fall. I love to watch the leaves turn, to bundle up in a comfy sweater on a cool autumn night, to sit around an open fire with friends. One of the things I love most though, is spiced apple cider. … Read More about Crock Pot Spiced Apple Cider
My husband is somewhat a brownie snob. He might say “expert” or even “connoisseur” if he’s feeling a bit fancy, but really, he just loves his brownies. However, I like skillet cookies. (I really like skillet cookies. And he loves me enough to compromise.) So, I set out to develop the perfect mixture of the two! … Read More about Triple Chocolate Skillet Brownie
I’ll be honest: I tend to look at most “self care for moms” posts with a bit of disbelief. I mean, they sound great, but seriously? I have yet to meet a mom who can realistically take time out for a spa day or take a whole weekend as “me time.” I know I can’t. … Read More about Real Life Self Care for Busy Moms
I grew up in northern Wisconsin, and while I don’t really miss the months of snow and ice, I do miss the leaves. In the summer they’re everywhere – you can barely tell there are buildings for all the beautiful trees! And in the fall…oh my word. There’s just something about the cool, crisp air, … Read More about DIY Nature Projects with Leaves
We’ve all heard the common saying: “Boys will be boys.” While there is a bit of cliché in this, there is also an element of truth. Having raised a boy to adulthood, I have seen all of the stages of “boys being boys.” Affiliate links may appear on this page. For details, please see our … Read More about Letting Boys be Boys
I like science and I think it’s incredibly interesting, but I’ve never been what you’d call “good” at the technical side of it. I completely understand why things happen as they do, but I can’t really explain them in “science-y” terms.
For example, I passed 10th grade chemistry (barely) because my teacher realized, in May, that I still had no idea how the equation applied to the experiment. I could practically write a story about why something worked, but I couldn’t write a simple lab report. He realized I hadn’t been handing in my reports all year because I had no clue how to do them, so he took pity. I kid you not.
Enter my gifted, non-stop, completely out-of-the-box child who took (and passed) high school biology at age 11. He followed it up with college biology at 15. I knew I was in over my head!
When I first became a homeschool mom, I had no idea what to expect. None. When I took that giant leap into homeschooling, I wasn’t sure if I was running a one-room schoolhouse, setting up a classroom at home, or taking an adventure into the unknown. All I knew was that I didn’t have a … Read More about You’ve Got This, Homeschool Mom!
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!”