Update!

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I’ve been an absent blogger for far too long…but I had a great excuse 😀

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So very delighted to introduce the newest addition to our family! Meet Babykins, the beautiful little girl, who has already nuzzled her way into our hearts and has 3 adoring siblings to prove it!

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Turns out finding time to blog (let alone bathe, sleep or eat) becomes increasingly difficult with each pregnancy and additional newborn! But I am finally now feeling like I’m returning to “normalcy” (which in my world is really just embracing the chaos!) and am carving out some time to get back to writing and sharing here!

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Photo credit: My wonderful and talented friend, Erin Petruska Photography

 

Becoming a Homeschool Mom

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Today I became an official homeschooling mom. After much discussion and prayer, we determined that Little Momma would benefit most from home instruction for her Junior Kindergarten year. This does not mean I think every other kinder parent who put their child on a bus or dropped them at school today made the wrong decision. It simply means that our children are different, our families are different and as a result, we may do things differently. So please don’t feel even for a moment that my decision passes any judgment on yours (and I ask for the same treatment in return please!). I am fully aware that each of us is on a mission to do what is best for our individual families and children, and you’re best, and mine is AMAZING!

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Our first day was not perfection…in fact it was far from it!  Mr Man was a feisty terror, Baby Girl is cutting a million teeth and we had some extended family health issues and an extra canine family member to add to the mix (nothing short of exciting over here will do!). And yet still, more than once today I stopped and commended myself for sticking with my gut and making this difficult, and against the grain decision. Although I’m still finding my bearings, I truly believe this is going to be a beautiful and fulfilling journey for all of us!

My *goal* is to journal daily for each child on what we touched on that day (for the assessment and reporting obsessed teacher in me!) and I must say I am flabbergasted at how much we covered for our first day. Check out our Instagram feed @mommyschool for details on today’s activities! And keep following along to see what we get up to in the coming year. I am looking forward to sharing our adventures!

I hope to find my groove in the coming weeks, but for now I feel a sense of peace, telling me that for the time being, we are exactly where we are meant to be ♥

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Happy Back to School (or not) to everyone! 🙂

 

 

Spread the ♥ LOVE ♥ Saturday!

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Spreading love, one amazing blogger at a time!

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There are so many amazing and wonderful blogs and bloggers around on the internet, people who inspire me on the regular and teach me new things everyday.

The connectedness that exists through social media allows such an amazing platform for idea sharing and discussion, and has been a gold mine for me in regards to early learning and the birth of Mommy School.

To show my appreciation and gratitude, I plan to highlight an awesome blog each Saturday, in hopes that others will read and draw from these amazing people some inspiration of their own!


This week I’m sending some love Jean Van’t Hul’s way. She blogs over at The Artful Parent where she shares glimpses into her incredibly creative and beautiful life! Jean is another blogger I first came to know via Instagram and I was immediately taken by the sheer beauty of her feed. Her pure love and passion for the arts and her openness to sharing it fully with her children and others is simply amazing. I commend you Jean, thank you for making creativity cool!


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Motherhood and Other Adventures

Fantastic Fun and Learning

Happy Hooligans

The Measured Mom

Coffee Cups and Crayons

Toddler Approved 

Postcards from the Mothership

No Time for Flash Cards

Spread the ♥ LOVE ♥ Saturday!

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Spreading love, one amazing blogger at a time!

 valentines

There are so many amazing and wonderful blogs and bloggers around on the internet, people who inspire me on the regular and teach me new things everyday.

The connectedness that exists through social media allows such an amazing platform for idea sharing and discussion, and has been a gold mine for me in regards to early learning and the birth of Mommy School.

To show my appreciation and gratitude, I plan to highlight an awesome blog each Saturday, in hopes that others will read and draw from these amazing people some inspiration of their own!


This week I would love to highlight Jordan of Motherhood and Other Adventures. I first ‘met’ her over on Instagram and am so impressed by her creativity, and all of the wonderfully rich learning experiences she creates for her kids! Go on and check her out, her craftiness will amaze you and her love for her kiddos can be seen through a computer screen! Thanks for being such an inspiring Momma!


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Fantastic Fun and Learning

Happy Hooligans

The Measured Mom

Coffee Cups and Crayons

Toddler Approved 

Postcards from the Mothership

No Time for Flash Cards

Spread the ♥ LOVE ♥ Saturday!

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Spreading love, one amazing blogger at a time!

 valentines

There are so many amazing and wonderful blogs and bloggers around on the internet, people who inspire me on the regular and teach me new things everyday.

The connectedness that exists through social media allows such an amazing platform for idea sharing and discussion, and has been a gold mine for me in regards to early learning and the birth of Mommy School.

To show my appreciation and gratitude, I plan to highlight an awesome blog each Saturday, in hopes that others will read and draw from these amazing people some inspiration of their own!


This week I would love to highlight Shaunna from Fantastic Fun and Learning. I enjoy her take on homeschool preschool, which jive with my own in many ways. I especially love that she presents her kids with daily invitations (to play/learn/create), something I try for daily during the school year 🙂 

So head over and check out all the awesomeness she has to offer!


Previous Love:

Happy Hooligans

The Measured Mom

Coffee Cups and Crayons

Toddler Approved 

Postcards from the Mothership

No Time for Flash Cards

Spread the ♥ LOVE ♥ Saturday!

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Spreading love, one amazing blogger at a time!

 valentines

There are so many amazing and wonderful blogs and bloggers around on the internet, people who inspire me on the regular and teach me new things everyday.

The connectedness that exists through social media allows such an amazing platform for idea sharing and discussion, and has been a gold mine for me in regards to early learning and the birth of Mommy School.

To show my appreciation and gratitude, I plan to highlight an awesome blog each Saturday, in hopes that others will read and draw from these amazing people some inspiration of their own!


This week I would love to highlight Jackie over at Happy Hooligans. She runs an awesome home daycare and both her blog and her Facebook page are overflowing with fun and awesome ideas for preschoolers! Go and see for yourself, I already know you will find something to “like”.


Previous Love:

The Measured Mom

Coffee Cups and Crayons

Toddler Approved 

Postcards from the Mothership

No Time for Flash Cards

Spread the ♥ LOVE ♥ Saturday!

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Spreading love, one amazing blogger at a time!

 valentines

There are so many amazing and wonderful blogs and bloggers around on the internet, people who inspire me on the regular and teach me new things everyday.

The connectedness that exists through social media allows such an amazing platform for idea sharing and discussion, and has been a gold mine for me in regards to early learning and the birth of Mommy School.

To show my appreciation and gratitude, I plan to highlight an awesome blog each Saturday, in hopes that others will read and draw from these amazing people some inspiration of their own!


This week I have chosen Anna of The Measured Mom ~ whose blog I found way back when Little Momma was 3 and we first tried our hands at home preschool with our Letter of the Week activities, she has lots of wonderful ideas and many free printables, too! She is a mom of 5 and former teacher, and with overlaps in the age ranges of our kids I foresee many future visits to her site for me…and y’all should check it out too!


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Coffee Cups and Crayons

Toddler Approved 

Postcards from the Mothership

No Time for Flash Cards

Ponderings of a Stay-At-Home Mom {re-post}

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{I originally posted this on my other blog, 3scoops, a couple of weeks ago, and am only brave enough to share it over here now! I do feel the message is an important one despite my sometimes heated opinions ;)}

 

So, I have struggled in deciding whether or not these words I have written are something I want to have out on display for everyone to see. And I have come to the conclusion that although they open me up to be vulnerable in ways beyond my comfort level, if they are able to reach just one person who feels the same or help to alter the opinion (or words) of somebody who knows someone in a similar position, then it’s worth it.

This past week my husband lost his job. Being a one-income family this has been particularly startling as it means our only manner of providing for our family has been terminated.

Now this isn’t meant to be a “poor me” sob story. I have every faith in hubby’s ability and drive to find work under pressure and our determination to do what it takes to protect and provide for our family.

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Where my frustrations lie has been largely with how others (all very well intentioned people in our lives) have reacted to this news:

“At least you can just go back to work now”

“Good thing you have a career to fall back on”

“Are you going to go back to work?”

Hi world – I AM working – long days (and most nights), my salary is sticky kisses and “I Love You’s”, and my patience quota is tested daily. I work hard, I’m not sitting here in my bathrobe, sipping mimosas, while my children run feral. Our days are filled to the brim with outings, learning activities and love, meant to enrich my kids in their childcare setting, which also happens to be their home. Not to mention I save our family upwards of $600 a week on preschool and daycare costs (if only savings were cash in hand ;)). It’s exhausting to constantly feel the need to defend our choices, I so wish us moms were not under this constant gaze of judgement, trapped in a Panopticon.

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I feel that at some point in the hustle and bustle of this rat race of life people have come to weave together the value of money with the worth of a person…and it just isn’t accurate. We are all worthy and each of us is doing what is best for OUR family in our own unique circumstance (and this is precisely why we all defend our own choices with such fervour!)

…{and now I’m rambling} But please remember that our words carry weight and that a simple kindness is a white flag of sorts, showing others that we come in peace. Let’s all just call a truce on these “Mommy Wars” here and carry our white flags of kindness high and proud, because all of us are worthy of a little kindness, free of judgement; regardless of which Mommy-camp we belong to. Afterall, we face our toughest critic everyday in the mirror and she already has us questioning every single decision we make. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.  Can’t that be enough?

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And yes, I will be returning to work, tomorrow and everyday, here in our home – business as usual.

Spread the ♥ LOVE ♥ Saturday!

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Spreading love, one amazing blogger at a time!

 valentines

There are so many amazing and wonderful blogs and bloggers around on the internet, people who inspire me on the regular and teach me new things everyday.

The connectedness that exists through social media allows such an amazing platform for idea sharing and discussion, and has been a gold mine for me in regards to early learning and the birth of Mommy School.

To show my appreciation and gratitude, I plan to highlight an awesome blog each Saturday, in hopes that others will read and draw from these amazing people some inspiration of their own!


This week I have chosen Megan from Coffee Cups and Crayons ~ I initially came across her blog searching for busy bag ideas, which she has plenty of! But what I love most is her dedication to teaching her children to be caring and kind and sharing this passion through many awesome examples and Acts of Kindness.


 

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Toddler Approved 

Postcards from the Mothership

No Time for Flash Cards

Spread the ♥ LOVE ♥ Saturdays!

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 Spreading love, one amazing blogger at a time!


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There are so many amazing and wonderful blogs and bloggers around on the internet, people who inspire me on the regular and teach me new things everyday.

The connectedness that exists through social media allows such an amazing platform for idea sharing and discussion, and has been a gold mine for me in regards to early learning and the birth of Mommy School.

To show my appreciation and gratitude, I plan to highlight an awesome blog each Saturday, in hopes that others will read and draw from these amazing people some inspiration of their own!

 


 

This week I have chosen Kristina from Toddler Approved ~ she is one of the earliest bloggers I stumbled upon in web searches for activities to do with my littles. And when I was contemplating a blog of my own, I was inspired by her great ideas, enthusiasm for children’s literature and allowing her kids create (even if it means messy!). And she also has 3 kids….so there’s a certain kinship there too 😉

 


 

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Postcards from the Mothership

No Time for Flash Cards