One Eclipse, One Hurricane, One Dead Monitor, and ONE MONTH Later…

  The last month has been a whirlwind!! A crazy, mother-nature filled, life event packed, whirlwind. It’s hard to believe that only a month ago, we road-tripped 12 hours away to Nashville.  .  .  and took a day and a half to get there. (It seems SO LONG AGO already.) After being stuck on 5 miles of interstate in Texarkana for four hours, (because of a major accident in a major construction zone,) we had to stop for the night just short of Memphis and continue our journey to Nashville the following day. In Nashville, I got to meet an

Back to School HOMESCHOOL Supply Shopping List

Because we’re preparing for a trip to watch the total eclipse, I’ve been out and about at the store a lot lately and I keep seeing this same phenomenon at every store I visit. Have you seen them? They’re everywhere. They look like moms but they have this glazed look in their eyes, a paper in their hand, and a cart full of school supplies. You’ve seen them, too?? I don’t envy them. And I do. All at the same time. I’m so glad that we don’t have to follow a list of requirements, that we can set our own list

Giveaway! My Favorite Back to School Things, with a Texas Twist *Closed*

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm, woolen mittens. . . “ It’s here! It’s one of my FAVORITE THINGS to do. It’s time for the annual Back to School Gift Basket Giveaway. *Snoopy Dance* And Y’ALL. This year, I’m giving away a basket of some of my favorite things–with a Texas twist because I do love me some Texas-y things. (You know what they say about Texans and their state pride. . . ) “Brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things! “ (Are you singing yet?)

Back to School 2016-2017: 11th, 8th, 5th Grade

Back to School 2016!! I can’t believe summer is over. I am unusually unready for the start of the school year–and my favorite season of the year (fall.) I don’t mean I’m not ready with curriculum or books or an organized school space (though, I’m not exactly prepared there, either.) I’ve been resting my heart and my mind this summer, taking an abnormally long summer break, delaying our start back to school, eliminating excess activities and tasks, and healing from a burnout. I’m not quite ready to dive back in to the chaos of the school year,.. and yet I

I Can’t Even Think About Back to School

*Post contains affiliate links.* I . Can’t. Even. Really. How in the world can I think about “Back to School” when I’m still trying to finish Summer School because we didn’t do enough during the school year last year?? If I think ahead, it’s overwhelming. I have to focus. I have to think about the here and now, the smalls goals, the “one bite at a time.” I have to think about the specific goals we have for the end of Summer School, the specific books that need to be finished so we can move on. How can I think

Back to School Minion Party (Despicable Me)

Post contains affiliate links. “It’s time to get back to work, Minions!” Otherwise entitled: How To Throw a Back to School Minion Themed Party Your Kids Will LOVE. Our Back to School “Minion” party was a big hit, and it was so super easy (and not very expensive!) You like that, don’t you? The idea struck me literally only a few days before our first day of school and I was so taken with my moment of genius (<-humble right?) that I totally ditched my other plans and went to work on this new idea immediately. The. Kids. Loved. It.