Homeschool Round Up

Having babies when your kids are older generates a lot of questions.  So, I made a few printables for homeschool to satisfy the curiosity.  Both the DEVELOPMENT cards above and the PARTS OF THE BABY BELLY cards are available HERE.

 Also, in our science text we are doing the anatomy of the senses.  I found free Parts of the Eye cards HERE and bought the Ear ones HERE.  But for taste, smell, and making sound, I made my own.  I haven’t done touch yet.



5 Simple Rules to Reduce Child Laundry

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With six people in one house, I am lately obsessed with reducing laundry.  A few month ago, I reported in THIS POST that I was trying a new laundry experiment.  I reported the results HERE and then my new shoe shelf innovation HERE.  After months of experience, I feel I have arrived at a realistic child laundry philosophy.  (P.S. This is only for people who dress themselves. Babies, who can go through four outfits on a bad day, don’t count.)

1.  Use a shoe shelf, or other hanging weekly clothing organizer.

The picture above features an organizer from One Step Ahead.  It’s $30.  I use a $12 hanging shoe shelf and just tell them to work from the top down. No labels.

2.  Keep extra in-season clothing out of reach for them, but in reach for you.

Once in a while, we need an extra outfit or set of panties.  No sweat. I can get them, short people can’t.  Golden.  And this step is crucial to keep you from putting off the laundry.  Who wants to get that down every day when there’s precisely one week’s worth of clothes laying in the hamper?

3. Fill the shelves once a week.

If I don’t do laundry on Saturday, the kids are naked.  This is a great incentive to get the laundry done.

4. If they care, let them pick.

My daughter likes to decide what day she wears things, so she does the Saturday night stuffing.  One set of panties for each day, one set of bottoms, or tops.   Make the teenager do their own picking, if they care so much.  I used to LABEL them all, but now almost everything matches everything and who wants to sort all those laundry marker letters on the tags?  Not me.

5. Keep it dark; hide the socks.

I don’t do lights and darks anymore.  I only have darks. And unless it’s in the rules for where we’re going, I avoid socks entirely. Come winter, I’ll have to break down.  But, until then, I SHUN them.

Practically Green: Putting up Summer Produce No Sweat


Going green in midsummer isn’t just about buying locally grown produce and keeping your lawn free from chemicals. If you’re really eco-smart, you’ll be putting up locally grown produce for the fall and winter.

In January, those sorry winter tomatoes trucked from the other side of the country start to look pretty tempting, unless you have some fabulous flavorful summer tomatoes already tucked away.

But whenever I hear people talking about home preserving, they always say the same thing: “I really want to learn to can tomatoes, but I don’t have the equipment or the time.”

Read the full article HERE!

Weekend Links


What can you compost?: Home Front Prudent Living.     Great pictorial tour of compostables you may not think about.

21 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants:  Our Homemade Happiness.  I shall use them ALL, this year.  I shall be TRIUMPHANT!!!

Wow, I Could Have Made My Own V-8!:  Old World Garden Farms.  Make your own spicy tomato juice.

Growing Fresh Veggies in the Fall and Winter: Rural Living Today.  This is the third part in a really cool series.

Home On the Range-Oswald Vineyard:  Real Food Forager.  Sweet interview with homesteaders.  Vineyard eye-candy included.