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NEST + CREATE… let’s just make it to spring


I believe this tent has been up for over a month now and has been used for playing, reading, drawing, sleeping and simply being an extra space to nest during this snowy winter.  Up until this weekend I have adapted to having the tent up and it actually makes me long for camping in the warmer weather but after yet another snowy cooped up day the boys asked if it could be used as a soccer shooting goal. Tempting, yes, although it would probably not be useable as an actual tent for camping after that. It was quite a fun room while it lasted and we will certainly be doing it again!



We have had these puzzles for a couple of years now and the boys are finally excited to work together and complete them, thanks to my mom. She was patient enough to spark their interest and finish one with them.


This has been a great year round book to have, especially in the winter. Origami on the Go. The recommended age is 9+ but our 7 yr old is able to do quite a few of the projects.

Another favorite for these indoor days has been making paper airplanes, so simple and so fun. Here’s a favorite.


Above is the aftermath of a couple of days with daddy out of town, bitter coldness, and more snow outside. You would not think by looking but we have cleaned it off between meals, only to have it migrate back QUICKLY. This picture was taken just before dinnertime and I was really tempted to have a picnic dinner on the floor but I knew that Monday morning would roll around and a clean table would be well worth the cleanup. (Note… monday did roll around before posting this and we had another snow day!)


Oh, and soccer practice started this week, so now our house has turned into an indoor soccer field!!

I welcome any fun indoor winter goodness + activities you may want to share.

Enjoy the week!


NEST … with a { lazy } summer routine


I really had to capture this photo of the boys reading because most of our moments (so far) this summer have not been this peaceful. We left for a fantastic vacation to Rosemary Beach on the last day of school, so we are just now getting into a (lazy) summer routine of sorts. I like to leave the summer a bit unstructured which means we don’t sign up for weeks of camps or sports and mostly just take each day as it comes. Last week started off a bit rough though, and I was in slight panic mode rethinking my decision not to schedule more into our days. This “unstructured routine” does take a bit of planning on my part, making sure that I have enough ideas to keep them creatively inspired. I had high hopes of organizing art materials and decluttering toys (this article is helpful) – so they are not overwhelmed with too much stimulation…..I am slowly getting to this. I forget that summer involves a lot of time in the garden (which I love and wish I could spend more of my time tending to), and maintaining our forest of weeds that are now about as tall as I am. I am slowly weed eating down areas to fill in with native plants and wildflowers and after 5 years of doing this, I am trying to find peace in the fact that this will be an ever ongoing process and know that I am doing the right thing by not taking the easy route by killing the weeds with the dreadful roundup. Read this article and you will not want to use it either and be very diligent about what is done by any lawncare company.

So, lately, work at home has consisted of pulling weeds out of areas and slowly working as a family to naturally beautify the landscape we have. The boys just finished pulling weeds around a small group of pawpaws.  This is work they are very proud of and earned a bit of  allowance money for, which is always a strong motivator.

I just read this short article on encouraging sibling relationships and found the ideas simple, but very effective, and I agree with all five. Here’s another good article on sibling chores.

We are now settling into a summer groove, and not planning so much into our days allows us to be at home for whole days at a time. The boys are able to start projects and really get engaged with their creativity. They are working on a lego city with our billions of lego pieces and working on joint chores (such as weed pulling and wood stacking), creating recipes, helping with the garden, reading together, alone, and to their sister, and beginning some art projects. They get rewarded with small doses of technology like computer games and videos (I’ll fill you in on a fantastic, cool, educational video site soon) but mostly we are filling our days with activities that are hard to dive into during the busy school season.

I’ll keep you posted on how our unstructured days are going, but for now they are suiting us well!!

I would love to hear how your summer is going and what special projects or daily activities bring your family together during the summer.

– Julie

NEST … with these DIY wooden dipped eggs

Fill your nest with everlasting eggs using this great DIY for dipped natural wooden eggs by Six and a half stitches. Check out the pattern section too!  She has a great template for making oven mitts.