halloween cards

Every year since Logan could, we've made cards for special holidays and sent them out to friends, 
both big and little. 

Halloween cards have always been the most fun to make since we're able to get most creative. 

I found these super cute eye stickers and had to have them. 
I wasn't quite sure what we were going to do with them, but I knew we would figure something out. 

This is what we came up with, and I think they are great! 

We kept the cards pretty simple as far as detail goes because I kind of didn't want to take away from the muted tones and little  details in the eyes themselves. I love the messy eyebrows and crazy spooky varieties in the mouths. 

I find it so impactful to cut out special time to do things like this with her. 
I love exploring and finding new ways with helping her to create something unique to just her.

I love that she too, so little, can inspire me in such a big way.



"A portrait of my child once a week, every week, in 2014."

Logan: as much as I love a nice warm fall day, I love seeing you in your fall cozies.

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preschool homeschool || autumn week

The month of October has been an apple loving month for us. 

You can see our apple picking adventures here, here, and here
Logan loves this time of year, as do we, so I decided to blend our apple time adventures into our fall preschool homeschool curriculum. 

I found this sweet apple counting craft that incorporates counting and sensory learning with finger paint. 
We read this book to compliment our theme and to highlight other things we've discussed about apples. It was a cute story where the students learn about apples and apple orchards. It also talks about how apples are harvested, how cider is made, and what the different types of apples are, all while trying to solve a riddle.

What I liked most about this book is that it allowed Logan to see what a school field trip with classmates is like (something that she doesn't experience doing preschool at home.) It also celebrates how children learn differently. 

We picked up foam stickers from the craft store. Lo made this cute little card for her Great Grandmother. 
 We also made place cards for Thanksgiving dinner. I know we're a bit early, but that's okay with me. We have them in a safe spot ready for when we need them. Jordan and Lo made them together. I love when her older cousins do sweet crafts with her. 
We put out pumpkins.
Decorated Halloween cupcakes
and played in the leaves.
*More on that to come.
It's been a great week.



"A photo of my child once a week, every week, in 2014."

Logan: A great deal of children's play is them imitating what they see adults do. Your knowledge and curiosity amazes me-- every. day.  I love that you see breast feeding as a normal natural thing. You are so nurturing and loving. "Cinderella is a good, goood mama." You are right, she is good-- so good. ...And so are you, my love.

Here + here is another time where I captured my sweet girl being such a good little mama.

apples and pumpkins

This was our third time getting apples and our second time getting a pumpkin. Logan and I have become total farm girls this fall, visiting weekly. We are love, love, loving fresh local apples, eating them daily. They are so, so delicious this year and the tress are plentiful, so every week we venture out to pick more. 

This time around, Logan was exactly feeling it as you can see in some of the photos. 

Our initial plan for this day was to be a day in the city touring museums, but a call from our mechanic explaining that Sco's car inspection was going to cost double than what we had budgeted out changed our plans. 

Total bummer, but we made the most of our day. 

We always love visiting the farm anyway, and having daddy with us was the perfect opportunity for Lo to take home that "super big" pumpkin she's been wanting to take home since our first visit. 

It was a cloudy day and they were calling for rain and storms around noon. We headed out early to dodge the weather, and coincidentally we dodged any crowds too. 

We had the entire wagon to ourselves both to the trees and patch & back. It was so nice, and such a change from our last visit with family when we were crammed next to each other on itchy bales of hay. 

Lo thought she was so cool sitting by herself. 
How soon that coolness takes over...miss independent. 

We brought home 5lbs of apples and the most perfectly round 20lb pumpkin for carving. Logan and daddy can't wait to tackle that project :) 

See our other apple picking adventures here and here.
And as always, on my instagram.



 "A portrait of my child once a week, every week, in 2014."

Logan...by far the most adorable baby wearing mama I ever did see. That sweet Rebecca of yours is one lucky little monkey.


f r i d a y || f i v e

1 || 2 || 3 || 4 || 5
^  I think we may be trying out this recipe for these delicious Baked Apple Cinnamon Doughnut Holes

^  Is this not the sweetest place setting ever? I'm in love.

^  Roasted zucchini  The link to this photo send you to tips for roasting all different kinds of veggies

^  I have had creating a play camera for Logan on my DIY list for over a year I'm sure. 
    This one is so inspiring.

^  Painting leaves has also been on our list since last september. 
    I just picked up some new paints so hopefully we'll get to that soon, too.


preschool homeschool || simple healthy kid eats

Organic yogurt + Organic fruits & veggies + Natural turkey breasts
Banana coins + Cucumbers from our garden + Leftover southwest chicken pizza
Tomatoes from our garden + Carrot sticks + Crackers & PB + Cubed ham + Garden Zuchinni
 Coffee yogurt + Dry cereal + Watermelon triangles
Corn-on-the-cob + Tuna + Edamame + Cantaloupe
Watermelon + Banana coins + Organic yogurt + Bacon
Fresh pineapple + Organic grapes + Banana + Apple

Breakfast/Lunch has become a favorite meal around here. I'm always trying to find ways to encourage Logan's love for fresh healthy organic eats. 

I've implemented a Montessori Inspired: Practical Life-- Food Prep series into our preschool homeschool-- and everyday life in general. 

Each day we try to work on some type of  preparation. 

Some days it's cutting (with a butter knife) and other days it's pouring. 

We work on peeling (clementines, apples, potatoes, and carrots) 
and buttering (peanut butter, almond butter, and cheese spreads). 

We crack eggs, mix batters, and fill measuring cups. 

We set up our eating area and clean up our messes when we're done. 

Logan is so proud of her kitchen independence.  


Pictured above are a few of our favorite meals. I let Lo assist in creating our "meal masterpiece," as she calls it. It's become our little kitchen craft of sorts.

I plan to document a little more in depth our Montessori Inspired themes, including the process of the prep, as we explore them throughout our little preschool homeschool. Stay tuned.

play, all day

This little girl of mine could play for hours...in fact, some days, she does-- all day long. Her imagination is packed with so much creativity. She's always brewing up some idea or story and is so resourceful with incorporating all types of things into her play.  She is so in love with her toys these days, and it is the best thing ever. She makes up the greatest stories and her characters are so kind and nurturing. The way she has her little dolls handle their situations and polly pocket/princess emergencies makes me proud as a mama. Though they definitely have their fair share of drama, they handle it in a classy manner...most days! Oh, the drama makes me laugh too: "It's okay, you are nice, you were just not made for me." or "Well I would like to work at Home Goods too, Mother Gothel." Say what?! I love to sit and watch her play. Today I took some photos as keepsakes of this cherished time that I want to always remember.


39 + 40.52

"A portrait of my child once a week, every week, in 2014."

39. my how fast the teen years have arrived...

40. my hip little errand running pal, with the sweetest smile.

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