Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Morning Meeting

Amanda Soule, of SoulMama was interviewed on Ohdeedoh. Two of my faves in one place!  SouleMama says this, and it's an idea I love, especially when I think about the dynamics of having five kids...

We start most mornings as a family with a casual “meeting” at the breakfast table, where we all share what we’re hoping to do for the day, what we might need help with, etc. It’s become a really great way to ensure that everyone’s work/play/projects be treated with equal importance – from Papa building a woodshed, to Adelaide building a birdhouse. The morning meeting inspires a bit of compromise, and a lot of cooperation in the day that follows. And perhaps most importantly, I think, it helps us ‘set intention’ for the things most important to us, both individually and collectively as a family.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Bed Time

Sorting through the starred items in my google reader, I found this post.  "Enjoying the Small Things" is a massively popular blog that I don't keep up with any more, but I can't deny that her writing is incredible.  She often posts about time spent on her bed with her girls, napping, playing, reading...Bed Time is wonderful.  She has really inspired me to make good use of our gorgeous bed - not just for the usual things :)  Our routine is a morning one, rather than an evening one, and I actually look forward to it every day.  I have never been a morning person (understatement of the century) and was nervous about becoming a mom for that reason - babies don't have a sense of these things, and won't gently wake you up when they need something.  But I have been so pleasantly surprised by how lovely it is to wake up to that adorable, sweet, smiling girl who is so happy to see me.  And it's especially lovely when daddy gets her out of bed and then brings her to ours for a few cuddles and a lot of silliness.  Kelle Hampton's post just inspires me to keep it up and savour each moment.  I love Bed Time! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Blob Lights

This is a great, easy, cheap idea that would definitely be great for Halloween.  I know, I know, you're mad that there is already Halloween candy for sale in the grocery stores, but for someone who likes to diy, holidays take time and advanced planning.  So I'm just putting it out there - a cute idea in general, but especially for Halloween,since you could put them out on your porch and they wouldn't blow out.  Or, like the post says, on your coffee/dinner table without becoming a hazard to the little ones.  Sweet!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Clean Green Simple - Banana Ice Cream

I'm sure lots of you who are interested in eating with less sugar have already heard of Banana Ice Cream.  If you don't care about sugar, you've probably never heard of it.  Shockingly I have never tried it.  Thanks to this website, it is now at the top of my to-try list.  I love dairy and adore ice cream, but I'm trying to avoid sugar.  So, I will purposely let those bananas on the counter become overripe so I can use them for this.  Looks SOOOOO amazing!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

lace light fixture

I seem to have a thing going for diy light fixtures and here's a doozy.  This gorgeous idea is easy, cheap, and beautiful.  I am always looking for an excuse to pick up some of those lovely but not-quite-useful doilies at the thrift store (on top of the one I mentioned here), and this is definitely a good one.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

scrabble decor

Here's a cute idea - if you're lucky enough to have a hobby room this would be perfect, if you just love scrabble this would be perfect, or if you're just looking for some tiny shelves - this would be perfect.  Fun!