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Preschool projects

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Little and I worked on this project the other day. First she separated and sorted all of the bands by color. Then we used Youtube to find out how to make the bracelet and then we went out to the laundry line to find a clothes pin.

We were about half way done here, and it occurred to me that this would be a great little protection trinket.

“keep me safe, keep me sound
while my wrist you are wrapped around.
I will be out of harms way
all through the night and day”

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If you’re Happy and you know it write it down.

If your Happy and you Know it write it down

I have been meaning to share this for a few days but the cold/ sickness has gotten the best of me. So here it is. I sometimes worry that all the fun little details will be lost in the hustle and bustle of life. We will do something have a marvelous time and then months or weeks or even sadly days later we have moved on and forgotten the enjoyment. So I covered an old coffee tin (my tins are actually cardboard) and wrote on it “If you’re happy and you know it write it down” I stuck it on our side board in our dinning room next to some pens and added a pad of paper. Little has now added a plethora of bright-colored post it notes there too.
The plan is to daily or as often as we think of it. To write what is making us happy. what we are grateful for and pop the note in the jar.

This goes beyond the family though as I am encouraging guests to use it as well. I plan to look at them and read them aloud on new years eve.

ok that’s it for today!

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Domestic Goddess Guide Book aka your witchy Home Management Binder

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well another year has come and gone and so as I like to do during this quite time between years, I am assessing and analyzing how my systems are working for me and figuring out what changes need to be made. There are A LOT of changes that have to be made! We have moved to different house and Little has started preschool. So I have modified my original Homemakers Binder so that it will better fit my needs and my family needs. There are a lot of pictures and a lot of links. I have taken a week or so to put this together and I am still working on it.

What you will need:
A binder I have a one inch binder with clear covers so you can slip papers in for the cover
tabs
post it type flags
paper
a printer (if you want to print out the links)
and a hole punch
and tape I always need tape.

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I wanted a homemakers binder or home management binder that fit me better. Yes I clean my house but I also cleanse my house. Lots of magic things happen here and so just like my BOS this book starts with a few little tie bits of magic.  A prayer for patience and a picture of Cerridwen to bless my home hearth and endeavors.

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I then have two sets of tabs one is the typical down the side type and I have used the set of 8 from Martha Stweart avery line.
They are:
1. Launch pad (don’t worry I will explain it)
2. Cleaning
3. Menu Planning
4. Food storage
5. Projects
6. Financial
7. Garden
8. Cleaning Recipes.

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1. Launch Pad Section

I have those extra post it tabs across the top in just my Launch pad section.  So lets walk through what I have in there. First up is this daily rhythm which I made based on this one.

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next up our weekly Rhythm. This one is still in flux but since Little and I have had our schedules changed this needed to be changed as well. As you can see I’m still literally penciling it in until I find a rhythm that really works for us but its still a good example. IMG_0127

Next up is our Yearly Themes now if you have followed me on here or in my life you realize I am sure that I am crazy and like to plan things out. So much so that my wonderful fellow admins at The Pagan Mama have started calling organizing Poppy-fing. So you might know, or might not be surprised to see that I have monthly themes for Little and I. We try to plan activities with them in mind and check out books from the library within the theme.  These themes have been the same since she was 10 months old or so. Each year it feels new though as each year what is age appropriate is changed.

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Next up is the 30 day challenge which I got from here. Go check it out because it is really much prettier. She did it all in color but my printer was acting up and I just can’t wast paper. Anyway If I’m am trying to establish a new habit I like to do one at a time, one month at a time. It helps solidify it for me. So I will be printing out one for each month. IMG_0129

Next  I have an sheet for important dates. I didn’t show it to you as there are you know personal dates and names on it but you can find one here.

Next up is a to do list. there are lots of pretty ones out there but I just used a sheet of scrap paper (again I hate to waste paper) and scribbled January to do List at the top.

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Next up is the 52 Weeks to an Organized Home challenge from Home Storage Solutions. 

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Which of course is followed by A donation tracker. Because I am sure as I go through each area I will be purging items and passing them on to a new home. Might as well use it the numbers for our taxes. IMG_0132

I have a calendar in her too. This one is just for tacking cleaning and house to dos. I am not sure if I will keep it like this or not as I do use a Flylady. Wall calendar and my personal Filofax which has this same calendar in it. I just LOVE this calendar! It is from Lime Tree Fruits and all of her printables are just beautiful!

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2. Cleaning

Ok next up a cleaning schedule and hey i’m still working on it.  I also have a smudging prayer taped on the inside of my cleaning divider.  You can find this daily/ weekly  sheet here along with one that is filled in for how she does it.  After that I have a Monthly Zone sheet from here. You might also like this weekly sheet  I am not sure which one I will end up using myself. I say check them both out and see what works best for you.

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Because as I said I cleanse my house not just clean it I added this sheet that I originally wrote for my Facebook pageIMG_0135

3. Menu Planning

We eat. We eat a lot here and I cook a lot here. so here is my menu planning and shopping sheet.  There are lots of good ones out there but I made this one years ago and just keep using it. You can get the PDF here menu plan I also keep a few recipes behind this for things I will be cooking this week. I am also working a few other sheets for this section and I will share them when I finish them. IMG_0136

 

4. Food storage.

I think a lot about food. I spend a lot of time with food. growing, buying, cooking, reasserting on and on and on. so this section Might not be for everyone but it is for me. I know some people are prepers and this will not meet their needs and some people for religious reasons feel they should have a years worth of food ready. I on the other hand lived through the 1989 San Andres earthquake. My house was 2 miles from the epicenter. My entire neighborhood pitched our tents and camp around our yard. While other people went to stand in lines for food and water for hours and hours I never had to. Mom being the good Girl Scout she was, was prepared and we had enough food for us not to worry and enough to share too. I took from that experience how important it really is to be prepared and so it is something I have been working on. I also have started canning, which means I need to take a better assessment of what kind of food my family eats and at what rate. Just how many pints of strawberry jam will they consume and how many pounds of tomatoes will it take to make 52 jars of sauce? These are questions I am working on answering. The following section has some sheets that help me track and figure it all out.

 

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Canning Inventory here

I also have a Panty inventory and a freezer inventory which I failed to get a picture of somehow.

5. Projects

We all have them.  We all need to track them and think them through so we can complete them and do a happy Yay me I finished it dance! I found this cute sheet here to help out with that.

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6. Financial

mostly what I have here is a sheet like this from Organizing Home life.d410fd0d49f47b365a367a564a54beb9

7. Garden. I found a whole lovely downloadable notebook for the garden section. Again I am trying to answer one of lives questions how many tomatoes do you need to grow to make 52 jars of sauce, have enough for salads and eating and not have too many?  And how many plants do I need to plant to get that many tomatoes. Not to mention all the other yummies that need to be grown and of course the herbs. What herbs can you grow to cook with and make potions with? You might want to make a list.

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8. cleaning recipes.

Finally a section to keep all the fabulous diy natural cleaning recipes. Both to clean the house such as uses for lemon below or rosemary salt to bless the house and how to make moon water. All the good Kitchen witch recipes I need to know. IMG_0143

There are a few more things but that is pretty much it for now. I know it’s a lot so what I think I might do is break it down now that I have given you the whole shebang maybe I will go back over each section and do a step by step for that section. This way I can add in all the extras.

also just for you I made a pin board with most of the links 🙂 http://www.pinterest.com/heleneliz/domestic-goddess-guide-book/

 

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Back to Rhythm

A lot has happened for Little in the past few months.
We have moved
She has started preschool
Which means she is not playing with her nanny
Mama has had to work more
Daddy has had to work in a different city sometimes.
Pretty much her whole world got turned upside down.

While it has been tough for me I am an adult and have some coping skills to deal with it. Truth be told even though most of the changes have been positive they are still some times hard. I have been having a rougher time dealing with it then I thought.

Sometimes I’m slow on the uptake but I realized if I am having a hard time coping then what must she be going through?

So finally yesterday I printed out her routines for her. She has had them before. She calls them her maps. Her map of How to get to bed.
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I always start with our night routine because it sets up the morning to work well. You can find this one here.
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Her map of how to get herself ready in the morning.  You can find a morning routine in the same place or you can find this one here.
Litte was really happy to see them. She loves to know what is coming next and loves to feel like she is “in charge” of her getting ready. I choose this morning routine because it had a hair brush on it and that is something Little does not like at all! Already she has seen it and gone over the routine and said that she needs to brush her hair which is a small miracle given usually that is somewhat of a daily battle. I love setting her up for success and not having to nag. All in all a win win!

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Earth day Earth month

April’s focus for Little’s education (for lack of a better word) is the Earth and Nature. Fitting of course because we have earth day this month. Now don’t get crazy on me yes we pay attention to the Earth all year round
so I was cruising around pinterest and found a fun pin for an earth lantern. You can find the original blog with step by step pictures here.
Earth Day lantern

But I do have a few pointers.
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I got a map here and used it to trace out the land masses. Y’all know I can’t draw.

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The finished piece is Little’s and will go on her nature table or in her room and so I am not willing to put a real live candle in it. I got a 3 pack of little LED tea lights at the dollar store. Much better for kids safety.

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Little wanted to add a few more land masses. So there they are. Sure why not.

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Little’s nature table

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She did it all on her own!

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Mom on the Iphone

A few days ago I read a letter that started “dear mom on the iPhone” I read it and was filled with anger. my initial response was one that started with F*%$ you and went on to.How dare you judge me.   You don’t know me or my life. you don’t know how much time I spend with my kids or what other things I have going on.  You don’t know. You didn’t bother to ask. You sat and judged and think you special because you joined the ranks of many, many other people who have decided judging and looking down on people is the way to go.

In short you took the easy way and the cowards way.  You didn’t talk about say how our society values moms (or women or people for the matter) you didn’t talk about how if people were say paid more of a living wage then, moms (or dads) wouldn’t have to juggle full-time jobs and children. For that matter you didn’t talk about dear dad on your iPhone at all. Because what we understand when a man is on the phone it must be important  I am sure he is doing what he needs to to take care of his family, but a mom well she is on facebook.  You didn’t talk about the other things that have to happen. no you took the easy below the belt shot at a group of people who are judged harshly daily and blamed for all manner of things. I didn’t have the ability to articulate it in a nice way but that is a start.

This response was so much better than mine and I am so happy to read it. I hope you like it too!

http://friedokra4me.blogspot.com/2013/03/dear-mom-on-iphone-i-get-it.html

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Poppy’s Pagan Planning Ostara (1)

wpid-IMAG0400.jpgFor our family the biggest celebration of Ostara we do is Egg Day. We don’t know how many years we have done this event but we do it ever year. This type of egg decoration is called pysanky and is done with drawing on the egg with wax and then dipping in many colors light to dark. If you follow the above link you can see some up close pictures of the process. I find it very fun and it is something our friends and family look forward to each year. So that is where I am starting Ostara planning this year.

of course for decorations we have our years and years of eggs we have made.

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here is a small sample.

I like this idea for displaying

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So we have our decorations and we have our activity so this will be a very food centered post.
Sunshine eggs are always good as most people tend to bring very sugary foods

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Someone (often at least two someones) bring one of these

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but back to “real food” I am thinking of making this

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because I simply always love soup and soup with new spring vegetables sounds like heaven.

This looks very good too as we start early I think it might be a nice breakfast. goat cheese quiche with hash brown crust.

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and some other very pretty quiche ideas

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They are so nice as they use up all that egg that we have blown out of the egg shells that we will decorate.

of course I will make scones because well mom will want them. some other finger food.

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chicken salad on celery

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I hope that got you thinking of fun stuff to do an eat. For me a holiday has many parts. One is the spiritual aspect and then there is the family/ social aspect of it. Do you have certain family traditions with the different holidays?

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Masterpeice Monday

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Little’s art journal pages

 

 

 

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and mine 🙂

it is so much fun to do. I love that when you “mess up” a page you just put more paint on top and it becomes another page.

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