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  • honey bees + financial dreams

    Honey Bees + Financial Dreams

    Dena May 20, 2020

    Thank you Lexington Law Firm for sponsoring this post. A high service partner and consumer advocate that will help you fight for the credit you deserve! Hello, friends! I hope that you are safe and well. Spring has truly sprung here in our little corner of the world. Our garden is beginning to take shape, the earth is awash in color, and the beautiful scent of spring is fresh in…

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  • Backyard Chickens

    A Comprehensive Guide for Keeping Backyard Chickens

    Dena May 18, 2020

    Hello, friends! Backyard chicken keeping seems to be exploding in popularity lately and I love it. It’s so wonderful to see people connecting to the origins of their food. There are many ways to get connected to our food–from keeping a garden, to sustainable hunting and fishing, to buying from local, ethical farmers, to keeping chickens for eggs. Our family is celebrating our first year anniversary of chicken keeping this…

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  • crowded kids bedroom

    Simplifying a Kids Bedroom: The Before

    Dena May 11, 2020

    Many years ago as I prepared to become a mother, I had a list of lofty ideals about the kind of mother I would be. In my mid-twenties, I adopted a minimalist lifestyle and I wished to incorporate those ideals in motherhood. I fell in love with the clean, practical, heart-centered principles of the Montessori and Waldorf methods. I sought to create clean, colorful, natural living and play spaces for…

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  • New Jersey Cherry Blossoms

    Welcome May + a Newsletter Invitation

    Dena May 9, 2020

    Below is a transcription of my most recent newsletter sent last week. I am including it here along with an invitation for you to subscribe. Dear Friend, Not long after I sent my last letter here, everything started to change. In that message, I shared Cheryl Strayed’s quote: “Let yourself be gutted. Let it open you. Start here.” Little did I know then what was about to come. Sometimes God…

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  • Cowboy Birthday Party

    Celebrating a Child’s Birthday During Lockdown

    Dena April 30, 2020

    If you can believe it, next week is my sweet little Roman’s 7th birthday! We lucked out with Marina’s birthday and celebrated just before the lockdown began. However, Roman’s birthday will fall during our 7th week of lockdown and we won’t be able to celebrate with friends and family. Despite the fact that this year’s celebration will be unconventional, we will still celebrate this boy in the most joyous ways…

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  • Daily Homeschool Rhythm

    Our Daily Homeschool Rhythm During Lockdown

    Dena April 22, 2020

    Hello, friends! Happy Earth Day! We are presently smack in the middle of week 6 of pandemic homeschooling. It’s definitely taken a bit, but I’ve finally found a rhythm that feels good for us. I know that many parents are still struggling to find that rhythm, so I wanted to share what is working for us. Also, I just want to say upfront that this didn’t happen overnight and the…

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  • free earth day printable

    Free Earth Day Printable

    Dena April 21, 2020

    Tomorrow is Earth Day! I made this sweet little free printable for all of us who will be homeschooling our littles tomorrow. 🌿🌎❤️ Click here to subscribe to our emails & receive your free printable.

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  • Simple Steps for a Detox During Lockdown

    Dena April 20, 2020

    Hello, friends! I hope that you are holding up okay. Here we are starting week six of lockdown. It’s almost unthinkable, but we are all struggling with negative thoughts, confusion and anxiety together. Each time I have this conversation, I come around to the same conclusion: that we all must continue to take it one day at a time–and sometimes–one hour at a time. This has been one of my…

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  • Homemade Pasta

    Dena April 14, 2020

    A Short Tale of Pasta and Self-Made Pasta Spaghetti, macaroni, alfredo, tortellini, lasagna, tagliatelle, penne – do any of these titles ring a bell to you? If they do, then you’re probably a pasta lover much like myself. You simply can’t go wrong with pasta. You can flavor pasta any way you want to. Whether you use a pre-made sauce or you make your own sauce. Some pasta can even…

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