By: Sandy Churchill Smoky hearth fires, pine-scented freshly-fallen snow, newly-cut pink roses, sea-salt breezes, sautéed peppers and onions, or steaming garlicky pizza… All of these pleasures share a pronounced quality that stirs a response in each of us immediately: the gift of scent. One of the most special gifts of the human experience is the … More Fires, Flowers, Food, Oh My! Incorporate Your Favorite Scents into Your Life
By: Sandy Churchill As a self-proclaimed sufferer of seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.), I can share that winter is a tough season for me. The lack of light, freezing temperatures, and bleak monochrome days can dampen my spirits from the moment I rise in the morning. As a “Gemini girl” and typical optimist, I prefer the … More Seeking and Savoring Winter Joy!
By: Martianne Stanger As a long-time homeschooler, people often ask me what I think is one of the most important things to teach children. Without question, a term I borrowed years ago from Montessori-style schooling is my answer: Practical LIfe Skills! The one thing I am the most happy that I continue to teach my … More What’s One of the Most Important Things to Teach Your Children?
By: Sandy Churchill Every mom needs an “I-Can-Do-Anything-Sweater.” I am not sure when this started or how it became a staple in my fall wardrobe, but for me, it is here to stay. My power sweater is a gypsy-looking, striped maxi-sweater in shades of mocha. I truly feel I can do anything in this sweater. … More The I-can-do-Anything Sweater!
By: Sandy Churchill I love the spirit of “positivity” and “making lemons out of lemonade”—and truly, the COVID-quarantining-mask-wearing-social-distancing world we are currently living in is an ideal place where a sense of optimism and hopefulness is needed. A friend recently launched a “lemon-themed” Bible study in her newly-revamped garage-turned-girl-cave where she decorated a Christmas tree … More Choosing Positivity and Making Lemonade Out of COVID Lemons
By: Tanvi Maharaja If there is one positive, silver lining if you will, that this pandemic has offered us, it is the realization that most good things in life are free. We find ourselves spending more quality time as a family, enjoying the infinite beauty of nature. The flora, the sunsets, the incessant chirping of … More Choosing an Abundance Mindset Over a Scarcity Mindset
By: Tanvi Maharaja The temperature has been going up steadily for a while now. As the pleasant weather keeps up its steady march to turn into a scorching summer, we all tend to resort to that nectar of life – water. As we quenched our thirst and kept watering the lawn, the little red blob … More Waiting for the Hummingbird
By: Heather O’Neill There’s an old tale about a carrot, an egg and a coffee bean. If you haven’t heard it, it’s basically this: There are 3 pots on a stove filled with boiling water. Each pot contains a different item. The first pot contains carrots. The second pot contains eggs. The third pot contains … More How Does Your Child Handle Adversity?
By: Sandy Churchill During this over-the-top academic season as a homeschooling mom, I had a discussion with my super-motivated teenage son about dedication, effort, and “doing your best”. While he is juggling two community college classes as a high school freshman, four co-op courses that meet weekly, a literary theatre class, chemistry, and his own … More Why Your Best is Rarely 100%
By: Martianne Stanger Okay, I admit it. Some days I miss the freedom and adventure that life before children offered me. Other days, I realize that life is still full of adventure: some quite simple and joy-filled and only experienced because I have children. Case in point: the other day when my children and … More Adventure Awaits – Just Look Through a Child’s Eyes