10 Books to Comfort and Nourish a Mama’s Heart

With the change of season and all of the unsettling events of this year, I’m just craving some solace and a little something to soothe my heart.  There’s nothing that comforts and brings perspective like a great book, but what book?  I’ve been simmering on this list for a while, pondering how I would gather […] Read more…

What I Read in September

September was a fun reading month for me.  I finished three lighter reads and started some other biographical/spiritual books, which I’m still working on and hope to finish in October!   Also Amazon sent me an email today to remind me that I have to tell you the links below are affiliate links.  (After about […] Read more…

September in Pictures

September was so full! Immediately after getting here, David left for California for two weeks (after an epic last-minute and dare I say dangerously enormous Ikea haul), we started homeschool, unpacked the last few boxes, and had family in town from Atlanta.  (I got to see my newest niece, hooray!) We also had a mishap […] Read more…

A Mother’s Corner Office + Some Organizing Goals

A mother’s corner office:  next to the kitchen and the toys, hung with Mary Cassat prints for inspiration, drawers emptied of sharp things and permanent writing utensils, sticky fingerprints atop the desk.  VIP (very important papers):  school work, paintings and sunday school crafts. Sometimes a change of scenery can make a huge difference in the […] Read more…

Late August in Pictures and Settling In

I didn’t document a lot of this month (or this summer) because of moving boxes and paper plates and Chic-fil-a on repeat.  It’s been a big blur of unpacking, late nights, and getting oriented in our new space.   Sometimes I’m kind of not sure how we got here at all! Yet here we are, dahling […] Read more…

David Levi’s Birth Story

I got pregnant with Levi right in the middle of our kitchen renovation.  That seems like bad timing, but it was definitely planned that way! We had started the conversation over a year before and decided that now was the time to move forward.  We were happy with our three girls, but David also wanted […] Read more…

A Farewell Tour of Our California Home

Well, 2020 is coming in full force with the changes.  We are moving!   This all came about early this year when I requested a trial period of living in another state.  I just reached a point where I needed to be within at least a day’s drive of my family for a little while […] Read more…

Homeschool Recap 2019/2020

Before I pack up all of our homeschooling supplies I wanted to give you a little homeschool recap for our year!    Well as you all know we had a baby last spring (some about that here), so along with homeschooling the girls, I nurtured a baby in the first year of life. He is […] Read more…

What I Read in February-May Catch-Up

I am really surprised to tell you that Covid-19 threw a HUGE wrench in my reading life!  You would think this would be the most productive reading binge of my life.  NO.  It was terrible!   In February we had a busy month with Valentines celebrations, a birthday, sick kids, and work in the evenings! […] Read more…

A Valentine’s Luncheon with Tea and Scones

Are you looking for a little something festive for Valentine’s Day?  In year’s past I would plan little to nothing and then at the last minute regret it and scrounge around my house for heart doilies and glue!  I’m better about being prepared for Valentines these days, but I try to keep it really simple.  […] Read more…

What I Read in January

Well friends I did a ton of reading this month! Sometimes I struggle to pick up something off my stack, while other times I get into a topic and I just have to read everything about it. I’m not going to overwhelm you with all of that, so here is what I read last month […] Read more…

January in Pictures

January was a tough year, but we made it, amiright?  I confess, the holiday blues hit me hard this year and stayed on a little longer than usual. When this happens, I like to torture myself by asking depressing questions like “Will my kids ever have memories of my mom’s at Christmas?”  And “Why do […] Read more…

What I Read in December

I read a lot this month (see my last post)!  We didn’t do any school so I had a lot more margin than usual, and that was really nice.  The baby also transitioned into napping on a more regular schedule *yay* so I was really feeling that extra breathing room! Sadly, none of the relaxing […] Read more…

December in Pictures

I’m not sure whether to say December should be called lazy or restful! Either way, we paused school for the month and did nothing.  We didn’t even get through a full two weeks of Advent!  The picture books, Jesse Tree ornaments and crafts went untouched after the first two weeks. I just went into deep […] Read more…

Seeds and Fruits Advent Garland with Kids

Have you seen this old-fashioned popcorn and cranberry garland floating around Instagram and Pinterest? (Honestly, where haven’t we seen it?) The fruits and seeds hand craft is well-loved for good reason.  It’s a really simple, versatile decoration that can be used inside or strung outdoors in a tree for the birds and squirrels.  The imperfection […] Read more…

What I Read in November

I started many books but finished only three this month.  It was a busy, fall-ish month (here it is in pictures) with family coming in to town, getting organized to host Thanksgiving, and prepping for Advent.  Perhaps the greatest wrecker of my free reading time this month was a sweet baby boy with a cold […] Read more…

November in Pictures

November was a wonderful month.  This is when we get fall around here, which is so very welcome after September and October (which are basically just elongated summer months here in the valley!) I learned through reading a lot of L.M. Montgomery how much she hates November, which I guess must be pretty depressing in […] Read more…

Seamless Homeschool Organization

As home educators we face the unique challenge of having our homes be our living spaces as well as our classrooms. While there are advantages to having a separate space for school (I sometimes fantasize about how nice it would be to just close the door on the mess), I decided to take a holistic […] Read more…

You’re New to Homeschooling: Here’s A Simple First Step

This post may contain affiliate links. Taking charge of our children’s education can be both empowering and daunting.  Many of us turned down this road looking for options in education but found ourselves wading through cluttered websites, confusing curriculum spreadsheets, and state standards that require a degree in Bureaucracy to decipher. While there are many […] Read more…

What I Read in October

It’s been SO long since I did a reading post!  I missed these!  I think the last one I did on the blog must have been a couple (gulp, THREE) years ago! In between time, I did a lot of book posts to Instagram and you can find them archived under my hashtag #fayesreads.  You […] Read more…

Homeschool Plans 2019/2020

I have so many big thoughts and feelings about homeschool this year that it was a challenge to get words put down, but I think I finally did! To start, this year we will have a third grader, a first grader, and a preschooler.  While we now have the added variable of a fourth child, […] Read more…

Summer Update

Do you guys miss the old hey-days of blogging? I do. I felt inspired to write a newsy life update today. I love going back and reading old posts like these. (I actually have about eight year’s worth now!) A lot of this is lengthy notes from Baby Land, where I know I will lose […] Read more…

Kitchen Reveal

I know all of you who are familiar with our recent kitchen saga have been waiting so long for a kitchen reveal!  I have been dreaming of the day I could write this post myself. Well.  It was a very, very slow process.  My kitchen is now totally updated and redesigned, but to tell you […] Read more…

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