There are over 400 national parks in the United States and a variety of ways to enjoy them. Whether you plan to visit all of them or simply select a few bucket-list spots, a national park annual pass might be a valuable resource. We used an America the Beautiful pass for our travel this summer, […]

Playlist | Summer Road Trip

SUMMER ROAD TRIP on Spotify The summer season offers us opportunities, wrapped in sunshine, beyond our normal experience. The blur of passing scapes paired with a good tune creates whimsy and a sense of adventure. Guitar chords. The…
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On Stillness

“Hurry is not just a disordered schedule. Hurry is a disordered heart.” ––John Ortberg Sometimes I find myself chasing tasks when what is needed is stillness. This stage of parenting has seemed busier than ever, not because I…

Three Tips for Smoother Family Travel

Family travel is such a privilege and gift, and still, the process can be harrowing. As we packed for our current road trip, I realized there are a few habits I have developed over the years that help planning and packing for the road feel…

Six Family-Favorite Recipe Books

Meals can be like writing for me at times––I have plenty of ideas and inspiration until I sit down to write them out. I've found the same has been true for my children in their meal planning. At first, their personal favorites take…
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Summer Meal Ideas Made by the Kids

Our family table has long played a central role in our home, whether in mealtimes, school work, or neighborly connection and yet, by the end of the Spring, it seemed to be dissolving somehow. Mealtimes were irregular or rushed. We struggled…

Summer, the Dreaming Season

We have fully flung ourselves into summer over here, giving ourselves to the day's whim, swimsuits, frizzy hair, and all. What a contrasting rhythm from the other months in the year! Without our typical homeschool routines, my children…

Connection | An Apiary Visit

1. Picnic Basket 2. Bees: A Honeyed History 3. Straw Hat 4. Bee Smart Pollinator Gardener App 5. Honeycombs 6. Vintage Hexapod Chart 7. Kid's Neckerchief 8. Wrap-tie Jumpsuit 9. The Secret Life of Bees 10. 3-D Wooden Bee Puzzle 11. Plant…

Sleep Rhythms + the Impact of Blue Light

Evening routines have become tricky with teenagers in the home. As fatigue sets in and I crave my bedroom space, they seem to move in the opposite direction, refueled after dinner and ready to settle into their most social hours. Yes,…

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