These are a few of my favorite things!

I thought for this week’s post I’d make a little list of the things I love. Definitely in the spirit of St. Valentine’s Day.

With that, Happy V’day. I love that you’re reading this!

So in absolutely no particular order, here are some THINGS that I love:

  • the way the air smells, just before it rains
  • the sound of the kiddo laughing or singing
  • snapdragons, the flowers… I like making them talk
  • the Starry Night by VanGogh
  • dark chocolate, that’s right I like my chocolate bittersweet
  • things that smell like lavender, vanilla or coconut
  • mac and cheese
  • car rides with LP, and out chats
  • nice pajamas or loungewear
  • when josh makes dinner, especially his marsala chicken or general chicken
  • the sound of the beach- waves and seagulls
  • when Thumper, my pug, puts his nose on the back of my leg
  • a bottle of decent red wine
  • candles candles candles
  • WDW
  • sunsets or pretty cotton candy colored skies
  • mint tea
  • watching the clouds in the air
  • sofa cuddles with Sebastian, my other pug
  • the shapes of trees
  • being on a ship or boat
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • late night chats about life and goals with the boy
  • the sound of snoring pugs
  • LP’s hand massage, makes me sleepy
  • medium rare steak, because I’m trying to be healthier but would rather it rare
  • thunderstorms
  • angel hair pasta
  • singing in the car with LP
  • tacos aren’t just for tuesday’s
  • fluffy socks
  • lucky brand blue jeans
  • wind chimes
  • watching the kiddo dance in the house
  • cheese, i like cheese
  • makeup paletts
  • fresh cut grass on a summer day
  • the thought of traveling the world once day with my family
  • quiet moments at night
  • making lists, with different colored pens and sticky notes
  • antiques, I like furniture, old style wood furniture
  • painting
  • laughing fits with the family
  • good Bourbon -like Jefferson’s Reserve Pritchard Hill Cabernet Cask Finished Bourbon
  • Christmas lights, and trees any time of the year lit with white lights
  • Classical music, I just love flutes and violins
  • family DANCE PARTY – LOL


SO yeah, just a list of some of the things that when I encounter or experience them, they make me smile.

Of course there’s more, but I thing my list represents a piece of what I find to be special.

Homeschooling a Pre-teen

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We’ve been home schooling since the kiddo was three. She’s never attended a traditional education environment, and hasn’t stepped a toe into a public school . We’ve always used our world around us as a constant stream of things to learn.

When the kiddo was younger, it seemed easier to find playdates, and have exciting activities during the day.

These pre-teen and teenage years are different. There’s time on the i-Pad, sourcing information, research and gaming on the computer and reading on the kindle. Kids are so much more tech savvy these days. And with that, they seem more immersed in the digital aspect of interacting and not the face-to-face.


We’re at a bit of a crossroads, where the kiddo wants more interaction, with other like minded kids, but this pre-teen age – most of here peers aren’t as socially prepared. It’s tough.

and yes, sometimes we manage to meet up at a park, and just be kids!

But we’re managing. We’ve found a good group of homeschool kids and are getting together bi-weekly to work on parent led projects.

At home we still focus on the important things. There’s Math and Language Arts, and Creative Writing, in our reading lessons we incorporate History and a bit of Science.

What’s been good about letting my pre-teen manage her learning style is allowing her to explore career ideas, and making good decisions on how to achieve them. We focus on the WHY it’s important to create better study habits, and WHY it’s important to learn certain lessons.

Presenting the WHY, has alleviated some of the less cooperative times when homeschooling “feels like work”. It’s all a bunch of building blocks, that are creating her foundation for the years to come.


If you have a teen or pre-teen homeschooler, what sort of activities do you do to balance your days between books and activities?

When did I become a middle-aged woman?

Over the years, I’ve settled into this “middle-aged” life and have become less personally driven. I’ve never liked the word settle, yet I do feel… unsettled. Now I’m in the process of figuring out the WHY.

Recently, I took some time between my jencation winter 2018 and the new year, and decided to get back to basics.

I’ve begun to read a great Danish book called the Little Book of Hygge, which has spring-boarded a renewed interest in myself and my surroundings.

I used to make more plans, have personal goals, and was creative. What I’ve been lacking was personal structure.

I realize that over the years I put that off, and focused on family, the kiddo, our pugs – I became what was holding myself back. Not wanting to fail, but that set me up for not doing what I want or love. I needed to finally realize that it wasn’t about the fear, and more about the actual execution. The doing.

Now I need to reacquaint myself with more of the things I love and make time to do them. Find new interests and rekindle old lost hobbies. I’m fortunate, the boy and kiddo are beyond supportive. Kinda like the overly enthusiastic mom that tells her kid they can do anything they set their mind to. (I’m that kind of mom.) But it’s weird having that sort of support being directed at myself.

Josh would rather me do something, anything and everything… because he truly believes I can. Whenever I show him something I’ve created or learned how to make, he’s genuinely excited. I’ve decided to accept that train of thought. Adopt it as my own.

I’ve started using a new day planner, as a way to make sure that I remind myself to be more creative. One of the things I’ve set as a “to-do” is to blog once a week. I’ve been guest posting once a month on his blog for the past 3-4 months, and it’s been refreshing to come up with a topic to add different content for his readers. Now it’s time to take my creative writing skills, and apply it to my personal blog.

PS – I’m glad if you’re here, reading my blog!

I don’t really have readers, or the same viewership he does, but I’m just starting out. As the boy says, “Take action, and begin today.” Speaking of taking action… if you know me, I’m KINDA the girl who sings the praises of having a budget and love sharing some of my insight. This has recently brought me a few friends that are looking for the same kind of freedom and guidance. So I’ve created some personalized spreadsheets for them and have become their accountability partner for their budget. Sure there are days when they probably don’t like me, and maybe even all me all sorts of bad names… but I’m excited to see them grow and learn about their financial situations, and hope my help with put them on a more sound path with their money. Wanna learn more, read my post: The B word

I think between moving and my tinnitus, I’ve felt more out of sorts. A good friend suggested a while back that I paint my view of tinnitus. That might be a good place to begin with being more creative artistically.

I’m hoping that creating and doing, and helping others, will improve my general well being. I’m actually quite happy and content, but now I want more; I want to be over the moon.

Speaking of moon, did you see the Blood Wolf Moon this past Sunday/Monday? It was so pretty.

I’m also getting back to reading more. in 2017 I set a reading goal of 20 books and read 24! Last year, 2018 I set the goal to 25, and only made it to 15! I was just lazy, and unfocused and there’s so many great shows between Netflix and Hulu.

I’ve sought out some fun travel shows on Netflix to help broaden my horizons and get educated and prepared for our world schooling eduventure. Our plan is to hopefully be heading off in about 3 years.

Hello 2019

I’ve been doing some guest posting on the boy’s website, and this year 2019, I’ve decided that I should get back to my own blog.

We ported everything over to this lovely WORDPRESS site, and eventually I’ll give my blog a bit of sprucing up and some TLC. #dontgochasingwaterfalls

OK, so what’s been going on?

Just a short and sweet catch up:

Kiddo isn’t dancing, has taken up drums, and still homeschooling.

Pugs- the boys are getting older but are still alive and kicking.

the boy- new job and focusing more on his own projects. seems much happier now!

ME- fighting laziness and attempting to be more creative. Personally – I think I need to paint more. LP- need to keep her interested in homeschooling. the boy- needs more QT with me.

I’ll just say that we’re moving forward on this journey of life.

I’m focusing more on manifesting and keeping an abundance mentality, although I’d like the abundance in my thighs to diminish. LOL

More to come as I will make more of an effort to write. 🙂


It’s half past 2018

I haven’t felt much like writing (read that as lazy and unfocused). But I guess it’s about that time to catch things up a bit and touch base. Get pen to paper so to speak, and let the words flow. 

This summer I turned… 46. That’s more than half way to 90! I decided to grow my hair out again, and am returning to my natural color. That’s right. I’m swearing off bleaching with the 40 vol peroxide, having the gorgeous purple colored dyes, and getting back “to my roots” as they say. Oh and I have BANGS! LaPetite also took off about 15 inches of hair and is sporting a cooler layered look. 

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This summer marks some major changes in our lives. 

LP is no longer dancing, and has turned her focus to music. More specifically- playing the drums. She also has been in the kitchen a lot more after taking a cooking camp. I tend to micromanage, so I’m allowing here to just have fun and be creative, and am letting her do more on her own.

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We’ve had both of my parents visit this summer (separately of course) and a belated birthday surprise houseguest (my sister KT) so this really has been an eventful summer in many ways. These might not be the glamorous of shots, but I’m not usually one to have my camera out snapping pictures at every corner. I take mental photographs. 

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Lets see, what else… I’ve gotten back to painting. It’s been good to be creative. 

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Oh and my boys are still alive and kicking! 

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So that is about it for now.