Love, Joleen

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Benjamin's 'Uptown Funk' Video Bruno Mars Halloween Costume

We love Halloween. It's our favorite time of year to enjoy gorgeous weather and spend time with friends at various fall festivals. We tend to go to a lot of events the weekend of Halloween, which provides for lots of fun dressing up opportunities. Benjamin is still super into playing dress up and pretend! Nearly every day he's an astronaut or a police officer or Black Panther or Captain America or Dr. Pete... you get the idea. But for Halloween up until now, he still allows me to pick one of his costumes and go to town. Last year, he was Bruno Mars from the Uptown Funk video, and I never posted the photos here! He loves Bruno Mars and people would tell us he looks like him (ha!) so it was a natural choice. As we're starting to plan for and put together his costume for this year, I thought I'd share this look back at Benjamin as Bruno. Take a look at his other past Halloween costumes

Monday, September 10, 2018

Our Charlotte Mason Inspired Morning Time Homeschool Routine

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We call the first hour [or so] of homeschooling each day, Morning Time, which we start after breakfast and morning chores, around 9 or 10 a.m. I started hearing and seeing the term a lot, from the Charlotte Mason homeschool moms and podcasts I follow and listen to. I love seeing how people plan and layout their homeschool days, and feel there can never be too many examples out there. You never know what style is going to resonate the most with you! For this reason, I wanted to share our Morning Time schedule for this year with you. We're currently in our 4th week of our Charlotte Mason-inspired Kindergarten

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Simple Fall Makeup Look with SAVVY MINERALS by Young Living

Disclaimer: I am a Young Living Distributor and make a commission from sales through my business. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I have been wanting to do a post like this for a while now. When SAVVY MINERALS by Young Living debuted last year, I immediately added a few products to my Essential Rewards order. I'm not a makeup artist by any means, but I'm definitely a bit of a product junkie. I love trying new things and was excited to try the line. In the year since, so many new products have become available, and it is high time I tell you about them! I've added quite a few of these products to my collection, and am happy to give you my honest feedback here. Plus, I wanted to share this simple fall makeup look with ya'll! 

Monday, August 13, 2018

How I'm Using a Pocket Traveler's Notebook As My Homeschool Planner

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Prior to this year, I've been using large format academic planners to schedule or document our schooling. But for personal planning, I've been using a Pocket Traveler's Notebook for a year and a half now, and loving it. It's the perfect size to throw in your purse or bag. I'm excited to share how I'm using a pocket-sized traveler's notebook as my homeschool planner this year. We're doing Kindergarten this year, and if you're interested, head over to see our 2018-2019 Charlotte Mason-Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum