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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

2018-2019 Charlotte Mason-Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

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This summer has been so much fun for our family! We've thoroughly enjoyed the break, and time spent with our family and friends. Most of our local friends started back at school earlier this month. Our official first day (although we've been working up to it with a "soft start") is Monday, Aug. 20, following our last summer hurraha trip to Gulf Shores with our bests this upcoming weekend. I've spent countless hours planning and prepping for our year (Kindergarten!), and we're just about set. I still need to bind these, but I thought I'd share what curricula we're using this year, along with our supply and planning set up. This year we're using a mostly Charlotte Mason-inspired curricula, but I'm still considering us to be eclectic as we're also using unit studies and a bit of unschooling. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Romantic Couples Weekend Getaway Road Trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee | Part Two | Hiking Cumberland Trail and Creek Swimming


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Stopif you haven't read any details from our romantic couples weekend getaway road trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee, then check out Part One before you read this! Saturday, we slept in (woohoo!) and lazed around the AirBnB all morning. We headed out in the afternoon. Our plan was to go swimming at "The Blue Hole", a Chattanooga area watering hole popular for swimming. Turns out, it was closed for revitalization. Womp womp. Unsure if we were just missing the entrance, we stopped at the top of the mountain where there was a gas station and store. As it happened, a gentleman in the store told us about a local trail and creek that happened to be a part of the Trail of Tears. He offered to show us the way as it was just around the corner and we were so grateful he did! 

Romantic Couples Weekend Getaway Road Trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee | Part One | Rock City and Ruby Falls


This post contains affiliate links. Thank you Mitsubishi Motors for loaning me the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander for our road trip! All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

We just got back from such an awesome trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee and I'm so excited to tell you about it! In the nearly 6 years Ben and I have been together, we have never taken a trip without our son. I was thrilled when my sister-in-law agreed to watch him for 4 days (3 nights) over Fourth of July weekend. My best friend and her boyfriend flew into Atlanta from Southern California on the 4th. I can't tell you how much I was looking forward to spending time with my husband and our friends. I was in desperate need for a reset and this trip was everything I had hoped it would be. Plus, I was excited to explore a city that was new to all four of us. (Check out my Nashville Girls Trip!)

Mitsubishi loaned us a 2018 Outlander for the trip, which made it all the more comfortable and enjoyable! (Seriously, I'm smitten.) It has a third row option, and Benjamin was excited to sit in what he lovingly referred to as "the trunk". HA! After we dropped him off on Thursday morning, it was only another hour or so further to Chattanooga, which is located approximately 120 miles from Atlanta. 
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