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Can we talk mommy wars for a second? ... Immunizations or no? Natural childbirth or epidural? Home education or public school? Spanking or not? Breast feeding or bottle? Baby-led weaning or spoon-fed? And food? I could plug up your entire Monday morning just creating a list.... Sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, pesticide free, nut-free, grass-fed, organic, low fat, low carb, GMO, BPA, MSG. Agh! • It’s too much! What if instead of (even if with good intent) allowed women to be the mothers they feel is best suited for their children? What if instead of tearing each other down to make ourselves seem better, we encouraged each other? It’s hard I know - we want to be involved in the conversations. We want to speak our minds. But is it really worth it?? ——————— See we NEED each other to survive this crazy gig called motherhood. We need to encourage one another! • • Today I challenge you to uplift a lady in your life. 💕 I pray that God is laying someone on your heart right now and will direct you on what to do to encourage her today. 💡Mail an actual handwritten note, send a quick text or message, drop by with her favorite drink (prob coffee 💁‍♀️🥤tbh), give her a hug & tell her what an awesome mama she is. Make her a meal for her freezer. Offer to watch her kiddos for a date night. Get creative and find way to uplift some women in your life. You’re encouragement matters, and you would be surprised how much the women in your life need to hear them. You will be amazed at the encouragement it gives you too.
It's Monday. Feeling a bit scattered and out of sorts. 3 drops of each in the diffuser to help pull it together and make the day great!
Sister Magic✨ • • • I never had a sister, but I did have a little brother. We weren’t close. Hardly ever spoke until we got older. He threw a book at my head or something? Or maybe that was me? The details have gone hazy at this point. I licked his cinnamon rolls. He saw red fire. I just wanted to get back at him. I didn’t see his hurt and he didn’t see mine. We lived in two different planets in the same house. And so the story goes. • • • Now we are older and it honestly bothers me that he and I were never close. That we didn’t share secrets and lean on each other. • • • It’s different now. We are closerrrr. Sometimes that happens with age but I do lie awake on occasion and wonder what would’ve happened if we had bonded when we were younger. I know it doesn’t matter, but I would feel better if my children wanted to be around each other through all of life. Weaving in and out but never missing a beat. But how does that magic spark? • • • Looking at my own children, I wonder if that blood bond is strong enough to bind them forever. But at my core, I don’t think blood is enough. I believe that time may tie stronger. Living in-betwixt and among. All the messy. And learning to love and have an abundance of empathy for one another.....love & time & soul connection & joy’s laughter are stronger than blood alone....there must be communion.....that is what life has taught me. • • • I suppose that above all, I just want to teach my children to value relationship, communion, and to love hard and have empathy....whatever that looks like. Gosh, it’s messy....this parenthood tug and pull, coax and push, wax and wane. So, so crazy, messy, hard. • • • • Just love little ones and love hard 💛 the world is messy but love is bright and will light up the dark. Above all, I hope we can learn to do true love together and that you will carry it with you across this planet and beyond. Wherever you chose to make your mark. Let it be done with/in&of love💛
So many fun things at the aquarium! 🦈🐙🦀🐠🐟🐡 #staugustineaquarium
My health journey has come with changes in how I do things, one of them being my food preparation on the weekends, usually Sunday. It felt overwhelming at first but as I have continued through the weeks I have found little things that helped me get it done and maybe even enjoy it as I am doing it. One of them being 😉Meal Prep-Prep😉 🍎I will schedule my grocery trip for the Friday night or Saturday. 🍎We (because kids and Hubby are involved) will have Kitchen clean Saturday night. 🍎All of my storage containers are washed and ready to go. 🍎The fridge is cleaned out from the week before! 🍎Last but not least is my meal prep PLAYLIST!!! Then when I start on Sunday it doesn’t feel like a marathon and it becomes a normal part of our life. How about you? What tips do you have to prepare your food for the week? #exercisenerd #homeschoolingmama #selfcareisnotselfish #fitnessjourney #Sundayfundaymealprep #mealprepprep #mamabear
|Sister Tea Party| ✨ • • • These are the things my dreams were always made of| pictures like these bring tears to my eyes because life is truly what you make it! I create these moments for my babies because I want them to feel the nostalgia and magic when they remember their childhood| there is magic in the moments little ones just look a little deeper or CREATE YOUR OWN. -allmylove • • • • + + + + + #let_there_be_delight #lifewithtoddlers #kidsforreal #lifegivingsquares #flashesofdelight #lifeofadventure #featuremama #ohheymama #abeautifulmess #babiesofinstagram #love #joyfulmamas #verilymoment #honestmotherhood #motherhoodrising #inspire #teammotherly #homeschoolingmama #babiesofig #darlingmovement #petitejoys #stopdropmom #nothingisordinary #finditliveit #kidsbabylove #seekthesimplicity #thesugarjar #documentyourdays #makemoments
Happy Sunday It is my meal prep day, I am excited to make cookies for my “Re-Feed” day this week. Life goes so much smoother when I spend time on the weekend organizing and preparing our food. ❤️☕️🍇🍓🍎🍏🥑🥒🥚🌮 #exercisenerd #homeschoolingmama #selfcareisnotselfish #fitnessjourney #mealprep #foodisfuel #familymeals #foodislife
🦊🐳🐋🐦 Origami creatures, Natural History, banagrams, and spelling. #sundayvibes #childledlearning
Sunday is my funday, kinda ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Sunday's I hit @costco at 10am when they open, I like to get in and out. Then we hit @wholefoods for any items we have left on our list. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After groceries are done we do whatever we want. Usually I have weekend goals: get IG laid out for the week, work my upcoming coaching course, remodeling our master bathroom, etc. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sometime I binge watch something on netflix: right now I am addicted to Marvels' Agents of Shield. Then I turn my phone off at 8pm and have quiet time before bed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What do you have going on today?
Hormone Head Tension - hard to knock out. What helps me (mine hits about 24 hours before I bleed) at first sign take 1 Phytoestrogen (2 if my diet has be less than stellar) set a timer for 15 minutes and take another. Usually does the trick! I also take it daily to support hormone balance!
‘For the Children’s Sake’ by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay - wonderful inspiration for anyone involved in educating children - parents, homeschoolers, teachers - just look at all the book darts! #homeschool #homeschoolingmama #education #charlottemason #schole #scholeeveryday
This little Irish boy says “Happy St Patrick’s Day!” This pic is mainly for Daddy! I love my Irish men! 💚💚💚💚 . . . . . . #myirishbaby #mybabyboy #thatsmiletho #saturdayerrands #rainysaturday #lovemyboys #lovemyhubby #hesmybaby #babynoah 💙 #eatonboys #slowdowntime #hisfacetho #stopgrowingupsofast #soakingitup #eaton6 #bigfamiliesarethebest #lovemybigfamily #homeschoolingmama #milksnob
Another Saturday Night Workout! Week one of phase 3 complete. 3 more weeks to go!!! Will this be the end?! Not for this Girl!!! I’m just getting started.....more info to come for my next program starting in May!!! #exercisenerd #homeschoolingmama #selfcareisnotselfish #fitnessjourney #whatsmynextprogram #themorethemerrier #wanttojoin
The girls’ finished masterpieces! They were so proud of these and are super excited to see them with flowers growing soon. 😍 #SpringIsComing #EasterFun #EasterCrafts
When you want to quit, remember who is watching! • Today has been busy, but I’m proud to still be modeling a healthy example for my family anyways. And seeing my boys find interest in healthy foods & being more active is awesome!
Yesterday’s Chicago downtown field trip: @garrettpopcorn and @triplecrownchi. Is there anything better than Chicago Mix followed by Dim Sum?! I think not 🤣🤣 What’s your fave thing to do in Chicago? ❤️❤️ #homeschoolfieldtrip #cultureday #iheartchicago @tinahoeksema
Each individual snowflake is so light it’s almost weightless, but pile snowflake after snowflake on top of each other and they can bring down a mountain!! . For whatever reason, I’ve felt the weight of raising four passionate humans extra heavy this week... . As every parent knows, each child has very distinct needs, difficulties and strengths. As I try my best to meet those needs and lift them up when they’re low, I remember I’m doing just that - trying my best, just like we all are. And it’s totally sufficient. . In fact, I remember hearing @jodymoorecoaching say something along the lines of - we screw our kids up in the exact way they need... meaning, as parents we can be part of the exact challenges our children need to become who they are supposed to be. So with that, I’ll say - you’re welcome, kids. And I love you. 💕 . . . #saturdaymusings #parenthood #momlife #snowday #raisingkids #wildandfree #childhoodunplugged #makingmemories #homeschool #homeschoolingmama #lovelife #snow #northerncalifornia
A snippet of how unschooling can look like: Slime making with dad + big bro.💖 . Inspired by a YouTube video on slime making or cooking, etc. . Researches ingredients needed (scour the kitchen and/or go shopping), then experiments with various ingredients + techniques... . Without any time resistrictions, they tend to work on it for hours and hours + days... who says kids now days lack attention or focus? . They learn about things like contact solution containing borax, etc. Who knew?😅 . They perfect the technique and document via video, journal, discussion, etc. . . . .
It’s been a slow moving morning at our house❤️ #exercisenerd #homeschoolingmama #selfcareisnotselfish #fitnessjourney #familysaturday #refresh
🎥 NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO 🎥has been uploaded. Link in Bio.🤪These little guys, Nefertiti, KingJames and Aphrodite, ( AKA- the Nappy Gang.😜) terrorize our house moving around like a giggling tornado pulling things out, climbing into cupboards and this time the Timberlands came under attack.🎯
The miracle is not what I have done. The miracle is that I had the courage to START. That’s all you need. One leap of faith, lots of small changes later your dreams come true. 💕
I never use Pinterest, but my kids sure do - daily! 😂 Abigail is always getting ideas for doll house miniatures and other crafts and the boys find plenty of ideas from there too! 😁 Benjamin and Clement brought this downstairs to show me today! Desk lamp transformed with Lego!! 😆 #legolamp #legolover #legoeverywhere #welovelego #lifewithboys #boymama #creativekids #alwayscreating #pinterestideas #motherhood #lifewithsevenkids #letthembelittle #legofun #childhoodunplugged #homeschoolingmama #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #mamaswithcameras #motherhoodthroughinstagram
Don't forget to wear your green today, wouldn't want you to get pinched!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are hanging out working on our master bathroom shower this weekend (remodeling it), I am doing some work and the kiddos are happy it is the start of spring break. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What are you doing this fine day?
Top of the Mornin’ to ya- Does your family have any fun activities planned for St. Patrick’s Day? 🌈☘️💚 . . . . . . #stpatricksday #stpatricksday #weargreen #saturdayvibes #saturdayfunday #momsofinstagram #momsofboys #momsofinsta #homeschoolmom #homeschoolactivity #homeschoolingmama #homeschooling #valiantprephomeschool
💥NON SCALE VICTORY #39537 💥 I RAN A 2k WITH TWO 35LB TODDLERS IN A DOUBLE STROLLER. In my ripped up blue jeans 👖🏃‍♀️ Completely unprepared. 🙅‍♀️ #hotmessmama • See what had happened was 🤣 a friend invited me to go with her about an hour beforehand. This mama needed some adult interaction BAD! So I got the boys some dinner, packed the stroller and went thinking I would just walk... Well of course I was late. Has anyone figured out to be on time WITH kids?? I haven’t 😅 so in an effort to catch up I started to jog. And I was shocked at how easy it was for me. Actually, it felt amazing!! I had no idea just how much my body has changed in 1 year. ————— Me a year ago :on this very day I vividly remember going on our daily walk around the neighborhood, one itty bity hill would leave me breathless. ⏭⏭ Me yesterday : did a 45 min leg day workout with weights heavier then I ever imagined I could use, turns right around runs a 2k while pushing 70+ extra pounds like it was my hobby 😳😁 This could be you too! I’m not special! I use the tools provided to me and put in the work! That’s it. Anyone ANYONE can do this. • Is your fear of staying the same greater then your fear of change?
This homeschool mama treats herself and gets room service during convention 😍 so nice not to have to cook! #homeschoolconvention #homeschoolmama #homeschoolingmama #homeschoolmom
I am my child's first teacher and I'd like to keep it that way. My children are my priority, I cannot rely on the world to raise them. They were formed inside me, I can form them outside of me. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #homeschoolglobal #homeschoolmom #lifeschooled #homeschooling #homeschoolers #homeschoolingmama #homeschoolglobalmiddleeast #uaemummyblogger #dubaibloggers #dubaimoms #dubaimums #dubaitag #parenthood #unschooling
Fridays are for finishing well...or a solid attempt at it! That carrot cake from our #thepeacefulpreschool curriculum was used as a motivator several times today! It worked for both preschool (B is for bunny, bunnies love carrots) and grade 1 math (fractions) My kiddos thought we should add "real carrot sprinkles" to the top (read: shredded carrot) which they then declared made it "a little too carroty" I tried to squeeze in as much school as possible this week as I'll leave next week on Thursday for the @wildandfree.co conference in Portland and it took me until noon to realize that just wasn't going to happen today! #homeschool #homeschoolingmama #bewildandfree #allthesnacks
Can’t miss Flex Friday!! Loved it! Love this program! I am nothing but love, which makes me a better human, wife, Mom, RMT, Yoga Instructor, Coach and neighbour😘 Life changing! #exercisenerd #homeschoolingmama #selfcareisnotselfish #fitnessjourney #cardioday #mamabear #alwaysanadventure #fitnesslove
Who doesn’t love pizza on a Friday night?! 🍕🍕🍕 SO glad I do not have to sacrifice my love for pizza while I’m working on my summer bod 👙 and living a healthy life 💁‍♀️ #givemethepizza
Word families + Spring watercolor painting with my G1 boy.😍 . . .
Hi! 👋🏼 My name is Cassandra 🙋🏻‍♀️A #homeschoolingmama to two little boys in the #goldenstate ✌🏼I am a #specialneedsparent and a passionate #advocate 💚💪🏼. I am obsessed with anything that is #limegreen 🤷🏻‍♀️ I drink way too much coffee ☕️ and love my boys more than anything in the world 🌎 💚 . Can't wait to share our adventures with you and follow along with yours. 💋💋 . Say hello below if you want 👇🏼
Are you ready? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My biggest win in life came when I was single. I took the time to figure who I wanted to be and what I wanted my life to be like. Then I started making it happen. Today I am beyond blessed and I never take a day for granite. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have had many losses in my life over the years, but the one that was the hardest was losing my 2nd son. He was 14 months old when he died. I never have asked why this happened, because I know I will never find the answer here on earth. I just know that he is living in a way I could have never provided. This experience prepared me for many things: pain I never knew existed, faith vs. religion and to enjoy every moment while I have it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What has been your biggest win or loss in life?
This is what happens when mom cleans out the game closet and the boys discover things they haven’t noticed in eons! . . . . . #spirograph #homeschoollife #homeschoolfamilylife #homeschoolingmama #homeschoolingboys #homeschoolingperks
This is such the truth ! Thrive has made changes in my daily life to give me the energy to be a better mom to my constantly on the go six year old who has sensory issues and multiple doctors appointments weekly! It’s given me the energy to take on two jobs as well as homeschooling my six year old and take care of my house and self without any help from anyone else ! #iamathriver #Iamathrivepromoter #levelthrivepromoter #thrivingmom #homeschoolingmama #chasingdreams
Dreaming of summer memories today ☀️💙 little over 2 months and we will be able to visit our hometown again. Love and miss you all! ———— Nap time is happening and I’m about to crush my workout and get some of this stress out! ✌️
This one spoke to me this morning! So much snow.......I’m ready for warmer weather, gardening, the beach, swimming, fishing, sitting in the sun☀️ #exercisenerd #homeschoolingmama #selfcareisnotselfish #fitnessjourney #funmama #excitedforlife #mamabear
Handwriting with your eyes closed is so much more fun than with eyes opened. #boys #handwriting #homeschool #homeschoolingmamaof5 #homeschoolingmama #homeschooling #momslife #happy #funnyboy #fun
🔮[FEATURED] I’m loving this ‘does it melt?’ experiment! So simple, just collect items and place them in your baking tray. Leave out in the sun (or if you live in England use a hair dryer) to see if they melt! You could also use this idea for asking lots of scientific questions like ‘is it magnetic?’ Love it! 💕 . Thank you to the wonderful @crazydayswith2 who always has such wonderful and beautiful ideas!! #osk_science 🖐🏻 🖐🏼 🖐🏽 🖐🏾 🖐🏿 #oursensorykids #sensory #sensoryplay #learningthroughplay #sensoryfun #iteachtoo #teacherofinstagram #ukteacherig #eyfsteacher #preschoolteacher #homeschoolmom #homeschool #homeschooling #homeschoolingrocks #homeschoolingmama #homeschoolinglife #homeschooluk #homeschoolfamily #homeschoolkids #homeschoolfun #homeschoolblogger #homeschoolteacher #homeschooler #homeschoolblog
These workouts have brought so much greatness to my life! I know we all think of being healthy, working out as a burden but that is not my experience! I am fired up! Loving it! Loving life and excited to be on this journey! #exercisenerd #homeschoolingmama #selfcareisnotselfish #fitnessjourney #funmama #excitedforlife #mamabear
The day was too beautiful to not get out & enjoy it.... which meant, ZOO DAY!! Which, I was informed today that these are his favorite days. ❤️❤️ #homeschoolingmama #zooday #snowleopard
Thursday morning fun!💁🏻☕️ . . After breakfast we had #sensoryplay . I filled our tub with eggs, beaded necklaces, and a bucket. We practiced putting the eggs in and taking them out. Then we put the necklaces into the eggs and shook them up. UH OH! The eggs can open too! So, it was a great opportunity to work on pushing the eggs back together. We ended with some free play.💚💙 . . These were a HUGE hit with Bird and Duck 🐣🐰✨
No one handed me everything I wanted on a silver plater. I had to put in the WORK. The saying is true- nothing worth while comes to you easily or for free. —- But I did find the best value, the most effective and convenient way to reach my goals. Everything I needed was at my fingertips, all I had to do was utilize it. Effective workouts, optimal nutrition, and accountability. Combine all that with your desire to change - and you could have everything you want to. Now that I am a coach, I have the greatest form of motivation. I have the best reasons to show up EVERY SINGLE DAY. And I can’t wait to watch my own life transform continually right beside others. • So who’s joining me? If you don’t sacrifice today, you will be at the mercy of someone who did tomorrow. I’m tellin ya - that ain’t me and I’m passionate about finding people with the same fire in their hearts 🔥🔥 is that you??
For this year’s schedule, I love Thursdays. We don’t have anything planned during the day. It gives us time to work on at home studies. ☘️Or in today’s case, rest for upcoming activities. Violet will be dancing through Bucks & Montgomery counties this weekend to add to the celebrations at schools, nursing homes, a Celtic Festival and local restaurants/bars. Come out to see her dance! I’ll post a schedule in another post.☘️ I remember being a teacher & having this feeling of dread & hopelessness when I had a busy season. It’s not that I dreaded the activity. Actually, I loved it & thrives on it. What I dreaded was looking at my schedule & seeing there wasn’t a gap that I could schedule some downtime. It was so draining to know that I was exhausted & relief wasn’t in sight. When I became a mom, I realized that I needed to model something different. I didn’t want my children to not have time for fun & rest. So, I made changes to my lifestyle. I’m still busy 24/7 but I can have control over most of my schedule. I still love teaching but it’s taken a different direction. Now I teach & model how to live a happy healthy life. ❤️
I know it probably sounds strange, but since these early years are so open-ended, I’ve found myself overwhelmed with them. There are just too many options for me to narrow down on my own. Luckily, someone shared a link to this curriculum in a Charlotte Mason Facebook group I’m in - and I’m so glad they did. It’s been a life saver! (Don’t be fooled by the word “curriculum” - it’s not a rigid list of lessons, but more of a guide.) ⠀⠀ ••• ⠀⠀ Erin at @lifeabundantly_blog is currently offering this as a free download, and it.is.awesome. I can’t thank her enough for breaking it down and making our days (and life) so much more manageable. So excited for the next set! 💕🙏🏻
🥧 Yesterday was Pi day - 3.14159265359 📐 We are a few days behind in our school work as we are not at home. @twinklresources is great for us, I can access worksheets and projects online. Here are two fun ideas for a “Pie” inspired lesson 🍎🍏 . . . . . . #homeed #homeeducation #homeschooling #homeschool #homeschoolingmama #education #educationotherwise #lessonplanning #teachersofinstagram #teacherafollowteachers #sahm #classroom #unschooling #travelwithkids #kidsmath101 #schoolontheroad #travel #sahm #childledlearning #childlededucation #pi #twinkl
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