SnapKnot Contest!!

Super stoked about this contest!  You have an opportunity to win a Canon D800 or a 5D Mark III.  Just think how awesome that would be to win something so great!!  I’ve been waiting for a nice camera to start my photography business for a good couple of years.  Winning one of these cameras would be an ultimate dream come true!! Follow the links for your chance to enter! Good Luck everyone!!

Big thanks to the SnapKnot wedding photography directory for offering this great camera giveaway!

Love Always, g


Homeschooling, Unschooling!

He learned to play the guitar this year!

School is almost complete, so it’s that time of year where we start thinking about how we want to do things differently for next year.  Thinking about what worked for us and what didn’t.  At times I can be very hard on myself and look back at all the stuff that we didn’t do and tend to forget all the things that we did.  Then I realize, my boy has learned so much this year!  Aside from academics, we wanted to teach him life skills (street smarts as my pop would call it).  A couple of things we wanted to teach him was how to be respectful and aware of other people.  To be confident when speaking to adults and to always look the person in the eye.  So, whenever we were out and about, we’d ask him to do little things like asking the price of an item at the store, ordering his own food at a restaurant, asking for information at the library, and the list goes on.  Every opportunity we had we jumped on it.  WE didn’t realize how much he would grow from having those experiences.  He has grown to be a little independent person.

This type of learning would be considered Unschooling.  There is a lot of controversy over this choice of education, but I find that our family works well as Structured Unschoolers.  Where we have structured learning on some days and unschooling on others.  Now since we use a parent charter homeschool for our schooling, we are not considered unschoolers, but someday dream of venturing out on our own as home-schoolers without restraints.

So with that being said, I wanted to share this awesome free online event called The Unschooling Summit.  It’s taking place this Monday May 21st until June 1 with new speakers everyday and event recordings in case you miss it!

Hope you enjoy this beautiful day!


Just a few details…

Life has just seemed to creep up leaving me with little time to come and say hello.  I love this little place that I have created for myself not really knowing which direction I’m headed, but love coming here to put my heart out on the table and share my thoughts and ideas.   I think of you often, but tell myself to come back tomorrow when I have more time.  Which as you can see has turned into months.  So, without further ado here is a little update…

My husband and I were married on April 9th of 2011.  We pulled off a beautiful Rustic Vintage Wedding in a month with the help of our lovely family and friends.  An enormous collection of Vintage plates, handmade  tablecloths (made with love by mom), mason jars, lace, birds, paper flowers made by my big sis, twinkle lights, lanterns, old books and suitcases are just a few details.  Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs catered by a friend, cupcakes in a jar made by the SIL as our wedding cake and smore’s for the kitties!!  Our beautiful center pieces were hand crafted by my aunt in my collection of Vintage Makeup cases and borrowed pots.  Did I mention that my dress was purchased just days before for a whole whopping hundred dollars spotted by my older sis #2.  My little sis also my maid of honor tried to keep me sane through all the last-minute mishaps.  My brother sang while a friend played Ray Lamontagne on guitar, as my dad walked me down the aisle so that my second dad could marry us!  It was amazing how much we were able to pull off and give all of our thanks to God!  Our whole wedding was well under $2000 with a guest list of 130.  We had no idea what he had in store for us…

a few weeks later my husband was offered a new job, a month after, we were qualified and looking to buy and August 20, we moved into our new home!  Sometimes we want to control everything and know that we have a plan, but then there are times when you just let go and let God!


Hello, is anyone there!!!

Here I am!  I’ve been a little too busy for my own good with homeschooling, my schooling, planning a wedding within a month, and diving right into youth department chairman for our local fair, this is where I have come to the conclusion that I have a little problem with putting to many things on my plate.  Sooo, with the new season, I have some major plans on how I will spend my time in a healthy manner that will not only benefit my sanity, but also the sanity of the people I surround myself with, also known as my loved ones!

You will find me here sharing my little ideas on how I try to make my life less complicated (if that is even possible) and truly enjoy the benefits of a simple life.

Here are a few things on my list this week (I am a list maker):

1. Spend 15 minutes creating a plan for an upcoming project. Research, write, sketch, brainstorm! Make a due date and hold yourself accountable!

2. Spend 15 minutes creating excuses as to why I will not do number 1 and then rip it up!

3. Practice on my time management.  Procrastination is not an option.


Have a beautiful day!