About Laura

A Christian wife, mother, daughter, former educator, photographer, amateur chef, pretend gardener, alto ūüé∂, book nerd, cancer-survivor and laundry-hater.
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Edible Cells ~ A Science Project

Edible Cells ~ A Science Project

This year, I am using Apologia Science curriculum for my older two girls, which so far, we are really enjoying. ¬†Lila is spending the year studying Human Anatomy & Physiology. ¬†Today we did her first “experiment.” ¬†Mind you, she’s been waiting for this day since we opened the box several months ago… Can you tell […]

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Back to School

Back to School

Today was our first day back to school, and my first official day as a full-time homeschooler! ¬†Anyone who knows me knows that my camera is attached to my hip, so I had to document the occasion. ¬†Here are a few images: Clara thought we should end the day with a game… so we cracked […]

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Mallory’s Meal Plan

Mallory’s Meal Plan

I gave my eldest the assignment this week to plan the meals for lunch and dinner Monday thru Saturday. ¬†(I typically do not cook on Sundays). ¬†I told her she needed to include vegetables and make the selections as healthy as possible. ¬†This is what she came up with: Monday: Lunch – Grilled cheese; ¬†Snacks […]

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Loving my new toy!

Loving my new toy!

Yes, I will admit it. ¬†I am a self-proclaimed nerd. ¬†Office supplies make me giddy. And I got THIS for Christmas! I cannot tell you how exciting it is to have my OWN personal laminator! ¬†I remember the day when I would go with my mom up to the church building to do a BIG […]

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Adventures in Education

So here goes. I am “coming out.” I am no longer a closet homeschooler. Okay, so I haven’t been completely hiding the fact that we have been homeschooling our children, but we have been keeping it on the quiet side. You see, up until today I owned a busy photography studio. It would raise questions […]

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Less is More

New Years Resolutions. ¬†Does anyone still make those anymore? ¬†It seems those tend to fall by the wayside too quickly. ¬†Instead, this year, I’ve decided to assign a word “theme” to my new year. ¬†2011 is going to be the year of “LESS” for me. Less? ¬†That’s an odd theme, you say. ¬†But it can […]

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Apple Butter (Slow Cooker Recipe)

Apple Butter (Slow Cooker Recipe)

For Christmas this year, I gave away a lot of homemade apple butter. ¬†This is the recipe I ¬†used, for anyone interested. Ingredients: @50 large apples, different varieties (makes 8-9 quarts applesauce) 4 cups sugar 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon allspice Start by peeling & coring your apples. ¬†This goes […]

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Ten years ago I became a mommy…

Ten years ago I became a mommy…

My eldest daughter is 10. ¬†A decade. That’s double digits. TEN. How did this happen? ¬†It seems like just yesterday I was admiring our new 8 lb 10 oz worth of perfection: And I was a new mom. ¬†Ready to face the challenge of sleepless nights, dirty diapers and drool. ¬†“Of course, I didn’t know […]

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The lunar eclipse

The lunar eclipse

Did you stay up late to see the eclipse? ¬†Apparently, it was more unusual than most because it coincided with the winter solstice and today’s official start of winter. According to AP, “The last time an eclipse happened on this day was more than three centuries ago on Dec. 21, 1638. ¬†It will happen again […]

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More Holiday Yumminess ~ Peppermint Bark

More Holiday Yumminess ~ Peppermint Bark

So, last week I was really into the whole “holiday baking” routine. ¬†I made this peppermint bark on the same day I made my millionaires. ¬†Apparently I took more photos of the millionaire steps than the peppermint bark, but that’s okay. ¬†The recipe was very easy – even for a first-time peppermint bark maker like […]

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