An inside look at poetry and tea time. Preview the pages of The Springs of Joy.

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Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon and began asking that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This …

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The repurposed napkin holder.


Today I am taking just a moment to share with you how much I adore my napkin holder, but not for napkins. It makes an awesome book and art display, even leaving room for some nature accents. This particular style is meant to hold napkins along with a salt and …

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Taking risks in nature. Is it worth it?

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I have briefly been following the story of the two 14 year old boys lost at sea last July. source  According to, The Tequesta teens, both of whom grew up on the water and were considered skilled outdoorsmen, set out from southeast Florida’s Jupiter Inlet for a boating excursion …

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ART~ recycled paper painting.

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This week we received our package of Usborne books in the mail. (It was my first time purchasing from Usborne and we had a great experience. I have no relation to the company, but we are definitely enjoying our new books, and I enjoyed working with Sara and Emilee.) The kids were immediately …

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Raising kids with Courage, Compassion and Connection- link to free printable.

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  I was listening to one of my favorite audio books today. The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting – Raising kids with Courage, Compassion and Connection, by Brené Brown. This woman is amazing to listen to. Every time I listen to her speak I feel like I am in her live …

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Super simple food painting


  Last week we enjoyed burning almonds to write with by the fire pit. You can see that post here. This week we decided to experiment with more food.  Helpful tip: If you ask a grocery store manager they may donate some expiring fruit and vegetables for your art project!    I …

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Fire pit cooking, math, writing and more.


We had a lot of fun tonight by the fire pit! The kids peeled and sliced some apples – easy peasy with this apple peeler/slicer/corer. Sprinkle on some brown sugar and cinnamon and you have a yummy treat cooked over the fire in no time. The kids had fun burning …

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5 ways to extend backyard exploring.

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(This post contains affiliate links, thank you for supporting my blog!) One of our favorite ways to explore nature is in our own backyard. We don’t have much land, but this time of year you can find plenty of beautiful plants growing wild in the grass and woods- (aka weeds.) …

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Why you should visit your child’s world


  This quote had such meaning to me this week. One day in particular stands out. This day we had planned a museum trip. The hour drive was very difficult for my sensory kiddo.  Between the car drive, the many sounds and all of the new things to look at, she was …

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Creating a natural toddler space


  I had the opportunity to spend the day with these 2 cuties recently! At the age of 1 they are interested in everything and ready to explore. They were great toy testers!   I decided to set up a simple play area for them. I wanted to include many …

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