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Rainy Day

Rainy Day

How beautiful is the rain! After the dust and heat, In the broad and fiery street, In the narrow lane, How beautiful is the rain! How it clatters along the roofs, Like the tramp of hoofs How it gushes and struggles out From the throat of the overflowing spout! – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Rain in…

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By BarefootMama, September 18, 2018
A Dark Moon: Learning to Never Underestimate a Child

A Dark Moon: Learning to Never Underestimate a Child

It’s easy to be apathetic about what kinds of books your child reads and is exposed to. After all, books are books, right? But if you’re more intentional, you become keenly aware of good books, or “living books” as they are sometimes called. You spend a lot of time combing through children’s literature and picture…

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By BarefootMama, August 30, 2018
My 5 Best Tips for Starting Preschool

My 5 Best Tips for Starting Preschool

When we took the the plunge to enroll Fiona in preschool it felt like a monumental decision. (You may or may not know that both Barefoot Farmer and I work full time outside the home, along with our homesteading, so we need full-time childcare.) All of my mental energy had gone into making the decision…

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By BarefootMama, August 13, 2018
Adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains

Adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains

New adventures abound here at the Barefoot Homestead, including a 5-day trek to (and thru) Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Have you ever been? It’s gorgeous! Each year, instead of hosting parties, we each choose a special adventure for our birthday. Mine happens to fall right after a holiday, so I usually get the benefit…

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By BarefootMama, July 25, 2018
Growing Elephant Garlic

Growing Elephant Garlic

Our biggest investment of time and resources in our garden is definitely our elephant garlic. It’s a niche item that Bob learned to grow while working on a small farm as a teenager. Today, we cultivate about 1/2 an acre of it. It’s the perfect blend of simple and unique. Elephant garlic is more closely…

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By BarefootMama, June 11, 2018
Homemade Playdough

Homemade Playdough

We were having a bit of a hard week when someone close whispered this bit of advice: Do something special, one of those things you have always wanted to do with her but never have the chance. Enter, homemade playdough. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s fun. We had an hour before lunch and nap time,…

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By BarefootMama, May 22, 2018
German “Puffy” Pancake

German “Puffy” Pancake

Every day, she troops out to the barn to collect eggs. “Pick eggs? Pick eggs?” she pleads. She carries them back to the house so proud and, mostly, reverent in her task. Truly, she’s only broken one or two (like when she excitedly shows Daddy her find by knocking them together like rocks…). “Make eggs?…

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By BarefootMama, May 3, 2018
Saying Goodbye, Saying Hello

Saying Goodbye, Saying Hello

Endings are so often also new beginnings; goodbye and hello in one fell swoop. Goodbye to college is hello to career. Goodbye to single life is hello to married life. Goodbye to freedom is hello to the joy of a wee babe. I experienced a heart-wrenching goodbye just before Christmas, when we unexpectedly and quite…

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By BarefootMama, March 6, 2018
My Cozy Spring Home

My Cozy Spring Home

I’m joining The Nester to share #mycozyspringhome with you. Follow me on Instagram to get a peak at our home this spring!

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By BarefootMama, February 28, 2018
Our Decisions are a Reflection of our Priorities

Our Decisions are a Reflection of our Priorities

I’ve read that making decisions is the hardest work our brains have to do. Choosing. Selecting. Deciding. It’s exhausting! Sometimes, though, it is in the making of decisions that our true priorities become apparent to ourselves. Is it convenience? Frugality? Relationship? Experience? What makes us make those decisions the way that we do? At what…

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By BarefootMama, February 27, 2018
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