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Learning the Call of the Tufted Titmouse aka Embracing Social Distancing

Learning the Call of the Tufted Titmouse aka Embracing Social Distancing

I learned the call of the Tufted Titmouse today. I don’t often work from my porch, much of the year it is too hot, too cold, too rainy, or too buggy. Or, most definitely, I am just too busy. But COVID-19 has us rethinking things, like how and where we work. So when the 4yo…

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By BarefootMama, March 31, 2020
Homemade Fruit Leather Recipe

Homemade Fruit Leather Recipe

Our 4-year-old is begging for sweet snacks these days, so we set out to make a homemade fruit leather (like a fruit roll-up), made with real fruit and no added sugars. We pulled from what we had on hand–some blackberries picked from our own backyard and frozen last summer, some peaches from a nearby farm,…

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By BarefootMama, March 2, 2020
Making Merry

Making Merry

Christmas came upon us fast this year, what with Thanksgiving falling so late in November. Nevertheless, this is a season I do not want to rush. It’s what our culture tells us to do. Rush! Before it’s too late! Buy it now! Snag the deal! Do the thing! But Christmas, in it’s essence, is about…

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By BarefootMama, December 23, 2019
Bringing Up Bebe: Cloth Diapering

Bringing Up Bebe: Cloth Diapering

We’re fully back in the throes of baby rearing here on our little homestead. And that means we’re back at this cloth diapering business a mere 7 months after we potty trained our first. When I was first looking into cloth diapering, I read as many resources as I could trying to wrap my mind…

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By BarefootMama, November 6, 2019
Bittersweet for Mama

Bittersweet for Mama

This Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me, and I’m sure SO MANY of you can relate. I am grateful to my own mother and celebrate her and everything she has meant to me through so many years and so many ups and downs of life. I am a proud mama to one of the sweetest,…

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By BarefootMama, May 10, 2019
Spring on the Homestead

Spring on the Homestead

Spring has arrived on our homestead, slowly but surely. The grass is starting to green up as spring blossoms. The purple deadnettle is everywhere. The pear trees are blooming. This is when things come alive around here. We come alive too. The sun sets a little later. We savor the waning light with a few…

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By BarefootMama, April 13, 2019
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
Parenting in the moments

Parenting in the moments

These days it feels like we’re fitting our parenting into the spare moments, the in-betweens, the fleeting fringe of must-dos and don’t-dos. We pried oursevles from home and headed out for ice cream. It’ll be a treat! But we just ended up a sticky mess, and a mama with a short temper. Not my best…

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By BarefootMama, September 8, 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
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