What Ghana taught me: live to share, live humbly, do justice, show mercy with inequity, and live life on purpose.
family life / travelling / well-being

What Ghana taught me: live to share, live humbly, do justice, show mercy with inequity, and live life on purpose.

I’m on my third day of malarial treatment, so I am feeling the full effects of life in northeastern Ghana. It is hard living in the developing world. I knew that the moment the airplane door hatch opened and the humidity blasted me with her welcome. We’ve been here less than a month and throughout … Continue reading

homeschool mama self-care: things I do because I’m 40
homeschooling / self-care-practices / well-being

homeschool mama self-care: things I do because I’m 40

I’m old enough to have a conversation with my child that goes like this: “Happy Birthday. Should I not ask how old you are?” Umm, that’s the sign. I’m more than 40. But since I’m not remembering the exact number anymore (my kids tell me that I’ve told others an older age than I am–I’ve … Continue reading

homeschool mama self-care: new years resolutions rejected and revisited
homeschool mama self-care / well-being

homeschool mama self-care: new years resolutions rejected and revisited

Homeschool mama self-care means we need to reconsider our New Year’s resolutions. That New Year’s resolutions that most North Americans point to every single year, the ‘lose weight’ one, I gave that one up years ago. Here’s why. First, because I’m resisting a North Americanized version of perfect image. I’m as valuable as any human … Continue reading

homestead hacks: weeds, flowers & how to use them part 2
foraging / gardening / homesteading / well-being

homestead hacks: weeds, flowers & how to use them part 2

Purple coneflower, aka Echinacea purpurea, also known as my favourite floral centerpiece, is a natural pollinator attractor, a medicinal and a cottage garden staple. This year, I’m using it for more than my floral centerpieces. The benefits are too impressive. University of British Columbia research suggests that regular consumption will reverse or alleviate inflammation. I knew … Continue reading

homestead hacks: weeds and what to do
foraging / gardening / homesteading / well-being

homestead hacks: weeds and what to do

As a born and raised urbanite, pesky weeds interfere with a carpet lush lawn. Spray them, pull them, curse them, but there is no use to them: a bane on suburban perfection. I still bend to pull weeds. I still swipe them with my heavy garden clogs. But now I’ve also found a new use … Continue reading

the homeschool diet
family life / homeschooling / well-being

the homeschool diet

Everyone eats differently. I know I couldn’t possibly represent everyone’s diet JUST because they homeschool. Most homeschoolers’ goals are to equip our children’s brains to enable them to learn and build those neural networks. How to do that? French Kids Eat Everything, the memoir by Karen Le Billon, was an inspiration in my early parenting. … Continue reading