A Summer of Fun with Kiwi Crate

I’m not just an affiliate for Kiwi Crate, my family and I are happy subscribers.” (Pretend I said that in my best TV announcer voice, ha ha!)

Seriously, though, the kids and I really love our subscription (we have a month to month subscription with an add on sibling pack and it is enough for all to share).

You can read one of our reviews of this monthly subscription box for kids here.

KiwiCrateMasksKidsA favorite craft from one of our past Kiwi Crates.

For the months of June – August, each crate will include exciting summer themed projects, bonus activities and fun surprises for the family!

New subscribers can take 25% off 1st month subscription with code SUMMER25.

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The Love Books Exchange: a sneak peek at what we’re sending


We are doing the Love Books exchange from The Educators’ Spin On It and the kids and I are really happy to be participating! (note: sign ups for this year are now closed).

This is our second year participating and the kids and I aren’t sure what we are more excited about: receiving our package or sending Teach Beside Me their package!

Last year we did a fun exchange with the Kid World Citizen kiddos and one of the coolest things was this collaborative art project based on this book about artist Diego Rivera.

We can’t wait to see what the gang from Teach Beside Me sends to us!

I don’t want to give away any secrets, but here’s a sneak peek of the package we are sending to our 2014 exchange family:


Can you guess what book we are sending and what our project is?

Stay tuned …


Home Sweet Homeschool: May 2014

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Note:  there are some affiliate links in this post.  Thanks!

I know not all of you who follow this blog are homeschoolers, but enough of you are that I thought sharing this monthly wrap up would be fun and beneficial.

We spent the month of May working toward the end of the homeschool year for 2013 – 2014.  What  year it has been!

Jillian and I traveled from one side of the country to the other, we’ve read dozens of books, created art projects, learned new skills.

We’re (more than) ready for a summer break.  We’ll be using the Nature Camp ecourse I’m a part of again this year and spending a lot of lazy days hanging out in the backyard, at the local park, and the library.

In the meantime, though, we had some work to finish up for May.

Here is what the kids have been up to:

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Come follow, follow us to … Touch a Truck Day

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I‘m so happy to introduce a new series here on the blog, all about our family field trips and adventures: Come Follow, Follow. Do you recognize one of the littlest Fleck’s favorite songs?

Last week we attended Community Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Today the kids and I wanted to share with you our recent trip to Touch a Truck in Fishers, Indiana.

The idea behind this special day is a simple one: let kids get up close with the police cars, fire trucks, diggers, mowers, dump trucks and other vehicles they love plus give them a chance to talk to the men and women who do the jobs that go along with those vehicles.

As my kids have been big truck fans from way back (every Wednesday you can find them with noses against the window waiting for the garbage truck to come down our street) and since my son has been telling us for about three years now that he’s going to be a policeman when he grows up, we knew this was a must do for our family.

We loaded up the kids and Aunt Angela and we headed out for some cool vehicle adventure! So in today’s post, the kids and I invite you to come follow, follow, follow us to … Touch a Truck!

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Soul shaking influence (poem)

Since I’ve been talking about my big kid here on the blog lately, I thought I would share a poem that I wrote last year about her. I know it isn’t the type of content I usually publish here, but I thought you might enjoy it. Also, it gave me an excuse to share one of my favorite pictures of her at age four.

(And if you’re ever interested in more of my creative writing, you are invited to visit my personal blog. The Love Songs are my favorite.)

Sometimes I’m not sure which I find more startling as a parent: the things they do which are the perfect echo of myself or the things about them which are so entirely unique to them, bursting forth
without any influence.  I think those thoughts are where today’s words come from.

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