This week, and part of last week, a lot happened on the back end of the blog as I simplified and tried to make it more aesthetically pleasing – not to mention easier to find what you might be looking for. I hope you are enjoying the changes, but if something is wrong or bugging you or not where it seems it should be, please let me know. I believe I caught everything, but you may see something different.
You’ll note several Montessori education links this week – it is a warm up to some posts I’m writing for the next few weeks, and will continue on in the future. The short story is that we’ve decided to raise/educate Prima largely using this method. If you’ve heard strange or terrible things about it, please don’t fret (particularly if you are concerned family and friends.) We aren’t getting wierd on you. But I’ll explain more about that later. In the meanwhile, on to this weekend’s roundup!
How to Save Money on Dairy – After reading this, I plan to do some of the things suggested (like making our own cream cheese and yogurt.) I’m hoping it will allow us to continue to buy higher quality meat and eggs, while remaining within the grocery budget.
Brush Your Teeth the Right Way! – So I had my six month dental visit this week – and came home to see this sitting in my blog reader. I am really curious to try the Bass brushes, especially since my teeth already are cavity-prone. Plus, they are really cheap!
Setting Limits – Montessori – this post contains a lot of the ways we are hoping to set limits using the Montessori method. It isn’t perfect, and there are a few areas that don’t exactly work for us. But this is to get your feet wet and prepared if you plan to read our Montessori posts.
Montessori Toilet “Training” – again, a post to give you an idea of how toilet training works in the Montessori method. Prima has begun tons of squirming during diaper changes, and enjoys getting dressed upright already, so she may be ready for the transition to training pants soon. Or not – I’ve gotten her “cues” wrong a few times already! But I do want to try and see how she likes it.
What If You Put Too Much Black Pepper in Your Dish? – I definitely did this Thursday night. I was trying to recreate my no-noodles, no-box Hamburger Helper skillet, and added in waaaay too much black pepper! After liberal amounts of Worcestershire sauce, a whole block of cream cheese, and some sugar, it was finally back down to edible levels. This one gets bookmarked forever!
Flat Pack Picnic Table DIY – this is a project the Norseman and I might attempt over the winter. Maybe. It would come in handy for when we go to a park and there is no seating left. Or for extra outdoor seating. And it is cheap – only one sheet of plywood! But then we have to store it somewhere, and we are currently, absolutely, out of storage space in our house.
A $20,000 House that is Gorgeous – this is an Auburn University (Alabama) project that looks so promising, and is about to change the way the housing market understands everything. I can’t wait for the instructions to go public so we can nab them. Who knows how we might be able to use them in the future?
How to Respond to Orlando (and Other Tragedies) as a Christian – Because even Christians need to be reminded of how we ought to act. I really ought to have posted this link over the weekend – but there were too many other things going on, and social media became a low priority, especially because of some of the nastiness going around in the aftermath. (See the article’s note on social media fasting during these times.) I’ve struggled myself with the proper way to respond, especially since I don’t want to follow the crowds on any side. There is a time and place for debates and frustration and calls to action. But this is how we will be choosing to respond.
I hope you all have a blessed and better weekend.