An Advent Plan….

for the Weary Woman’s Soul…

A nice article and suggestions as we begin Advent this year. When you are not in the “perfect place for a perfect Advent”, here are some tips and suggestions to keep in mind by CatholicMom.com!

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Wooden Saint Peg Dolls

My friend is making these most adorable saint dolls! Something I’ve admired but have been too afraid to start… it seems like a daunting task to paint wooden dolls to actually look the way they are supposed to… but she did it!!! I was so excited for her and impressed by her work that I made her a little website so she could showcase her projects and take orders. I think her little saint dolls would be perfect as St. Nicholas or Epiphany gifts, and of course for Chirstmas! Check it out! She calls her shop Lovely Lady in Blue Boutique!

 

Guest Post by Education dot Com

Shannon from Education.com has a cute math idea for incorporating shapes into a fun craft! This would be a great activity for all my kiddos, ages 5-10, or any child who could use some practice with scissors or recognizing their shapes. Plus, we can get some fun fall or winter artwork out of the deal! (They didn’t realize that I LOVE topiaries! So I’m all over this project… !)

Topiary Trees

 

Help your child master shape recognition by creating some funky topiary trees. Topiaries traditionally are living trees which are shaped by pruning. These trees are made from construction paper and allow your little one to practice recognizing and cutting out shapes in small, medium and large sizes.

What You Need:
Construction paper (Green, white, brown)
Scissors
Pencil
Glue stick

What You Do:
1. Ask your child to name all of the shapes she knows.
2. Have her pick a few of them. We decided to use a circle, a square, and a triangle.
3. Using the green sheet of construction paper, help her draw each of these shapes she picked out.
4. Ask her if she can draw a small, medium and large version of each of her shapes. If she needs help or isn’t familiar with a shape, draw it for her and have her to trace your lines.
5. Encourage her to cut out all of the shapes.
6. Have her draw and cut out a small rectangle for the tree trunk for each shaped tree she’s making.
7. Starting one tree at a time on the left side of the paper, have her glue the trunk of the tree at the bottom of the page, then glue the largest shape at the bottom, medium shape in the middle and small shape at the top to create a tree.
8. Have her continue this process until each of her topiary trees is glued into place.

(my note… At this point, I think it was fun to then decorate the trees with other shapes, or glitter glue, etc. Math and Art at the same time 🙂 )

For more great ideas, check out Education.com.

Immune Strength Essential Oil for Fall

Starting to prep for the fall and winter “sickie seasons” by restocking some of my favorite oils from Rocky Mountain Oils. One of the top oil blends I like is Immune Strength, which we use on the kids’ feet and diffused in the air if we start getting ill.

They have some new fall scents out that sound like they would smell wonderful running through our diffuser at home. Check them out here!

Art Class with the Kiddos

We kicked off our homeschooling year with an acrylic painting session on sunflowers. It was the kids’ first time painting with (my) acrylic paints. We had planted sunflowers, on purpose and by accident, in our garden and in the chicken run, so we have plenty of inspiration! After a brief description of how acrylic paints work and a little demo by mom, the kids took off on their own! I think they did a great job!

Healing Herbs Of The Bible

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The Bible mentions 128 plants and herbs that were part of everyday life in ancient Israel. Some of these plants include almonds, apples, mustard, cucumber, grapes, mandrake, nettle, poppy, and wormwood and many others.

I wanted to look into a few of the most talked about herbs in the Bible and their roles in health, hygiene, and beauty and how they were traditionally used. You’d probably be surprised by how many of these you use on a regular basis!

Aloe

Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions, most notably burns, wounds, skin irritations, and constipation. Aloe was also used to embalm the dead, as well as for perfume. We use it in a lot of the same ways today.

Anise

All parts of the anise plant were used during Biblical times. The seeds, leaves and stem were used to reduce fevers as…

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