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    Plant Based,  Recipes

    Monday Menu Planning + August Grocery Challenge Week 3

    What up, peeps? I’m going with more casual intros. Also, I’m slightly giddy from trying to caffeinate myself and be productive when I’d rather nap. In other words, just a normal day for me. Grocery Challenge Update Okay, I’ll fess up. I went over my grocery budget last week by $10. It wouldn’t have been that way if I had stuck to my list, but I saw these guys in the limited time section of Aldi: I couldn’t resist. Okay, maybe I could’ve, but I was low on veggie burgers anyway, so I went for it. It doesn’t help that I went grocery shopping while I was hungry. Since they’re…

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    Homeschool,  Life Updates

    First Grade, Here We Come!

      Time flies when you’re having fun. I can’t believe Claire is in first grade! This is our second year homeschooling (third, if you count preschool). I love that Claire is so excited to start school. (If you’re curious as to why we homeschool, you can check out that post here) Our initial plan was to continue school throughout the summer (but probably a lightened version with reading lessons, math, read alouds, piano practice and nature studies). Summers are hot in the Midwest (not as hot as those of you in the South), so there’s not a ton of playing outside. I’d rather have the flexibility to take time off in…

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    Plant Based,  Recipes

    Monday Menu Planning + August Grocery Challenge Update

    Hello, friends! I apologize for my virtual silence lately. Life has been busy. I started a menu post last week, but never ended up finishing it. We jumped back into school and that is consuming much of my free time. So far, first grade has been a blast. You can expect to see a post on that (hopefully) some time this week. Before, I get to this week’s menu, I wanted to share how the grocery challenge has been going. If you didn’t see my explanation of it, check out this post to be filled in. I did pretty well the first week, but I did go over my $75 goal by…

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    The Beauty of Full Surrender

    Ah, surrender. When we hear that word, it often stirs up uncomfortable feelings. As human beings, we like to have things our way. We like to have control (or at least feel like we do). But it’s hard to actually retain some semblance of control over most areas of our lives. And sometimes (okay, most of the time), our way isn’t the best way. In my quiet times with the Lord this week, I’ve felt a call to a deeper surrender. We’ve been in a period of transitioning to a life that’s completely different from what we’re accustomed to. The biggest change has been Peter’s job. We are so thankful…

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    Plant Based,  Recipes

    Monday Menu Planning + August Grocery Challenge!

    Hey, friends! It’s Monday, so it’s time to post another menu. But I’m doing something a little bit different for the month of August. I’m challenging myself to spend $100 per family member for the entire month (for those horrible at math on a Monday, that’s $25/person each week). I’ve been the opposite of disciplined when it comes to budgeting, especially with groceries. It doesn’t help that I tend to go grocery shopping when I’m hungry. Not this month! I’m cracking down and challenging myself. I got the idea from Nicci over at A Farmhouse Full (her YouTube channel is awesome!). She did it with her large family (of 10!) for the…

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    Homeschool Kindergarten: A Year in Review

    If you’re anything like me, you love to check out what other homeschool moms are doing. This is partly because I still have so much to learn about homeschooling, but it’s also because I find it genuinely interesting to see what others are doing. I especially love to see what other moms are doing who are just one grade or two ahead of Claire, because then I can get ideas for the future. So, despite the fact I am nowhere near an expert, I thought I would share what we did for kindergarten – the curriculum we used, the routines that worked, and things we learned along the way. Hopefully…

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    Plant Based,  Recipes

    Monday Menu Planning – Week 9

    (This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you if you purchase a product from a link on this page. To read more about this, check out our disclosure page here. Thanks for supporting Beautiful Minutiae!) Hey, friends! I’m here to share another delicious, plant based menu with you! I didn’t end up posting one last week. Life was just busy and I didn’t get around to it. Claire went to a VBS at the church we’ve been attending last week, so our evenings were pretty busy. In other news, Peter has almost completed his training as a mail carrier. He has on…

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    Why We Love Charlotte Mason

    If you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning, you may remember one of my first posts about the different homeschooling styles. You can find the post here. You may wonder what style we adhere to. The honest answer is that we do not strictly follow any style. We love the interest based learning aspect commonly found in unschooling, but it’s just not enough structure for me. I like the laid back atmosphere, but I need more accountability for myself as a teacher. We tend to follow that kind of style during the school breaks. Any time we do, I am always surprised by how much Claire learns and soaks up,…

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    The Legacy of Faith

    “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting they were foreigners and strangers on earth.” (Hebrews 11:13, NIV) “These were commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God planned something better for them so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” (Hebrews 11:39-40, NIV) It’s easy to believe in what you see. In fact, that isn’t faith at all. Hebrews 11:1 confirms this: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not…

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    Plant Based,  Recipes

    Monday Menu Planning – Week 8

    Happy Monday, friends! Can you even say happy and Monday in the same sentence? My husband isn’t working today, so that it makes it a happy Monday for us! Those of you who know us well or are regular readers know that he is currently in training to be a mail carrier. The hours are a bit weird during training. We’re happy to have extra time with him, but it will be nice to finally get into a “normal” (what is normal, anyway?) routine when he is out of training. Last week, I actually cooked almost every night, so I don’t have any rollover recipes from last week. I’m so proud…