• fall books for kids
    Book Reviews,  Homeschool

    Our Favorite Fall Picture Books

    Ah, fall. It’s my absolute favorite season. I love the cooler weather, cozy sweatshirts, beautiful foliage, nights spent around the fire pit roasting marshmallows, and pumpkin everything! I love reading seasonal picture books with Claire. We’ve always enjoyed Christmas books, even when she was a baby. In more recent years, we absolutely love picture books for all seasons. I thought I would take some time today to share some of our favorite picture books to read in the fall. Some are ones we’ve read in years past, some are ones we’ve recently discovered, but we love them all! Little Frog and the Scary Autumn Thing (Jane Yolen) Change is hard.…

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    A Picture of the Church Before Revival

    I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My beloved is knocking; “Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one. My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night.” I have taken off my robe- must I put it on again? I have washed my feet- must I soil them again? My beloved thrust his hand through the latch-opening; my heart began to pound for him. I arose to open for my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with flowing myrrh, on the handles of the bolt. I opened for my beloved, but my beloved had left; he…

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    Plant Based,  Recipes

    Monday Menu Planning – Week 14

    Hey, friends! Welcome to another edition of Monday Menu Planning! I have a multi-ethnic menu planned this week. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’re well aware of my love for ethnic food. I hope you find some recipes today that intrigue you. Let me know if you decide to try any of them out! On this week’s menu … Spicy Sofritas Veggie Bowl (from Pinch of Yum) – If you’ve ever eaten at Chipotle, you may have noticed sofritas before. But if you’re a meat eater, you may not have. Sofritas is a spicy delicious tofu. The texture is similar to ground turkey, in my…

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    Book Reviews,  Homeschool

    What We’re Reading Wednesday – Kid’s Edition!

    Last week, I posted some books I have read recently (you can read that here). I shared the good, the bad and the ugly. I thought it would be fun to share some recommendations on some children’s books Claire and I have read lately! (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!) Picture Books Dragons Love Tacos (Adam Rubin) Okay, so Dragons Love Tacos is not a new book. In fact, it’s not even truly…

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    Plant Based,  Recipes

    Monday Menu Planning – Week 13

    Hey hey hey, it’s Monday! Even though Mondays can feel like a bit of a let down after the weekend, Mondays are a fresh start to a brand new week. Having a positive outlook can change Monday from a day you dread to a day you enjoy. That’s all I have for inspiration this Monday morning. It is still Monday after all 😜 It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Monday Menu. I haven’t really posted much in general lately, but I’m trying to change that. Much of my time has preoccupied with homeschooling (no big surprise there). First grade is more indepth on many subjects than kindergarten (again,…

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    Book Reviews,  Homeschool,  Spritual

    What I’ve Been Reading Lately

    A while ago, I did polls on both my instagram and facebook asking if you would like to see book reviews on the blog. The answer was unanimously yes! Unfortunately, I hadn’t been reading a whole lot at the time. Packing up a house and moving does that to a person. I also found that I was trying to read only nonfiction, “practical” books that would benefit me, homeschooling, my walk with Jesus, etc. While those books are important and still part of my reading, reading those exclusively caused me to not like reading as much. After we moved, I started reading fiction again and remembered why I love reading so much. Since then,…

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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…