Hello, dears. I’ve had quite a technology hiatus lately. A few weeks before christmas I took a facebook break, followed by the computer crashing on christmas day, oh and my phone is totally broken! Hello, Amish existance- we meet again.
The phone still doesn’t work, and facebook won’t let me log in, but at least the computer is fixed? I’ve been filling these dreary winter days with reading, planting and exploring with the babes.
Reading: The Great Gatsby. My brother got it for me for christmas. I don’t say this about every author, I don’t think I’ve ever even thought it before, but Fitzgerald and I must have known eachother in another life. I just feel such a connection to him and his work. He even lived in the same town as me and named a character “Daisy”… C’mon! Fantastic book so far… I’m just afraid it will be too short.
Herbing: Spring fever is in full effect and I have potting soil gallore and herbs in every window. Nothing has sprouted yet, but I’m anxiously awaiting signs of green. I’ve been learning a lot lately about lemon balm and activated charcoal. I ordered some charcoal to use in case of allergic reactions and I’ve been pumping the girls full of elderberry syrup and wild cherry bark to fight of the winter sickies. Such a huge plant world out there if we only listen and look for it.
Watching: I just finished Downton Abbey season 3. SIGH…
Excited for: My birthday Because after my birthday it’s Valentines, then Story’s birthday, then… S P R I N G. Can you tell I have spring fever?? I’ve been keeping up with doing yoga to clear out my body’s energy that seems so out of whack in the winter. I can tell that and the herbs help- but it’s just not as good as being outside.
Obsessing Over: A couple of things actually… Lately I’ve been obsessing over Essiential Oils and lusting after a fancy, cool mist diffusser. I’ve got to get some oils floating around this place. I think I’d really like a peace and calming blend and a theives blend. I entered a few giveaways for diffussers so we’ll see!
Secondly, I’m slightly obsessing over making our space a Montessori space for the littles. A lot of the montessori tips I’ve already just instinctually followed… But I recently watched a video tour of a tiny montessori home and fell in love with her set up. I’m definitly putting a mattress on the floor of our room for our 10-month-old co-sleeper. Lately, she’s been kicking daddy out of bed… And she hates cribs and it just doesn’t feel right to confine her. A mattress on the floor with decorations and a mirror will allow her space, and freedom to get up when she wants. Daisy is also getting a big girl bed.. I’m not sure if I’ll do the floor thing or get her a little bed. Check out these montessori bedrooms I’m dying over.
I’ll be doing this in our room for Story and in Daisy’s room for her. I love the simplistic approach to kid’s room and play montessori takes. Most parenting blogs or rooms show all the extravagant things and huge rooms and play rooms filled to the brim with toys and accesories. I like how these work in small spaces with a minamal, basic feel.
I’ve already adopted a lot of the techniques into our kitchen. Daisy has her own work desk and shelves for her crayons and coloring books- and Story has a huge cabinet just for her play pots and pan and oven mitts. I also have put learning puzzles and blocks in every room as well as making some flash cards to put low on the wall for toddler viewing. It’s working really nicely! I think it’s really making them feel included in their own space and independent in being able to reach everything and have things on their level. I really love this so far. I can’t wait to incorporate more and get their bedrooms ready. Here are some more rooms I love..
and here’s the video that really inspired me. Maybe it’ll inspire you too
Take care, friends. And say a quick prayer that warm weather comes soon this year <3