Don’t get me started on how much I LOVE this beautiful country! I have been three times (twice as a soldier), and had the wonderful pleasure of taking my son with me this fourth time to see my Deutsche Freundin (German gal friend!). We visited Dresden and Frankfurt. Dresden was particularly exciting, as I have never been able to visit the eastern part of Germany before this. Like every other place in Germany, Dresden is amazing and requires a week to see everything!!
The food..just everything is wonderful. In our favorite town of Oberursel, my son even got to play Magic the Gathering one night with a great gang of boys at the local Computer Store. Really miss it there always. ❤
Summer time is fun time..also some school time…which we make as fun as possible. Really, anything is a learning experience, right? 😀
We have these old, really old books from Piccolos in Belmont, an awesome antique store. $20.00 for all those red books on children’s classics. Dated 1912. Really, not THAT old. I love old books! Dated similar is that smaller brown book; it belonged to my grandfather. It was his elementary math book! Now it’s Taliesin’s, and he uses it! The larger brown book on the left there is from England (also from Piccolos) and it is dated 1806. Title, The Guardian, from London. The book is old to the point where the ‘s’ are ‘f’. Pretty cool! I love old books!! I think (or hope) Tali appreciates, too.
I’ve been trying to take photos of birds, particularly, hummingbirds at the feeder. I’ll be out on the deck, and not have my camera at the best moments!! So here are a couple for you! I took the one of the hummingbird hanging out on the clothing line today. Hurricane Hermine is around here but we are only getting the tail-end of it. Some wind, some rain here near Charlotte, NC. I really hope everyone else is alright.
So the family’s been trying to be more spontaneous; especially myself and my son. We love to plan things out before we do them– I’m talking at least a couple weeks in advance!
When I saw a Rankin Lake in Gastonia North Carolina and I realize it’s just a few miles from us, we decided let’s go check it out even though it’s pretty hot outside it was almost noon .
What a beautiful place and felt very safe! There was even a ranger who explained everything to me about the paddleboats, kayaks, canoes, and a beautiful trail, very clean one mile .6 around the beautiful lake. Turtles and fish everywhere! People looked healthy jogging or paddling canoes. Our type of place. We plan to go often! 🙂
It’s always nice when you find a place close by you never always have to travel far to enjoy life.
This year I haven’t added any new soaps to my line, not including my temporary summer soap, Bora Bora. However, I have noticed my Charcoal Aloe soap, with skin loving activated bamboo charcoal, is a low seller. It has a few die-hard fans though; and there is no way I wanted to dismiss a soap with charcoal ! !
Bamboo charcoal: Make pores smaller and cleaner, Take care of oily skin, Deep clean your skin, Soothe and heal bites, cuts and skin irritations, Rid your hair and skin of toxins. Yes, try this in your hair! (from Best Health magazine)
I gave the soap a new look (no more green-it always looked odd to me) and ADDED HEMP OIL.
Some hemp oil benefits – Regenerates & Energizes The Skin’s Protective Layer: Due to its high content of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, hemp oil has a composition similar to skin lipids, which makes it an excellent natural emollient and moisturizer. It is especially useful for dry, tired or dehydrated skin and nails. It increases the skin elasticity and water retention capacity in tissues. Also, known to help against varicose veins and psoriasis. Great for luscious hair!
New name: Activated Charcoal & Hemp soap. Same wonderful, fresh scent! Smells a bit like Irish Spring soap to me. **I’ll add photo once I get my Gmail working correctly!!** Here it is!! ^^^
I had stopped posting blogs as I was (still am) very busy with homeschooling Taliesin..but I decided to start up again! Woot!
It’s soooo cold here in southern NC..trying to keep warm. We were in Florida with the in-laws last week..Lego Land! Warm and lovely, but I do NOT miss the heavy traffic! Orlando that must be all year I would predict.
I want to say, the Lego Hotel there was AMAZING. We all didn’t want to leave…so fun! Please bring your kids there before they grow up! Everything was a blast!
I haven’t posted in a while…family from Ohio coming to visit and my son’s 13th birthday party. Seems like yesterday he was just a baby!!
When I went to school, we Always started that glorious day (I used to like school lol) the day after Labor Day. Ah, school in the 70s! Anyway, it was good enough for me, so it’s good enough for Tali to start at that time as well. However, I decided to start school today! Yeah! I have some awesome workbooks by Spectrum and a couple Lit books from used homeschool fair, so why not, I am too excited!
Taliesin, however, is not…lol. To be expected, I guess. I play some relaxing, but not sleepy music, and set a nice mood for learning. Maybe some Native flute, or Asian themed music. Such a nice way for continuing to bond with your child!
There is a lot of info. out there and the computer for reference is a homeschool mom’s (and dad’s) best friend. Here are some links I hope you find helpful. Cheers!
Mondays are the best time for my blog posts, since Monday’s are my energy days! Much to the annoyance of past office colleagues I would stroll into work with a huge smile on Monday and greet everyone enthusiastically; I have NO idea why I am like this, but I have always been like this. 🙂
North Carolina has had some record hot days this summer! I think everyone has! Thankfully, we have gotten a LOT cooler, 78 degrees now as I write this..so my Roma’s and cucumbers are doing well again…tomatoes can take a lot of heat, cucs not so much. I have the basil along the tomatoes so they are happy, growing a little bush! 🙂
I want to say something about tomatoes..they love egg shells (powdered in blender) and soil without so much nitrogen. There is special ‘tomato soil’ sold for this reason, but this year we forgot and so there were a LOT of little green tomatoes with black rotted spots on the bottom. Also, this year, I did not blend the egg shells to a powder..I just crushed them up..I think that wasn’t enough? 😦 a spray took care of this thankfully!! We now have lovely, meaty Roma tomatoes.
As an ‘unschooler’ (no rigid schedule) we school off and on all summer long. Summer is so much fun for homeschoolers…so much time with his homeschool friends in this wonderful, happy secular (accepts families of ALL faiths) group, swimming, playing games, eating out and movies. Today though, Taliesin, after playing with a friend down the street, is doing some math. I can’t believe he will be in 7th grade! !
Weather here in southern North Carolina in October could be 85 one day, and 68 another day…as this week predicts. We have been spending time outdoors on the deck hitting the books and drinking some tea. Taliesin prefers almond milk with Ovoltine! Sounds yummy to me.
OK, it is VERY east to get distracted on the deck…birds, squirrels after the corn we put out, and a praying mantis today:
Nature teaches! 🙂
Leaves here are still pretty green, so I don’t have any nice recent pics to share yet of that scene. Here is one of Zulu, our cat, having a little fun. He is like dog more than cat, I swear. He meows to be let out, and uses the tree line in the behind our house as a litter box, then literally knocks on the door, or jumps to grab the doorknob, to be let in! Woo hoo, good boy! He frolics (for real) around the yard, jumping and skipping around. Well, that is what it look like! Love our kitty. I hear black cats are especially bright, I have no idea, this being our first black cat.
Taliesin is really studying hard for his finals (CAT) coming up in June:
Fruit water is SOOO easy to make, and it’s so pretty! Last year I was adding fruit to large pitchers of water and stashing them in the fridge..they kept alright but I like this way better: I simply add fruit to each glass plus some sprigs of mint from the garden. Sometimes I add a little touch of sugar and then mash it a bit with a potato masher to release the juices (if I do mash it I have the fruit in a bowl). Then add some water from our Brita pitcher and all done! I got the idea of the strawberries from Belmont NC by the park on Main Street. They have a vendor there with the BEST fruit water ever!
My son, nickname Tali, had a splendid idea of creating one diorama each month, starting with Neanderthals and forward to modern times. Oh we’ll have a Triassic or Cretaceous dinosaur period as well. Netflix has an AWESOME 2 episode show called Walking with Caveman. We are BoTH learning so much. We both find it pretty fascinating. I wonder what we will evolve to in a million or so years? 🙂
Neanderthal diorama (not finished yet)
Some of my favorite study material for my son is:Brainpop, education.com and Spectrum Workbooks, found on Amazon. He has been wanting for years to become a Game programmer when he grows up, and help create video/computer games. After some research, we found that an Associates in Computer Science (then a Bachelors if he chooses) is the key to great jobs including game creating. Maybe as he grows up maybe he’ll change his mind. He is also interested in Archeology, which is super cool also (myself and my mother were always interested in that, so it must run in the family??). If I could go back in time, that would be my first choice of interest..the closest school for this is at Chapel Hill University, only 2 hours away. Might be the one and only Archeology degree on the east coast!
Now…8 year away IS the furthest from my mind..but it is fun to research. When a child has a dream, it sticks!!
A few children in my son’s homeschool group has their own 4H group. This is new to us and I am really excited about it. They will be volunteering soon in Agricultural areas. I always think of horses and cows when I think of 4H.
I’ve been homeschooling my sweet son since he was 5. He did half a year of kindergarten in which he just really didn’t feel ready for (his bday is in August) plus I really didn’t like the teacher…she would give poor grades, sad faces and such, if the children didn’t ‘color in the lines’ in the school coloring books. Talk about taking the love of learning out of the kid!! My friend homeschools her 4 children and loved it, so I thought I’d give it a go! He loves being home and we joined a homeschool group of a bunch of lovely ladies and happy and fun kids. He also takes dance class and preformed in the Nutcracker this year as the Mouse Prince!
2013 was a wonderful year for my family and Faerykissnaturals in Gaston County, North Carolina! This is my new site where you are still able to buy from myEtsy store! I make handcrafted CP (homemade, no short cuts) soaps, solid Shea butter lotions, lip Shea butter balms, herbal salves too since 2007.
I really have fun doing it! I got my certification at the Fort Lauderdale Natural Health College in Skin Care (esthetician) in 2002. I also have an Associates in Applied Science
My soaps are large, creamy, sudsy, and reasonably priced! I ship all over the world and sell in many shops in my area around Gaston County, NC: Organic Marketplace, The Schiele Museum, Mattie Maes, Things Remembered, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Lowes Foods in Gaston County, Charlotte Landings Gifts (at the airport), Piccolo Antiques in Belmont, Running with Scissors hair salon, Angels Upscale Consignments in Bessemer City and Church’s Spa.
I’ll keep you updated on special events and fairs I’ll be vending at in 2014! You can ♥ my page. Also friend me at Faerykissnaturals Soaps, as that page is more seen. Fun, wonderful people there!