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#361 of 510 Old 05-17-2013, 10:07 AM
 
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posted to my fb page, too!

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I love this list!!  But the one that appeals to me most today is "Create a sanctuary spot that you know will always be clean, neat, and welcoming."

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Wonder together (post a "wonder board" where everyone adds notes like "I wonder why…" or "What would happen if…"—answers are not as important as the questions)
Explore outside
Make music or art together or dance together
Take a walk together, have a picnic, play a game (cards, Scrabble, backgammon, tennis)
Share resources, meals, extra seedlings, babysitting, etc.
Use cloth napkins, cloth bags, and cleaning cloths
Make toys, cards, and simple clothes
Grow a garden and save seeds for next year's garden
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I'm going to make use of our clothesline more this summer!

Liked OakMeadows on facebook and already a Mothering fan.

Thanks for the great contest.

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We use cloth products vs. paper products in our home. This includes mama cloth, cloth diapers, family cloth, cloth napkins, etc. 


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We use mama cloth, cloth napkins, cloth diapers and wipes, plant a vegetable garden, and make many of our own toys from natural materials. 

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I love these suggestions, especially the suggestion to ask for help and accept help graciously when offered.  I need to be reminded that other people want to help me as much as I like to help others.  We are working to have more simplicity in our home life, from simple, home-cooked meals and gardening to simply using less stuff.

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We already do so many of these suggestions...repairing clothes, using cloth instead of disposable paper products. I do like the idea of a sanctuary spot that is always clean. And the idea of writing more letters always sounds good to me. In fact, I have been needing to get in touch with a friend for a while...I think I should go write her a letter right now!

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"Stop everything, look in the eyes, and listen"...we need more if this sage counsel in our society! I notice even in our family when I get busy, or overtasked, I "half-listen"... While washing the dishes, or cleaning, and my children always get testy and, if unanswered, really get upset. I can mitigate, and nearly eliminate this fight, by simply stopping for 2 minutes and getting on my child's level and just listening! Totally worth the time:-)
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"Drop time limits and let learning happen at its own pace" This is my favourite of all the wonderful tips! We've been embracing unschooling with our 7 and 10 year old girls. Funny that I would be interested in winning a curriculum then I suppose. We live in a somewhat remote place and don't have a lot of resources other than the power of nature. Oak Meadow would be so supportive to the life learning path we are on.

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I love the flower pot compost and will be putting a couple together with my girls this weekend! Thanks!

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I loved, drop time limits and let learning happen at its own pace.
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Creating a clean sanctuary space

Cleaning house in 10 minute bursts

Freezing meals

 

So many of those tips are things we currently use.

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We love hiking in Little River Canyon & rappelling at DeSota Falls. My 2 daughters 9 & 12 love to rappel, while my 6 yr old son is learning safety by watching & learning how to tie various knots himself. Great activities making memories & getting in quality family time that doesn't cost money! The kids have been asking to plant a garden, so we are starting that soon smile.gif
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We use a lot of the suggestions on a daily basis.

Children love to take walks, play games, dance, picnics, and crafts, there is no real need for expensive living.

Time shared together is by far the key!

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I liked both pages on FB and shared!

Grow a garden and save seeds for next year's garden

Go for nature walks with friends

Recycle materials by using them in the home for kid projects
 

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I shared this post on FB too!
 

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I NEED to learn to not avoid the needle and thread!! Oh my, This creates clutter!! And clothes to be outgrown. That is the first thing I gasp for.

The list is lovely; some we do already, but many more inspiring habits to create. Thank you.
 

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one thing i do to create a simpler lifestyle is canning. it is cost effective, healthy, and so simple.  i also have learned to sew recently. sewing is perfect for recycling old clothes. i have purses made from old wool sweaters and dated suits.  at christmas i was able to make all handmade repurposed gifts. 

 

 

i liked oak meadow & mothering on FB.  i also shared the giveaway at my FB & posted it to my blog too!smile.gif


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"Follow interests and weave academics around these interests"

 

Makes me think of someone I know who did an entire year worth of homeschooling around the theme of trains.  Their son was all about trains, so they tied EVERYTHING to trains.  A lens through which to look at US history, a way to dabble in means of transportation, to study maps of railroads, to review basis engineering & design, fossil fuels, efficiency, etc.

 

Really loved this idea, thought it worth sharing.  Everything CAN be connected, if you just find the threads.  :)

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We are already living by many of these tips, but few of them we just have to start doing, or some of them restart, like writing a letter instead of email. In this fast-paced world, it is really important to know how to slow down and make personal contacts and finding time for yourself and one-on-one time with persons you truly love.

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We cloth diaper, use cloth wipes, mama cloth, unpaper towels, cloth shopping bags. We are moving to a place where we will be able to plant a vegetable and herb garden which I will can at the end of growing season, and will soon be taking sewing lessons.

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I like the idea to "wonder together".  I plan to create a "wonder board" w/my kiddos this summer.  I strive to create beautiful minds that are curious about our world.  What a great idea!  Also, I posted on my Facebook the May giveway to other mommy friends.  

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I really like the idea of a "Wonder Board" where everyone contributes like one giant brainstorm about life and the world!

 

Thanks for the contest!

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Also shared this giveaway on facebook and pinterest (http://pinterest.com/pin/420594052670383636/).
 

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We do so many of the things on this list however, it is such a good reminder of the importance of connecting with the earth and with the people in our world. I love the idea of creating a sanctuary in my home and I think that will be a family project in the next couple of weeks!

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