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
I posted to my Facebook page
We use cloth products vs. paper products in our home. This includes mama cloth, cloth diapers, family cloth, cloth napkins, etc.
Wife to DH (12.10.2009), Anchorage based doula , Proud mama to Autumn (09.03.2008), Sylas (04.25.2010), (06.11.2012), Calliope(04.23.2013) .
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.
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!
"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 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.
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!
homeschooling mama to DD 10 & DS 7
"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. :)
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.
Monique, CPM and Florida LM. Proud momma to 6 boys with 1 more on the way; wife to Shane my best friend.
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.
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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