Monthly Archives: July 2011

I ♥ you boxes


I absolutely love these adorable DIY eco friendly flower boxes. All you need are some recycled boxes and some stencils to re-create these cute things. I love finding the simplest things turned beautiful with just a teensy bit of creativity.

Co-Sleeping. Yes? No? Maybe?

photo via babiestoday.com


This article written by Tami E. Breazeale for The Natural Child Project sheds an enormous amount of light on the sometimes controversial co-sleeping issue. Is co-sleeping really benefitting baby or is it simply a way for mother to spend every waking minute with their new little one? “Solitary infant sleeping is a principally western practice which is quite young in terms of human history. The practice of training children to sleep alone through the night is approximately two centuries old. Prior to the late 1700s cosleeping was the norm in all societies (Davies, 1995). Today in many cultures the practice of cosleeping continues, with babies seen as natural extensions of their mothers for the first one or two years of life, spending both waking and sleeping hours by her side.” Interesting.
After reading the article, what do you think?

Summer Sailing

photo source.
I’ve been seeing these super cute bottle boats around the blogosphere lately and just love them. They’re so simple, fun and of course the best part is they’re eco-friendl- made from all recycled materials! What you need:
-an old bottle (shampoo, lotion, etc.)
-rubber band
-a small piece of wood or cork
-pencil
-fabric for sail
Piece it all together and wha-la!

To school or not to school?


photo source.
Today’s food for thought touches on the subject of “unschooling.” I had never even heard the term until recently and was intrigued by what it means and how to implement an unschooling philosophy. I do not claim to be an expert and am more than anything excited to hear what you guys have to say about it. It takes home schooling one step further and completely allows for the child to lead their learning through their everyday, natural experiences. Whether that be playing or house hold chores, they’re learning through experiences and not traditional school book curriculum. The skeptics say these kids lack certain social skills, structure, motivation from peers, etc. What do you think? It’s interesting for sure, and I’d be curious to see some studies of children who have been unschooled versus those who are home schooled versus those who go to traditional school.