agoldenafternoon My reminder every time I walk up the stairs, especially needed as I spend all of my days with smaller humans. Love having the handiwork of the lovely @laurannelindsay in my home. Thankful for friendship that stretches from coast to coast. 15h

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agoldenafternoon Date night. MUCH NEEDED. Bonus points for an early Hobbit showing and a remarkably empty theatre. Perfect for these two rare movie-goers. 3d

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agoldenafternoon "I've found it is the small things; everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay... simple acts of kindness, and love." •
•So true, Gandalf. Love re-watching these movies, don't you?
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agoldenafternoon That one time I made a few hundred feet of white garland for our Christmas festival and the bag got mysteriously lost when my car was unpacked for me. Anyone need to make their yard look like a Downton wedding? 4d

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agoldenafternoon It's just another messy Monday. I wish it was Sunday. That's how the song goes, right? 4d

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agoldenafternoon Dinner tonight is one of my favorite meals of all time. Any guesses? 5d
  •   kaylanbuteyn Pot pie? 5d
  •   ashleykateparr Vegetable soup? 5d
  •   lacystroess Pot pie is my guess too! 5d
  •   boucksy You're making what I made! Pot pie for daysss 5d
  •   brebuskey I made smitten kitchens pot pie tonight and it looked a lot like this! 5d
  •   stevensonkatie5 I was going to guess a stew, which is one of MY favorite meals, but the pot pie guesses sound good too! 5d
  •   sarahjeanloui Pot Pie 5d

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agoldenafternoon The girl who didn't mind staying up until 11pm last night making Christmas cookies for #christmasincityheights. 🌲 5d

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agoldenafternoon There's a Christmas festival at our church today with activities for kids (crafts, cocoa, holiday lawn movie), food carts, cookies, vendors with handcrafted goods to sell, live music, and COFFEE with a book page banner craft on the side (for you to do while your kids have fun!). To end the night, there is a worship service to sing your fave Christmas hymns! It's going to be GREAT! Please join us at Hoover High School from 4-7pm. You can FIND ME THERE selling my #goldenbotanicals products for the LAST time before the holidays. I can also help any of you order your ESSENTIAL OIL kit if you haven't invested in one yet! See you there, San Diego! 6d

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agoldenafternoon Finally took my thanksgiving turkey bones and scraps out of the freezer and made bone broth. I use this stuff every week for soups, risottos, and sauces. So many uses and it's SO ridiculously good for you.(Recipe link in profile from my blog archives). Do you guys make your own? 1w
  •   frostonflower I just made soup tonight with our second round of turkey bone broth. 1w
  •   _ann_e When I was growing up everyone said my house/I always smelled like chicken :/ my mom was one of 'those' :) I think of it every time I make stock! 1w
  •   jeancmays Do you freeze them in the jars? 1w
  •   agoldenafternoon @jesszwo @elijahlopeez @jeancmays I use the tall 24 oz wide-mouth canning jars (asparagus jars). That size and the shorter wide-mouth pint size are the only kinds that don't break in the freezer 1w
  •   agoldenafternoon @_ann_e how funny! I don't think I could have withstood that smell all the time! 1w
  •   agoldenafternoon @stephaniellb that's amazing!!! What does yak taste like?! Game-y? 1w
  •   agoldenafternoon @rockthatgem I know! So much cheaper! 1w
  •   elijahlopeez Thank you for the tip! I always break my 32 oz mason jars. I'll have to try this size/shape! 7d

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agoldenafternoon Then, there was this Norman Rockwell-ish moment where they all appeared to enjoy each other for a while. A few minutes later, they ALL argued over the same book and boy punches were thrown. We can choose our moments to hold on to and photograph. My life is far from perfect, just like yours. I chose to hold this joyful moment close to my heart for when I feel discouraged and wonder if I'm doing anything right. We always have a choice. Oh, how much I need to remember that, DAILY. 1w
  •   acnhansen Isn't that the truth 1w
  •   leafittolexi So well said! 1w
  •   michellemwest I homeschooled 15 years. It was the best! Enjoy every precious and not so precious moment. If every moment was a Norman Rockwell picture we would not cling to Christ. Merry CHRISTmas! 1w
  •   makeuponthedaily Very well said! Love it!! And a great moment captured! 1w
  •   betweenyouandmeblog Boy punches. Yes. I know about those. Hold this picture close, mama. 1w
  •   joannaposey So cute Bon. 1w

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agoldenafternoon That one time you wrapped all of your Christmas books the year before so they'd be ready for December 1. Then, you forgot to get them out until the 11th of December. Yeah, that one time that turned into the BEST book advent day EVER, where everyone sat and read quietly for 30 minutes. Note to self: wrap random books thoughout the year and open for fun on one day. 1w

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agoldenafternoon "Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast." •
William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet
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agoldenafternoon Ever since he cut off his curls last week, he sure does wear this coon-skin cap a lot. Good thing I don't mind having a cute Davy Crockett around all the time. 1w
  •   woodsermom My now 19 yo wore his completely out at about this age. I had to sew the tail back on several times! He even slept in it. Enjoy....time flies!! 1w
  •   thisfreckledgirl My son would love this coon-skin cap ️ any tips on where I can get one? 7d

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agoldenafternoon Isn't my sister @oodalollee so talented?! I've had so many complements on this necklace. She announced the giveaway winner over on her feed so pop over and see if you won! I also convinced her to kindly offer you a coupon code to help you (or your husband ) finish Christmas shopping! So, for 15% off these handmade necklaces (until 12/13), use this code and TAG friends/husbands to share: SONOFANUTCRACKER 1w

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agoldenafternoon “The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.” Maria Montessori •
So, basically, 1000 piece puzzles should be done every day with hot cocoa. Got it, Maria. #ihearthomeschooling
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  •   cfast17 What brand of puzzles? They look pretty 1w
  •   amyanddavidsittininatree Love Maria! We are a Montessori family, and it's absolutely beautiful watching children experience Montessori education and, really, a way of life. What a wonderful quote you chose, too. 1w
  •   kellyraesm So how do you teach a child to concentrate? I have the worlds most distracted 8 year old ever! 1w
  •   greenofthecountryside @umme_habeebah - love her quote (and this instagram account!) 1w
  •   thisfreckledgirl What puzzle is this! My daughter would love it! 1w
  •   agoldenafternoon @thisfreckledgirl we got it at Barnes and noble. The artist is Michael Storrings and it's called "Central Park" 1w
  •   agoldenafternoon @kellyraesm I certainly don't think any kid can master this at a young age of it's against their nature (mine didn't!). I try to find things that fit within their learning style. My littlest is tactile so puzzle pieces are a perfect thing for him. However, asking him to concentrate on something without moving his hands...no Bueno! Whenever I'm trying to help the kids concentrate, I start in small chunks and then REaLLY we courage them when they succeed! Some days it doesn't work out, but over time they build up the ability to concentrate for longer periods of time! I'm sure concentration will come in time for your guy! Oh! Eliminating electronics during the week made a huge difference for us a few years ago and now I'm experimenting with a lot of essential oils for concentration! 1w
  •   kellyraesm @agoldenafternoon thanks for the suggestions. I'll try to be patient! We eliminated electronics about a month ago. Too much fighting, whining, and complaining was going on and not enough playing, laughing, and learning. If I reflect on the past month I have to admit that there has been better concentration- still painful some days but I guess it will be a slow progress. 1w

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agoldenafternoon There is more than one way to scramble eggs. Try his way and see how you feel. 1w

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agoldenafternoon Friendship nourishes the soul. It grieves me to think of how long I went without these lovely women in my life. Thank you, @eringuthrie and @laurannelindsay for blessing me with abundant hugs, creativity that inspires, deep and meaningful words, and prayers lifted up for my life and family. I can't even believe it's possible to have friendships as rich as these! "The holy passion of Friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime..."
Mark Twain
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agoldenafternoon Wishes came true last night. Faith was finally old enough to see her dream show, Wicked! Thanks,@shabbyapple, for the lovely green dress to wear for our date! It makes my red-headed self happy for the holidays and beyond!Have you guys seen Wicked yet? 2w
  •   candacerachele You girls look gorgeous & i bet she was in heaven ! 2w
  •   katieannleonard You look so lovely! 2w
  •   oleanderandpalm You two look gorgeous!!!! 2w
  •   brimoysa Yes I love it! And as a red head too I hear ya on the green! 2w
  •   cnrutan Love that our kids are old enough to start sharing in these things. And, I'm betting those cute shoes you are wearing were your pick with that bday money you spent 2w
  •   mychaosandcoffee LOVE Wicked!!! Saw it on Broadway!! It was amazing!!! 2w
  •   carrierowe Your outfit is gorgeous and I love Wicked! 2w
  •   kristinschmucker So sweet! 1w

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agoldenafternoon Does anyone know the secret to keeping a handful of pillows on a couch for more than an hour? 2w
  •   environmentsofgrace Nope. 2w
  •   mybelles101 One of the great mysteries of life... 2w
  •   justkaryl Me too!!! I wanna know too!!! 2w
  •   studio_kirkland That's a killer @joannaposey art piece above your couch. Also, I've decided I just don't understand throw pillows. Life might just be simpler without them. 2w
  •   mylittlehappies Ha!!! I can SO relate! 2w
  •   mjuliette I was thinking is was just in our house that way! Glad I am not alone in this :) 2w
  •   lynds_young This is like affirmation therapy. I feel much better now (and it doesn't hurt that I bagged up all the pillows and put them in the basement last week). 2w

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agoldenafternoon Leonard loves this time of year. The sun is just right to make his pug life a dream. He especially loves the extra bowl of water we put out for him directly below the Christmas tree. He loves having extra people around to feed him. However, he is slightly disappointed because we couldn't find his Christmas scarf this year. He might need an extra nap to help with his sadness...or excitement. 2w

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