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Stuff We Like :: 9.9.16

You know what I like? Starting a new homeschool year. (If you listened to the not-back-to-school episode of the podcast, you know that my main goal for a new homeschool year is keeping “Absolutely no spitting. Ever” on the school rules list, and that happened, so I already feel like the 2016-17 homeschool year is a success.)


around the web

I have been rocking some very retro wavy hair lately (I may be a little obsessed with my Beachwaver, which may be the most superficial thing I have ever admitted in a public forum—please don’t think less of me!), so this roundup of 90s TV fashion icons hit a little close to home for me. (Even though we all know that Cher Horowitz is really number one.)

One-upper parents in action, courtesy of my awesome friend Tama. I laughed so hard. (I think my favorite may be the mom who collects and bottles “the tears of pure non-vaccinated non-mainstream vegans who can’t spell the word ‘sugar.’”)

While I’m in not-back-to-school mode, here’s a roundup of great teachers in literature. (I’m so glad Professor Lupin’s on the list because I feel like he gets kind of shafted in the books once Sirius turns up.)

Just putting this out there: Study Shows People With High IQs Are Actually Happier With Less Social Interaction

Fascinating: Our brains may actually be wired to be bilingual.


at home | school | life

on the blog: Back-to-school season means great back-to-school posts, like this one from Shelli and  this one from Carrie. I love the reminder that the right way to homeschool is the way that works for your family!

in the magazine: Looking at pretty editions of books for our holiday gift guide is hard work, but somebody’s got to do it!

on the podcast: Suzanne and I are talking about E. Nesbit fan fiction, among other things.

one year ago: I broke both my ankles taking out the trash.

two year ago: Shelli started our Mindful Homeschool series with this lovely post on letting go of things that don’t matter


reading list

on my night table: Blackout (I picked it up when it was on sale, so of course had to reread it immediately); Rise to Rebellion (which is on our U.S. history reading list); The Book of Disquiet (which I bought many years ago and am just getting around to actually reading); UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World

on my 14-year-old’s night table: The Borrowers, Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy; The Sea of Trolls

on my 9(!)-year-old’s night table: Chi’s Sweet Home


at home

homeschooling: Even though we school year-round, I have a big soft spot for the first official day of school and a whole routine that we do every year to celebrate. I am still sort of in shock that I have a child in high school.

eating: The sticky toffee pancakes are our favorite thing to have for tea right now.

playing: Ticket to Ride

watching: Galavant, and it’s DELIGHTFUL

Stuff We Like :: Holiday Break Edition

home|school|life's Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources.

We’re taking a couple of weeks off to wrap up the winter issue and just chill (but we do have a few great blog posts scheduled over the next few weeks), so this will be our last Stuff We Like of 2015. We expect to like plenty of stuff in 2016, too, so we’ll be back to our regular posting in January.

around the web

Everybody is talking about Iceland’s Christmas Eve book flood, but that’s because it’s awesome.

I don’t really take selfies, but after reading this, I kind of want to.

Dream trip: The Alice in Wonderland guide to Oxford


at home/school/life

in the magazine: The winter issue may be my favorite issue yet—and it'll be out in just a few weeks. Right now I’m editing a really cool piece on planning your life after homeschool. (Because after homeschooling, you can do anything!)

on the blog: I am inspired by Lisa’s post on making your own wellness a priority—that’s something I really struggle with.

on pinterest: Now all I can think about is making homemade chocolate pop tarts.


reading list

I’m reading an odd little book about early 19th century murders that’s equal parts bizarre and fascinating. If you’re interested in a quirky history of the dark side of the Romantics, you too might enjoy Murder By Candlelight.

We started Sea of Trolls as a winter readaloud—even though it’s not build-a-fire weather at all around here, this seems like the perfect book to read by the fireplace. Maybe we’ll do it anyway.

Both the activity-ish books we got the kids for Hanukkah this year have been big hits: Finish This Book (for our teenager) and Don’t Let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book (for the 8-year-old).


at home

We are settling in for a few days of much-needed vacation. On the agenda: Harry Potter movies, hot chocolate, cuddling, and starting my ZickZack scarf. (I couldn’t resist!)

My best friend and I are planning a Dollhouse marathon over the break. (Are you a Dollhouse fan? When I first watched it—when it originally aired—I was pretty bummed by what seemed like a lot of unrealized potential, but on further viewings, it’s really grown on me. I’m pretty interested in some of its ideas about identity and consent.)

I am practicing walking in the most comfortable, supportive shoes I have ever owned. Jas teases me that my Alegria Palomas are "prescription shoes" and they are definitely clunky looking, but wow, seriously comfortable.

New Year’s Eve is the best excuse to eat blinis with creme fraiche and smoked salmon.