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Six ways to savor the end of summer

Someone asked me this week, “Are you sick of summer yet?” and I surprised myself by answering a hearty, “No!” For the first time in as long as I can remember, I’m holding on to the end of summer with joy.

Sure, my schedule is whack, my to-do list is stretching pretty long, and I don’t love the heat. But balancing that, I’m really enjoying the freedom to plan each day as it comes, long days, and going on adventures. We have almost four more weeks before my girl starts kindergarten, and I’m trying to pack in all the fun we can get in those days. We’re sleeping in, going swimming, having lots of art and reading time, and going on at least a few more adventures.


Summer isn't over yet! Six ways to savor the end of summer, whether you are sick of it, or holding on as long as you can. www.nurturedmama.net

Whether summer is wearing on you at this point or not, here are six ways you can savor the last little bit of the season.

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Hit a farmer’s market

The markets are booming with amazing and delicious food right now. If you haven’t been to a market yet this summer, get to one now! Plan a meal or two around the best of the season: Corn, peaches, peppers, squash, and berries are all at their best at the end of summer.…

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Taking Stock in October

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It has been a while since I’ve done one of these, so let’s catch up.

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  • Making: Small art in my journal and everything with yarn (I’ve had to put myself on a yarn-buying diet). Are you on Ravelry? Connect with me and check out my projects there.
  • Cooking: Pumpkin and banana bread.
  • Drinking: My new favorite drink: Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks, made with soy milk.
  • Reading: So many books lately – I hit my goal of reading 40 books this year at the end of September! Recent favorites were Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande and The Sleep Walker’s Guide to Dancing, by Mira Jacobs. I’m halfway through Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert (loving it!) and up next is Rising Strong, by Brene Brown. Connect with me on Goodreads to see more of what I’m reading.
  • Wearing: I’m so ready for fall that I’m wearing too-warm clothes almost every day. My brown boots are out and my favorite Prairie Underground hoodie is always nearby.
  • Feeling: Strong and grounded. And so ready to be done with chemo.
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What We Should Learn From The Dress Debate

 

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Photo by Hugo Kerr.

I have a secret indulgence: I like to lay in bed in the morning and read email and blog posts on my phone. So Friday morning, while indulging, I discovered that the internet had blown up overnight about a dress. Specifically, what color the dress was. Was it white or was it blue?

“Huh. Crazy internet,” I thought. “Clearly the dress is white.”

When I got up, I showed the photo to my man. “What color is this dress?” I asked.

“Its blue,” he said.

“That’s so weird,” I said. I read him the article I’d found about how the difference in perception was due to how our eyes receive color and how our brain analyses that information. And then we continued with our morning.

Later in the day, I scrolled through Facebook again and noticed that the debate was still raging, but what struck me most was how angry people were getting in defense of what color they believed the dress to be.

I saw people being dismissive of people who saw the dress in other colors than they did. I saw someone say it made her feel angry when someone told her they saw other colors than she did.…

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Summer Resources for the Southern Hemisphere

Tired of reading about winter when it is summer where you live? This round up of summer ideas is for you! :: www.nurturedmama.netI’ve been writing about winter stuff a lot this month because I’m all up in the middle of it. But I know some of you live in the opposite hemisphere, so I wanted to share a bunch of links to articles that are more relevant for you this month. Enjoy!

The Taste of Summer

Getting Outdoors

Self-Care in the Summertime

Crafts and Outdoor Play

Do you have other resources for summer fun?

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Taking Stock in January

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I had thought this would be a monthly feature, but it looks like quarterly might be a better rhythm for me. Here’s what’s happening for me right now:

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  • Making: Things with yarn. Two cowls down and a shawl in progress. (Also sorting out all my half-finished projects).
  • Cooking: Soups for us and meals for friends who need a little extra support.
  • Drinking: Lots of hot herbal tea.
  • Reading: I just finished The Best of American Travel Writing compilation from 2010 (I loved the long piece on a road trip through Siberia), and am starting The Orchardist. I’m diving in to Goodreads this year to track my reading, connect with me there!
  • Wearing: Layers and layers as I’m all the time cold. I’m loving these Hue leggings that I wear under everything.
  • Feeling: Relieved that we found Bean a great new preschool, but still sad that we had to leave her previous daycare and the best teacher ever.
  • Needing: More sleep. Always more sleep.
  • Listening to: Bon Iver and the Bloom True playlist on Spotify.
  • Saying yes to right now: Going slowly, making only short lists.
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The Best of 2014

The best of self care and creativity posts from 2014 on Nurtured Mama. :: www.nurturedmama.netOh what a year 2014 has been. I’ve had some really lovely highs and some very low lows. I was sick for several months between two surgeries and two rounds of pneumonia, but have worked my way back to health again to meet the end of the year. I have traveled a bit, taken some amazing classes, read a lot, and started painting again. My girl is closing in on 4 and is more independent than ever, which means I have more and more space and energy to follow my own heart again. I feel like I’m entering a new season of motherhood – no longer in the baby years, but not quite big kid either.

I wrote about creativity, self carecooking and coloring. I gave ideas for morning routines, living passionately, and finding grace on hard days.I shared some DIY posts and wrote a fun Pinterest series for Liz Lameroux‘s blog. I put together some of my essays on parenting for the Mothering Moments ebook (free for  newsletter subscribers). I wrote for Natural Parents Network, Bay Area Parents, and Sorta Crunchy. I also was interviewed on The Home Hour podcast by Meagan Francis.…

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Taking Stock In September

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After taking the full month of August off to recoup from a second round of pneumonia, I think a check-in post is a good place to begin again. This is where I am in this moment, at the cusp of fall.

Want to play? Copy my list and fill in your own answers or just pick a couple of categories that jump out at you. Post in the comments or share a link if you post it somewhere else. I want to hear what’s up with you, too!

  • Making: Putting up in jars and dehydrating fruit.
  • Cooking: Soups and sweet breads.
  • Drinking: More water – or trying to.
  • Reading: Bread And Wine, The Language of Flowers, Infidel (all at once!)
  • Wearing: Leggings under skirts as the mornings and evenings start to feel chill.
  • Feeling: Winter creeping in.
  • Needing: More sleep. Always more sleep.
  • Listening to: My Paint To This playlist in the studio.
  • Smelling: Tomatoes (that’s what I’m dehydrating today).
  • Saying yes to right now: Paint and color and play.
  • Saying no to right now: Figuring out where all this is going in advance.
  • Thinking about: The stories I’m ready to let go of.
  • Worrying about: Getting sick again.
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Grow Good Eaters: 5 Easy Garden Vegetables to Plant With Your Kids

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“Mama, do we have any carrots?” My 3-year old is standing not in the kitchen, but in the backyard. She’s peering into our raised garden bed, where I’ve been growing vegetables with her and for our family since she was a baby.

Together we’ve successfully grown peas, green beans, lettuce, kale, chard, basil, carrots, summer squash and parsley. We nurtured a volunteer pumpkin grow in our front yard that provided four perfect pumpkins for our jack-o-lanterns last fall.

We’ve also had a few flops, like the eggplant that never flowered, a tiny melon plant that keeled over shortly after being transplanted and a batch of broccoli that were devoured by aphids. This year we are experimenting with sweet Walla Walla onions and a purple cauliflower.

Cultivating young gardeners will reap benefits far beyond healthy eating habits, teaching patience and an understanding of cause and effect among other things.

The first time we grew carrots from seed, my daughter was 2. I drug my finger through the dirt near the edge of the bed where she could reach and showed her where to sprinkle the seeds.

As the seedlings popped up, I showed them to her. When she pulled a few before they were ready, we talked about what was happening under the soil, and why we needed to let the plant keep growing.…

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5 Easy Ways to Save Summer Memories

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Now that summer is winding to a close, kids are returning to school, and you (hopefully) have a little more time, you may be wondering what to do with all those photos and mementos from your summer adventures. Let’s talk about ways to save your summer memories!

I admit I often get swept up into fall and then holiday activities and never get anything done with summer photos. To help make sure that doesn’t happen to you, here are 5 QUICK ways to save summer memories while the details are still fresh.

Save Summer Memories – Quick and Easy!

  •  I recommended this summer manifesto printable fromAli Edwards at the beginning of the summer. If you didn’t use it that way, you can still use the template to record the highlights of your summer and get those photos printed and into a small book where you can enjoy them.
  • I love this tactile summer memory book. What a fun way to review your adventures with your kids and find out what really stood out for them. This would also be a great project to have them take into school if their class is doing a “what I did over the summer” kind of activity.
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Get Outside: 29 Things to Do With The Kids This Summer

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Water play

On a hot day there’s nothing better than getting outside and getting some nice cool water over your skin. I live in perennially drought-ridden California and this summer we would only be allowed to enjoy water play in the early evening, but for those of you in wetter places, some of these ideas will be great for the hottest parts of your summer days.

  •  I don’t think its going to happen this summer, but I’d love to build one of these water play walls for my Bean. She’d love it!
  • Just a step up from running a sprinkler on your lawn for the kids to run through, check out this homemade PVC shower arch.
  • Here’s an even simpler idea: Take a 2 liter soda bottle and poke holes in it in the lower half of it. Attach it to a garden hose via a male to male adapter (find these for a few dollars at the hardware store). Toss the hose over a tree branch and let it hang where the kids can run and play under it.
  • This one would be fun when you have a gaggle of school-age kids around at a BBQ or birthday party: Soap bar boat races.
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