+ To add to my growing list of things I love about Aldi, I recently discovered their organic marinara comes in the cutest Mason jars that can very easily be reused. After removing the label (you can read about how I do this in this post) I realized there are even measurements in the side of the glass. This sauce is already priced very low for an organic product (around $1.50 per jar) but I'm now also a little too excited about reusing the jars, as well. It's the little things, folks.
+ I recently discovered two podcasts that I'm loving. The first one is the At Home podcast, which is hosted by six women who talk all things homeschooling, faith and motherhood. I recommend the following episodes: The Early Years, Socialization, and The Cultivated Mother. I also highly recommend listening to their episode on Feminism, which I was nervous to listen to (based on my own personal beliefs and opinions) but ended up being a complete breath of fresh air and unlike anything I've heard on the subject as of late. The second podcast I can't get enough of is The Homeschool Sisters Podcast. The two episodes I recommend listening to first are: I Want a Milkshake: When Dad Works a Lot (my husband's new job has unexpectedly brought a fair amount of travel, so this was rather timely) and You Don't Have to Do it All: Getting Started with Homeschooling.
+ We recently survived nearly two weeks of one child or the other being sick, which definitely messed with our much-loved and much-needed routine, and I'm very eager to get back into our usual groove this week. I've been writing a post in my head on the importance of rhythm and routine in my life, so we will see when I'm able to actually post these thoughts here. (Soon, I hope!)
+ This September, I bit the bullet and asked another mama I knew from our local library's story time about her homeschool co-op. I knew she was homeschooling her daughter and son, and I had to work up the courage to ask her whether she is a part of a co-op (which is a feat for me, because I'm not that social with people I don't already know on a personal level, and I get crazy first-date-level jitters trying to strike up a substantial conversation with other moms). I'm so glad I put on my big girl pants and finally talked with her about it, because as of September we have been a part of the most wonderful weekly co-op, and it has been one of the best parts of our school year so far. As they say, it's so important to find your tribe when you're doing something that is somewhat off the beaten path, and these women (and their children) are becoming just that.
+ Next month we should be able to move forward with house hunting, and for that I am grateful. The perfect place will come at the perfect time. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
— Further reading: more small lists of good things