Monthly Archives: February 2014

February Homeschool Roundup


February’s doors are closing and boy, has it been a month. Wesley and I battled two solid weeks of illness and I sprained my foot badly the second week. We have healed from illness and my foot feels much better. Between illness, numerous snowstorms, and frigid weather, I felt early in the month, it would be best to postpone my 365 Real Foods Series and blogging altogether. I needed time to heal and be with my kiddos. Needless to say, not much homeschooling happened, but we did do a few things here and there. ๐Ÿ™‚


February Homeschool Roundup

During the month, my mom took Jack for a day and he and my niece, Izzy, completed a fun, Valentine’s Day craft. They had a blast using glue sticks and self-sticking hearts and letters.

valentine craft


We did a lot of playing this month and the boys played with sea animals in the kitchen! It was Wesley’s first time getting his little feet wet outside of the tub!



Jack started his library class this month and has read books on flying and counting. He is really enjoying his class. Below are a few pictures of his craft projects from each class.



Wesley started Kindermusik on the 19th, and each class is a lot of fun. He loves to interact with the other babies and he enjoys chewing on the instruments. It’s nice to get out of the house and get moving!



Jack is into doing art almost everyday. He loves to draw most of all. He draws out, “landscapes,” “buildings,” and “Angry Birds,” on paper. We are also working on some letters.



Wes is exploring toys, noises, textures, and is starting to roll. He loves to sit in his high chair and play with toys.


We managed to get outside during a brief “warm spell.” The weather hit 51 degrees and we hit the playground! Jack needed to run and burn some energy.



Overall, the month of February was a wash due to illness and weather, but we still had fun and we are VERY much looking forward to March. With the way the weather is going, and a predicted snowstorm for Monday, it looks like March will come in like a lion, and (hopefully) go out like a lamb. Bring on springtime! ๐Ÿ™‚


Happy Homeschooling,

The Joyful Homemaker

Postponement of 365 Real Foods Series :(


It has come to the point where I have decided to postpone my 365 Real Foods Series until my children and I are healthy. My 4 month old and I are on day six of a bad cold and it is difficult enough to do normal day-to-day functions, let alone blog. I feel as if it will take another week or so until we are back up and running normally, possibly even two.


I have some great things to share once I am able to get back into the groove of blogging. My friend Courtney provided me with some great recipes and I can’t wait to share them! I also have some stashed away as well as a bunch of things I would like to try.

Thank you to those who continue to read and enjoy The Joyful Homemaker. I love everything mothering, homemaking, and homeschooling, and it means a lot that I have supportive friends and loyal blog readers. <3

Be blessed (and stay healthy),

The Joyful Homemaker



February’s Giveaway


This month The Joyful Homemaker is giving away two packets of eco-kids natural fingerpaint! eco-kids is made in Maine and uses only natural ingredients in their products. Check out their website here:ย

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Contest runs 2/5/14 – 2/7/14. Winner is picked at random using Rafflecopter’s randomizer. Winner will be notified via email no later than 48 hours after the contest. Product will be shipped at no cost to the winner.

The Joyful Homemaker is no way affiliated with eco-kids USA. I simply love their products and wish to share them with one lucky reader.

Good luck!

The Joyful Homemaker

Post 25 of 365 Real Foods Series: Sick-As-A-Dog Soup!


I am on day three of being as sick as a dog. Wesley and I are pretty darn sick and not much is helping to kick the illness. It has been impossible to blog the past few days, so the 365 Series is lacking recipes. My friend Courtney provided me with some amazing creations, and I can’t wait to share them later.

Most people run to chicken soup and tea when sick and my Sick-As-A-Dog Soup is not far off. This soup is warming and has multiple healing properties. It tastes really good and helps to get things moving (think running nose – this is good).


  • 1 cup of bone broth
  • 1 dollop of ghee
  • Turmeric
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Pink Himalayan salt


  • Heat broth over medium high heat
  • Add ghee
  • Add spices and salt
  • Bring to quick simmer
  • Pour into mug and drink

That’s all there is to it.



Happy Homemaking,

The Joyful Homemaker