Monday, July 27, 2015

Ready or Not, Its Back to School

Can you believe its already the end of July? I've been so busy snuggling our new little lady that I was shocked today when I went to the store to find all of the Back to School sales in full swing. Then I realized that school starts in three weeks...three weeks! Ah! I seriously feel so unprepared!  As many of you know, last year we made the decision to homeschool.

And while I haven't shared too much about it here on the blog, it was definitely one of the most life changing (in a good way) and hard things I've ever done. Taking on the responsibility for your child's education is both humbling and thrilling.  My boys absolutely thrived last year and we all learned a lot along the way.

One thing I learned is that, for our family, having a dedicated learning space was a must.  That's when our Birch Family School Room took shape.

As a person who loves decorating and having things organized, I had so much fun designing this space for our school.  It truly became the most used room in our home over the past year and it filled my heart with joy to see my boys migrate into the room to work on projects even when it wasn't school time.

As the school year wore on this room gathered more and more curriculum and projects and now I feel like we are bursting at the seams!  I look forward to revamping this space over the next few weeks and making it more functional for my boys. Nothing says back to school like a little DIY, right??

Another thing I learned about homeschooling is that sometimes you find the right curriculum through trial and error.  I ordered some curriculum last year that I was really excited about, but when it came down to it, it was a lot of busy work and both my boys and I quickly grew bored with it.

 This year I've been searching all over for the right curriculum and have found some fun new programs for my boys to try.  One of those is Time4Learning. Time4Learning is a web-based program that is leveled for each student. It is ads free (yay!) and has videos and games to teach topics.  It can be used as homeschool curriculum, homeschool supplement (what we are using it for), or just to supplement your child's education after school. And my favorite part is that it does the record keeping for you! If you've ever homeschooled you know how important it can be to produce proof of testing and grades.  My boys will be starting to use Time4Learning this week to help ease them back into the school mindset because lets face it... with a new baby at home we have done absolutely no school all summer!

I've been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience. Time4Learning can be used as a homeschool curriculum, for afterschool enrichment and for summer skill sharpening. Find out how to write your own curriculum review for Time4Learning.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Kibri's Nursery

On June 24th we welcomed our sweet little Kibri Ann into our family, and oh my goodness we are so in love with this little lady!

After having four boys she sure is a special (and spoiled!) little girl.

A few months ago we kicked two of her brothers out of their room (to see the before click here) so she could have her very own nursery.  If you follow me at all on Instagram (@_theaquahouse) then you've seen pictures of her nursery as we've worked on it.  I'm here today to show you the whole nursery and I'm pretty excited with how it turned out. It even made the perfect backdrop for her newborn pictures!

When I found out we were finally getting our baby girl, I knew that I didn't want an all pink nursery.  I wanted something with a vintage-glam vibe that would hopefully grow with her.  When I started painting her room my favorite paint color (Almost Aqua by Glidden) my husband joked with me that I'd finally gotten a girl but I was painting her room blue.  However, I think its the perfect Tiffany Blue to compliment the glam feel.

|Chandelier-Home Depot|

Some of you may have seen her mobile tutorial featured on Makeit-Loveit (go here to check it out!). I'm still in love with those little butterflies and I think that Kibri likes them too.

This collage turned out better than I expected and even has a vintage picture I found on a local home decor thrift page.

|Frames from Hobby Lobby and Rod Works|

|Pillow and Crib Sheet-Target| |Blanket-Minky Couture| |Crib-IKEA|

My sweet husband worked hard to make this diagonal grid wall and I just love it.

This old hutch was mine when I was a little girl and has so much meaning to me.  My grandpa took me to a thrift store and let me pick it out.  Then he fixed it up for me and painted it pink.  Its in pretty shabby condition now and I'm torn about keeping it shabby or fixing it up.

 I made these curtains from fabric found at Jo-Anns and added in some sheers from IKEA.


View from her door.

  |Frame-IKEA| |K-Hobby Lobby| |Hairbow holder-Gordmans|

One of my most favorite places in our house for sure!

Today this little miss is already one month old! I'm hoping she's enjoying her nursery as much as I am!