Wednesday, July 19, 2017

One Room School House

Since Christmas I’ve had an idea for a school room rolling around in my brain.  We have been doing our school work in the living room and in Dutch’s bedroom, back and forth for 2 years & it was just becoming an issue.  (Yes, a first world issue, but an issue none-the-less).  I had a small closet of all of the school stuff but because it was such a small closet everything was double stacked in height and depth and I just couldn’t see what we had.  You know if you can’t see it you’re not using it, and I wanted to be able to use everything.  Not to mention that this tiny closet was in the nursery so I couldn’t do any prep while the kids were sleeping, which makes NO sense at all for this phase of my life with two lively little ones demanding mama’s attention.  We had a guest room that was used maybe 8 days a year when we had visitors.  It made me feel like we never really got to use a space that we could definitely use.  Once our guests for the year left, the switch began.  I rotated 3 closets and made this guest room into my favorite room in our house! One Room School House- Life with the HawleysHawley Homeschool

So let me share this new room with you!!! Since it is the former guest room, there is a full bathroom attached which is great for little ones to have a potty close, but also the sink is awesome for art projects.  The big walk-in closet of the guest room has now become the school closet, so all manipulatives & art supplies are organized, stored, & still easily seen. I have 2 carts in the closet (one for each child) so I can just roll that day's materials out for each child. I have the bookshelf low so that I can have baskets of activities for the kids to choose from since I tend to lean in the Montessori direction. (I still have plenty of space for our Montessori stations).DSC_0309DSC_0312DSC_0314DSC_0316DSC_0318DSC_0281DSC_0317DSC_0320DSC_0319DSC_0322

Wooden Chalkboard & Dry Erase Easel ~ Bookshelf ~ Kitchenette ~ Wooden Table & Chairs ~ Rolling Carts ~ Glider ~ Cream Secretary Desk (similar) ~ Shutters for Art & on Wall (from Hobby Lobby) ~ White bookshelf (antique show) ~ Cream chair (antique but here is similar) ~ Lamp with Burlap Shade (I made but here is similar) ~ Art Supply Organizer (mine is from Hobby Lobby but here is a similar) ~ Sheepskin Rug ~ Mobile (I made as a decoration for Ellis Birthday Party)

Since moving into the school room for school & play it has been so much more convenient.  School is simpler and organized.  I have plenty of time and space to plan before the actual school morning.  We can actually see & access all of our books!!!  All around it is just so much better and way more enjoyable!DSC_0364

For those of you who are teachers or homeschoolers, what have I not thought of?

What could I do better?

What rookie mistakes am I making?!?!

xoxo Darby

Monday, July 17, 2017

Staple Summer Salad

This salad is the perfect accent piece to any summer meal.  It's fast, and last-minute, and easy, (and wont heat up your already hot summer kitchen!).  There are various versions of this salad, but this is the one that I've been making lately.  It feels very nostalgic & comfortable.  Do you have a salad like this in your rotation?Staple Summer Salad- Life with the HawleysFrom the Kitchen of Darby Hawley
Ingredients:
1 cup English cucumber, diced
2 cups multi-colored cherry tomatoes, quartered 
3/4 cup sharp cheddar, cubed
1 tsp dijon mustard
2-3 tbs apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp coconut sugar
1 tsp EVOO
sea salt & pepper, to taste

Directions:
1. Chop everything & gently mix in a bowl.  Be careful not to break the tomatoes.  Cover with saran wrap and place in the refrigerator for an hour or so.  Then serve cold.
2. Enjoy!DSC_0590
xoxo Darby

Friday, July 14, 2017

What Does He Hear?

Sometimes I think that what goes on in my head is lame.  I mean I debate over the best diaper pail & rehash what the kids ate that day and if I'm doing enough as a mother, wife, friend, sister daughter..... But I'm super blessed and really just over-analyzing a bunch of "first world problems."  How could I have anything worth listening to? I wouldn't want to listen to me, why would anyone else, let alone, the God of the Universe.  Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be Him? What must He hear on a daily basis? Thousands upon thousands of prayers?  He hears all of that and STILL wants to listen to me rattle away about my tiny worries? It doesn't make sense, does it?  But it's true!  The God of everything has the pleasure of listening to the stars & the whales sing and He still wants to hear my worries, & YOUR thoughts and worries.  How GREAT is our God?! Check out this short clip of what it might be like to be God and hear what He hears.
  
You are a treasure and are heard just as much as all of the stars in the heaven & the whales of the sea.
You are beloved, a precious child of God.
Sing along with the stars & whales!
If you're not at a place in your walk with God where you feel comfortable coming before Him, please let me pray for you.  On the sidebar of the blog I always have a button you can click on to submit an anonymous prayer.  I'm posting it below also in case you have a prayer request.  We love to pray for our readers & it would be a privilege to lift you up!

xoxo Darby

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Accidental Success~ Sweet Potato Pasta with Chicken

I made this accidental success a couple weeks ago, and posted it on Facebook mostly because I shocked myself.  I knew I needed to write this recipe down because it was so so so so surprisingly good.  It was one of those nights where you look in the fridge 30 minutes before dinner and throw something together hoping it will be edible but turns out to be a hit!  Not only was this simple, healthy, & delicious, but it was done in about 15 minutes and only required one dish to cook!!! Y'all promise me you will make this and tell me what you think!Sweet Potato Pasta with Chicken- Life with the HawleysFrom the Kitchen of Darby Hawley
Ingredients:
10 oz sweet potato, spirals (I purchased)
1-2 tbs bacon fat
1 lb chicken tenders, diced into 1 inch pieces
1-2 tbs grass-fed butter
1/2 large red onion, diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered (I use multi-colored cherry tomatoes)
sea salt & ground pepper, to taste
goat cheese

Directions:
1. Melt bacon fat in medium-high skillet (I use cast iron).  Add seasoned chicken, with sea salt & pepper, and cook until golden brown on both sides.  Then remove the chicken and place on a plate.
2. Add butter to the same skillet to melt, then add red onion.  After about 3 minutes, when the onion becomes translucent, add the sweet potatoes.  After another 3-ish minutes add the tomatoes to warm and break up a little bit.
3. Bowl the sweet potato spirals and top with chicken and garnish with goat cheese.
4. Enjoy!DSC_0305
xoxo Darby

Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer Time Ring Toss

I don't know about you but my kids go stir crazy if they're in the house too long, but in the summer we can't go outside too much because they will burn up.  Not to mention that it is crazy hot!  I've been trying to get creative and bring outdoor activities inside without braking everything.  Ring Toss & Horseshoes for Hot Summer- Life with the Hawleys 1
Dutch got this ring & horse shoe toss set for his birthday and it has been the perfect game to play inside.  I simply stuck the posts into a can of play-doh and let the kids start throwing.  Not only can they throw these super light rings and horse shoes without braking anything, but it is also working on fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, & getting some energy out.....it's a win for everyone!  DSC_0327DSC_0340DSC_0341Ring Toss & Horseshoes for Hot Summer- Life with the Hawleys 2
I can't find the exact ones that Dutch got, but these are similar.  What are y'all doing inside to get energy out of little ones and have fun?!?!
xoxo Darby

Friday, July 7, 2017

Our 4th of July 2017

From the moment we got up on Tuesday morning until we went to bed, we were all things red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July.  We got up early so that we could get to our neighborhood parade & festival. We celebrated the day as traditional as possible, complete with hot dogs, snow cones, parades, petting zoos, inflatables, watermelon, flags, patriotic music, corn no the cob, family portraits, and lots and lots of red, white, & blue.  Back home after naps, we had dinner and took a dip in the pool in the back yard.  We hope that you're long holiday weekend was just as good as ours :-) Here is a peak into our 4th.  I'll be back to the regular scheduled programming (hahahaha) on Monday.  Have a great weekendDSC_0103DSC_0097DSC_0125DSC_0118DSC_0136DSC_0141DSC_0148DSC_0155DSC_0170DSC_0183DSC_0180DSC_0189DSC_0192DSC_0210DSC_0213DSC_0214DSC_0227DSC_0233DSC_0241DSC_0255DSC_0258Through the Years on the Fourth

Happy 4th of July!!!

xoxo Darby

Monday, July 3, 2017

Red, White, & Blue

I'm signing out for a few days as we celebrate our Nation.  I pray that you have a great time with friends & family! american-flag-825635_1920fourth-of-july-2388846_1920red-2388849_1920

xoxo Darby
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