Adding Enchantment


I know, I know, I’m obsessed with all things Brave Writer.  Sorry, not sorry.

One of my favorite things about Brave Writer is the emphasis on enchantment.  One of Julie’s key phases is “An Enchanted Education.”  What does that mean exactly?  You can read it straight from the source here.

I am in the midst of planning and researching HOW I can add enchantment to our homeschool.  I know that part of the magic is in the unplanned but I want to be sure to set my girls up with lots of opportunities when they may easily become enchanted.

For me, planning field trips and “Good-Enough-Parties” are such great ways to add opportunities for enchantment (more on Good-Enough-Parties later).  The girls and I made a wish list last week of field trips that we would like to take this year.  I added the usuals: Zoo, Art Museum, Science Center.  Kaylee added camping.  We usually do a lot of camping but daddy has been out of town this summer so we haven’t been lately.  My girls are missing it and it’s clear that our camping time is some of most important, best quality family time.  Avery added Texas and Alabama to the list.  We’ve never been to either and I have no idea where she got the ideas for those but as soon as she said them, I knew I wanted to make at least 1 happen for her.  Her dad called the next day and said his next training is going to be in Dallas…..fate?  I think so! We are definitely planning to piggy back on that trip!

Our Field Trip Wish List:

Word Art

But Julie is clear on the fact that enchantment doesn’t have to be these big, grand ideas.  Is there enchantment to be found in letting your 6 year old decide a location and plan an across-state-lines trip? Sure!  But all of that isn’t necessary.  As I learned in another blog post of hers, enchantment can be as simple as using cookies as your math manipulatives, taking our read aloud to the park (or Starbucks!), or dressing up in princess costumes to do their fairy tale Jot It Down project.

I want to see all of YOUR enchanted ideas!  How do you add enchantment to your school year? Any brilliant ideas for me?!


Life’s an Adventure, Enjoy It!


I had this sign custom made by a local artist and I am absolutely in love with it!!  The map is on raised blocks of wood and each space will hold a 5×7 picture (though it turned out so well that I’m not sure I want to cover any of it up!!).  This is going to be the centerpiece of our vacation picture wall.  I gave her the quote and idea but she completely blew this project out of the water!!

The artist only does local work, no shipping but she is so awesome.  I foresee us ordering a few more pieces.

Oils for travel

One of the hardest decisions while packing for our month long vacation was which essential oils to bring with us.  We use oils for everything now…going to sleep, tummy aches, all purpose healing stick, head aches, etc.  This is our first big trip where I have a pretty large arsenal of oils that I use daily.  Thankfully, I have made roller blends for most of our daily uses so I don’t need to bring as many single oils.

We need lavender, stress relief, and 4 thieves for the plane ride.  Then once we get there, we’ll need our good night blend, bug repellent, and a few of our illness blends to cover most of our bases just in case.  And with the Honey Badger, we definitely need our healing stick for any bumps, bruises, and cuts she might get!

I found most of my roller bottle blend recipes on Pinterest.

Extended Vacay

I’m about to embark on a month long vacation with the two girls. We are headed to visit my family in Illinois for two weeks. Then we go straight to Salt Lake City to visit dad’s family for a week (and dad will meet us there). The last week of our vacation will be a road trip back home to Arizona. We’re hitting 3 of the Mighty 5 UT National Parks…more on that later!


I am super excited about our vacation and hopefully the most stressful part (packing and prepping to be gone a month!) is already over!