Early Summer Rundown: Azure Standard Order, Mini Amazon Haul, and More!

Hey there! It’s been a while since we’ve had a rundown over here and it is time to catch up! This is our early summer rundown…what we’ve been reading, doing around the house, thinking about, and working on in school. I’ve even got a bonus video with this one too that includes my first Azure Standard order and Amazon mini-haul. Keep reading for all the details!


Summer is going way too fast, as usual. Things feel a bit off as we’ve been gone quite a bit since the last day of homeschool and I don’t feel like we’ve really had many lazy summer days yet. Maybe those are still coming, I hope??

I very intentionally said NO to basically everything this summer. We have no commitments other than some small family trips. I took the girls to South Dakota in early June to visit friends and my sister’s new baby! And we also spent the week of Independence Day in South Dakota too–basically we’re residents there!

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In other news, I just finished the last pages of the FALL Learning Well Journal! It really is wild working so far ahead like we have to in order to get the issues out on time. I have to retrain my brain to think about the season (OR TWO!!) ahead. We’ve already got the plans in place for the winter issue and next week–the third week of JULY–we’ll be writing the winter issue!

Speaking of Learning Well Journal…

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The summer issue of Learning Well Journal has hit the mailboxes and we absolutely LOVED this issue. It was all about LIBERTY-specifically the liberty we have from our sin when we get saved by Christ. Such good news indeed!

This season features articles on: road trip tips, letting our kids be kids, the history of homeschooling, making the switch from public to homeschool and SO much more!

I highly recommend checking out Learning Well Journal! 

If you’ve missed the first and second issue, you can check for back issues in my shop. The summer issue back issues will be listed soon! Join my email list to be the first to know if you missed out! SUBSCRIBE HERE!

Root Canals and Rapid City

At the end of May, I shared on IG that I had my two molars with root canals removed. It was a…process. I shared a lot on IG so I won’t repeat it all here, but I would just urge you to do some reading on root canals if you have one or are considering getting one. I would also recommend finding a good biological dentist. Mine was awesome and so different from what we’re used to in dentistry!

I still haven’t gotten the implant yet and I actually might not. It was a lot more involved than I thought it would be, so I might just leave it. I’ll let you know if I change my mind!

A few weeks ago, the girls and I traveled to Rapid City, SD to visit my sister and her family and new baby boy! Little Atticus is TOO CUTE for words!

And lucky for us, we were able to be in South Dakota while my sister-in-law had their baby too! Now they have three little girls and my sister has three little boys and I have two of each. We’re trying to keep it even over here 🙂

This summer, we have a long list of projects to get done. During the school year, it is hard to get stuff like painting done. I would love to be able to multitask some of that stuff, but I just can’t do it like I used to. We are hoping to get:

  • an update done on one of our bathrooms,
  • fixing our front steps,
  • organizing the schoolroom/office,
  • getting a new couch and area rug in the living room,
  • and doing a big organization and painting the kitchen
  • we also need to redo the flooring in the laundry room and part of the basement because we had a sewer backup–GUH!!!!

For summertime, I have been cooking a baking a ton! Usually summer is all about fast meals, but I have been making a ton of sourdough things and baking cookies.

I’m trying to bake all the cookie recipes from the classic Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. We’re doing well so far!

A couple weeks ago, I made BLTs with fresh sourdough bread and basil from my herb garden and even some homemade mayo! It all felt very extra. 🙂

Homemade ice cream has also been a staple this summer! I am using the recipe from THIS Pioneer Woman cookbook and it’s excellent! I’ve been making the vanilla and coffee flavors.

Azure Standard Order + Mini Amazon Haul VIDEO

Amazon Things:

Well, we have successfully finished another homeschool year! Yay! I will be writing two posts soon: one on a homeschool year roundup–what worked and what didn’t. AND what we’ve picked for curriculum for the coming school year. Here are a couple peeks at some church history projects the kids did.


We finished a couple of books towards the end of the homeschool year:

If you’ve followed me for long, you know I am constantly listening to books, podcasts, and reading different articles on an array of topics. In this section, Noteworthy, I like to share random things that stood out to me. Here are a few:


There is always, always, always something to be thankful for. Here is my current list:

  • gosh the days have been so amazing lately! Just warm, humid, lush greenery–so beautiful!
  • another issue in the books for Learning Well Journal!
  • ticking things off the list that make the house more cozy and clean 🙂


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