Friday, July 1, 2016

Quick Study on China ~ Geography Journal Series


If you want to travel around the world with your children this summer, then you may be interested in conducting a "Geography Journal" study! The whole concept is explained here and lends itself to simple summer schooling. Instead of a passport, you will only need a composition book, a library and a few minutes each day! With our geography journal printable, this makes for a quick and convenient summer project (or any time of year for that matter)! Today we are sharing a sample from our time spent in China to give you an idea of how fun and educational this can be!


Page 1 Entry: Title your first page with the complete name of the country. Outline (or print out a black-line map) a map of the country you are studying and paste it into your journal.  Find the capitol city and label it on the map. Include a drawing of the national flag.  Record which continent your country is located in and the main religions. 


Page 2 Entry: “Famous People” (not shown)

Note: This is a great way to study missionaries such as Hudson Taylor, Gladys Aylward and Eric Liddell. 

Page 3 Entry: “Books Read About China”

Note: These types of "activity/craft" books are fun to incorporate into your study. Make sure to take advantage of something like this and include pertaining samples into your journal.

Page 3 Entry - Continued: “Movies Watched About China"

Page 4 Entry: “Famous Places in China” (not shown)

Page 5 Entry: “Interesting Animals in China” including illustrations. (Note: We used the Draw and Write Through History series for the how-to-draw a panda, silkworm moth and pagoda. We also included the accompanying copy-work from that series in our journal.)

Page 6 Entry: “Interesting Facts about China” (not shown)


Page 7 Entry: "Biography Sketch"

Page 8 Entry: "Special Resources in China" (not shown)

Page 9 Entry: "Traditional Style of Clothing" (not shown) 


Page 10 Entry: "Create a Chinese Menu"

Have your children do some research on the types of foods eaten from the country you are studying and write down a menu that sounds appetizing. Choose a night during the week and have them prepare an international meal for the family. For extra fun, dress up in the customary attire from that country (you may need to get creative with what you have which is also fun!).


It is very enjoyable to see what your children come up with! My husband and I aren't "allowed" to watch the preparations for the international meal (we just need to show up dressed in proper costume). For our China study, we found ourselves sitting on the floor for the meal, homemade paper fans were placed on our plates for decoration, since we didn't have chopsticks, bamboo skewers were used and finally some Chinese Floral Place Cards and Matching Napkin Holders (which I found  inexpensively at a thrift store) were utilized for extra fun. 


Bonus Entry Ideas (you will find more on our printable here):

Do a collage page featuring information about the country. For instance, we have a coloring book of the countries which shares facts from many countries. We cut out the snippets of information and colored them and pasted them into a collage page in our journal. You could also use pictures from old magazines, travel brochures, etc.
When our tour of China was completed, we were refreshed and ready to move on to our normal routine again. Do let me know if you decide to give this series a try. No passports are necessary for these kinds of field trips! :) And when we are ready to travel again, we simply bring out our composition books and begin a new journey on the next page!


Some Favorite "General" Geography Resources for our Geography Journals:

An Encyclopedia Set


Around the World Coloring Book by Winky Adam (Dover Publications)




Draw Write Now Series by Marie Hablitzel

This is more of a "how to draw" series with matching copy-work but we have found it useful for illustrating our geography journals.


Draw and Write Through History Set by Carylee Anne Gressman

This is also more of a "how to draw series with copy-work" (via history timeline) set but we have found it useful for illustrating our geography journals. 
All the fine print. This post may be shared with some or all of the following link-ups: The Art of Home-Making MondaysModest Mom Monday'sMonday's MusingsMake Your Home Sing MondayGood Morning Mondays,  The ScoopTitus 2 TuesdaysTuesdays with a TwistRaising HomemakersWise Woman Link UpHomestead Blog Hop Wow Us Wednesdays,  Coffee and ConversationHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeOur Simple HomesteadFrom the Farm Blog HopAwesome Life Friday Link UpFive Star Frou Frou FridayShabbilicious FridaySimply Natural Saturdays and Clever Chicks Blog Hop. Thank you lovely ladies for hosting these. This post may contain affiliate links (which are merchant links that help to support this site at no additional cost to you if you purchase an item through them). Clip art source.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

DIY Peppermint Granite and Marble Countertop Cleaner Spray


Did you know that vinegar-based and citrus-based cleaning products can do something called "etching" on granite and marble countertops (which can leave white marks and dull them)? Though I am a big proponent of the inexpensive vinegar-based sprays, being a good steward of what we have is also very important. Here is an easy recipe using the mint extract we made a few weeks ago that is safe for granite and marble countertops. This spray can also be used for cleaning any other kind of countertop so don't be shy and let's do a little herbal-kitchen crafting!


To make the cleaner, combine the following ingredients:

• 3 tbsp. homemade mint extract (you will find a tutorial on how to make it here)
• 1 ½ c. water
• 1 tsp. dish soap

Pour mixture into a clean spray bottle. Give it a swirl and it is ready to use!


The alcohol will help to remove the streaks as you clean (as well as disinfect), the mint adds a fresh fragrance and antibacterial properties while the dish soap does some old fashioned cleaning. You will also want to make sure that you always keep your countertops nice and dry to avoid water spots, etc. for routine maintenance.


You will find our printable recipe with the matching label here if you are interested in adding it to your herbal or homemaking binder. Happy herbal-kitchen crafting, ladies!
All the fine print. This post may be shared with some or all of the following link-ups: The Art of Home-Making MondaysModest Mom Monday'sMonday's MusingsMake Your Home Sing MondayGood Morning Mondays,  The ScoopTitus 2 TuesdaysTuesdays with a TwistRaising HomemakersWise Woman Link UpHomestead Blog Hop Wow Us Wednesdays,  Coffee and ConversationHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeOur Simple HomesteadFrom the Farm Blog HopAwesome Life Friday Link UpFive Star Frou Frou FridayShabbilicious FridaySimply Natural Saturdays and Clever Chicks Blog Hop. Thank you lovely ladies for hosting these. This post may contain affiliate links (which are merchant links that help to support this site at no additional cost to you if you purchase an item through them). This recipe was adapted from here.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 111


“Nothing was so likely to do her good as a little quiet cheerfulness at home.” 
~Jane Austen

There are so many wonderful features in the making of a home. This is a place where I would love for you to share your love for anything home-related. Homemakinghomeschooling and homesteading are all a part of the lovely art of home-making!

~~Please link up posts in the spirit of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 (such as recipes, godly encouragement, DIY's, frugal living, child-raising, medicine making, preparedness, gardening, home decoration, school lessons, sewing, crafts, etc). ~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!


* Presenting our potpourri of monthly features
from the last month's worth of link ups.
Please visit a few posts and leave some comment love! *


1. I Hear Angels Crying from The Legacy of Home ~ What a stirring and sweet Titus 2 encouragement to mothers (along with some very good advice to grandmothers)! There is much to glean in this beautifully written article.

2. Personal Bean and Cheese Pizzas by Faith Filled Food For Mom's ~ What a wonderful way to use up those beans that the whole family will enjoy! A clever little recipe to add to my bean repertoire! 

3. Corn Cob Banana Pops by Brandie Raae ~ What a perfectly sweet and healthy treat for summer! 

4. In Life You Can't Always Be Mrs. Fix-It by Joy For Each Step ~ This is a wonderful article for those who tend to be a bit controlling (don't ask me how I know) and place too much responsibility into their own hands. You will want to read about the beauty of giving it to God (and in His much more capable hands)!

5. My Summer Mac and Cheese by Home and Harvest ~ This is a tasty looking, seasonal spin to that oh-so-famous mac and cheese (and a great way to use up the garden goodies)! 

6. Easy Summer Garden Stir Fry by Angie the Freckled Rose ~ This is another excellent and easy recipe for using up your home-grown veggies! 


7. Customized Tea Bags by Tray of Bliss ~ Mimi shares a darling way to craft a beautiful tea bag! These would make such lovely gifts! 

8. Rosewater {DIY} by Gigi Blog ~ Not only is this tutorial helpful, it is also very beautifully photographed! Enjoy! 

9. No-Bake Almond Granola Bars by Simple Joys of Home ~ These would make wonderful and healthy snacks without heating up the kitchen! One more goodie to make instead of buy!

10. Growing, Eating and Preserving Tomatoes by Molly Green ~ I particularly appreciated the tomato tips shared about common problems and pests in this very informative article.

11. Paperclip Flower by Annemaries' Haakblog ~ What a small but sweet project for those that crochet! There are so many possibilities and gifting ideas with this craft!

12. How to Make Rose Petal Jelly by Oak Hill Homestead ~ I can't believe I haven't made something like this yet! What a beautiful preserve to add to your pantry! 

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On to this week! For the sake of our readers, please link up appropriate and wholesome home-related articles and leave out any giveaways, advertisements, etc. Thank you for understanding! I can't wait to see what you all have to share! 

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Friday, June 24, 2016

How to Make Moth-Repellent Sachets {DIY} ~ Simple to Sew


“MARCH, 1846-- I have at last got the little room I have wanted so long, and am very happy about it. It does me good to be alone, and Mother has made it very pretty and neat for me. My work-basket and desk are by the window, and my closet is full of dried herbs that smell very nice.”
~ Louisa May Alcott, Diary Entry

(I had promised more ways to use your abundance of dried peppermint!)


Mix up some of your favorite, dried, moth-reppellent herbs...

bay leaves
chamomile
cinnamon sticks (crushed/broken)
cloves (whole)
eucalyptus
feverfew
lemon verbena
peppermint
rosemary
wormwood



Scoop them into a little sachet (hand-made or store-bought)...


We sewed ours. We didn't hem the sides (we left them raw). I think it looks prettier this way...


You can use some of your old fabric scraps or something like ours which were already pre-cut to size...

Once the herbs are inside the pocket, sew up the opening.


Store them away with your seasonal coats, woolens, clothing and blankets

to keep the moths away during the summer months...

Add some liberally into your closets and drawers to further protect your fabrics and provide a sweet scent.


Herbal homemaking is a quiet, gentle and romantic art that slows one down in this busy world

while giving us time to reflect on what is truly important.



“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
~ Matthew 6:19-21


Note: To remove any form of deception, I normally would not have much time for such sewing pursuits. It would seem like a project like this would be last on a busy homemaking list. However, I save these sorts of gentle doings and desires for our mother-daughter time together. When making these moments of bonding, I am also able to share a slower lifestyle where the loving details do matter, light conversation, some basic sewing procedures, instill a passion and knowledge for herbs and good, pure, old fashioned homemaking. Perhaps you now have permission to enjoy a project like this with your children? Even boys can be involved by foraging for some of these herbs (i.e, climb those eucalyptus and bay leaf trees)!
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