Hello, friends! Hope you’ve had a good week, and a good end of August. Even though it’s my birthday month, it tends to be one of my least-favorite months, what with the staggering Texas heat and the rush to end the lazy days of summer. Time to tear off a page of the calendar and bring on the fall, eh? I’ve got cans of pumpkin waiting in the pantry for me.
• We’re a year-at-a-time, kid-at-a-time family, so some years we homeschool, some years we participate in a local school. If you’re homeschooling this year, you might like this list of top five ways to simplify your homeschool approach. I resonate with every one of them. via No Sidebar
• I loved this conversation with Bea Johnson (of Zero Waste Home fame) on Jess Lively’s podcast. In it, she talks about how her family accumulates a quart-sized jar of waste per year. Yep. via The Lively Show
• This news was the highlight of my week: an Italian street becomes more neighborly simply by starting a Facebook group. I’d love to see this happen everywhere. via NY Times
• Also, this one: a village in Spain has started a Solidarity Fridge, where people can communally share their leftovers and anyone can partake. Brilliant. via NPR
• And finally, even though school has already started for many of us, this is still an important conversation to have with your kids. Choose to be brave and kind. via Momastery
Have a good weekend! Whether you’re enjoying the tail end of summer before the school year or reveling in the first full weekend after a week of early morning drop-offs—relish it, friends. I know I am.
“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” -Nora Ephron