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About carishumaker

We are trying to live The Good Life with our 3 kids out in the woods. We strive to be as self reliant as possible, with a great amount of leisure time to Live The Good Life as best as we can. We work hard so we can play hard and want to teach our kids to love life and love people and love learning. This is our journey.

First Day on the Road

What a great day, it was cold and long, but so good!  We left home around 7:00 and fueled up and went to say goodbye to my mom.  We were on our way out of town at about 7:30.  We … Continue reading

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Third and Fourth Days on Road (Sat & Sun)

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Fleece skirts

I’m so excited!  I have been wearing these fleece skirts that I make for a long time now.  They are just the best camping skirt you could ever ask for.  And the best house skirt and festival skirt.  So cozy … Continue reading

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Getting Ready To Go!

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Master Cleanse Day 4

Today was awesome, I felt great all day and just had my cleanse drink!  I’m still drinking lots of green tea, which I don’t think is officially part of the diet.  Also, I have been taking the senna tea that … Continue reading

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Day 2 Master Cleanse

UHG!!!!!!! I totally sucked today.  I did fine this morning, had a pint of the drink and made 1 qt to take to town on all my errands today.  I dropped the kids off at their classes and did some … Continue reading

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Master Cleanse Day 3

Today was pretty good as far as the Cleanse goes.  I stayed home today and went on a long walk with my friend.  I was running late so I had to run part of the way and still felt pretty … Continue reading

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Memory Lane

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My Boys Were So Cute!

Some more ‘lost & ruined’ salvaged pictures from my old laptop.

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Master Cleanse Day 1

Today I started doing the Master Cleanse.  This is a cleanse that has been around for a long time, 50 years maybe?  Basically, it is an extreme detox where only a special lemon drink is consumed.  I make a drink … Continue reading

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Meeting New Friends

One of things we love about traveling is meeting new friends.  We now keep a book in our camper.  We’ve had dozens of people sign our book, leave us words of wisdom and record our experiences together.  It’s a great … Continue reading

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Traveling With Kids

So, we are getting ready for a big road trip.  We just love these mega trips down the Baja Peninsula.  It’s always a challenge for me to keep things simple.  I always want to bring way,way too much stuff.  Curriculum.  … Continue reading

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Why We Homeschool

When we first decided to homeschool, our oldest was just finishing up 2nd grade.  He was in a cute, country school and had a great teacher.  We were enjoying the experience, for the most part. Kyler was making good friends … Continue reading

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For more than 5…

For more than 50 years now, we in the United States have been gradually reducing children’s opportunities to play, and the same is true in many other countries. In his book Children at Play: An American History (2007), Howard Chudacoff … Continue reading

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Camper Checklist-First Aid Kit

Imodium Antifungal Antihistamines Antacids Triple Antibiotic Ointment Bandages & Bandaids of different sizes Gauze Burn dressing Hydrocortizone Cream Laxatives Needles & Syringe Rehydration salts Safety pins & tape Scissors & Tweezers Tylenol, Excedrin, Ibuprofin Cold Medicine Thermometer Water Purification Tablets … Continue reading

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Our View This Morning!

I just love to wake up and watch the sunrise shining on the mountains.  What’s not to love?  We’ve had some great, clear days, which make for amazing sunrises!  We don’t actually see the sunrise because we have zero Eastern … Continue reading

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Sweet Sadness

A blurry picture can mean so much.  This picture is of day that I will always the cherish the memories of.  It’s me, my two boys and my nephew Gavin.  This is the summer before he died.  I can’t believe … Continue reading

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Handmade Log Round Candle Holders

“Quick, Kyler!  I need some candle holders!  Can you go make me something to put the candles in!”  I hollered to my oldest son about 3 hours before Thanksgiving dinner.  This is what he came up with.  I was so … Continue reading

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Homeschooling Teenage Boys!

I think all boys should have the benefit of a homeschooled life!  It just seems so unnatural for boys (girls, too, but this post is about teenage boys because that’s what I have!) of all ages to be cooped up … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Thanksgiving!

My house was full yesterday.  24 people filled the rooms.  We have a big family and it was so awesome to host Thanksgiving this year.  I had aunties and uncles, cousins, my parents, brother and family friends here.  My son … Continue reading

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Ch Ch Ch Ch CHIA!!!

The miracle drink!  Isaac has been doing this for a really long time but I have been pretty late in the game to get it on it.  Actually, over the last few years I’ve had it as part of my … Continue reading

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Running!

My sister, Linae @ http://linaesdays.wordpress.com/ are getting set to train for our first half marathon! We are going to meet next Oct in a town somewhere between the two of us so that we can run together! I’m really excited … Continue reading

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Hunters Moon Afternoon Hike

We did Science on the go the other day!  We spent a beautiful NW afternoon and evening hiking through the woods, making dinner on the fire, eating food we brought plus some chantrelles we picked along the way.  This is … Continue reading

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Do people REALLY still ask about socialization?

When they do, here is my response: First, socialization starts in the family setting.  Aren’t we trying to raise young men and women who work well as a FAMILY.  Second, true socialization continues in the community.  True social growth happens … Continue reading

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Homeschooling High School

Homeschooling through High School has it’s own, new challenges and can seem a bit daunting.  For our guide, we are using this 4 year plan that I got from the Washington Homeschool Organization website.  It’s incredibly useful for making a … Continue reading

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Night time ramblings

I can’t believe it’s almost midnight and I am still awake, this rarely happens! I went to an awesome talk on homeschooling with our local homeschool support group.  It was so inspiring! Did you know that we eat, as a … Continue reading

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Simple Isn’t Always Easy!

Keeping things simple in an otherwise complicated world can be difficult.  Especially when it comes to parenting.  It’s so easy to overbook activities for our kids.  They always want to be on the go and to be visiting friends and … Continue reading

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A Great Week!

We had  really fun week. . . homeschool was very productive.  We are still really liking Oak Meadow for 6th and 1st grades.  It seems, especially with the 1st grade, the ‘schooling’ just fits right in with family life.  Maya … Continue reading

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Halloween!

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Television by Roald Dahl

Television   The most important thing we’ve learned, So far as children are concerned, Is never, NEVER, NEVER let Them near your television set —   Or better still, just don’t install The idiotic thing at all. In almost every … Continue reading

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Integrating Mind-Body-Heart in the homeschool

We really are not trying to ‘duplicate school at home’.  In fact, our home learning looks very different than that of a public or private classroom.  First of all, we are really trying to serve the body, mind and heart … Continue reading

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NO POO!

So I haven’t used shampoo in years, except for a bit here and there.  You can read about that here, but recently I bought some Beauty Society shampoo because it is phosphate free.  My scalp is feeling pretty itchy and … Continue reading

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Pretty Easy Wingback Chair Redo – Just a tiny bit of sewing!

WARNING!  If you are a perfectionist or a professional, you probably will NOT like this whole situation!  But if you want to quickly recover a wingback chair with very little sewing, then read on! So, I was inspired by Four … Continue reading

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Personal Goals & Family Goals

So, in the spirit of living deliberately, my husband and I recently sat down and evaluated our personal values.  We each sat down and wrote down what our top 10-13 personal values were.  We then shared these with eachother.  Next, … Continue reading

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Fall Nature Table

See what Little Miss Maya put together for us in celebration of Autumn!  

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Harvest Moon

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Oak Meadow

I’m really excited because I am expecting to get our new Oak Meadow curriculum in the mail next week!  I ordered the first and sixth grades for my 2 youngest.  I have been researching and thinking about how to make … Continue reading

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Keepin’ It Simple

Whew!  I have been working HARD for the last week.  I have scrubbed Every Single Tile and Every Single Grout Line in our whole house.  Then I sealed it all.  I’ve cleaned all the bathrooms, scrubbed down my shower, organized … Continue reading

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Ok, so everyone is asking WHY?

Why are we selling our beautiful house?  Isaac took 2 years building this place.  We poured the foundation a few days after bringing our second baby home from the hospital.  During the pregnancy we worked on the house plans.  I … Continue reading

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Harvesting Good Life Food

One cool thing about Homeschooling and living here is that part of the kids’ school includes the science of gardening!  Soil building, sowing, cultivating, harvesting etc.  Kyler absolutely loves gardening – and he’s really good at it.  He started all … Continue reading

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Good Life Photos

Garden Goodness!

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Vintage Homemaking – Good Life Homemaking?

I’ve been told that I am a mix of a hippie and a pioneer!  My heart often feels like it has lived in the 1800’s and I sometimes long for that slower paced, nature inspired life.  I’ve been obsessing over … Continue reading

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To Do Today

Make bread (KK did this) Clean out fridge Wash front windows Make soup walk 4 miles take shower 2 loads laundry look up sage ceremony for Jared It was a sad but good day.  I got most stuff on my … Continue reading

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Homeschooling for The Good Life

Kyler School: Honors English-Sound Learning Math-Teaching Textbooks Spanish-Rosetta Stone Science-Physical Science-Sound Learning PE-YMCA History – I DON’T KNOW YET!!!!!!!!!! Typing on Good Typing Kaleb School: English-K12 English History-World History A  K12 Online shcool Math-Teaching Textbooks PE-YMCA Science-k12 Science Maya School: … Continue reading

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Planning school academics

So, I am really trying to get organized with what we’ll be doing for the kids’ school this year.  We will be doing Monday class, so that will make Kyler’s (9th grade) easier for me.  He will be taking Physics … Continue reading

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Vegan Gado Gado Recipe

Or at least my version of it.  This is a great Vegan meal.  Super healthy and one of my family favorites!  I know it probably has nothing to do with real Gado Gado, an Indonesian staple, but it’s my healthy … Continue reading

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Stinging Nettle Green Smoothie

This is just delicious!  Stinging nettle is a wild edible that grows in many areas of the United States.  It will leave a sting if you touch the leaves, but if you squish the leaves and stalks and put them … Continue reading

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What is the simple life today?

Well, today, this wonderful Monday, it means doing school in the morning for me and the kids and a home inspection this morning for Izee.  Then, off to the beach for a very restful afternoon.  Maya and I took a … Continue reading

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How much is nourishing & How much is too much?

How much of what we do is done just because it’s ‘what you do’?  There is so much in life to do, a never ending amount of awesome experiences.  There’s Scouts, Little League, Pee Wees, Dance, Gymnastics, Youth Group, Missionettes, … Continue reading

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