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Top 5 Posts of 2016


I’ve only been blogging now for 2 months, but not even a consistent 2 months. I started The Rustic Five in October, but didn’t really get started writing articles until November.

I still wanted to share with you  my top posts for this year. I’m hoping you will find something new to discover.


5.  Keen Shoes: The Best Toddler Shoes for Outdoor Exploration

4. DIY Bird Feeders

3. Places That Support Natural Learning in Michigan- Part 1

2. 6 Ways a Public School Teacher Supports Natural Learning at Home

1. PVC Pipe Exploration

There you have it. My top posts for 2016. By this time next year, I hope to add even more useful content for you.

Rustic Five's Top Posts for 2016


Today was Black Friday and this was the first year in a few years that I didn’t participate in the craziness that is Black Friday. There were many reasons why We Opted Out of Black Friday and choose to spend our time playing at the local children’s museum instead. 

Reason #1

Our house is already stuffed full of crap as it is, so we don’t need any more stuff. We are working on decluterring the house and making room for our newest edition. We have 4 people with one being a toddler (which means baby stuff galore), expecting another baby of the opposite gender of previously mentioned toddler, and an at home daycare in a house not equipped with the room for one means we have a ton of stuff. We honestly don’t need or want anything else.
Reason #2 
Financially, we are on a tight budget as we work to get out of debt. Basically, if we don’t need it, we don’t buy it. Honestly, we don’t need anything right now.

Reason #3

We have two kiddos at home and I wasn’t going to drag them out into the chaos. Instead we spent the morning together playing at the local children’s museum. 

We had WAY more fun playing and spending time together unplugged at the museum than we would have with anything we could have bought today. The kids also got some learning time in today that was fun and interested-based.

Honestly, you just can’t put a price on family time. 

Watching big brother climb

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Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving!

Today, I am thankful for so much this year. I’m thankful for our kiddos and the pregnancy of our little guy. I’m thankful for a loving and supportive husband, our home that’s warm this winter, and the food we are eating. Thank you for this wonderful life. ❤️🍂
I just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy time with your family today. 🦃🍂💛

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