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  • Welcome!

    Hi! I am Sarzy, I am a Mum, I am a photographer, I am homeschooler and lover of all things beautiful!

    Let me tell you a little about me and We Live We Learn :)

    I want this blog to be a beautiful place to visit. I have always "seen" stories in my head, so I love that I can use images to tell a story (or part of one). Often I will not write much to accompany my images. They are the story after all. To me pictures capture something more than words — I am sure that comes from my dyslexic brain, we are visual people.

    This blog began as a place to share my photo a day project, a project about my everyday life with my family and what I am grateful for each day. I started the project in 2010 when I realised that I did not appreciate the little things in my life. My project was born to remind myself of my beautiful, extraordinary, ordinary life. I would recommend a similar project to anyone — making the time to find something to be grateful for each day has really changed the way I look at my life (for the better!).

This blog is also dedicated to our learning. How could it not be when it it such a huge part of our life! We homeschool and our style is Unschooling with a Montessori twist. My hope is that by sharing I will: help demystify homeschooling and Unschooling; help others by sharing ideas and resources; encourage by showing my successes and failures.

    I love beauty around me and I hope to show that an ordinary life is beautiful.
    I look forward to having you here!

ABC Treasure Hunt! (and Photo alphabet cards)

I have been wondering (I could even say struggling) with what activities Sage will find interesting because she is a busy little thing who get board really fast… So I decided to use her energy as an advantage and have her run all over the house and yard finding letters.

 Really happy with how much fun she (and my 7 year old) had!


You will need:

  • Alphabet cards, upper and lower case.
  • A house and backyard to run around:)
  • A camera to take a photo of each letter
  • Some children

** I would suggest that you break the game up into parts maybe 1/2 of the alphabet and then the other 1/2 at a later time.  My two were getting pretty tired by the end (even though we stopped for Y – Yoghurt,  M – Milk and a J – Jump ;)


How to play

  • Sort the upper case cards into a basket or bucket

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  • Lay lower case cards on a table.

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  • First person pulls an upper case card out and says the name of the letter and the sound it makes.


Yes her shirt is P.J’s covered in cat and guinea pig fur — you will have to forgive us, we homeschool;)

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  • Then they (or another child playing) finds the matching lower case card on the table


  • Each child takes one letter and finds an object (or action, or whatever they think of) and places the card on it.
  • Then take a photo! Simple:)


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  • Go back to the basket and start the process again

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HERE is the post to view all of the cards/photos from the hunt  :)

February 26, 2014 - 11:08 am

grandad - Your new site looks great.

February 26, 2014 - 11:09 am

grandad - Your new site looks great

February 26, 2014 - 11:11 am

admin - Thanks grandad!

Preparing our gourds for drying!!

A few months ago I came across gourd seeds on eBay and decided that we needed to grow them!


The kids and I looked up some crafty things that we could use them for and thought that bird houses would be fun and cute!

So when the seeds arrived we found a great spot, planted them, watered them and waited —  now they are ready to collect and dry! 

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After a little research we found the best way prepare them for drying.

How to dry gourds


1. Rinse and disinfect the skin. Drying them so they don’t rot means you need to reduce the exposure to bacteria and fungus.

Disinfect with bleach solution or full-strength vinegar. We chose vinegar because bleach is not very kid friendly! I only had brown vinegar so I am hoping it does the job!

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2. Choose an area for Drying. The environment is crucial so that gourds don’t rot. The area must be:






The kids and I decided to put them under our house on an old bookcase, it is covered in dust and cobwebs but is seems to cover our list! I hope they get enough air circulation in the bookcase but if it looks like they aren’t I will rig up some sort of open shelf thing.

 3. Positioning in drying area. Do not allow them to touch each other to ensure adequate circulation.


Now we just need to have a look at them every week and make sure to scrape any mould off (if they get mould we also need to re-disinfect). If there is a soft spot (rotting) we remove that gourd from the area. And wait until they are all completely dry and rattle when shaken (which can take a few weeks up to months).


Then we create cute little bird houses! When I decided to buy the seeds I had no idea how much dedication we would need to get them from seed to craft but it has been fun finding out!


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