June 2023 / Mainly Marta :: A Motherhood + Lifestyle Blog



What started as a digital diary to document a newfound journey as a stay at home mom / wife has quickly evolved into my own little corner on the internet where I share all that life brings my way -- the good, the bad, and everything in between. Thanks for stopping by; I hope you stay awhile!


hello again.

 it’s been awhile since I’ve written on this side of the blog and that’s probably because I’ve been slacking — or have adopted what some people would call “unschooling.” the thing is, my oldest child is turning 7 this fall and I feel torn between wanting to him relish in his childhood and the urge to have him be able to read.

it’s the public education system that I went through that has these weird benchmarks imprinted on my brain and it really doesn’t help that the people who are asking me if my six year old knows how to read are the same ones that mock the idea of homeschooling in general.

I’m coming to realize that there is an unspoken pressure that comes with homeschooling and no one is really talking about. these pressures revolve around the idea that people assume that if you homeschool, you are either going to have socially inept offspring OR your gonna have a prodigy on your hands– and I’m here to say, it’s okay to reject both of these narratives when they’re tossed your way.

I’m officially taking the stance which holds the notion that a rushed education is worse than no education at all. I know that it sounds dramatic, but I am also aware that my children learn best when we tackle the topics that they want to learn about. And you know what else I’m holding on to? that the time to learn to read will come, recitations of mathematical facts will come too, but now, we’re encouraging a child led learning model.

So, this summer, you can find us at the river, near the ocean shore line and in the midst of a shaded forest learning about the world around us rather than pounding the books.

I am embracing the art of slow paced learning and refusing all of the narrative of what homeschool should look like. instead, we’re clinging to what works for us and if you’re looking for a sign to do the same, consider this it.

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Hello Summer!

Hello friends!

Happy first day of summer -- to celebrate, I thought it would be fun to do a little round-up of items I'm eyeing this season and catch up with a few mini-life updates. I know it's not technically summer until the end of the month, but the moment June hits, I am in a full-throttle summer-loving mood, so humor me. 

I don't know if it's just me, but something about a new season gets me thinking about what I'd like to accomplish. I'm also one of those people who love mood boards and curating lists, so my blog is probably going to become a place where all of that shines through. 



first up, is my desire to learn how to crochet + knit. I am determined to teach myself. One thing about me is that I love Waldorf-styled dolls and have been collecting them for the past few years. I would love to create my own one day and knowing how to crochet + knit would help that process. I think it would be fun to crochet a blanket too.


my next goal is still on the creative side of things as I want to start needle felting + sewing. this is a two-part goal as they are for different reasons. sewing would be the kick starter to my lifelong dream of one day making a quilt. needle felting is something that would be fun as well as aid in my love of Waldorf-style things + nature. I have obtained several felted woodland creatures + elements for our classroom and it's time to make my own. 


I want to start drinking celery juice every morning. This is a health goal of mine as I am trying to eliminate unneeded toxins from our lifestyle. I've heard so many good things about the effects of celery juice on an empty stomach, so why not try it. I bought a juicer last month (click here for the one we purchased) and am eliminating a lot of the store-bought juices. The more I read about preservatives and all the additives they add to our food, the more I want to find a holistic alternative to counter them. 


a little update is that I've started the process of removing all plastic tableware + non-stick cookware from our home. we've transitioned to enamel, glass, ceramic, wooden, and stainless steel elements and I couldn't be happier. 


having a bouquet of fresh blooms in my house has been such a game changer for my mood. it's like a little boost of serotonin and I honestly am loving curating bouquets. Trader Joe's is probably my favorite place to shop for flowers, but I also frequent the Safeway and Costco floral sections every now and then. I've decided to be consistent in buying myself flowers.


as far as this blog goes, I have a few fun ideas planned. I am trying to stay away from the term "blogger" and all that is attached to it. I am just a mama who loves writing and happens to have a blog. I'm done with promising things that I cannot commit to, so posts will arise as I have time for them -- that might mean once a week, once a month, or several posts spread out across the season. I do want to revive this blog, but at the same time, it's supposed to be a no-pressure type of thing. 

Summer Mood Board 

*all photos were taken from pinterest

Summer Round-Up

Botanical Shakespeare | Crane Scissors | Bird Pin Cushion | Bee Magnets | Knitting Needles | Felting Pen | Crochet Hooks | Bug Mug | Buttermilk Enamel Drinking Set | Prairie Frame | Egg PoacherLilac Enamel Drinking Set | Floral Frame | Pleat TrivetSewing Machine | Electric Tea Kettle | Hot GripsMeasuring Spoons | Mini Always PanMeasuring Cups | Interchangeable Knitting Needle Set | Mini Perfect Pot | Dainty Spoons | Market Bag

*the crossed-out items are ones that I've bought for myself, and I will update the list as I make purchases.

so here's to a crafty, calm, and colorful summer friends. I hope this season is fruitful and joyous for each and every one of us. I can't wait to circle back and see how far we've come. 

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