Monday Pep Talk No. 6

home|school|life magazine's Monday Pep Talk has lots of fun ideas for planning your homeschool week.

It’s that time again! Here’s a little inspiration to help you Little-Engine-That-Could your way through this Monday.  

3 fun things to do this week

Have an Ingrid Bergman movie marathon this weekend to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the actress’ birthday. I recommend Casablanca,Gaslight, and Murder on the Orient Express, but you could make a case for For Whom the Bell Tolls,The Bells of St. Mary’s,Joan of Arc, and Anastasia, too. (Oooh, and make this popcorn!)

Monday is Vesuvius Day, in remembrance of the C.E. 79 eruption of the Italian volcano. What better way to commemorate the occasion than by taking a virtual tour of the city of Pompeii?

Enjoy the end-of-summer weather by setting off DIY chalk rockets.


3 ideas for this week’s dinners

This green rice salad with nectarines and corn is so imaginative and summer-fresh that no one will notice you are serving grilled chicken yet again.

It’s a shame not to be eating tomatoes every minute you can this time of year, so make an heirloom tomato galette.

Cobb salad sandwiches come together fast — and you can prep all the ingredients in advance so that no last-minute cooking is required.


one great readaloud

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans tells the story of the hurricane that flooded 80 percent of New Orleans — ten years ago this weekend.


one thought to ponder

in case of emergency {because sometimes you need something stronger than inspiration} 

chai caramel ice box cake