All posts by sarajschmidt

I shake you warmly by the hand, and welcome you to my bio! Currently a writer, artist, and freelance explorer, I have played many other roles. I've managed a restaurant, debated across the country, taught children in Spain, run a handful of student organizations and retreats, served as the Editor/Producer/Citizen Journalist Manager for a, sung in choir for many years, volunteered with dozens of organizations and interned with a few, home-schooled a relative, cared for many a pet, and protested a thing or two. I am also married to my dreamy gearhead high school sweetheart, and together we are unschooling with our 10-year-old tenacious and hilarious daughter. Aside from my main passions of writing, art, reading, and generally being as ambitious as possible, I love to play with my daughter, learn new things, have date nights with The Husband, and highlight anything within my reach. Drop me a line at

The Tuesday Currents

Sally doesn’t want to let the library books go, either.

I’m currently…

Writing with sore fingers! Wood Sprite and I worked on clearing off some wall space (and lots of other projects) yesterday and I had some tacks go up my nails farther than I’d have liked.

Planning a fun mini-history unit I’m running with Wood Sprite and some of her friends this week. It will take a few meetings to get through!

Enjoying the parts of summer I like, like slower days, lots of family time, summer blockbusters and our new cat, Pumpkin! And I’m simultaneously NOT enjoying the parts of summer that I never enjoy, from the heat and bugs to the swelling of the house. It’s no secret that this is my least favorite season but I always try to make the best of it!

Meet Pumpkin Spice Latte Smaug Schmidt.

Gearing up for summer camps! Wood Sprite went to 4-H camp last week and loved it. She’s got art, poetry, theater, magic and horse camps this summer. She’s also going to meet with Spokes again, which she’s very excited about.

Watching Deadpool 2, Ant-Man, Infinity War, Batman vs. Superman (ugh), Sherlock Gnomes (double ugh) and the lovely One Day at a Time.

Reading Ordinary Magic for our summer tween book club. I’m also reading Patton Oswalt’s Silver Screen Fiend, which I’m loving. I could just lose myself in his use of language alone.

Listening to Terri Windling’s Tunes for a Monday Morning list over at Myth & Moor. Her recommendations are usually wonderful and today’s were no different.

Planning fall! We’ve got some weekly state projects, book lists, nature projects, science labs and much more in store. We’ve also got some fun themes like Greek mythology, Shark Week, etc. coming up.

Wishing for a chance to swim sometime soon. We have the next few days pretty well booked up but I need to get in a pool soon!

Listening to Podcasts. This morning it’s Kerry McDonald’s Unschooling And… and Mara Glatzel’s Needy.

What are you up to today?


Things I Love Thursday

Some things I love this week are…

…a house full of excited tweenagers/teenagers. Indy and I wanted more kids and on nights like these it feels like we have that, at least in atmosphere.

…beautiful new planner stickers, courtesy of Indy and Wood Sprite for Mother’s Day.

…seeing most of my BFFs today! I missed a few–L’s son was sick and J wasn’t available but I hope to see you both soon. ❤

…hearing my song on the radio tonight! I turned it up and danced with a couple of kids in the kitchen. I’ve never heard it on the radio. Watch the video, it’s gorgeous, too.

…hanging out with Wood Sprite without having to rush so much to get anywhere. It’s been really nice just laughing and chatting.

…reading Half-Blood Prince with the family. I’m loving the red herrings and Sprite’s reactions. We aim to finish the series by the end of July so we can participate in a trivia night with her spoiler-free.

…Wood Sprite’s mice! Their names are Anakin (because she bites), Moony and Padfoot (whom are both playful and sweet).

What are you loving this week?


Things I Love Thursday

A few things I’m loving this week include…

having groceries

morning basket time. These books are fantastic and I love building up our routine again.

my new planner! My Passion Planner broke in the center and I sent them a photo just so they knew it could happen. I’ve been using planners since I was 16 and I’m pretty rough on them. They advised me to correct it with tape (I used duct tape since my planner was in half!) but they also sent me a new one! I was very pleasantly surprised and already a big fan, and that was very cool of them to do.

Whatever Next. Wood Sprite and I played this game and found it pretty funny! We’re also enjoying Periodic Table Battleship, which we made ourselves.

giving rides to friends, which makes us feel good by helping out AND gives Wood Sprite the rare car companion

tween nights. We have two this month and hopefully we can get the tether ball and fire pit going for the next one. I love hearing the house filled with chatter and laughing.

Indy feeling better. He wasn’t well earlier and it scared me quite a bit. It also changed all of our afternoon and evening around but that was fine. I’m just glad he’s OK!

peanut butter and chocolate fat bombs. Mine are even better since they are shaped like Han Solo in carbonite.

when the dogs hustle coming in at night to minimize the migration of all of the little bugs into our living room…

How about you? What are you loving?