Lianna is a homesteading mama of three: a sparkly seven-year-old daughter, a joyful five-year-old boy, and a confident three-year-old boy. After graduating from the University of Iowa’s college of education, she started Wondergarten Early Enrichment Home, a multi-age, play-based early childhood program. A self-proclaimed Queen Dabbler, she has a long list of hobbies (from gardening and canning to sewing and painting), and doesn’t mind being only mediocre at all of them. She lives with her husband, mother, three kiddos, dog, cat, rabbits, dwarf goats, and chickens on an acreage in the country. The Cornally family spends their time talking about education, learning how to grow and preserve their own food, and romping around in their woods.

Five Ways to Save Money on Your Kids’ Clothes

We mamas are a thrifty bunch. But it’s inevitable—kids grow out of their clothes faster than we can say, “They aren’t high-waters; they’re capris!” We often try to save money on all these new...

Breastfeeding Advice to Ignore

Everyone seems to have an opinion about breastfeeding, whether they want you to do it, want you to do it differently, or want you to stop doing it. Sometimes those opinions are a wealth...

Objective: Joy | Lessons Learned from Messy Preschoolers

Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Understatement of the year, eh, mamas? Earlier this spring, I had the great idea to pack a picnic lunch, a blanket, and a bag full of books, and spend...

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to DIY Homemade Cleaners

I don’t know how, but somewhere along the way, we Do-It-Yourself-ers got pigeon-holed as ambitious, crafty, and talented. It’s just simply not true. I, for one, am actually quite lazy, awkward, and mediocre. This couldn’t...

Magnificent Mediocrity: Celebrating a Life Filled with Imperfection

At my core, I am a perfectionist: the child who was afraid to try something until she was sure she could do it perfectly the first time, the adolescent who pretended to dislike activities...

Repurposed Preschool: Water Beads

You may have seen them filling vases under a bouquet of cut flowers or amongst floating candles in wedding centerpieces, but these nifty little spheres, called water beads, have another purpose you may not...

Adventures in Potty-Training: 5 Tips for Positive Success

Potty training your kid is a personal endeavor, in every sense of the word. You might choose the 3-day method, or take a more gradual approach. You might start early, or wait until your...

Repurposed Preschool: Gutters

We mamas tend to feel anxious about things related to our children’s education, believing that we must enrich and enroll and engage our children’s lives from the time they are born. We sign them...

Become a Garage Sale Queen: 8 Smart Shopping Tips

It’s a conundrum all moms have to face. On the one hand, we like to shop–it’s a throwback to our years as hunters and gatherers. There’s just a deep-seated satisfaction in venturing out into...

Pockets and Fitteds…Another Way to Cloth Diaper!

Cloth diapering is a funny adventure. It’s really not all that different from becoming a parent. You start out hoping for the best and dreading the worst. There’s always quite a bit of hesitation...