Hi! My name is TJ (otherwise known as The TJ)! I am a thirty-something stay-at-home wife, mom, homeschool teacher, professional writer, chef, and barefoot country girl.
Welcome to Ruffled Nest, my website on all things home and life. Here on Ruffled Nest, you’ll find useful articles about:
- Beautiful yet practical interior design from lovely centerpieces and decor to organizational systems that serve you (and NOT the other way around).
- Spiritual growth, developing a relationship with God and Jesus, and building personal character.
- All things homeschooling, from curriculum choices and product recommendations to organizational systems and things to do.
- Gardening, chickens, country life, cooking, and MORE!
My Interior Design Philosophy
I believe that a person’s home should be beautiful within and without, but not at the sacrifice of the owner’s sanity! A home should be set up so that it is pleasing to the eye, but also practical. It should be simple and minimalist (to the extent that you want). A home’s systems should serve its owners and never the other way around.
My Homeschooling Philosophy
Many people have asked me why I homeschool. Is it because it’s the “in” thing to do right now? Nope. Is it because I can weave religious stuff into our schoolwork? Nope. Honestly, the reasons why I choose to homeschool are threefold (and in addition to the obvious academic excellence):
- To prevent bullying (either given or received) or the potential influence of bad character.
- To learn real life stuff including pursuing what they’re passionate about (especially in correlation to their vocational calling) and socializing in real life situations.
- To focus on building good character.
My Spiritual Philosophy
I loathe being dubbed “religious.” Religion has so many bad connotations to it. I am a Christian (I believe Jesus was born of a virgin birth, lived a sinless life, and died to rescue us from hell; and, I have asked him to save me) and as such I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This means that I strive to be Christ-like, not legalistic or judgmental or pushy.
Why Ruffled Nest?
Why is my website dubbed Ruffled Nest? Because it’s all about preening your home and life (your nest), which, by the way, are rather ruffled or imperfect. And, if distressed furniture and burlap decor has taught us anything about life, it’s that imperfect is pretty awesome.