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It snowed yesterday and everything is once again covered in a blanket of powder-white snow. It’s magnificent. I seriously can’t get over how beautiful it is. I walk out over the squeaking snow and smile with joy, thinking to myself how lucky I am to be here in this very spot at this very time.
In fact, I’ve been complaining lately that it hasn’t snowed enough! Can you believe that? My Good Man and I have a joke that we should have moved to Alaska. To think that we were apprehensive of living in the snow and cold weather… it almost put us off moving to this beautiful part of the world. Now, it’s our favorite FAVORITE thing. We can’t imagine loving another season as much as we love the winter in New Hampshire.
I remembered something important yesterday, while waiting for the snow… that waiting for something makes it even more wonderful when it comes. You see, I’ve been LONGING for fresh snow, for days and days, wishing so hard for it to fall and, when it finally did, with huge snowflakes floating slowly onto the ground, it literally made me feel jittery with joy! Exuberant and exhilarated with the wonder of nature and the magic of life! I felt like a child on Christmas morning… literally… I had a distinct memory of what it feels like to have truly waited for something magical and have it actually arrive. Pure, happy, giddy joy!
I rediscovered that when we are made to wait for something, it’s value to us increases. I’ve been pondering on this today and reminding myself that herein lies an important aspect of parenting that I need to reclaim.
I want my children to feel excited with life. I want them to experience real joy with what they have. I want them to know how lucky they are. I want them to feel the magic and wonder of getting something they have really waited for or worked hard to get. Yet I seem to have fallen into our modern paradigm of giving them so much, too much… they want/we give. We rarely let them experience the challenges and then magic of waiting. They want lego, they get lego. They want chips, they get chips. They want new paints, they get new paints. When they get the lego, chips or paints so readily, we see that they don’t feel the gratitude we expect them to feel? In turn, we feel disappointed in their lack of thankfulness. We might even get angry with them. ‘Do you know how lucky you are to have so much?’ we might ask. They shrug in confusion.
What yesterday reminded me, was that we are largely to blame for their apathy. We don’t allow them to long for much. We don’t let them experience the challenges of working really hard for what they think they need. We don’t even think they truly know what they want as they get so much.
So, kids, I’m sorry-not-sorry, but things are going to change a little here. We are not going to mindlessly get or give anymore… we are going to wait and work for the things we want. It’s a good thing, I promise… we will all feel so much more joy and gratitude for what we have.
Blessings and magic,
On cold winter days like today, when (alas) it rains instead of snows, the best thing to do is to take out my (huge) bag of wool and get creative… it felt like a wet felted rock kind of day, especially since I collected a bunch of river pebbles on our hike yesterday.
Do you see my new table. Oh. My. Gosh. Isn’t it wonderful! I turned 44 last week and this was my gift. Sometimes My Good Man hits it out of the park. The blues, greys and teals are so lovely against the naked wood and it’s the perfect balance between chic and rustic, don’t you think?
A set of felted rocks to match it was definitely in order. Not only are felted rocks so lovely to look at with a wonderfully woodsy look, I often use them as a natural diffuser for essential oil. A drop or two of oil onto my felted rocks and the wool sends healing and calming oil molecules into the air. Teddy’s class has been battling flu, so my preferred oil at the moment is ‘On Guard’… a protective blend that is an immune booster and has so far kept us all flu free. I’m a doTerra Wellness Advocate, so if you want to chat with me about how oils can help your family, please don’t hesitate to contact me. If you want to simply buy an essential oil (like On Guard) or find out more about why I love doTerra oils, I have a whole PAGE full of oil information.
Hmmmmmm… it smells soooooo good here… with hints of clove and orange.
Felted rocks are super easy to make. All you need are some river pebbles, wool roving in your favorite colors, a felting needle, soap and warm water.
I recommend getting your wool roving and other felting supplies from a gorgeous shop called A Child’s Dream. They have a HUGE selection of wool with so many beautiful colors to choose from. Their Corriedale wool is a great choice for this project as it is easy to wet felt and produces beautiful felted rocks. Don’t be too shy to browse around as they carry all sorts of other awesome crafting goodies.
Simply cover the rocks in wool roving, wrapping them tightly and wet felt the wool around them using hot soapy water and agitation.
I love putting little white veins onto my felted rocks. The white lines make the felted pebbles so wonderfully realistic and extra special. I use a needle felting needle to secure the veins in place.
Couldn’t resist showing you the colorful toadstools I made the other day to match my new table too… and a little robins nest too.
After felting the wool over the pebbles so that it covers the pebbles tightly, the colorful felted stones become smooth and dreamy with such a lovely texture and weight in your hands when you hold them. You won’t want to put them down.
I sometimes use my felted rocks when I meditate too. When I’m not feeling like ‘still’ meditating, I spend my 20 minutes balancing the rocks on top of each other enjoying the gorgeous essential oil scent they effuse. Have you ever done this? It’s an awesome way to center your being and clear your mind of daily clutter. It’s not as easy as it looks and requires patience and perseverance.
Blessings and magic,
Gosh, it’s beautiful when it snows here in New Hampshire. All around, it grows super quiet and peaceful. And then gentle snowflakes fall like confetti, covering everything in a blanket of white magic.
The snow tickles our noses and lands on our eyelashes. And then it sparkles in the sunshine. It squeaks under our feet as we walk.
Sometimes the snowflakes are fine like powder. At other times they are so large that we can actually see the intricate snowflake designs with our naked eyes.
At night, the streetlamps cast an orb of glowing snowflakes in the darkness. The tree branches become laden with an outline of snow.
When we were contemplating moving here, many people warned us of the snow. ‘Have you ever lived in snow?’ they’d ask. ‘No,’ we’d answer nervously. ‘Good luck!’ they’d say. It nearly put us off.
Now, half a winter in, snow is our favorite thing of all.
Do you love snow?
Blessings and magic,
As many of you know, my mom was recently diagnosed with cancer. A million hours of research later and I can no longer ignore the devastating impact sugar is having on our health as a family and as a society. I’ll come right out and say that I am a life-long sugar junkie (as are many of my family members too). And I’m proud to announce that I have kicked sugar to the curb (as has my mom who is also kicking cancer to the curb as we speak).
While we have eaten healthily for many years (we eat locally, organically, grass-fed), I’ve been reluctant to face the fact that sugar is all that bad. I have always loved chocolate and cookies, sweet coffee and cakes, doughnuts and juice and yes, even soda.
Denial no more… SUGAR IS BAD!
The crazy thing is that when you actually start to pay attention to the amount of sugar you and your family are consuming, you’ll be shocked! That bowl of healthy yogurt I used to give my daughter for breakfast contained 4 teaspoons of added sugar. Our bread contained one teaspoon a slice! And the healthy granola we were eating contained more sugar in a serving than, wait for it, a can of coke! Wow… that was a surprise.
So, in and effort to reduce our sugar intake, I have started to make most of the food we eat. Now that I know how much sugar they hide in even ‘healthy’ foods, I’d rather make them myself so that I can drastically cut down on our sugar intake AND add better choices that will fuel and nourish us throughout the day.
Here is the granola recipe we all love. It has no added sugar and is packed with nuts and seeds for a great start to the day.
We add a little maple syrup for sweetness and love being mindful of our endeavor to cut down on sweetness. What has been amazing to us is that what we thought was too little sweetness at first has now become even too sweet sometimes. The less sugar we eat, the less we crave.
You can simply throw all ingredients into a large bowl, mix thoroughly and voila!
We like it all to be lightly toasted and so I toss each ingredient into my pan in batches and toast on a light heat until slightly golden. Then I mix them all together in a large bowl.
That’s it! Easy!
I keep it in a large container on the counter top. Teddy LOVES it and often pours himself a bowl throughout the day as a snack.
We had our granola when we celebrated Kitty’s 13th birthday last week.
And don’t you just love the sweet bowls Santa brought us for Christmas?
Here are some of our other favorite recipes.
Blessings and magic,