Camping and some Duly Needed Unplugging.

Many of you know that our lives here in California have been turned upside down in the last few months. A few days ago, our Governor signed into law legislation that forces each and every child to be fully up to date on all state mandated vaccinations in order to attend school. California now has the strictest vaccine laws on the planet, with 49 vaccines mandated before the age of 5 – with no personal or religious opt outs for any of the vaccines on the mandated list. Some of the vaccines on the list are for communicable diseases, like measles, but many of them are for non-communicable diseases like Hep B and Tetanus. It is for this reason that we feel betrayed. Parents who have children who have experienced serious vaccine side effects, now have no way of protecting their vulnerable children from further vaccine harm.

I’m mourning our loss of parental rights. I’m mourning our loss of informed consent. I’m mourning our loss of body sovereignty. I’m mourning for all the children who have experienced vaccine injuries and have been cast aside and left with no one to protect them.

As the 4th of July approaches, I am mourning our loss of freedom and am feeling deeply disillusioned.

At times like this it helps to unplug and turn to nature to soothe the soul.  There’s nothing quite like camping, roughing it, burying oneself in the tasks of existing… building a fire, cooking, making a swing for the children to enjoy, listening to the birds and finding ways to reconnect with the one’s you love.

Thank you, Mother Nature.

Our lives will be changing. New adventures await. We have decided to follow the light instead of getting sucked into the darkness.

We have so much love and that’s all we really need.

 

Thank you for all the words of support many of you have sent over the past few months. Your words have given me strength and resolve.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Handmade Gifts for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is in 3 weeks. Just enough time for you and the kids to make him something fun!

Here are some wonderful ideas :

 

 

1. Super Cool Dino Planter

2. Rainbow Dream Catcher

3. Watercolor Photo Frame

4. Kid-Friendly Chocolate Cake

5. Felted Soap on a Rope

6. Lucky Key Dish

 

Make Dad feel really loved this Father’s Day. And, be sure not to miss the sparkle of accomplishment you seen in your little one’s eyes as he watches his dad unwrap the gift he made.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

A Balm to Soothe the Soul

The sun is shining, the grass is turning golden and wild flowers are blooming everywhere. Southern California is so beautiful as summer approaches.

On our recent hike into the wilderness, we found treasures… a huge dandelion, a hummingbirds nest, grasshoppers everywhere and three beehives. We balanced rocks, sharpened mule-fat sticks into arrowheads with our pocket knife and climbed trees.

Nature is a balm that soothes the soul.

 

 

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Imagine Childhood : $75 Giveaway!

I’m excited to introduce a new Magic Sponsor, Imagine Childhood. If you love The Magic Onions, you’ll love Imagine Childhood too.

What a treat for us to find such a delightful site!

To celebrate our collaboration, Imagine Childhood is offering one lucky Magic Onions reader a $75 gift certificate to purchase anything from their shop and a copy of their enchanting book! Details on how to enter the giveaway are at the end of the post.

 

Imagine Childhood is a family owned and operated company specializing in earth-friendly goods, craft and activity tutorials and educational supplies that support and nurture the magic of childhood. Our carefully curated collection focuses on products that inspire children to create, imagine, and explore. With an emphasis on quality materials, our toys and tools are made for real kids and real adventures.

Browse our 2014-2015 Lookbook for over 170 pages of inspiring and thoughtful gifts, our largest collection yet! We’ve spent the last seven years combing the globe for unique heirloom quality toys, tools, games, and craft projects, many of which are $25 or less.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

In addition to our shop we also share free crafts, activities and recipes on our blog here and our recent book, IMAGINE CHILDHOOD: Exploring the World Through Nature, Imagination, and Play- 25 Projects that spark curiosity and adventure, can be found here.

For today’s giveaway, we’re offering one lucky winner a $75 gift certificate to our shop and a copy of our book!

We’d also like to offer a discount of 10% on all orders through Friday, 5/29/15.  Discount code: “MagicOnions”

 

 

Who else has their eye on that charming fairy house?

This Giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere. This Giveaway closes Thursday 28th May and the winner will be announced shortly after.

Enter as many times as you wish.

Congrats to Stacie and her sweet family for winning this giveaway. I’ve sent you an email, Stacie.

Thank you to Imagination Childhood for offering such an awesome prize.

Next time you are looking for a special gift, please remember all the amazing goodies in the Imagination Childhood Shop.

 

Enter the giveaway HERE :

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Good Luck,

Blessings and magic,

Donni