The Magic Onions http://www.themagiconions.com Handmade for the Natural Home Sat, 15 Apr 2017 23:08:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 40695292 Audio Stories from Around The World http://www.themagiconions.com/2017/04/audio-stories-around-world.html http://www.themagiconions.com/2017/04/audio-stories-around-world.html#respond Sat, 15 Apr 2017 23:05:15 +0000 http://www.themagiconions.com/?p=22388 Over the past year, I have become such a huge fan of the Around The World Stories. I feel a strong connection with Tania and Matthew, the mom and dad behind this wonderful project who embraced their dream of traveling around the world with their children. This family inspires me. I admire their leap ofIf you want to read more...click here

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Over the past year, I have become such a huge fan of the Around The World Stories. I feel a strong connection with Tania and Matthew, the mom and dad behind this wonderful project who embraced their dream of traveling around the world with their children. This family inspires me. I admire their leap of faith and their trust in their intuition that the path they have chosen for their family is the right one to pursue. They remind me that we are more free than we think we are. Sometimes our dreams are beckoning to us and we CAN follow.

Tania and Matthew have produced delightful audio stories from the places they have visited around the world, stories that ignite curiosity and wanderlust in children and instill a sense of value in the diversity of other cultures. These are beautiful lessons for our children to learn. I highly recommend checking our their excellent audio stories. Tania and Matt are offering you a free story today to listen to and enjoy with your family. The story is called Oma’s Birthday Watch. It’s about Germany, nature, family and kindness. Just click here to listen!

Here is Tania to give us a glimpse into the experiences of her traveling family…

 

 

Unexpected life lessons while on the road

 

Sometimes turning life upside down teaches us some very important things. Last summer we sold almost everything we owned, my husband quit his secure job and we left the country to begin our dream of starting our company, Around the World Stories, and traveling around Europe with our three girls. It was scary and wonderful and we are learning so much each and every day. Here are three things that we’ve learned that have changed my outlook on everything.

 

 

Go slow

 

When we started this trip I felt like we needed to see it all. If we visited a city and didn’t see the ‘Top 10’ most important sites, I felt like we were missing the point of traveling. What I’ve learned is that the opposite is actually true. When we would try and do everything, our kids, either by their words or actions, would tell us to slow down! So we started choosing just a couple of special sites, spending time there, learning about them and being present in that moment. When we put our energy into one thing rather than spread it out over many, we are much happier and get so much more out of the experience. Sometimes we’ll stay at one monument for the afternoon having a picnic and talking, sometimes we’ll sit and listen to a street musician or we’ll linger in just one room of an art museum for hours. I’ve learned that slowing down brings us true joy and lets us get the most out of the experience.

 

I believe that slowing down applies to many things, not just travel. Shorten the to-do lists and focus on what’s right in front of us. Changing my outlook and slowing down has allowed me to find so much more joy in the present moment.

 

 

Small acts of kindness make all the difference

 

Sometimes it’s easy to forget this one. When we are settled somewhere we often get used to doing things on our own, being self-sufficient. But as we travel, we often need help from others. We have felt alone and unsure, and in those moments I’ve realized over and over how others’ acts of kindness can truly make a difference in our lives.

 

 

Once a complete stranger took the time to write us a two-page email describing all the best places to visit in Copenhagen after a short meeting on the street. We had a shop owner go upstairs to his home and give us his own firewood so that we could make a fire on a chilly night. Throughout these past months, we’ve had countless people go out of their way to help us get where we needed to go. Once a woman even took me in her car, drove me to the grocery store, walked through the store with me to translate everything and then drove me home! Even something as small as a kind note from one of our subscribers has often made our day. Experiencing the goodness of others has truly been one of the greatest blessings of this trip.

 

The little stuff is the big stuff

 

After nine months I can very clearly see some of the absolute best moments of our trip so far. We have of course loved walking through the streets of the big cities, visiting the famous monuments and important museums. But when I really think about the best moments, it’s the small ones that stick out in my mind — the times we spent telling stories over a fun breakfast, building stone piles in the creek, playing cards on the train or football on the beach. We smile about the time our girls created a beautiful story about a stone or when we rescued the lizard from the pool. We talk about when the girls ordered ice cream in German for the first time and how much they loved eating spaghetti ice cream. I’m looking for (and finding) more joy and beauty in all the small things than I ever have before. I enjoy the quiet of the night sky. I linger over my cup of tea. I appreciate our walks on the beach. I take the time to pause and take notice of the small things. And those small things truly fill my cup in a way I hadn’t felt before.

 

 

We spend our days writing stories. We love what we’re doing, and being able to share our stories has become one of our greatest joys. We write about other countries, cultures, foods and festivals, but we also write about kindness, generosity, honesty and bravery. We hope our stories inspire children to learn more about other cultures and to embrace the differences between people to ultimately help them become compassionate world citizens.

 

 

We’d love to give you a free story today to listen to and enjoy with your family. The story is called Oma’s Birthday Watch. It’s about Germany, nature, family and kindness. Just click here to listen!

 

If you don’t yet subscribe to our stories, we’d love for you to visit us at www.aroundtheworldstories.com and to have you along on our adventure!

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Snapshots from Winter in New Hampshire http://www.themagiconions.com/2017/02/snapshots-winter-new-hampshire.html http://www.themagiconions.com/2017/02/snapshots-winter-new-hampshire.html#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:51:53 +0000 http://www.themagiconions.com/?p=22375 I’ve taken some videos from our winter here in New Hampshire and thought you might like to get a glimpse into how magical it’s been for us. I haven’t really shared video here before and cringe a little at my voice and tone of excitement… I just can’t seem to be calm when the snowIf you want to read more...click here

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I’ve taken some videos from our winter here in New Hampshire and thought you might like to get a glimpse into how magical it’s been for us.

I haven’t really shared video here before and cringe a little at my voice and tone of excitement… I just can’t seem to be calm when the snow is falling… ha ha! The first couple don’t have sound.

The other day, we had gorgeous BIG snowflakes that fell all day long. The kids were super excited to get the ‘snow day’ call from school and spent the day playing and skating in the snow. I’ve spent my time watching it fall. Watching snow fall is my favorite thing to do these days. You’d think it would get old but it hasn’t.

 

 

We started to feel sorry for the birds as the snow covers all the ground and grasses and we were wondering where they get their food from. So, we put out a treat for them… a seed bell and a tray of apple pieces.
Who was first to the feast? You guessed it… Mr Squirrel!
Mr Cat can now be found at the kitchen window, trying to shoo Mr Squirrel away from the bird treats. There is an ongoing dispute between the birds and the squirrel and, now, the cat! Watching the shenanigans at the kitchen window is one of my favorite things to do.

 

 

Snow sometimes swirls around like glitter in the air.

 

 

For all our friends who don’t get snow, I can’t tell you how exciting it is for the kids when they get the early morning call letting them know that school has been cancelled. They whoop and holla and run around the dining room table chanting ‘snow-day, snow-day’!

 

 

Here are my little bird friends, feasting in the snow.

 

 

Yesterday was windy and COLD… but the boys braved the sledding hill again. I sat this one out in the car… but loved it all the same.

 

 

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Winner Announced :: 2016 Fairy Garden Contest! http://www.themagiconions.com/2017/02/winner-announced-2016-fairy-garden-contest.html http://www.themagiconions.com/2017/02/winner-announced-2016-fairy-garden-contest.html#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:18:31 +0000 http://www.themagiconions.com/?p=22370 With all the personal difficulties of the second half of last year, choosing a winner for the 2016 Fairy Garden Contest seemed almost impossible. How could I indulge in wonder when my heart was so heavy with worry and sadness? So, I set it aside for a time when felt I could welcome magic backIf you want to read more...click here

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With all the personal difficulties of the second half of last year, choosing a winner for the 2016 Fairy Garden Contest seemed almost impossible. How could I indulge in wonder when my heart was so heavy with worry and sadness? So, I set it aside for a time when felt I could welcome magic back into my life.

Yay… that time is now!

I’ve chosen a winner.

It was a very difficult task as there were many outstanding gardens. But, in the end, childhood magic won the day and Lea and Ryan’s garden nestled itself deep into my heart.

Isn’t it magical! It has fairies, pebble paths, painted fairy houses, sparkles, moss everywhere, pine cones, pretty flowers, handmade fairy furniture and so many other delightful fairy garden details.

 

Fairy Garde Contest Winner :: 2016 :: www.FairyGardens.com

The winners are sister and brother duo, Lea and Ryan. What a truly magical garden they made. They sent so many beautiful photos of whimsy, creativity and imagination and I’ve featured them all on my Fairy Garden site. Pop on over there to see the garden in full… and to see the amazing prizes Lea and Ryan have won.

I’ll be announcing the other 5 winners over the next few days… so be sure to stay tuned.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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How To Make Immune Boosting Cashmere Heart Hand Warmers http://www.themagiconions.com/2017/01/make-immune-boosting-cashmere-heart-hand-warmers.html http://www.themagiconions.com/2017/01/make-immune-boosting-cashmere-heart-hand-warmers.html#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:00:41 +0000 http://www.themagiconions.com/?p=22348 Teddy and his friends play out in the snow for hours each day. When they come inside at last, when the sun is setting and the night is creeping in, they all have rosy cheeks and frozen hands that they need to warm up, pronto.  I have a little trick to help them. Together, weIf you want to read more...click here

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Teddy and his friends play out in the snow for hours each day. When they come inside at last, when the sun is setting and the night is creeping in, they all have rosy cheeks and frozen hands that they need to warm up, pronto.  I have a little trick to help them.

Together, we made sweet heart hand warmers out of an old cashmere sweater that had a little moth damage.

The hearts are filled with wheat berries and essential oil. We pop them in the microwave for a minute or so and they become the perfect little things for warming chilly fingers, fast.

 

How To Make Cashmere Heart Hand Warmers Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

These cashmere heart hand warmers are super easy to make and a wonderful Valentine’s craft for you and your little Valentines to enjoy together.

 

Materials Needed to Make a Cashmere Heart Hand Warmer :

– A cashmere sweater, ready for recycling (thrift stores are a good place to find them)

– Wheat berries (from grocery stores, craft stores or pet shops)

– Needle & thread

– Pencil & paper

– Sharp scissors

 

Here’s How To Make Cashmere Heart Hand Warmers :

Tip :: Here is an easy cheat-sheet for you to pin to Pinterest so that you can find this tutorial later when you are looking for it. Trust me… half my time is spent looking for tutorials on Pinterest!

 

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First, we felt the cashmere sweater by popping it into the washing machine. Add detergent and wash it on the HOT cycle. The detergent and HOT water will shrink the cashmere, weaving the fibers tightly together and making the cashmere easy to work, sew and craft with and making sure the yarn doesn’t unravel when cut.

After washing it, put the cashmere sweater into the dryer on the HOTTEST setting you have. This hot drying cycle will felt the cashmere fibers even more.

Draw a heart shape on a piece of paper. Draw your heart about 4 inches in diameter… just the right size to warm a little fingers.

Cut out your paper heart with sharp scissors.

Pin the heart onto the recently felted sweater with a needle. Use this paper heart as a stencil to cut a few heart shapes from the wool.

Each hand warmer will need two cashmere heart shapes that you will sew together.

TIP :: If you feel up to the challenge, I will share a shortcut I devised to speed this stage up a little (I had a long list little boys who requested heart hand warmers!). I drew and cut out half a heart from the paper and then folded the cashmere in half too, pinning the heart to the center fold in the cashmere. I cut around the heart on the doubled up felt, leaving the centerfold intact, so that when I un-pinned it and opened it up, I had a beautiful cashmere heart.

 

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Put two cashmere hearts on top of each other. Sew them together around the outside with a simple embroidery stitch, leaving about half an inch open at the base of the heart that we will use to fill with wheat berries. Please don’t get too worked up about the neatness of your sewing… as long as your stitches are even, your edges will look perfect when your heart hand warmers are done.

Tip :: Do not cut the thread short… leave a good amount of thread loose that you can use for closing the heart’s opening later.

 

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Slowly and with care, turn the heart inside out by pushing the top of the heart through the un-sewed opening you left for the wheat berries.

Look at your edges now. They are neat and tidy and look like they have been perfectly sewn. Ha! Well done!

Fill the heart with wheat berries.

Tip :: For added yumminess, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil onto the wheat berries before putting them into the hearts. This will ensure that yours will be the best smelling cashmere hand warmer hearts in town! In my home, our oil of the moment is On Guard… a protective blend that is an immune booster and has so far kept me and my little ones flu free this whole winter long. Did you know that I’m a doTerra Wellness Advocate? 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.

 

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Stuff your cashmere heart well, using your forefinger to gently push the wheat berries into the heart. The plumper you can get your heart, the better it will look and feel to those cold little hands.

 

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With the cashmere heart stuffed with wheat berries, sew the opening closed using the loose thread you left earlier.

Voila! The best smelling, most immune boosting, cashmere heart hand warmers in the world.

 

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Now, when Teddy and the boys come in from playing in the snow, I have these hand warmers warm and ready, waiting for frozen little fingers to warm.

The boys have even taken to warming them up and stuffing them into their pockets to warm their hands on the go.

 

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Your little ones will be glad for this fun and loving Valentines Day craft.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Kitty’s Commision http://www.themagiconions.com/2017/01/kittys-commision.html http://www.themagiconions.com/2017/01/kittys-commision.html#comments Sun, 29 Jan 2017 17:21:22 +0000 http://www.themagiconions.com/?p=22330 I promised I’d share Kitty’s finished artwork for my upgraded Fairy Garden site. It’s delightful… so full of whimsy and magic. Look at the toadstools and the forget-me-nots, foxgloves and ivy. And the hedgehog, cardinal bluebird and butterflies. And the bee, of course. And the spider…     She’s amazing, my sweet 13! Imagine theIf you want to read more...click here

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I promised I’d share Kitty’s finished artwork for my upgraded Fairy Garden site.

It’s delightful… so full of whimsy and magic.

Look at the toadstools and the forget-me-nots, foxgloves and ivy. And the hedgehog, cardinal bluebird and butterflies. And the bee, of course. And the spider…

 

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She’s amazing, my sweet 13! Imagine the beautiful things she’s going to create.

 

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She loved this project and I loved working with her.

She says she’s open for commissions so, if you have any artwork you want done, send me an email.

 

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Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Whimsy and Spice http://www.themagiconions.com/2017/01/whimsy-and-spice.html http://www.themagiconions.com/2017/01/whimsy-and-spice.html#respond Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:16:05 +0000 http://www.themagiconions.com/?p=22304 We’ve had fun in the snow again this week… starting with a very competitive snowball fight in the forest… boys against parents. It all started when the parents wanted to go for a walk in the forest after the snowfall. Boys weren’t keen for a walk… until a snowball fight was suggested. I can’t tellIf you want to read more...click here

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We’ve had fun in the snow again this week… starting with a very competitive snowball fight in the forest… boys against parents. It all started when the parents wanted to go for a walk in the forest after the snowfall. Boys weren’t keen for a walk… until a snowball fight was suggested.

I can’t tell you who I think enjoyed the snowball fight the most. The boys had great fun but judging by the way the parents faces shone with joy and exhilaration, it might have been the parents. In fact, a few of my muscles were very stiff and sore the next day, hinting to the fact that I may have become a little overexcited during the game. Leopard crawling through the snow is hard work.

I highly recommend a snowball fight the next time it snows in your neck of the woods.

 

 

I have commissioned Kitty to draw the header for my Fairy Garden site that is getting an upgrade. I love to watch her work. I asked for a whimsical look and, boy, has she outdone herself. I can’t wait to show you the finished art. It’s stunning!

 

 

We started to feel sorry for the birds as the snow covers all the ground and grasses and we were wondering where they get their food from. So, we put out a treat for them… a seed bell and a tray of apple pieces.

Who was first to the feast? You guessed it… Mr Squirrel!

Mr Cat can now be found at the kitchen window, trying to shoo Mr Squirrel away from the bird treats. There is an ongoing dispute between the birds and the squirrel and, now, the cat! Watching the shenanigans at the kitchen window is one of my favorite things to do.

 

 

It rained little balls of ice the other day. Quite the most magical thing! Tiny ice balls falling from the sky and bouncing on the ground. I know it’s called sleet or hail but I the sleet and hail I’ve seen before was bigger balls and fell for just a few seconds… this sleet fell for hours and hours. Afterwards, the snow felt thick and sandy and little droplets were frozen solid on all the trees and branches. It was quite something! They looked like dewdrops but were solid ice to the touch.

 

 

Here are some more photos of the snow I just can’t resist showing you. Snow is the prettiest thing!

 

 

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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The Canvas of Life http://www.themagiconions.com/2017/01/the-canvas-of-life.html http://www.themagiconions.com/2017/01/the-canvas-of-life.html#respond Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:00:56 +0000 http://www.themagiconions.com/?p=22294 There are so many beautiful little things that make life meaningful. It’s the little things, my friends! My wish is that we see them for what they are… the notes in the orchestra, the colors in the masterpiece, the movement in our Riverdance. I thought this was so beautiful and wanted to make sure youIf you want to read more...click here

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There are so many beautiful little things that make life meaningful. It’s the little things, my friends! My wish is that we see them for what they are… the notes in the orchestra, the colors in the masterpiece, the movement in our Riverdance.

I thought this was so beautiful and wanted to make sure you don’t miss it.

 

 

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Waldorf Everyday :: January 22 http://www.themagiconions.com/2017/01/waldorf-everyday-january-22.html http://www.themagiconions.com/2017/01/waldorf-everyday-january-22.html#respond Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:22:37 +0000 http://www.themagiconions.com/?p=22285 Come and join our Instagram tribe, Waldorf.Everyday. It’s a collective window into our Waldorf and simple-living Instagram posts, bringing us all together and giving us a place where we can connect. If you want to be found by other Waldorf.Everyday followers, simply tag your posts with #waldorfeveryday . Each day, I’ll choose a tagged postIf you want to read more...click here

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Come and join our Instagram tribe, Waldorf.Everyday.

It’s a collective window into our Waldorf and simple-living Instagram posts, bringing us all together and giving us a place where we can connect. If you want to be found by other Waldorf.Everyday followers, simply tag your posts with #waldorfeveryday . Each day, I’ll choose a tagged post to feature along with some beautiful words to inspire. If I feature your post,’ll tag you, of course.

Be sure to follow @Waldorf.Everyday on Instagram so that you don’t miss a single beautiful community share.

Here are some recent features :

 

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The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
Albert Einstein.

Beautiful photo from @jodimockabee

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Raw foods contain the sunlight energies that are stored in their tissues through the process of photosynthesis. Rudolf Steiner

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Just as we do not give full responsibility to children in questions of daily life because their faculty of judgment is not fully developed, so, too, we should not give them full responsibility for their nutrition by granting all of their wishes and cravings. Adults must lay the foundation, with consideration for particular likes and dislikes that a child may have.

Adults have a special responsibility to children in choosing their food and nutrition. A small child can not differentiate between “healthy” or “unhealthy,” “desired” or “less-desired.” Today, learning to eat right is more important than ever before since many products, such as sweets, are produced with children in mind and marketed directed to children in a wide variety of advertisements. WaldorfLibrary.org

Gorgeous gnome lunch photo from @elliotineverland

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Warmth is probably one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. Not only the warmth of our love but also keeping their physical bodies warm. Children are developing their bodies especially during the first 7 years of their lives. An infant and a young child will always feel warm unless they are on the verge of hypothermia because they have an accelerated metabolic rate. If we don’t provide them with the layers of cotton, silk, and wool to insulate their bodies, then they must use some of their potential “growth” energy to heat their bodies. This same energy would be better utilized to further develop their brains, hearts, livers, lungs etc. In addition, being cold decreases immunity. We are all more susceptible to the germs and viruses that are always around us when we are wet and cold. When our body has to expend extra energy to keep warm then less energy is available to “fight” off infections. Susan R. Johnson, MD.

Beautiful photo from @wholefamilyrhythms

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Mamas, we all strive and struggle and want to create conditions for our children to have the very best childhood. I want to remind you today, to remind yourself everyday, they do. They have you. And each day is a new day with something simple to celebrate. It’s already there. Ease up on yourself. (I include myself here) It is not about the decorations or crafts. It is about what lives in your heart.
Take your child in your arms or on your lap, have a good snuggle or rocking time. Just be present. Be there with yourself, and your child. Play a lap game or a finger play. Tell a story from your childhood, something simple that you remember.

This really is the foundation of rhythm. Of being present in the moment. Of simplifying the activities in the day so that we (me included) can just be here in the moment. Lisa Boisvert Mackenzie.

Beautiful photo from @buzaljko

I hope to see you over at @Waldorf.Everyday.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Waiting For Something Increases It’s Value http://www.themagiconions.com/2017/01/waiting-something-increases-value.html http://www.themagiconions.com/2017/01/waiting-something-increases-value.html#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:02:56 +0000 http://www.themagiconions.com/?p=22266 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.If you want to read more...click here

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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.

 

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Blessings and magic,

Donni

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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.

 

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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?

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Happy crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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