Portraits of Us : Week 12

To help me cherish every little moment, I post a portrait of us each week. A photo of us doing every-day-little-things that I know I will miss in the years to come. When I’m missing these sweet times, I’ll come back and see that I did cherish them. I did drink them in and I did know how special it all was.

Our WONDERFUL mulberry bush is bursting with berries and the kids have been feasting like monkeys! And, Teddy is on a Battleship quest… he wants to play all the time! Kitty beats Teddy but Teddy beats Dad. Alas, Mom doesn’t play.

mulberry : theMagicOnions.comPlaying Battleship : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Here’s to these happy, special days… every one of them.

Here are the previous Portraits of Us.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 15

Fifty Two weeks in nature… a series of photos each week to show what our nature looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place… and how beautiful.

Week 15 / 52

Our first poppy has burst from her hairy pod and we are so very excited to see her. It’s been impossible to grow anything as the bunnies eat every tiny little shoot they see. But, last weekend, My Good Man built us a raised garden, too high for the bunnies to jump into and here is our first flower in a very long time. Isn’t she magnificent!

Poppies : theMagicOnions.comPoppies : theMagicOnions.com

The children and I have marveled at how her delicate petals are still creased from being confined in her pod but, by this afternoon, I bet they’ll be smooth like cream.

I hope you’ll participate in 52 Weeks in Nature and leave a link to your site in the comments below so that we can all see the beauty you have found.

Click HERE to see our previous posts in the 52 Weeks in Nature series.

52 Weeks in Nature : www.theMagicOnions.com

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Nourishing your Family with Skill It and a Giveaway!

I’m super excited to introduce my newest Magic Sponsor, Leah, from Skill It. Welcome, sweet Leah!

Not only is Leah going to share a few of her business secrets with us but she is also offering one lucky reader a spot in her fabulous upcoming ‘Season’s Eatings’ course… details are below.

Leah founded Skill It as a way to celebrate the everyday pleasures of living a (mostly) handmade and home-cooked life. She loves sharing her passion for food, family, creativity, and domesticity with others through her writing and teaching. In addition to creating beautiful e-courses like season’s eatings and Feathering the Nest, she is a certified holistic life coach. She makes her home in Rhode Island and relishes every opportunity to connect with the natural rhythms of daily life.

Donni : Hi Leah. Can you tell us about the beginnings of your business.

Leah : I have always thought of myself as a teacher and when I look back now, I see that I have always gravitated towards helping others to grow and flourish. I believe deeply that children learn best by doing and that their brilliant and capable minds blossom when we allow them to be active participants in our homes and communities. As parents and caregivers, our best gift is to provide the space and opportunity for our children to explore their environment with as few rules and restrictions as possible. I believe that by trusting our children, they rise to the occasion and the sense of confidence they gain in that way is the most beautiful and natural thing in the world. I started Skill It to share this perspective and support others in creating this type of surrounding at home with my writing and e-courses.

 

Donni : What word describes your business best?

Leah : Nourish. I recently wrote about the meaning of this word and how it connects to everything I do in my life and my business. I started my journey inspired by the importance of teaching children how to cook from as early an age as possible, something that the Waldorf school system does so well. As I have grown and evolved, I started to see that cooking is just one of the many ways we must learn how to feed and nourish ourselves. I love talking about how important it is to set an intention when you’re in the kitchen so those good feelings will find their way into your dishes and nourish your loved ones.

 

Donni : Tell us about your background. What path led you to the work you do today?

Leah : People may be surprised to learn that while I live in Rhode Island, I am originally from California and have lived in Arizona and Hawaii, too! I’ve had so many different job titles in my life I can hardly keep track, but one of my favorite experiences was managing a farm-to-table restaurant in Hawaii while I volunteered in a middle school garden. Living in Hawaii, I was intimately connected to nature, food, and the seasons and this awareness has stayed with me ever since. I like to think that I am radiating some sunshine and Aloha to everyone I meet, whether it’s here in New England or the wonderful people I connect with in my e-course sessions.

Thanks Leah.

Leah has also shared two printable PDF’s with us. One is a super cool grain cooking chart and the other is a YUMMY honey cake recipe.

Printable Grain Cooking Chart PDF

 

Printable Honey Cake Recipe PDF

To find out more about Skill It, follow Leah here :
Skill It: http://skillitri.com/
season’s eatings: http://skillitri.com/e-courses-2/seasons-eatings/

Feathering the Nest: http://skillitri.com/e-courses-2/feathering-the-nest/

 

Now for the generous Giveaway :

Giveaway Description:

I am giving away one spot in my upcoming course, season’s eatings where we explore and practice an attitude towards food and family dinner time that celebrates the simple pleasures of cooking and eating together with the ones we love. For two weeks, we’ll take a tour of all four seasons, exploring the cooking techniques that fit just right for the time of the year. We’ll talk about how to get grounded and centered so you can truly enjoy feeding and nourishing yourself and your family.

The value of the course tuition is $49 and the class begins on May 5th.

  • Throughout the journey you’ll get:
  • Twelve emails from me, three for each of the seasons
  • Four printable cookbooks, one for each season, yours to keep and work from forever
  • Exploration of cooking techniques and philosophy to create a connected, seasonal kitchen
  • Several pretty, printable cooking charts to bring more ease to your dinner routine
  • A dozen printable dinner-table conversation starters for each season
  • Connection in an online circle with like-minded mamas and caregivers
  • Live conversations with me in our private Facebook group
  • Other surprises and goodies as we go along together

Enter below. The lucky winner will be chosen Saturday, April 12th.

Congrats Jennet – you are the winner! I have already sent you an email.

Blessings and magic,

Donni
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Our Fairy Garden in a Stump :: More Photos!

As promised, here are some more photos of our magical Fairy Garden Gnome Home that is made in a hollowed out tree stump.

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Can’t get enough? More photos here.

I hope you are planning to make a Fairy Garden with your own little ones this season too. Please enter it into our Annual 2014 Fairy Garden Contest.

Important Fairy Garden Links :

Fairy Garden Page with lots of photos, links and ideas.

2014 Fairy Garden Contest Rules and Entry Form

Detailed Tutorial on How To Make A Fairy Garden

 

Fairy Gardens : Pinterest : The Magic Onions

 

Happy Fairy Fairy Gardening!

Blessings and magic,

Donni