Waldorf Everyday

I’ve started an Instagram tribe for us called @Waldorf.Everyday and I hope you’ll join in.

It’s a collective window into our everyday Waldorf and simple-living Instagram posts so that we have a place that connects us and brings us all together. To have your Instagram posts featured, simply tag them with #waldorfeveryday . Each day, I’ll choose a tagged post to feature along with some meaningful words to inspire us. I’ll tag you in the post, of course, so that other Waldorf and simple-living friends can follow you too.

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

Here are some recent postings from @Waldorf.Everyday ::

 

Music in Waldorf Education :: Discovering Waldorf :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.
Plato

Creativity Waldorf Education :: Discovering Waldorf :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Whatever you are physically…male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.
Cassandra Clare

 

Nature in Waldorf Education :: Discovering Waldorf :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Here is this vast, savage, howling mother of ours, Nature, lying all around, with such beauty, and such affection for her children, as the leopard; and yet we are so early weaned from her breast to society, to that culture which is exclusively an interaction of man on man.

Henry David Thoreau

 

Knitting in Waldorf Education :: Discovering Waldorf :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Learning to knit is FABULOUS for kids. It engages both sides of the brain, has children working from the left to the right and in a circular manner, which helps children with reading skills. There is a ton of counting, skip counting, adding, subtracting, and patterning involved with knitting – and if you are anything like me, a whole lot of problem solving too. Knitting is rhythmic and calming and has been shown to be very beneficial for hyperactive children.
@howweelearn

I hope I’ll see you there.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Fairies And Magical Discoveries

I am loving living here. New England is such an awesome place to find oneself. Not only is the landscape utterly picturesque, wild and untamed but the little towns and boroughs, dotted all around, are quaint and whimsical, each one with it’s own unique charm and character.

Brattleboro, Vermont, is an easy 3o minutes drive from Keene. It is a pretty little New England town, nestled beneath Mt. Wantastiquet, with a vibrant and trendy Main Street full of eclectic bric-a-brac shops and fun thrift stores. I’ve had many memorable days browsing the shops and enjoying a delicious latte and apricot shortbread in the town cafe.

And each time I visit, there is always something new that catches my eye. Look what we stumbled upon on my last visit to Brattleboro with dear friends, Yvette and Catherine… the most magical window display I’ve ever seen! It would have rivaled Harrods of London. Whimsical fairies, dressed in silk and gossamer. They were enchanting, faces full of character and charm… some with transparent wings and others with golden crowns. It felt like we had found a window that glimpsed onto the pages of an ancient Brothers Grimm fairytale book. The details of each masterpiece was quite spectacular. There was a little frame that read that the dolls were the work of Anna Brahms and I realized that I’ve been crushing over her work on Etsy for years! What luck to stumble upon them in the flesh! I’ve included a video of her process at the end of this post so that you can see how wonderful she is.

Of course, with such a magical window display, we had to visit inside the shop, Delectable Mountain Cloth. I’m a sucker for beautiful fabric and Delectable Mountain Cloth has no shortage of lovely colors and textures. The vintage button collection is something to behold too.

So, next time you find yourself in Brattleboro, be sure to look out for something magical. I know you’ll find it!

 

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Blessings and magic,
Donni

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Happy New Year from Snowy New Hampshire !

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Happy 2017!  May you have a wonderful year ahead, filled with love and laughter and lots of meaningful memories. May you find your happy place, may you be courageous in the choices you make and may you encourage your own personal growth so that you can leave 2017 a better, kinder and braver being than when you entered it. May this be a year where dreams come true and miracles happen.

Like so many of you, I’m happy to see the end of 2016. It turned out to be a rough year for me and I’m grateful that I can turn the page of the calendar and have a fresh new start… a blank slate of a year to fill with happiness and special times.

Some sad things happened to me in 2016 that rocked my world and took me to the very core of sadness. First my younger brother and then my mom were diagnosed with cancer. Him with colon cancer and her with ovarian cancer. If I were talking to you now instead of writing, I’d need to pause here for a while… and struggle to fight back tears… fight to regain my composure. The hurt is still so raw. Facing the mortality of those I love so deeply was (and still is) a terrible shock. I know I don’t have a monopoly on this kind of pain, but at the time, it surely felt like it. It tore me open, leaving me exposed to a relentless barrage of inconsolable heartache. Being thousands of miles away from them was dreadful, I could not even hold their hand or make them a cup of tea.

My brothers cancer was found early. He was operated on and the cancer was removed. He has been given a clean bill of health. He is a survivor. I’m so proud of him… his strength, his love for is young family and his unwavering courage. Well done, Al… you are an inspiration to me.

I traveled to Cape Town for November to be with my mom and dad and help them through the treatment decisions that were so scary to make. We were joined by both of my brothers and our family was together again for the first time in 6 years. So silly that it took tragedy to get us together. We won’t make that mistake again, will we boys! Being with them all was like a balm for our broken spirits. Love can heal.

I will talk more about my moms cancer treatment soon as there is so much to share. She has done remarkably well and we are optimistic that she is over the worst. She chose a carefully orchestrated program of alternative cancer therapies plus a mild form of chemo. Together, these therapies seem to have kicked her cancer to the curb. I am so proud of her and my dad for working diligently to build up her immune system and get her body healthy enough to fight this horrid disease. It is fighting and it is winning. We have learned so much about healthy living and have made many valuable changes to our lifestyles. We will no longer sit back and think that we are powerless in our own health. We have the capacity to say NO to the bad things and YES to the good things. All it takes is willpower and the dedication to seek out the truth.

On a happier note, we are in love with our new home state. New Hampshire is spectacularly picturesque and we are in constant awe of the sheer beauty that surrounds us, daily. Snow is now our favorite thing… it brings peace and calm to everything. And then, fun and excitement as we play in it. We love winter more than even fall and eagerly search the weather app for the possibility of snow ahead.

We live in a winter wonderland.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Around The World Fun For Kids

I’m very excited to showcase a special Magic Sponsor today… Around The World Stories. If you haven’t checked them out yet, please pop on over to have a look. I LOVE what they are doing so much. Many of us are trying to find healthy and worthy media for our children to enjoy… these delightful audio stories draw young listeners into the fun adventures of children from other cultures and countries, bringing to life how they live, play, eat, think and learn.

Let’s hear more from the awesome Around The World Stories co-creator, mom and wife, Tania…

 

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Our parents and friends were stunned.

“So you’re going to quit your job and travel around Europe for a year …. to write children’s stories?”

I have to admit, when repeated back to us it didn’t seem like the most solid of plans. But that was the plan.

In June of this year, we left our comfortable home in Portland, OR, sold most of our belongings and my husband left his secure job as a U.S. diplomat to begin our adventures as travelers and storytellers. We packed one backpack each (quite a change from a house full of furniture, books and toys) and said goodbye to friends and family for the year.

 

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Starting Around the World Stories to create audio stories for children about other countries and cultures has been a dream of ours for a long time. Traveling and living overseas with our children has also been a dream. So we gathered our courage and did it all at once.

The plan was simple really: travel to 13 countries in one year and write four stories about each country — fun audio stories about what life is like for a child in that country. Each one of our stories is based in a city that we’ve traveled to, and the characters are based on real people we meet along the way — the Swedish magician in Germany, the Pétanque players in France, the folk band in Prague, the artist in Paris.

Admittedly, what we’re doing has an element of risk to it. We’ve always tried to teach our kids the importance of taking leaps of faith, as well as using the talents we’re all given or have developed along the way. We’ve talked about taking this trip for years, but it’s one of those things that could either be the subject of wishful conversation, or it could be real. How could we teach our kids to follow their dreams if we were to scared to do it ourselves? Our kids are learning that adventure is important, following a dream is important and not being afraid to fail is also important.

Traveling with three kids, and a dog, is certainly not easy, and we’ve had a number of hurdles thrown in front of us that have sent us on some detours. We’ve gotten lost countless times, we’ve twice had our Airbnb reservation cancelled on us the night before we were supposed to go there, we’ve had to sleep in our compact car (the five of us with dog) for a night because we couldn’t find a hotel. We’ve spent entire days chasing a decent wi-fi connection. We’ve struggled with the language barrier and have been misunderstood more times than I care to count.

But when we step back and look at the places we’ve visited over the past few months and the things we’ve done, we realize that we’re right on track.

We came to Europe for inspiration, both for our stories and for our daily lives as parents and homeschoolers. We biked 230 km along the Moselle River in Germany while exploring 1000-year-old castles and charming riverfront villages. We went to see the lavender fields in southern France in full bloom. We visited the homes of H.C. Andersen, Mozart, the Brother’s Grimm, Picasso, Van Gogh, and Anne Frank and learned all about their lives.

As we teach the kids, we’re learning so much as well — it’s impossible not to. We’ve discovered that road schooling happens every day all the time and it’s something that we all benefit from. We still do math and reading and history, but in an environment where the learning never stops. There are new languages, new cultures, new foods and new scenery. In between learning with math gnomes, block crayon drawings and ukulele practice, we are exploring castles, visiting museums and hiking in the Alps.

And when it comes time to figure out what the next Around the World Stories adventure will be about, there’s a pool of exciting experiences and colorful characters from which to choose, as well as endless things to teach about the countries’ traditions, festivals, foods and languages.

Even if we get diverted along the way, get a little lost or wind up sleeping in the car again, it’s all good. It’s all one great adventure — one great story after another.

Until the end of the year, we are excited to offer you a free trial month of our stories if you use the code MAGICONIONS1, or for $20 off our Full Story Pack (all of our 26+ stories up to this point with one more each week) use the code MAGICONIONS20.

To learn more you can visit us at www.aroundtheworldstories.com, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram or our blog. We hope you join us!

 

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