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Magic Sponsor Giveaway :: Armadillo Dreams

I’m super excited to share one of my Magic Sponsors with you today… The truth be told, I have poured over this gorgeous shop for hours. Their handmade wooden toys are simply beautiful. Simply BEAUTIFUL! Have a look for yourself… These are gorgeous heirloom toys, aren’t they! And, I’m even more excited to tell youIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Bark Boat

Oh the simple joys of making our own boats. We have been on a boat-making spree lately and what masterpieces we have made. You can see our other creations here and here. Today, we made our best boat of all… a bark boat. I can’t tell you the joy I feel when I watch myIf you want to read more…click here

The Joy in a Simple Toy.

Yesterday, I wrote about how we are trying to live simply in our big city and about how it’s not always the easiest thing to do. When you not only have a Target on every corner but also a Toys R Us, a TJ Maxx and a Ross, it’s really hard not to buy theIf you want to read more…click here

What Santa Brought.

Meet the new additions to our family… Snowflake and Black Mane.   Kitty and Snowflake  Teddy and Black Mane Santa brought them. Oh my goodness, my children can’t believe how lucky they are… they are utterly in love. They have never seen such beautiful horses before! Nor have I! They can’t even decide whose isIf you want to read more…click here

Kitty’s Tea Party.

Kitty loves to have tea parties with her fury friends. Lately, Mr T has joined in the fun and it is so sweet to see them working together, setting out a fantastic feast for their bears and other beloved Lovies. Recently, Kitty explained that her tea guests sometimes complain that they get tired of eatingIf you want to read more…click here

Kats In The Belfry!

Please welcome my featured sponsor, Kat from Kats in the Belfry. In March, my family and I travelled to New Zealand to celebrate my sweet cousin’s wedding. It was a fortuitous trip as A Good Man comes from New Zealand and all of his family were waiting for us. And, due to the wedding, allIf you want to read more…click here

Make Playdough with our Recipe.

I make sure that there is always a bag of playdough in the fridge. It is a wonderful activity to introduce when Mommy has some work to do, like cook supper! Why is it that you are needed the most when it’s time to start dinner?! Today we needed to make a fresh batch. IIf you want to read more…click here

Washing Day.

Oh, the tears… Little Miss K left her precious ‘fine china’ outside for a few days. The mowers came and blew dirt and dust ALL over them. My gosh, what an affront! They made them ‘all dirty!’ ‘If you have fine things, K, you have to look after them,’ I said, ‘you have to takeIf you want to read more…click here

How to Make a Forest Fairy Crown.

To make a Forest Fairy Crown, all you need is twine, leaves that have nice long stalks and happy children. It’s an excellent task for hand/eye coordination and will require your child to concentrate on her task at hand. Begin by cutting 3 pieces of twine, about an arm in length. Knot the three piecesIf you want to read more…click here

How to Make an Acorn Man.

It is a necessity to take ‘magic eyes’ on a camping trip. We call these ‘magic eyes’ as just about anything can be turned into an enchanting creature with these sweet little things. Sticks were a favourite on our recent camping adventure. K and her friend turned some ordinary looking sticks into an army ofIf you want to read more…click here

Making a Forest Fairy.

On our weekend trip up into the San Bernardino Mountains, K was horrified when I announced that we’d be taking NO toys. ‘Buuuuutttttt, whaaaaatt will I plaaaaaayyyyy wiiiiiitttthhhh?’ she wailed. ‘We’ll make our own toys’, I answered. So, on our first day up in the wilderness, we set to work making a Forest Fairy. AllIf you want to read more…click here

Camping

We packed up our camper for a weekend trip into the San Bernardino Mountains. Mr T spent the whole journey posting money from his bucket into his Minnie piggie bank. We think he might grow up to be a banker. It was a 6000 ft climb. The scenery was breathtaking. The mountains are a child’sIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felting – Daisy the Cow.

Poor little Lilly the Lamb. She was lonely. ‘What’s wrong?’ we asked. ‘I need a friend.’ she replied tentatively. So,we made her a friend… Daisy the Cow. Daisy’s best friend is Tilly the Toadstool and they chat and play all day long. Daisy lives in a green meadow with buttercups, rocks, a pond and aIf you want to read more…click here

Water Painting.

I enjoyed watching my little one exploring with painting with water. He filled his little cup from the pool and walked around the yard, seeing the color changes he could make on natural things with water and his paintbrush. He started on our balance beam branch and painted it with his water until just aboutIf you want to read more…click here

Homemade Butter.

There was once a sweet family who lived in a big city; a mom and a dad and a little girl and a little boy. One day, they went to the farmers market as this is where families who live in a big city can find fresh fruit and veggies. The farmers market was fullIf you want to read more…click here

Dying with Kool-Aid.

I am working on a needle felting project and needed orange wool. Alas, I had none. NONE! Three boxes full of different shades of green, bun NO orange, anywhere! Ordering from my online source would have taken a week… much too long for an impatient like me! What could I do but dye my own?If you want to read more…click here

The Hustle and Bustle from T’s window.

T wakes up from his afternoon nap in a terrible temper. I have learnt that he needs to sit quietly for 20 minutes to slowly emerge from the haze of sleep. We sit together in the rocking chair in his room and gaze out of his window. At first you wouldn’t think much of whatIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Princess Flower Crown.

We spent Saturday making ‘Fairy Princess Flower Crowns’ for my Etsy shop. Of course, it was K who came up with the name… T didn’t much care for what we were making and preferred to splash in the little pool to keep cool… it was a very hot afternoon. K helped by choosing the fabricIf you want to read more…click here

Making Peg People.

K and I were browsing through Etsy today. She loves to look at all the beautiful treasures with me and when we came across this little family, she exclaimed that it was quite the most wonderful thing she had ever seen. She wished with all her heart that I could buy it for her. ToIf you want to read more…click here

Herbal Bath Melts.

Making herbal bath melts was a fun activity for my kids, especially on a hot Southern Californian afternoon. This is because there was water involved and, whenever there is water involved, they get gloriously, sopping, wet! You can use any fresh herbs and edible flowers for your bath melts. We used lavender flowers, lemon verbenaIf you want to read more…click here

Home Made 4th Of July Decorations.

I planned on doing this activity earlier in the week but, being a interminable last-minute person, here it is today. So, if you haven’t already decorated your house for the 4th of July, here are two easy decorations for you to have fun with. The first are 4th of July paper flowers.  Paint a coffeeIf you want to read more…click here

A Magical Letter from the Fairies!

You wont believe what happened this morning! When we went outside to explore the day, we noticed sparkles on the patio! Then more sparkles! It was a trail… a fairy trail! It was fairy dust! Do yo see it sparkling in the early morning sun! We followed the trail all around the garden. It dustedIf you want to read more…click here

Backyard Bug Safari.

A Bug Safari is always fun. Even in your own city-shackled backyard you’d be surprised what amazing things there are to look at… we were. Armed with our magnifying glasses and our insect book, we set out to discover what cool little creepy-crawlies are living amongst us. We saw an earthworm, rolly-pollys, ants, aphids, aIf you want to read more…click here

K’s New Needle Felted Friend.

It all started with this little fellow. He is my 4th of July Necklace Gnome for my Etsy shop.  I needed a photo of him… an action photo, to include in the listing. I needed a little girl to help me… a little girl who could wear him around her neck for the action photo…If you want to read more…click here

Lavender Perfume.

We harvested our lavender today. It was decided that we would make Lavender Perfume. It was hard work. We picked our lavender spiers and, pulling our fingers along the woody stalks, we separated the fragrant leaves. We put the tenderest leaves, the best for Lavender Perfume, into a jar. Ummmm… our hands smelt so wonderful!TIf you want to read more…click here

Apple and Rose Petal Pie.

Have you tasted Apple and Rose Petal Pie? Let me tell you… it’s delicious! The little baker in our family was busy all afternoon baking her speciality for us to enjoy. First, she picked the apples from the apple tree in our backyard. She washed each delicious apple carefully…  She scoured the house vases forIf you want to read more…click here

Natural dyeing.

I attended a workshop with Fiona Duthie on dyeing using natural dyes. It was totally amazing and I am now addicted to(*sigh*) another thing… natural dyeing! Here are just two of the materials we used… the brown/red plant is New Zealand flax (I am so excited as mine in my garden are flowering right nowIf you want to read more…click here

A Royal Tea Party.

K had a friend to play today. They had a ‘Royal Tea Party’ in the garden. They used my big basket to carry everything they needed for their tea party out to the lawn. Don’t you love that basket? They dressed up in grand hats and high heels.  They picked flowers from the garden to decorate the tea table andIf you want to read more…click here

Mr T’s Flower Festival Hat.

In May, T’s Waldorf inspired play-group had a Flower Festival. The parents were all asked to make their children flower hats or crowns to wear for the special occasion. I must admit that I was not too eager to spend time making a flower hat for T as I knew he’d never wear it. I knew he’d take itIf you want to read more…click here

Mushrooms galore!

On our short expedition to pick a little spinach from the veggie garden to add to our scrambled eggs this morning… look what we found!  Shrooms everywhere! Now, so many mushrooms in the same place at once means one thing to us… sure indication that fairies have held an important function in our veggie garden. CanIf you want to read more…click here

View Through our Binoculars.

A Good Man has a pair of binoculars that he likes to take along when we go hiking. On our recent hike, K decided that she and T needed a pair too. So we made some. This is what we needed; 4 empty toilet rolls, glue, paper clips, yarn. We glued two toilet rolls togetherIf you want to read more…click here

Recipe for Strawberry Tea.

It is most important that you use your finest china. Recipe: Slice strawberries into a bowl. Pour milk into your tea pot (in K’s case, goats milk) Add the sliced strawberries to the teapot. Stir vigorously. Add sugar to taste. Stir vigorously. Pour strawberry tea into your tea cup.Have a taste… Ummmm, delicious! Blessings andIf you want to read more…click here

‘Freestyle’ Beans.

After making our Bean Scene yesterday, we headed outside for a little ‘freestyle’ bean play.  T had been trying to play freely with the beans while we were doing our project and as they were getting all over the kitchen, it was making me increasingly uncomfortable… K, who had been having a very hard time with theIf you want to read more…click here

Bean Scene.

We had fun (well, most of the time) making a Bean Scene today. We had 4 bowls full of different colored things for our scene… green split peas, all kinds, colors and shapes of beans, bird seeds, sunflower seeds, colored pasta, etc. Glue. A drawing. Look how colorful the beans look. We love how theyIf you want to read more…click here

Peas in a pod.

I watched Mr T eating peas in the pod today and was utterly enthralled! The sheer concentration as he cracked open the pod, the smile as it opened. His fingers worked busily as they tried to prize a pea from its place in the pod, so precise, deliberate.  I realized that it was a superbIf you want to read more…click here

A Yarn Shop for Elves.

This is my favorite yarn shop. It is packed full of every color and texture of yarn imaginable. Isn’t it a treat for the eyes? Look at these cubbies packed with such gorgeous hues…But on our last visit, this is what enchanted us… It is a miniature yarn shop made by the owners daughter. SheIf you want to read more…click here

Bark Boats.

We made these sweet little Bark Boats at T’s Waldorf inspired playgroup. He is very enamored with his boat, especially since he made it himself, and has played with it in the water tub many times. I love that it teaches him that all you need is to find a few natural things from whatIf you want to read more…click here

An Eye-Spy Jar.

Have you ever made an Eye-spy Jar?  It’s great fun and a fabulous thing for your little ones to take with them in the car. It’ll keep them occupied for ages! You need a glass or clear plastic jar, rice and various TINY treasures. These are what we found at first… we have been addingIf you want to read more…click here

Playdough Blog.

We made playdough today. Yellow, blue, pink and purple. K wanted each color to smell differently so we added Ylang Ylang oil to the yellow, Tea Tree oil to the blue, Jasmine oil to the pink and Lavender to the purple. It was a treat for the senses!We decided that it would be my Birthday.If you want to read more…click here

Wild Strawberries.

Strawberries that in gardens grow    Are plump and juicy fine, But sweeter far as wise men know    Spring from the woodland vine.  No need for bowl or silver spoon,    Sugar or spice or cream, Has the wild berry plucked in June    Beside the trickling stream. Robert Graves We have 9 strawberry plants planted around the garden. TheyIf you want to read more…click here

Oh, Ruby Red Radish.

When my dad visited us at Easter time, he was in charge of planting my veggie garden. He did a wonderful job and we have been enjoying our salad greens for quite some time now. Thanks Dad! But, most enjoyable for the kids has been watching the radish garden grow. Grampa started with seeds andIf you want to read more…click here

Trees with Faces.

We visited with some of our old friends on our nature walk on Thursday. The trees were happy to see us. When you become familiar with a few trees, and sit and chat to them with abandon, they loose their inhibitions and become friendly fellows. Our tree friends have become very used to us asIf you want to read more…click here

Natures Shapes.

K loves having ‘an important task’ when we go on our nature walks. For yesterdays hike, her task was to find shapes in nature. She took it very seriously and set about discovering shapes in every nook and cranny… The circle. The heart.The star. The oval.The rectangle.The diamond.The square.And my favourite, the triangle. She lookedIf you want to read more…click here

The Call of the Wild.

We spent the morning hiking at our wonderful El Dorado park. I have been feeling tense lately; taught, irritable, restless. With a lot going on, I have rushed through the daily magic, haven’t stopped to smell the honeysuckle or plunge my hands into the fertile ground. I have let myself get disconnected from the earth,If you want to read more…click here

Our May Faire

We held our May Faire on Saturday. It was a wonderful success, a day of smiles and laughter and dancing, a fitting climax to hours of thought, planning and hard work. My family was in charge of the terrarium craft and making the May Pole. Both turned out splendidly. Here is K helping me paintIf you want to read more…click here

A Dragonfly’s Visit.

Look who came visiting our garden yesterday… a dragonfly!  He zoomed in, checked us out as we watered the flowers and then settled on K’s lantern to stay a while.  He rested for a long time and we were able to have a good look at his big eyes, his long iridescent body and hisIf you want to read more…click here

Birthday Presents : A Birthday Letter

Mr T had a wonderful May Day Birthday. Thank you for all your happy wishes. He LOVED his presents and has a few new things to love… As is our tradition, we opened his presents on our bed with morning tea/bottle/hot chocolate. It was very comical for A Good Man and I as, at first, he didn’tIf you want to read more…click here

Our Mint Dewlip.

We harvested our mint on Saturday. What an olfactory treat it was.  I think the green of mint is my favorite green after the green of moss. It is such a fresh, vital color.  Mint’s sweet, fresh fragrance wafted all around us as we pinched the tender tops and filled our bucket.  We soon hadIf you want to read more…click here

Fever in Record Temperature.

Our city had a record temperature set yesterday. The previous record for April 20 was 86 degrees. Yesterday was a whopping 100 degrees! It was unbearably hot! Our house has no air-conditioning and I was uncomfortable… imagine how poor T felt… he is sick with the stomach flue and has had a high fever forIf you want to read more…click here

Tutorial for making an Earth Crayon.

Mother Earth is having a birthday! It is on Wednesday the 22nd of April. We are celebrating Mother Earth’s Birthday by doing all sorts of Earthy crafts. While we make our craft, we talk about all the ways we are thankful for Mother Earth. Discuss all the things she so generously gives us. And theIf you want to read more…click here

The Fairy Garden.

We try very hard to make our garden attractive to fairies. At the end of a gardening session, we stand with our hands on our hips and remark… ‘I think the fairies will be VERY happy with what we have done here!’ But K has recently become very downhearted at not having ‘actually’ seen aIf you want to read more…click here

Our Lovely Day

Yesterday was a beautiful hot sunny southern California day. We gardened, we walked barefoot in the grass, we watched our squirrel, Timone, gather bits and pieces (including wool from our wool tree – you can see his wool stash in the left on the fence) for his nest and then stop for a bite toIf you want to read more…click here

Pet Rocks.

Grampa helped us make ‘pet rocks’. I remember having a ‘pet rock’ when I was little. I think I loved him dearly for a while and took him everywhere. At first K was very skeptical as to how a rock could become a pet… but as the process became clearer to her, she set aboutIf you want to read more…click here

A Rainbow of Flowers.

We are fascinated with rainbows lately. We have noticed that, not only do they form after the rain, but they also play on the wall when sunlight shines through our hanging crystals. What a dizzy dance of colors they make on the walls when we spin them in the sunlight. We shriek with delight! And,If you want to read more…click here

Hanging Spring Star Tutorial.

T is in love with STARS. One of his first words was ‘taaar’. He can hum Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. He LOVES to go outside in the dark to see the stars. And, at least once a day, he points up at our hanging stars and admires them with a lovely ‘Wow, taaar!’ These onesIf you want to read more…click here

Gnome Rolls for Dinner!

Today we made Gnome Rolls. Yes, I’ll admit, it was my first attempt at bread (I hear those gasps!). Don’t they look simply delicious? Fat and plump and full of homemade goodness. Aah, I am so proud of myself! I don’t know why I’ve been so scared of making bread. I think it’s the ‘kneading’If you want to read more…click here

A Hummingbirds Nest

A Good Man and I were having our coffee on the deck yesterday morning, basking in the warm spring sun and feeling very excited for the day ahead. ‘LOOK!’ whispered A Good Man, pointing to our ‘wool tree‘. There, hovering in the air was a magnificent hummingbird. He was dressed in his shimmering green suite andIf you want to read more…click here

Playdough Therapy.

We play with playdough often in our house. I have blogged about it before here. I find that when my kids are having a hard time and nothing seems to be going right for them, playing with playdough always calms them and settles them into a more peaceful mood. I think it’s because of theIf you want to read more…click here

Neuroscience and the Waldorf Approach.

Our Waldorf school hosted a wonderful lecture by Dr Reggie Melrose on brain development and how neuroscience supports the Waldorf approach. It was fascinating and strengthened my resolve to make the sacrifices to give my children a Waldorf start. She emphasized the sensory nature of the human child’s brain. How the language of the child’s brainIf you want to read more…click here

Fynbos Fairies

Kate received a belated Christmas present in the post from Granny. All the way from sunny South Africa. It is a most magnificent book. It is called Fynbos Fairies. What is Fynbos, you may ask? It is a most curious phenomenon… (to paraphrase the back of our Fynbos Fairies book) Fynbos is a fine-leaved, shrub-likeIf you want to read more…click here

The Weeping Willow.

In November, A Good Man and I will have been married for 10 years. We can both hardly remember what it felt like to be without the other. We know one another so well. Sometimes we feel like these trees… Don’t they look so very in love, so comfortable together, their souls intertwined. A GoodIf you want to read more…click here

The Flower Ball.

I used to complain bitterly about living in our concrete jungle. I used to lament that every tree I saw had been planted in the last 20 years and was of the fast growing type, chosen so that we could pretend. No wise old trees to seek wisdom from… no gnarled grandfathers to seek solaceIf you want to read more…click here

Rolly-Polly

K and T have just learnt the Rolly-Polly song at their waldorf school… “Rolly-Polly, Rolly-Polly, ever so slowly, ever so slowly…” It is T’s best song in all the world. We have to sing it constantly while he does the hand movements. He thinks he is very VERY clever that he can do them!  BeingIf you want to read more…click here

A Day of Triumph!

 I am a happy nut! Why am I a happy nut? I took my needle felted creations down to the Waldorf School of Orange County. I was VERY nervous! I was hoping to display them in their shop, The Company of Angels, the most beautiful shop in the world… and, would you believe, they snapped upIf you want to read more…click here

A Gnome’s Feast.

We had the great fortune of finding the most gorgeous mushroom.  We just knew it had to be a gnomes dinner table. We decided to surprise the gnome and set it for him so that he could get straight into his hearty dinner on his return from collecting moss… We found two bowls, a cup, a vase, a flower,If you want to read more…click here

Waldorf Story Scenes.

K has been making some wonderful scenes in her play lately. She has picked up some great scene-making techniques from her amazing waldorf teacher, Miss A. Miss A sets up the most magical stories. She sits calmly with her basket and settles her story rug in front of her, smoothing the creases. She carefully takesIf you want to read more…click here

Blossoms for Birds.

We had a plum tree in the backyard. Alas, it did not do well. It was in a place where water pooled and we think it’s roots became waterlogged. It died. K was very sad. In particular, she was sad that we would miss her beautiful blossoms this year. In an effort cheer her up,If you want to read more…click here

This Nest is Best.

We have been watching the birds building their nests. We see them dashing around with little twigs and sticks in their beaks and we hope, with all our might, that one might choose our tree next to the deck as the perfect spot for a nest. It is in such a good spot for aIf you want to read more…click here

A Present for Me.

I bought myself a present. It’s from Home Goods, my favourite store. I have been so good these past few months, really watching our budget and not making unnecessary buys. When I saw this tree, I just had to find a reason why I had to have it. So, to reward myself for not makingIf you want to read more…click here

Making Magic Crystals.

We made magic crystals yesterday. It was good fun and such a great lesson in patience. We got the idea from Kelly on her wonderful blog, Freeflowing Ways. I love that it is an activity both K and T enjoyed, even though they are at such different ages. You need Borax, pipe cleaners, string, sticks, glassIf you want to read more…click here

Planting Day.

Today is a beautiful spring day… hot, sunny, windless. The birds are chirping as they dash around finding twigs and sticks to start their nests. It’s just the right kind of day for spring planting. First things required are seedling markers for carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, corn and peas.  Then we need to fill egg cartonsIf you want to read more…click here

A Clan of Gnomes.

We caught a glimpse of a family of gnomes in our garden early this morning. Luckily, I had my camera and was quick enough to take a few photos.When they spied us looking at them, to our surprise, they didn’t scurry away. Instead they giggled and posed for photos!  We loved the grandfather with hisIf you want to read more…click here

The Face In The Tree.

We live in a metropolis… city for hours on all sides, except for the side that has the sea. We are lucky to be 5 minutes from a lovely beach but other ‘tree nature’ is hard to come by. We have a Nature Reserve about a 20 minute drive away, El Dorado, an almost 400If you want to read more…click here

Beautiful Shell Craft.

There is a quaint little sea-side town not far from us. It has one main street called, would you believe it, Main Street. Main Street consists of about 3o little boutique, antique and novelty shops and, of course, about 10 gorgeous eateries. We visited this town a couple of weeks ago. K’s favorite shop isIf you want to read more…click here

Poem Day

The Little Elfman I met a little elfman once, Down where the lilies blow. I asked him why he was so small, And why he didn’t grow. He slightly frowned, and with his eye he looked me through and through –  “I’m just as big for me,” said he, “As you are big for you!”If you want to read more…click here

Our Waldorf School.

Tuesday is our favourite day of the week. It is K’s ‘waldorf day’. Our little Waldorf school is brand new. It opened a Pre-K class in September. Being Waldorf fledglings, the program has been a perfect fit for us. The first hour is parent participation and K and I have LOVED learning the songs atIf you want to read more…click here

Age appropriate clothing

I love reading in the bath. Soaking in the hot water. It is so relaxing, so luxuriously relaxing. It is my own warm, quite space. Last night I read an article from my Living Crafts magazine. It’s the only subscription I have and I wait anxiously, eagerly, for each seasons issue to arrive. My mostIf you want to read more…click here

Spilling the Beans the Waldorf way.

Both my children love playing, what they call, Spilling the Beans. We have an old draw that I fill with beens and rice. They sift it, sweep it, spoon it. They love how it feels slipping through their fingers. They love running their hands over it, heaping it into mounds, pushing it into craters. The mixtureIf you want to read more…click here

Valentine Cards

K made Valentine cards for her waldorf classmates today. It was her first ‘homework’ ever and she was very excited.  They turned out beautifully. Here is what we did; We took coffee filters, kept them in the pile (as they come), dampened them through (not wet, wet… just damp) and then dropped drops of food colouring onto theIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felted Pirate.

I wonder how the millions of families who live in thick winter cope with being cooped up inside for so long. Here in Southern California, we are very spoilt and a day inside is quite a challenge. I suppose we struggle so much because it is so rare… we never get into an inside grooveIf you want to read more…click here

Sticky Fingers.

RAIN  The rain is raining all  around, It falls on field and tree; It rains on the umbrellas here,  And on the ships at sea. Robert Louis Stevenson The beautiful rain has come to visit again and the trees and grass are enjoying a needed bath. Tomorrow they will be bright and glistening! We haveIf you want to read more…click here

Sorting and Threading

I have been journaling how I keep my kids occupied while I cook dinner. I have been trying to use waldorf ideas… getting them involved in rich tactile and sensory play in near proximity to where I am working so that I can redirect them back into their activity when their attention starts to wander.If you want to read more…click here

Dinnertime Drawings

Having a small table in the kitchen for the kids to work at while I cook is a must for us. I had to move some things around and put in a shelf (or rather A Good Man did that) to make space for our small Ikea table. At the time, I didn’t know ifIf you want to read more…click here

Rain Dance

I interrupt programming to tell you about the fun we had when it rained the other day. It does NOT rain often here in Southern California. When it does, we quickly put on our raincoats and head outside. Mr T has only felt rain on his face about 3 times in his life and wasIf you want to read more…click here

Playdough

As part of my ‘getting my kids to play happily so that I can attend to some house-work’ series, I would like to share our playdough recipe. It makes such wonderfully smooth and pliable playdough that keeps in the fridge for ages. I’m sure my children are not unusual in that, the nicer the materialsIf you want to read more…click here

Waldorf Play

It is a fact of family life that there are certain times of the day when we have to get things done. I love to play with my children and we spend a lot of time doing all kinds of projects and crafts and fun things together but the truth is; it is also myIf you want to read more…click here

A Triumphant Day.

Yesterday was a day to remember, a triumph! A day that stands out from all the rest… why, you may ask? Because I felt like a really good mom, a really, really good mom! Could have been that my children were just very good, but no matter, I felt like I had done some goodIf you want to read more…click here

A Tea Party for all!

Thought this was so gorgeous, just had to take a photo. It’s a tea party and every one is invited; gnomes, fairies, babies, ballet dancers, reindeer, trees, fairies. Some have clearly eaten far too much and are needing a rest on the bunk beds. Others are looking for something to wear in the closet. SomeIf you want to read more…click here

Waldorf Inspired!

T had his first waldorf inspired class today. It was magical. Miss Lisa’s has created such a wonderful setting. You would never know you were in the middle of this huge city! She has such a big back yard with so much space. I am green with envy. It is almost entirely enclosed by beautifulIf you want to read more…click here

A Hand-Made Christmas!

Our Christmas was surprisingly wonderful. I say ‘surprisingly’ as I expected it to feel somewhat empty. We usually have Christmas at Kromme in South Africa with the rest of my crazy-big family. I was apprehensive for Christmas at home this year as it would only be the four of us. No Grannies, no Grampa’s, no Aunts, noIf you want to read more…click here