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 […]

Crystal Cove

rock pools at Crystal Cove beach ; the best beach in Southern California

  Our favorite beach to visit in Southern California is called Crystal Cove (isn’t that a magical name!) It’s just before Laguna Beach and one of the best things about it is that it is relatively deserted. It’s hard to find a place in Southern California that isn’t teaming with people… especially a beach. But, […]

Camping Food Favorites

Favorite Camping Recipes : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

We discovered some new camping food favorites on our recent camping trip. Firstly, Teddy is our resident fire man… he is in charge of gathering the supplies we need to start the fire. He sets the fire expertly with crumpled up newspaper on the bottom, twigs and kindling arranged like a teepee over the paper […]

Camping in the Wheeler Gorge Forest, Ojai, CA

camping in Wheeler Gorge, CA : www.theMagicOnions.com

When city life gets too much for us and we find ourselves fractious and irritable, we pack up our camper van and set off into the wild. We have found so many beautiful, out-of-the-way places in Southern California… some as close to us as  only an hour away. This time, we tried a new camping […]

The Magic of Boredom.

The Magic Of Being Bored : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

‘Mom, I’m bored’. ‘Mom, there’s NOTHING to do’. ‘MOM, Teddy’s irritating me!’ ‘Mom, Kitty won’t play with me’. I’ve heard these sentences a hundred times this summer. The summer is long.     We dread these sentences. They make us feel bad, don’t they. They make us feel guilty, like we are not doing a […]

Fairy Garden Feature : THIRTEEN

Fairy Garden in a bean teepee : www.theMagicOnions.com

Here’s another magical fairy garden entered into the Fairy Garden Contest. This garden was made by Kaya (6) and her brother Nesta (3)… and a little help from mom too. It’s built in the middle of a bean teepee!!! Isn’t that so cool? Can you imagine when the beans have grown all over the teepee […]

Fairy Garden Feature : TWELVE

Amazing Fairy Garden : www.theMagicOnions.com

The Cleary kids are hard at work on their fairy garden. Look at the tunnels and houses they have built. The buildings made of sticks and the bridges made of bark. There are crystals and gems and moss and flowers… all the perfect things to attract neighborhood fairies.     What a wonderful garden, Cleary’s […]

Fairy Garden Feature : ELEVEN

Magical Fairy Garden : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

Lexi’s fairy garden is magical. I love all the little details and I LOVE all the tell-tale signs that Lexi plays in her garden regularly. And, of course, when a child plays in her garden, so do fairies too! A  unicorn rainbow tire swing.   Fairy jump-rope.     A lucky leprechaun, painting.     […]

Hot Summer Days

Summer seems to be going by so fast. Kitty’s been painting. She loves the softness of watercolors. She painted the bison for her granny but I am having a hard time letting her post it off to Australia. It’s a memory from our Yellowstone trip last summer and I so want to frame it for […]

DIY Tutorial Wire and Felt Crown

We are officially in the Harry Potter stage of our lives. Kitty has read the first two books (alas, she has to wait a year to read the third). She is utterly entranced. And, of course, whatever Kitty finds awesome, Teddy finds awesome too. So, Harry Potter craze, here we come. This summer has been […]