I came across this New Year’s blessing from Neil Gaiman many years ago. I’ve always liked it. A year filled with magic, dreaming, good madness, fine books, kisses, personal passion, and a surprise sounds wonderful.
I add to this, may your year be full of love and kindness, to yourself, to those around you, and to all living beings.… Continue reading
This is the time of year when many people host an array of holiday gatherings for family, friends, and colleagues. It can be a lot of fun, but it can also result in a lot of waste.
Not only is there paper waste from gift wrapping that gets immediately discarded (you can find more sustainable package decorating suggestions HERE), but people frequently use disposable goods in order to lessen the work involved with hosting a party. … Continue reading
May we all take a moment to celebrate and thank the mothers and mother figures in our lives. Their love and support provides a foundation, springboard, and a protection that infuses and underlies our entire existence. Happy Mother’s Day!
“Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark… [T]o have been loved so deeply…will give us some protection forever.” —J.K.… Continue reading
Yesterday my boys decorated two dozen Spring Eggs so they would be ready for today’s scavenger hunt. (We use THIS simple recipe for Homemade Egg Dye).
Today I’ll hide the eggs, and the boys will follow their set of clues until they have found them all. We find this is a great way to keep things fun while also making it so the older one doesn’t wind up with most of the eggs.… Continue reading
Celebrating holidays from around the world is a fun and exciting way to learn about the various cultures, traditions, and special foods of the wide array people with whom we share our earth. It’s a painless way to introduce geography, and it makes multiculturalism pleasurable. Who doesn’t enjoy having another reason to celebrate? And if it involves delicious foods – and most celebrations do – that makes it even better.… Continue reading
My 6-year-old planned an entire St. Lucia Day Celebration for us. The only thing I had to do was to come up with and help bake a recipe for St. Lucia buns. Coming up with a recipe we could actually eat ended up being more difficult than I thought it would be, as none of the recipes I found online were quite right for one reason or another – they either had grains or dairy or guar gum or other things we try to avoid.… Continue reading
The Winter holidays are upon us. In addition to the multitude of gifts that people exchange during this time of year, there is generally an enormous amount of gift wrap and trimmings to go along with them. Unfortunately, much of this gift wrap simply ends up in a landfill after the recipient opens the gift.… Continue reading
Natural, found objects can make amazing art supplies. Not only is it fun for children to explore outside and find these objects, but being able to turn them into a work of art brings another level of perspective to the task.
When kids are looking at items with an eye for using the materials in an art project, it helps to develop careful observation skills by encouraging them to look closely at things and to picture them in an entirely different context.… Continue reading
We love all things pumpkin, but our favorite pumpkin treat is definitely this Pumpkin Custard. It’s simple to make, and it tastes great. We’re already on our fourth batch of pumpkin custard this season, as we all love it. Fresh pumpkins are difficult to find during other parts of the year – so we enjoy them while we can find them.… Continue reading