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Nature Walk ~ Coastal Alaska

just this boy

 

just this boy

 

things found.....

 

along this shore.....

 

just this boy

 

miss six's starfish

 

small treasures

 

from there to here

 

My kids and I have been enjoying the cool rainy weather here in coastal Alaska. Most days we pull on a rain jacket and rubber boots and head down the hill from our little apartment to walk along the sea. Our real home is in the deep south of Louisiana where the humid heat is reaching sauna temperatures this time of year. This summer we escaped the heat to stay seven weeks at Grandma’s house. I would so love to share a bit of our summer here with you.

One of my favorite things about being out of doors with my kids is the invitation into their world. With camera in hand I follow behind them and try to capture their small treasures as they share them with me. They are especially fond of anything that looks tiny. The makings of a fairy forest. Little leaves and fungi sprouting up from the damp earth. Tiny flowers.

We talk about fairies and animals. Fungi and berry blossoms. Birds and food chains. And of course, gnomes and trolls that might live in hollow tree trunks. They tell me how we need to protect the forest, so animals (and fairies) are all safe. They say this to me with such importance, as if it were the first time this great cause had been discovered.

Sometimes we come home and pull out books to identify what we’ve seen. I see the patterns and shapes of their walks in the woods show up in their drawings. They begin to remember some of the names we’ve learned and some of the bird calls Grandma has identified for them. I know these walks are good for their little bodies, hearts, and minds.

But most of all, I am grateful to share in a bit of their wonder.

Tell me, what is your favorite part of adventuring with your children?

 

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Lemon Leg Wrap Tutorial: Natural Fever Support



 supply list:

~ 2 old handkerchiefs

~ 2 wool leg warmers

~ hot water from the kettle

 

 

1. bring 2 cups of clean water to a boil and let cool to a comfortable heat


2. pour into a shallow bowl and half a lemon while it is partially submersed in water

3. take a cotton cloth (we used old handkerchiefs) and soak in lemon and water mixture


4. wring out handkerchiefs


5. put aside your wool legwarmers

 (we used some mosey sweater wool, but old wool socks could work too)


6. wrap your little ones legs loosely and cover up quickly with legwarmers

(you don’t want the water to cool off too fast)

7. let them rest.

and rest and rest!

 

{you can store the extra lemon & water mix in a jar in the fridge for use often during your little ones fever}

***remember to keep lemons on hand through the winter so you’ll have them just in case!***

NOTE: this is by no means a CURE for fever, you should always consult your child’s doctor in the case of fever in children and infants this remedy is only meant as a SUPPORT for fever to make your little one more comfortable.

A few words on lemon leg wrappers from a dear friend:

“Lemon leg wraps have helped our little-big ones rest easier. We reach for the wraps before we reach for a fever reducer. My son will even ask for them.”

Do you have a cold or fever remedy that is a standby in your house?

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Less is More

For several reasons, this year’s Christmas is very different from many previous Christmases  in our home. Mostly, the changes are all very good ones. For instance, this year I broke that ugly plastic tree that my husband loves. Eewh!

 

 

Just before he came home from work, Arlo and I managed to replace it with a real tree before my husband could suggest fixing the plastic one. I often blog about Arlo and I getting into what I like to call Crafting Deviance. I love that kid. He is sooo my accomplice in masterminding a new route for our family to venture upon.

 

The littlest children have begun their first year with the Waldorf program. So much of our time was spent outdoors foraging for nature items for Christmas. We kept the decorating very simple and that was different from our over the top expeditions from Christmases past. It was wonderful to see their perspectives and talking about what Christmas means to them.

-the gathering…

-the selected nature items on our table….

-the simplicity and sheer beauty of it all…

-the love and togetherness shared…

-the silence and witness of the Christmas presence…

I’m very grateful for having the incentive too focus on the things that make Christmas most special. Family and togetherness can be best accomplished without spending any money. This year, everything changed because we had no money to spend. Many might see that as a negative, I see it as our opportunity to grow and change, and I thank the Universe for that spiritual lesson.

Its really the simple things that make Christmas so special indeed!

Merry Solstice and Happy Christmas to all of you, from the Smith Tribe.

 

 

 

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maybe not..

“Maybe?” I asked myself as I was sewing yesterday.
I pondered the reason why I put such a statement  on something I love to do so much.
I placed this sticker on my machine, sometime last year. I found it in some awesome junk mail. You know, the kind that gives you stickers?  {{{Stickers}}}
There was a NO sticker, a YES sticker and of course, the MAYBE sticker. I took the stickers and placed them in various areas in our home. I think I meant for it to be a joke at time.
The YES sticker was placed in the dish washing area. Yes was meant as an invitation for anyone whom, would like to nominate themselves for dish washing! {the real joke}
The NO sticker was placed at the bill desk. Bills…ugh…. need I to say more?
And MAYBE was placed on my sewing machine, because MAYBE I will get to have some real fun and sew today. But…maybe not.

Recently, many of my post this month on my blog have been about mindfulness and mortality. I seemingly have been growing in a new light and perspective of my life around me. I have caught a glimpse of what it might look like, when I’m in the last moments of my life, looking back on what I had and what I choose to do with it and feeling regret for not seeing what was really important in life. Be it the dirty laundry piling up sky high or the the little child who needs some help working out an idea.

As I continued to sew, that MAYBE sticker just wasn’t suited for me any longer. The sticker that should have been on all the things I love to do is YES. Always YES.     Saying no or maybe later reminded me of a quote that Marianne Williamson once said:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne WilliamsonA Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles

Suddenly, the mundane cleaning and chores just don’t seem important  anymore. Sure, they need to be done here and there. But, seriously…am I going to hang for not doing the laundry today? But will I regret it later when I missed being with my children or filling their lives with as much laughter as I could? My eyes are wide open. It is really that simple. The hard part is to remember it and then practice it.

 In this moment, beauty is before us, when we stop and remember where we are. It is why I love sewing so much. I find that sewing is an exercise in spirituality, a practice of being present in the act of sewing. Some days, I find myself in autopilot, walking around without any real awareness of what I’m doing or just a human-doing rather human-being. The art of sewing and the art of living happily are the same. The common denominator is the mantra.. I am here.

When I am here, I see the sun, the trees and the sky…and I am happy.

I see all the true joy is around us. Our family and connection with loved ones.

Its those pretty little crafting messes that are just so colorful and free and full of life. I inhale these moments into my heart and mind.

Its those little hands that are always busy, reaching and playing. Coloring and painting. Dancing and singing. Thank you to those little hands.

The MAYBE’s in my life are no longer acceptable practices. I will no longer wait to make time to have a life of joy and wonder. I will take all those things I want to do, down from the shelf of my mind today, and do something, anything that rewards my soul and fills my pitcher.

Our moments to be here are right now. I won’t wait a moment longer to love them all! And remember, when you get lost and forget where you are, just look down at your two feet and say to yourself….

“I am here”. And all is okay.

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Sunday Treasury: The Warmth of Fire

‘The Warmth of Fire’ by adolina

Fire has such a hold and attraction over us as do these beautiful items from the NaturalKids Team.


Sweet Doll outfit for y…

$32.00

Wooden Toy, Autumn Fore…

$48.00

Gnome Pod Necklace

$15.00

FIRE of 4 – traditional…

$18.90

I Feel Your Heart Next …

$42.50

Needle Felted Orange Fa…

$28.00

Scarlet – Kettle Dyed W…

$18.00

Spring Chicks, Mini Chi…

$32.00

Volkswagon TShirt, Orga…

$14.00

Red Heart Queen Doll – …

$23.00

Wooden Vegetable play f…

$6.00

Autumn Garden Fairy- N…

$32.00

Sweet Sleep Waldorf Fai…

$39.99

Flower Rainbow Magic Wa…

$18.00

Lovely Autumn Waldorf T…

$28.00

Red Window Star with Fl…

$10.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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Sunday Treasury: How About This Weather?

‘Keep a Weather Eye Open’ by Alkelda

Sun, wind, rain, snow… no matter the weather, enjoy these offerings from the NaturalKids Team! http://naturalkidsstore.com


Weather – Painted Handm…

$25.00

SnowFlake – the winter …

$10.90

A Drop In the Bucket- P…

$13.00

Flutterby, Summer Berri…

$8.00

Wooden Toy, Autumn Fore…

$48.00

Needle felted Wool Mrs….

$39.00

Wooden Cloud Stacker- W…

$14.00

Dreamy Clouds Sailboat

$20.00

Orange Window Star Sun …

$15.00

Lovely Autumn Tree – …

$28.00

Fairy Garden Kit – Mini…

$18.00

Needle felted Winter Ma…

$38.00

Lavender, Pink and Purp…

$18.00

wooden snake toy

$3.99

Needle Felted Campfire

$12.00

Wooden Leaf Puzzle

$38.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.