Were did the time go....I just updated the about me section on the boys ages, it was shocking to see 3 & 5. They are now 7 & 9!!!! Wow it seems like yesterday I was doing life with littles and now they are school aged and independent little men. My poor little blog got lost in the dust of time. I really really miss this space as a journal and photo chronicle of our life. I look back and love reading the post from the early years. I miss the connection to other moms and creatives in the great big blogesphere. I'm taking my blog off of the dusty shelve and trying to re-engage with all of you again. It gets harder as the kids get older but I'm facing some serious lifestyle shifts and new personal choices with the boys that come from their independence and peer influence. I wan to communicate the struggles and the joys of children that are not so happy in photographs anymore. Come back with me on this journey and for the love of Pete give me some advice!!
Wednesday, March 12
I wanted to create an easy introduction to mindful breathing for children that have minds that wonder or bore easy with meditation. This exercise may take practice with an adult depending on age but once breathing and reading size is mastered it can be laminated and tucked away for easy access in a classroom at home or school. Instead of busy work it can be implemented as a transition tool for students that have finish their work and are waiting for Mom or teacher to prompt the next lesson.
The exercise is about 2-3 minutes once through but can be repeated as needed. Please use and spread these as mindful resource tools.
Monday, March 10
We can't seem to live without these energizing mind bites lately. As soon as I make them they disappear! The ch- cha- chia adds in some superfood power and not to mention the flax packs a good supply of plant based Omega 3.
1 cup almond butter
2 cups GF oats
1 heaping tablespoon chia
1/2 cup ground flax
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tablespoons maple syrup-grade B
1 cup dried fruit or chocolate chips
Add all the ingredients together in a bowl and then its time to use your hands to mix it all together. Whenever a recipe calls for hand mixing I always visualize positive energy leaving my hands and absorbing into the food-just a little extra love and Reiki!
Once everything is incorporated make one large ball and refrigerate for 15-25 minutes to help soften the oats. After refrigerated simply roll separate bites about 1 inch diameter and store in the fridge.
Friday, March 7
As part of our homeschool curriculum I have the boys listen to various types of music and then work on our music visual worksheet. Some of the most interesting and creative things come out of these lessons. The art work and feelings that are evoked are wonderful to see.
Friday, February 14
These are love affirmation gifts to the boys for Valentines Day. The idea was taken from some I AM poster examples. The boys did the art work first with watercolor and markers and then I typed up some loving describers for them to cut out and glue to the art work. They had total freedom of choice on topic but both decided on Rainbows. When we read them together they where so surprised that they could be special?! It blew my mind that this was the first recollection for them that they had special worth. It raised my own awareness that I can show them connection with art work or Soul Work. I really enjoyed doing this project and hope to do several more with different emotions as part of emotional awareness curriculum in our Mindful Homeschooling.
Thursday, February 13
Basic Structure Length: 5 days
Snacks: organic Veggies, 1 cup of almonds or 1 cup of berries
Drinks: Water, lemon and Cayenne; Kambucha or Green tea.
Supplements: 1 raw garlic clove, peppermint oil, Pro-biotic Kifer
No Grains: Avoid wheat, rice, oats, barley, quinoa and all other grains No Processed Food: Avoid white sugar, brown sugar, Splenda®, Equal®, and agave Avoid Alcohol: Avoid all types of alcohol Focus on Probiotics: Take a multi-spectrum probiotic (50 billion count) once a day
Eat These Foods
Whole vegetables Greens and fresh vegetable juices Sweet potatoes and yams Wild fish, grass-fed meats and eggs Fermented foods Nuts, seeds and nut butters Avocado and coconut Fresh and frozen berries Whole fruits Small amounts of caffeine in the form of green tea.
Meal PlanDay 1
Breakfast: berry & macha shake
Lunch: sweet potato fries & kimchi salad Dinner: egg omelet and steamed broccoli
Breakfast: Green Shake
Lunch: Green salad with olives and almonds Dinner: Thai Coconut Chicken Soup
Dinner: steamed veggies
Breakfast: Berry Shake Lunch: Thai Coconut Chicken Soup Dinner: Super salad
Prep is essential and recipes, shopping lists and pre-steaming or cooking food helps continued success. Shakes should not be made ahead of time do to a loss of nutrional value through oxidization. The fresher the better! I highly recommend eating mindfully and reading The Zen of Eating before starting.