Holiday traditions offer an annual dose of memories and magic, but they also often create a frenetic pace and endless to do’s for every household and caregiver. As someone who very much enjoys and wants to do all of the traditions, AND who also values and wants to make space for sanity, rest and peace, […]
DIY Tub Scrub
Super easy, fragrance free, nontoxic DIY bathtub cleaner.
Supports for Fire Season
When I consider which plants have been used historically to support healthy airways, I first think about what would be most accessible to the most people. This post has some choices that are easy to find at most grocery stores, save one local (to me) business offering that I am going to highlight.
Little Rituals: Naming Family Values
How do you and your family members make decisions together and apart? Do you know what each of you values individually? As a group?
Respiratory Supportive Herbs at the Grocery Store
I wanted to take a moment to share some key herbs found at many grocery stores that are historically known for supporting the respiratory system.
DIY Plantain Salve for Burns, Bites, Stings & Eczema
Here is a simple DIY Plantain salve to add to your first aid kit for Burns, Bites, Stings & Eczema. This plant is so abundant you likely have some growing in your own yard!
Garden Abundance: Sneaky Greens
When you have an abundance of kale or other greens to consume, here’s an easy, make-ahead ice cube tray recipe to help you add a serving of greens to your smoothies.
Garden Abundance: Cilantro & Parsley Pesto 🌱
If you have an abundance of cilantro and parsley in your garden, check out my easy, make-ahead, Cilantro Parsley Pesto recipe. Both of these herbs have an impressive array of health benefits. Also, ever wonder why some people love cilantro and others hate it?
Little Rituals: Pay Attention
When I slow down enough to notice details and deliberately move through the moments of my day, there are so many opportunities to be amazed and feel gratitude.
I don’t always remember to pause and notice, but when I do, my day is better without fail: I am more grounded in my values, more conscious of the actions I choose to take, and more resilient for any obstacles I face.
This weekend, I challenge us both to take five minutes to intentionally pause for the seemingly small stuff.
Little Rituals: Sit Outside
Today’s little ritual is quite possibly my favorite of them all. I rely on it often to help me return to baseline in times of stress, anxiety or frenzy, and to promote gratitude in times of ease.
This practice invites you to find ten minutes of space in your day to do nothing. Absolutely nothing. On purpose. And to go outside while you do it. If being outdoors is not possible, then at a minimum sit by a window.
Little Rituals: Light a Fire
Is there anything better than sitting around a fire on a dark, crisp winter night? Whether alone or in community, something about a campfire is universally familiar, comforting, and grounding.
Little Rituals: Feed the Birds
Do you have a bird feeder in your yard? Or a place for birds to get water? If not, I humbly suggest you consider getting or making one this winter. Create a sanctuary for winter birds to come and fill their tummies, and claim it as a visual reminder to clear space in your mind, and free yourself from a few moments of worry and/or thought-clutter.
Kid Fun: Composting Wormery Bins
In a recent post I discussed how and why making a tiny wormery with your kids could maybe save the world. To build on that thread, today I want to talk about making a larger scale worm bin to compost your family’s kitchen scraps.
Little Rituals: Self Care with Soup
Much like the character of Cook in The Tale of Desperaux, I believe compassion and soup are the answers to most of life’s questions.
Little Family Rituals: Create a book for reflections and dreams
The holidays are a fantastic time to create ritual that invites us to pause and reflect on the year behind us and consider what we want most for our days ahead. Not only does taking time to do this allow a way to integrate lessons learned both collectively and individually, it also provides a place to share these things when we might otherwise keep them stored inside. What’s more, looking back on the ways a family has grown, or the ways dreams were realized (or turned into something completely different) after many years is the way this simple and quick ritual can turn into something priceless that can be enjoyed perhaps even by generations who will follow.
Kid Fun: Make a Tiny Wormery (and Maybe Save the World🌎)
As follow up to my recent post on the importance of helping the Earth maintain and replace healthy topsoil, here’s a simple activity to help you have this conversation with your kids: Make a Tiny Wormery!
Building Life with Soil: Compost 101
We’re talking dirt this weekend. More specifically, the process of composting and how you can get started in your own backyard to help preserve one of our planet’s most valuable resources: healthy soil.
DIY: Olive Oil Lamps
Now why on earth would you make a homemade olive oil lamp, you ask? Because it is a surprisingly delightful and easy project that adds beauty and excitement to an otherwise uneventful day. At least that was my reason.
Easy Fig Preserves
Easy fig preserves for a delicious summer treat.
A Love Letter: In the Valley
This is a love letter💌, inspired by a woman’s memories of our neighborhood land and creek, from her childhood days in the early 1900s. This post may only resonate with a few, but for the few it does, I hope it inspires you to write your own love letters about the natural areas you call home. When we love nature, and when we allows others to witness that love, the Earth sings and saves wisps of our souls in its rocks and streams for future generations. It is needed today more than ever. 💗🌿🐇🦉🐛🐠🦎💗