From smooth to rough – his little journey

Breeze blowing wind chimes, the feel of sun on your face,  all quietly – Be. May you find tranquility in all the little moments of your day.

~ Buddhist Quote

Lotion time

I’ve always enjoyed lotion time after giving my babies baths, this is why…

When I was pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago, I registered for a baby massage class so I could partake as soon as she was born. These classes were fairly new to our area and they were filling up fast. Luckily, I got a spot and by the time Little Miss was 2 months old, we were on our way.

Well, one of the first lessons they thought us was that a baby should always be awake, conscious and receptive to massage. So the rule was that is your baby fell asleep, you had to stop. Our classes were 75 minutes long and my daughter took to sleeping 60 of those 75 minutes for all 8 weeks of the course. Needless to say, there was a lot of watching other moms in action on my part.

When Little Man was born, I was tempted to take the class again. Hoping this time that it wouldn’t be so “theoretical” and that I would get to practice a bit more. In the end, I opted to pull out my notes and do it from home. Boy, was I happy I did because the second lesson to baby massage is that you should never restrain your baby. If he/she doesn’t want to mellow out to receive the massage, then they should be let free to move around. Well, I would have been watching my boy run around the room over there because from the time he could wiggle, he has been a mover an a shaker. He has little time for thins like massages, he’s got messes to make and toes to grab!

So in the end, baby massage wasn’t really for my kids : that is, unless it was right after a bath. So I took (and my husband took) to taking the opportunity to apply a few of our massage techniques to rubbing in their lotion.

There is a lot you can learn about your baby when applying lotion : You can feel the development of their muscles, find out where they are ticklish. You can discover their first beauty marks, notice their little body hairs darkening. You can count their pudgy little folds and with time, watch them disappear as they grow longer and leaner. But most of all, you can touch with your hands the growing journey into life.

How?

By the texture of their skin. When it happened with my daughter, I think I was too much of a “new mom” to notice until it was done. But with my son, having a calmer, more natural approach with him, I’m feeling it slowly happen. At first it was his face : his little cheeks needing a bit more moisture because he could now bring things up to his face to explore. Rubbing them on his cheeks to discover textures. Then it was his chin, raw from the drool created by his first teeth coming in. Soon it was his hands, where little scratches and marks would appear from exploring his world more in dept, even if it meant going too far sometimes. And now finally his knees. Once little dimpled balls of silky skin, raw from crawling over wood and rugs, toys and mats. Raw from scrapping against the inside of his pants and pajamas.

Skin to me is a wonderful thing : it protects us, it brings our emotions out, it makes us unique, it makes us shine… but for my heart, my “mother’s heart”, it marks time.

Take every moment to see the little things. The little things are what you will remember in the end. And that my friends, makes life the most wonderful of journeys!

Have a peaceful day!

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To-Do Tuesday – April 15, 2014

Red's Needles & Threads

 

I’m back! The past few weeks have been heavy ones : sickness, sleepless nights, obligations and just all around life craziness. Sometimes, you just have to take a step back.

So what is on my plate this week? All new stuff! Snow has been melting quickly and our spring time activities have been tumbling down around us making current unfinished projects things to be put on the back burner to make room for much-needed projects, more adapted to the season!

Home - It is Easter time and in the spirit of my resolution to make all presents and gifts this year, I’m in the process of making my babes cute little cuddly bears to find waiting for them at the end of their egg hunt. Now, I will admit to having bought chocolate. I have no experience in making my own chocolates, neither am I equipped to make any properly and funds for materials and supplies just weren’t there.  But, I found the cutest little tutorial on Craft Schmaft for a little plush bear called Mr. Ted! The pattern was just too simple. I couldn’t resist. I’m half way done. Here is a glimpse…

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Heart - I have been finding it hard to motivate myself to reorganize my sewing corner knowing that my table is still unfinished. Many of my projects need quilting and I’ve been waiting in order to be able to quilt with my machine. But since, as I’ve mentioned before, my husband and I has been very much occupied with getting our gardening season underway, I’ve left my sewing fall away. So this week, I want to kick my butt in gear and get my sewing space out of boxes and back up. Who knows, maybe we’ll even find some time to finish my table! *fingers crossed*

Mind - This section should be called “Mind & Body” today because after the plans we have for Easter week-end, our bodies will be feeling it. This week is about getting our gardens out of the snow. We’ve calculated that we have a little over 6-8 inches left on top of our beds and we are not waiting for them anymore. So on Good Friday, we have recruited our favorite little neighborhood babysitter to come and entertain the kids while my hubby and I take to the shovels and liberate our plots! Hoop tunnels and warming tarps will be laid down, new plots will be dug out and more importantly, construction of new cold frames will be started as we are determined this year to extend our growing season and cultivate far into late fall and even the early winter months.

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Soul - Going through my first Tao cultivation notes and journals a few weeks ago while preparing for class made me realize just how much I need to transcribe and record all these precious moments of learning. I yearn to have my spiritual texts and notes in one document, making my writings easier to read through, reference to and treasure. One day, I would love to give my kids my collection of thoughts and perceptions as I’m traveling this path. So, without giving myself a fixed deadline, I’m setting a goal for myself to start this wonderful project : A record of my road to the cultivation of Tao.

 

What do you have on your list this week? 

If you want to participate and share your projects, feel free to share in the comments below. I’d love to know what you are up to. If you want to join our little group,  please visit Red’s Needles & Threads for the button and rules. I hope you’ll join us.

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My Veggie Burger (vegan, onion and garlic free)

Veggie burgers are pretty much a staple here. Especially with spring coming and cookouts being nearer on the seasonal horizon.

Here is a favorite in our home : It’s vegan and has been tweaked to be perfectly flavorful without the use of garlic or onion!

Vegan Veggie Burger (makes 4 very filling patties)

  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups of finely minced or grated veggies of choice*                                                             * This week, I had miniature sweet peppers, mushrooms and baby spinach.
  • 2 TBSP Bragg’s Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 tsp celery seeds
  • 1/4 tsp dried herbs
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper
  • 2 flax eggs (recipe will follow)

Olive oil to cook in skillet

Flax egg

Combine 1 TBSP of flax meal (or finely ground flax seeds) with 1/4 cup of boiling water and let stand until thickened. For this recipe, make this twice!

Veggie burger 1

Start by sauteing your veggies for a minute or two in a bit of olive oil and the Bragg’s Sauce, just to sweat out the juices. I find this makes the patties juicier and also makes sure that the veggies aren’t raw in the burger itself. Set aside.

Veggie burger 2

In a large bowl, whisk together oatmeal, sesame seeds, herbs, spices and seasonings. Then, add the sauteed veggies, making sure to scrape all the Bragg’s sauce an the veggie juices off the bottom of the pan, and mix everything together.

Veggie burger 3

Boil your water and make your flax eggs. Let stand until the texture is similar to that of an egg : thickened but not stiff. Incorporate the “eggs” with a spatula. Make sure that the liquid coats all the ingredients.

Separate the mixture 4 equal parts, form patties.

Veggie burger 4

In a hot skillet with oilve oil, cook on each side for about 5 minutes or until the patties brown.

Serve as you like! :-)

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Feel free to mix it up : The ratios are perfect, but the seasonings, herbs, veggies, can all be altered!

Bon appétit!

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Morning, Noon and Night


Morning, noon and night…three little peeks into my day.

Easter Farm

Morning – around 9 am

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Noon – around 1 pm

feet snuggles

Night – around 8 pm

Joining Kim over at Mothering with Mindfulness

If you feel like sharing glimpses of your day, please leave your link in the comments for all to see!

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{ This moment }

{ This moment } – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

 If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama.

Standing up

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Sometimes your body just needs to shut down…

Flower

Quick little hello to say I’ve been (and will be) quiet for a few days. : Family wide gastrointestinal flu. Quarantine is in effect and we are just riding it out.

Wash your hands and stay healthy my friends! Wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy!

Be good to yourselves. Back soon.

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T-shirt Necklace Tutorial – Kid proof jewelry for moms!

Happy Monday everyone, how are you?

I’m just giddy : The sun is shining, it is 8′C (46′F) outside right now and we can HEAR the snow melting. The windows are cracked open and the cats are calling the birds through the screens.

Like many of you know, I haven’t been able to sew much the last few weeks. Having had major renovations done after winter decided to drip and leak into our attic, my sewing work space spent the better part of the last month packed up. So to get creative, I had to get, well CREATIVE!

When I had my daughter going on 4 years ago, the first thing that went the way of the forgotten things was jewelry. I had a very “hands-on” daughter and more than once she almost ripped out an earring or choked me with my own necklace, so away went all those pretty things. Of course, now that she is old enough to understand, I’ve gone and made myself a boy who is 10 times more forceful than his big sister when it comes to pretty shiny things.

What is an accessorizing mom to do? Make kid proof jewelry of course!

I give you my first attempt at making a T-shirt necklace. It is no-sew and I made it in 20 minutes! So much fun…

Tshirt necklace 1

After getting rid of the bottom seam, I went ahead and cut the t-shirt in a series of approximately 1 inch strips.

Tshirt necklace 2

When you stretch jersey, it curls. So I went ahead and lined up all the side seams together, grabbed the rings of fabric with my thumbs and pulled. When I let them go, I had pretty little jersey “tubes”.

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I grabbed one stack of seams, cut a piece of fabric from the sleeve of the t-shirt, tied a knot and started wrapping around to hide the seams.

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Tie the knot and tuck it under the band.

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I took the time to wrap the bands around each other a bit to give a kinda mixed-up effect. But you could just let them be. Do the same thing with the second set of seams.

And there you go : accessory for mom that is fun for kids and machine washable!

tshirt necklace finished

Have fun creating something… sometimes 20 minutes is all you need.

 

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