Whole Family Rhythms {giveaway}

rhythmsbannerToday’s giveaway is from Meagan of Whole Family Rhythms, helping you to create seasonal, weekly and daily rhythms for your family in order to nurture the wonder, beauty and light in early childhood. Whole Family Rhythms are a series of seasonal and monthly guides created and designed to help you maintain a steady rhythm in your home. The rhythms include unstructured, child-led play both outdoors and indoors; early childhood stories and fingerplays; weekly bushwalking themes; daily art, handwork or creative projects; holistic baking and cooking recipes for the whole family as well as weekly caregiver meditations and projects for families of all ages and sizes.

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meaganIn Meagan’s words,
“I am ever inspired by my little ones and the way they live into each moment with very little regard for the past or future. It is so very difficult for us as parents to protect the magic and wonder of childhood. Modern and Western ways of life create schedules, endless to do lists and a constant sense of multitasking that often feels unavoidable. My hope is that by being very clear about our family values and then translating these into strong rhythms for my children, I am also creating a strong rhythm for myself – empowering me to slow down, and to be present, calm and authentic for my children.”

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Each Seasonal Guide contains over 70 pages including weekly oral stories and fingerplays, bushwalking themes, seasonal crafts, wet-on-wet watercolour painting, drawing and modelling activties as well as weekly caregiver meditations, monthly caregiver handwork projects and seasonal book recommendations. Whole Family Rhythms was written and created in New South Wales, Australia however Meagan is originally from Canada in the Northern Hemisphere. She has created Guides for both the Southern and Northern Hemisphere so that no matter where you are there are relevant activities, crafts and themes to suit the holidays and season. The guides are available as a complete set including all four seasons, as single season packages, or even just monthly if you’d like to try a single month.

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Meagan is offering two winners their choice of either the Whole Family Rhythms Northern Hemisphere Summer Guide or the Southern Hemisphere Winter Guide depending on which side of the world you are from. For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post. Comments are closed and the winners are:

Lindsay  “What a great idea!”

and

Felicia H. “wow! looks like fun! Thanks for the chance!”

 

Thanks, Meagan!

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Shawl + Strawberries

+ little boys + flowers

All good things.

I finished up my Gotland shawl, got it blocked, and will now tuck it away until I figure out who needs it (Beatrix says that she does, but I’m not sure.)  It turned out a little smaller than I expected, but is still very pretty.  The pattern is called the Lonely Tree Shawl and it was a very quick, fun knit.  The Gotland yarn was great to work with, unlike any other yarn I’ve used.  It has a luster that is just lovely, and a really nice drape.

It’s strawberry time at our house and I’ve been making these yummy strawberry shortbread bars.  I started with this recipe, subbed butter for shortening, and omitted all the sugar, subbing maybe 1/4 cup of maple syrup, maybe not even that much.  I have made them with a couple of different gluten free mixes rather than regular flour and then added the oats just as called for.  For the filling I use strawberry chia jam, which is surprisingly very good.  The recipe is from The Grain-Free Family Table.  Lightly mash 10 oz fresh strawberries with 1 Tablespoon honey.  Let sit for about ten minutes then add 2 1/2 Tablespoons chia seed + 1 Tablespoon lemon juice.  Chill for at least 30 minutes.  Use this jam instead of the applesauce called for in the recipe for the bars.

My kids were skeptical about whether or not these would be edible considering that I only used a little maple syrup rather than the cup of sugar the bars call for, but then I couldn’t keep them out of them.  I really like them too!