Nova Natural {giveaway}

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This weekend’s giveaway is from Nova Natural, one of my family’s favorite shops!  Nova Natural is a small, family-run business based in Vermont. It was created around the mission of providing natural, wholesome products that encourage every child’s individual spirit to flourish. We practice sustainability by working with small businesses and artisans to offer high quality, long lasting products with a high play value. That means they don’t get used once or twice and then tossed aside. Rather, they’re made to last, sometimes for more than one generation.

We’re lucky enough at Nova to spend summer in Vermont. As a small, family business, we like to carve out time to enjoy the gorgeous weather and bounty summer has to offer. For our children (and yours!), we try to have toys that spark the imagination, foster outdoor exploration or stir them to action.

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An active day can lead to a restful sleep, so it’s good to give children new challenges that get them moving. Younger children still delighting in imitation will enjoy “mowing” the grass accompanied by the clackity clack of the tumbling wooden beads in the classic lawnmower pushtoy. The motion of a tree swing, as well as the balance necessary to stay on the wooden seat, can be a challenge that a child might spend a summer perfecting, as they learn just the way to keep it in free motion without sliding off the seat. The sturdy stilts bring a child to new heights as they master propelling themselves while staying atop the wooden blocks for their feet. Another fun challenge for the elementary aged child is jumping rope; those rhymes you probably remember from your childhood can help a new rope skipper to find the rhythm that will lead to success.

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Other toys might help children find the quiet that nature has to offer. They can look more closely at the wondrous world with a microscope or press leaves or blossoms for a summer souvenir. And of course, there’s the peace brought about by water play. A good ship and a bit of quiet water can occupy almost any young sailor. For moving water, children will be enthralled by the water­powered machine that will move the trout boat upstream. So, with the wind calling their names, send them outside to jump, run, learn and dream.

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This weekend, we’d like to offer one Small Things reader a $50 Gift Card! For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post. And don’t forget, when you sign up to receive our newsletter, (scroll to the bottom of our homepage, and you will see the place to enter your email address), you will receive a coupon for $7.00 off your order.

Comments are closed and the winner is Heidi who commented, “We love our wooden walking blocks from Nova Natural! The jump rope book looks equally awesome… Thank you!”

Thanks, Nova Natural!

Whole Family Rhythms {giveaway}

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This weekend’s giveaway is from Whole Family Rhythms!  Whole Family Rhythms are seasonal digital Guides for Mamas (or carers) who have young children at home and who are yearning to slow down, create and connect with the rhythm of their days together.

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The Guides are designed to help you plan, create and animate a peaceful, balanced and holistic rhythm in your home, flowing between structured, adult-led activities and child-led, imaginative free play.

Each Guide contains a seasonally inspired early childhood curriculum (or rhythm) complete with ingredients and supplies master lists; early childhood stories and fingerplays and detailed directions for daily themes such as whole foods baking & cooking, watercolour painting, beeswax & salt dough modelling, drawing, crafting and hiking.

The Guides also contain weekly mindfulness meditations for mothers or carers, simple monthly handwork patterns, as well as seasonal nursery rhyme and picture book recommendations.

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Meagan is the creator and founder of Whole Family Rhythms. She is Mama to 4 beautiful souls: North, Indigo, Juniper and Sage and loving wife to Brad. After living ten years in Sydney, Australia they recently took flight and put down new roots in the Canadian countryside just outside of Toronto.

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Meagan began researching play-based learning, natural parenting and early childhood education in 2008 after the birth of her first child and on that journey she stumbled across some Waldorf inspired blogs that resonated with her deeply. From that moment on she spent countless hours reading about the importance of rhythm and developing, planning and animating her own family’s rhythms. With each new year, new child and new stage & age daily rhythms change and adapt to our needs, but the steady beat always supports us.

Meagan’s vision is to to connect and inspire mothers, carers and communities with each other so that they feel empowered to raise children who are wholly connected with themselves (head, heart and hands) and to the planet. She believes from the bottom of her heart that peace begins in the home.  You can follow along with her at her blog, and on Instagram.

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Meagan would like to offer one Small Things reader:

All Four Seasons of the Whole Family Rhythms Guides- Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
Each Season includes twelve weekly guides consisting of a weekly story, bushwalking theme, recipe, seasonal craft and themes for watercolour painting, drawing and beeswax modelling, an Ingredients and Supplies Master List, Seasonal Book Recommendations, Twelve Weekly Caregiver Meditations and Three Caregiver Handwork Projects

In addition, she is offering 15% off the Northern Hemisphere Summer Guide and the Southern Hemisphere Winter Guide for all Small Things readers when you use the coupon code ‘joyfulsummer.’  The coupon expires on Friday, June 3rd.  The guides can be purchased here.

For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post.  Comments are closed and the winner is Cassie, who commented, “Beautiful! I would love to win!”

Thanks, Meagan!

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