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.


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.”



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 will close and two winners will be selected via random number generator on Monday, May 25th. The winner will be notified via email and announced within this post.

Thanks, Meagan!

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Aurora Shoe Co. {giveaway}

Today’s giveaway is from Aurora Shoe Co. and I am super excited to be introducing them here today!  I have worn a pair of Aurora shoes nearly every day for the past few years.  They are my favorite shoes, especially the West Indians, though both Jonny and I wear the Middle English as well.

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The Aurora Shoe Company was founded on the idea that a good pair of shoes should be made well and fit comfortably. We use American made materials and create all of our shoes in house and by hand. Assembled organically, using simple cuts of leather and minimal stitching, our shoes mold to their owners’ feet the way that only natural materials and careful design can.


We enjoy using our blog to feature the travels and adventures our shoes have been on. Close to home, or around the world, we love them all. We invite you to submit a photo by email along with a description. Of course, photos are also always welcome on our Facebook page as well.

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For today’s giveaway, Aurora Shoe Company is generously offering the following gift to ONE winner: ~ One pair of shoes, any color, any style!

In addition, Aurora Shoe Company would like to offer Small Things readers free shipping on all domestic orders received through 6/1/15. To receive the offer, please enter “gsheller ” at checkout.

For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post.  Comments are closed and the winner is Janine who commented, “I’ve been wanting to try these. Thanks for the chance to win.”

Thanks, Aurora Shoe Company!

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