MOPS

I recently joined a group, MOPS International. This beautiful network of women encourages and equips mothers of young children to realize their potential not only as mothers, women and leaders in their community, but in their relationship with Jesus, and in partnership with their local church as well. This network of women is about uniting in our motherhood and everyday struggles to support, discover and to inspire each other in every way possible. Finding our Fire is the theme of this year. Have you ever given much thought to what your fire is? Where your passions lie? Especially as mothers, we are so consumed with living and serving our families that we often forget to remember who we are and what we stand for as individual women. We forget our fire.

Meeting with these women and listening to these wise speakers a couple of things that struck out at me were; Firstly, Truly enjoying your littles. We all have heard the “enjoy it while you can, bc it goes by in a blink of an eye”. Not only have we heard this but we all understand it (to an extend), yet the reality is it’s a very difficult concept to apply in everyday life at times. Especially when our babies are so small. We are all so so tired and most often than not in survival robot mode. It’s about making sure everyone is fed, clothed, on a decent sleeping schedule that we forget ourselves and who we are. Raising children is so hard that we don’t realize what pure joy & a treat it truly is to have these pint size little comedians in our every day-to-day life. Have your children ever told a joke or did something that made you laugh or giggle so much that you realized that this very moment of joy would not only linger in your soul forever, but would utterly transform you. That is what enjoying your children is all about. Listing to them playing their make-believe games when they don’t realize you are watching, or seeing them dance with so much enthusiasm. There is so much wisdom to be learned from the little ones about enjoying the innocence and joys in life, join them in letting yourself enjoy the beautiful world around us. Join them in their perception of the world.

Secondly, a profound change in perception will in fact transform you. Think about it… when your children are a mess and you respond in miserable way, they too will feel that energy. Then in return they will give yet an even worse reaction. Thus a vicious cycle of toxic and miserable energy emerges between you and your child. Leaving you feeling more than likely guilty and like a crappy momma at the end of the day. Now I’m not suggesting not disciplining your child, children need structure to thrive in personal opinion. I’m just also a believer in they need a positive environment as well for success for both them and for your piece of mind as the amazing momma you are.

Lastly, Yes the cliché of the old ‘one day the things driving you crazy today, you will surly miss tomorrow’…. Today you perhaps would give anything to get them to stop talking for two seconds, but yet when they are a couple of years older its important to remember how much you will give for them to include and talk with you again just like when they were little. You truly are living the special moments of your life, do not let them pass you by unnoticed.

Seeing people through Gods eyes, not your own. That’s what is so important to keep in mind. You never ever know what a person is going through. Even someone you may classify as a bubbly air head or a cold and distant bitch, is still a human being worthy of love and understanding. You have no clue if they go home at the end of the day feeling not good enough. That’s what MOPS stands for….. supporting and propping your fellow mom up… let them know you see them! and they are not only enough, they are hitting it out of the damn park!

If you are a mom or know a mom, please check out/direct them to the MOPS organization here MOPS. Especially in this day and age where there are so many mom’s out there who are struggling daily, who are lonely, starved for adult conversation, get zero to little sleep, and especially those suffering from even trickier obstacles such as depression and anxiety. We need to come together, we need to love & support one another, we need to talk to one another.

Chakra Play dough

I had a fun project with my littles this past weekend. We made chakra play dough and added essential oils to each one that best facilitates the individual chakras. So for the root chakra (our red play dough)-the chakra associates with grounding, balance, feeling safe and secure we added an essential oil blend with ginger in it. For our Sacral chakra (orange play dough)- the chakra that harness our emotional and creative energy we used some lemongrass oil. The solar plexus (yellow play dough)-the chakra of personal will and power we added some rosemary oil. For the heart chakra (green play dough)-the chakra of compassion and love we used rose oil. The throat chakra (light blue play dough)-the chakra of expression and communication we used peppermint oil. For the third eye chakra (dark blue play dough)-the chakra of perception, intuition, and inspiration we added frankincense oil. Lastly for the crown chakra (purple play dough)-the chakra of wisdom and transcendence we used lavender oil. This was such a fun way to introduce my littles to what chakras even are, as well as introduce them to a range of amazing essential oils, but with a relatable twist with their favorite… play dough! I will note however that it is advised that children under 12 should never be exposed to eucalyptus oil and even peppermint oil should be avoided for children under 6. I add very little however and have never had issues with my children and the peppermint oil play dough. Every child is different though, so perhaps stay away from those oils all together and defiantly ALWAYS make sure to wash your littles hand after play dough playtime.  Other than that one side note, this project is a fun activity to do together with your children to bond and to introduce them to both essential oils and chakras.

Namaste!

Chakra Play dough

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Ingredients

  • 1cup of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 t of cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup of salt
  • 1 T of coconut (or olive) oil
  • Food coloring
  • Essential oils of choice

Directions

Combine flour, water, cream of tartar, salt, oil in a pot over medium heat. This combination will have the consistency of pancake batter. Keep mixing while it heats up, then after about 5 min or so the mixture will turn into a ball of play dough consistency. Remove the dough ball from the pan onto some wax paper. After the dough ball cools your going to separate the dough into 7 different dough balls and add color to each ball for the colors that represent the different chakras red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, purple. Then add the essential oils to each ball that goes with the oil that represents each chakra. store in a dry air tight container.

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Strawberry Fields Forever

We got ourselves filthy today…. I mean sweaty, boots in the farm mud kinda dirty today… However we were surely rewarded with one beautiful bucket of hand-picked strawberries and a pocketful of family memories. Let me explain to you all…. I work my hind end off (as any mother typically does) to create fun family adventures. No matter how hard I work though… nothing…. and I do mean nothing ever truly goes right. In fact it is typically a series of disastrous events for our adventures. Take today for example….It took forever to get out the door so by the time we were on the roads the girls were screaming and bouncing off the walls for they had both decided to veto naps, and were starving for lunch. We pull over and get lunch then get back on the road, and then it hits me that not only did I forget hats for the girls but sunscreen as well…..We decide to wing it anyways since we had driven close to an hour outside of Atlanta to the strawberry farm. We finally get out…. get a couple of pictures. For this is a super mom must, ALWAYS make sure to get pictures at the very beginning (time is not on your side) because with littles your chances of massive meltdowns greatly increases with every passing minute…. My eldest was freaking out over having to share the bucket with her sister….my youngest  was pissed we wouldn’t let her roam and eat all the unwashed strawberries her bohemian spirit could grab…. and not to mention most of the strawberries were so picked over, it was like searching for a needle in a haystack. Between the heat and my anxiety I ended the family adventure promptly by telling my husband to grab the girls and get everyone in the air-condition car NOW!….As I started picking every strawberry I could find to fill our bucket up even half of the way. On the drive home, I felt defeated and a tinge of ‘Why do I even bother?’ but then when we got home and I saw our pictures…tucked my ladies in to bed this evening with my eldest baby bear proclaiming this way the best day ever!… it hit me…. While we are all so busy worrying about how we are failing, we are forget to see just how much we do matter and impact the lives of those around us. Life flies by ferociously fast… don’t let how important you are pass you by as well.

“Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see
It’s getting hard to be someone but it all works out
It doesn’t matter much to me

Let me take you down
‘Cause I going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever”

 

Calming Lavender Play Dough

Lavender play dough

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Ingredients

  • 1cup of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 t of cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup of salt
  • 1 T of olive oil
  • 1 T of purple food coloring
  • Roughly about 25 drops of essential lavender oil
  • about 2 T of fresh lavender

Directions

Combine flour, water, cream of tartar, salt, oil in a pot over medium heat. This combination will have the consistency of pancake batter. Keep mixing while it heats up, then after about 5 min or so the mixture will turn into a ball of play dough consistency. Remove the dough ball from the pan onto some wax paper. After the dough ball cools add the food coloring, oil and fresh lavender and you keep folding and kneading until the play dough ball comes together.

 

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The Metaphysics of Gardening

 

I always foster these grand ideas about being some fantastic gardener. However the reality of the matter is I suck so badly at the activity, that it’s not even funny. I guess at the end of the day after nurturing, and caring for everything around and making sure that my family is still alive at the end of the day. I’m just too darned tired to remember to make sure the planets needs have all been met as well. That said this year I was determined to at least get a little garden flourishing and hopefully even alive and the end of the season (we will see…fingers crossed). Regardless of the outcome I love any opportunity to engage and to include my littles in the wonders of nature.

So first up, we started off our gardening adventures with a visit to the Atlanta botanical gardens for inspiration.

Nothing quite beats story time in the gardens,  learning about different seeds, and planting workshops.

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We left with all sorts of inspiration to boot! First we got our seed starters going- from old recyclable egg cartons. We added some potting soil, and then our seeds (along with some good wishes) . We started off with some seeds for lettuce, carrots, onions, and tomatoes. Then we got these seeds in our Cheerios box to help #bringbackthebees that we planted as well. We learned all about how important bees are to our ecosystem and how we all need to do our part in helping to support them.

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Then we finally started to see some success after about a week of watering and nurturing our seeds and it was plant time.

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Next on our garden list is for us going to get our herbs going strong to add some yummy flavors to our food. Also doesn’t hurt to add a little good metaphysical mojo as well…

Basil- This is plant is known to bring in money and fortunate energy. Who can’t use a little more wealth in their lives? Am I right? Strongly attracts energy for money but also for love and health matters as well

Sage- Known for its purification properties, dry and burn your own sage for environment cleansing properties

Lavender- the plant that brings in more men into your life. Lavender brings on great love energy. Plus this plant is so soothing you can use it for endless soothing and restful properties.

Lemon- Great for clearing blockages

Another little added jazz for your garden would be adding some crystals to the soil surrounding the plants. Not only for a cool look but a lot of crystals are known for over all garden health and productivity.

moonstone-a symbol of fertility and the lunar energy. promotes restorative health in a garden.

Tigers eye- thought to improve overall root growth in plants. A stone known for courage and strength will promote overall stability and strength in your garden.

Citrine is a stone that energizes and warms your garden. Extremely protective this stone is in association with the solar plexus and is known to transmute negative energy into positive.

I hope you found this inspiring enough to get your green thumb on as well. The planet needs fresh new growth and dedicated warriors to help preserve and enrich our environment.

Happy Earth Day to all & Namaste!

Morning Cup of Meditation

Not sure about you, but with me…Nature keeps me focused. It mentally keeps me locked and loaded. In every aspect, but especially when it comes to my morning meditation. When you feel your mind drifting, the feel of the breeze on your face and the sound of the chirping birds will gently help you to refocus your breath work again, and transfix your mind back into a gentle state of disciplined mindfulness.

Also I focus on a number of visual techniques as well to obtain the proper energy during my sessions. Such as the visualization of my chakras lighting up- to represent mental balance, energetic roots from my body growing into the ground- to represent energetically grounding oneself, or visualizing a cord of light from the top of your head shooting straight up towards the heaven above- as a symbolization of connecting oneself to source.

One of my favorite yogis always says it’s important to ‘embrace your reality’ that may mean only dedicating 10 min towards meditation in the morning before the littles wake. Or in my case fitting some morning yoga in whilst those littles of mine dangle off of me like wild monkeys.

It’s still vitally important to keep your center though. Fight for it even. For whether it be children, deadlines, or overall laziness… fighting and honoring YOUR center, YOUR balance, and YOUR peace is invaluable. We will never be able to escape difficult and even toxic energy in our everyday life. We can however escape the negative reactions that those of a lower vibration seek to invoke with in us. Those with a disharmonious intent of disrupting your balance for their own greedy agendas. You can still be in this crazy world and at the same time be strong, mindful, and seek to nurture & cultivate that balance and to defend it ferociously. You might be surprised even to realize how your own calm will not only inspire but with lead others towards a more balance and peaceful existence as well.

 

Namaste!

Easter 2018

It’s Easter baby! and man do we love us some Easter in our household. When it comes to our favorite holidays its always a toss up between Christmas & Easter (with Halloween as  a close runner up). I would even say that Easter has the advantage over Christmas because of the fresh spring weather that is typically at its finest here in Atlanta. So many fun traditions to share with the babies, from egg hunts, painting eggs, and ostereierbaum. Ostereierbaum the German Easter tradition of decorating trees and bushes with decorative eggs. Another pro for team Easter would be that no other holiday glorifies my most favorite meal of any day… BRUNCH, like Easter does. Lastly I would say the overall theme of Easter, the story of Jesus rising from the dead just hits it home for me. It’s the ultimate Phoenix from the ashes story. Jesus was eliminated and still he rose from the ashes. We should all remember this, and carry this vital message in our hearts. Knowing that no matter how much you feel invalid or defeated, that there will forever be room for the rising. Happy Easter!!

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Only the essentials for our Easter brunch

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Ostereierbaum & Egg Hunting

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The littlest bear 100% certin this “Easter Bunny” is a serial killer in disguise.

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See ya later Easter 2018… You have been good to us. Till next year.