A Few December Things

I dried oranges slices yesterday.  Super simple and I can’t wait to string them on some twine.  They’d be sweet hung on a Christmas tree or strung into a garland (I’m going the garland route).  Have a peek here for how I did it.  (I kept mine in a little longer to deepen the color, [...]

My Wishes for You

Are you busy right now?  Or are you finding stillness?  Maybe you're somewhere in between. So often I find myself in the in-between.  It's possible to be ridiculously busy and (somewhat) still at the same time.  I find that staying with my breath helps.  Walks outside help too.  As do cups of tea.  And warm [...]

25 (Simple) (and Meaningful) Gifts

You know I love lists.  Here’s a list of 25 free (or practically free) gifts you can bestow upon others this holiday season.  Really, they’re gifts for any time of year.  They’re simple and meaningful.  Happy gifting…in a simple and meaningful way.   Give a hug.  Then give another one.  Maybe a little longer.  Maybe [...]

In the Still and in the Merry

I always feel quieter this time of year.  There's hustle and bustle around me, and I'm busy with holiday preparations myself.  But I also feel...quiet.  And decidedly not crazy.  I work (it takes conscious effort) to not succumb to the crazy at this time of year. There are stories out there about the perfect this [...]

:: Noticing the Moments ::

Taking some time to reflect upon my week...:: lighting (and enjoying) these candles :: cold, wind, blusteriness :: trying my hand at making beeswax candles...the 2-pound chunk of beeswax required patience and lots more time than I anticipated...a peppermint mocha helped:: good life conversations with my kids :: breakfast for dinner...twice this week...yes, please and [...]

Peace

Very simply, I wish you delight in your day today.  Christmas Eve or otherwise, may you know love and peace and joy...in your life, in your home, in your heart. Later today, I'll be burning this candle.  I will think of you - you who visit me here (thank you).  And I will think of [...]

:: Noticing the Moments ::

Taking some time to reflect upon my week... :: every year my mom sends gingerbread house kits for the kids...I think they did a pretty stellar job (not that I'm biased or anything) :: watering the Christmas tree and feeling like the water was taking forever to empty through the prettily-curved (but very thin) spout [...]

How to Steer Clear of the Crazy

Sometimes, especially at this time of year, some of us get a little crazy.  I choose to steer clear of the crazy.  Wanna join me?   Drink tea, or coffee...the warmth is good.  Also drink lots of water. Eat cookies.  Also eat vegetables. Do what you can do today.  But remember that tomorrow is another day. [...]

it can wait

it's friday already?  say what?!  seriously, i'm working on being present, and, mostly, i feel like i am present...but how can i get from monday to friday and not really know how that happened?  there were sweet bits to my week...much to appreciate.  there were also a few {parenting} hitches...i swear those hitches try my patience [...]