Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Whole Family Rhythms giveaway!


Today’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.


Meagan began educating herself on play based and natural early childhood learning over four years ago when she stumbled across some Waldorf inspired blogs that resonated with her deeply. Since then she has passionately shared her parenting journey including her transition to a TV-free home, her parenting style and beliefs and delicious holistic recipes on her blog. (

“I am ever inspired by my little ones and the way they live so presently in each moment. It is sometimes 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. By being very clear about our family values and then translating these into strong rhythms for my children I believe I am also creating a strong rhythm for myself –so that in turn, I am able to slow down, stay calm and be authentically present for my children.”


Each seasonal guide contains over 70 pages including weekly oral stories and fingerplay, bushwalking themes, seasonal crafts, wet-on-wet watercolour painting, drawing and modelling activities 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 “Waldorf/Steiner Inspired” but including stories and particularly the watercolour painting and beeswax modelling activities. However it they do not strictly adhere to any philosophy and are designed to be adapted to suit each individual family. The daily rhythms centre around nature-based learning; unstructured outdoor play; free, undirected, child-led play; meaningful work and authentic guidance from the child's caregiver who demonstrates a reverence for life's natural rhythms.


Meagan is kindly offering two winners their choice of either the Whole Family Rhythms Northern Hemisphere Winter Guide or the Southern Hemisphere Summer Guide as well as a video/audio download with a number of (non-denominational) Mealtime Blessings and Transitions which help to uphold a sense of gratitude and graciousness within your daily lives.

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post! If you would like an additional chance to win:
-post this giveaway to Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or your blog
-“like” Whole Family Rhythms on Facebook
and please make sure to come back and leave me another comment letting me know you did so!

Please make sure you comment via intense debate and not via blogger on your phone. If you comment using blogger it gets deleted and cancels out all of the other comments in the process. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for understanding!

Comments will close on Monday November 3rd and I will announce the winner within this post that night.

Thank you Meagan. Best of luck everyone!



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Keep Calm Craft On {crafting on}

The act of creating, in one form or another, preserves my sanity amongst the chaos of life. This explains why I always have more than one project going at a time as well as why my housework tends to fall behind. I enjoy seeing what others are working on and keeping calm with, too. What are you creating? What is keeping you going? Snap a picture or two and share it with the rest of us by leaving your link below.

KCCO - college bound! KCCO - college bound!

I can’t believe my oldest niece is off to college! Where did the time go? Upstate NY (where I grew up) is pretty brutal in the winter so I knit her this warm hat to hopefully help keep her ears and head warm so she doesn’t miss a beat. I also just happened to have thieves oil on my hands as I was knitting (from rubbing it on my children) so hopefully it will help infuse the hat with good health and give her a fighting chance during the cold and flu season.

K loved modeling her cousin's hat for me and begged me to knit one for her, but smaller. She says that she would feel like she was closer to her cousin by wearing the same hat she was. She loves and misses her so much! She went into my yarn stash and came back with some Tosh yarn in the vintage sari colorway. The end result was shown in yesterday's post (and is here on rav). I followed the pattern as it was written but only did 8 pattern repeats to make it a bit shorter. It slouches nicely on her when she doesn't have it pulled down to her eyes.

No knitting going on here with lesson planning taking over every night. What are you working on?! Happy creating!

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