Monday, March 30, 2015

The Easter Bunny's Coming...

Would you like to know a secret?
Well, I'll tell you one I know:
The Easter's Bunny's coming,
My mama told me so.

He'll bring a basket filled with eggs
And leave it in my yard,
And I will find it Easter morn,
If I look very hard.

I shouldn't tell my secret,
But I think it should be shared.
You ought to know that Bunny's coming,
So you can be prepared!





This year we planted our own Easter Basket Grass. The girls soaked the Rye Berries overnight and then planted them in their baskets. The grass is already coming up pretty good and they are so excited. We will leave our empty baskets out for the Easter Bunny this weekend and he will fill it up and hide it. Then he leaves a Easter Egg hunt filled with clues that lead to the baskets. This is a really fun and easy tradition to start with your family and the grass grows amazingly quick. The girls love looking each day to see how tall it has grown and there's something really sweet about natural grass rather than the plastic kind.

Oh and tomorrow is the LAST day of the Spring Sale at Little Acorn Learning! Hurry up and get some wonderful e-books at 25% off!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Things in Our Etsy Shop

I spend a little time this week making some wool hair clips to put in the Little Acorn Learning Etsy Shop.  They came out very sweet and the girls were wonderful models for me :)






Needless to say, it doesn't feel ANYTHING like Spring in Connecticut. Our woodstove is pumping daily, our wool is on and the snow is still knee deep on the ground.

It will come, though. So we wait. Next I will try to find the time to plan out my garden and start some indoor seeds.

As far as my clean eating goes, I was doing so well but have had a few slips this weekend. I'm headed in the right direction again with the start of a new week.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Winners of SPRING...

I just got home from SUCH a long day. One of my daughters was part of an Odyssey of the Mind team and today was the final competition. We have been working SO hard for months and while we didn't win this year, our town won BIG time and we are so very proud of all of our teammates.

It's been a lot of work. I volunteer a lot but this was honestly one of the biggest challenges/commitments I've ever had to face working with a young group toward a goal. It wasn't always easy but we really did great and I am so proud of our team.

The snow has finally stopped falling in Connecticut (on the first day of Spring) so I guess I can announce our giveaway winners now.  f your comment is listed below, please email us at info (at) littleacornlearning.com with your name and the fact that you won a FREE Spring Festivals E-Book and we will send it your way!

Oh... I should admit, I had a non-processed SLIP!  I've been so so good and I even brought all clean snacks for myself today along with a salad.  But, after hour 4 or 5 I caved and grabbed a handful of my daughter's Doritos as we were waiting at the competition.

AND.THEY.WERE.DELICIOUS!!!!

But, I'm back on track tomorrow. Progress, not perfection.  xoxo

Thank you all for participating and... HAPPY SPRING - wherever you are - (even if it's still snowing!)

Blogger ashadele said...
I am a homeschooling mama of two adventurous little boys! We live in the Pacific Northwest in beautiful Coeur D'alene Idaho. We noticed today the first little blooms of flowers in our backyard. The boys have been busy building our gnomes little homes out of bark and pinecones. We are all ready for our little woodsy friends to come out and play!
Blogger Anna Rose said...
I teach a Nature and Art Based Kindergarten in Saskatchewan, Canada. We've had unusually warm weather for the last few months, and were enjoying lots of puddles and mud right up until today - the first day of Spring - we got a bunch more snow. My class and I have been celebrating diversity - learning about Rainbows, and we decided to paint the snow. I diluted some tempra paint in squirt bottles, and we painted the snow all around our school yard, then some boulders, as well. When we came inside, I had set up a story called "The Rainbow and the Antelope" to share a creation myth introducing seeds (and how to plant them) - we planted popcorn to start in our indoor garden. 
Blogger Diana Gozenput said...
It's my son's 3rd birthday, and I remember walking to the hospital in a tank top and shorts to deliver! Same day, 3 years later, it is snowing and beautifully cold!
Blogger Sasha Sandenskog said...
Here in Sweden it is unusually warm and we have a distinct lack of snow - even the snowdrops are out! :)
Blogger Finamoon said...
Did 1-3. 4. We live in Oregon. Our first day of Spring was rainy, but I still went and planted some Blueberry bushes :) We had a bit of sun now and then peaking through the clouds. I love that the buds are starting to bloom and the daffodils are out. My friend has this gorgeous flowering quince in his front yard and all the humming birds were out buzzing around it. It was lovely. My email is websurfergirl19 AT hotmail DOT com if I win. Thanks!


Friday, March 20, 2015

Day Three of Clean Eating and a Snowy Spring Giveaway!




Ok I'm on Day 3 of "clean eating" and I feel like I've eaten too much. Nothing I ate was processed which is great and no sugar at all but I did have potatoes tonight (my favorite - red potatoes with olive oil). They are clean but not low-carb. I actually think I've gained about 2 lbs since starting this. In either case, at least my food is pure and healthy.

At dinner the girls were asking me about a woman we know who was a child that survived the holocaust. She still has the numbers on her arm. I do not know her entire story but I do know that the story should never be forgotten. The girls are very curious and all three of them are at different ages so I have to be careful how I share things. We decided to read Anne Frank's Diary together a little every night and talk about it. As we read tonight, it amazed me to realize that this all happened when my own grandmother was nearly 30 years old and living her life here in America with no worries. Anne mentioned how her two uncles fled to North America because they were Jewish and the rules were getting so intense. My grandmother met my grandfather in New York and he also came here from Germany. We do not know the exact reasons why but I believe it was because he wanted to get away from the ugliness of what was happening over there.


Today is the first day of Spring and it did not feel like it one bit. My girls got dismissed early from school because of a snowstorm on its way. In order to try to bring Spring indoors, we made some new wool barrettes for the Little Acorn Learning Etsy Shop. I haven't added any to the shop yet as I hope to make a bunch first. They are 100% wool plant dyed felt and very sweet.



Then we enjoyed our first Spring day by putting on two layers of clothing, our snowpants, hats, gloves and boots and jumping around in the snowstorm!  Funny isn't it?


I promised something fun and free today so here it goes:

To celebrate the very first day of Spring, I will be giving away 5 FREE Spring Festival E-Books randomly!  
Here's how to enter to win:

1.  Like our Facebook Page
2. Join our Discussion Group
3. Sign up for Our Mailing List
4. Leave a comment letting us know a little bit about you and your family and where you live. What is the first day of Spring like where you live?

Good luck to you - check back here tomorrow night after 8 p.m. EST to see who won!

Happy Spring!
xoxo

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Day Two of Clean Eating... And, Spring is Coming?











Ok... a few observations.  Eating "truly clean" requires a lot of work.  But, I absolutely love to cook.  So much.  And, I have a brand new kitchen so even washing the dishes (in my new farm sink!!!) is exciting. 
I could never do this much prep work each day if I worked outside of the house. I have such great respect for the many friends that I know who do work full time and take the weekends to pre-plan and prep their meals for the week.

Next... the food preparation has been a blessing.  It has slowed me down. I find that I am thinking a lot more as I cut, chop, mix and wash. I've come up with a few good ideas for my business and I've thought deeper about some things that have been weighing on my mind.  

Back in 2008, I started baking bread with my girls each Friday. 
We have since lost that disciplined routine, although I hope to bring it back... but one of the things I noticed back then was how the time involved in making the bread for the family must have, in itself, been a gift.  An excuse even... to just slow down. "Something as simple as baking was probably a time for mothers to slow down and go within. A time to process life."

I have trouble slowing down. I've realized it's not from lack of desire. I know the importance of it.  I've noticed lately that oftentimes other people in my life and society in general are putting the pressure on me to keep it moving. Faster. More. Produce.

I know how short life is. I am happy to produce but I'd also like to just enjoy and BE.

As much as we shouldn't need an excuse, having a reason such as baking, cooking for the family, exercising and more is definitely a gift in this fast paced world. At least you can say you are "doing" something, right?  Ugh - how horrible! 

When you commit to eating non-processed foods and cooking clean, you are filling up your days with more work. This I realize but I welcome it and the opportunity to slow things down a bit.

My girls love all different types of foods. I've tried to expose them to different things since they were young. We make cooking, trying new recipes and restaurants fun and so they are not afraid of different flavors and textures most of the time. I'm very thankful for that.  

I've also noticed that since I've gotten my beautiful new sink - I want to hand wash my dishes more.  I know, I know - this will die a quick death.  But for now, I've been washing and happy to do so.

Lastly, Facebook has really taken away from blogland.  I used to feel an obligation to post every birthday and milestone here and now I am content because I posted it on Facebook. My oldest daughter just had her 21st birthday and to say I am proud of her is an understatement. She is just simply amazing.
Which one of us is 21?
Tomorrow is the Spring Equinox.  I would love to offer something fun for all of you to celebrate.  We are expecting a snowstorm here in Connecticut so it's actually pretty funny that it will be the first day of Spring.  

Be sure to check back here tomorrow to see what I come up with.  You just may get something FREE.

xoxo

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Day One of Clean Eating...and a Spring Sale!











Ok here's the thing, no matter how hard I try - how many ways I make them - where they come from - or what they are combined with.... I HATE EGGS!

Isn't it strange? Everybody seems to love them. But, ever since I was a little girl, I just cannot stand the taste of them.  It makes me cringe. Yuck.  Bleck.

More specifically it's the white of the egg. I like the yolk, especially dipped with rye toast. But the white is just gross.

SO.  Even though I am committed to two weeks of trying to eat clean (starting today). I am also committed to not ruining delicious meals with eggs. Ever. Again.Yuck.

Luckily, I saved some of this asparagus salad without the egg so I was still able to eat lunch. I've also been forcing myself to drink water (another thing I'm not crazy about but I'll take it any day over eggs). AND, I tried to rejoin my gym but the woman at the desk told me if I waited until later this month when they hold open house the registration fee would be waived. So, I'll wait. I should walk each day... but that takes even more motivation.  ;)

In other news, Spring starts on Friday. Can you believe this? We still have a LOT of snow on the ground and it even snowed here some last night. My neighbor asked me if I've started planning out my garden and started my indoor seeds. I paused and had to remember what month we were in. I haven't. I will try to work on it this week. That seems a little overwhelming to me right now but it needs to get done.

Oh, and there is a Sweet Spring Sale over on my website. Grab 25% off four amazing spring e-books to get you in the mood. 

Happy Spring!
xoxo

Monday, March 16, 2015

How to Catch a Leprechaun

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day and the girls are so excited.  Each year they put together a intricate trap to try to catch one.  It hasn't happened yet but that hasn't stopped the girls from trying.  Tonight's plan included sticky tape, gravity, plastic cups, string, candy and a lot of imagination.  What I love is seeing friends of mine sharing photos of their children doing the very same thing tonight.  It makes us all connected in some sweet leprechaun way.  
Here is a little Leprechaun Fingerplay for you to share with the children tomorrow and for the rest of this week!  

Leprechaun, leprechaun,
Hiding in the hay.
(Hide pointer finger under opposite hand)
Leprechaun, leprechaun,
Don't you run away.
(Hop pointer finger around)
Leprechaun, leprechaun,
Let's go out and play.
(Hop both pointer fingers together)
Leprechaun, leprechaun,
It's St. Patrick's Day!
(Dance pointer fingers up and down)

Around the house, things have been busy. We are still finishing up our new kitchen and it's been slow going although exciting. I'm not the most organized person so I'm working hard to take this opportunity to organize as I go.  

My thirteen year old is the "born-organized" one and she has been a huge help to me as I try hard to get this new kitchen in order.  I know it looks great but trust me, it has already gotten messy!

The Caregiver Meditation in my March 5 Day Guide this week talks about finding the good in not getting what you want. This has held true for me lately. It's interesting how these meditations tend to fit right into my life even years after I wrote them. For me, it's been a time of learning acceptance, changing expectations and finding gratitude lately. It hasn't been easy in each case and there have been a few opportunities that haven't worked out for me just yet. Maybe my expectations need adjusting or maybe my timing is just off.

This Week’s Caregiver Meditation:  Luck  

"Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.  ~Garrison Keillor 

When we think of being ‘lucky’ we usually think of getting what we could only wish for.  More often than not, however, what we wish for is not all we imagined it to be in the first place.  Spend time this week imagining yourself without all of the blessings in your life.  Realize how very lucky you already are.  Be grateful and understand that when we do not get what we want, it is sometimes for the best.  

I've been trying to paint again.  I know you see random blog posts of paintings with those words every few months or so.  It comes in spurts and usually when my feelings are in a certain place or a certain way.  I remember a long time ago I would paint every night and even sold my paintings.  I hope I can get back to that sort of a place eventually but for now, there is just a lot to do.... so, I will just keep doing what I can.  I have two paintings that are in progress and not finished as you can see...  just a little peek into my Art ADHD.  :) 
Enjoy St. Patty's with the children this week.  It's a magical time even if you're not Irish (you poor things who are not!).

xoxo

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