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When I was a kid, I used to scour the roads for papery winged seeds. I liked to throw them up in the air and watch them twirl to the ground like little helicopters.

These winged seeds are fruits called samaras and grow on Maple trees. I know this now because our backyard is home to these two lovelies.

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I recently dredged up a memory from my childhood that portrayed a side of me that I had forgotten existed. I used to be curious about nature. Fancy that!

When I was eleven I fantasized about the day I could recognize individual trees by name. I’m not quite sure why or how I got to where I am but I haven’t experienced nature in years.

“Out in this, God’s beautiful world, there is everything waiting to heal lacerated nerves, to strengthen tired muscles, to please and content the soul that is torn to shreds with duty and care.” ~ Anna Botsford Comstock

These trees provide a picturesque backdrop for our home.

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I knew we were lucky to have these gorgeous trees in our backyard and I knew they would be even lovelier up close and personal.

I made a conscious effort to venture outside and sit quietly under the trees.

I listened to the birds twittering noisily (I swear it sounded like there were hundreds of them!) and I even heard a couple of squirrels chattering nearby.

What I enjoyed most of all was the rustling of the leaves as they swished around me. I sat mesmerized as I watched them periodically flutter to the ground in their glorious Fall colours.

My quiet afternoon in the garden worked magic on my nerves. I felt invigorated with a newfound zest for life.

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It was a curious thing, like soothing balm for the soul.

Has life’s hectic pace ostracized you from mother nature? If you’ve lost faith in her power to heal (or forgotten what its like to feel nature), I encourage you to go outside – you don’t have to venture far.

If you have a backyard, great. If you don’t, go sit quietly on your front steps. And please, leave your cell phone behind!

Let nature work her magic on you.

She’s good. Very good.

simple living

Saying “no more” to school lunch and simple living

Opting-out of school lunches I have four school aged kids. This translates into planning, preparing and packing four snacks, four lunches AND serving breakfast – by 8am five days a week. That’s a lot of work for someone who’s not a morning person! Last year, I picked my younger two kids up for lunch every Friday and it was a great way to spend some quality time with them, but I particularly enjoyed the slower, less hectic pace to my Friday… READ MORE ➞

Healthy Breakfast

Feeding Kids a Real Foods Breakfast

Breakfast cereals marketed to children are typically loaded with sugar, artificial flavours, colours and additives. I’ve known this fact from way before I started eliminating processed foods from our kitchen so I used to stock our pantry with “healthy” cereals like Multi-grain Cheerios and Special K. I realized I was fooling myself when I took a good look at our “healthy” cereals and discouvered that they contain up to 12 grams of sugar per serving. To top it off, none of my kids… READ MORE ➞

simple living

Un-scheduling your kids simple life

“Children need free, unstructured time. They need time to do ‘nothing'; time to do handstands. Or figure out a way to get the ice-cream truck to continue straight down the block without always turning at the corner. Or to make a good ice-cream truck plan while practicing handstands. ” ~ Kim John Payne. Simple living and un-scheduling your kids lives Last Summer, my younger kids and I packed a lunch and spent most of our afternoons at a neighbourhood park. They… READ MORE ➞

too many sweets

Do you deprive your kids of candy?

To celebrate the end of the school year, my 7 year old’s teacher had the kids complete the second half of a little booklet. The idea was to show the kids how much their writing had improved over the course of the school year. My daughter showed me the booklet and had a good laugh about how bad her spelling used to be. I, on the other hand, couldn’t move past the topic she chose to write about. Candy deprivation. Hmm…… READ MORE ➞

Simple life

Put mummy aside and make time for YOU

Procrastination.  According to Wikipedia, procrastination “is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the last minute.” That pretty much defined my behaviour for the first half of the school year. My four year old (the youngest of my four kids) started school in September and for the first time in a very… READ MORE ➞

Healthy Food

5 things we’re loving lately

This is the first of a series of posts that I’m hoping to publish on a regular basis. I’m always on the look out for healthy food products at the grocery store; products that I feel would make a great addition to our kitchen pantry (okay, I admit, it’s usually packaged, convenience foods, but these are necessary when you have four kids)! My trial purchases are usually a case of hit and miss so you can imagine the resulting euphoria… READ MORE ➞

after school snack

After-school snacks + thinking outside the box

After-school hunger pangs Every morning my three kids leave home with lunch bags filled with healthy snacks and a hearty lunch. Every afternoon these same kids return home starving. I tried moving dinner up an hour (from 6pm to 5pm) and suggested the kids wait it out but was informed in no uncertain terms that I may as well ask them to starve! When fruit, yogurt, peanut butter and crackers didn’t cut it I began baking more often. I served healthy… READ MORE ➞

Healthy Rice Crispy Squares

Lose the marshmallows! Healthy rice crispy squares

My kids love rice krispie squares. I stopped buying the Ooey gooey, marshmallow loaded squares over 2 years ago; yet my kids still beg me for them if they happen to spot them at the grocery store. I’ve been stalling their requests, telling them we would buy them one day; of course we never actually do. My four year old recently told me off for my erroneous ways when he exclaimed in frustration, “but it’s already one day, TODAY!” I knew it was time… READ MORE ➞

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