Thursday, March 19, 2015

//Opposite of Far: Endangered Animals Mask of the Month Club//

"Mommy, mask?"  

I'm barely awake.  The sun is just peering through the corner of our window and I hear the kettle beginning to whistle.  I look down and see my three and a half year old, Elliot holding up his polar bear mask.  On his back is a super hero cape.  A moment later Asher runs in, galloping really and he hands me his own red panda mask and of course, super hero cape.  I look at the clock and then glance out the window: our neighbors are already gone for work.  My husband is getting up and so, I say "yes."  I fix their masks and clasp their capes around their neck.  Almost instantly, they're off: roaring and jumping; eating their "food" and always yelling "look at me! look at me, mommy!"  And so, begins a full day of play.  They will play with blocks and cars; they will color and read their books.  But I think their masks are their favorite, and honestly, it's currently my favorite as well!  

We are part of Opposite of Far's Endangered Animal Mask of the Month Club.  Each month, you receive a mask along with a 5X7 print of the featured animal along with information about that particular one.  Each animal has been chosen to bring awareness about the species.  As I see my kid's learn and play, I am confident that their awareness flows out of their play.  They may not fully understand it yet (they are 3.5 and 2.5) but they learning to love the animal; they will grow up caring because they used their imagination to put themselves in the shoes of the animal.  They are learning empathy as they run across the room, usually in their underwear and making oh so much noise.  They are learning empathy as we talk about each animal.  Although the conversations are short and simple, I know they will make a lasting impact on their minds.  

Besides the hollering and jumping over all the place, the boys love to match the masks to the photos on the information cards.  They are young, like I said and this is a perfect little matching game for them!  We think of what noises each animal makes and imitate them together.  Gosh, our poor neighbors! ;)

I feel so very lucky to have stumbled upon Opposite of Far's site, although I'm not surprised: they are quickly becoming apart of many children's lives.  They are all over the place!  Jessica, the owner and creator behind the play is a fantastic, inspirational woman.  Not only is she encouraging play with her masks, but she is also helping parents inform their kids about important subjects through the use of imagination.  She gets it: that's how kid's learn!  

Opposite of Far is offering all my readers a 15% discount on any purchase in the shop!  Just use the code ENDANGERED. If you purchase the Mask of the Month Club- Endangered Animals, then she will include a free polar bear mask, which is modeled on Elliot below. ;) That is so very generous.  <3

And here are the elusive polar bear and red panda bear in their natural habitat. ;)

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

// Snow Day Origami //

 First, before I write anything I'd like to acknowledge that I'm actually writing again!  This is a huge accomplishment and it took a snow day and one of my children napping to make it happen.  Okay, now that I've addressed that I'd like to share a craft I found that helped us get through the snow "blizzard."  I was searching pinterest for crafts in preparation for the storm (my kids can hardly stand being inside for most of the day, but two days?! I needed to prepare!)  Well, as I was looking I found a tutorial for an origami fox!  I thought, "that's it!"  I mean it looked simple enough!

And now I'm hooked.  I made a family of foxes and two bunnies.  Elliot played with them for hours and it was so fun to see how his imagination was awakened by a piece of paper.  I snapped a few photos and included the instructions.  If you make these with your kids, I'd love to see how your children incorporate them into their play!  It's so exiting to see how we are all connected by imagination.  <3  

I think I'll keep a blog again. ;)

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Monday, December 8, 2014

// M o o n r i s e c r e e k : S k i n C a r e R o u t i n e //

 Taking care of my skin has always been very important to me.  I don't like to wear foundation or concealer and taking care of my skin makes that a lot easier.  I love the natural look of my face; the freckles and all.  Yet, for a small while my face began to break out a little.  It was getting a bit dry and I wasn't sure why.  I began to search for a skin care routine that would work for me.  I wanted it to be simple, but affective.  

I found Moonrise Creek because I had already become friends with it's owner, Lauren.  Purchasing the skin care products was an easy decision: Lauren and her company were everything I'd want to support.  Natural, earth-friendly, homemade, etc: And most of all, Lauren is an absolute sweetheart!  She's a strong, talented woman:  a truly kind and loving soul.  Her generosity and kindness shines and inspires.  I adore her, can you tell?

I use three products on my skin every day.  I cleanse my face with the Traditional Cleansing Grains and then I follow that with the Soft Rose Face Astringent.  (It's so refreshing!)  And to finish I moisturize with the Moisturizing Face Cream.  This face cream is pure magic:  The end result is **GLOWING** and I would never put any foundation over it.  I hope this doesn't sound silly!  But- I believe true earth-honoring products have not only brightened my skin, but my spirit as well.  

If you are looking for skin products, I recommend you try these!  With all the money we spend on our beauty care, these products are fairly priced and all you need.  <3

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Friday, November 28, 2014

// new friends and a million photos //

I'm so glad I was finally able to edit and post these photos!  We had such an incredible time with Riki, Brooke and their families.  Brooke and I were both apart of The Sling Diaries together and I met Riki through the Sakura Bloom community as well.  We actually hadn't met in person before this, but I felt like we were all instant friends.  Bea definitely made my baby fever a whole lot worse!  She's the sweetest.  Anyways, here's a million photos- enjoy! ;) 

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