tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-32261998090417452482014-06-17T03:42:03.936-04:00Connecting Family and SeoulEmbracing and exploring nature through play with my famiglia and a little touch of Seoul.Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.comBlogger270125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-16701092660530262342014-01-26T07:00:00.000-05:002014-03-04T14:18:23.730-05:00Reconnect with Your Kids<span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3hruomlSNAo/UuRui4_LmtI/AAAAAAAAJ7Q/Di6w7P_W0J8/s1600/Art.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3hruomlSNAo/UuRui4_LmtI/AAAAAAAAJ7Q/Di6w7P_W0J8/s1600/Art.jpg" height="200" width="200" /></a></div><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3gIrcc_OsKQ/UuRui1kRHhI/AAAAAAAAJ7M/qhbVapdGQQw/s1600/ride.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3gIrcc_OsKQ/UuRui1kRHhI/AAAAAAAAJ7M/qhbVapdGQQw/s1600/ride.jpg" height="200" width="200" /></a><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i><span style="font-size: large;">"Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning....They have to play with what they know to be true in order to find out more, and then they can use what they learn in new forms of play."&nbsp;</span></i></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i><span style="font-size: large;">~ Fred Rogers</span></i></b></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Now is the time to reconnect!&nbsp;</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">After the hustle and bustle of the holidays. &nbsp;As we settle into the middle of the cold and darkened winter - it's time to breathe life back into playtime.</b><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Connect with other mothers around the world as we begin another session of&nbsp;</b><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">our <span style="color: #f1c232;">Connecting Family through Creative Play e-Workshop</span>!</b><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">There are so many ways to play.&nbsp;</b><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">To bring laughter and fun back into your everyday ordinary routines. &nbsp;Throughout the workshop, you'll find ideas for:</b><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i>~ artistic expression</i></b><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i>~real world experiences</i></b><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i>~ collaborative projects</i></b><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i>~ games</i></b><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i>~ sensory play</i></b><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i>~ ways to share your memories and passions together</i></b><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">If you're looking to bring balance back into your day.</b><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>If you're looking for fresh ideas</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>or meaningful ways to connect...</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div><div style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">&nbsp;Next session begins February 17th, 2014!</span></b><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Price: $30</span></b></div></div><div><br /></div></div></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</b></span>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-15369638981736003092014-01-13T21:37:00.000-05:002014-01-13T21:37:22.457-05:00{Free} Prompts to Help You Savor the Beauty and Cherish the Ordinary<span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BZYVWhVcL6c/UtSdYukgEwI/AAAAAAAAJ3Q/yuJTAdu0oQ4/s1600/Moments+in+Focus+Header.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="202" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BZYVWhVcL6c/UtSdYukgEwI/AAAAAAAAJ3Q/yuJTAdu0oQ4/s400/Moments+in+Focus+Header.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>If you've been following along for awhile now, you may have heard about the free 2-week photojournaling course that I led in October, called <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2013/09/moments-in-focus-for-mamas.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Moments in Focus</span></a>. &nbsp;Ten days of simple photo and journaling prompts geared for Mamas wishing to find peace in their days and connection to their children.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>The prompts were designed to be a gentle reminder to stop and find beauty among the disarray. &nbsp;To care for yourself during those little pockets of time during the day, while caring for those around you.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>If you missed out on the course the first time around, then you won't want to miss this opportunity. &nbsp;You can receive all 20 creative prompts (10 photo + 10 writing) to sample at your own pace. &nbsp;In your own time. &nbsp;Simply subscribe to my newsletter in my new online space (<a href="http://ginakimmel.com/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">ginakimmel.com</span></a>) and you can have them all sent straight to your inbox by using the Promo Code: SEOUL.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>When you subscribe to my "Missives of Beauty," an (almost) bi-weekly newsletter, you will&nbsp;sink into&nbsp;</b></span><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>a place of realness. 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If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul">Facebook.</a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/">Pinterest</a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</b></span>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-8425262000897902692013-12-28T07:01:00.000-05:002013-12-28T07:01:21.971-05:00Where You Can Find Me in 2014!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-10v8LtsKKis/Ur3lxBpHaHI/AAAAAAAAJtg/mHzFZgnWUYs/s1600/Quote.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-10v8LtsKKis/Ur3lxBpHaHI/AAAAAAAAJtg/mHzFZgnWUYs/s400/Quote.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Just yesterday, I shared a bit about what I wished for the new year. &nbsp;How adopting a new guiding word (PRACTICE) will help lead me into the coming months with intention and clarity. &nbsp;With the realizations that came from this excavation of sorts, also comes a new spark of inspiration. &nbsp;Not only will there be positive shifts within my personal life, but also in my life as a writer. &nbsp;&nbsp;</b><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I feel as if I only touch the surface when writing about the everyday happenings of my life as a mother. Skimming the surface of my thoughts, worries, and revelations. When I became a mom just 2 and a half years ago, my world changed and I adjusted accordingly. &nbsp;It hasn't always been an easy transition, but with it came a stronger sense of self. &nbsp;A peek into the person that I always was, but never quite knew. In order to share what I've discovered, what keeps me feeling at peace with my role as stay-at-home mom, I've created a new space with room to grow.&nbsp;</b><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;A place to share all of the layers that make up "me."</b><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</b><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">This new conception is how I hope reach out to other women who wish to find that&nbsp;<i><u>balance</u></i>. &nbsp;To find&nbsp;<i><u>themselves</u></i>. To find&nbsp;<u style="font-style: italic;">beauty in their everyday connections</u>.</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-A-8reWvbr-w/Ur3pTE8sRGI/AAAAAAAAJts/_ASh9ffzfMc/s1600/header.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="236" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-A-8reWvbr-w/Ur3pTE8sRGI/AAAAAAAAJts/_ASh9ffzfMc/s640/header.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="color: #f1c232; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><a href="http://ginakimmel.com/"><span style="color: #f1c232; font-size: x-small;">ginakimmel.com</span></a></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp;Design by <a href="http://thecreativepad.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">The Creative Pad</span></a></span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>This space was birthed with the desire of sharing the beauty that I encounter and soak in everyday. The beauty right that is right in front of me as I look outside my window or into the depths of my son's dark eyes. &nbsp;The beauty in which I can see, and that in which I can only feel. &nbsp;I invite you to <a href="http://ginakimmel.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">step inside</span></a>, as I capture the&nbsp;wondrous&nbsp;sights during my continued journey to not only find myself, but to discover a life that I love. &nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>I will still occasionally update this space with photos of activities that we do as a family, but <a href="http://ginakimmel.com/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">ginakimmel.com</span></a> will be my sacred space that allows me to go deeper. &nbsp;To open myself up to others and share the beauty of connection that I've found with my family, my self, and Mother Nature. &nbsp;To discuss the struggles and the progressions. The unexpected with the mundane. &nbsp;My life as a creative dreamer and cloud-gazer. The thoughts that keep me up at night and those that make my soul sigh with contentment. All of this and more as I begin to take my practice of <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2013/09/moments-in-focus-for-mamas.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Moments in Focus</span></a> to the next level...which will contain many surprises and offerings in the future.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-G1RfAYqZLZ4/Ur4smK0AYFI/AAAAAAAAJuE/FiF1_uC67oU/s1600/light.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-G1RfAYqZLZ4/Ur4smK0AYFI/AAAAAAAAJuE/FiF1_uC67oU/s320/light.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>I would be incredibly humbled if you chose to follow me along on this journey that is forever a work-in-progress. &nbsp;My life as it flows from the inner workings of my mind onto the page.&nbsp;</b></span><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;">You are more than welcome to subscribe to my (mostly) bi-monthly updates, my Missives of Beauty, by signing up <a href="http://mad.ly/signups/97471/join" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;"><i>here</i></span></a>. &nbsp;</span> &nbsp; &nbsp;</b></div></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-weight: bold;"><br /></span></div><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</span></b>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-69570937726193117322013-12-27T07:40:00.000-05:002013-12-27T07:40:02.284-05:00How the New Year will Guide Us...<span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YJc8KVvtnMA/Ur1bFlUQBHI/AAAAAAAAJsw/bPymwyOUmWQ/s1600/New+Year.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YJc8KVvtnMA/Ur1bFlUQBHI/AAAAAAAAJsw/bPymwyOUmWQ/s400/New+Year.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Over the past couple of months, I have been doing a lot of soul searching. &nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Even more writing. &nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>And a lot of time combining them both to sort out where the next year will be leading me and my family. &nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>It is no secret that I have been trying to find <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2013/09/moments-in-focus-for-mamas.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">focus in my life</span></a>. A clear vision of how I wish our <i>everyday</i>&nbsp;to look as a family. &nbsp;I've been honing this practice for a while now, and each step further on this journey I can see the pieces beginning to come together bit by bit.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>As the new year is coming closer into view, I wished to take this path of self-discovery to a new level. &nbsp;In an effort to do just that, I set aside time to create intentions for the new year that would help bring more joy into our home, peace within my heart, and electricity into my written words.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qdIMmyUlzdM/Ur1f6FViSSI/AAAAAAAAJtA/vjd2Alwq_Zc/s1600/Write+to+be+heard.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qdIMmyUlzdM/Ur1f6FViSSI/AAAAAAAAJtA/vjd2Alwq_Zc/s400/Write+to+be+heard.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>You see, over the past year, I struggled. &nbsp;Struggled with the many layers of motherhood that sometimes overshadow the equally numerous layers of Self. &nbsp;What I've learned, however, is not to try and peel away one or the other, but to allow them to intertwine. &nbsp;To meld together, without pushing aside any that make up who I am from my core.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><span style="font-size: large;"><i>Being a mother and caring for your Self doesn't have to be a battle between the two. Instead, it should be a marriage of give and take.</i> </span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>That union, is what I focused on as I sat down one evening to begin the process of finding my "Guiding Word" for 2014. &nbsp;I wanted to think more deeply about how to bring more ease into my life as a mother, while allowing the creativity within me to flourish in other areas of my life as well. &nbsp;And I started here...</b></span><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://theorganicsister.com/amember/aff/go?r=1186&amp;i=20"><img alt="Digging Into 2014 Banner: 200x 200" border="0" src="http://theorganicsister.com/amember/file/get/path/.banners.529ceccebd5e4/i/1186" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>By digging into 2014. &nbsp;This workbook, created up by the lovely Tara at <a href="http://theorganicsister.com/amember/aff/go?r=1186" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">The Organic Sister</span></a>, helped me realize that I want to feel more free in the year to come. &nbsp;Free to grow, free to manifest, free to strengthen the connection with my family while taking my time discover my own version of happiness. &nbsp;As I dug deeper into the pages and the delicious prompts of this workbook I realized that... &nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><i>My desire for 2014 is to see a family where <u>everyone</u> is being taken&nbsp;</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><i>care of as best as possible. &nbsp;</i></b></span></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>With that I mean, continuing on our road of peaceful parenting. &nbsp;Nurturing our bodies and our minds. &nbsp;Setting aside time for Mom and Dad to connect. &nbsp;Cultivate each other's interests. &nbsp;Gifting each other with time to disentangle from the stressors of day to day living. Dreaming big. Writing without abandon. &nbsp;Doing all this, at a pace which feels natural for my family. &nbsp;How might this vision come to be in the new year?</b></span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oYfb33zSt-0/Ur1pkxjC6cI/AAAAAAAAJtQ/RWiKyUD_AxY/s1600/Practice.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oYfb33zSt-0/Ur1pkxjC6cI/AAAAAAAAJtQ/RWiKyUD_AxY/s400/Practice.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br />Through <u>PRACTICE</u>. &nbsp;This new year will be lead through deepening this practice of letting go and following my intuition. &nbsp;By trying again and again, until we find our natural family rhythm. &nbsp;Through reworking what we've found to bring us contentment and connection, until we all feel heard...respected. &nbsp;The list could go on and on.</b></span><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Life has been trying to tell me to slow down. &nbsp;Pay attention. And take all the time you need to find this balance you crave. &nbsp;It's time I started to listen. &nbsp;It's time to deepen this practice. &nbsp; &nbsp;</b><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>With this insight, this excavation that begin by Digging Deep into 2014, comes a new spark of inspiration. &nbsp;A new conception for how I will reach out to other Mamas who wish to find that <i><u>balance</u></i>. &nbsp;To find <i><u>themselves</u></i>. To find <u style="font-style: italic;">beauty in their everyday connections</u>. That spark has led to a new space and room to grow...</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">Stay tuned for the big announcement!</span></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><br /> <span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #ffd966;">Pinterest</span></a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</b></span>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-47542275874077855492013-12-20T08:05:00.001-05:002013-12-20T08:05:53.550-05:00Homemade Christmas ~ Tree Ornaments<div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">The <i>beauty</i> of a tree decorated with handmade ornaments...</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hTs2RpjtPtM/UrDGYXcf_mI/AAAAAAAAJrc/yyEly1R3nhk/s1600/ornaments.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hTs2RpjtPtM/UrDGYXcf_mI/AAAAAAAAJrc/yyEly1R3nhk/s400/ornaments.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/111182684524527522/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Hand-painted from a branch off the tree</span></a></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-O6HUXmI9TaQ/UrDJOpcRoYI/AAAAAAAAJrs/ItpLdiwcFBg/s1600/baking+soda.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-O6HUXmI9TaQ/UrDJOpcRoYI/AAAAAAAAJrs/ItpLdiwcFBg/s400/baking+soda.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><a href="http://fullofgreatideas.blogspot.com/2012/09/christmas-in-september-corn-starch-and.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Cornstarch and Baking Soda Ornaments</span></a></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oV5-dEhJanQ/UrDJOtnHWzI/AAAAAAAAJro/ETVZWTaRI-g/s1600/tree+ornaments.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oV5-dEhJanQ/UrDJOtnHWzI/AAAAAAAAJro/ETVZWTaRI-g/s400/tree+ornaments.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Twinkling Lights</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UtwbAtKq0y8/UrQ_-NF1B2I/AAAAAAAAJsg/A4oQqE4CXkA/s1600/tree.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UtwbAtKq0y8/UrQ_-NF1B2I/AAAAAAAAJsg/A4oQqE4CXkA/s400/tree.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-weight: bold;">The small joys of the holidays.</span></div><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</span></b>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-77157233225319644442013-12-11T14:21:00.002-05:002013-12-12T06:40:42.456-05:00A Homemade Christmas ~ Winter Art<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>The holiday season is in full swing, now. Two weekends ago, we began decorating to bring a bit of warmth and celebration into our home. &nbsp;Prior to dragging out all of the holiday bits and baubles, I took some time to think about how I would like our home to look and feel this season. &nbsp;I had a vision of creating an air of 'handmade magic' in our home.</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>We began by picking out our Christmas tree one snowy afternoon and went from there. &nbsp;Over the next couple of days, we put up about half of what we normally do, in anticipation of decking our halls with art created by my 3 year old, along with a few additions from Mom and Dad.&nbsp;</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-A3LjZemm08c/UqSbyMU_nLI/AAAAAAAAJqg/y6m9zSd-fvI/s1600/art.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-A3LjZemm08c/UqSbyMU_nLI/AAAAAAAAJqg/y6m9zSd-fvI/s400/art.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Our first day was spent creating a hand and footprint reindeer, along with a couple of stamped pages using cookie cutters. &nbsp;We selected red and green washable paints, then added a bit of glitter for shimmer.&nbsp;</b></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xifQiJAWwC8/UqSb0ZIFDDI/AAAAAAAAJqo/PXk_mPmS4Y4/s1600/snowflakes.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xifQiJAWwC8/UqSb0ZIFDDI/AAAAAAAAJqo/PXk_mPmS4Y4/s400/snowflakes.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Another afternoon, I used masking tape to create snowflakes on a piece of construction paper. &nbsp;My son and I found some white and silver paint, mixed in a bit of silver glitter, and used brushes to paint around the tape. &nbsp;Once it dried, I removed the tape and hung the painting up in the living room.</b></span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tGDjHZnEZTE/UqSb0X5eyaI/AAAAAAAAJqs/nN7w1EI0h9g/s1600/snowmen.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tGDjHZnEZTE/UqSb0X5eyaI/AAAAAAAAJqs/nN7w1EI0h9g/s400/snowmen.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>For <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2013/11/family-art-night.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Family Art Night</span></a>, the three of us created our own snowman family. &nbsp;Using a toilet paper roll, the lid of a canning jar, and a plastic cup we made three different sized circles for the bodies by dipping them in white paint. &nbsp;Each of us took turns gluing on buttons and creating faces for our snowman.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rQr8R2jqfOI/Uqi4v-ZREJI/AAAAAAAAJrA/fh1s6Ei5ESU/s1600/crystals+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rQr8R2jqfOI/Uqi4v-ZREJI/AAAAAAAAJrA/fh1s6Ei5ESU/s400/crystals+2.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>To bring a bit of science to our holiday decorating, we also grew snowflake crystals on the first week of Advent. &nbsp;You can find a simple tutorial <a href="http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howtos/ht/boraxsnowflake.htm" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">here</span></a> to grow your own out of borax! &nbsp;We hung the flakes on a tree that we added to our Advent Nature Table, along with a few finds that we had (seashells, rocks, and crystals) and ones that we collected over the past couple of weeks (feathers, pinecones, and evergreen). We're looking forward to adding more in the last two weeks of Advent, as well!</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OtdH5-WVkWk/Uqi6AQGxKYI/AAAAAAAAJrM/Hf1lhuM6lNk/s1600/advent+table.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OtdH5-WVkWk/Uqi6AQGxKYI/AAAAAAAAJrM/Hf1lhuM6lNk/s400/advent+table.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</b></span>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-31838546781279237072013-12-02T20:54:00.000-05:002013-12-02T20:54:27.791-05:00Finding Joy Amidst the Pain + A Free Gift<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-f10rL54dRx8/Up0vVU9KjGI/AAAAAAAAJps/N73QVvaUwGk/s1600/the+family.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-f10rL54dRx8/Up0vVU9KjGI/AAAAAAAAJps/N73QVvaUwGk/s400/the+family.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Over the past couple of years, I've shared several moments that our family experienced... &nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>moments of laughter,</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>moments of exploration,</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>moments of discovery,</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Now, I would like to take you behind the scenes a bit. &nbsp;Back almost one year ago from today, to the moments that began a season of heartache for my family. &nbsp;The ones that left us wondering to whether we would ever recover. &nbsp;Moments that forced us to find "joy to burn out the pain."</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Last year, our family suffered from two failed adoptions. &nbsp;One in November of 2012 and another in February of 2013. &nbsp;We fell for each of the tiny little boys that we were hoping to welcome into our home. We named them, held them, loved them, and celebrated their births. &nbsp;We even brought one of those miracles home to live with us and my oldest became a big brother.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zo9KVwCohxk/Up0wkuXQcBI/AAAAAAAAJp4/3C_wf85QOXk/s1600/guys.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zo9KVwCohxk/Up0wkuXQcBI/AAAAAAAAJp4/3C_wf85QOXk/s400/guys.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>When our social worker told us that we would have to give him back, tears were shed. &nbsp;Many. &nbsp;Repeatedly. The second time this happened, we not only lost a baby boy, but we also lost a bit of hope. &nbsp;It took us months to find our "normal" again. Through it all, I focused on one quote that carried me through the toughest of days:&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><b style="font-size: x-large;"><i>"Find a place inside where there is joy,&nbsp;</i></b></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><b style="font-size: x-large;"><i>and joy will burn out the pain. "&nbsp;</i></b></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><b style="font-size: x-large;"><i>~Joseph Campbell.</i></b></b></span></div><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>I'll admit that there were days in which I did not want to get out of bed. &nbsp;When it was difficult to find the strength to put breakfast on the table for the beautiful toddler that we are blessed to have in our lives. But just like they say, time did heal. &nbsp;I took time to weep, but also made time to find joy in the normal, everyday routine of our lives. &nbsp;To be there for my family who needed me, while they also allowed me to lean on their shoulder. &nbsp;I couldn't have done it without the support from my husband, my parents, and a small circle of women that allowed me to share my pain. &nbsp;To feel it from inside and out. &nbsp;To allow the pain and the joy to heal me.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hR30Cmxvicc/Up02uU9pGsI/AAAAAAAAJqQ/m6MWrQNpKV4/s1600/healing.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hR30Cmxvicc/Up02uU9pGsI/AAAAAAAAJqQ/m6MWrQNpKV4/s400/healing.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">So, now from that glimpse into our struggles, I'd like to share a gift with you. &nbsp;I was extremely honored to be featured in the {free} ebook, <a href="http://www.homelifesimplified.com.au/free-ebook/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">"Heart Centered Living: with intention, growth, and grace"</span></a>&nbsp;that was edited by Deb from <a href="http://www.homelifesimplified.com.au/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Home Life Simplified</span></a>. Deb graciously took her to time to gather women who had a story to tell. I, along with 18 other women, share a piece of my story within its pages. &nbsp;A piece of my heart.</b><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.homelifesimplified.com.au/free-ebook/" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qDYan5nKnFM/Up00EWIdddI/AAAAAAAAJqE/rwiuFOD9Ev4/s200/heart+centred+living+graphic+400px.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>To read more about how I took an empty space ~ an empty room to be exact ~ and turned it into a place to connect with my son, you can download your free copy by clicking <a href="http://www.homelifesimplified.com.au/free-ebook/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;"><i>here</i></span></a>. &nbsp;You can experience, not only how I found a bit of hope and solace among the pain, but how other women became<span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;open to learning and change, or finding their path. &nbsp;How they committed time for self care and self love, and embraced mindfulness by celebrating the everyday. &nbsp;You won't want to miss out on this special piece of work.</span></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Thank you all for listening. &nbsp;For hearing my words. For taking the time to see them.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>xx,</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Gina &nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</b></span>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-48795122573627185072013-11-26T08:13:00.000-05:002013-11-26T08:13:01.196-05:00Christmas Countdown ~ 25 Days of Advent Activities<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5e8uBQyeBs4/UpP-3tVNBEI/AAAAAAAAJoM/oOWCiHvS0xo/s1600/countdown+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5e8uBQyeBs4/UpP-3tVNBEI/AAAAAAAAJoM/oOWCiHvS0xo/s400/countdown+2.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><h3><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Creating</b></span></h3><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Last year, we started the tradition of creating our own Advent Calendar to count down the 25 days before Christmas as a family. &nbsp;Our calendar consisted of pairing 25 (previously owned) holiday/seasonal books with one activity that we could do together each day to keep the spirit of the season going throughout the entire month of December.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Just this weekend, we sat down during our weekly <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2013/11/family-art-night.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Family Art Night</span></a> to put the finishing touches on the countdown. &nbsp;The books were wrapped the night before, when little eyes were sleeping, but the next evening we pulled out the stickers and tags to complete our calendar. &nbsp;We stuffed one festive idea into each envelope, so that every morning we can unwrap a book and holiday activity to share together later that evening.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Each of our activities are simplistic in nature. &nbsp;Something that embraces the joys and comforts of the holidays, while creating an atmosphere of relaxation during a usually busy time of year. &nbsp;On most days, we will be sitting down to share these activities after our family dinner, which is the perfect way to end the day.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><h3><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Sharing</b></span></h3><div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>This year, I would love to try something a little different as I share with you some of the seasonal ideas that we came up with. &nbsp;<i>Each morning</i>, I will post to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook</span></a> the idea that we opened during breakfast, so that you can join us! &nbsp;Here's what you need to do, to be sure that you don't miss any of our creative, family-friendly Advent activities:</b></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><i><br /></i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><i>1. Be sure to "like" us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook</span></a>.</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><i>2. Hover over the "like" button and click "settings."</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><i>3. Click on "all updates" so that you will be sure to see each morning's reminder!</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><i>4. Have some holiday fun with your family!</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>These activities will vary from nature-based to allowing the kids to join you in the kitchen. &nbsp;They will be magical and calming. &nbsp;Traditional and open-ended. &nbsp;Centered around Christmas, as well as the Winter Solstice. &nbsp;You are welcome to join us everyday or simply select ones that appeal to your family. &nbsp;</b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>So, be sure to look for a daily Advent post on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Connecting Family and Seoul</span></a> each morning! &nbsp;Later that evening, I'll also be sharing a picture of the fun we had completing each activity, and I invite you to share yours as well! &nbsp; &nbsp;</b></span></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zLNLt77gzWQ/UpP-5fOhVsI/AAAAAAAAJoU/oR7n4QbV-1c/s1600/Countdown.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zLNLt77gzWQ/UpP-5fOhVsI/AAAAAAAAJoU/oR7n4QbV-1c/s400/Countdown.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</b></span>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-91600254260035798322013-11-25T20:04:00.000-05:002013-12-28T07:28:36.163-05:00Thanksgiving Centerpieces {Printmaking with Corn and Potatoes}<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BDHjajSBrY0/UpPvkP9AIGI/AAAAAAAAJnc/eSglq0qg2Nw/s1600/Potato+Printins.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BDHjajSBrY0/UpPvkP9AIGI/AAAAAAAAJnc/eSglq0qg2Nw/s400/Potato+Printins.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Last week we were feeling a bit creative, so we dropped by our grandmother's house to grab a few bits of fabric that she had lying around. &nbsp;We wanted to create something to adorn on table for Thanksgiving, and luckily, we found two pieces that were the perfect size to place under a centerpiece.</b></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Since these were to be for Thanksgiving, I thought that using dried Indian corn cobs and potatoes would be perfect for printmaking with a 3 year old! &nbsp;We selected colors (of craft paint) that were distributed throughout the corn to decorate with and began with the first piece of fabric.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1omNd6X8ivw/UpPw4zblLoI/AAAAAAAAJno/W9GrR3_wgw8/s1600/Corn+printing.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1omNd6X8ivw/UpPw4zblLoI/AAAAAAAAJno/W9GrR3_wgw8/s400/Corn+printing.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Since someone wasn't too excited about getting his hands messy while rolling the cobs, we finished up with the first cloth and got the potatoes ready for creating! &nbsp;I sliced two lengthwise and stuck a fork in the back of them for easy handling. &nbsp;We had so much fun decorating the second swatch of fabric, that we also made a canvas to hang up in the dining room as well! &nbsp;All together, these projects took less than an hour to create on a chilly afternoon at home.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Fg6WHXytFNY/UpPx5SYOD0I/AAAAAAAAJn0/oJ_3mHlLLB0/s1600/Centerpiece.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Fg6WHXytFNY/UpPx5SYOD0I/AAAAAAAAJn0/oJ_3mHlLLB0/s640/Centerpiece.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1s76J8cYVvk/UpPx8jDqWBI/AAAAAAAAJn8/d4sw4kOCAb4/s1600/DSC_1043.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="427" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1s76J8cYVvk/UpPx8jDqWBI/AAAAAAAAJn8/d4sw4kOCAb4/s640/DSC_1043.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</b></span>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-67126652145644768202013-11-19T07:42:00.001-05:002013-12-28T07:29:04.124-05:00Gratitude Garland {w/ Photos and Nature Items}<span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>In last month's <a href="http://eepurl.com/F605z" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">newsletter</span></a>, the "<a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2013/09/moments-in-focus-for-mamas.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Moments in Focus</span></a>" prompt was all about capturing images of those people in which you are grateful for. &nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>To see them.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>To think about how they make a difference in your life. &nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>For the past couple of weeks, my son and I have been taking photos of the people that mean the most to us. &nbsp;We will continue to do this during the days that lead up to Thanksgiving, but for now, we decided to put these photos to good use ~ and create gratitude garland.</b></span><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hfHQ5N_t_tw/Uotbd99NhoI/AAAAAAAAJnM/XRYHjTDeRIU/s1600/d5d9b6ce3ffb11e3920622000ae9085f_8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hfHQ5N_t_tw/Uotbd99NhoI/AAAAAAAAJnM/XRYHjTDeRIU/s400/d5d9b6ce3ffb11e3920622000ae9085f_8.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">We printed off all of the pictures that we had taken so far and sat around the table as a family to look at them. &nbsp;As we went through each one, I asked my son why he is grateful for each person. (To help my 3 year old understand what gratitude means, I asked him why he loves this person or what this person does to help him or make him happy). &nbsp;We wrote his answers on the back of each photograph and then found some twine to string across the entryways in our livingroom.</b><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Each photo is displayed, along with items that were found in nature (which we are also grateful for). &nbsp;We will continue to add to our garland as we capture more pictures of those who mean the world to us, while enjoying the ones that are currently displayed.</b><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_rSUX67X6yk/UotaPdsxlpI/AAAAAAAAJmg/BJzEtKW_rUU/s1600/Entire+Garland.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="458" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_rSUX67X6yk/UotaPdsxlpI/AAAAAAAAJmg/BJzEtKW_rUU/s640/Entire+Garland.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5qd6xMBP2ps/UotaU2RkIdI/AAAAAAAAJmo/fqwuUZMdJxY/s1600/DSC_0977.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="427" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5qd6xMBP2ps/UotaU2RkIdI/AAAAAAAAJmo/fqwuUZMdJxY/s640/DSC_0977.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9-siaopMPYc/UotaXWajJ8I/AAAAAAAAJmw/KXP3PrVbl0s/s1600/DSC_0965.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="440" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9-siaopMPYc/UotaXWajJ8I/AAAAAAAAJmw/KXP3PrVbl0s/s640/DSC_0965.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DZnND3jiZxc/Uotaf-8DsMI/AAAAAAAAJnA/dGbe1yGgqiM/s1600/DSC_0968.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DZnND3jiZxc/Uotaf-8DsMI/AAAAAAAAJnA/dGbe1yGgqiM/s640/DSC_0968.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">After seeing these photos hanging in our livingroom, I think that we may just keep this up throughout the year. &nbsp;Add to it, swap out photos for more current pictures as the year goes on, and simply enjoy the ones that are displayed.</b><br /><br /><div id="mc_embed_signup"><form action="http://connectingfamilyandseoul.us6.list-manage2.com/subscribe/post?u=eaaa3150d1f6bfbbfcf4ba913&amp;id=a1e02641af" class="validate" id="mc-embedded-subscribe-form" method="post" name="mc-embedded-subscribe-form" novalidate="" target="_blank"><div class="clear"><div></div></div></form></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><span style="font-size: x-small;">*Sharing on&nbsp;<a href="http://bloomdesignsonline.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Bloom Designs</span></a></span></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><span style="font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</b></span>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-48160700816640863442013-11-14T21:10:00.001-05:002013-11-18T10:02:08.206-05:00Wintertime Traditions for your Family {+ a special offer!}<div class="yiv4266400592MsoNormal" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1384458131225_1915" style="background-color: white; padding: 0px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I would love to welcome Liz, at&nbsp;<a href="http://anaturalnester.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">A Natural Nester</span></a>,&nbsp;here today to share a few of her family's celebratory traditions for the Winter Solstice. &nbsp;These are just a glimpse of what Liz and eight other creative bloggers have shared in her <a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1286419&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=221255&amp;cl=226539%22%20target=%22ejejcsingle%22%3EClick%20here%20to%20view%20more%20details%3C/a%3E" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Celebrations of Light eGuide</span></a>. &nbsp;{Keep reading to find out how to order!) This guide offers inspiration and guidance for an entire season full of warmth and light. &nbsp;Here's a sneak peek!</b></div><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><i><br /></i></span></b><br /><h3><b id="yui_3_13_0_1_1384458131225_1914"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><i>A Nature-Based Winter Solstice Tradition</i></span></b></h3></div><div class="yiv4266400592MsoNormal" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1384458131225_1912" style="background-color: white; padding: 0px;"><br /></div><div class="yiv4266400592MsoNormal" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1384458131225_1858" style="background-color: white; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Of all the traditions and celebrations we honor as a family each wintertime, I’d dare to say the Winter Solstice tops the list. The shortest day of the year… the darkest night… &nbsp;it’s full of magic and mystery. In this spirit, our Winter Solstice celebration pays homage to the power and beauty of nature.</b></span></div><div class="yiv4266400592MsoNormal" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1384458131225_1856" style="background-color: white; padding: 0px;"><br /></div><div class="yiv4266400592MsoNormal" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1384458131225_1854" style="background-color: white; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>During the day, we gather together a selection of nature items we’ve collected throughout the fall – leaves, moss, pinecones, acorns, snakeskins, dried grass, and the like. We spread them out on a big quilt – outside if it’s nice enough – and look at all our goodies, recalling when and where we picked them up if we can. Then, using twine or cotton string, we begin to wrap and tie the bits of nature to a fire log. This is to become our “yule log” – a special log we will burn in our fireplace after sundown. Later, as it burns and crackles and sizzles in the flames, we will give thanks for the many gifts nature offers us.</b></span></div><div class="yiv4266400592MsoNormal" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1384458131225_1854" style="background-color: white; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LamAlpRdb_U/UoUrRt8yJeI/AAAAAAAAJlg/RA6YcC06qko/s1600/DSC_0416.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="425" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LamAlpRdb_U/UoUrRt8yJeI/AAAAAAAAJlg/RA6YcC06qko/s640/DSC_0416.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="yiv4266400592MsoNormal" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1384458131225_1854" style="background-color: white; padding: 0px;"><br /></div><div class="yiv4266400592MsoNormal" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1384458131225_1852" style="background-color: white; padding: 0px;"><br /></div><div class="yiv4266400592MsoNormal" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1384458131225_1834" style="background-color: white; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>In the meantime, the kids and I create a little gift to give back to nature. On the solstice, it’s customary for us to make a nature offering of sorts for our backyard friends. This typically involves decorating a tree with edible goodies for the birds and small critters. We smear pinecones and seedpods with peanut butter, then roll them in birdseed to make feeders. We string o-shaped cereal, popcorn, and/or cranberries to make edible garlands. Sometimes we hang orange slices, making sticky, sweet ornaments that glow in the waning sunlight. One year, we even tucked dried corn cobs into the branches of a backyard tree. Both making and hanging the edible gifts is fun, and much anticipated!</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-79jgqWKcpeQ/UoVrZMAB89I/AAAAAAAAJlw/b7xCPIlJso0/s1600/solstice+nature+offering+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-79jgqWKcpeQ/UoVrZMAB89I/AAAAAAAAJlw/b7xCPIlJso0/s640/solstice+nature+offering+2.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="yiv4266400592MsoNormal" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1384458131225_1933" style="background-color: white; padding: 0px;"><br /><br /></div><div class="yiv4266400592MsoNormal" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1384458131225_1935" style="background-color: white; padding: 0px;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NU4W4RevWOE/UoVr4-impSI/AAAAAAAAJl8/lqNDUJ3x_oI/s1600/DSC_0430.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NU4W4RevWOE/UoVr4-impSI/AAAAAAAAJl8/lqNDUJ3x_oI/s400/DSC_0430.JPG" width="265" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>As evening comes, we begin to light candles around the house. There will be no electric lights on this night. No TV, nor any electronic devices. It’s a time we gather in the candle-lit darkness and eat a simple, warming meal by the fire. Grandparents join us, and we all enjoy telling progressive stories and singing songs of the season. When it’s good and dark we burn our yule log. And when the fire begins to die down, just before bedtime, we all bundle up and take a walk about the neighborhood, gazing up at the bright winter stars and enjoying the holiday lights on all the houses.</b></span></div><div class="yiv4266400592MsoNormal" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1384458131225_1947" style="background-color: white; padding: 0px;"><br /></div><div class="yiv4266400592MsoNormal" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1384458131225_1945" style="background-color: white; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>The excitement that builds in my children as we engage in our annual festivities on this day is palpable! I find it such a nice balance to the more consumer-driven traditions that often seem to &nbsp;engulf the season. It’s a time to really enjoy and appreciate the feelings of hope and peace that winter ushers in. Surrounded by warmth, light, and love, we begin a new season and a new year.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="yiv4266400592MsoNormal" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1384458131225_1943" style="background-color: white; padding: 0px;"><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;">To find more ideas and inspiration for celebrating the Winter Season, check out the new <a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1286419&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=221255&amp;cl=226539%22%20target=%22ejejcsingle%22%3EClick%20here%20to%20view%20more%20details%3C/a%3E" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Celebrations of Light Wintertime Family eGuide</span></a>&nbsp;{$19.95} by A Natural Nester. This guide includes rituals, crafts, recipes, and ideas for five celebrations of light:</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i><span style="font-size: large;">Advent Season</span></i></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i><span style="font-size: large;">St. Nicholas Day</span></i></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i><span style="font-size: large;">St. Lucia Day</span></i></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><i>the Winter Solstice</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><i><span style="font-size: large;">the New Year&nbsp;</span></i></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1286419&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=221255&amp;cl=226539" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="ejejcsingle"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QZMRa_hPqbk/UoVxOMzngHI/AAAAAAAAJmQ/jWn67NGXAMw/s1600/Order+Now+-+150x150.jpg" /></a></div><div><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pFLWRdw4O08/UoVsbpDGRUI/AAAAAAAAJmA/wv2WSogGaTQ/s1600/Liz.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pFLWRdw4O08/UoVsbpDGRUI/AAAAAAAAJmA/wv2WSogGaTQ/s1600/Liz.jpg" /></a></div><b style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 25px;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 25px;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">About Liz: Elizabeth Sniegocki writes about creating a natural and mindful environment around you and within at www.NaturalNester.com. She offers everyday inspiration and informative feature articles on seasonal living, community building, conscious parenting, organic gardening, and wholesome cooking, from her nest in Sarasota, Florida.</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</b></span>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-18549403533257713672013-11-07T21:50:00.001-05:002013-12-28T07:28:51.061-05:00{After- Dinner} Family Art Night<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5V4JRtlD_cY/UnxP7PK2Z_I/AAAAAAAAJlA/bUOI7yqHHAc/s1600/Family+Art+Night+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5V4JRtlD_cY/UnxP7PK2Z_I/AAAAAAAAJlA/bUOI7yqHHAc/s400/Family+Art+Night+1.jpg" width="266" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>That small window of time between dinner and bedtime can sometimes feel like an eternity. &nbsp;Everyone is beginning to wind down, the exhaustion is setting in, and the clock moves at a creeping pace. &nbsp;One evening, as I cleared the table, I tried to figure out what the entire family could do before the start of our evening routine of bath and bed time. &nbsp;I could tell that the inspiration was waning for all of us, but I wanted to take this time to connect with each other. &nbsp;To find a bit of peace at the end of the day. &nbsp;On a whim, I deemed it Family Art Night.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>I quickly grabbed a large piece of white paper and any art supplies that I thought would spark interest in my 3 year old this evening. &nbsp;As a child, I always loved making handprint turkeys during the month of November, so that became our theme for the evening. &nbsp;With the supplies spread out over the dining room table (along with a few more that were requested throughout the activity) we sat down and began experimenting with our own mixed-media creations.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-E17RWkfrhRw/UntycJgfqRI/AAAAAAAAJko/SwRxvl8qqzY/s1600/Art+Night.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-E17RWkfrhRw/UntycJgfqRI/AAAAAAAAJko/SwRxvl8qqzY/s400/Art+Night.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2unpDELHnc0/UntyhMJjirI/AAAAAAAAJkw/1bwgvJSpo3s/s1600/Family+Art+Night.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2unpDELHnc0/UntyhMJjirI/AAAAAAAAJkw/1bwgvJSpo3s/s400/Family+Art+Night.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>We traced, painted, glued, colored, and cut feathers for these winged animals for almost an hour. This activity was just what we needed to settle in for the night, but also take advantage of some quality time together.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>As we created I observed so many things unfold before me. &nbsp;We discussed the parts of a turkey together as we decorated our own handprints. &nbsp;I noticed the way that my son watched closely and attempted different techniques that his father and I were applying to our designs. &nbsp;At the age of three, he is also beginning to become his own guide, asking for several materials that were not supplied at the beginning of the prompt. &nbsp;</b></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>What I love about activities like this is that they allow for a kind of <u><i>freedom of artistic expression</i></u>. &nbsp;My son may not have produced the type of turkey that I had in mind, but his design was all his own. &nbsp;We did not try to sway him into creating a cookie-cutter construction, but encouraged him to do work at his own level and to use his imagination. &nbsp;In fact, after filling up one page with turkeys, we pulled out another and really let our creativity run wild. &nbsp;By doing that, I was met with a pleasant surprise. &nbsp;While taking the time to sit, to listen, and to be present with my family, I saw my son begin his first attempt of storytelling through art. &nbsp;It was magical.</b></span><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-59DF6QQ8EAU/UnxQ8tEzKmI/AAAAAAAAJlM/2xkdAyzZWjw/s1600/Final+Product.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-59DF6QQ8EAU/UnxQ8tEzKmI/AAAAAAAAJlM/2xkdAyzZWjw/s400/Final+Product.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">After all was said and done, this time spent with my family was probably the most memorable of this past weekend. &nbsp;I decided to institute a Family Art Night at least once a week to fill the time between clearing up the dinner plates and running the bath to signal the start of our bedtime routine. &nbsp;The prompts may vary from <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2013/09/autumn-invitations-to-create.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">seasonal</span></a> to <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2013/03/nature-art-creative-prompts.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">creating with items found in nature</span></a>. &nbsp;They could even be shared as a way to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2013/01/new-years-tradition-design-plate-with.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">set family intentions</span></a> or bring a bit of <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/09/painted-salt-dough-leaves-for-fall.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">color to our home</span></a>. But most importantly, they will be a time when we can slow down and be present as a family. &nbsp;Allowing the last few moments of the evening to bring us together and allow us to learn from each other. &nbsp;&nbsp;</b><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</b></span>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-21092673172981507502013-10-27T07:03:00.000-04:002013-10-27T07:03:09.492-04:00A Moment of Stillness<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dpmniuHvxwc/Umxt0OrN5MI/AAAAAAAAJj8/jbhjN8UwUdI/s1600/Button.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dpmniuHvxwc/Umxt0OrN5MI/AAAAAAAAJj8/jbhjN8UwUdI/s200/Button.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Over the past two weeks, I led a group of mamas through a simple practice that helps me find peace in my days as a stay-at-home-mom. &nbsp;This practice is <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2013/09/moments-in-focus-for-mamas.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">photojournaling</span></a>. Taking pictures and crafting words from them, helps to me to focus on the beauty that surrounds me each day - the beauty of my life in the present. For ten days, we took one photo prompt and one journal prompt and turned it into a memory that we will forever cherish with our little ones.</span></b><br /><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Day one was about finding stillness. &nbsp;I invited them to search for a moment of stillness from their everyday life. &nbsp;One in which&nbsp;</span></b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 21px;">the children were playing quietly, sitting still, or -&nbsp;</span><em style="background-color: white; line-height: 21px;">imagine this</em><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 21px;">&nbsp;- actually being silent. &nbsp;I asked them to&nbsp;</span></b></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; line-height: 21px;"><b>capture it and grasp on tightly, for when the hustle and bustle of the day restarted, they could hold it close to them in peace.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 20.99431800842285px;"><b>As I walked along on this journey with these mamas, exploring their photos and hearing about the special moments that they recorded, I was participating as well. Our period of stillness happened while visiting the science center that day.</b></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 20.99431800842285px;"><b><br /></b></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-M2YaE-BMjKk/UmxwV1F2PjI/AAAAAAAAJkI/7maHvGzYlnI/s1600/Stillness.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-M2YaE-BMjKk/UmxwV1F2PjI/AAAAAAAAJkI/7maHvGzYlnI/s400/Stillness.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 20.99431800842285px;"><b><br /></b></span></span><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">My son's love of science and all things "Sid the Science Kid" led us here to investigate for the day. &nbsp;We had been talking about going on a "field trip" and thought it was certainly about time. &nbsp;When morning came on the day of our trip, my little one packed up his magnifying glass and we headed to the city with excitement. &nbsp;There were so many exhibits that caught his attention, but none more than a visit to the science center's test kitchen. &nbsp;</span></b><br /><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">After capturing the golden moment of stillness above, I thought about the journal prompt that was presented for this day. &nbsp;It was to take <i>notice</i>. &nbsp;To soak in everything that happened in this breath of calm. &nbsp;</span></b><br /><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><i>"There were kids surrounding us, big and small. &nbsp;Learning about colors of the rainbow, fruits &amp; veggies. &nbsp;So eager to share what they already knew. &nbsp;My little guy, sitting to attention on his small red stool. &nbsp;Rows in front of me, ready test his independence, if even for just a short time. &nbsp;Listening intently and soaking it all in. Sampling the lesson - a recipe of kale chips - which made his face light up in excitement. &nbsp;Joy. Discovery. A budding scientist and chef, all rolled into one."</i></span></b></span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-weight: bold;"><br /></span></div><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">The next evening, we decided to turn our moment of stillness into a moment of creation. &nbsp;We stopped by the store to select veggies for our dinner of pizza that would represent different colors of the rainbow - a simple extension to what was introduced in the test kitchen the day before. As family we added red tomatoes and peppers, orange peppers, green basil, and purple eggplant (along with black olives, since they are his favorite!) to our pizza pies. &nbsp;</span></b><br /><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QgM3-GwGVsk/UmxyfMKf-FI/AAAAAAAAJkU/-uV5TXR8fMg/s1600/Pizza+create.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QgM3-GwGVsk/UmxyfMKf-FI/AAAAAAAAJkU/-uV5TXR8fMg/s400/Pizza+create.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Both moments that I captured are ones that bring me such joy and contentment. &nbsp;A glimpse into our ordinary routines that are filled with learning and connection. &nbsp;By taking the time to record these memories, I hope that they will not only remind me of the treasured moments that I share each day with my little one, but will also be memories that my son will enjoy looking back on in the future.</span></b><br /><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><i><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Each month within our newsletter, I will be sharing a simple photojournaling prompt to help you capture a Moment in Focus. &nbsp;To receive yours, along with a few additional ideas for connecting with your family, simply <u>s</u></b></span><b><u>ubscribe below</u>...</b></i></span></b></div><br /><div id="mc_embed_signup"><form action="http://connectingfamilyandseoul.us6.list-manage2.com/subscribe/post?u=eaaa3150d1f6bfbbfcf4ba913&amp;id=a1e02641af" class="validate" id="mc-embedded-subscribe-form" method="post" name="mc-embedded-subscribe-form" novalidate="" target="_blank"><input class="email" id="mce-EMAIL" name="EMAIL" placeholder="email address" required="" type="email" value="" /> <br /><div class="clear"><input class="button" id="mc-embedded-subscribe" name="subscribe" type="submit" value="Subscribe" /></div></form></div><!--End mc_embed_signup--><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</span></b>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-53018219243637279512013-10-16T10:16:00.000-04:002013-12-28T07:29:14.127-05:00Nature Exploration Kit<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qrLeNZaTT-I/Ul6NCjmJLgI/AAAAAAAAJi8/mqCwPV6hPkU/s1600/Nature+Exploration+Kit.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qrLeNZaTT-I/Ul6NCjmJLgI/AAAAAAAAJi8/mqCwPV6hPkU/s400/Nature+Exploration+Kit.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>The days filled with warmth are just about gone. &nbsp;The leaves are beginning to fall rapidly, signaling the soft whispers of winter, which will soon be here. &nbsp;We've been trying to take advantage of the unseasonably warm days that we've been gifted with, so yesterday we set out to explore. &nbsp;Since we were heading to a local park, I decided to pack a small Nature Exploration Kit for my budding scientist to use on our travels. Hoping to enjoy a warm afternoon amongst the changing leaves, I rounded up a few necessities that would lend itself to discovery and, in turn, learning.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>We found a backpack in the back of the closet and instantly stuffed a pair of binoculars and a magnifying glass inside (inspired by my little one's fascination with Sid the Science Kid). &nbsp;I've been wanting to begin a nature journal that would be a place to record, collect, and expand upon what we observe while meandering outside during our walks.&nbsp;Here'e a list of what ended up in the pack:</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>~ a sketchbook</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>~ colored pencils and pens</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>~ glue sticks</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>~ tape</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>~ a large baggie to collect extra specimens</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>~ binoculars</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>~ a magnifying glass</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>~ my camera</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>It was such a beautiful day and we lingered outdoors as long as possible. My son didn't waste any time finding objects to inspect and tape into our nature journal.&nbsp;</b></span><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;(Another option you could use instead of a notebook could be a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/11/nature-exploration-wonder-jar.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Wonder Jar</span></a>.)&nbsp;</b><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">There was no shortage of foliage surrounding us, although the leaves were not as vibrant as they usually are this time of year.</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0F5bwvEu-30/Ul6c18Y9UkI/AAAAAAAAJjM/YtPBMJ9OscQ/s1600/Looking.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0F5bwvEu-30/Ul6c18Y9UkI/AAAAAAAAJjM/YtPBMJ9OscQ/s640/Looking.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LBZz05DSp8A/Ul6c4scXXQI/AAAAAAAAJjU/E1ZV31qHoBU/s1600/taping.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LBZz05DSp8A/Ul6c4scXXQI/AAAAAAAAJjU/E1ZV31qHoBU/s640/taping.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FpDr1FpUFAA/Ul6dGeGAvoI/AAAAAAAAJjc/2TAhtCJiIyQ/s1600/DSC_0609.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FpDr1FpUFAA/Ul6dGeGAvoI/AAAAAAAAJjc/2TAhtCJiIyQ/s640/DSC_0609.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>We had such a relaxing afternoon chatting about our finds. &nbsp;We discussed concepts such as color, shape, and texture of leaves. &nbsp;We were fortunate to do a bit of birdwatching along the way, even spotting a few birds peeking out of their houses as we passed by. &nbsp;It does wonders for us both to be outdoors and connecting with nature. I'm looking forward to our next afternoon of exploring with my little one, soon!</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span> <span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</b></span>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-54558033883980567012013-10-11T08:05:00.001-04:002013-10-13T16:20:22.325-04:00This Moment ~ Under the Tree<b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">{this moment}</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UI7rYrGG3U0/UlIRnyg0ZYI/AAAAAAAAJh4/s2apW2oAkds/s1600/tree.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UI7rYrGG3U0/UlIRnyg0ZYI/AAAAAAAAJh4/s2apW2oAkds/s640/tree.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px;">A Friday ritual inspired by <a href="http://www.soulemama.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Soule Mama</span></a>.&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px;"></span><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px;">A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week.</span><br style="background-color: white; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px;" /><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px;"></span><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px;">A simple, special, extraordinary moment.&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px;"></span><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px;">A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.</span></span></b><br /><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px;"><br /></span></span></b></div><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</span></b>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-29738192242477610742013-10-07T13:25:00.001-04:002013-12-28T07:29:27.537-05:00Morning Messages<b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-h_Afd_7Oa3I/UlLikhlN9UI/AAAAAAAAJiI/YaoO_v9xzxw/s1600/Morning+Message.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-h_Afd_7Oa3I/UlLikhlN9UI/AAAAAAAAJiI/YaoO_v9xzxw/s400/Morning+Message.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Each morning, Grady wakes up and shouts for myself and my husband, in turn. &nbsp;Some days we both answer, and other days I have to explain to him that Daddy is already at work. &nbsp;I know that for a moment or more, he is disappointed that his Dad isn't here to share the day with us. &nbsp;So, w</span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">e try to find little ways to keep the communication open and flowing, even when Dad is at work and we are at home throughout the week. This is how morning messages came to be.</span></b><br /><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">A while back, I made a frame for the fridge out of foam paper. &nbsp;I simply cut a rectangular shape out of the foam and glued magnets to the back of it. &nbsp;Once it was mounted on the fridge, I scattered letter magnets around, as well. &nbsp;In addition, I also added a small whiteboard on the other side of the fridge, along with a dry-erase crayon.</span></b><br /><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SLzW3juq5OY/UlLkIPa33II/AAAAAAAAJiU/T2l-pnBXuiQ/s1600/Morning+Message+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SLzW3juq5OY/UlLkIPa33II/AAAAAAAAJiU/T2l-pnBXuiQ/s400/Morning+Message+2.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>We use these items in varying ways throughout the day. &nbsp;Each morning, however, Daddy leaves a "word of the day" for Grady to discover. &nbsp;His way of saying hello, even though he's already left for work. &nbsp;Once Grady finds the word, we discuss it and do a few of the activities listed below:</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>~ identify the letters</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>~ sound out the word</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>~ copy the word over with additional letters</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>~ discuss the color of the letters</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>~ rewrite it on the whiteboard (first Mom, then Grady)</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>~ find matching letters</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>~ make words from the previous day</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>~ create words that relate to the current "word of the day"</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>~ draw on the whiteboard</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>~ sort out the letters</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>He's been enjoying this little routine and it's a great way add a&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>more print-rich environment to the kitchen area!</b></span></div></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</span></b>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-21081667134873324532013-09-30T23:00:00.000-04:002013-10-13T15:28:47.991-04:00Moments in Focus ~ A {free} two-week photojournaling practice for mamas<span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7pBBcujKsSs/UklMZoZP64I/AAAAAAAAJfY/EPsMmkUFlLs/s1600/Moments+in+Focus+Button.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7pBBcujKsSs/UklMZoZP64I/AAAAAAAAJfY/EPsMmkUFlLs/s1600/Moments+in+Focus+Button.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Are you feeling weary, Mama? &nbsp;Like you're being pulled in so many different directions that you don't know which way to turn?</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>You've been told to cherish each moment with your little ones, because (as we all know) they don't stay little for long. &nbsp;If you're like me, hearing those words only puts more pressure on you. It leaves this Mama feeling overwhelmed and inadequate, because there is no possible way to cherish <u><i>each</i></u>&nbsp;one of those precious moments that we are gifted with as mothers. &nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Instead, I simply strive to become more aware. &nbsp;To <i>find a balance,</i> between savoring those days of childhood and taking time for myself, so that I don't end up frustrated and drained when my head hits the pillow at night.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JmS2NfARkYc/UklT-2BHBjI/AAAAAAAAJgI/q7UU2l5JVw0/s1600/balance.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JmS2NfARkYc/UklT-2BHBjI/AAAAAAAAJgI/q7UU2l5JVw0/s400/balance.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Since the beginning of summer, I've been on a quest to </b><span style="color: #f1c232; font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2013/04/a-summer-of-light-laughter-and-peace.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">find peace in my days</span></a> </span><b>as a stay-at-home mom. &nbsp;Not to have an agenda, not to try and savor EACH and EVERY single moment, but to <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/06/reviving-daily-connections-with-my.html" style="color: #f1c232;" target="_blank">connect with my son</a>&nbsp;in meaningful ways. </b></span><a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2013/01/finding-happiness-as-stay-at-home-mom.html" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-weight: bold;" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">To find happiness in our routine</span></a><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">. To </b><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">slow down and observe my little one</b><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"> as he reminds me how lucky I am to be his mother. (He is my greatest teacher as I strive to live each day with joy.) &nbsp; &nbsp;</b><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>If you've been following this blog or our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook page</span></a>, you know that I just love to take pictures. &nbsp;Of nature, of my everyday life, and especially of my 3 year old. &nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Taking pictures helps me to be more mindful. &nbsp;If even for a few moments each day, it allows to me stop and focus on the beauty found in my life as a mother. &nbsp;</b></span><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">To see my life through the lens of a camera.</b><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>I often look back over these photos and <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2013/08/one-mothers-journey-towards-abundance.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">feel so grateful</span></a> that I've captured the routine events of our day, the memories of how we connect as a family. &nbsp;</b></span><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">They help me remember the little things...to notice the slow, everyday moments that may otherwise pass me by.</b><br /><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pMDR328CayA/UklPBg4BCgI/AAAAAAAAJfk/xbVevk61cng/s1600/Dishes.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pMDR328CayA/UklPBg4BCgI/AAAAAAAAJfk/xbVevk61cng/s400/Dishes.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><b><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><b>In doing this, I am on my way to learning how to live my own version of happiness. On finding a balance between strengthening our connection as mother &amp; son, while being gentle with myself for craving time alone. For, sometimes, needing space during those overwhelming days. &nbsp;</b></b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><b><br /></b></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">So now, I invite you to join me.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</b></b></span></div><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Starting on October 14th, 2013, and for the following two-weeks, you can begin to develop the mindful practice of using photographs to help you <i>slow down</i> and <i>reconnect</i> with not only your children, but also your life.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>For 2 weeks, you will receive two simple, creative prompts each day during the week. &nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><ul><li><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">The first will be a photo prompt, encouraging you to record a part of your day in which you will find connectedness with your child(ren). &nbsp;There are no big assignments, nothing extra to set up or do. &nbsp;These will {for the most part} be moments that already occur in your daily routine.</b></li><li><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">The second will be a journaling prompt to help you look deeper into the moment. &nbsp;It can be as simple as recording one sentence into a notebook that will caption the picture for your day. &nbsp;One sentence. &nbsp;If you wish, you can take it even further and write a paragraph - or if you enjoy writing, an entire page. It is <u>entirely up to you</u>.&nbsp;</b><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;</b></li></ul><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">The prompts are designed to be a gentle reminder to stop and find the beauty amidst the disarray. Some will be specifically fashioned as a way to connect with your child(ren) and some will be a whisper from me to you, asking that you take care of yourself in the moment. &nbsp;Because, let's face it, if you take the time to care for yourself, you'll have more patience and energy throughout the day to nurture your little ones.&nbsp;</b><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>You do not need a fancy camera or a writing degree. &nbsp;I'm not asking you to go out and buy a leather journal to fill up each night. &nbsp;All that is required is that you are a mama seeking a bit of focus...looking to find a bit of stillness and beauty in your life. &nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MeseiHvQI8A/Uko1GRE2AxI/AAAAAAAAJgo/zx8My_JnT5I/s1600/Journal.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MeseiHvQI8A/Uko1GRE2AxI/AAAAAAAAJgo/zx8My_JnT5I/s400/Journal.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Over the course of the 2 weeks, you will also have the option to share your journey with other Mamas in a private, supportive Facebook page or through Instagram.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>This practice if my gift to you. &nbsp;To share what I have to found to help me through the course of a day as I continue to search for <i>harmony </i>and <i>connection </i>with my son.</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: x-large;"><b><strike>Just enter your email address below to join us!</strike></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: x-large;"><b>I can't wait to begin!</b></span></div><br /><div id="mc_embed_signup"><form action="http://connectingfamilyandseoul.us6.list-manage.com/subscribe/post?u=eaaa3150d1f6bfbbfcf4ba913&amp;id=8d1c8848d7" class="validate" id="mc-embedded-subscribe-form" method="post" name="mc-embedded-subscribe-form" novalidate="" target="_blank"><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</b></form></div>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-34071908635737881992013-09-25T08:58:00.000-04:002013-09-25T09:09:19.029-04:00Autumn Inspired Art Prompts<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-C7maoN0eI2Y/UkIzZ8xXyGI/AAAAAAAAJdE/xgrmbbm9Cx8/s1600/Art+with+Autumn.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-C7maoN0eI2Y/UkIzZ8xXyGI/AAAAAAAAJdE/xgrmbbm9Cx8/s400/Art+with+Autumn.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>With the new season, has come a new perspective. &nbsp;My baby is now three years old. Preschool age. &nbsp;He is growing and changing more rapidly in just a few short days, than he did in months prior to this stage in his life - or so it seems. His passions are evolving, growing, and he thirsts for knowledge. &nbsp;For creating with his hands. Whether it be <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2013/09/constructing-moments.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">constructing with blocks</span></a>, learning the science of the world around him, or dabbling in a bit of art, he is fully engaged during his process. &nbsp;</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>I've been starting to give more thought about how I hope to create a home for the unschooling family that resides in these walls. &nbsp;Yes, he is still young and I "officially" have time to ponder what schooling will look like for us, but in reality, unschooling happens all of the time - at every age. &nbsp;For now, we are taking baby steps as we dip our toes into this season of self-discovery, for all of us, really. &nbsp;Since my son and I both <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2013/04/journaling-sharing-hobby-with-kids.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">share a passion to create</span></a>, I decided to share with you a few simple art prompts that I had waiting for him during the autumn season! &nbsp;Most of the prompts we did together, but a couple he could do almost entirely on his own.</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-k2v1-o0wRTI/UkLLUjMlDfI/AAAAAAAAJds/zvxbF9NBPfw/s1600/Pumpkin+Invitation.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-k2v1-o0wRTI/UkLLUjMlDfI/AAAAAAAAJds/zvxbF9NBPfw/s400/Pumpkin+Invitation.jpg" width="302" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Decorate Your Own Pumpkin</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>pumpkin ~ paintbrushes, Mod Podge ~ autumn leaves</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K7v33vWm33I/UkIxIVS_l2I/AAAAAAAAJco/HQItUeHhWLQ/s1600/Tree.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K7v33vWm33I/UkIxIVS_l2I/AAAAAAAAJco/HQItUeHhWLQ/s400/Tree.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Create Your Own Autumn Tree</b></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>foam stickers ~ a hand drawn tree ~ paper</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Rt8bS1SwB00/UkIxKvj7jkI/AAAAAAAAJcw/xyw589Q4UFQ/s1600/paints.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Rt8bS1SwB00/UkIxKvj7jkI/AAAAAAAAJcw/xyw589Q4UFQ/s400/paints.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Prepare Your Own Fall Scented Paints</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>bowls ~ spoons ~autumn spices ~ construction paper ~ food coloring ~</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><a href="http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com/2010/09/scented-finger-paint-for-fall.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">paint recipe</span></a></b></span>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>(including cornstarch, sugar, and water)</b></span></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UgjgzPq6VKw/UkIxMEyshyI/AAAAAAAAJc4/eVRScgDzOuo/s1600/Card+making.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UgjgzPq6VKw/UkIxMEyshyI/AAAAAAAAJc4/eVRScgDzOuo/s400/Card+making.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">Design Your Own Fall Greeting Cards</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>stickers ~ blank cards ~ stamps ~ ink pads ~ markers</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>To catch glimpses of our <a href="http://followgram.me/tag/preunschooling" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">#preunschooling</span></a> fun, be sure to follow us along on <a href="http://instagram.com/ginakimmel" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Instagram</span></a>!</b></span></div><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <span style="color: #f1c232;"><a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> </span>if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</span></b>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-46815307403240112682013-09-24T16:30:00.000-04:002013-09-25T08:58:33.807-04:00Autumn Equinox Celebration<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5rBsZND_KfE/UkBJfFGDutI/AAAAAAAAJbQ/6LupcYp8tOg/s1600/Happy+fall.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="430" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5rBsZND_KfE/UkBJfFGDutI/AAAAAAAAJbQ/6LupcYp8tOg/s640/Happy+fall.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><br /><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Autumn has to be my all time favorite season for so many reasons. &nbsp;I only wish it wasn't so short lived. &nbsp;I absolutely love to gaze at the leaves as they begin to change, coloring the trees ever so slightly, until all at once they explode with intense hues of red, orange, and yellow. &nbsp;The first day of fall, the autumn equinox, has come and gone. &nbsp;Here are a few ways that we welcomed this transition into our lives as a family.</span></b><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--F_LmR2oXaI/UkHoDKTpo7I/AAAAAAAAJbg/QyO3XtgLx4s/s1600/Apple.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="425" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--F_LmR2oXaI/UkHoDKTpo7I/AAAAAAAAJbg/QyO3XtgLx4s/s640/Apple.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">One of our first activities was to visit the local orchard to stock up on sweet and tart fruits of the season. That first delicious bite of the crisp apple that you picked yourself, is the perfect way to greet this time of year and connect with nature. &nbsp;It ignites the senses and gives us a preview of what's to come.</span></b><br /><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-P4J3qXuJX3I/UkHpVjW1Y3I/AAAAAAAAJbs/h4Ga6k2r6uo/s1600/apple+printing.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-P4J3qXuJX3I/UkHpVjW1Y3I/AAAAAAAAJbs/h4Ga6k2r6uo/s320/apple+printing.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></b><br /><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">After bringing the apples home, we grabbed a few off the top that fallen (and subsequently gotten bruised) during our scavenge, and decided to try our hand at apple-stamping. I sliced them in half and we observed the tiny seeds, as well as the star that is contained at the core of each apple before digging in to our art project. We picked out some of our favorite fall paints, stuck a fork in each half, and began printing across a large piece of drawing paper after examining the apples. The print now hangs in our living room, bringing the colors of fall into our home.</span></b><br /><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uOhPDtABJSc/UkHrA60sRmI/AAAAAAAAJb4/sEGW_Cv1Y14/s1600/Covered+Bridge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="425" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uOhPDtABJSc/UkHrA60sRmI/AAAAAAAAJb4/sEGW_Cv1Y14/s640/Covered+Bridge.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></b><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>On the morning of the equinox, we loaded ourselves into the car and drove to a covered bridge festival to enjoy the cool weather that had just begun. We were surrounded by the sights and smells of the season at every twist and turn that we took. &nbsp;We meandered through the crowds, sampled a few of the treats that were offered, and browsed through the handmade wares that were on display. If you look closely, you can see us peeking out of the window of the bridge!</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xC2NrRfLUUo/UkHr9w-jldI/AAAAAAAAJcE/jN689hczz4E/s1600/Looking+over+bridge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xC2NrRfLUUo/UkHr9w-jldI/AAAAAAAAJcE/jN689hczz4E/s640/Looking+over+bridge.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iOa83p8q10c/UkHsKhWbhoI/AAAAAAAAJcM/UAVK7C2GYDM/s1600/feast.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iOa83p8q10c/UkHsKhWbhoI/AAAAAAAAJcM/UAVK7C2GYDM/s640/feast.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">When we returned home, I got busy whipping up our autumn feast for the evening. &nbsp;As we gathered around the table, I couldn't help feeling grateful for the day that we spent together and for the people that were seated beside me. &nbsp;It was a simple celebration, but a delicious and precious time spent with family. &nbsp;</span></b><br /><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">Menu</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2007/12/butternut-chili.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Butternut Chili</span></a> {GF}</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.janssushibar.com/apple-roasted-chicken/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Apple Roasted Chicken</span></a> topped with a batch of</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.fullmeasureofhappiness.com/2011/09/22/spiced-apple-butter-crock-pot/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Apple Butter</span></a>&nbsp;that I slow cooked the night before</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Cornbread</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://nourishedandnurtured.blogspot.com/2011/11/yellow-cupcakes-with-vanilla-or.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Yellow Cupcakes</span></a> {GF} iced with <a href="http://ourheritageofhealth.com/chocolate-superfood-frosting/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Chocolate "Superfood" Frosting</span></a> {GF, Paleo}&nbsp;</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Tts2sVBPjqA/UkHwCTB35cI/AAAAAAAAJcY/SO0hejZra3U/s1600/family.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Tts2sVBPjqA/UkHwCTB35cI/AAAAAAAAJcY/SO0hejZra3U/s640/family.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Happy Autumn, everyone!!!</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">For more ideas for connecting with your family during the autumn season, be sure to stop by&nbsp;</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">our <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/connect-fall/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Connect: Fall</span></a> pinboard.&nbsp;</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Or follow along with us as we share our <a href="http://followgram.me/tag/slowautumnmoments" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">#slowautumnmoments</span></a> on <a href="http://instagram.com/ginakimmel" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Instagram</span></a>!</span></b></div><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Tha</span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">nk you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <span style="color: #f1c232;"><a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> </span>if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</span></b>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-35185807642234791242013-09-11T22:07:00.001-04:002013-09-11T22:07:55.272-04:00Constructing Moments<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6Eu7ToWHgqI/UjD0FuBVV6I/AAAAAAAAJaI/ESUrAfE61EA/s1600/town.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6Eu7ToWHgqI/UjD0FuBVV6I/AAAAAAAAJaI/ESUrAfE61EA/s400/town.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Each day I watch you leap into the morning with enthusiasm. &nbsp;You open your eyes and rush to greet the day as if it is someone special knocking at your door. &nbsp;The pure, boundless spirit that you possess each day and share with the world, inspires me...stirs a yearning for the sort of naiveté that would allow me experience the clean slate the graces your page each day. &nbsp;The childlike exuberance that falls away as you become an adult. &nbsp;As you become more aware. &nbsp;And fill your head with to-do lists for the future and second guesses from the past.&nbsp;</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a1Y17ZKvM7A/UjD0IekiSPI/AAAAAAAAJaU/dowamta7vvI/s1600/birdhouse.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a1Y17ZKvM7A/UjD0IekiSPI/AAAAAAAAJaU/dowamta7vvI/s400/birdhouse.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>I adore watching you sink into the morning, as your gears begin to turn, and you allow yourself only seconds to decide what needs your attention. &nbsp;What will bring you joy in the very moment that you living in. &nbsp;There's nothing to question. &nbsp;Nothing to consider, but what creates that spark. &nbsp;That spark that allows you to observe closely enough, to think deeply about your passion. &nbsp;And right now that passion is constructing. &nbsp;</b></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8aJr-iVI7cc/UjD0IS6p-II/AAAAAAAAJaQ/OzXSYRmdBmI/s1600/ramp.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8aJr-iVI7cc/UjD0IS6p-II/AAAAAAAAJaQ/OzXSYRmdBmI/s400/ramp.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>I see you watching us as you begin to learn this trade. &nbsp;Studying our every movement, each individual placement made of the hands. &nbsp;Those that are deliberate. &nbsp;And those that are instinctive. &nbsp;For months and months we have joined in on your mission to create. &nbsp;It is amazing how far you've come. &nbsp;From asking us to put the pieces together as you sit back and study, to the emergence of your own constructions. &nbsp;Your own visions coming to life. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J0xDwFOt8ac/UjD0MorHoEI/AAAAAAAAJag/CJTwi50yk3I/s1600/Airport.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J0xDwFOt8ac/UjD0MorHoEI/AAAAAAAAJag/CJTwi50yk3I/s400/Airport.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>As I sit back myself, and see you assembling your own unique worlds, I am filled with admiration. &nbsp;With love. &nbsp;It may take a while for you to venture out into the empty stage on your own, but when you do, you performance never disappoints. &nbsp;</b></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PgRCT1HRtow/UjD0Mv7edPI/AAAAAAAAJak/YE3k9WY1EQE/s1600/Farm.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PgRCT1HRtow/UjD0Mv7edPI/AAAAAAAAJak/YE3k9WY1EQE/s400/Farm.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>I sometimes forget how fortunate I am to have a recurring role in the story of your life. &nbsp;To be featured in the everyday ordinary moments that exist in the middle of those that you look forward to and those that you can never forget. &nbsp;I need to remind myself to hold onto the feeling of awe that grounds me when I see you exploring the world with such ease. &nbsp;</b></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wewLAxfy29E/UjD0M2I89eI/AAAAAAAAJas/7GwMtNG-jFE/s1600/toast.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wewLAxfy29E/UjD0M2I89eI/AAAAAAAAJas/7GwMtNG-jFE/s400/toast.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>When I hear you asking me to play, to help you build another creation, I need to remember that you are seeking me out. &nbsp;You are asking me to be a part of your life. &nbsp;To experience it with you. &nbsp;Instead of sighing because I soon will have to stop something that I am in the middle of, I need to arrive with the same feeling of wonderment that I do when I sit back and think of these moments that have already passed.</b></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xvGjRYXqVPA/UjD0NMZiZ8I/AAAAAAAAJa8/8NpKZjSNC9k/s1600/with+daddy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xvGjRYXqVPA/UjD0NMZiZ8I/AAAAAAAAJa8/8NpKZjSNC9k/s400/with+daddy.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Because when I do this, when I remember this, I always leave the scene smiling. &nbsp;Tickled by the way that you've brought real world models into your own corner on the room. &nbsp;Taken aback to see you mold your varied interests into one. &nbsp;It's as if you open you arms and gather each of them carefully together until they fit just so. &nbsp;Comfortably intertwined and reasonably connected.</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hiJc93rgrDc/UjD0M6hFfaI/AAAAAAAAJa0/GpeQ7Ezc48A/s1600/Train+tracks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hiJc93rgrDc/UjD0M6hFfaI/AAAAAAAAJa0/GpeQ7Ezc48A/s400/Train+tracks.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>So when I wake up tomorrow and hear the patter of your feet entering my room, I will remind myself of this gift. &nbsp;This open invitation that I receive each morning to be a part of this construction. &nbsp;This foundation that we are building together, as a mother and son, and as a family. &nbsp;Layer by layer. &nbsp;Moment by moment. &nbsp;That begins with the gentle tug of your hand.</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span></div><br /><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</span></b>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-75867956009665868472013-09-03T19:34:00.000-04:002013-09-03T19:34:02.146-04:00Creating and Playing with Seashells <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>A look back on some of our summer fun...</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>One week during the summer months, we took a bit of time to learn about seashells and to create with them, as well. &nbsp;We had just gotten back from the beach shortly before we started these activities, so the visual representation of the ocean was fresh in your mind. &nbsp;This art project was what started it all. &nbsp;</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-w4IiBP9RJGo/UiHQRDDqYHI/AAAAAAAAJY4/itBapcg48ww/s1600/beach+picture.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-w4IiBP9RJGo/UiHQRDDqYHI/AAAAAAAAJY4/itBapcg48ww/s400/beach+picture.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Invitation to Create a Beach Scene</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>shells, stickers, sand, blue tissue paper, brown construction paper, glue,</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>a piece of cardboard, and a glue gun for mama</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Q2kvGqaaPYg/UiYUYeGW55I/AAAAAAAAJZk/FZLF93RquxM/s1600/activities.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Q2kvGqaaPYg/UiYUYeGW55I/AAAAAAAAJZk/FZLF93RquxM/s400/activities.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>One evening after you went to bed, I gathered a few books and several different crafting items that I arranged on these shelves for to you find the next day. &nbsp;We revisited several of them throughout the week, but the look on your face when you discover them upon waking up.&nbsp;</b></span></div></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ld-GPYDsHTg/UiYUYF4YwbI/AAAAAAAAJZQ/wOTp572Oquo/s1600/Chalk.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ld-GPYDsHTg/UiYUYF4YwbI/AAAAAAAAJZQ/wOTp572Oquo/s400/Chalk.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>The first thing you did was dive into the art supplies. &nbsp;We used watercolors and dipped chalk pastels into water when to add a bit of color to the black and white pictures I printed out.</b></span></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4XTwENrtmMI/UiYUYZilepI/AAAAAAAAJZU/Mcf9t2-kpFo/s1600/salt+dough.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4XTwENrtmMI/UiYUYZilepI/AAAAAAAAJZU/Mcf9t2-kpFo/s400/salt+dough.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>One morning we pulled out the ingredients that were placed on the shelf to make salt dough decorations. You helped me pour and mix the ingredients, then took your time placing the shells into the mixture before we baked them up. &nbsp;We have them sitting in a glass jar in the center of our dining room table now. I just love looking at them when we sit down to eat.</b></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fQ5rwjKnbn8/UiYUYnQR7HI/AAAAAAAAJZc/H5uxfiKjaYk/s1600/washing.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fQ5rwjKnbn8/UiYUYnQR7HI/AAAAAAAAJZc/H5uxfiKjaYk/s400/washing.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>While I washed dinner one evening, I decided to give you a few tubs to wash your seashells in. &nbsp;You washed, rinsed, and dried each one, making them shine. &nbsp;</b></span></div><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"></span></strong><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-p3_sslNXZJ4/UiZxp7BPaJI/AAAAAAAAJZ4/fsj-Xus_dnY/s1600/playdough.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-p3_sslNXZJ4/UiZxp7BPaJI/AAAAAAAAJZ4/fsj-Xus_dnY/s400/playdough.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>We even took a bit of the fun outside...</b></span></div><br /><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on </span></strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><strong><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">Facebook.</span></strong></a><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"> You can even explore our boards on </span></strong><a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><strong><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">Pinterest</span></strong></a><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration</strong>.</span>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-10269013952364986282013-08-30T22:50:00.000-04:002013-08-30T22:50:33.838-04:00Butterfly Exploration<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YT360QMyM-k/UheDEVH2AYI/AAAAAAAAJYI/u4Z9NfX4o7g/s1600/little+butterfly.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YT360QMyM-k/UheDEVH2AYI/AAAAAAAAJYI/u4Z9NfX4o7g/s400/little+butterfly.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="background-color: white; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif; line-height: 20px;">Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="background-color: white; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif; line-height: 20px;">~Nathaniel Hawthorne</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="background-color: white; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif; line-height: 20px;"><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b style="background-color: white; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif; line-height: 20px;">A few days ago we took an afternoon walk in one of our favorite spaces. &nbsp;As we were heading back to the car, we spotted a small orange butterfly that had landed on the road. &nbsp;We inched up, ever so slowly, to get a better look at him. &nbsp;As luck would have it, he didn't mind a couple of observers stopping to take notice. &nbsp;We were able to get close enough to see his thin, long legs and the intricate designs on his wings. We probably sat there for at least 10 minutes or more talking about this little creature and examining his every angle. &nbsp;</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5oUf8Z0UfUw/UheDF-Ba44I/AAAAAAAAJYQ/H1fuDFlcbow/s1600/butterfly+zoo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5oUf8Z0UfUw/UheDF-Ba44I/AAAAAAAAJYQ/H1fuDFlcbow/s400/butterfly+zoo.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">A couple of days later, you started to create a small display using your blocks and any items that you could find lying around the house.&nbsp; Upon asking you what you were creating, you explained to your mama that it was a zoo.&nbsp; I&nbsp;inquired a bit more about what we could find in the cages and you exclaimed, "Butterflies!" &nbsp;Since we didn't have any pretend butterflies around the house, we&nbsp;made our own out of coffee&nbsp;filters and a butterfly hole puncher.&nbsp;And with that, you continued to add more and more to your little&nbsp;zoo!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QWTaS6ZXU6E/UheDHkbNO_I/AAAAAAAAJYY/ailvtWaABpw/s1600/Butterfly+book.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QWTaS6ZXU6E/UheDHkbNO_I/AAAAAAAAJYY/ailvtWaABpw/s400/Butterfly+book.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;">After the construction was complete, we went in search of books related to the winged creatures that caught your attention.&nbsp; Again, we came up short.&nbsp; I brought up the idea of creating our own book and you didn't have to give it a second thought before jumping right in.&nbsp; We scoured a few magazine for pictures that we could add to the pages and you glued them in with such excitement.&nbsp; At one point, you brought me a piece of paper that had a small drawing on it - a butterfly that you drew yourself.&nbsp; We couldn't stop there, so we broke out the paints, as well.&nbsp;(Painting is one of your absolute favorite activities lately!)&nbsp;Once&nbsp;your design dried,&nbsp;I&nbsp;traced a butterfly cookie cutter in the middle and snipped it out&nbsp;so that you could add it to the last page.&nbsp; </span></strong><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>You had such fun illustrating your own book of butterflies. We looked back through the pictures once it was complete and I asked you a bit about what you saw. &nbsp;I wrote your answers next to each picture and the text was complete!&nbsp;</b>&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Facebook.</span></a> You can even explore our boards on <a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Pinterest</span></a> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</b></span>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-13834891479247285282013-08-21T20:11:00.001-04:002014-01-07T21:43:34.978-05:00One Mother's Journey Towards Abundance<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9MqQJYEOSzA/UhQgz1UoEfI/AAAAAAAAJX4/9vI7Nvh_Dg4/s1600/shining+hands.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9MqQJYEOSzA/UhQgz1UoEfI/AAAAAAAAJX4/9vI7Nvh_Dg4/s400/shining+hands.jpg" height="400" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">A little over nine months ago I began&nbsp;a very important journey as a mother ~ one in which I hoped to&nbsp;find happiness, contentment, and joy with my life as it is right&nbsp;now. In the present.&nbsp;&nbsp;The soul-searching that I&nbsp;did over the past several months was trying at times, but also enlightening as I continued on my path of self-exploration. &nbsp;I knew deep down, that I had so much to celebrate and such abundance in my life, but there were times when I felt such loneliness.&nbsp;</span></strong><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">Have you ever felt that way?</span></strong><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">&nbsp;Isolated and frustrated with the sometimes&nbsp;mundane routines of everyday life? &nbsp;As a SAHM, I think that it can be easy to look past all of the beauty that we are gifted with each day. The opportunit</span></strong><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">ies that we are afforded with time. &nbsp;Some days melt into the next and when we rise, we start all over again from where we left off the night before. &nbsp;It took me months to realize that it doesn't have to be that way. &nbsp;That we can truly discover our own version of happiness and embrace it. &nbsp;This realization all began with one woman, with one small project and a circle of women, who were all yearning for the same thing. Abundance. &nbsp;And the courage to celebrate it in a way that will make you rise each morning with a sigh of contentment and an air of hope.</span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span></strong><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jOTq17iC-5w/UhQdaNgBm-I/AAAAAAAAJXc/KfvKCzYch5c/s1600/DSC_0392.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jOTq17iC-5w/UhQdaNgBm-I/AAAAAAAAJXc/KfvKCzYch5c/s640/DSC_0392.JPG" height="425" width="640" /></a></div><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span></strong><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">This is where the <a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?cl=219378&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=221255" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Abundant Mama Project</span></a> entered my life. &nbsp;</span></strong><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">I began with <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/11/a-daily-practice-of-gratitude-abundant.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">a simple practice of gratitude</span></a>. &nbsp;Sending wishes of thanks into the world for the simple pleasures that I am blessed to experience. &nbsp;In January, I took it a step further. &nbsp;I wanted to model joy and abundance for my son. &nbsp;Embody it. &nbsp;I wanted to be more present throughout the day and bring wonderment into awareness. &nbsp;I considered the things I do almost everyday as a mother that make me smile, and those that help me&nbsp;<a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2013/01/finding-happiness-as-stay-at-home-mom.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Find Happiness as a Stay-at-Home Mom</span></a>.&nbsp;I made a list of the things that I try to savor in our daily routine. &nbsp;Now here's where a bit of truth comes into play. &nbsp;I, myself, was aware of the things that made me happy, but it wasn't until almost a month ago, that I felt that truth. &nbsp;That I embraced all of those moments of abundance with fervor. &nbsp;When I realized that I am, in fact,&nbsp;living my own version of happiness each day. &nbsp;Sometimes it takes awhile for everything to <em>click</em>. &nbsp;For you to be able to wake up one day and finally be at peace with your life as it is in the present moment.&nbsp; It took time for me.&nbsp; Research. A lot of soul-searching through writing and discussions with other mamas.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span></strong><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pjqJy60GfjY/UhQcj2hwpBI/AAAAAAAAJXQ/pU8FkDMS3F0/s1600/happiness.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pjqJy60GfjY/UhQcj2hwpBI/AAAAAAAAJXQ/pU8FkDMS3F0/s640/happiness.jpg" height="438" width="640" /></a></div><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span></strong><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span></strong><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">This journey could not have begun without someone encouraging me to look more deeply into my life. &nbsp;To focus on the peace that radiates throughout it. &nbsp;The woman behind the Abundant Mama Project did just that. &nbsp;Shawn lit a fire and encouraged me to look inside myself. &nbsp;She showed me that change and happiness and contentment has to come from YOU. &nbsp;When I continued to work through the prompts and ideas shared in this circle, it led me to other avenues that I would never have crossed paths with had I not started here. &nbsp;I was also introduced to a strong community of like-minded mamas that gave their support when needed. &nbsp;Because, let's face it, we truly cannot do this alone. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span></strong><span style="color: #134f5c;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">This past summer has been one of discovery. One of simple, mindful parenting. &nbsp;A celebration of the current season with my family. &nbsp;And breakthroughs that will only take me further along on this journey.&nbsp; For the first time in a long&nbsp;time, I feel content with my life...and I have hope for the future.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong></span><br /><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span></strong><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wCtconzAXvc/UhQdmJurG2I/AAAAAAAAJXk/cXdLj7dsB9w/s1600/AMProject.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wCtconzAXvc/UhQdmJurG2I/AAAAAAAAJXk/cXdLj7dsB9w/s1600/AMProject.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">If you would like to join me as I continue to walk alongside those who strive to turn the mundane into the magical, then please take a peek into <a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?cl=219378&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=221255" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">The Abundant Mama Project</span></a>.</span></strong></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"></span></strong><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">This fall there are two ways to become a part of the tribe.&nbsp; One is by&nbsp;taking part in the basic <a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?cl=219378&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=221255" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Abundant Mama e-course</span></a>.&nbsp;This course&nbsp;is filled with writing prompts and gratitude challenges that will help deepen your parenting experience alongside other mamas beginning their journey as well.&nbsp;</span></strong></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"></span></strong><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">The other option, <a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1256201&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=221255&amp;cl=219378" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">The Peace Circle</span></a>,&nbsp;is a combined experience&nbsp;of both the e-course and&nbsp;a smaller, more intensive support group that incorporates several other resources to help guide you along the way.&nbsp; It includes monthly Q&amp;A&nbsp;calls with Shawn, private forums, and her new e-book, "Peaceful Intentions for Busy Moms!</span></strong></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><span style="font-size: large;"><a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1256201&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=221255&amp;cl=219378" target=""><span style="color: #f1c232;">Register Now!</span></a></span></span></strong><br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><span style="font-size: x-small;">*This post contains affiliate links.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong><br /></strong></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong>Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on </strong></span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong>Facebook.</strong></span></a><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong> You can even explore our boards on </strong></span><a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong>Pinterest</strong></span></a><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</strong></span>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-22652697706760577642013-07-19T20:22:00.001-04:002013-08-07T06:34:25.904-04:00{Summer Favorites} Connecting with Your Child through Play<span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong></strong></span><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;">The past couple of month&nbsp;has been filled with <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2013/07/slowsummermoments.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ffd966;"><span style="color: #f1c232;">slow summer</span> </span><span style="color: #f1c232;">moments</span></a>, gorgeous weather, and an ease that I never wish to part with.&nbsp; When the season began to change, I vowed to create a summer filled with <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2013/04/a-summer-of-light-laughter-and-peace.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">light, laughter, and peace</span></a>.&nbsp; I can happily say that, thus far, we've had&nbsp;a taste of each - and it's been delicious.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ntvak31pqCQ/UenSmZxjDqI/AAAAAAAAJWQ/sX4N4QtptJM/s1600/sky.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ntvak31pqCQ/UenSmZxjDqI/AAAAAAAAJWQ/sX4N4QtptJM/s320/sky.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;">Yes, we've have our share of&nbsp;heat, rain, and toddler meltdowns, but they've all been overshadowed by the time that we've spent connecting as a family.&nbsp; Those moments spent running through the sprinkler or savoring ice cream cones in the park created just enough magic in our lives that&nbsp;it lingers a bit, each day.&nbsp;If you have an afternoon to enjoy with the kids or a few moments&nbsp;to play before bathtime,&nbsp;below is a list comprised of several activities that we like to&nbsp;enjoy together as we <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/search/label/Memorable%20Moments%20Outside" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">create memorable moments outside</span></a>.</span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong><br /><div align="center"><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong><a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/05/day-36-car-wash.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Wash the (</span><span style="color: #f1c232;">toy) cars</span></a></strong></span></div><div align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong>&nbsp;</div><div align="center"><strong><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/05/day-42-weekends-in-kodachrome-jumping.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Play </span><span style="color: #f1c232;">hopscotch</span></a></span></strong></div><div align="center">&nbsp;</div><div align="center"><strong><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/05/day-37-indooroutdoor-cafe.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Create a sensory tray out of dried</span> <span style="color: #f1c232;">coffee grounds and tea leaves</span></a></span></strong></div><div align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong>&nbsp;</div><div align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;">Whip up some <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/05/day-44-outdoor-cooking-creations.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">outdoor cooking creations</span></a></span></strong></div><div align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong>&nbsp;</div><div align="center"><strong><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/05/day-45-16-ways-to-enjoy-outdoor-dining.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Eat a meal surrounded</span> <span style="color: #f1c232;">by nature</span></a></span></strong></div><div align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong>&nbsp;</div><div align="center"><strong><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/05/day-52-balloon-bop.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Play Balloon</span><span style="color: #f1c232;"> Bop</span></a></span></strong></div><div align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong>&nbsp;</div><div align="center"><strong><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/05/day-50-weekends-in-kodachrome-mud.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Make Mud</span> <span style="color: #f1c232;">Pies</span></a></span></strong></div><div align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong>&nbsp;</div><div align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;">Set up your own <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/06/pretend-play-bunny-bistro.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Bunny Bistro</span></a></span></strong></div><div align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong>&nbsp;</div><div align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;">Pretend you're at the beach when you set up this <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/06/out-of-ocean-story-and-small-world.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Small World (Ocean)</span></a></span></strong></div><div align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong>&nbsp;</div><div align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/05/day-53-find-fish.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Find a fish</span></a> in your backyard</span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong><br /><strong><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/04/day-25-exploring-park.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Explore a local</span> <span style="color: #f1c232;">park</span></a></span></strong></div><div align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong>&nbsp;</div><div align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;">Make castles and impressions out of <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/06/sand-play-dough-impressions-and-castles.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">sand play dough</span></a></span></strong></div><div align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong>&nbsp;</div><div align="center"><strong><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/07/nature-walk-discussing-and-sorting.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Sort items found</span> <span style="color: #f1c232;">in nature</span></a></span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;">Enjoy a simple <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/08/simple-snacktime-picnic-camping-style.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">picnic snack outdoors</span></a>&nbsp;- camping style</span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong><br /><strong><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/08/painting-rocks-with-chalk.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Paint rocks</span> <span style="color: #f1c232;">with chalk</span></a></span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/07/toddler-inspired-nature-walks-photo.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Take a nature walk</span></a> and capture images for photo journaling</span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;">Chase down a few <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/08/mondays-mini-family-adventure-bouncy.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">bouncy balls</span></a></span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;">Create <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/06/summer-virtual-book-club-mo-willems.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">ice cream treats out of shaving cream</span></a></span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/04/day-12-nature-wrist-bands.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Make nature wrist bands</span></a> with summer elements</span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;">Take a mini-vacation and <a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/07/25-ideas-for-day-out-with-family.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">enjoy a day out with the family</span></a></span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong><br /><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/2012/07/45-ways-to-awaken-childs-senses-outdoors.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Awaken their senses</span></a> with any of these 45 simple ideas...</span></strong><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mbJcXgsXRyw/UenV6355cSI/AAAAAAAAJW4/qafmOz4Wh8A/s1600/Disney+Ice+Cream.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mbJcXgsXRyw/UenV6355cSI/AAAAAAAAJW4/qafmOz4Wh8A/s320/Disney+Ice+Cream.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><strong><span style="color: black; font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: large;">If you've gotten to the point&nbsp;of your summer&nbsp;vacation&nbsp;in which you need a little&nbsp;extra inspiration, you're in luck!&nbsp; We'll be beginning the next session of our e-Workshop,&nbsp;</span></strong><a href="http://www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com/p/connecting-family-through-creative-play.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: black; font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: large;"><strong><span style="color: #f1c232;">Connecting Family through</span> <span style="color: #f1c232;">Creative Play</span></strong></span></a><strong><span style="color: black; font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: large;">, on August 5th!!</span></strong><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0VlUKdkBT-8/UenUbi6O_yI/AAAAAAAAJWk/P-68f9Npxkc/s1600/Pretend+Play.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0VlUKdkBT-8/UenUbi6O_yI/AAAAAAAAJWk/P-68f9Npxkc/s320/Pretend+Play.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #a64d79;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">We feel so passionate about helping families connect with their children through play that we want to offer this course in a way that will fit your budget and lifestyle. <strike>Please enter&nbsp;</strike></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strike>amount from $10 - $50 after adding this e-Workshop to your cart.</strike></span><i></i></span></span></b><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></div><div align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong>&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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If you enjoyed this post, please join us on </strong></span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong>Facebook.</strong></span></a><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong> You can even explore our boards on </strong></span><a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong>Pinterest</strong></span></a><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</strong></span>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3226199809041745248.post-82304529035460723942013-07-15T20:13:00.000-04:002013-07-15T20:13:12.454-04:00#slowsummermoments<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong>Slow down and everything you are chasing<br /> will come around and catch you. </strong></span></div><div align="center"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong>~John De Paola</strong></span></div><div align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong>&nbsp;</div><div align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong>&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QlXnOL9kCAM/UeSK4-oVNhI/AAAAAAAAJT0/We_dWFP4BSM/s1600/pool.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QlXnOL9kCAM/UeSK4-oVNhI/AAAAAAAAJT0/We_dWFP4BSM/s320/pool.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-njTg1qzAz9E/UeSK5M0uhvI/AAAAAAAAJT4/5mfvpB2drXk/s1600/sand+box.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-AE85WouI32Y/UeSLMdF2mCI/AAAAAAAAJUQ/iwS2roXqtxQ/s320/water+fight.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-btXMdAMwK4A/UeSLPHpj30I/AAAAAAAAJUc/vfqS957a2b4/s1600/family.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-btXMdAMwK4A/UeSLPHpj30I/AAAAAAAAJUc/vfqS957a2b4/s320/family.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-b8PBzHortek/UeSP4-GMMAI/AAAAAAAAJWA/CtuhyHhZVZQ/s1600/ice+cream.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-b8PBzHortek/UeSP4-GMMAI/AAAAAAAAJWA/CtuhyHhZVZQ/s320/ice+cream.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hg0o9MpPzuA/UeSLa7BCCRI/AAAAAAAAJUs/m_u5JKb8zg0/s1600/Tricycle.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hg0o9MpPzuA/UeSLa7BCCRI/AAAAAAAAJUs/m_u5JKb8zg0/s320/Tricycle.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tS0ViV9xZ8I/UeSOXdVWGyI/AAAAAAAAJVc/2lJMJTcpbak/s1600/Playing+in+the+rain.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tS0ViV9xZ8I/UeSOXdVWGyI/AAAAAAAAJVc/2lJMJTcpbak/s320/Playing+in+the+rain.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><strong><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"></span></strong><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PbwfS9UZgRc/UeSOOkTnt5I/AAAAAAAAJVU/4bMGL2xT0dU/s1600/sprinkler.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PbwfS9UZgRc/UeSOOkTnt5I/AAAAAAAAJVU/4bMGL2xT0dU/s320/sprinkler.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong></strong></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zX5Jt19MxeM/UeSOexd4YKI/AAAAAAAAJVk/wyPqUFU2f-w/s1600/smores.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zX5Jt19MxeM/UeSOexd4YKI/AAAAAAAAJVk/wyPqUFU2f-w/s320/smores.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CJdU_Wlkf-Q/UeSOljbf09I/AAAAAAAAJVs/Dmn1b-BBB7Y/s1600/hands.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CJdU_Wlkf-Q/UeSOljbf09I/AAAAAAAAJVs/Dmn1b-BBB7Y/s320/hands.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div align="center"><strong>You can enjoy all of our slow, summer moments by clicking here: &nbsp;</strong><a href="http://followgram.me/tag/slowsummermoments" target="_blank"><span style="color: #f1c232;">#<strong>slowsummermoments</strong></span></a><strong></strong></div><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong>Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this post, please join us on </strong></span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingFamilyandSeoul"><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong>Facebook.</strong></span></a><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong> You can even explore our boards on </strong></span><a href="https://pinterest.com/famigliaseoul/"><span style="color: #f1c232; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong>Pinterest</strong></span></a><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><strong> if you are looking for more ways to foster family connections through play and inspiration.</strong></span>Ginahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12923377249275234670noreply@blogger.com0