Category Archives: Motherhood

Springtime Holistic Healing

Spring is here!  Change, growth and transformation is happening all around.  Aliveness.

So how about you?

Are you allowing yourself to enter into the energy and vitality of this season?

What is lying dormant that’s ready to spring forth?aiveness

What wisdom is wanting to emerge in the world?

What color are you blooming?

What shape are the petals?

How deep are the roots?

Are you twisty like a vine, reaching ever upwards?

Thorny with a tough bark with vibrant petals?

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Let me be clear, it’s not about more striving or making a better plan.

It’s not about self-improvement.

It’s about pausing, going deeper, listening to what’s being called forth.

What’s asking for attention?  What would really make you happy(er)?  What helps you feel alive?

Have no idea?  That’s good!  Even more of an indication that checking in with the wisdom of your heart, your body, your spirit, your higher self is what’s necessary.

Loosen the hard earth, water the roots,  tend to the saplings, remove the weeds, examine the richness of the soil…

It is scary stuff and  infinitely more satisfying than going forward blindly, unconsciously or asleep, I promise.

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Green Party a Success!

This is a follow up to 5 Ways to Transform Your House Party into a Green Party

To put it short, the party was a blast!

One friend had this to say after reading the original post:

I felt all warm inside reading this.  I just had the chance to AFTER attending this party and can only say that what this woman is talking about it the real.

The party was fantastic.  We were there for 5 HOURS!  Me and my husband -oh yea- and the kids, haha, had a blast.  The food was amazing.  There was a little dance party with dress-up dresses and an audience, there was lot of great conversation and connecting with adults and kiddies. And I am pretty sure Elo had a small amount [of garbage] to throw away.

A party to remember forever and ever,  Amen!

Photo Credit: All photos shot by Rebecca Willett.

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This is what I wrote to our guests afterwards:

Dear loves,

We want to thank you for making [our daughter’s] day so special.  This was her first “real” birthday party and your kindness and generosity made it memorable for our entire family.

We are grateful, first, for you just being there with your smiles and hugs.  The adults were so helpful in keeping the children occupied (and safe). And it warmed my heart to see so many of you engaged in (what looked like) deep conversation! The children got along so nicely and it looked like they had a blast!

We are also grateful for the food you brought to share:  fruit, desserts, birthday cake, bread, salads…  And, although we didn’t expect any gifts, she received some really thoughtful ones: cute clothes, two great books, a pair of sneakers, a pair of earrings, some puppets, a toy.

Last but not least, the party would not have been the same without the princess dress up clothes– they were a hit!

So thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing with us.  It was beautiful to celebrate with you, our loved ones.

Much love,

E

5 Ways to Transform Your House Party into a Green Party

Birthday Girl
Birthday Girl

It was my daughter’s 3rd birthday last week and we are planning a Green Birthday Party this weekend.

Five Ways to Make Your Party Green(er):

1.  Make PEOPLE the Center of the Celebration. This is the number one rule for good reason.  Bringing this goal into your awareness should make the gathering more enjoyable all the way around.  Plus, it lets you off the hook when you feel the pressure to plan an elaborate theme or go all out for your guests.  It seems like common sense but, for example, we’ve all been to kid’s parties when the adults don’t get to enjoy or interact.  When the guests sit around watching the birthday kid open gift after gift.  Or when the hosts are so frazzled about the theme or activities that you wonder, I thought parties were supposed to be fun!

Although the guest of honor is my three year old, I am considering the adults’ experience as well.  We have a train set, puzzles and other games that the kids can play with and I’m keeping in mind the parents’ enjoyment too!

2.  Consider a Gift-Less Party or Shower. Welcome gently used hand-me-down games, books or clothing.  It’s amazing what great stuff you can find and it is cost-effective too.  Some guests  are really uncomfortable with the idea of attending a party and coming empty handed.  I usually suggest that they bring a dish to share or something my child really needs like a pair of sturdy shoes for school.  For a baby shower you could suggest starting  a fund to help the mom hire a birth or postpartum doula. Or maybe pay towards a housecleaning service for the first months after the baby arrives.

My parents have offered to buy my daughter what she needs for nursery school.  My sister is agreeing to bring a  dish.  My friend is planning to bring some fun fairy dress up clothes for the kids to play with.

3.  Make your party memorable by having yummy homemade food and even better music! These Malcolm in Party Bagtwo party ingredients will take you a loooong way.  If cooking all that food seems daunting then, by all means, make it a potluck!  And when I say potluck I mean just have guests bring a favorite dish without worrying too much about who is bringing what- you’d be surprised how well it turns out!  Having homemade food is healthier and requires less wasteful packaging than buying processed store-bought foods and sweets (think about all those candy wrappers and plastic containers).

I am planning on providing homemade rice and beans, hummus, guacamole, fruit salad and brownies.  Guests can bring a side dish or juice.  My mom is baking the birthday cake!

4.  Use real dishes, silverware and cloth napkins OR buy biodegradable plates, cups and cutlery. Nowadays it is pretty easy to find paper plates and napkins made of 100% post-consumer products.  There are compostable plates and cutlery made out of renewable sources including corn, sugar and bamboo.  Click here for an online search for Biodegradable Disposable Plates.

I plan to have the adults eat from the “real” plates and have the kids eat from the recyclable and biodegradable paper products I buy.  I don’t plan to buy juice boxes either. I’ll offer the kids small cups of juice diluted with water and pray that we don’t have too many spills!

5.  Rethink or nix the party favors all together! Guests rarely truly appreciate these tokens of appreciation and most folks certainly do not expect anything when they go to a party (except maybe to be fed and have some fun).  A memento can be nice- consider printing a card on recycled paper or a gift like a small bottle of an essential oil or lavender sachet…

I know that those plastic little toys my kids get at parties are lost or broken before we even make it home from a kid’s party.  And it is such a relief to me not to have to worry about buying one-more-thing.

** To make your gathering even more significant and  memorable consider consciously created rituals or a ceremony to mark the milestone you are celebrating.  Bringing your attention back to why you’re celebrating in the first place adds meaning and beauty to the festivities.  I am still high from a attending a Mother Blessing this past weekend– look for a new post on ritual design coming soon!

Moussaka

I had this dish at my Egyptian friend, Hala’s house one evening.  She shared her recipe and I experimentemoussaka ingredientsd with it.  This is my version of the Middle Eastern version…

This versatile stew is great warm or cold and can be served with crusty bread, pitas, rice or pasta.

  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4-5 crushed garlic cloves
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 2 carrots
  • 4-6 oz mushrooms (baby bella)
  • 2 zucchini (or yellow squash)
  • 1 1/2 c diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
  • 2-3 tablespoons tomato pastecooking moussaka
  • 3 tablespoons sofrito
  • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup water or veggie stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 tsp oregano

Cut all vegetables into bite-sized chunks (I cut as I go along).*

Heat olive oil in medium-sized pot (medium-high heat).

Add chopped onion and crushed garlic and cook until onions translucent.

Add eggplant and balsamic vinegar.   Then add 1/4 cup water or veggie stock so it doesn’t stick or dry out 1/4 c.

Add diced tomatoes, sofrito & spices.

Add  carrots and peppers plus 1/2 c of water (or stock) .

Add tablespoon of tomato paste to help thicken and mix well.

Turn down heat and let simmer.

Add chopped zucchini, mushrooms  & remaining liquid and stir.

Continue to simmer for 10-15 minutes to allow flavors to blend together.

Enjoy!

*The vegetables that need the least amount of cooking time get added last.