Rainy Mornings

Rainy mornings make for great fun in our house.  From children crawling in our bed due to loud lightening to snuggles during cartoon time. It makes for a lazy morning. After getting the kindergartner off to school it became a board game morning.  If you have spent any length of time around a toddler you know they can do the same activity endlessly. Two of the games that I can also do repeatedly, and not pray they get bored quickly, are Hoot Owl Hoot and Let’s Feed the very Hungry Caterpillar.

Hoot Owl Hoot has a unique concept as it is a cooperative play game versus the traditional win/lose concept.  Children are tasked to work together to get all the owls back to their nest before the sun comes up. This is done using colors, no reading or math is required. The age range is 4 and up but our 3 year old has no problem playing this game. To make it more fun for the kids each time an owl flies over another owl I have them hoot and flap their wings.

Let’s Feed the Very Hungry Caterpillar is based on the children’s book, which my kids adore. This game involves counting from 1-5, colors, fruit identification, and making a butterfly puzzle. The butterfly puzzle is the kids favorite part.

Both games are fun and easy for the kids. Plus neither game takes a huge amount of time, so it is easy to play multiple times in a row. Also, for parents of multiple young children these are great games for you. The older children are entertained and happy to be spending time with you. You only need one hand to play either game and that leaves the other hand to work with baby. This morning I had the baby in the high chair for feeding time during the Hoot Owl Hoot game and bouncing on my lap for Let’s Feed the Very Hungry Caterpillar game.

 

Happy Gaming,

Irisa

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A week of Culinary Delights

I have no idea where last week went. Did I blog and lose it or never get to it?!  Ah mamahood! 

Anywho. I shopped at aldi’s this time and was able to stretch my food budget pretty far and get some nifty things.

Meal one: tuna salad (lacto-paleo)
canned tunafish 12 oz(already had)
2 tablespoons mayo
1 drop lemon essential oil
1 tablespoon old bay seasoning
1 teaspoon dill weed
1 teaspoon basil
Red pepper flakes, to taste
1 tablespoon shredded parmesan
Mix well. Eat independently or with gluten free rosemary and olive oil crackers.

Meal two:  smoked sausage on the griddle
7 smoked sausage links
5 pieces bacon
One crown of broccoli and half a small head of cauliflower shredded then grilled with salt and pepper
Potato (3 red skin)and 1 sweet potato halfed, shredded into nests and seasoned with olive oil, italian seasoning, salt and pepper
Cheese to snack on

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Meal three: egg nests
1 shredded sweet potato
8 eggs with a dash of water, mix
Shredded parmesan (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Oil muffin tin and place potato
Then seasoning and cheese
Pour in egg
Bake 20-25 minutes or until egg is done

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The candlelight that helps me illuminate my truth

I was a very niave 17 when I graduated high school.  Those days, I did not know whose words and wisdom would stay with me to shape my life.  At that time I worked in my high school administration building and became friends with the nighttime janitors, Nick and Peggy.  They were older and were very kind to me. 

Upon graduating they gave me a framed poem What is Success by Amanda Bradley.  That poem has always been in a place where I can read it daily.  I wish that I could tell them they made a difference. That over 20 years later they are still thought of and their gift helped shape a woman. It is the candlelight that helps me illuminate my truth.

Before children, I used to think it was the big things that made a difference.  When I became a mama I thought teaching manners and hygenie, imparting wisdom, and educating would be the focus.  While those things are important, my daughter has taught me that it is the little gestures, thoughtfulness, and love that make everything important.  I see it reflected in her actions of love, compassion, and thoughtfulness.  She gives me wisdom by showing me what is most important.

We never know when or how we make a difference. If we live from the heart we simply do.  I am one of those people who never thinks I make a difference, I try not to be a burden to anyone, but will give to anyone.  The last few days I have had friends sharing my gofundme link.  What I value morw than any penny is every word they have said.  I am so honored to have done something to deserve this love. I don’t know what I have done but I have done something and for that I am grateful. 

I am so filled with love and gratitude on this morning.

What Is Success?

Success is believing in all you can be,
in all that you dream and you dare, taking time to help others find their dreams as well,
being ready to give and to share…

Success is enjoying the pathways you’ve chosen and feeling so glad to be you,
helping others to feel self fulfillment and joy and real pride in whatever they do…

Success is discovering new ways to reach higher and reach out to those all around…

Only for caring and helping and giving can life’s true success be found.

~Amanda Bradley

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What is success

In love,
Irisa

The Emotional Roller Coaster of Asking

Today, my strength comes (in part) from Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking (Ted Talk)We have an opportunity to change our financial and family situation in an immensely positive manner.  However, if this opportunity goes our way we are going to have 30 days from today to raise moving and deposit funds.  To make this happen we have had to ask for help through gofundme.

Each day, as I commit to the Art of Sacred Living I find myself being strwtched, pushed, and pulled in ways that I never imagined.  For me, I feel that part of this journey is to be open and honest (without completely foregoing family privacy) which has led me to be more raw and vulnerable than I ever would have imagined.

As terrifying as this is I cannot imagine any other way.  I know reaching out for help to better our family situation is the right thing to do, as is the openness in my writing. But I am scared out of my mind.

Today was very emotional. All of us have always worked hard but it just has not been enough to get ahead.  Helping others is so much easier than asking for help. Starting the gofundme is one of the scariee things I have done.  Am I comfortable with asking for help, no.  But I am also not comfortable on missing a potentially life changing opportunity because of pride and fear.

Then there is the fear of being judged. I am not used to asking for help orputting my vulnerable self put there. Friends have encouraged me to reach out, my divorce taught me the necessity of having my own voice, and with a lot of mental gymnastics I am reaching out. This part of my growth is not comfortable. So I listen to Amanda Palmer, I listen to my friends, I am trusting my inner wisdom, and I am taking a huge leap of faith and adding the Art of Asking to the Art of Sacred Living.

Working through the fear. Embracing the love.

Irisa

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The Emotional Roller Coaster of Asking

Today, my strength comes (in part) from Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking (Ted Talk)We have an opportunity to change our financial and family situation in an immensely positive manner.  However, if this opportunity goes our way we are going to have 30 days from today to raise moving and deposit funds.  To make this happen we have had to ask for help through gofundme.

Each day, as I commit to the Art of Sacred Living I find myself being strwtched, pushed, and pulled in ways that I never imagined.  For me, I feel that part of this journey is to be open and honest (without completely foregoing family privacy) which has led me to be more raw and vulnerable than I ever would have imagined.

As terrifying as this is I cannot imagine any other way.  I know reaching out for help to better our family situation is the right thing to do, as is the openness in my writing. But I am scared out of my mind.

Today was very emotional. All of us have always worked hard but it just has not been enough to get ahead.  Helping others is so much easier than asking for help. Starting the gofundme is one of the scariee things I have done.  Am I comfortable with asking for help, no.  But I am also not comfortable on missing a potentially life changing opportunity because of pride and fear.

Then there is the fear of being judged. I am not used to asking for help orputting my vulnerable self put there. Friends have encouraged me to reach out, my divorce taught me the necessity of having my own voice, and with a lot of mental gymnastics I am reaching out. This part of my growth is not comfortable. So I listen to Amanda Palmer, I listen to my friends, I am trusting my inner wisdom, and I am taking a huge leap of faith and adding the Art of Asking to the Art of Sacred Living.

Working through the fear. Embracing the love.

Irisa

Eat Mangos Naked – part two

In case you missed it here is eat mangos naked – part one.

The possibility of pure pleasure at giving and receiving. (Sark)

Personally, I only truly enjoy when I give and receive from the heart.  If I am told to give due to obligation or social expectation, without regard for my preferences, finances, or feelings then it was resentful.  These days I do not give unless it is from the heart.

The same goes for receiving.  I do not want a gift because you feel you should give me anything.  Nor do I want a gift if it is a financial burden. Knowing it is from the heart is just one part of me being comfortable receiving.  If I find out it was a financial burden in any way I feel guilty. A gift should never negatively impact our finances or be an obligation.

The biggest and most important gift anyone can ever give me is their time and honesty. Only then can we have a meaningful relationship.

Form helping circles (Sark)

For decades we lived in communities, working together day in and day out, helping each other. At some point asking for help became a social taboo. The perception that you were weak if you wanted or needed help became the predominant mindset.

I love the idea of forming helping circles. I would love to have 2-4 people that I can call on qhen I simply cannot do it all myswlf. I also want to be someone thwy can call on when they need help. Would you like to be part of my helping circle? Who do you want to be in yours?  Reach out and share this idea.  The worse thing that can happen is they say no and you move on to another person.  If someone says no, it is not personal!

Talk about giving and receiving with friends, and establish healthy boundaries.

This is something that I have done intermittenly and need to do more of.  At this point in my life I do not have much in the way of extra funds. So, my focus is on making sure the kids have nice birthdays and holidays. But even then we do not over emphasize the material. Also, I know many in my life do not have much in the way of extra money. While gifts are lovely to receive, none of us really need a whole lot.  In fact most of us could benefit from practicing simplification.

Tell the truth about what we are willing to give and receive.  Update that list often. (Sark)

For me, I prefer company, adult conversation, honesty, a nice home cooked meal, good coffee with creamer, someone to dream with, playing in the dirt, walking in nature, willingness to embrace the loving chaos that small children bring, occassional babysitter, and when needed help with bigger projects.  What do you prefer?

Become skilled at receiving (Sark)

Can you receive a gift with a simple thank you?  How would you like your gifts to be received?

Become differently skilled at giving (Sark)

I love this. Rethink giving. I am a generous person who loves sharing and giving.  When I had a high paying corporate job I did not have to think too much about this.  Now, I have differwnt priorities.  It has made me really look at what I need.  This has made me aware that others may want to receive gifts that are not material.

What would you really love to receive? Make a list and share it with your friends and family. Tell them you would prefer this over the material. Be open and honest. Be true to yourself.

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Live authentic,
Live honest,
Live sacred,
Irisa