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    Wordless Wednesday: Gratitude

    When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.

    ~Anthony Robbins


    There is nothing as simple as gratitude to turn your mood around. It changes your perspective from self-absorbed to outward-looking; from being closed up, away from experiences to being open to receiving what life has to offer. Whenever I feel like things aren’t “going my way”, I stop for a moment, and focus on just being… thankful. It’s amazing how much better things look when the things you have are the things you want.


    On this Word(ful) Wednesday, the things in my life for which I am grateful...


    The Endless Wonder of my Children in our garden:


    An Evening Out with my Husband:


    Fresh Veggies from the Farmer’s Market:



    The Pine Barrens (wish I could transfer aroma through the internet):

    The Simple Beauty of My Garden:

    The Magnificence of Nature (on our recent trip to Ithaca, NY):



    For what are you most thankful?

    Posted: Jun 29 2011, 09:09 by kelly | Comments (7) RSS comment feed |
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    Inspiring Parenting Quotes

    I love quotes; little bits of wisdom & inspiration to brighten the moment, and help keep me on the right path. I've often gone on the web in search of parenting inspiration in the form of quotes, sifting through the many negative quotes about parenting to find the inspiring and encouraging gems. On one of my recent searches I realized, hey, maybe someone else does this too, and might like to have positive, peaceful parenting quotations all in one place. So, without further ado, here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy! And please, if you're inspired... spread the love!


    The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children.


    It is one thing to show your child the way, and a harder thing to then stand out of it.
    ~Robert Brault


    Children are not the people of tomorrow, but people today. They are entitled to be taken seriously. They have a right to be treated by adults with tenderness and respect, as equals.
    ~Janusz Korczak


    Children can be conceptualized as mirrors. If love is given to them, they return it. If none is given, they have none to return. Unconditional love is reflected unconditionally, and conditional love is returned conditionally.
    ~Ross Campbell, MD

    Parenting is a path of maturation & growth if we dare to learn more & teach less.
    ~Naomi Aldort

    It's okay to be kind to our children. It's okay to give them a feeling of abundance. Knowing that their own needs and wants are valued will only make them want to help others to meet their needs and wants too. Kindness begets kindness.
    ~Rue Kream

    Disobedience is not an issue if obedience is not the goal.
    ~Daron Quinlan


    It is the nature of the child to be dependent, and it is the nature of dependence to be outgrown. Begrudging dependency because it is not independence is like begrudging winter because it is not yet spring. Dependency blossoms into independence in its own time.
    ~Peggy O'Mara

    Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
    ~Robert Fulghum

    What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give.
    ~P.D. James

    It is better to bind your children to you by a feeling of respect and by gentleness, than by fear.


    Discipline must come through liberty... We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.
    ~Maria Montessori

    If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart.



    If I had to make a general rule for living and working with children, it might be this: be wary of saying or doing anything to a child that you would not do to another adult, whose good opinion and affection you valued.
    ~John Holt

    Meeting a child's dependency needs is the key to helping that child achieve independence. And children outgrow these needs according to their own unique timetable.
    ~Elizabeth Baldwin

    Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
    ~Mother Theresa

    We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.
    ~Stacia Taucher


    The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.
    ~Peggy O'Mara

    (thank you Jamie @ I Am Totally That Mom)



    Posted: Jun 23 2011, 08:22 by kelly | Comments (7) RSS comment feed |
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    Sunday Spark: Father's Day

    When I think of what it means to be a Good Dad, I think of my husband, Adam.
    For our children he is: a storyteller. A silly song creator. A Duplo architect. An outdoor adventure leader. A horsey ride. A tennis, kiting, running, bike riding, hiking, skating, snowshoeing…coach of all activities. A school chauffer. A Sunday morning short order cook. A snap circuit engineer. A math quiz maker. A generous hug giver.

    My husband takes our children outside & teaches them sports rather than sitting in front of the television watching sports. When he sees our children struggling with something, he works with them to solve the problem – so they can solve it themselves in the future.

    He has a sensitivity and empathy about him that can see straight through our children’s tantrums, right down to the core of what’s bothering them. And he has the strength and patience to help them through it. He listens, and understands.


    He is the kind of father every child should have; our children are so lucky, and I am blessed to be witness to the love he has for them; and they for him.

    “I love when he hugs me and when he kisses me too.” ~ our 4 year old


    “I like him ‘cause he always helps me build things like science experiments.” ~our 6 year old


    Happy Father’s Day, Adam! We love you!

    Posted: Jun 19 2011, 10:16 by kelly | Comments (3) RSS comment feed |
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    Vegan Strawberry Cream Smoothie

    Two days ago, we went cherry & strawberry picking! The cherries were gone within 24 hours - we ate every last delicious one of them! The strawberries, however, being small & at the end of the season, were not so tasty. As of this morning, they were ready to either be made into a smoothie, or tossed out to the woods for the squirrels. We decided to go for a smoothie - and I'm glad we did! Here's the super-simple, healthy recipe I threw together. It turned out so yummy, the kids asked for MORE! Too bad we were out of strawberries!


    1 cup of fresh Strawberries

    10oz of Coconut Milk (we used vanilla-flavored)




    Put the ingredients into a blender and blend well! Serve immediately & ENJOY! This recipe made approximately 2 8oz servings.

    PS: I'm sure you could add whatever fruits - or even veggies - that suit your fancy & this would still taste delicious. The sugar in the vanilla coconut milk added just enough sweetness to the smoothie, though I'm sure you could add a bit of agave nectar or honey if you like it sweeter. I found the richness of the coconut milk made the smoothie just the right creamy consistency - but I'm sure yogurt or whole milk would work well too, if you prefer dairy. Please let me know if you make this smoothie & end up adding anything to it. We'll definitely be making this one again in the future & I'm always open to suggestions!

    Posted: Jun 18 2011, 15:50 by kelly | Comments (4) RSS comment feed |
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    Not Quite Summer Cherry Picking

    It’s not quite summer… yet.

    But here in Southern New Jersey, it sure feels like it! School is out, the weather is warm, the flowers are in bloom, and today… we went cherry picking!

    I fondly recall my own childhood picking cherries as a fascinating experience that involved going up wooden ladders, balancing on the top step with a bucket in one hand, stretching & reaching up for cherries with the other.

    Apparently, over the last twenty, er, make that thirty-odd years, things have changed a bit, and cherry trees have become shorter.

    Or... perhaps it’s more likely that the farm we visited today just put the ladders away when the guests come around for picking. That, and… I’m a lot taller now than I once was.

    Even ladderless, the three of us had a blast riding on the hayride out to the orchard, trekking out to find trees whose lower half hadn’t yet been picked clean, then picking – and occasionally eating – the delicious dark red cherries!

    After our fingers were thoroughly red and sticky, and our baskets were full, we hopped a ride over to the strawberry fields for some strawberry picking!

    The strawberry-picking season is almost over here (can you believe it?!), and many of the rows were nearly bare,

    but the smell was still heavenly sweet – and so very summery.

    Three baskets and a wonderful afternoon later, we headed home with our luscious fruit. It felt good giving my children the experience of seeing where their food really comes from (not in plastic clam-shell cases!). And, what a great way to kick off our Summer break - there’s not much better than picking your own fruit on a (not quite) Summer day!  

    So, now… do you have any good cherry or strawberry recipes? :)

    Posted: Jun 16 2011, 23:16 by kelly | Comments (2) RSS comment feed |
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