When the power goes out in the windstorm of life, instead of feeling powerless, empower yourself! One of the best times to reset your ‘norm’ is when your norm is upset by life’s uncertainties. What do you want to keep dear? What do you dearly want to change? Change it now! The new week will start out positive, while you clear out the mess, and clean up the space where the delicate balance of happiness basks. It’s always within you to fill up with love and choose good things for yourself. Instead of pacing and waiting impatiently, devise a ‘rainy day cupboard’ plan equipped with necessary supplies to keep your clan happy. Days unplugged inspire a life lived naturally in the moment. (More about this in my upcoming lifestyle & health book.)
A sweet dessert of fresh fruit, like kiwi, is fun for everyone to share. The seasons change quickly, seen through the arched door windows, framing trees with less and less leaves each day. The storm has changed Autumn to nearly Winter overnight. Gardens and roads needed tidying up, while we wait for power lines to be cleared of fallen trees. We cut up our fallen trees with compassion for their splits and breaks. This is a good time to rethink plans for everything. Refresh and start anew!
Matching games can be played with in various ways. Add funny voices and stories to the fun! What do you like to do during weeks like this? We love reading your comments.
With an endless list of things to do, we tackle the priorities, well the ones that are possible without power. Generators, gallons of water, candles and flashlights, stored dried and fresh food, and a lot of patience help when the daily routine goes off track. We prepare for winter by hanging coat hooks, painting new rooms, installing a stair railing, and finishing a scattering of home building projects. Colouring, games, playing, and songs are always helpful for confused littles ones. Clear explanations of why the lights are not on are repetitive, but necessary. Taking breaks out in town, if anything is open, helps break up the long days. Once the oven light blinks 12:00, sighs of relief smile, but we keep the simple romance of an unplugged lifestyle in mind while resetting our new week ahead. We love many aspects of today’s world, but we cherish and celebrate many of the old world’s charms, too. Touch back to see our new posts including both!
A calming room for everyone, especially for empaths like us, who love water and blue. One of our upcoming children’s books will match the mood of this room. Stay tuned for more about our books!
We’re happy to be opening our shop doors soon! There are many new series to explore and bring home!
Organic: Delicious pistachio nuts are fun for little fingers to figure out. Wraps with fresh veggies are a fun way to try out the beautiful and varied world of mustards and hummus. Make little wraps for little hands. (Power outages aren’t the best time to try new foods/nuts for children, so take care and prevent/be mindful of allergies.)
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Organic: Wrap up some avocado with champagne dill mustard, olives, cucumber, broccoli, celery, and carrot.
Your beauty and health routines can easily be overlooked when you’re overwhelmed by storms. Plan ahead, and once your basic needs are met, adjust your routines to the encroaching darkness of Autumn’s evenings.
Our beauty routine is simple, so it’s not hard to catch up on it, but it’s good to keep a steady level of healthy cleanliness, even when you don’t have running water. The skin and body will thank you for staying hydrated. Mermaids, like us, would not get out of the bath after the power came back. For more on this, check back for our upcoming posts and new books!
Simple Sponge Bath: Wrap your little one or yourself in a clean towel, and gently wash each part of your body with a warm soapy wash cloth, dipped in a bowl of water, (warmed on a gas stove, over a fire, or heated with an electric tea kettle attached to a generator.) Tell each elbow and toe how much you love them. Thank them for taking good care of you. Dry off softly with a towel. Wrap up in layers, if the heat is off, and play cozy games together, write in a journal, or meditate, appreciating the stillness and silence.
Health Tip: If shopping for a generator, look at the sound levels, because loud sounds upset the nervous system and impair conditions for sleep. A regular unwinding time before bed is especially important when weather upsets your town. Find a generator to handle your basic needs for a wonderfully, stress-free winter. Also, if you’re sensitive to light, (migraines, seizures, anything neurologically sensitive), you may like to try a battery-powered or wind up lantern instead of the traditional candle and flame because the flickering light can impair your already tired nervous system and cause illness and pain.
Music of the Moment: These Days, Nico (Always been an Autumn song for me, walking around NYC, exploring.)