To be ‘impeccably dressed’, comfortably in harmony with the Self, and feel effortlessly chic are one in the same. I love well-tailored, good quality, ethically made apparel. I have a few pieces and wear them often. I make much of my wardrobe to fit the whole ‘me’. Dresses are my go-to. I root down, here in our new home at Christmas Rose Cottage, and I’m getting back to my origins…which include soft ballet wrap sweaters and trousers…my painting clothes, but with extra attention to quality tailoring and cozy, responsible fabrics.
Once we love that ‘perfection’ does not exist, except in the harmony of Nature’s designs, we are free to explore our soul connections and today’s choices. Here is today’s colour mood of Black Mulberry for your berrylicious moody reading day pleasure. Self care means staying true to the inside of you, and expressing that outwardly, too! Wisely choosing clothing to last is a pleasure, even though it takes time to research and find items, it can be a positive strategy like choosing your food, environment, or interior design. It is there for a long time, so let’s choose what we love, what coordinates with the rest of the wardrobe, and what helps us have a…. Good Morning: Washed, skin-cared, dressed for the day, and ready for new inventions and adventures!
The word ‘impeccable’ can be a positive word, to mean mindful and trying to be done well. Nothing about the idea of perfection, but rather it could be about a feeling of ‘put together’, ‘ready’, and ‘gently confident’…one can look chic while feeling comfortable! If your body is healthy and at ease, your soul, heart, and positive light are the focus. Comfort is not only a physical texture, but an aesthetic. No need for fussy things, especially when you work from home, but setting a good example for the Self, family, children, and friends is a love-booster for all. Care and respect for your Self shows others you care for them, and shows them how to care for their Self. Children are impressionable and learning their ‘norm’. So…pajamas all day?…or…day time clothes, a time saver, all ready to go to town or for a stroll in the garden? This sets the mind for ‘doing something’ instead of ‘laying around’. One mindful action inspires another positive thought. If you’re ill, try getting dressed, and see if it changes anything. Lightening a mood changes chemicals in the body, and fresh air heals and aids in sleep improvement…and sleep is…very healing.
I like to dress in the colours of my favourite foods…berries! This personal amusement and magnetic connection to colour inspires me to eat more berries, which as we know, prevent and heal so much illness. And…berries are beautiful to sense.
PS My new novel series, The Love Letter Diaries, features Leona and a loving town…including beloved tailors! I believe this is a field of skill that needs to come back to every town as a necessary part of everyone’s wardrobe for clothes that fit and last. This would allow for creative, custom organic non-toxic designs to more aptly suit skin tones and silhouettes, sensitive for skin and body, while boosting community spirit by supporting local businesses. This would greatly reduce waste and toxic materials being used in the fashion industry, and help lower the cost of things. Too much is overpriced right now, especially poor quality items. Sustainable design of positive, healthy products and systems can heal the world. XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Traditional European Style Tip: A neck scarf keeps us warm while allowing different moods
to change an otherwise neutral outfit into something new to view!
Loving Life Inspiration for: Empaths, Sensitive People, and All!
A book for all ages from 0-100000+
NEW BOOK! Explore Leona’s beautifully sensitive and empathic world as she becomes a part of a compassionate town of friends. This loving book series is called The Love Letter Diaries #1. She spreads a light of love wherever she goes, and so can we all!
Inspiration for a loving family and a Gentle, Healthy, Organic Lifestyle. This story is helpful for anyone who is healing, grieving, sensitive, empathic, or beginning a new chapter in their life! Meet some new friends in this first story and follow along as each exciting new book is released. These are real stories for real people, teaching awareness for helping our Selves and others. Open to the glorious beauty of Nature that is everywhere and in all of us!
This book is my way of showing the world how to live a peaceful daily life which inspires a kind, healthy, and loving universe. Each book is themed after a season, and this is the Summer Festival! The story is set in a small European town. This way of living can be taken with you anywhere you go. I hope you enjoy experiencing all of the fun and sweet events through Leona’s senses, and perhaps you will be inspired to introduce your town to some new positive ideas each season of Nature. We can hand down loving traditions to each generation, and that is precisely what Leona’s Nonna did for her and all!
Sustainable, ethical, non-toxic, handmade, organic books. A Gentle Life Book Collection: Peaceful, beautiful, healthy inspiration for a Gentle Life. Take our books with you everywhere you go! Give the gift of Love & Peace by being Purely You!
At home, at Christmas Rose Cottage, I love richly romantic art, empowering for all genders, depicting gentle, natural scenes to encourage self reflection and a very personal relationship with the higher Self, the inner and true self. Be it my own loving artwork or prints of passions from long ago, little higher selves can live around these positive images, choose their own, and always look within for whole health Love to feel their bright light of love shining out into the universe, forever glowing for their true hearts to be in their world with clear senses.
Change your artwork with the season if you like to infuse your days with cozy, natural inspiration. Wander a museum, art gallery, online art history research, or your pencil and paper. What kind of artwork imagery are you drawn to? Where do our connections come from? What, or who, we connect to from forever ago, yes it may be familiar, but we can still choose, now in this moment, is this helpful or harmful? What feelings does an image, or soul, invoke? Familiar doesn’t have to mean positive…or negative…we have a choice. Peace and love this day, holiday, and all days ahead. Design is powerful and so are all of our choices, which imagery is peaceful and calming for you? Surround yourself in what you Love, XOXO ~ Amor Milagre
I love market day! There are so many fresh organic plant foods in every colour, texture, and flavour. A new day, a new recipe! My upcoming vegan organic cookbooks will release in 2020! Renovating is an important step for us to feel settled, productive, and healthy. It is also very important for this chef, and any little chefs in training, to have a functioning, serene kitchen to marvel at Nature’s beauty and to combine lovely flavours together. When we eat well, we feel well, and do well.
Be it a favourite book, a cozy painting, or a darling toy, unpacking colours and textures at a new home is like seeing everything in a different light, for the light is new to us here. Where to hang this or set that? Natural lighting is key for a healthy lifestyle, but it is also very important for curating your home. For custom designs, please send a message.
Reusable gift boxes and bags that match your home are beautiful decor and a good investment for your pocketbook and the environment.
Soft light, in the newly renovated living room, kisses the gentle painting scenes for an even more tender feeling.
When a space feels uncluttered, the mind unwinds and beautiful stories and imagery comes through. My new novel series will release in 2020. I just finished the 5th book, and I am in Love with them.
Designer Tip of the Day: When hanging art frames containing glass, be mindful of the reflections it will cause. Set the pictures on the wall at the right height and in the right spot to avoid glare. For example, a reflective glass frame can go on side walls, not opposite your view when seated on a sofa, chair, or bed. Soothe your senses with healthy design! Visit my shop for new artwork to freshen and cozy up your space! Custom orders are now available, too.
Healthy Child & Parent Recipes are coming up!
Renovation Tidy Up: Spring Cleaning is early for us, here in our new-old home, at Christmas Rose Cottage. We’re rinsing the sand out of our leeks and life, keeping it where it belongs, in our beloved garden.
Happy Holiday Decorating, Eating, and Celebrating! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Just in time for cuddling up for the holidays, this fireplace renovation design is now bright, light, clean, and cozy. Slowly and steadily, smoothly and patiently, we are renovating our entire new-old house. An earthy deep plum hugs the walls of this darling sitting room. Cream linen parge kissed the dusty bricks a million times to form a protective, clean, and chic cloak. I design by instinct, to soothe the senses for maximum energy, using sustainable, healthy materials. This shadowy sitting room design keeps to it’s natural moody tendency, but instead of looking dingy or dirty, the darker walls and the lightened fireplace are a crisp, delicious focus. The room is now centered, and we feel more balanced being there. This colour combination is uncluttered and very fun to decorate and accessorize. Deep red wreaths and blacksmith pieces complement winter holiday decor of sweet stockings, Christmas tree ornaments, table runners, mini glitter houses, golden gift boxes, tartan plaid gift bags, all chosen to match and to be reused each year in this loving, celebratory room. This is the old fashioned children’s toy playroom as well. Wooden trains, an antique puppet theater, musical instruments, and a rocking bear all love to be here. Berry rich velvet pillows and fluffy cream throws lounge on the new caramel sofa, to be revealed soon! Happy Holidays! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Glorious, fluffy, sparkling snow falls as intricate tree lace on our paws and everything that grows! This morning, we happily play in these delicate crystals. How endlessly inspiring Nature’s beautifully unique darlings are…just like you! Happy Winter Nature Explorations! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Q: What do you do to reduce stress during the holidays?
A: We design our holiday traditions and routines to be what we need and change as needed. Here are 10 things we do to relax and have holiday fun together.
Playing festive background music sets a fun mood. We set the volume loud enough to sing along, but quiet enough to listen to one another. We like to sing sweet carols and play instruments together. My favourite gift is a child’s song on the piano or a nice little hum while playing.
Simple, easy recipes of our favourite foods help us so we’re not cooking all day, but rather playing and eating together. We shop early as many grocery stores close on the holiday. Lists are helpful, but we don’t have to do everything on the list. We choose…
A walk in the snowy fresh air boosts energy, and then we’re ready to cozy up back inside by the fire.
Warm drinks and sweet wintery stories, read under the covers are my favourite. No commercials leave lots of sound space for sweet angel giggles…
Lots of good rest, water, breaks for alone time, and healthy foods (organic vegan) help keep us going when visitor energy overwhelms, positively or negatively. Yes, empaths and highly sensitive people, this is for you, but also for everyone. We prefer small group visits. When you’re sensitive, large group parties have too many overlapping conversations, and this causes us illness. Keeping energy for the Self is very important during the holidays. What can you do to boost energy instead of allowing it to be drained? We like quiet snowy days at home, reading and drawing…taking our day off to have a day off at home.
Sharing wishes! We write down our wishes and place them in the stockings. Then, on the holiday morning, we read them all together. Sharing wishes helps them come true!
Keeping to our regular routine is key. Holiday fun is great, but not worth the stress if the aftermath is illness or a disrupted routine. Key for young children…and me…
I like to use beautiful reusable gift wrapping, such as a holiday box with attached ribbon bow, well made gift bags, or reusuable cloth bags or fabric. I choose the colours, patterns, prints, and textures to match our sitting room colours so they are a harmonious part of the interior design. At present opening time, there is no garbage/recycling. Just store fold, stack, and store for the next holiday. I collect ones that are good for Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, etc. Less gifts, of lovely good quality, allows us to remember the gifts each year. Something special to hold Dear and use for the long term.
When visiting friends & family, be your natural sweet Self. Visits are just visits, not interviews. The best way to get (re)acquainted is to sit kindly together and let the conversation naturally flow. Peppering with personal questions isn’t polite and creates a frenzied atmosphere. Getting to know someone doesn’t depend on whether or not they are dating someone, or if they have the job you want them to do. Love is unconditional. A calm chat about snow and pie can tell you more about your Dear Ones than one hundred answered questions. Gently read their eyes, hand motions, body language, and energy to see if they are comfortable in your chats. Listen to their words and tone. You can always sit and listen to holiday tunes together, or even have a dance and a laugh! Allow holidays to be fun, and not too serious. *Keep the illness diary updates to a minimum…unless help is direly needed. I remember many ‘contests’ of relatives over who is feeling worse. Oh my…
***Loving words and actions are the best gift anyone could receive. ♥ Show someone your Real Love every moment, every day. If you see anyone that needs help, and that is most people, help them while keeping your safety boundaries.
I hope you have a lovely, safe holiday.
P.S. If you use substances: Don’t ever drive drunk, angry, or under the influence of drugs. Get a ride or stay put. Substances are not needed to have fun, deal with issues, or ‘be’ you. They cloud your senses and cause more issues. The body already produces enough chemical reactions to keep you mystified. Think of all the sweet, darling people and families driving home from their grandparent’s house, the ballet, the school play, or the choir show. Distracted driving is too easy to do. If tired while travelling, stay overnight at at hotel to avoid accidents. If you want to change someone’s life forever, let it be in a positive way. There is enough suffering for the world to heal. Be aware, be kind, be Love.
Flocks of W’s and V’s wrap up the walls of our new home at Christmas Rose Cottage. Patch, sand, prime, paint, repeat. Stretch and bend, over, under, on tiptoes, and balanced on ladders. How tall are you, what is your reach, and how tall are the ceilings? Which tools could help you ergonomically paint your darling home?
I’ve received some questions about renovating. Here are some painting tips. Your best friend is practice, nothing fancy, but your home will look fancy!
Rollers & Extenders: I find an extender useful with a roller for the middle to top in one position, then stretch to bend for the bottom. With so much to do, the body needs care and caution. For high ceilings, steady ladders and a good extender help your back. This also helps to finish the job much faster and smoother.
Angled paint brushes are great for striking out ceilings, woodwork, and corners. Go slow and steady. You can always touch up ceilings later if a bristle flecks paint.
Use No VOC paint and open windows. Towels under closed doors help other rooms stay unscented.
Tiny art brushes are great for narrow window grid trim. Painting tape keeps trim and window glass clean. Use the tape like a straight edge. Pull it to bend, and press to seal. This reminded me of my 2D foundation design class for colour theory. We taped boards to layer shapes and colours with paint and matte medium. Once you get the trick of it, by practicing, you’ll never scrape paint off glass again.
Stretch like in yoga. Bend, balance, strengthen, but don’t breathe in the paint. 🙂
Reuse rollers and brushes by keeping in airtight bag during a project. Wash when done with a colour, and let dry. If painting many areas, a rotating routine helps by having several brushes and rollers to use. Label colours on each bag and set with matching paint can.
*Don’t spray the paint as it’s unhealthy for your breathing air.
Playing music, for whichever mood you’re ready for, helps you sway with the brushstrokes. Take your time to save time.
I like to paint the trim and doors the same as the wall for a serene aesthetic.
Taking breaks is good for muscles, drying times, and an energy boost. Eating well and sleeping early helps complete renovations faster with less frustrating accidents. I like to map out a painting routine for the week with room goals. It helps keep track of what is done, and what is ready to do next.
Supportive shoes, ones you don’t mind getting a bit painty, lend strength and longevity to painting sessions.
Tarps help keep splatters off floors and walls. Burlap ones rattle less than plastic ones when windows are open.
Temperature is important. Is the humidity right? Is it warm enough to paint? Stir paint before using.
Check and clean up as you go. Check for drips, and smooth out overlap marks.
Remove hardware when possible and reattached later. Tape and cover permanent hardware to keep it unpainted and useful.
Use the right paint for each surface. All your work is worth the energy if the paint stays nice and doesn’t chip due to the wrong paint choice. Look at the labels. Trim paint for wood trim. Wall paint and often paint/primer all in one for walls. Anything metal, plastic, or other, find the matching paint type. Ask the shop for advice.
Check the paint colour on the chip to see if it was mixed properly before leaving the store. Check the colour with a sample before ordering large gallon quantities. Paint a spot on each wall to check how light and shadow change your colour.
Surface preparation is key for smooth walls. Fill in cracks, holes, and dents. Sand smooth and prime. Check before painting.
When choosing paint colours, the natural light and room purpose are important to consider. Look for healthy no-VOC paint options. Find the family of colours you like, then choose one with enough earthiness for a soothing countenance. Try it on every wall to see the shadows at all times of day. What feels comforting to you?
Any more reno questions, I’ll be here painting, and I’ll get back to you once I wash my painty hands. Happy Colours! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Q: Many of you have asked about ways of meditating. I was recently reminded of a way to explain it another way. Here is a starter:
A: Every day, each of us experience many things. Meditating, even for ten minutes, can help sort out these experiences and the feelings and energy that connect with them. Many people think they have to go, go go or do, do do in order to reach this ‘place’. But, luckily, we have the ability to BE there at any time. It is within us. So, rest your body and rest your busy hands, because the quickest, most efficient, and healthiest way to connect with your Inner/Higher Self, your True Self, is this: Sit quietly, close your eyes, and breathe. Let go and let your feelings, thoughts, and messages from the Universe wash over you. This will help any issues you struggle with untangle and process without the ‘pressure of solving it’. You don’t have to build something physical in order to build an understanding of your Self and the world around you. Practice often, every day, with fresh air, and you can enter this health-boosting state more easily and openly in Real Love for your Self and All! This is also a wonderful, natural way to relieve pain. More soon…
Q: What are your favorite food combinations for cooking family dinners?
A: I have many, but for Winter, I really love organic ginger root, garlic, and shallots together…in everything! It works gently in sauces, soups, appetizers, on vegetables, in dips, and with fruit to create a softness. The scent fills the house with a warm, cozy cloud of sweet ginger. Our bodies love it because it really helps boost the immune system and keep us healthy with all the germs about in town. I like to sauté these three, minced, in olive oil, salt, and pepper, on low heat. When tender, add in other things or add it on top of others. We’ll be growing these in our new garden, here at Christmas Rose Cottage, this Spring -Summer -Autumn. This healthy superfood grouping is soothing for the senses and for stomachs, little and big. Ginger was very helpful for maternity illness. I find natural foods so beautiful. The garlic’s airy winged shells, the ginger’s aromatic colour, and my tearful shallotful eyes try to admire their lilac and russet hues fading into one another.
Last night, I finished the fourth loving novel for my new series. I want to live in these books! They are so sweet and fun. I hope the universe is inspired to laugh along and to bring the words to life in their daily rounds and holiday celebrations. I strive to create this world for us, and I let it spill out of my pockets wherever we go. Return to view the release for this New Book Collection. Happy Snowy Days of Musing! I wish you a peaceful holiday!
There is something to finding the right fit for a journal. The line spacing, ample area for your hand to rest as you write, the paper texture. Does it feel good? It is steady to allow quick flashes of imagery to glide and dance swiftly before overlapped with new scenes and conversations? Will the spine look lovely on a bookshelf when the pages are filled and happy? I really enjoy journals and sketchbooks for all purposes. My new Journal Series will be flying over to the shop in 2020! Just like my handmade books, the paper is FSC Certified. When buying journals, I look for FSC Certified paper, too.
I’m very pleased about 2020. It’s taken a long time to get here, but it surely didn’t need to. My focus was always there, working, but so much energy had to be used to survive an insensitive world. It could have been used to develop wonderful ideas to help all and keep good health for this empath and our family. My books show how easy it is for the world to boost good health and compassion for all, every moment.And…how fun it is to live positive moments! I think it will be a very productive and peaceful year to build a lovely new foundation for all the years to come. When the dust settles on our New House Renovation, many new items will be shared! What kind of positive projects are you planning for next year? Design it for you! I hope you enjoy your 2019 tales and 2020 ahead!
The Bookshop: A New Novel Series for All Ages! This is the first post about this series. In 2020, I’ll release at least four new novels to fall in Love with! These are wonderful library additions and gifts for all ages to enjoy and revisit. Older children-Adult will probably be the audience age group who enjoys this ‘something sweet’ the most, and little ones can enjoy a chapter at a time. Everyone is included, and this series will keep growing every season. It takes time to get to know someone, right? 🙂
The Crayon Club: This week, I’ll share some fun winter children’s crafts to do anytime and for homeschool.
Encouraging the Imagination & Celebrating Individuality for Children of All Ages!
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This is my favourite season! Here is a helpful sale for you to find unique, personalized gifts for your Dear Ones. All collections are ethically handmade with positive energy and the greatest care. For books, message your inscription details. For custom orders, message your ideas. For you, I hope your Winter is dear and loving! I love being a part of your gift giving surprises! Happy Holidays, XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Music of the Moment: The Wish That I Wish Tonight, Sung by Dennis Morgan, Music by M.K. Jerome, Christmas in Connecticut Movie (1945)
Pull up a chair, get cozy, and listen to magic. Wonderful for everyday and holiday visitors, too. We listen and imagine along with these wonderfully narrated children’s audiobooks. What are your favourite audiobooks? Which narrators inspire giggles and smiles? Audiobooks are very handy and beautiful to listen to while drawing and painting for Mamma & Child. Ever since baby days, we’ve enjoyed these while playing, folding laundry, or resting. Listening skills are immediately gained (during homeschool lessons), as well as the classic pleasure of storytelling. If you have the book, follow along, learning to read, and match sounds with pictures. Open the imagination and watch it grow splendid scenes and characters! We enjoy sweet, natural stories with dear, funny characters. Which tales touch your soul?
There is an art to this medium. The timing is important. The background music cannot be too loud. The narrator needs to be sensitive to what they are reading. What is the story is about? Who are the characters? These things are crucial for repeat plays. Tone and feeling can come through in each breathe and expression. A special treat is when the author reads their own book because you get an effortless sense of their intent and meaning of their original inspiration. This audience is listening very closely, and we appreciate every word. Thank you to the makers of these audiobooks! They are a loving part of our daily life and childhood memories.
Music of the Moment: Mrs. Tiggywinkle’s Washing Song, The Beatrix Potter Collection, in the lovely and thoughtful voice of Andrew Scott. I recognized his empathic voice from the loving and sensitive movie, This Beautiful Fantastic. He expressed the character voices beautifully. We love listening to his storytelling because he takes his time to really capture the essence of the story, mood, and attitude. It really feels like you are there. Thank you to this wonderful, versatile person and actor!
It’s December. We stroll along frosted garden moss. Air, crisp and cool. Raining and snowing, freezing and thawing, the water and ice activate seeds of beauty for Spring blooms. White ruffles and velvety family bedtime tales cozy up in this special room, ready to be made over. After painting and flooring, this master bedroom renovation reveal will soon be shared. What a pleasure it is to collect items for each room’s mood over time. Oceanic artwork, cuddly pillows, poofy comforters, and frosty curtain mornings invoke ancient stories, falling onto jeweled journals, and the teacup swirls. Shell studies from walks on the beach lay on open pages of hand-torn printing paper. Feel the edges and textures here. Precious, adored, delicate, strong, powerful, and wise. A room that feels like floating on ocean waves and tucked up in a soft shell, safe and sweet, yet cool, energizing, and centering. For custom interior design, message me with your details. What do you want your space to feel like? Which moods do you Love? From Christmas Rose Cottage, I’m wishing you a serene holiday season full of rejuvenation and peaceful rest…XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Our children are precious gifts! They are miracles and absolute truth and beauty! They deserve sensitive items for their sensitive everything. For our family, we research and strive to find the healthiest brands before buying children’s apparel & items, from sweaters to spoons, and from books to bath soap.
There have not been many brands we love yet, or feel confident to share as responsible, ethical collections. How could we really know? Here are some that we have used for a few years, and whose company information seems to be nicely transparent. What are your favourite ethical brands?
We like certain items from these companies:
Jamie Kay: The organic cotton items are now on our shopping list each growing season. Beautifully designed and made, adorable to look at, cozy to wear in soft colours, easy to dress in, and timelessly photogenic for beautiful childhood photo albums and daily life. This brand fits in with our Gentle Life of natural beauty and allowing the child’s essence to be the focus. Easy shipping from New Zealand, and last for years +.
Little Spruce Organics: Various brands sell organic winter apparel and accessories. We like choosing matching hats, mittens, coat, and scarves. A great source for organic cloth diapers, inserts, and diaper covers.
There were more brands, but we sold or donated the items, and I lost track of the names in the busy first years of babyland. I left out the others that we did try, but didn’t use, didn’t work well, or sadly are not now in business. That pile was bigger than this list. Everyone needs different things, but it took a while to find brands that are gentle for our sensitive skin, eyes, body, senses, budget, and lifestyle. We often buy apparel a size bigger so the items are worn for a few years. We buy quality items over cheap fast fashion, as they last longer, and in the end this saves money when well taken care of. Well made items don’t have to be expensive, and with sales, very often cost less than the fast fashion/trendy items. This post is not sponsored; I’m just sharing things we’ve found so far. I hope this saves you some time. I wish this list was given to me years ago. It takes so much research to find healthy things we need. As babies grow older, less items are needed, and fewer brands required, so finding our favourites becomes an annual pleasure to explore and way of expression.
I made this list for you and the people in town who ask us where we get our clothes and other useful things. We are drawn to well-made items using natural fibers that can be worn for many years, even during a big growth spurt. We are old souls who connect with timeless, old fashioned, vintage styles in soft natural colours, using materials that are loving for highly sensitive skin and the senses. Like the universe, the internet is a endless sea of connections and links, and I’m glad, Dear Ones, you found me here. It’s not easy to shop in this time period in certain ways, but when we do find something we love, we wear it every day with confidence and appreciation for the maker.
Except for my own company, Amor Milagre, I don’t know for sure how ethical and responsible these other companies truly are in practice, so feel free to research on your own, ask the companies questions, and message us if you find any unhealthy issues! 🙂 I inspire all companies to become responsible, so shopping may be effortlessly enjoyable.
And, for clothing, a general size standard could be redone, right parents? It’s difficult to shop for baby & child when the materials and sizes are not what you need. Custom tailored apparel can be a very good practice again for big and small companies, so the items fit and last many childhoods and lifetimes. I may add a ‘lightly worn’ section to my shop soon for the beautiful organic items outgrown by little ones. We buy quality and wear lightly so these heirloom pieces would be ‘like new’ for new little ones.
Tip: Read laundry labels for how each garment wants to be cared for. Items last longer when not worn out or shrunk in the wash. Take your time, listen to music, and fold with Love. Little Ones love to put their things away, learning and contributing something, too. We have a curious pattern here of having to patch only one knee in all pants. *Learning to sew and care for clothing is a great gift to teach to children.
This gift guide list is a part of my new ‘Favourite Series’ which I’ll add to each season. Happy Growing, New Babies, & Gift-Giving! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Colour Mood: Dusty Rose
This is our favourite apparel colour. It suits rosy cheeks in soft natural dyed tones.
I am an ambassador for positive change. I am here to unveil that Awareness and Sensitivity are Love! We are all born sensitive, but many lose their awareness of it. Illness is a way it comes through, and clouding the awareness of our natural empathy will only cause more illness and suffering. There is another way, dear human friends! We can all listen to our Higher-Inner Self. This is what it’s all about, connecting to our souls, and therefore connecting to everything and everyone that ever was, is, or will be. This is where peace is. Respect is there, too. This is Love. And…my Dear Ones, this is what we all are and need to be aware of. So please read my blog posts here, and my books because I need to help us all get back to being extremely aware of…everything. This is why I’m here, every time. It was always this way, and as I continue to explore my Akashic Records in Meditation (more about this coming up), it seems to always be this way. I am ‘The Teacher’, ‘The Advocate’, the sharer of information and messages from the timeless universe. My new books are coming up, as fast I can make them and, of course, new blog posts and collections are lovingly being made here daily.
In the meantime, listen to your children, they know what love is and understand the awareness. Let them teach you about Love and awareness. Their wonder of the world is not only because they are new to it, it’s because they are aware of it and know it very well. Teach them, of course, healthy humans ways, colours, numbers, words, but don’t forget that they are our teachers for the most important lessons for all lifetimes. It’s in their smiles, their laughs, their LIGHT! We are all born with the Light of Love. It transcends all human words and we have it always. Live in the Light!
*A place to begin is to think of sensitivity as a gift, because it truly is. Being sensitive helps guide you. It helps you trust your instincts and your Inner Voice. Have the greatest respect for children and everyone, especially highly sensitive people. It’s incredibly difficult for us to even just be here, and then even more so when we add the daily routines and unhealthy people, places, tasks, and conversations. Sensitive people are amazing at solving issues that are vitally important to solve. If we are allowed a world that feels safe and healthy, our health will improve, and our other gifts can be positively appreciated in making wondrous and helpful systems, ideas, and gifts for all. Everyone wants to feel good, so let’s allow sensitive people to be allowed that simple right.
What can we all do in our own circles, routines, and powers to make positive changes for sensitive people and all to feel their senses relax and focus more easily on the day’s goals and pleasures? Think about all the things that affect your body, emotions, abilities, etc. Think of lighting, sound, vibration, crowds, electricity, chemicals, air, routines, basic needs, voices, attitudes, volume, scents, air pressure, and everything that could feel uncomfortable, painful, or dangerous. When speaking to sensitive people, what kind of words do you use, what tone of voice? Do you know they are sensitive? Are you aware? Now think of these things around you as if they were intensified to an unbearable level that shakes and disturbs the delicate nervous system and all that holds your body together. Now you might be thinking of how a sensitive person experiences the world. Could you focus and complete a task quickly if you felt massive pain just being in an unhealthy setting?
For sensitive children, and parents of sensitive children, finding ways to communicate well is vital. Children with speech challenges need to feel their voice is important, valued, and heard. They need basic things and need to be able to ask for them each moment. It’s incredibly frustrating to be unheard and in great need. It’s a pain no one should experience. Researching health conditions, ways of healing from trauma, and different ways of communicating is important to help those who live a more unusual life than others. Their life has more layers because of the difference, and they have more gifts and strength because of it. They very much need bridges of loving communications and a safe world to live in. These very special people have so much grace and goodness to share with the world. In sharing, they are able to feeling loving and contribute joy into the universe. Their confidence will build and they will do many more great and healthy things for all people, including more sensitive people in need of help and love.
There is much to share and learn about how sensitive people feel in certain situations, places, and emotional environments. There is also much for sensitive people to learn to keep their energy and stay healthy in a world that is not only unaware of their experiences, but too often condemns them and worsens their already difficult experiences. Be kind and ask questions with loving communication. Listening is learning. Asking nicely, with an open heart, is being loving and sensitive back. Have you heard anyone speak of the word ‘Sensitive’ as analogy for ‘Love’? Now you have because it is! Being sensitive to others is being loving towards others. Love is not something reserved for a few people in your life. This Universal Love is for all people, things, plants, animals, and places. It is for the air we breathe, the water we drink, and all everywhere. Patience is needed when learning, so be patient, as learning about a Sensitive World is going to take imagination, until you understand. It may sound extreme because, for us, it is. The pain is so extreme and often sudden, a non-aware person might not feel it right away, but it would still affect them right away, only realizing it in another form later on.
Much of which we feel is chronic, meaning the world is not changing its’ levels of pollution, and we have to endure it, sort it, combat it, heal it, and rebuild from it every day. Think of it as if your whole world, your house, your job, your health, everything crashed every day, and you have to rebuild it all. When ill, more levels of sensitivity can more easily layer on top of the already heightened ones. Senses that were extremely aware were overstimulated too much, caused injury, or were abused can cause such conditions where the senses are blasted out. For example, sound can be incredibly much louder (hyperacusis) which can cause partial deafness when there is no break from the ‘deafening’ wall of sound, the brain and eyes have challenging aura or blindness, walking can be too painful, or chemicals can affect skin much more quickly or more extremely. Sensitive people are often misunderstood as their painful suffering can be mistaken for unrelated things in a quick moment, glanced at by an unaware person. Inflicting sensitive people with experiences that are painful for them is abuse. Become aware of your affect on people, and treat everyone uniquely. There is no blanket way to treat everyone, expecting the same reaction. Treat everyone with love, patience, and empathy, including your Self.
If you are sensitive, loving the Self, even if others do not, is very important. Listen to you Self and do what you need to do to be healthy in peaceful ways. When the world is painful for sensitive people, we often accrue illness that layers on new and very dangerous illnesses. It makes us even more sensitive, which is still not a weakness, though it might look like it, but it is a great strength because it takes energy that we constantly have to keep rebuilding. We have to keep adapting and become stronger because of the unhealthy things in the world. It’s beyond exhausting, which is one of the illnesses -chronic exhaustion.
Hopefully, after reading this, you’ll never use the word ‘sensitive’ as an insult, and if you hear someone doing so, you can now educate them and say: “Sensitivity is a Strength!” If you meet someone that says they are sensitive, you can say with a warm empathic smile, “That is so wonderful! If there is anything you think we can do differently to help everyone’s senses keep their energy, please let me know.”
Everyone is sensitive about something, on different levels of awareness, and has various combinations of sensitivity. We can come back to an understanding by raising awareness, having conversations, and remembering that all of us are sensitive people who need help with something. Why not help everyone by making acceptance and inventive flexibility a standard way of making positive changes? Things change all the time, and we adapt, so let’s change things for the better, to improve health for all with natural easy ways, such as fresh air and day light, a less cluttered, loud world. See how easily the senses come back down to a healthy rhythm to balance the body and reduce illness. This, in turn, let’s us solve issues and be more mindfully productive, making sustainable choices in all we do!
Everything is simple, but hardly anyone sees it like that. All the planes merge in one space, but not many are aware. More helpful tips for unlayering into awareness are coming up! Remember, awareness is freedom! It is understanding. It is Love!
My company collections, especially the bookshop and blog posts, raise awareness for Love and Gentleness so that all kinds of sensitive people, (which includes all children), can live in this world and feel safe, peaceful, and healthy. If we can change harmful, negative words, emotions, attitudes, and environments to be healthy ones for sensitive people, our gifts can shine and make massively positive connections and solutions for all. We all live in the same world, but many of us highly sensitive, highly aware people are suffering health-wise, socially, in the work place, and just everywhere from noisy, bright restaurants to our own homes polluted by others’ stress, overwhelming environmental settings, and pollution of all kinds. True sustainability is being mindful, respectful, and loving of people and places. In our homeschool classes here, we teach and learn about all kinds of ways people live. It’s not only about what people eat, wear, and the languages they speak. There is a universal language that all people share across all countries and time. It is awareness. It is Love!
Children’s classrooms and library book reading sessions are great places to have a peaceful place that is soft for the senses. Children may sometimes like to make sounds, but they surely do not like being surrounded by loud sounds. They need to feel safe, and their body needs to be at rest, and not in distress. Fresh air is beneficial to all, not just fresh air systems, but windows opened to let in natural air prevents illness. Fresh air gives energy that can be used to learn wonderful things! I’ll be posting more on this blog about what we all can do to be more aware and sensitive.
Amor Milagre signifies Miracle Love. There is a universal light that shines when real love ignites infinitely. Real love is always miraculous. “Live in the Light! Fill yourself up with love from within, and let it flow into everything you do! Surround yourself with Love!” ~Amor Milagre
Amor Milagre’s ‘A Gentle Life Collection’ may be helpful for everyone, especially for: Empaths, Synesthetes, Highly Sensitive People (HSP), Highly Intuitive People, Earth Angels, Light Workers, INFJ’s and all personality types, All Children, and Nature-Lovers.
This very important, universal message is included in my A Gentle Life Book Collection.
Our family is always thankful for the gifts we share. A favourite gift is one we gave to ourselves, a menu for Thanksgiving (+ every day and for all holiday meals) that is simple, delicious, vegan, organic, sugarless, and just what we like! We did keep the cranberry sauce on the table, but this is how we make it:
Organic Vegan Ingredients:
To a pot, we add a bag/bunch of whole cranberries, grown and harvested from a responsible, organic local farm. Add some water, cinnamon, a tiny pinch of pink salt, a crack of black pepper, and a lid. Simmer for ~ 5 minutes until soft. Sir, serve, and enjoy!
This recipe is included in my upcoming Cozy Winter Cookbook, containing vegan organic sugarless recipes that are simple and pleasurable to make. These fruits are already sweet, so no ‘sugar’ is needed, but if you need to, you could add a tiny bit of natural sweetness with agave or date syrup.
Cranberries are lovely to eat throughout all four seasons, hot or cold just like a jam or fruit spread. Dried cranberries are so versatile and can be used in fresh salads, dry nut mixes, in your morning oatmeal, baked in breads, and dotted over cold food salads and baked dishes. Cranberries are a superfood and a good source of Vitamin C and antioxidants, as well as providing several other beneficial minerals. They taste great, and if you’re new to them, take a little bit and keep trying until you’re used to it. You might just love these red bog jewels! They pair well with: starches like toast and potatoes, green leafy vegetables, beets, and they compliment other rich flavours such as a velvety mushroom sauce on pasta. Cranberries are amazing in pies, turnovers, tarts, crumbles, or served warm as a dessert with vegan icecream, with melted cacao, or on their own.
Unlike some other berries, this type was first named for the plant appearance itself, and not for the colour of the berry or plant name. Cranberries originally got their name, Crane Berry, when settlers saw the plants’ flowers, and they thought the petals resembled the shape of a crane’s bill and head. We’re going to try to grow some crane berries next year. They like wet conditions and are grown from cuttings. They are wild, native plants so hopefully it works well. Stay tuned for our new gardens in 2020!
I made this brilliantly red sweet-tart side dish last night, and to the little diners’ delight, it only took a moment to cook. Who says Thanksgiving dinner needs to be time consuming or stressful to prepare? Or happen all on one day? We like to celebrate the whole week with small simple pleasures. Who planned the traditional odd menu of heavy foods that don’t really go well together or feel good to eat together? It’s a juggling act of timing for the cook, who often does the cleaning and decorating as well. Emotions transfer into food. We’re mindful to cook with Love and Patience for a soothing day. Moderation is a nice option as well. 🙂 You can always enjoy leftovers the week through, and they often taste better the next day anyways. We’ve redesigned our holidays so we can relax and enjoy our day together in our new, quiet home. I prefer the European menus with smaller amounts, but a balance of flavours and nutrition. We like the plant foods in the usual spread, but we choose one at a time and mix them with lighter dishes for better digestion and more enjoyment of dining. Remember, you may do what you like. There are no rules for designing a holiday menu. Which dishes are your favourites from all time? A gracious Thank You! for connecting with us here, and a very Happy Healthy Thanksgiving to you and your Dear Ones! XOXO Amor Milagre
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This is my favourite season! Here is a helpful sale for you to find unique, personalized gifts for your Dear Ones. All collections are ethically handmade with positive energy and the greatest care. For books, message your inscription details. For custom orders, message your ideas. For you, I hope your Winter is dear and loving! I love being a part of your gift giving surprises! Before you shop this season, see what you already have! Happy Holidays, XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Painting It White! The trees, the walls, the cracks between garden stones, the sky, the chimney, the windows, and the page. A world transformed over night! There are many fun things to do at the first snowfall, and here are ten ideas to try. Happy Early Holidays! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
At first snowfall this year, we’re doing these 10 things and lots more to come:
As the seasons change, so do we. We slow down by changing mindsets from gardening outside to playing in the snow: making snow animals & angels, taking snowy strolls, and going sledding.
The music selection changes to more cheerful holiday favourites, cozy moody winter songs, and ancient lullabies.
The menu switches from light garden fare to sumptuous soups and stews, homemade bread, and sweet roasted vegetables such as squash, pumpkin, and potatoes.
Journaling to process the previous season, which was quite busy, is always a good relief, source of relaxation, and goal inspiration for the season ahead. This helps to live in and enjoy the present moment.
Attention to the other side of nature, the structures, is a fascinating study of mine, and will soon be reflected in new Winter Collections. How do the branches intersect? How does each snowflake lay softly down? Who darts up trees and perches by your window in beautifully coloured furs and feathers?
The quiet stillness is a productive time for empaths and creatives. We can unwind and let go, thus allowing so many new positive messages and expressions to be effortlessly released.
Decorating is so much fun for all ages. We love having Dear Ones over to decorate the tree. Little touches, simple and uncluttered, allows us to see the room and the baubles. At the first sign of snowflakes, we swiftly got out the white paper and scissors, and made our craft for the day: windows of snowflakes, each one unique.
We adore letter writing and card sending with picture updates and newsy notes on what is happening here, in town, and with Dear Ones. Decorating the back of envelopes is fun for little artists.
As the snow lightens the exterior, we lighten the interior with fresh paint to reflect the natural light.
A delicious pleasure is to change out accent pillow cases, bedding, art in frames, and little dinnerware pieces to be more full of holly, velvet, and wintery warmth.
For fun learning in the day, and soft peaceful sleep at night, there are many gifts to give this holiday to help little ones thrive, play, and rest. The best one is Love. Here is a list of some children’s gifts that we appreciate.
This gift guide list is a part of my new ‘Favourite Series’ which I’ll add to each season. The only books and gifts on the lists that I know for sure are ethically made are from my own handmade collections. The items here are chosen by the young, and as a parent, I agree that these are helpful, fun, and beautiful. This is the children’s list! Happy Gift-Giving! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
We love one or all of these: (using healthy, cozy, non-toxic, sustainable materials)
A Mini Hurdy Gurdy is a great stocking stuffer. It’s a tiny music box that cranks specific a well known song, and the boxes are often decorated in beautiful famous paintings and holiday cheer. Little hands love to play music wherever they go
Russian Nesting Doll
Stationery, personalized and winter-themed, thank you cards
Souvenirs, handcrafted, from trips around the world
Library kit with date stamper and book cards
Wooden cars, train sets, blocks
Framed 1st Footprint & handprint with baby name, birthday, height, weight, and memorable notes about their birth.
Holiday clothes – soft, organic, non-toxic, natural vegetable colour dyes, good fit
As the first snow falls, reading books become even more of a sacred practice and pleasure. We like to read books from the local library before we give them as gifts to ensure their values and dearness. Here are a few fun ones to explore this holiday season!
This Children’s Book Reading List (View More Here) is a part of my new ‘Favourite Series’ which I’ll add to each season. I can only recommend the books on this list in the means of imagination, and not always for how each book is made. The only books on the lists that I know for sure are ethically made are my own handmade books. All of my books feature the benefits of learning. The books here are chosen by the young, and as a parent, I agree that these are helpful and beautiful. This is the children’s list! I won’t write our impressions, as it’s best to allow your first impression to be purely your own. Many more children’s book reading lists are coming up! Happy Reading! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
We connected dearly with these and read them many times over:
Mix It Up! – Hervé Tullet
When Santa Was A Baby – Linda Bailey, Genevieve Godbout
Dream Animals – Emily Winfield Martin
The Animal Book, A Visual Encyclopedia of Life on Earth – David Burnie
Paddington’s Day Off – Michael Bond
Made for Me – Zach Bush
Giraffes Can’t Dance – Giles Andreae
It’s Great to Keep Calm, Let’s Get Along Books – Make Believe Ideas Ltd, Stuart Lynch
Hug Machine – Scott Campbell
Five Minute Bedtime Stories – Sam Taplin, Ag Jatkowska
Dear Girl (and… Dear Boy) – Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal