What a Doll

Hello Friends! I have been renewing energy and I am feeling much better. However, I am taking the time I need to do as I need for me and mine.

All is spring and flowers around us! I trust and hope you are enjoying spring as well!

Bella and I have been talking about making a doll for a while now. We finally managed to do it! All pictures are posted below. I’ve also added a few pictures at the end of this blog post of our recent family outing to see the beauty of spring.

Wishing you all continued good health, happiness and peace. x

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Turtles and Snails

They are both slow, but eventually, they reach their destinations. They both have protective shells to hide in, and are highly sensitive.

This week we were turtles and snails. We made it through our school week, but it has been a slower pace, and with more sensitivity.

I have been renewing my energy, and that continues. When the mama doesn’t feel good, the whole house slows down. It is an interesting rythm to observe. Thus, the blog is late this week, and may be put on hold until I am completely centered and mended. Self care first, then the ability to share your energy with others.

Bella is making good progress with a new math unit, and has been super enthusiastic about getting married this week. She says that she will marry a boy named Jackson, and have a baby named Jannis. I love her dreams and listen to them with loving heart. I have explained that some things are a mystery and we will see what the future brings. Here’s one of Bella’s drawings that illustrates her current thought process about what will be…

I note how influenced Bella is by Hotel Transylvania. She wants to be like Mavis when she grows up. Note the likeness of Bella with vampire fangs and her boyfriend, and baby both have red hair. 😉 Bella also announced that she will be Mavis next Halloween! How exciting!🎃

And now, ..back to my turtle crawl and snails pace. Staying quiet and tucking in until I feel better. See you after that.

Peace. x

Food for Thought

Hello again! We are redesigning many aspects of our lives right now, and it is taking priority over a lot of other things, like this blog for instance. Still, we love sharing, and will do our best to continue posting weekly.

Bella has started new reading units, one of which is Fables. I remember really loving fables as a child, and that love is being reawakened as I listen to Bella read. She currently has an issue to say certain words, but we break out the thesaurus and use substitute words when she gets stuck. What an adventure!

Our current entertainment, aside from going to the cinema, is to watch cooking shows. One of our favorites here in France is Chefclub. Very well done! They have plenty of naughty recipes, but also some delicious, lighter, more healthy fare. Their Facebook pages are a great place to enjoy a video or two. Bella is begging me to order their cookbooks. She especially loves the sucre themed book, of course.

One of the ways we are redoing our lives is our eating. We are raising the bar as high as we can regarding quality, and where we buy. We were already doing pretty well with the foods we eat, but after doing a bit more research, I see where we can do even better. Every little bit helps! I buy fresh organic veg, meat and bread as much as I can from the farmer’s market which cuts down substantially on the less sustainable foods of the big chain markets. That’s a blog for another day. From what I see, it is a real global challenge.

I feel good about my efforts to make foods from scratch that are usually boxed, packaged and full of additives. Especially the sweets that Bella wants to have. For example, we just learned how to make homemade marshmallows. It took us a few tries before we nailed it, but the 3rd time was the charm! Here is a picture of our successful batch (..raspberry and vanilla).

What’s cool about the marshmallow thing is that you can use honey instead of refined sugar, and even sneak in some probiotic powder during the process. You just have to eat them within 3 days if you do use probiotic powder. Marshmallows tend to disappear around here very quickly, so it isn’t even an issue. Here are the links I found for making homemade marshmallows. We sort of combined the ideas of all of them and made our own delicious batch!

https://wellnessmama.com/6423/marshmallow-recipe/

https://www.mommypotamus.com/homemade-marshmallow-recipe/

Bella and I also had a bit of fun making some chocolate mousse trifles. Check ’em out below!

They were good and had just the right amount of sweet from the cookie. We used organic dark chocolate, organic cream and organic chocolate cookies in ours! Yum!

Here’s the link for the 3 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse Trifle:

Hope this blog post has given you some food for thought, and thought for food.

See you next week! x