Thursday, September 29, 2016

$6.00 off our Autumn Equinox and Michaelmas Festival E-Book!!

Today is the festival of Michaelmas.  In Waldorf schools and families across the world, this special time is celebrated in so many fun and meaningful ways. A favorite way of many is to bake Dragon Bread.  We had such a fun Dragon Bread Making Photo Contest on our Facebook Page one year.  Be sure to check out the photos and get inspired.  


Vanessa Kohlhaas
Sara Wilson, Love in the Suburbs
Waldorf festivals are so beautiful.  They are not just celebrated externally but internally.  For Michaelmas, we are asked to search deep within to discover our innermost dragons and demons and pull from ourselves the courage we need to win our hardest battles.  These deep thoughts are not brought to young children in the Waldorf classroom but messages of bravery and triumph over evil are.  It's all a very beautiful spiritual process that I have always been drawn to.

To celebrate this special day, I am offering $6.00 off our Autumn Equinox and Michaelmas Festival E-Book.  Just use Coupon Code: 6DollarMichael upon checkout and as long as this particular e-book has been placed in your cart, you will receive $6.00 off the total order.

This huge 133 page book is filled with verses, fingerplays, poems, songs, crafts, meditations, book recommendations, circle times, recipes and much more to guide you in celebrating the beautiful early autumn festivals with your children.  There is something in this book for children and grown-ups of all ages:




*Needle Felt a Beautiful Apple Mother Doll

*Go on an Apple Picking Field Trip and Learn

About Different Varieties of Apples


*Design a Breathtaking Early Autumn Nature Table

*Read Books with the Children Celebrating
Autumn and Michaelmas

*Make Your Own Apple Stamps

*Enjoy Homemade Applesauce Together

*Crochet an Apple for Your Nature Table or Play Kitchen

*Create a Beautiful Autumn Candle Holder Centerpiece

*Make an Archangel Michael Mobile

*Harvest Natural Dye Materials from Outdoors and
Make Capes of Light Playsilks

*Hold a Michaelmas Family Feast

*Create Dragons out of Nature Items

*Bake Dragon Bread with the Children

*Make a Dragon Tree Block Checker Set

*Sculpt Dragons out of Modeling Material

*Cut Out Paper Flying Dragons to
Display on Your Wall

*Make a Michaelmas Felt Play Set

*Paint an Autumn Leaf Stencil
Painting with Watercolors

*Crochet Beautiful Autumn Leaves
for Your Nature Table

*Paint Your Own Interpretation of
Michael and the Dragon

*Look Inward and Face Your Own Dragons
with our Caregiver Meditation

*Share Verses and Songs About
Autumn and Michaelmas

*Meditate on Quotes from Steiner and
Other Inspirational Individuals

*Enjoy Pinecone Weaving

*Share Circle Time Together

*Make Michael Sword Napkin Holders

*Sculpt Michaelmas Worry Beads

*Craft an Autumn Equinox Wreath

And Much, Much More!


Here is a really sweet way to celebrate this fun festival in your home or school.  Head on over to Love in the Suburbs to get a free tutorial on how to make Michael's Sword Napkin Holders from our Autumn Equinox and Michaelmas Festival e-book!  


Sara Wilson, Love in the Suburbs, Michaelmas Swords as in the Little Acorn Learning Autumn Equinox & Michaelmas Festival E-Book

$6.00 off our Autumn Equinox and Michaelmas Festival E-Book!!

Today is the festival of Michaelmas.  In Waldorf schools and families across the world, this special time is celebrated in so many fun and meaningful ways. A favorite way of many is to bake Dragon Bread.  We had such a fun Dragon Bread Making Photo Contest on our Facebook Page one year.  Be sure to check out the photos and get inspired.  


Vanessa Kohlhaas
Sara Wilson, Love in the Suburbs
Waldorf festivals are so beautiful.  They are not just celebrated externally but internally.  For Michaelmas, we are asked to search deep within to discover our innermost dragons and demons and pull from ourselves the courage we need to win our hardest battles.  These deep thoughts are not brought to young children in the Waldorf classroom but messages of bravery and triumph over evil are.  It's all a very beautiful spiritual process that I have always been drawn to.
To celebrate this special day, I am offering $6.00 off our Autumn Equinox and Michaelmas Festival E-Book.  Just use Coupon Code: XQNF4Y3T7WI upon checkout and as long as this particular e-book has been placed in your cart, you will receive $6.00 off the total order.

This huge 133 page book is filled with verses, fingerplays, poems, songs, crafts, meditations, book recommendations, circle times, recipes and much more to guide you in celebrating the beautiful early autumn festivals with your children.  There is something in this book for children and grown-ups of all ages:




*Needle Felt a Beautiful Apple Mother Doll

*Go on an Apple Picking Field Trip and Learn

About Different Varieties of Apples

*Design a Breathtaking Early Autumn Nature Table

*Read Books with the Children Celebrating
Autumn and Michaelmas

*Make Your Own Apple Stamps

*Enjoy Homemade Applesauce Together

*Crochet an Apple for Your Nature Table or Play Kitchen

*Create a Beautiful Autumn Candle Holder Centerpiece

*Make an Archangel Michael Mobile

*Harvest Natural Dye Materials from Outdoors and
Make Capes of Light Playsilks

*Hold a Michaelmas Family Feast

*Create Dragons out of Nature Items

*Bake Dragon Bread with the Children

*Make a Dragon Tree Block Checker Set

*Sculpt Dragons out of Modeling Material

*Cut Out Paper Flying Dragons to
Display on Your Wall

*Make a Michaelmas Felt Play Set

*Paint an Autumn Leaf Stencil
Painting with Watercolors

*Crochet Beautiful Autumn Leaves
for Your Nature Table

*Paint Your Own Interpretation of
Michael and the Dragon

*Look Inward and Face Your Own Dragons
with our Caregiver Meditation

*Share Verses and Songs About
Autumn and Michaelmas

*Meditate on Quotes from Steiner and
Other Inspirational Individuals

*Enjoy Pinecone Weaving

*Share Circle Time Together

*Make Michael Sword Napkin Holders

*Sculpt Michaelmas Worry Beads

*Craft an Autumn Equinox Wreath

And Much, Much More!


Here is a really sweet way to celebrate this fun festival in your home or school.  Head on over to Love in the Suburbs to get a free tutorial on how to make Michael's Sword Napkin Holders from our Autumn Equinox and Michaelmas Festival e-book!  


Sara Wilson, Love in the Suburbs, Michaelmas Swords as in the Little Acorn Learning Autumn Equinox & Michaelmas Festival E-Book

Monday, June 27, 2016

Show Your Slow Week 3: Creating & Crafting Together!!!

This is the start of Week 3 in our Slow Summer Series this year!  This week's theme is Creating & Crafting Together!  

PLUS, enter our Creating & Crafting Together Instagram Photo Contest this week for a chance to win a *FREE* Camp Granny Book by Sharon Lovejoy!



Here's how to participate in our #showyourshow movement and enter our photo contest this week:

1. Follow @littleacornlearning and @notyouraveragemomofficial on Instagram
2. Take a photo on Instagram of you enjoying a SLOW moment this summer using our theme 'Creating & Crafting Together' as inspiration and use hashtags #showyourslow and #creatingandcraftingphotocontest
3. Share with friends on Instagram, Facebook and Your Blog!
5. Check back with us on our Facebook Page and the Little Acorn Learning Blog on Monday, July 4th to see if you WON!

Remember you can show us ALL of your slow moments - these themes and photo contests are just to inspire you!  Be sure to use hashtags #showyourslow #slowsummerseries #littleacornlearning

OH and I almost forgot to announce the winners of our Fun in the Sun Photo Contest... the following Instagram photos were selected and the users will win a FREE copy of the Little Acorn Learning Midsummer Festival E-Book - If your photo has won, please email us at info (at) littleacornlearning.com and we will send you a $25 gift card to purchase the e-book with:

3rosesgrow

teofamilytales

Heather Fontenot
Amanda Koiter
Carrie Dawley

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

What Being "Busy" is Stealing from Your Life ...

Guilt-Free Slow Living


I begin this post by admitting I am the last person in the world who should be telling someone else to slow down and not be busy.

For somebody like me, this Slow Living thing is extremely difficult. But it is people like me who need this challenge the most. So... if you are like me, read on...

I spend SO much of my life being very, very busy.  As a matter of fact, I would bet that those who know me best may even say I am one of the busiest people they know.

I don't sign up for "busy" because I like the idea of being busy. Believe it or not, I love the idea of being NOT busy.

I love the idea of slow living and of being fully present.

I meditate.
I go to yoga.
I declutter.
I try to be conscious of my choices.
I practice breathing.
I read self-help books. :)

Shit, I could be BUSY trying to NOT be busy!  I try very hard to slow myself down but I'm often still not successful.

The reason I'm so busy all of the time is simply that I really love *SO* many things about life.  I love writing, music, traveling, politics, knitting, gardening, sewing, cooking, volunteering, painting, enjoying time with friends...

If something interests me, I do not wait or put it on some list for later.  I do it now!  In a sense I guess that *IS* living in the NOW but the problem is that "now" can only hold so much. And, to really enjoy things fully we need to do less things more SLOWLY.

So here I am, like you, struggling to live slowly - making some progress and then *BAM* along comes the guilt....

Guilty of not doing something "productive" with my time.
Guilty of not earning money in the hours I'm wasting.
Guilty of not organizing the house.
Guilty about the piles of laundry rotting in the other room.
Guilty of not making "progress".
Guilty of not getting to the grocery store.
Guilty of not answering an insane amount of emails.
Guilty that time is passing by and I'm wasting it.
Guilty of letting my girls watch TV a little longer while I do something I enjoy.

It's a horrible thing this guilt of not being busy.  It can almost make you go and be too busy again...

Unless you intentionally STOP, like me, for a minute and remember what being too busy has stolen from us so many times before:

A bedtime story with our children where we are fully present and not thinking of other things.
A long walk noticing our environment, how it's changing and meeting our neighbors.
A really good book that provides just the escape we need.
Planting a garden or watching things grow and change, showing us where our food comes from and the miracle of it all.
Conversations.  Real ones.  Good ones.  And, even difficult ones that need to be had.
A good movie and memories to be made cuddling on the couch.
Growing a business or putting more effort into our work and our ability to earn more and give more to society.
Trips, vacations or visits that have already been put off for too long to see people we love or places we imagine.
Being still enough to feel the wind blow through our hair.
Making a decision that can bring us toward a more happy life.
Noticing things around us: a new piece of furniture, a flower that bloomed, the look on someone's face.
Time to ask questions or to think about the questions we need to ask ourselves and others.
Real breathing, deeply, fully and slowly...appreciating this moment of being truly alive.
Our health and our ability to sleep well, eat right or exercise.
The ability to be alone; to feel the silence and become at peace with it and even enjoy it.
Spending time with the people who really fill our souls rather than those who just fill our time.
Tasting our food intentionally, slowly and with gratitude.
Listening and feeling the sounds of music, the ocean, laughter and nature.
And most importantly, modeling to our children and to others that taking time for ourselves and time to slow down is a gift to ourselves and those who depend on us and we are worth it.

If we slow down enough to remind ourselves what the true cost of being too busy is, we will be able to slow down, put our feet up and not feel one ounce of guilt about it.

Join us in our Slow Summer Series. Share your slow moments with us and inspire others on Instagram, Facebook or your blog.  Use hashtags #showyourslow and #slowsummerseries and be sure to like both myself and Not Your Average Mom on Instagram @littleacornlearning & @notyouraveragemomofficial

Check back here for more inspiration as we help one another slow down and really appreciate life more fully.  




Monday, June 20, 2016

Happy Summer Solstice! This Week's Fun in the Sun Challenge to SLOW DOWN!

Happy first day of summer!  It's been so busy for my family already that I had to sneak away to write this blog post quickly while I have some mom friends and our kids by the pool!


Enter our FuN In The SuN Instagram Photo Contest for a chance to win a *FREE* Midsummer Festival E-Book from Little Acorn Learning ($24.99 Value!)

It's easy! Here's how to enter:

1. Follow @littleacornlearning and @notyouraveragemomofficial on Instagram
2. Take a photo on Instagram of you enjoying a SLOW moment this summer using our theme 'Fun in the Sun' as inspiration and use hashtags #showyourslow and #funinthesunphotocontest
3. Fill out the form at http://tinyurl.com/funinthesuncontest and add your Instagram photo so other's can vote for you 
4. Share with friends!
5. Check back with us on our Facebook Page and the Little Acorn Learning Blog on Monday, June 27th to see if you WON!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Garden Together and WIN a FREE Copy of Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots by Sharon Lovejoy!

Yesterday was the kick off of the 2016 Slow Summer Series!  I've teamed up with my friend Susie of Not Your Average Mom and this week our theme is Roots & Shoots.  The idea is for you to get outside, slow down and be present with your children and GET DIRTY and #showyourslow on Instagram to inspire others to do the same.  Be sure you are following us on Instagram @littleacornleanring & @notyouraveragemomofficial

To make this first week even more AMAZING, my wonderful friend Sharon Lovejoy - YES the AUTHOR - has offered to GIFT a few lucky "winners" who are slowing down with us a FREE copy of her book Root, Shoots, Buckets & Boots!  Haven't heard of it yet?  CHECK IT OUT:


(Shhh! I don't want to spoil it but she's offered another amazing giveaway that we will host after this week so be sure to check back.)

Here is how to participate in our Slow Summer Series AND enter to win a FREE copy of Sharon's book:


  • Follow @notyouraveragemomofficial and @littleacornlearning on Instagram.
  • Check out our blogs each week to see what the prompts for the week are. (These themes are optional and purely inspirational!  Share ANY of your slow moments this summer)
  • Post daily pictures of your slow summer moments on Instagram using #showyourslow so we can all see each other’s slow moments.
  • Follow along by checking #showyourslow and commenting to join in the fun!
  • To enter this week's photo contest you must tag your Roots & Shoots slow photos with #rootsandshootscontest Please remember the idea of this is to inspire you to SLOW down and enjoy the simple moments with your children **We will choose the lucky winners on Monday, June 20th and tag you if you won to get in contact with us to claim your free copy of Sharon's book.  Remember you must use both hastags #showyourslow and #rootsandshootscontest to be entered to win! 
Here are a few of my slow moments today:




Saturday, June 11, 2016

Slow Summer - Join the Movement!

Summer is around the corner and many of you may remember my Slow Summer Series awhile back. 

The idea was to really slow down, enjoy the simple things with your children and give yourself the space in your day to absorb your environment and be truly present.  Well, IT'S back and this time we are hoping to create an entire movement of SLOW!

I've teamed up with my good friend Susie of Not Your Average Mom - Each week we will post a new theme to inspire you but you are not limited to stay within the theme!  Any time you want to share an inspirational photo to Show Your Slow just use hashtag #showyourslow

Here's how to JOIN THE SLOW MOVEMENT with us:

  • Follow @notyouraveragemomofficial and @littleacornlearning on Instagram.
  • Check out our blogs each week to see what the prompts for the week are. (These themes are optional and purely inspirational!  Share ANY of your slow moments this summer)
  • Post daily pictures of your slow summer moments on Instagram using the hashtag #showyourslow so we can all see each other’s slow moments. 
  • Follow along by checking #showyourslow and commenting to join in the fun!
This Week's Theme is 'Roots & Shoots'... show us photos of you getting outside, running barefoot, digging in the dirt, admiring wildflowers, wading in a river or planting seeds.  Be creative with our theme and really take this week to slow down and absorb Mother Earth with your family.






Do you need more inspiration to celebrate this beautiful season with your children?  Check out some of our amazing e-books on the Little Acorn Learning website.  Our Midsummer Festival E-Book is PERFECT for this time and is filled with tons of activities, songs, book recommendations and much more to help you absorb the simple moments of summer with your children.