Harmonious Connection & a D-I-Y Gift Idea
We all know that it is sometimes difficult to make time for meaningful connection with our kids. My wish for you is that you have the space and time to connect meaningfully with your children everyday. For this harmonious holiday season, I want you to find simple ways to feel completely present, joyful, and connected.
Why is this important? Because you and your kids will experience soulful nourishment through these key ingredients: Love. Fun. Fresh Air. Creativity.
This weekend, I encourage you to spend some quality time with your kids being creative and/or out in nature.
By doing this, both you and your children will experience great benefits:
Your children will feel calm, centered, and inspired when they see that being 100% present to them is a priority for you during this busy holiday season. They will feel joy and excitement knowing that you planned this special (yet ridiculously simple!) time for them this weekend.
You, too, will feel a joyful sense of peace that you are being a good parent, bonding with your children, and bringing harmony to your home.
I want to share a really fun and simple holiday craft project my girls, Mom, and I worked on together last weekend. We made Cinnamon Applesauce Heart Ornaments that we'll be giving to friends and family this year!
Do you wanna learn how? Here we go.
What you need:
- 1 1/2 cups of applesauce.
- 2 1/4 cups cinnamon (look for a big containers at $1 stores, bulk stores or amazon.)
- 3 Tablespoons ground cloves (optional)
- heart cookie cutters in different sizes (you will notice that we added in some moose and trees into the mix. ;)
- string for hanging (I got baking twine at AC Moore)
- Mix the applesauce with 1 and 3/4 cup of cinnamon in a large bowl. Mix, mix, and mix some more.
- You and your little ones want to get your hands right in there to incorporate the spices.
- Make sure you don’t miss any wet spots.
- Add the additional 1/2 cup of cinnamon, cloves and continue to incorporate.
- If it’s too wet add more cinnamon. If it's too dry add more applesauce. BE PATIENT. It takes time to mix so don’t add cinnamon or applesauce until you’re ABSOLUTELY sure it’s well mixed.
- Scatter some cinnamon (just like flour for cookies) and roll out applesauce/cinnamon dough to 1/4″ thick.
- If the dough is too wet it will be super messy and stick to your rolling pin.
- Use your cookie cutters to cut out the hearts (if the hearts aren't coming out clean that is a sign you need a bit more cinnamon).
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the hearts on a cookie sheet with parchment paper. The hearts can be close together but not touching (they won’t rise in the oven). Using a chop stick carefully make a hole through each ornament.
- Stick the ornaments in the oven for two hours. The juice from the applesauce needs to evaporate. The range in cooking time depends on your house, humidity and climate.
- When the ornaments are rock hard, you know they are done. If they’re not hard as a rock, give them some more time in the oven.
- The next day loop a string through each of the holes to hang on the tree, string together to make a garland or attach to a package. And ENJOY the luscious scent of these adorable little ornaments!
****Remember, these ornaments are NOT edible. You may want to pre-frame this for your young child. I will admit that my little one, Flannery, was perplexed by the fact that she could not eat these "cookies".
Harmonious Action Steps!
1. Block out meaningful time in your calendar for your kids this weekend. Meaningful doesn't mean complex.
You could simply go on a walk outside together and look for all of the "signs of winter" in nature. You could make something together (like the ornaments above!), stop by a local cafe, or go to a museum. The activity itself doesn't matter. Keep it simple and focus on sharing quality time.
2. When you are spending this special time with your children completely unplug.
Leave your phone behind, shut down your computer, and be 100% present. Let your kids know how happy you are to share this time with them. Relax into the moment and tune into your gratitude for having your beautiful children in your life.
To your harmonious connection with the ones you love,