Mandala Ornaments

Wood Slices

Making mandala ornaments was a really fun and easy mindfulness activity to do with the littles.  I got small wood slices with jute twine from Amazon, thinking it would be fun to make some homemade ornaments with the girls.  When I got the wood slices, I noticed the natural concentric circles on the slices, which immediately reminded me of mandalas so that spurred the idea for our art project.

We’ve had fun with mandalas in the past- doing our own tactile projects with them, and they are always a very soothing and creative outlet. Read more

A New Birthday Tradition: 6 Random Acts of Kindness in Honor of Turning 6

The inspiration behind our Weekly Kindness Project is from the touching story of a woman, Robyn Bomar, who spent her 38th birthday doing 38 random acts of kindness.  She spent her entire day doing these acts of kindness and is now inspiring people all over the world to make birthdays more about making the world a better place.

My older daughter turns six-years old this weekend, so we decided to follow Robyn’s lead, and start a new birthday tradition in our family. From now on for every birthday in our family, our hope is to do random acts of kindness in honor of the family member who is celebrating the big day.  Since my daughter is turning six, we are starting off with six random acts of kindness.  Instead of doing all of them on the actual birthday, like Robyn had, we decided instead to do the small acts the week leading up to the birthday. Read more

A Mindful Heartful Picnic Date

Yesterday my 5-year old and I decided to have a picnic in the park after-school. It was a great opportunity to just relax and talk and get some fresh air.  I took the opportunity to squeeze in some story time with a few great mindfulness books.  And when we finished talking about our days and eating our snacks, we did a small compassion exercise, where we faced each other holding hands, took some mindful breaths together and then told each other 1 thing we were grateful for about the other person.   Read more