40 Reflections from a Yoga Retreat

My husband and I joined 26 beautiful souls on Just Be Yoga’s Manifest Maui retreat. The life-changing experience was nothing short of extraordinary.   We took the trip in celebration of my upcoming 40th birthday.  So while the trip is very fresh on my mind, I wanted to journal and share 40 reflections from the retreat- ones that I hope to continue to soak in for quite some time…if not forever. Read more

Some Fun Alternatives to Yelling

A few months ago one afternoon, I was at my wit’s end with the girls, and I could tell that I was on the verge of losing my cool with them.  It was one of those everyday parenting moments that we have all had-when our kids are having meltdowns, or sibling fights are in full swing, all while the chaos of the rest of our lives unfolds at that very same inopportune moment, and it feels like the whole world is pushing on our every last nerve. Read more

“One Line a Day” of Gratitude to Kick Off the New Year

Last year a friend told me about a unique journal called “One Line a Day,” which spans a 5-year period.  Each page in the journal is for a particular month and day (e.g., January 1) and there are 5 different spaces on each page for each year 2018, 2019, etc.  You write an entry for a particular day like January 1, 2018.  The next day you flip to the next page to fill in the entry for January 2, 2018. You continue writing through all 365 days of the year in this manner, and when 2019 arrives, you return to the beginning of the book to fill in the 2nd entry space for the January 1 page.  The beauty of this journal concept is that not only does it make journal writing manageable through simple and short entries, but there’s also an easy mechanism to read your entries over time. Read more

Over 300 Meals for Bay Area Rescue Mission

Yesterday Mindful Littles and MySustainableTable teamed up again for another Cookin’ for a Cause event, and this time we got to make over 300 meals for the Bay Area Rescue Mission. The Bay Area Rescue Mission has been around since 1965, providing food, shelter, clothes and resources for homeless people in Northern California.  In the Bay Area alone, there are over 150,000 extremely low-income people and 35,000 homeless people.   In fact San Francisco has the highest per capita rate of homelessness in any major American city.  In one dinner alone, Bay Area Rescue Mission serves 300 people, and with the help of organizations like ours, we can make a small difference to help the shelter deliver it’s mission. Read more

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

Holiday Food Baskets for Families in Crisis

Last week we had another Mindful Littles event, where 20 families from our community gathered to prepare holiday food baskets for Bay Area Crisis Nursery (BACN).  BACN is a local nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping “prevent child abuse and child neglect by providing supportive services to families who are in stress or crisis.” They provide warm shelter, food and other services for young children, so that families can manage their emergency or stressful life situation.  This year BACN had a big need for non-perishable food items for the families, so we organized a food drive around this cause.   Read more

Giving $10.76 from “My Very Own Give Jar”

Like last year we are making #GivingTuesday a family affair by not only donating clothes, toys, books, and household items, but by also donating to four charities in honor of each family member. This year our family took our annual tradition a step further and decided to not only talk about the charities, but also empowered our 6-year old to give money from her very own Give Jar.   Read more