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October 2017

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Being :: Perspective

 

Being: Conscious, mortal existence; life.

Every month we welcome two families, two people, two voices to share their stories in whatever way they chose. We hope that you find joy in their daily lives, and their simple habit of just being.

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Sitting in a hospital cafeteria at 7.30pm is not my idea of a good time, luckily I had good company.  My 7 year old son sat opposite me, demolishing a slice of pepperoni pizza with extreme vigour.  He was entitled to enjoy his meal, we were 4 hours in to an 8 hour medical extravaganza after his younger brother took a tumble off a hay bale, landing smartly on his elbow.  After 8 hours it was confirmed that he had fractured it, poor little pod.

But as we sat there, quickly scoffing some food out of sight of the poorly patient who was not allowed food or drink, I was struck by an eerie sense of deja vu.  This hospital is the one where my eldest was born, 7 years ago, in the middle of an even larger medical extravaganza that would see us back at the hospital more times than I would ever wish.

As he motored through his pizza I told him that he was born here, he looked around excessively surprised until I explained that I meant the hospital not the cafeteria.  I told him that his Dad and I used to sit in this very place while we waited for doctors to do their rounds in the NICU.  We would drink bottles of water, talking about his health, how he seemed today, how many grams he had gained in the night.  Every gram counts when you are born 3 months early.

Sitting their, worrying about my youngest little boy who was pale and drawn but happily snuggled with Daddy down the corridor, I was struck by the strange juxtaposition of images.  The vivid recollection of my tiny baby, hooked up to medical monitors and looked after by medical people.  My longing to take him home, the agony of separation.  I still can’t bear the smell of hand sanitizer and even driving past the hospital has my stomach clenching.

Yet here that baby was, sitting in front of me broad shouldered and full of life.  He chatted animatedly, noticing everything, asking questions, inhaling pizza.  Gone is the tiny, vulnerable little body, replaced by a vibrant and fully formed child.  No one could doubt his health, vitality and sheer will to launch himself through life full throttle.

Despite my exhaustion, worry and desire to rush back to the side of my littlest boy, I took a moment to enjoy.  Those old memories, lingering, nagging, were pushed forcefully aside; pushed aside by the very boy himself.  As we headed back down the corridor, hand in hand, ready to return to our injured member’s side, I internalized this memory and the lesson attached to it.   That moments add up to days, weeks and lifetimes.  That the interminable, the joyous, the pleasurable and the painful will indeed pass.  What lingers, what lives on in our hearts and spirits, is the love shared through the good and bad.  It’s the love that lasts.

This month we are happy to welcome Emma to the Being series here at Rhythm of the Home.  A homesteader, homeschooler and creative spirit, Emma shares her life as mother and farmer through words and pictures on her blog, 95 Acres of Sky.

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Rhythm of the Home is an online magazine for families that focuses on creating with children, nature explorations, seasonal celebrations, conscious parenting, and mindfulness in all that we do.   To learn more about us, please visit us on Facebook,Pinterest, and Twitter.

We welcome new submissions for our upcoming seasons. To learn more about submitting, please visit our magazine.

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Being :: At Home.

Being: Conscious, mortal existence; life.

Every month we welcome two families, two people, two voices to share their stories in whatever way they chose. We hope that you find joy in their daily lives, and their simple habit of just being.

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We live on sailboat. It’s a catamaran to be exact, a lovely 44-footer with sleek performance lines. She was built in South Africa and sailed on her own keel half way around the world before we took possession of her and moved off our smaller boat on to this one just 10 days before my son was born.

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At that time, the boat was empty and clean and full of possibility. With a new baby and a new-to-us boat we spent a couple of years of just figuring stuff out.

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One thing became fairly clear to my husband and I at that time. We knew we wanted to be close to our son and we wanted to give him everything, but we decided the best way to do that was by giving him very little. Of course our space dictates that we can’t be hoarders or collectors of any kind, whether it’s loads of plastic noisy toys or collections of “heirloom” expensive ones. We realized that as a family we could do so much more with less.

All told we have 325 square feet. That’s fairly large for a production sailboat, but awfully small for a typical family of four. Honestly, while I do wish we could use our space better and I often wish that I lived with little organizing elves, we rarely ever wish we had more space. Our lives are so outdoor oriented, but more than that our indoor life has evolved into little cozy corners making the most of what we have.

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We think long and hard before we invite a thing into our home, be it a toy or something to decorate with or holiday knick knack. And we are always, always rethinking the space, unloading things that are not being actively used, and trying to slim down the stuff, even though all of our possessions could neatly fit into an average family dining room. Can we use this all the time? Where will it go when we’re not using it? How fast will the kids outgrow it? What else can we do with it besides what it’s intended for?

Even in our wee space, we have thought hard about ways we can creatively think outside the sailboat box and make this place our own. Chalkboard paint, remote control lights, handmades, and artwork are all part of our floating interior. Rotating little things through the seasons so that everything old is new again, and again.

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Small, intentional, thrifty, and handmade are the themes around here. And then suddenly our small space doesn’t feel so small anymore, it just feels like home.

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This month we welcome Cindy Wallach to the Being series here at Rhythm of the Home.  A writer, adventurer, and mama to two, Cindy lives with her family aboard a sailboat in the Chesapeake Bay.  You can read about their lives as a family afloat on Cindy’s blog, Zach Aboard.

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Rhythm of the Home is an online magazine for families that focuses on creating with children, nature explorations, seasonal celebrations, conscious parenting, and mindfulness in all that we do.   To learn more about us, please visit us on Facebook,Pinterest, and Twitter.

We welcome new submissions for our upcoming seasons. To learn more about submitting, please visit our magazine.

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Sponsor Spotlight :: Sparkle Stories

Today we welcome longtime and well loved Rhythm of the Home sponsors Sparkle Stories here to the blog! Read on to find out a bit about what is new for this summer season from our dear friends at Sparkle, and to enter a great giveaway for stories from the new Sparkle Sleepytime Series.

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Here is what David and Lisabeth, the creative husband and wife team behind Sparkle Stories, have to say about their new series:

Whether it is during the long, active days of summer or the shorter, busy days of winter, sometimes our little ones need some help to slow down. The stories in Sparkle Sleepytime are simple, soft and slow, all told with the aim of welcoming young and old into a time of rest or sleep.

Each features a delightful young animal on a gentle adventure, and each ends with the animals snuggling into their burrows, nests or downy beds, ready to close their eyes and fall asleep.

This Series is perfect for nap-times, quiet times and bedtimes – or any time you want a particularly quiet and soothing story for your little ones!

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And, as a special gift to Rhythm of the Home readers, David and Lisabeth are offering a giveaway today! The Sparkle Sleepytime package includes 1 year of the brand new Sparkle Sleepytime Subscription Series and the new Sparkle Sleepytime Sample Pack!

This includes one whole year of stories from the Sparkle Sleepytime Subscription Series, plus the new Sample Pack! These stories are simple, soft and slow, all told with the aim of welcoming young and old into a time of rest or sleep.  They are perfect for nap-times, quiet times and bedtimes – or any time you want a particularly quiet and soothing story for your little ones. Families can keep this for themselves or give it as a gift.
To enter, leave a comment on this post. We will choose a winner via random number next Tuesday, July 15th. And, for the next week, you can try the Sparkle Sleepytime Sample Pack for for $3 – that’s 1/2 price!  The Sample Pack includes three stories, each featuring a delightful young animal on a gentle adventure, and ending with the animals settling down for sleep.   To add it to your Sparkle Shopping Bag, click HERE.
Thanks to Sparkle Stories!

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Sponsor Spotlight :: Crafting Connections

Today we are pleased to welcome Rhythm of the Home sponsors Crafting Connections here to the blog. Read on to find out more about Danielle and Andrea, the creative women behind Crafting Connections, and about the lovely magazine that they publish together.

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Tell us a bit about Crafting Connections:

Crafting Connections is a magazine and website dedicated to providing you with the tools and inspiration for raising creative children, while learning a bit about yourself as well along the way. We believe in crafting an authentic, connected, and creative life through the act of making. We publish a quarterly creative magazine for little ones and their grown-ups, as well as smaller limited-run magazines (our current one is Road Trip). We also offer subscriptions and other products to help you craft your creative life.

Crafting Connections began in early 2012 as a simple email between friends Andrea and Danielle. Our own children were toddlers and young-preschoolers at the time, and we noticed a real void when it came to finding simple, engaging child-led crafts and quality creative magazines for young children. Additionally, as parents ourselves, we know first-hand of the overwhelming pressures of modern-day motherhood. In many ways mothers are led to believe we are somehow failing (psst…you’re not!) – we wanted to help set fellow mothers up for success: encouraging confidence in connecting with our children and in leading our own creative lives.

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What inspired you to begin your work? What keeps you motivated today?
Creative souls ourselves, we were looking for a way to foster our toddlers budding creativity. Wading through the sea of inpsiration – we didn’t quite find what we were looking for. We wanted a set of well-curated projects that encouraged parents and children to make together. We wanted projects that were open-ended, allowing children and grown-ups to move beyond what they saw. We wanted our children to be inspired by rich photographs and beautiful words. We never did find quite what we were looking for, so we made it ourselves. A quarterly themed-magazine filled with images, projects, poetry and inspiration perfect for little ones and grown-ups to explore together.
We continue to be inspired and motivated by our little ones and their continual desire to make and explore. We are inspired and motivated to come up with projects they love, and that your little ones will love too.

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What is the most rewarding part of being a part of Crafting Connections?

The rewarding part of our business is twofold. First, Crafting Connections is centered around creating and connecting with children – we feel so lucky to be able to do this with our little ones. To create these fun and engaging projects, to ask the questions and hear their imaginative answers, to create these memories and help shape these creative childhoods. It’s wonderful, really.The second rewarding part is one that people don’t see as much – it is working with a close friend. Danielle and I have gone through such a learning curve together over the past year (and are continuing to learn constantly) that our relationship has really been both tested and strengthened. We have a deep trust and mutual admiration, which is lovely. But the very best part comes in those moments when we get to put aside all the nitty-gritty business stuff and just get creative. It’s exciting and energizing and just plain fun. It is a true reward.
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How do you balance being a business owner with being a parent?
 

{Danielle} I can’t say that I have really achieved balance, and to be quite frank, I don’t really strive for it anymore. Actually I find that having these different hats – artist, business owner, parent – allows me to flit between each as the moods (or inspiration) wax and wane. Sometimes I’ll go through a particularly large fit of inspiration – then you’ll find me donning my artist cap and sketching, carving, implementing, making. Sometimes I’ll be particularly inspired in the business-realm – then you’ll find me networking, seeking out advertising opportunities, connecting. I flit through each as the mood strikes. That’s the closest I come to balance.

{Andrea} For me, often times these things go hand-in-hand. The artist in me is integral – I feel that I bring it into whatever I do – whether that is parenthood, relationships, work, and so on. The moments in my life when I wasn’t creatively connected have been sad times, so as I’ve had children I’ve remained very cognizant of that aspect of my personality and have always found ways to create in some way. As for being a business owner and parent (and wife and friend…), I feel very lucky, actually. I’ve been able to meet so many other creative & inspiring individuals, and form wonderful relationships and friendships, which go far beyond just networking. I am also grateful that the core of our business allows me to play and connect with my little ones. I try to keep the times when I am writing or doing layout to parts of the day when my kids are sleeping or having their quiet time. Because my husbands job is very intense, I am also very protective of our family time. For me, having these boundaries allow me to both be very focused and efficient when I am working, and when I’m not, it allows me to enjoy my family without much worry or stress. As for housework, well, there’s always tomorrow (ha ha!)

Thanks to Danielle and Andrea for sharing with us today! And, ROTH families can receive a 20% discount on all issues (both print and digital) of Crafting Connections between now and July 31st. Simply enter ROTHLOVE at checkout.

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Holiday Changes at Rhythm of the Home

Hello Everyone!

Here at Rhythm of the Home, we have already been thinking ahead to the upcoming holiday season. As the years have moved by, we have constantly been looking for ways to improve the magazine, keep our community connected, and be open to changes that need to be made.

It is in that spirit that we have decided to combine our autumn and winter editions together this year. This is a change that we have contemplated for the past two years, and after many conversations and emails with fellow contributors, we have decided to try. We know how hard it is to create a project in 100 degree heat meant for snow, and we know that it is equally hard to find the time to think about the holidays when we are just getting our kiddos back in the rhythm of school.

Rhythm of the Home’s Holiday edition will launch on Tuesday October 29th of this year. It will encompass projects, crafts, reflections and essays for both seasons, as well as the holidays that make them so special. Our hope is to give our readers a comprehensive collection of small, fun ways that they can celebrate with their loved ones, and create lasting traditions during such a special time.

It is our hope that each of you will be a part of this upcoming season of celebration. We will be accepting submissions until Monday, October 14th. In consideration of how large this edition may be, we are strongly encouraging queries to be sent in the next two weeks. This will guarantee your spot for this exciting season. As always, we are here to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

If you would like to be a part of this special edition, please email your query to rhythmofthehome@gmail.com

We are excited about a few other changes coming soon, and we look forward to keeping you informed about each. Please be sure to visit our Facebook page to stay connected to ROTH. We look forward to bringing you a great upcoming edition.

Warmly,
The Editors

 

 

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