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It is looking like December again in the Northwoods.  This weekend I found opportunity for a nice hike on Saturday morning and for a ski Sunday afternoon.  As we are approaching the solstice, our daylight hours are diminishing, so getting out on weekends and seeing the sun, is something to be savored.

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When I was not tending to the responsibilities of home, I made time for some baking, reading, knitting and soap crafting.  

I have a busy week ahead, but I am working with intention to stay grounded as the hustle and bustle of the holiday season approaches.

I am happy that I was able to get a good dose of creativity, sunshine and fresh air this weekend.  I am grateful for these blessings.  

May your week ahead be grounded in purpose, balance, connection and joy!


When there is no snow....

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Ice Ski - 18We took to the lake earlier this week for, quite possibly, a once in a lifetime experience of perfect skating on a frozen lake.

We rangled up enough skates to give all the kids a go (sharing a pair back and forth between the oldest two) and taking turns on our kick sled.

What an experience!

The snow storm that had potential to dump 8+ inches of snow on us last night never came to be.  We just have a dusting of snow, freezing temperatures and strong winds.   The nordic ski meet that was scheduled for the weekend is canceled as well.   We're all hoping, and ready for snow so we can get back on our skis.

Until then, ice it will be.

 


Morning Magic

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The past two days the weather has been delightful.  We have been graced with warm temperatures and sunshine - neither typical for Northern Minnesota Decembers.

This weekend, I took advantage of opportunity for two quiet, secluded morning hikes on one of my favorite nearby trails.  Getting out like this is a meditation of sorts one that quiets my mind and recharges my soul.

I hope you had opportunity to do something grounding today, and I hope these images I share bring you a sense of serenity and peace similar to what I experienced on the trail this morning.

Have a great week!


Minnesota Parent Magazine - School Days - December

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The December issue of Minnesota Parent Magazine is available throughout Minnesota and online now.  

My School Days Column this month is titled "How to Thrive This Winter," where I share suggestions and recommendations on how you can spend time outdoors with your children during cold Minnesota winters.  Check out the online article for more fun pics of my kiddos in action on the snowy trails.

Megan Devine - Minnesota ParentI also found opportunity to collaborate with Deanna Cook to feature a recipe in this issue for Coconut Macaroons from her most recent book Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake.

Check out the feature for a chance to win the book.

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As always - thanks for reading!


Wreath making

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Wreathmaking - 9 Wreathmaking - 10I carved out an hour of my Sunday afternoon for a little bit of woodland crafting.  Last year I took a class at our local folk school where I learned how to make an evergreen wreath and I went home with some additional supplies so I could make some this year as well.   This afternoon I had a helpful companion who helped me gather some pine and cedar boughs and who helped me to assemble a couple of wreaths.   This along with a nice long hike, some knitting and reading, made for a perfect afternoon.  

Now, to get ready for the week ahead....

Have a great week!


Kindness Elves Christmas Tradition (plus a giveaway!)

IMG_0742 2This school year I have started a new Christmas tradition in my kindergarten classroom: visits from The Kindness Elves.

The tradition of The Kindness Elves is a positive twist on the popular "Elf on the Shelf" idea.  Visits from  The Kindness Elves place a focus on positive, character-building activities for kids, teaching love, kindness and gratitude - exactly what I want to focus on most during the Christmas season with all of the children in my life.  

Inspired by Anna, fellow mama blogger at The Imagination Tree, a set of elves made their way into my classroom making their first visit this past week, exciting my kindergarteners with inspiration and guidance for kind thoughts and actions.

The Kindness Elves, who in my classroom are named "Kit" & "Jory" are planning on visiting my students each Tuesday during our class morning meeting time.  I will be working with them and my kiddos on projects and activities focusing on spreading acts of kindness in our classroom, school, community and homes.  

 

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This am excited to start this new tradition in my classroom and I am even happier to share this giveaway:

In partnership with Anna at the Imagination Tree and I have an opportunity to give away one Kindness Elves set to a lucky reader.

To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post.   If your comment is selected by the random number generator, you'll win!  Giveaway ends 11/26/16 5:00 p.m. CST

*Want even more chances? Earn bonus entries by:

  • Following me on Instagram
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  • Sharing a link to this giveaway on your social media
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Just make sure, whatever you do, that you come back here and leave a comment letting me know how you shared.  

Good luck!

 

comments closed - the winner is shirley!

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Taproot Magazine :: Retreat to the Sauna

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Taproot Rest - Megan Devine - 3Yesterday afternoon I received my copy of Taproot Magazine - Issue 24 :: REST.   After much anticipation I was able to see the article I wrote months ago, Retreat to the Sauna, in print and hold the product of my contribution to this lovely magazine in my own hands.  

As a writer, the experience of turning an idea into word, and then sending it off for publication is a fun process that I am grateful that I am able to experience quite frequently with my column in Minnesota Parent Magazine, my experiences writing for mothering.com and my contributions to Taproot Magazine.  

Writing for magazines is a creative outlet that I thoroughly enjoy. Thoughts and ideas formulate in my mind, then are transferred thoughtfully and intentionally to words in print on my computer screen.   My completed articles are then sent to my editors, who polish my words, and graphic designers who complement my writing with photographs, working their magic with the layout on the pages.   When all is ready the magazines are published and sent out into the world for others to read.   When I pull up to my rural mailbox and receive a magazine that includes my contribution, I always get a rush of excitement and a feeling of joy and accomplishment.  

Writing for Taproot Magazine is a certain kind of special.  I hope you find opportunity to get your hands on a copy and read the article that I wrote highlighting my experiences with this cultural tradition that is so familiar in the area in which I live.

Here are just a few more pictures that I took for the article that did not make it to print that add more dimension and perspective to the story:

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Winter weather is here!  The boys and I found opportunity to go out for our first ski of the season this past weekend.   Bracing for a long winter, we are ready with our gear and activities that help get us through.   It was fun to get out this weekend!


Minnesota Parent Magazine - School Days - November

MNP 1117 CoverThe November issue of Minnesota Parent Magazine is available throughout Minnesota and online now.  

My School Days Column this month is titled "Choosing Your Path," some ramblings about who I am with intent and encouragement for others to take authentic, creative risks.

 
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As always - thanks for reading!