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.  



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

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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!

thanks for playing along

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 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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Sauna Pics - Megan Devine - 4If you are new or familiar to this space and you like what you see, consider subscribing to my posts via email and/or following along on my social media outlets: instagram or Facebook.

As always, thanks for reading!

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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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If you like what you see, social media 'shares' are appreciated!

As always - thanks for reading!



Soap Crafting - 1

I spent time packaging the soap I have made so far this fall:  Lemongrass Cedar-wood, Gardener's Soap on a Rope and Lavender Calendula.

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We welcomed this little peanut into our family this weekend.  Meet our new kitty "Cedar."


 Deer Hunting 2

Deer hunting - 1The boys harvested a deer from our backwoods.  James is passing down this skill and tradition to our children.  We are happy and grateful for a successful hunt.

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We had a productive and exciting weekend! 

FIrst Snow!

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Here we go again!  We were ready with snow pants, jackets, boots, mittens and hats on a Friday morning when our first taste of winter arrived.  This snow will probably melt away, but cool weather is predicted for the weekend, so sleds and snow boards are already out and in use.  It is best to embrace it!  Cheers to winter weather, this 27th day of October.  Oh, but I hope you do not last until May. ❄️ 

A trip to the shore....

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Sharing a couple of snapshots of some of our time together as a family this past weekend on a trip to the shore.  Over the weekend James and I marked our 15th wedding anniversary.   We celebrated in style, in comparison with our tribe of children on a trip to the shore.  We biked, hiked, explored and made memories together on the edge of the big lake.

Counting our blessings as we embark on our 16th year of married, family life.