First Ski

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First Ski - 2Winter weather is here!  Two boys and I found opportunity to go out for our first ski of the season this past weekend.   And, I went out with all three boys after school yesterday.  Our daughter started her first day of practice on the nordic ski team yesterday.    

These images highlight the afternoon darkness that is setting in this time of year, the sunset currently is around 4:30 and will continue to creep earlier until the winter solstice.   

We are bracing ourselves for a long winter, but we are ready with our gear and activities to get us through.


Minnesota Parent Column - November

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

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My ramblings in my School Days Column this month share my personal tips on proactive stress-management strategies to navigate holiday stress and the affects associated with long, dark winters.

 

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This month I also wrote a recipe feature, highlighting a great, seasonal recipe for spiced cider from the cookbook Simple Green Meals by Jen Hansard  for the "In the Kitchen" column.  Be sure to check it out!

 

Minnesota Parent - Megan Devine - spiced cider recipe

Pick up a print copy, or read the full issue by clicking --> HERE.

Find the online link to my column---> HERE.

Find the online link to the Simple Green Meals recipe feature----> HERE.

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

As always - thanks for reading!


Proud Mama

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We are so proud of this girl, who had spectacular race at the Minnesota State Cross Country Championship meet this past weekend.  As an 8th grader, she ran a time of 19:44.6 - cutting 11 seconds after her best time.   She got 29th place in a pool of 175 runners!

We are so proud of her!  

 


White Meat Work Party

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This weekend we had our annual work party with neighbors and friends, "turning chickens into meat."

The whole process is not a small undertaking.  But when it is all said and done, we always feel it is worth all of the effort in the end.    The meat superior to anything we could buy at our local grocery store. And, the experience, from start to finish, offers many natural opportunities for learning and understanding that we value sharing with our children.

We are grateful for healthy, home grown meat readily accesible in our freezer and for the experience of community getting the job done!


Around here...

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Around Here 10-22 - 2 (2)We are spending as much time as we can outside.   Savoring the sunshine and above zero temperatures when we have them, because soon enough true winter will arrive.

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Around Here 10-22 - 11We are making progress on the sauna building!  The roof is on, the wires have been pulled, the interior has been framed up, and a trailer load of supplies have been purchased for the next steps in the construction process. 

Around Here 10-22 - 2We are participating in the rituals of the season.  Several pumpkins have been carved and we have been roasting batches of pumpkin seeds.  This year we tried a new recipe from the Magnolia Journal for pumpkin seed turtles that were a big hit!  We improvised and used roasted pumpkin seeds, purchased cartels and chocolate chips.  Yum!

Around Here 10-22 - 3We are cheering on this girl as she is heading in strong to the section cross country competition.   She has had an amazing season and we are excited to see her run in her race tomorrow!

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This act of sharing photographs and ramblings of our daily life is a practice in gratitude that brings me joy.

I encourage you to reflect on the good in your life.

What are you grateful for today?

 


16!

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Last week, on October 19th James and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary!

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16 years ago we said "I do" then started our married life together.  

Since then we have shared so many experiences together!

We have built a house together, started a family, and created so many memories. 

Anniversary! - 1 (1)We are blessed to share this journey side by side.

 

 


Okee Dokee Brothers - Winterland - Giveaway!!

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We are big fans of the Okee Dokee Brothers at our house - and we are thrilled to share in the excitement of the release of their brand new album that releases TOMORROW 10/19/18!!:

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A little bit about the album:

Winterland, by the GRAMMY┬« Award-winning The Okee Dokee Brothers is an exuberant yet introspective collection of 16 original songs exploring the wonders and beauty of winter. A voyage from autumn to spring, Winterland presents secular winter music the entire family can enjoy while cozying up around the fire.

In a world where people are all too often pursuing their own individual journeys, Winterland humbly reminds us that we are all human beings living within the uncontrollable motions of Mother Nature. Embracing the cycles of loss and new life, darkness and light, bitter cold and warmth, Winterland reflects that winter is not only a season, but a feeling we carry within. As we weather the storm by looking inward, we can redefine our seasonal perspectives. In fact, with just the right outlook, winter can become our own sense of paradise, even through the warm months.

Winterland Track ListClick HERE to see a music video of "Howl" one of the tracks of the album.

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I am excited to have the opportunity to GIVEAWAY a copy of Winterland to one lucky Kids and Eggs reader!

Earn entries by:

*posting a comment on this post

*commenting, or tagging a friend on my instagram post about this giveaway @megtdevine with the album cover

*sending me an email: kidsandeggs@gmail.com - with the subject heading: Winterland

I will pick a lucky winner by Monday, October 22nd.

*this giveaway is restricted to those with U.S. mailing addresses

Good Luck!

Congratulations Paula! 

Thank you to all of you who entered via blog commenting, email or instagram!


First Snow!

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This is what our neck of the woods looks like these days.   We have had cooler temperatures and snow on the ground for over a week!   A combination of fall and winter, bright and colorful leaves in the contrast of white snow is something of beauty.   

We are anticipating warmer temperatures later in the week, so I expect this first snow to melt.   I don't think anyone around here will complain and would enjoy some more fall weather before the onset of winter.  Time will tell!

 


Minnesota Parent Column - October

MNP 1018_CoverRGBThe October issue of Minnesota Parent Magazine is available throughout Minnesota and online now.

My ramblings in my School Days Column in this month's education issue, are all about ways to enrich learning at home:

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Pick up a print copy, or read the full issue by clicking --> HERE.

Find the online link to my column---> HERE.

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

As always - thanks for reading!


Around Here....

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We have been soaking up the bounty of the early fall harvest.  We had our first hard frost this past weekend, which concluded the tomato harvest and altered the landscape of my garden.  Early Sunday  morning my kids helped me harvest our garden pumpkins and completed the job of pulling the wilted vines and leaves out of the garden.  

I will be bringing several of these pumpkins into school to share with my kindergarten students and using the rest at home with my own kids.   Likely using the pumpkins for some of these recipes in the upcoming weeks that I highlighted in a post on mothering.com

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The fall colors are starting to appear!  I enjoyed a beautiful trail run with my canine companion Sunday afternoon.  Speaking of running - I am proud to share that I completed a local half marathon this past weekend.  I have been working hard, in my efforts to run back into health, and I met and exceeded a personal goal on this race.  I am continuing to keep self-care and fitness a priority in my life and it is making a positive difference in my overall well-being.

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My husband James has been making amazing progress on our sauna building!  The kids have been helping too and are learning a lot in the progress of helping out.   This building is going to be a fun and purposeful addition to our homestead.   We are hoping to have the sauna portion functional by wintertime!