On our Bookshelf: Spring Books

Spring is in the air and our cherry tree is preparing its buds for blossom. We hear the birds singing in our garden in the mornings and in the evenings.

I’m trying to soak in every sound and colour and to print these moments in my memory as I know ... I know that this will be our last spring here, in this garden and in this house. We will be changing countries again.

This is always a bitter sweet moment for me. And a reminder that only this moment counts. All we have is “now”. That’s why I’m determined to make the most of our spring.

Our Spring books are out since one month already, since we have celebrated the Spring Festival (aka. Chinese New Year) and I’m sharing them with you today

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On our Bookshelf: Winter Books

Going through our Winter Books I have realized that this is the biggest pile of the seasonal books, probably because in wintertime we also spend even more time reading, especially when it gets dark already around 3 pm.

For this blogpost, I have organized the books in 5 categories: books without text, fiction, non-fiction, Japanese authors and Christmas books.

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An Alternate Advent Calendar: Expressing Gratitude

At the approach of Christmas, Hanukkah and other festivals, the pressure is big to buy more, own more, do more. But we don’t necessarily need to give in and follow this trend. There is so much that we have already, own already, do or are already. Mindfully acknowledging these things is already enough.

So this year, I’m preparing a Gratitude Advent Calendar again and I want to share it with you.

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Children Crafts: Jar Lanterns DIY

Each year in Autumn we craft some jar lanterns for the cold dark, evenings when we light candles in our home almost the whole day, from breakfast to diner time. We also to take some of our self-made lanterns on lantern walks for Martinmas, a beloved and very much celebrated festival here in Germany.

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Children Crafts: Beeswax Candles DIY

We light candles for celebrations but also in our daily rhythm to mark the beginning and end of our meals, to bring awareness during our tea ritual and yoga sessions. We use them in the cold, dark winter nights and we light them in our garden during the warm evenings, under the glorious sunset light.

The only thing that changed about candles is that we now make them together

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Mindfully Celebrating Autumn by Being, Doing, Reading

Having many things to do in autumn is exciting but sometimes, when we focus on "doing", we forget about "being". We can jump from one activity to another without truly living in the moment. So here are some ideas to mindfully celebrate autumn. They come from different philosophies including Montessori and Waldorf, from different cultures and countries I have lived in and from my practice as a life coach.

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Easter celebrations: things to do and books to read

Spring and Easter time are wonderful occasions to live with the season, explore nature, encourage creativity and learn about the nature around us.

I wanted to share with you some of the things we enjoy doing in spring and before/ after Easter. And some of the books we love reading

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Spring traditions in a multicultural family

As a family with different cultural backgrounds who lived in 6 countries, we have gathered so many beautiful traditions and celebrations. And many of them are for Spring! In this blogpost I'm sharing with you many ideas that you can integrate into your own spring celebrations.

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