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We’ve all heard the clichés: if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy; or put on your own oxygen mask first. They’re clichés for a reason, and these sayings are even more relevant during the holidays when every mother is on hyperdrive shopping for gifts, sending holiday cards, and preparing festive meals, while still maintaining all the everyday stuff of life. But this can lead to burnout fast. It’s hard to listen to our bodies when we’re used to plowing through feelings of not getting enough done. We shouldn’t push ourselves to do it all, and we don’t have to. I’m doing my best to hang up the holiday hustle this year (at least I’m trying to!), enjoying the moments of each occasion, and taking the time to take care of myself so I can make it through without melting down. Here are my three favorite ways to slow down and practice self-care.
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One of the best deals you can find at the thrift store is board games. You can easily find classic games like Monopoly, Clue, Scrabble, but you can also find unique and rare vintage ones as well. We are a big board game loving family, so of course I've amassed quite the collection. Click through to see just how many I've collected (and which one are our favorites!).
This week's podcast episode features writer and creative Andrea Folsom of Crafting Connections. Andrea has a background as a social therapist, and is co-founder of the online magazine and community Crafting Connections. Tune in to learn more about Andrea's journey and what advice she gives to anyone wanting to live a more creative life. Click through for resources found in today's episode.
Holiday gifts for friends and family don't have to be complicated. I don't know how many years I've stayed up way too late wringing my hands over the perfect photo for my holiday card or the perfect gift that will convey just the right amount of love and meaning without breaking my budget. That's a lot of pressure to put on ourselves, isn't it? Well enough of that.
This week's podcast episode features artist and small business owner Joya Logue of Rajovilla. Joya has a background in the sciences, but transitioned to a creative career during her journey as a mother, and now runs a successful small business turning her one of a kind watercolor paintings into glamorous handmade clutches. Tune in to learn more about Joya's journey and what advice she gives to prospective handmade business owners. Click through for more photos of Joya's work along with resources found in today's episode.
I'm back with another fun recycled holiday craft over at PBS Parents Crafts for Kids. Stop by for the full how-to on your own DIY recycled gingerbread village.
Looking for more sustainable holiday crafts? Check out these ideas:
This week's podcast guest is Ryan Beltrán, co-founder of Elequa, an open source water movement. I recorded this episode live with Ryan out at 10BitWorks, a local hackerspace here in San Antonio, where Ryan gave me a live demonstration of Elequa's coagulator--a really cool piece of equipment he helped develop to provide sustainable clean water. Ryan also talks about his background in film and photography and how these two passions influence his work with Elequa today. Tune in to learn more about Elequa and Ryan's experience as a feature film director. Click through for a time lapse video of the coagulator and links to resources talked about in the show.