Made from my little one’s homework,
tied to holiday surprises with the guts of a baseball,
we are passing out our trash to friends and family with lots of cheer!
Cheers to reusing old homework
Cheers to holiday surprises
Cheers to you and me and to all of us!
Three years ago, my dear friend gave Cubby these playing cards for her 4th birthday. These custom-made cards, with their photo on the back, were the *perfect* gift.
*perfect* because we met up with this couple for a card party every month. Their home was deemed the “Party House” due to a little table always arranged with finger foods conveniently within the reach of Cubby. Also, the “Party House” always seemed to be playing her favorite music.
*perfect* because she taught my little one how to play her first card game before Cubby could even recognize and recall the numbers.
*perfect* because she knew we were dramatically downsizing in order to move into the tiny house. Only the objects that are functional and hold true meaning deserved a spot in the house. This deck could replace our old deck that held no sentimental value and would defiantly get used regularly.
The night she gave them to Cubby, in celebration of her birthday, was the last night we saw her.
I remember a few days later one of my sisters saying the cards were even more special, even more *perfect* now.
At the time I wanted to punch those words in the face.
Now, I understand *perfectly*
Cheers to gifting, may we always give from the heart.
Cheers to the holidays, may we remember small acts of kindness can go a long way.
Cheers to friends that live on with us everyday, may we always feel their hugs.
Oh…and cheers to never punching anyone in the face when we do not like their words. It might take 3 years, but chances are, with time, you will understand them.
This one comes a little late but I thought I would share the reality of our lives around the holidays.
Our Halloween is not free of trash but we do try to retain a balance and not have a ridiculous abundance of candy and waste in our home.
We do dress up; we make our outfits.
We do trick or treat; I am still waiting for someone to pick the trick option.
We come home and gorge on candy for a day; we are human.
Usually a day or two after all the Halloween festivities, she sits down and sorts through her loot. With the option to try one or two new pieces during the process, she prioritize her wants and fills one quart size jar with her favorites. We do this after every candy holiday or summer parade, making it so routine that she surprisingly doesn’t even question it. She knows that she can have one piece everyday from the jar until it is gone. The wierd thing is…just like Mary Poppin’s carpet bag…it never seems to empty.
This year she filled a second jar of Reese Cups, Snickers and Toosie Rolls to surprise her grandparents. The rest we are “selling back” to a local dentist office who pays $1 per pound. In other years, we have donated the extras to someone else. It seems like we never get turned down with this offer.
Our Halloween is not trash free but we try to keep ourselves balanced in our overly abundant world of trash and treats.
Cheers to a holiday of make believe.
Cheers to trying to live the change we wish to see.
Cheers to finding balance in a world of extremes.
I have to convince my little cub that the feelings on Monday morning are normal. It’s just a “Case of the Mondays” and usually clears up by noon. What is a “Case of the Mondays”? Well…
…when you can’t open your eyes and are convinced that in the next 9 minutes the universe will magically shuffle back 24 hours.
…when she owns 3 purple sweaters and none of them can be found.
…when you have to stop the car and double check that everyone is wearing panties.
…when your nighttime cold medicine hasn’t worn off.
…when you should have dumped the composting toilet the day before.
…when lunch spills all over the cafeteria floor.
…when you show up to a staff meeting unprepared.
…when the car magically turns into the local grocery store parking lot and two donuts just happen to jump into your reusable produce bag.
Cheers to the good moments of today too.
Cheers to a double Case of the Mondays!
I snuck into the teacher’s workroom, all ninja style, this afternoon and replaced the bucket of sticky notes with handmade, recycled, heart shaped paper.
Cheers to finding ways to reuse old homework.
Cheers to my sneakiness and our Shout Out board.
Cheers to working with amazing people who always want the best for each other and our world of little ones.
Every year on our way to the berry farm, my little one wants me to tell her the story of the first blueberry picking adventure. “You know Mom, the time you found a blueberry in my diaper. I must have been saving it for later!”
We pick our berries.
We weigh our buckets.
We carry them home in bowls.
We freeze them in old glass peanut butter jars in the freezer.
we have blueberries in oatmeal, yogurt and pancakes all winter long.
Cheers to family traditions!
Cheers to the sweetness of living trash free!
Photo credit: Pops! He takes the two of us every year.
We are super excited about giving a little boy his birthday gift today! The jars once held peanut butter and the toys on the top were saved…I mean…bought from a thrift shop. The paint was leftover from a house project.
Cheers to our trashy gift!