Snow Much Magic: Family Skiing and Skijoring

Family XC Skiing

Within my Home Sweet Om chronicles, this is the third of a series on mundane magic- see my second here and my first here. This post contains lots of links to products, but I am not affiliated with any of them and don’t make any money if you click the links (I wish I did!). I actually got most of this gear used.  If you’ve read much on my blog lately, you know that I have a huge crush on winter. I have camped outside (like actually outside, not inside a building that is outside) in -20 with snow piled all around me AND LOVED IT. I’ve slept inside the bag of

The Magic is in the Mud

Feature artwork by Mora Thornton  Within my Home Sweet Om chronicles, this is the second of a focus on mundane magic- see my first here. Let’s just say that everything looks a bit muddy lately… Juni has decided that sleep is for the weak, so Eric and I are up 7,000 times a night trying to help her find rest. And in that process, our own rest has become a thing of the past. I literally feel like I’m emerging from a swamp each morning. But this is parenthood. Stiff upper lip and all that. I have built a barrier to negativity. But it requires so much energy to keep

Mundane Magic- Fairy Milk + Subnivean Inspiration

Mundane Magic - finding the beauty in the everyday

Mundane Magic- A Home Sweet Om Chronicle I woke up in 2018 with a word standing at the edge of my bed, staring me in the face. “Get up!” it said, hands on hips. “Ugh. Juniper was up every hour last night, go away. I don’t want any words this morning. Unless you brought me coffee. Did you bring me coffee?” The word frowned and sat on my bedside table, where my coffee should be. “UP!” It repeated. “Fine. But before I hear what you have to say, I am getting coffee.” When I returned, the word had gone, leaving only a thin film of sparkly air that I would

Maintaining Mindful Awareness During the Holidays

Mindfulness Habits for the Holidays

Happy December, Village! No? It’s not December yet? Sure feels like it! The world is rushing towards the festive month like it’s our job. Seasonal commercials have started, and everyone always looks like they are having the time of their lives, without a care in the world (they’re so rested looking! And so much home baking! House like an interior decor magazine! And how do everyone’s outfits always match?!). But even the best of us feels like the grinch at times through the month of December. At its best, it is a time of beauty, family, and community. At its worst, it can be a time of immense pain and

A Home Stronger Than Hate: Home Sweet Om, Part II

Creating a peaceful home

In a world ruled by orange-haired dragons, gangs of bigoted ogres with torches, and hate-filled trolls on the internet, we are all desperate for our homes to be islands of peace. But where do we start? What do we do? How do we keep the world out?  But I have to remind myself to hold up: It’s not about keeping the world out. It’s about making your home more powerful than the hate that surrounds it. This is part of my goal in writing this series on nurturing a peaceful family culture. You might remember from part 1 that when I talk about “peace”, it’s not about a lack of

Home Sweet Om: Nurturing a Peaceful Family Culture. Part I.

Part I: Introduction and Gratitude Practice Village, I’m kind of excited about this. It’s a SERIES! Ok, officially it’s only one post thus far, but I’ve got big plans; over several articles, I’m going to share with you what my family does to instil feelings of peace in our children and ourselves; some of these things are established practices, and some will be new. I’m hoping to hear what you do as well. I’m talking about the kind of peace that lives in gratitude, acceptance, belonging, right action, and empathy. I’m not talking the kind that implies our home is some serene Zen garden where toddlers speak softly and always