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Cabin Fever Cures

The kids and I have been getting a bit of “Cabin Fever” with all this miserable weather we’ve had in Iowa.** Nature walks have become shorter and we miss the sunshine and greenery and we needed a change! Sofi came up with the perfect solution! She decided that now was the perfect time to study Botany because that way we would be able to experience more greenery. We started with Herbs for Kids II and Botany (Earthschooling G5). Sofi also decided we needed to move a little bit more in the schooling process. She created a “new schedule” for us...
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Winter Snack for Wildlife Guests

While the kids were out sledding yesterday I thought I would prepare them a surprise. I popped popcorn, sliced up some oranges and some apples, put some dried cranberries in a bowl and cut up bread into squares and put out a knife with a big jar of peanut butter. Then I started to string some needles and jute thread so we could thread the food on strings and make a Christmas tree for the birds. However, as happens to many projects, the kids decided to modify it a bit. “WOW! What a great snack mom!” they exclaimed...
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Music Therapy for the Holidays

You have probably heard the term “Musical Therapy” or are familiar with the idea that music can heal. However, did you know how easy it can really be? In its basic form, it is something very simple that everyone can do for free at home. The chart below tells you which sound you should hum and which note you should hum it in for each of the body systems you are dealing with. If you have a tuning fork at home it is best for you to hold the tuning fork to that area of the body so...
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Free Verse for December

This is from a Public Domain collection of classic poetry. It is such a beautiful verse for December!  I Heard a Bird Sing By Oliver Herford I heard a bird sing In the dark of December A magical thing And sweet to remember: “We are nearer to Spring Than we were in September,” I heard a bird sing In the dark of December....
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Simplify My Feet?

The word “simplify” has become a buzzword in society the past few years. There is even a magazine called “Simple Living” that will sell you things (including a magazine) to help you simplify your life! I often write editorials on simplifying things. However, despite all these wonderful reminders it seems our minds are programmed to look for complex problems and solutions in our lives. Last week I was once again “healed” by simplicity after being drawn into the alluring world of complexity… For months I had been having an ongoing problem with my feet. They were aching and...
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Easy Last Minute Gift for Kids to Make

Native American Medicine Pouch (With Instructions for Filling Too) Note: If you like this idea consider checking out our E-book “Natural Crafts that Kids Can Make”  A friend of mine gave one of these to my daughter when she was little and I was so touched I have been making them for friends ever since. This year I didn’t make any, though. It took a stroll in the neighborhood to remind me about them! I wandered into the local healing and gem shop and saw some little leather Native American Medicine Pouches and I remembered! What a great...
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The Healing Power of Giving

Does the holiday season find you giving gifts, hosting meals and donating to  charity. Do you feel worn out from giving so much? Are people telling you that you need to take care of yourself more? You can actually turn all this “giving energy” into healing energy for yourself with five simple tricks. 1. It is the way you give and not how much you give that is the difference between vibrant and poor health. For someone who has been giving many years some habits can be hard to break and can often be traumatic to break so channelling the habits...
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A Winter Nature Story for Everyone

This is a wonderful secular seasonal story because it teaches the values of giving and kindness without talking about any particular holiday. Additonally, it can be told in countries where there are not fir trees because other kinds of trees are mentioned in the story as well and all children would be familiar with those trees. You can even change the story to include trees that are around your home! One day, a long, long time ago, it was very cold; winter was coming. And all the birds flew away to the warm south, to wait for the...
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Need Help Digesting the Holidays?

The holiday season is probably one of the biggest enemies of the digestive system I have ever experienced. However, no matter what mistakes you make during holiday event  there are remedies to help your digestive system survive the season! There are so many websites that tell you about how “this or that herb” will heal you or this new miracle natural cure will help you but often it is the very basics of life that we need to recall and remember. That is what I like to focus on in this blog  – how we can all heal and...
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A Poem for Gift Giving

I wrote this poem when I was knitting some gifts for friends one year. You can modify it for the craft or gift you are giving but please do not copy it to other lists or BLOGS without mentioning Kristie Burns and www.BEarthBlog.com. Thank you! Something Made Just For You by Kristie Burns It’s a wonderful magic when someone Makes something especially for you For a thought of how much you’re loved Goes into each stitch they do. And each time a person asks Who are you making that for? Your name is said with love and care And...
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