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{TWO giveaways!} Mothering with HeART & season’s eatings

It really is a time of amazing abundance around here this Spring! I am so delighted to have met so many amazing women in the past years who all offer such wonderful guidance and inspiration to nurture and support others along their paths. Shannon Kinney, the creator of A Free Spirit Life is one of those very people. A mama, coach, teacher, and artist, Shannon is someone I always turn to for a boost of creative confidence and lovely ideas.
MWH_LogoI am so very excited to be able to offer a giveaway with her this week for a spot in her course, Mothering with HeART, along with a spot in season’s eatings. Yep, two giveaways in one!
Here is a little more about Mothering with HeART:

To be a mother is to learn how to nurture and guide your children while you nurture and guide your own life.

This means, take time for YOU.  Get rest.  Do what feeds your soul.  Make space every day for creative activities that bring great flow and recharge into your life.  Find stillness so that you can let go of the outward distractions and more easily connect to your own intuition.  Listen to your heart.  And TRUST that you are right where you need to be.

You are doing enough.  You ARE enough. And your kids love you – oh yes they do.

It takes practice to learn how to integrate your personal interests and needs into daily life with children.

Mothering with heART gives you a daily dose of inspiration, support and encouragement so that you can connect to the wisdom within your heart – that place inside YOU that simply knows the creative dreams and desires waiting and ready to be born.

Shannon Kinney

The NEW Mothering with heART e-course runs April 28th – May 16th.

This live, three week course includes:

  • reflections and inspiration on creativity & intuitive mothering
  • daily journal prompts that support & encourage mindful living & dream building
  • tips to invite more rest and relaxation into your life
  • 3 videos which address weekly themes:  Love, Courage & Joy
  • 1 guided audio meditation created to nurture moms
  • weekly art journaling projects to do with and alongside your children (of any age) –
  • connection to a private, ongoing community with other mothers from all over the world
  • LIVE online chat with our community
  • personal essays, interviews, stories, tips and other inspiration from artists, writers, life coaches, stay-at-home moms and more… (See below for the list of special guest contributors.)

Now, how can you enter to win?

To win your space just leave a comment below telling us…where in your life could you use the nurturing of this community?
Enter by leaving your comment and I will randomly pick a winner this Monday, on April 14th.
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I can’t wait to read each of your comments and I wish you luck in both of these great giveaways!
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A Dreamy Spring Giveaway!

Today I am so excited to offer a giveaway for…

a spot in Mama Scout’s upcoming Dream Lab

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Dream Lab is a 10 day explosion of information where I share everything I know about getting things done. Making things happen. And staying open to all possibilities.

We will talk about how to collect your ideas, how to map your past for clues and connections, how to open up and talk to strangers, how to expand time, think bigger, share your ideas, ask for what you want, and create a consistent creative practice.

DreamLab_ShellsEach day, for 10 days, starting on April 14 you will receive and email with a provocative and juicy essay, writing prompts and creative projects that will help you manifest those ideas knocking around in your head. There will also be music, movie and book recommendations as well as a few little surprises (hint: sign up early to get one of them in the mail!)

The most exciting part is that we will turn our group into a true lab of alchemic passion. We will pull from our collective knowledge, creativity and resources to help each other get closer to each of our dreams. When we help others we propel ourselves along our path too. I have seen this in my other labs over and over. Connections, deep connections are made as soul mates and friends from around the world are found.

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Having participated in Amy’s courses over the years I can tell you that she offers a wonderful, encouraging, and insightful course. And that bit about the group turning into a lab of “alchemic passion?” Well, it’s true. Because connecting with others is one of the very best ways to make your dreams come true.

Now, how can you enter to win?

To win your space just leave a comment below telling us… what are you dreaming of creating this Spring?
Enter today by leaving your comment and I will randomly pick a winner this Friday, on April 11th!
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PS – Amy is hosting a giveaway spot for season’s eatings on her blog as well…click here to pop over and enter for a second chance to win!
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Feathering the Nest: an interview with Amy Bowers

ABowers_KitchenThe Spring session of Feathering the Nest is underway and Stephanie and I are having such a wonderful time connecting with our beautiful community in that space. Whether you’ve taken the course, are in it now, or might take it in the future, taking a peek into someone’s home is something we can all enjoy. We can learn so much from one another, sharing our experiments, successes, and fresh perspectives.
it with our intentions and desires to connect with some of the lovely women who have been through our course by inviting them to share their own experiences with creating a soul-nourishing nest.
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Today we are welcoming Amy Bowers to the blog to talk about creating a soul and family nourishing nest. Amy has journeyed with us through all the sessions of Feathering the Nest and we are so honored to have her joining us today for a chat about sacred space making.
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S & L: When you think about home and sacred space what does this mean to you?
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AB: I think of a place where we all feel safe to be vulnerable and explore the full arc of who we are. I think the laughter and tears (and even screams and slams) of our life together are like a mortar that fills the crooks and crannies and imbues our space with a healing energy of shared experience.
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I also feel like we carry this sense of home with us when are together. As we travel and explore the world together, it feels like we are enshrouded in a cloak of family that becomes our temporary home.
ABowers_Fashion_WallS & L: Holding space for other energies in the home can be tricky sometimes. How do you navigate this challenge in your space?
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AB: I have three homeschooled children and a husband who until very recently worked odd hours so we often have a wide variety of energies co-existing! Luckily, we live in a very big old house, so there are places for people to go when they need quiet time. We also live near two amazing walking lakes, a library, art museum and downtown, so we can break off into little satellites of energy and go exploring. Our yard is tiny, but has chickens, a trampoline, a climbing tree, a little pond and a few secret spots. In all, I think our space allows for reflection and rest, study time, reading, explorations, or wild energy expression.

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S & L: How would you describe you home in 3 words? Would you say that these words lead or inspire you to enhance your space regularly?
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full, creative, cozyI need to remember these words and work to constantly straighten and cull, or we become chaotic and cluttered. I want to be surrounded by the detritus of our projects and passions. I want us to be comfortable. To be honest, it is a struggle to rein it all in sometimes._
ABowers_Window_TreeS & L: When we hit bumps in the road or life starts to feel a little heavy or overwhelming, where do you find retreat? 

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As a family, we love to cook and eat together, maybe outside with a little fire. Weekly movie nights (or game nights) are cuddly and a way to reconnect. Personally, I love to soak in my old claw foot tub. We have a little skylight above it and I can watch the birds fly from lake to lake as I melt away. I also like to lay in bed with all my windows open. Right now the loquat tree is full of fruit and within reaching distance from my window. So, I can read, write and watch the birds and squirrels snack and quarrel. I can even grab a little snack for myself if I am so inclined!
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S & L: Do you have any mind, body or space clearing rituals to renew yourself and your home? 

I love a good purge and furniture rearranging. I also like to clean my wood floors by hand (although admittedly that does not happen enough). We listen to chant, Erik Satie or Django, open all the windows, burn incense and putter around. So often we are on the go. When we slow down and hang around home, we seem to change the energy in the space quickly. ABowers_Desk

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Thank you so much, Amy, for blessing us with these beautiful insights, images, and inspirations.
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About Amy…
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I am Amy. Mom to 3 free kids in a sunny peninsula known for its beaches, a certain rodent and juicy oranges. We love traveling, reading, making things, playing, animals, adventuring, nature, movies, music ….. pretty much everything. My husband is a musician, ice cream maker and huge supporter of all the craziness dreamed up here while he is earning the dough.
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Mama Scout celebrates passionate, creative family living through posts showcasing open-ended play and projects, stellar resources, weird ideas, and gentle encouragements to slow down and embrace the ordinary. The next session of Dream Lab, where we will talk about how to collect your ideas, how to map your past for clues and connections, how to open up and talk to strangers, how to expand time, think bigger, share your ideas, ask for what you want, and create a consistent creative practice, begins on April 14th.
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All of the lovely photos in this post were shared by Amy; you can learn more about her upcoming Dream Lab right here.
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We have more gorgeous interviews for you to enjoy!
Click on each name to read their stories and soak up the beautiful images of their spaces here:
Marybeth Bonfiglio // Danielle Cohen // Lindsay Luna //
Kathy Stowell // Jennifer Gabrish // Rachael Ballard // Amy Bowers


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Feathering the Nest: an interview with Kathy Stowell

KStowell_Kids_CreatingWith our Spring session of Feathering the Nest beginning soon, Stephanie and I are connecting with some of the lovely women who have been through our course by inviting them to share their own experiences with creating a soul-nourishing nest.
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Today we are welcoming Kathy Stowell to the blog to talk about all things home, spirit and energy. We are so excited to welcome Kathy and we are delighted she is giving us a peek into her space, sharing a virtual cup of tea together, and chatting about the meaning of home with us today.
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S & L: When you think about home and sacred space what does this mean to you?
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KS: The first thought in my head was, “Shoes off at the door, please!” But then this was swiftly followed by the thought of how sacred it would be to have a basket of hand knit slippers waiting by the door for guests to slip on.
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Meditating on home leads me to those moments when I wanted to be there so badly I could cry. My kids are small, we’re on a long road trip, one child strapped in his car seat, wailing like a siren. I like to remember that delicious craving to be back safely at home, all snuggled under the covers with the simple bliss of being together in the familiarity of our home’s smells, textures, routines and space.
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But home mostly holds the meaning to me of a retreat into this microcosm of the world that reflects the values that we hope to see more of in the world at large.  Here is where kindness is taught and practiced. Gratitude shown with sincere, though at times gently prodded, thank you’s. Rhythms are curated and embraced and steer us toward synchronicity with the seasons and those we share this space with.
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KStowell_Sunny_Dining_RoomS & L: Holding space for other energies in the home can be tricky sometimes. How do you navigate this challenge in your space?

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KS: Because I can come down with pretty severe allergic reactions to drama I’m ruthlessly proactive when it comes to defining boundaries when I smell that sort of energy coming through our front door!
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I try to communicate, in the most non-violent way possible, with either words or actions, what’s expected in this little microcosm of ours. I invite participation in our base daily rhythm, discreetly point out what’s acceptable in terms of behavior and conversation topics in this home shared with small children (usually with discreet cut throat hand motions) and model the art of anticipating each other’s needs.
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S & L: How would you describe you home in 3 words? Would you say that these words lead or inspire you to enhance your space regularly?
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Warm. Handmade. Quirky.  These words remind me that wherever we end up next (we’ll probably be moving again this summer) we hold the magic that makes the walls that surround us come alive with echoes of our love, mixed array of passions, personalities and shared memories.
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S & L: When we hit bumps in the road or life starts to feel a little heavy or overwhelming, where do you find retreat? 
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KStowell_Buddha_WindowSo very cliche, but I find retreat in our bathroom. In our last place we didn’t even have a door to this secret garden so I’m feeling really spoiled with having one now. It has a lock on it even! But funny enough, probably due to habit, it’s usually kept wide open anyway. This new bathroom also contains the world’s sweetest slipper tub I just can’t get enough of. At the end of the day my husband and I take turns having a long soak before we hang out after the kids have gone to bed.
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I have an essential oil blend called Relax I sprinkle in there and I can feel any stress, heaviness and concerns slip out of my pores. I think that’s why they call them slipper tubs!
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S & L: Do you have any mind, body or space clearing rituals to renew yourself and your home?
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Yes, I try to invite friends over for dinner at least once a month for a righteous energy infusion to our space. I love cooking dinner, which is a blessing because I find it renews me at the end of each day, and having guests over encourages me to spiff up the place some with a thorough tidy up and mini de-clutter. It’s safe to say that if I invite you over dinner I dig your energy! With this practice the home gets charged up once a month with a rejuvenating Feng Shui shot of connection, shared nourishment and laughter.
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Thank you so much, Kathy, for sharing this beautiful peek into how you create a warm and loving surrounding for yourself and your family!
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KStowell_PortraitAbout Kathy…
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Kathy is a Mama Bliss Coach as well as Head Mistress of Mama Bliss Coaching School ~ a 12 week coaching training program for moms. Doors are open for spring registration until March 20th.
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Through her coaching, podcast and ecourses, Kathy inspires you to take care of your needs first while making it all feel like the frothiest gesture of love to the whole family. When she’s not coaching mamas, or coaching mamas to coach mamas, you can find her indulging in yet another triple shot latte, sewing something cute downstairs or sweating it up at the newly opened hot yoga studio in town.
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You can explore your inner mama bliss with Kathy at Bliss Beyond Naptime and sign up for her free ecourse, Money Bliss: Earn an Income from Home (and still be an awesome Mom)
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All of the lovely photos in this post were shared by Kathy
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We have more gorgeous interviews coming! As their stories become
available Stephanie and I will link to them here:
Marybeth Bonfiglio // Danielle Cohen // Lindsay Luna //
Kathy Stowell // Jennifer Gabrish // Rachael Ballard // Amy Bowers
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