Waldorf-ish

Many people who know me know that we are a homeschooling family, but very few know that we are using a Waldorf inspired curriculum. Waldorf is not a widely known philosophy. I was fortunate enough to have it brought to my attention during a placenta encapsulation training by another professional in my home community, Emily Nolan, who is now in nursing school planning to be a midwife! She will be at the top of my recommended providers list upon graduation.

Fast forward six months and we are living in El Paso, Texas preparing to welcome my second child. Another Doula, who I recommend if you are looking in El Paso was opening a Waldorf school with her wife! Based on my immense respect for these two ladies we enrolled our oldest giving me time to bond with the baby during the day. Looking back, I realize how fortunate we were to get to experience a Waldorf school, as there are very few in the country.

I am no expert on Waldorf. I am simply a mom who loves it, has experienced the many benefits, is attempting to incorporate Waldorf influence into our home-school lifestyle. If you are searching for something different I highly recommend you check Waldorf out. Here are a few resources that can explain things far better than I can.

“Waldorf schools offer a developmentally appropriate, experiential, and academically rigorous approach to education. They integrate the arts in all academic disciplines for children from preschool through twelfth grade to enhance and enrich learning. Waldorf Education aims to inspire life-long learning in all students and to enable them to fully develop their unique capacities..” ASWANA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America

Watch Mikko talk about his 13 years of formal Waldorf education. He is currently a youtuber who travels Europe and Surfs for a living.


Pepper and Pine is a channel about a Muslim family who homeschools using a Waldorf curriculum she purchased online.

As I prepare to start our home-schooled year, yes I am aware it is September this is one of the many benefits of homeschooling as we can tailor our schedule with the seasons and natural flow of life. I showed P a video of bread making, she was quick to let me know that she already knows how to make it! That Ms. Amissa already taught her and I have to let her make her own shapes. P knows I struggle with letting her help me cook. I am so excited to start our second year of home-school and first grade of Waldorf inspired curriculum.

I love bulleted lists: So here is a list of 7 reasons we love Waldorf:

  • It is tailored to the emotional, developmental and physical needs of the child. So many children are anxiety riddle and physically ill. Waldorf incorporates self care, nutrition, physical activity, age appropriate education and spirituality.
  • ART! Waldorf inspires a love for the many forms of Art.
  • Freedom
  • Two languages are taught from first grade.
  • Self care. I know I already touched on this, but as a doula and a woman who is still struggling to properly take care and love myself I have to say that Waldorf makes this a huge priority from an early age. This includes how to keep a clean home, proper nutrition, growing food, nurturing the soul, being kind, and grooming.
  • My children and constantly learning and thirsty for knowledge. This makes homeschool a blast not a chore.
  • Its fun. Each letter and mathematical principle has a story which your child can draw: such as emperor equal, M=mounations.  So essentially you introduce new subjects through art or story telling.

I would like to share a tad bit of what our Waldorf journey looks like this year. For the sake of making this post easy to read I will make this list in mainstream terms instead of Waldorf terms such as Handwork, Verses, Form Drawing.

  • Baking
  • Language Arts (English)
    • Books, so many books
    • Letters
    • Writing
  • Math
    • Geometry
    • Addition
    • Subtraction
    • Division
  • Spanish
  • performing Arts
    • Plays
    • Dance
    • Puppets
    • Story Telling
  • Gardening
  • Farming
  • Community Service
  • Sewing

My kids and I are super excited to kick off our home-school year, get back into the routine and to LEARN! Thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. If you have a tip, opinion or question I would love to engage in conversation. Please leave a comment!

Ordering Breastmilk MileStone Keepsake Jewelry

 

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Sizes:

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Breast milk:

As long as you kept it in the freezer until shipping it is okay to use no matter how old it is. I would prefer an ounce of breast milk. I can work with less though. Donor milk is available as well.

 

Shipping:

You can ship it priority mail through the USPS in an envelope. The cost from El Paso to me is $6.70.  You may want to double bag the milk if it has been stored in the freezer(Especially Medela bags!)

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If you are local to Athens or Watkinsville you can arrange drop-off at the Mother Center Tuesday and Friday mornings or in Watkisnville evenings.

 

 

 

 

Breast Milk MileStone™ Celebration

Supporting breastfeeding families is a passion very close to my heart.  Breastfeeding in modern society is very hard. Which makes celebrating the breastfeeding relationship something that is needed!  Whether you breastfeed for 3 days or 3 years the breastfeeding relationship needs to be celebrated! Some of the most extraordinary women I met were breastfeeding mothers. I have been honored to be apart of some of the most intimate and raw parts of so many families. These experiences have shaped and humbled me in ways I never imagined possible. It is my hope that all families have something tangible to celebrate their relationship relationship!

Over the past year I have been studying and experimenting to make the perfect formula for Breast Milk MileStone™ Jewelry. I am overwhelmed with excitement to be announcing that I am finally ready to accept some orders! I know many people who would love a piece. The great amount of time and precious metals that go into making the Breast Milk MileStone™ make them out of the budget to many.  Which is why I am inviting you, my clients and dear friends, to enter in a Mother’s Day Special Celebration!

Up to ten women will be selected to get a sterling silver Breast Milk MileStone™ ring and matching earrings similar to the one pictured for a $50, a fraction of the retail value($250).

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To enter you must:

  • Be a client, friend, family member, professional colleague or peer
  • Share this post
  • Comment why you want a Breastmilk Mile’stone’™ Jewelry Set in the comment section on this page
  •  Be able to provide 3 ounces of breast milk. (If you can not get 3 ounces you can still enter with minimum of 1 ounce but will have a limited warranty.)
If you are not client, friend, family member, professional colleague or peer you can still enter to win a $50 gift card!

Mothers will  be selected and announced on Mother’s Day 2017.

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Trainings for Child Care Professionals

Breastfeeding Certification for Child Care Facilities

  • 8 hours of Child Education Unit (CEU) Certs
  • Be listed as breastfeeding friendly facility with local breastfeeding resources such as WIC and local coalitions
  • Breastfeeding Decal, Posters and Certificate for Facility
  • Handbook
  • Resources for parents such as breastfeeding support hotline

Call 915-308-MILK to schedule a training

Southern New Mexico Primitive Camping with Small Children

I’m reluctant to share about this family-friendly gem hidden in the Gila National Forest, because we like remote camping locations with little outside interaction. This is our weekend getaway place. Three hours from El Paso is a beautiful Small town called Silver City. Drive 45 min into the Gila National Forest from Silver City on highway 180 and turn left on Bill Evans Rd. You end up and the gorgeous Bill Evens Lake in the in the middle of the mountains.

Bill Evans Lake. Silver City New Mexico

Reasons we choose Bill Evans Lake:

  • It is an easy drive from EL Paso.
  • No access fee-Free camping!
  • The roads are maintained so my Jetta makes its right to the camp site.
  • The lake slowly gets deeper. I do not have to worry about my child when playing in the water.
  • Record breaking fish have been caught out of the lake.
  • If you camp during the week you will probably be alone at night.
  • Dog Friendly!
  • It is only 45 min to civilization in case on an emergency or supply run!
  • Other people who camp/fish there are typically locals and the town has great people!
  • Amazing Wildlife and breath taking views.

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What I packed that made camping with a four year old and four month old enjoyable:

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  • Tula Soft Structured Carrier (I actually left it at Adobe Spring Cafe in Silver City and went back the next day and they had saved it for me. YAY! Good People!)
  • Bumbo (Pictured below)
  • Dream Blanket (If you are pregnant I highly suggest only buying this blanket for baby!)20161123_164054
  • Butterbean Sunscreen
  • Bug-a-boo Herbal Bug Spray (LOVE THIS! Read my review about it killing ants.)
  • Lavender and Tea Tree Roll-On Essential Oils (Normally I use Doterra, however Aura Cacia is a super affordable option. I like this brand for topical use and diffusion. It is a great option for camping. If something happens to it I wouldn’t be upset and it was very convenient in a roller.)
  • Acrylic Paint set (My four year old loves rocks. We painted them with creatures and made a tic-tac-toe board)
  • Chew Beads A must have to keep baby entertained while hiking! 20161124_130418
  • Wooden Rattle/Teether 5216-detail-011
  • 3 Flip Cloth Diaper Covers (For a week long trip. Just hand washed and layer in sun to dry.)
  • Flip Disposable Inserts

If you purchase anything use promo code “bliss” for a discount!

The weather in Gila was absolutely manageable in November with the children staying in a tent(with us). Our routine was based around staying warm.

This is what we did:

Mornings: Woke up around 7am. Nick made breakfast and coffee. P played in a heavy jacket. R and I stayed in the tent until it warmed up around 9am.

Afternoons: By 1pm the weather was beautiful. We hiked during this time in light clothing.

Evenings: Made a fire and bundled both children up. If it was too windy R chilled in bumbo inside the tent with the door opened.

Night: R slept in a insulated Carter’s sleeper and P slept in normal pjs and her sleeping bag. We were quite comfortable every night. However, there was heavy wind the last night which was distributive to sleep. We applied lavender to help everyone through the night.

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Camping Hack: Baby R is wearing normal children’s mittens with the thumb rolled into the band.

What is your favorite place to camp?

How to Encapsulate Your Placenta-Raw vs TCM Processes:

Blissful Birth and Beyond - Placenta Encapsulation Processes
Blissful Birth and Beyond – Placenta Encapsulation Processes

There are two primary encapsulation processes to chose from: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Raw. When reading this please keep in mind what steps you were drawn and use your strong mother’s intuition to chose what process and steps are best for your placenta. When you choose Blissful Birth and Beyond for your placenta you can and are encouraged to custom order when filling out the order form. Below we will cover the steps for each method:

The Traditional Chinese Medicine process that invokes steaming the placenta with lemon and ginger to infuse warmth as a saw placenta is considered very cold in TCM. The concept behind this process is adding (warmth/yang) to the mother’s body to replace the empty spaces (cold/yin) in her body from giving birth.

1. Both processes begin with gently cleansing the placenta from blood with warm water.

2. A photo of the clean placenta is taken for my records unless permission is not granted.

3. The cord and membranes are gently removed.

4. If mother has orders a tincture or keepsake it is removed now.

5. The placenta is steamed with fresh organic lemon slices and organic ginger gently graded. This step takes about 30-40 min.

6. The placenta is cut into thin slices.

7. The placenta is placed on a protective barrier and then on the dehydrator. This step typically takes 7-10 hours.

8. The placenta is then ground up using an electric grinder or a mortar and pestle.

9. The ground placenta is then put into vegan capsules and placed into the freezer immediately for storing until delivery.

Raw:

1. Both processes begin with gently cleansing the placenta from blood with warm water.

2. A photo of the clean placenta is taken for my records unless permission is not granted.

3. The cord and membranes are gently removed.

4. If mother has ordered a tincture or keepsake it is removed now.

5. The placenta is cut into thin slices.

6. The placenta is placed on a protective barrier and then on the dehydrator on low heat. This step typically takes 8-10 hours.

7. The placenta is then ground up using an electric grinder or a mortar and pestle.

8. The ground placenta is then put into vegan capsules placed into the freezer immediately for storing until delivery.

The process takes no more then 48 hours from pick-up to delivery.

Herbal Blends

14114875_1760854450797920_9116999577739171510_oAll Herbs used in herbal blends are USDA ORGANIC purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs.

  • Comfrey Leaf
  • Yarrow Leaf
  • Yarrow Flower
  • Plantain Leave
  • Lavandin Flower (Lavender)
  • Dead Sea Salt

Deep Blend:

Lavandin Flowers Whole, Calendula Flowers, Comfrey Leaf, Yarrow Leaf and Flower, Plantain Leaf

$10

Light Blend:

Planatin Leaf, Calendula Flowers , Dead Sea Salt

$8

Soothing Blend:

Lavandin Flowers, Dead Sea Salt

$6

If you wish to use our herbal blend for a Sitz bath look here for instructions on how to prepare a Sitz Bath. 

From MidwiferyToday Herbs for Mother’s Postpartum Care:

“Postpartum Sitz Bath:

2 parts plantain flower (Plantago major)
part calendula flower (Calendula officinalis)
1 part comfrey leaf (Symphytum officinale)
1 part burdock (Arctium lappa)
1/2 part violet flower and leaf (Viola odorata)
1 part yarrow flower (Achillea millefolium)
1/2 part lady’s mantle flower and leaf (Alchemilla vulgaris)
1/2 part lemon balm leaf (Melissa officinalis)
Mix well. You can add sea salt to the mixture if you wish. Add approximately one cup of herb and salt blend to six quarts boiling water, strain and add to shallow bath. You can also use as a compress.

 

Another popular sitz bath blend contains:

1 cup sea salt
1/2 cup plantain leaf (Plantago major)
1/2 cup calendula flower (Calendula officinalis)
Use six cups of water.”

General Disclaimer: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products.

Custom blends available and are sold by the cup. To order or inquire about custom blends please email  Amy@blissfulbirthandbeyond.com, Call 915-308-6455 9am-6pm GMT, Or simply inquire through the contact form!