Mama Makes: Wool Fleece Christmas Angels

Sunday 19 November 2017

I’ve put together a creative making tutorial to inspire a little Christmas making….These sweet wool fleece Christmas Angels make a beautiful gift tucked into a card at Christmas time or for an end of year gift for teachers. They are a very simple sewing project that you will be able to make with children ages 5+.

For this project you will need:

Wool fleece – you can buy from Winterwood or Indigo Inspirations (for this video I used two pieces 20cm long)  (more…)

Preparing for Christmas with Children

Monday 6 November 2017

With another little one on the way, I am beginning to prepare for Christmas. So here are some ideas of our usual preparations for celebrating Christmas with little ones…

Crafting is always high on my list come any seasonal or festive celebration. Crafting with our hands seems to add that touch of magic that is so often missing these days.  The little Christmas Angels above are my creation inspired by a simple tutorial a friend shared many moons ago here and some gorgeous Dancing Angels Kits Zuzu & Me makes.

The festive season offers us so much magic we can add to our children’s lives. It simply takes us being conscious and prepared in simple ways to celebrate and bring the wonder & awe without the chaos and excess.

So what are ways we can do this?

You may like to begin with watching the Christmas Webinar for a little inspiration…you will also be sent 3 Festive Gift Ideas to make with Children

 

SIMPLE WAYS TO PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS WITH CHILDREN:

In all the suggestions below, I invite you to consider the concept of delighting the senses of our children. Simple and inexpensive ways we can bring a little more magic and mindfulness. 

ADVENT CANDLE RING

Preparing a candle ring for Advent is a beautiful and simple tradition you can bring into your home. Begin by (more…)

Third Trimester and Setting Boundaries…

Friday 13 October 2017

 

Since moving into the third trimester, I have definitely noticed the shift in pace that my body is calling for. Unlike the speedy little person in the forefront of this picture 🙂

It’s incredible really the signs and symptoms our bodies offer us, helping us to make the necessary adjustments to move forward with more alignment and ease.

It is interesting to observe this third time around, especially in comparison with my other pregnancies. First time around, I was still making frequent international flights for work. Not really showing any signs of slowing down other than the practical preparations of organising maternity leave cover from work and setting up a home office (and a baby room).

Second time around, I was only working part time and spending the rest of the time enjoying slower days with my toddler. I continued social outings such as playgroup and weekly catch ups with friends, however slowing down from the commitments of work came much more naturally.

This time, I have been offered big learnings through out my pregnancy. I have been taught more than ever in my life to continually listen to my body, to notice how I am feeling and where I may be out of alignment with my Soul. I feel like this little child within me is offering me an added push to set clear and firm boundaries that ensure I am honouring myself and living from a place that is in alignment to my highest self. (more…)

Buckwheat & Banana Pancakes

Tuesday 1 August 2017

It has been a long time between blog posts, which has so often happened in the past 7 years I have been blogging. I so much love sharing and then there comes a time that life calls us back to be 100% present with the day to day, especially when we have little ones to take care of.

For those of you following my instagram account you will know that I spent the last term working as a Waldorf/ Steiner Handcraft teacher, a most wonderful opportunity and experience. You may also know that I am expecting our third baby and so the timing was rather interesting….news of a baby and job all in the one week. So after a very busy term 2, I am delighted to now be at home resting with my little one growing inside with a much less rushed mama!

I’ve been indulging in my two loves……creating and cooking. Here are a few pictures of a little standing doll I recently made.

Standing dolls are one of my favourite additions to a play space – they make the most perfect story prop for both mama and child along with some play cloths and animals. 

Read more about creating play spaces for children in my blog post HERE.

 

 

 

Buckwheat & Banana Pancakes

While I was working, this super simple & delicious pancake recipe became a firm favourite at our breakfast table. Although I am a two eggs and sourdough kinda girl, my big girl has started to challenge this family staple. I am very keen on ensuring she starts her day with something a little more nutrient dense than toast so feel a comfortable balance with these pancakes!

The recipe is gluten free which is always great in my books, light and fluffy and are still lovely slightly cooled or later in the day. I always serve with some butter, raw sugar, lemon wedges and maple syrup as we all seem to like different combinations. A yummy afternoon tea snack with some butter and a little strawberry jam.

makes approx. 10 pancakes the size you see in the picture 🙂

From the pantry:

1 pastured/ organic egg

1 whole banana mashed

1/2 cup buckwheat flour

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon baking powder

squeeze of lemon juice (or you could use a dash of apple cider vinegar)

Let’s begin:

Mix all ingredients together and cook in a heavy bottomed frypan or pancake pan on medium heat. I like to use a mix of coconut oil and butter to cook the pancakes. Once the mixture looks nicely bubbled, flip them over and cook for a another few minutes.

Enjoy! I’d love to know if you try it.

Apple & Berry Spelt Tea Cake

Saturday 1 July 2017

 


 This is my favourite tea cake. I usually make it with green apples however I had stewed all the apples the other day, so I improvised! As this cake uses melted butter, you can whip it up easily the old fashioned way….with a bowl and spoon. No fancy mixers required and far less washing up if you ask me! 
 
I managed to make this one while prepping breakfast, then into the oven for about 40 minutes and it was all ready to take to our morning play date.
 
from the pantry:

140 grams butter melted
1 cup of white spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking powder (without aluminimum)
3 eggs
1/2 cup of sugar or honey – (sugar….gasp! I know I know, you think it is evil… to understand the whole sugar subject read here)
1/3 cup stewed apples* (and or pears) 
1 cup of frozen blueberries (more if you like)
fresh lemon zest to taste – I used about half a lemon
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 
 
spinkles/ topping: a small handful of blueberries, a little more 
lemon zest, some shredded or desiccated coconut, a little sprinkle 
of cinnamon and some raw sugar 

Where-ever possible organic ingredients are best. 
 
let’s begin:

MELT the butter and mix with the sugar
ADD eggs 
ADD all other ingredients until combined
POUR cake batter into lined cake tin – I like to use if you care baking paper  
ADD sprinkles 
PLACE into hot oven (200 degrees Celcius) for between 30 – 40 minutes. 
 
Cooking time always depends on your oven. Cake is ready when it is lovely golden colour,  when you touch the top centre of the cake it bounces back and of course the good old skewer comes out clean test.

*Alternative – if you don’t have stewed apples on hand, simple use 4-5 fresh apples – chopped into slices and then in half again. If you add fresh apple, no need to add 1 cup of blueberries.  
 

Preparing for Easter with Children

Monday 3 April 2017

Looking for some ideas for preparing for Easter with children? I’ve put together a mini ebook “Celebrating Easter” to help you create a magical Easter table and involve your children in the preparation.

As mamas we have such a wonderful opportunity to bring in a little magic & reverence to festivals such as Easter for our children, which can often end up being very commercial. Children love to feel a part of things and included in purposeful work. Preparing for festivals really provide beautiful bookmarks throughout the year for our little ones, which fill their world with a little more rhythm and wonder.

Take a look at here for a little more creative inspiration.

I am also very excited to offer some creative kits to help you set up a little Easter magic in your home. If getting creative isn’t usually your thing, or you are pushed for time in collecting all the bits and pieces, I’ve created some kits which include the materials you need.  If you’d like a kit version of the E-book, send me a note to hello@natalietrusler.com for more details.

Nurture & Gather Winter Workshop

Wednesday 1 March 2017

It has almost been a year since this beautiful event and I am only now posting a few pictures! Oh dear.

I was delighted to be asked to speak to a beautiful group of women at the launch of the Nurture & Gather Workshops last Winter. It was such a blissful night!

We started with a simple meditation to ground us and leave behind our day. I then talked through some simple ways we can nurture ourselves as busy mamas, to ensure that we are able to be present for our children while feeling filled up in ourselves.

Here are some of the photos of the night…. follow along with gather & nurture to stay up to date of any future events.

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Mama Elixir: Nourishing Bone Broth

Monday 13 February 2017

 
Broth is without a doubt a mindful mamas elixir. Having a store of this magic potion in your freezer means that even with limited time, you can whip up a week night meal that is both delicious as it is nutritious.

 

To read the ins and outs on bone broth, I suggest reading these articles from my two good friends – Emma, the Nutrition Coach and Georgia, Stirring Change. Both these Mamas know there stuff when it comes to nutrition.

 

From the pantry
Grass fed, grass finished beef bones – always try to get some marrow bones
Filtered water
1 red or brown onion
3 cloves garlic
1 leek
2 carrots
3 celery stalks
a few tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon white peppercorns
 
(play around with the about quantities, I really just use whatever is in the fridge)

Let’s begin

 1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C

2. Roast your beef bones in oven until browned. I do this on a sheet of ‘if you care baking paper’.

3. Transfer bones into stock pot, however do not pour in any of the fat or juices that may have come out of the bones.

4. Add in roughly chopped vegetables, apple cider vinegar, herbs, garlic cloves whole

5. Cover with filtered water

6. Turn on heat and simmer

7. Remove any froth/ scrum that floats to the top

8. Continue to simmer on a low heat for 3-4 hours, no longer.

9. After this time, turn off heat and leave to sit on bench until coolish.

10. Strain, disgard solids and pour liquid into glass jars and/or ice cube containers and store in the freezer. Broth is fine in the refrigerator for a few days, so I keep out what I will use over 2 days and freeze the rest.

I store my broth in mason jars/ glass jars and these wonderful  Wean Meister freezer pods from Biome. I’ve been using these for many years now and they are my favourite. Once frozen, I pop them out and store  the broth cubes in a container in the freezer. This way I have portions available for adding into meals or warming to drink before a meal.

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Preparing a Mindful Kitchen

Tuesday 31 January 2017

The Kitchen.  It really is the heart of any home. Maybe we have returned to working outside the home or maybe we work from home, or maybe we are full on at home with little ones at our feet! Whatever your situation, our kitchens are a place that as parents we often find ourselves (or standing, half leaning on our fridge door wondering what to cook for dinner!).

Today I want to share with you some ways we can prepare our kitchen. Giving a little thought to the things listed below and taking action will have you seeing much more flow when time comes to get into the kitchen to prepare meals.

Creating Sacred Space

Preparing food and meal times really is sacred work, although it often feels the total opposite of this when we have young children. It is ultimately up to us to create the atmosphere in our homes and kitchen and make space for the magic of rituals.

:: De cluttering is a great way to begin. Going through all the cupboards and letting go of those things you never use – even if that little voice in your heads tells you that you will one day! Clear off the bench tops leaving only those things you use daily and that bring you joy…

:: Making space for a little jam jar of fresh flowers or herbs from the garden, little touches like this speak to our Spirit. It offers a little magic from the natural world.

:: Is your dining table cleared? Do you have an area where you’re children can access placemats, mugs and other (age appropriate) things to set the table? We also have a little basket of meal time blessings cards – which make a beautiful ritual for our little ones. Download your free copy on my resource page here.
For more ideas of creating sacred space & meal time rituals, take a look at the Calm & Connected Evening Routine Ebook + Kit HERE.

 

Mindset

:: Whenever we are embarking on taking actions in our lives to experience more flow, it is essential that we support ourselves energetically as well as practically. One simple way we can begin to support ourselves through change, transitions and exciting times of growth (whether than be a fresh perspective in the kitchen, weaning a baby or going back to work) is to drop into stillness through meditation.

Meditation is the single easiest way to allow all that brain fuzz and noise to simply melt away. To

If you are searching for a meditation practice – you may like to begin with the 3 minute mama mindset meditations I created here OR maybe for something a little deeper, try the Infuse Calm for 10 minutes of deep relaxation (+ listen before you buy…).

 

Getting Practical

:: What is your freezer looking like? Is it bustling with homemade broths, soups and easy meals for those busy week nights? These are the things that can really help us be mindful mamas!

If not, begin by ensuring you have plenty of glass jars and glass pryrex containers on hand to store your creations. My other favourite way of storing stock other than mason jars (which have a wide mouth opening) are these Wean Meister freezer pods from Biome. I’ve been using these for many years now and they are wonderful.

:: Ensure you have a good local butcher where you can source ethical & organic meats + a fish monger where you can source sustainable seafood. If not, start asking around to find them!

:: Do you have a slow cooker, stock pot or casserole dish? You will need at least one of these – I find having a few on at the same time, means I get maximum results from my effort.

:: Pantry basics? Sea salt, butter, onion, fresh garlic, potatoes, rice noodles, carrots, tomato passata, coconut cream, LEMONS….you know all those things that mean no after school trips to the shops.

Please note Mamas that this post contains some affiliate links. Should you buy something using these links I may receive a commission. As I’m sure you know, I only share products that I personally love and use in my own kitchen.