Christmas gifts

Conscious Christmas: Handmade Gift Part 2 - Easy Homemade Buckwheat Bag

Thank you Rhonda Winterbach for contributing this blog post! This quick and easy homemade heating bag is filled with buckwheat.  Heat in the microwave for a minute or two and you have an instant heating pad for relaxing after a hard day, aching muscles, neck pain and cramps. Or place it in the freezer for an instant cold pack! Here is a basic tutorial of these nifty little therapy bags. Enjoy!

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Materials:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron
  • Fabric of choice (preferably an organic cotton)
  • Sewing thread
  • 6-8 cups of Buckwheat
  • Scissors

Method

  • Fold a 20 by 14 inch piece of fabric in half lengthwise, right sides facing.
  • Iron fabric to create a defined crease.
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  • Sew long side and one short side leaving approximately ¼ inch edge
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  • Fold the open end about ½ inch and iron down
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  • Turn bag right side out and push out corners with a pointy hand tool
  • Fill bag with desired amount of buckwheat (approximately 6-8 cups)
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  • Sew the opening with a top stitch
  • Done!
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Conscious Christmas: Gift Guide for Yogis

Here are my top picks for great gifts for yogis. Make a CD of your favorite yoga tunes to inspire a home practice and great resources for teachers: Sequencing guide and Yoga Resource Manual

This book was a gift and I always find great poems in it to support my themes in class: Risking Everything: Poems of Love and Revelation

One of my favorite Jivamukti teachers Ruth Lauer-Manenti who is known for her story-telling, compiled a book of many of her dharma talks in these two books. I'm getting one for myself for Christmas: Offering of Leaves and Sweeping the Dust. Gita wisdom is always relevant in The Great Work of Your Life by Steven Cope.

A gift certificate to their favorite yoga studio, or a private session with their favorite teacher.

A donation on their behalf to a charity that supports something that’s close to their heart. One and that keeps on giving:

A self-care package. Put together a nice woven basket with some homemade body butter or massage oil, bath salts, tea, and some organic dark chocolate.

 

Conscious Christmas: Handmade Gifts Part 1

Hands down, handmade Christmas gifts are the most meaningful. When you take time out of your busy day to create something for someone you care about, it's always a win-win in my experience. It's so much more gratifying as the giver and so much more appreciated as the receiver. I've come up with quite a big list to draw from and even enlisted the help of a great friend of mine, Rhonda Winterbach, another mother of two little boys (coming in part 2). We hope these ideas inspire you to get your creative juices flowing. For a family member (from the kids): Decorated picture frame. Michael's sells all the supplies you need: plain wooden frame and crafts such as buttons, beads, plastic figures for decorating. Get a cute photo of the kids printed, lay out all the fixin's on a table and let the kids go to town! Get some letter beads and string on the kids' names, use tacks or glue to connect the string to the top 2 corners of the frame.

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For your significant other: Up-cycled chalkboard picture frame. I found the frame at Value Village and bought chalkboard spray paint at Michaels. In your best handwriting, write your favorite quote, song lyrics or poem.

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For a friend who likes to cook: Recipe Book. Collect your favorite recipes and put them in a pretty recipe book or binder.

For the kids: Felt Games. I'm doing this tomorrow! I can't wait : )

Butterflies

Fish Pond

Christmas Tree

Flower Garden

Autumn Leaves

Dinner Plate

Rainbow

Jack-O-Lantern

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For a girlfriend: Handmade Body Butter. My friend Monique made some for me and it's DIVINE! She's also selling them and donating the proceeds to the Kelowna Hospice and Palliative Care.

For a chocolate lover: Love in a cup. Get a nice BIG mug and fill with ingredients for Maca Spice Hot Cocoa (makes 4 servings) (recipe below). In a separate bag, fill with 4 Homemade marshmallowsMake a label that says: "Warm 1 cup of your favorite kind of milk, whisk in 3 Tbs of mix, top with homemade marshmallow, snuggle on the couch with your favorite book and ENJOY!"

  • 8 Tbs raw cacao powder
  • 4 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 5 tsp maple sugar

For the foodie there's always: Homemade cookies, Granola, Spiced nuts and Truffles

For the plant-lover: Mini Succulent Garden. See how to here. I might make one of these for myself : )

Mini Succulent Garden

If you have any good ideas let me know! Happy crafting : )