Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Creating Magical Days with Your 2 to 4 Year Old {Giveaway}

I am so pleased to share with you today a little interview with Halina over at The Cherry Farm about her new and exciting e-course Creating Magical Days with Your 2 to 4 Year Old. Without further ado, I bring you our little chat.

Tell us about your background and how that led you to what you're doing today.

I'm originally from Germany but have been living in Ireland for the last 4 ½ years. With two cats and our two children we live in a tiny timber cottage that we call the Cherry Farm.

We love to spend our days crafting, playing, baking, storytelling, cuddling, singing and gardening. Well, of course our days aren't always perfect, life is just not like that. But I believe it's possible for everyone to make the best of this season, to create magic at home and to enjoy this short precious time while our children are young. So I wrote my e-course Creating Magical Days with your 2 to 4 year old to help others on their journey to more joyful and peaceful days.

Tell us more about your e-course.

Creating Magical Days with your 2 to 4 year old is a six week e-course that helps you to create peaceful and joyful days together. Although 2 to 4 year old children can be cute and lots of fun to have around, it can also be an extremely challenging time for us as parents. In Creating Magical Days we work towards smoother days and learn how to bring magic and joy to our days through rhythm, storytelling, cooking and baking together, spending lots of time outdoors and finding activities which every one of us enjoys (not only our kids).

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

I usually get up around 6 am to get some work done before everyone else wakes up. These days that would be writing morning pages, writing and editing blog posts and finally checking e-mails, pinterest and other blogs (if there is time left). I try to leave my computer turned off during the day to be fully present with my children and life (oh the internet can be a great distractor if things aren't going rosy during the day but experience showed that it's much better to deal with those things than trying to find the answers on the internet).

At night I usually check comments, e-mails and blogs again but only for half an hour or so before Martin and I chill out in front of the fire, with tea or wine, with knitting needles or DVD. I usually work for another few hours on Saturdays.

What's the one thing you can't live without?

Pen and Paper. For thinking, inventing, digesting, dreaming, crying, rejoicing, living. 

How do you draw in creativity everyday?

I try not to skip my morning pages because they often bring up creative ideas or solutions to problems that I wouldn't have seen otherwise. I think if you look for it you can find creative outlets nearly everywhere every day. Preparing meals can be creative, creating a home, watching and playing with your children, and so on. Apart from that I usually have bursts of  creativity; I knit, sew, draw, write, build, like a mad thing before things calm down again and I spend more time reading and absorbing things.

What makes you happy these days?

Books, sleep, friends, a hike in the woods.

Thanks so much Halina for sharing a little bit about yourself with us today.


Halina has generously offered one Mothering with Mindfulness reader 
a chance to win a spot in her new e-course beginning February 3, 2014. 

For a chance to win leave a comment on today's post, only one per person please.

I will close comments and announce a winner in this post on Sunday January 26, 2014.


And the winner is

"That looks such fun, what a great resource. Would love to win thank you xxx"

Congratulations Aimee!


  1. Great interview Kim, lots of really good pearls of wisdom from Halina.
    The course sounds really interesting - count me in please :)

  2. What a wonderful sounding class. I would love to win a chance to be a part of it! Thank you for the great giveaway!

  3. Would love to take this e-course :)

  4. We could use a little more magic in our lives! Would love this :)

  5. We could definitely use this course in our household! Thank you for such a generous giveaway!

  6. This course looks amazing! Halina, much like yourself, seems like an inspiring mother and woman. Sarah, Wilhem & Edie.

  7. Sounds perfect. We love to have magical days. Thank you

  8. Sounds fantastic! /just what I need right now!

  9. It is very interesting! Thank you for a chance and for the information.

  10. This sounds wonderful! Would love to learn more about creating magical moments with my little guy. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Sounds lovely. I've been following Halina's blog for a while. And I keep hearing about the benefits of morning pages - should really get started doing that!

  12. That looks such fun, what a great resource. Would love to win thank you xxx

  13. Sounds so nice! Thanks for the chance.

  14. Sounds inspiring and thought provoking. Looking forward.

  15. Sounds magical, I need this to pull my kids away from the electronic devices, rediscover play