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Today I am bringing you Meagan’s story about  Whole Family Rhythms and a lovely giveaway for the Autumn Guide.

Whole Family Rhythms are a series of seasonal and monthly guides created and designed to help you maintain a steady rhythm in your home. The rhythms include unstructured, child-led play both outdoors and indoors; early childhood stories and fingerplays; weekly bushwalking themes; daily art, handwork or creative projects; holistic baking and cooking recipes for the whole family as well as weekly caregiver meditations and projects. Although Whole Family Rhythms focuses primarily on the ‘early years’ the daily activities are flexible and varied enough to inspire and work for families of all ages and sizes.

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Creating Whole Family Rhythms has been an idea that’s been drifting in and out of my mind for a couple years now. When I started exploring Steiner/Waldorf education, nature-based learning and holistic, gentle parenting, I very quickly realised there were not a great deal of resources available for those who wanted to celebrate the seasons, festivals and holidays authentically in the Southern Hemisphere. I realise there is a place for Archetypes, for example, King Winter- all covered in white and snow, in our seasonal stories, crafts and rhymes but I also wanted my children to be aware of their unique environment and the more subtle seasonal changes we often see in the Southern Hemisphere. Or, for example, I wanted to find a way to celebrate Easter in combination with a sense of moving inwards, growing still and losing life as opposed to looking at it only as a season of rebirth, new life and all things Spring! Creating a nature-based, seasonally inspired strong and steady rhythm for my children was inevitable, so why not share my discoveries and resources along the way?

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My number one inspiration is of course, my children. It is so, so hard for children nowadays to be completely immersed and protected by the magic and wonder of childhood. Modern and Western ways of life create schedules, endless to do lists and a constant sense of multitasking that often feels unavoidable. My hope is that by being very clear about our family values and then translating these into strong rhythms for my children, I am also creating a strong rhythm for myself – empowering me to slow down, be present, calm and authentic for them.

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My creative process is perhaps, not very creative at all! I read a lot– books on parenting, books on crafting, lectures by Rudolf Steiner, magazine articles, blogs, on pinterest… Then when it comes to creating the Monthly and seasonal Guides I’ve already laid a foundation of knowledge and creative ideas in my head that I can draw from and re-interpret. As for inspirational people, I recently listened to a podcast featuring Lisabeth Sewell McCann ( who is the co-creator of Sparkle Stories, and I must say, I draw a lot of inspiration from her and her husband, David, both in real life and the way their values and lessons come out in their gorgeous range of online stories.

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The pleasure I derive out of this business is threefold. It challenges me to not just talk the talk but walk the walk- keeping our own family rhythm strong and steady and bringing the Guides into our daily lives authentically which has been extremely healthy and beneficial already! It is also unbelievably fulfilling to be able to stay at home with my children and to be present for them through their entire early childhoods while also making a small income at home- a real privilege I am so grateful for. Finally, I get the most wonderful emails! Even before the launch of my business, soulful women have reached out to me and told me how meaningful and inspirational my blog is to them and I am so floored and humbled by that. It’s a very strange (but lovely) experience receiving such kind and heartfelt words from someone you’ve never met, and a reminder that modern day technology is not all that bad, it creates a sense of community and belonging between people that are out there searching for just that.

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The products that are available at the moment are either single Monthly Guides (March, April or May) or all three combined to make the Autumn Guide with over 70 pages of oral stories and finger play, bushwalking themes, seasonal crafts, painting, drawing and modelling as well as caregiver meditations, caregiver handwork projects and seasonal book recommendations. I am aiming to have everything together to be able to launch the Winter Guides by the beginning of May which will give families more time to reflect on and personalise the rhythms before the new season begins.

Whole Family Rhythms was written and created by Meagan Wilson in New South Wales, Australia and all Guides are therefore tailored towards the more subtle seasonal changes in the Southern Hemisphere- reflecting festivals, traditions and celebrations from the Southern Hemisphere’s perspective. However, If you live in the Northern Hemisphere you can still use the guides easily- just be aware that you will have to ‘translate’ differences, for example, Easter activities, crafts and recipes are found in the Autumn Package while all things pertaining to Christmas will be found in the Summer Package.

Meagan’s Social Media Links:


Facebook Page

This Whole Family Blog

Whole Family Rhythms Store



Autumn Guide


Today Meagan is giving away one Autumn Guide to one Natural Suburbia reader, it includes:

The Daily Rhythm– your family rhythm at a week’s glance
Three Monthly Guides-Twelve weekly guides consisting of a weekly story, bushwalking theme, recipe, seasonal craft and themes for watercolour painting, drawing and beeswax modelling.
An Ingredients and Supplies Master List
Seasonal Book Recommendations
Twelve Weekly Caregiver Meditations 
Three Caregiver Handwork Projects

To enter this lovely giveaway:

Please leave a comment below, to earn extra entries, please share about this giveaway on your Facebook page, Twitter, page or on Pinterest and remember to let us know each time you share, here, by leaving an extra comment for each share:)

The winner will be chosen on Thursday the 14th of March and will be announced in this blog post.

Thank you so much Meagan for sharing your story with us and for this lovely giveaway.

Congratulations to:

Lyssa March 9, 2013 at 10:45 pm

How beautiful! I’d love use this guide in the autumn for my family. Thank you for the give-away!

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor on Natural Suburbia you can contact me at

Portrait Sunday

Our Snowdrops are emerging slowly from the soil, I just love them, to me they signify the new hope of Spring around the corner…

Today we have all spent time with my dad in hospital, he is doing much better, still weak but sooo much better. He will be moving to a step-down rehabilitation center tomorrow for two weeks of care and exercise, to give him back his strength and then he will return home. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers, he has come so far and still has a long way to go, but I can see that he will get there…

Wishing you a peaceful Sunday, I am finishing off knitting my Cotswold Cowl this afternoon…

PS Rachel’s lovely giveaway from her shop Little Woodlanders is still running, you can enter here.



Natural Suburbia Sponsor Giveaway from Little Woodlanders

Today I would like to welcome Rachel from Little Woodlanders, she is a new Natural Suburbia sponsor and lives in the United Kingdom.  Rachel makes the most gorgeous Waldorf and Montessori inspired wooden toys, in her lovely shop you will find, teethers, toys, stacker puzzles, play food and nursing necklaces. Rachel is offering a beautiful giveaway choice that you can see below. She has a beautiful blog too and has shared some lovely projects there…

This is Rachel’s story…

Natural Suburbia: Tell us about how your business began.


I started making wooden toys for my children shortly after I discovered the Waldorf ideas about play.  I love the idea of open-ended toys made from beautiful natural materials, that allow children to use their imagination.

The Owl and the Pussy Cat


 Natural Suburbia: Who or what is your inspiration?


My inspiration mostly comes from my children.  I watch what they like to play with and talk about, and often get ideas from them that way.  I also get ideas from going outside or looking out the window at nature and from storybooks.

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Natural Suburbia: What is your creative process and how long have you been creating these beautiful treasures?


I’ve been making wooden toys since the end of last year and opened my Etsy shop in January.  My creative process begins with an idea that I sketch onto paper and then transfer onto wood.  I have a few different power tools I use, and then some hand sanding with a couple different grades of sand paper.  I then do some carving, painting, wood-burning, and beeswax/olive oil polishing, to end up with a completed product.   It’s very exciting to see an idea that begins in my head become an actual wooden toy!


Wooden Rainbow Village


Natural Suburbia: What do you enjoy most about your business?


My favorite thing about my business is knowing that I’m supplying children all around the world with natural, handmade, open ended toys, that will allow them to use their imagination and have fun!


Wooden Balancing Butterfly and Tulip Set

Natural Suburbia: Are there any new exciting products you would like to tell us about?


I’m very excited about my newest product, the Balancing Butterflies Set.  It comes with 5 little wooden butterflies each in a different colour of the rainbow, and one red tulip.  You can stack the butterflies on top of each other on top of the tulip or fly them around to get nectar from the flower.

Some other new items are the play food, such as the toast and jam with a knife set and a wooden dinosaur.  I have lots more new toys in the making as well!

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Rachel’s Social Media Links for you to follow and see what beautiful items she is busy making:

 Giveaway Items:

Butterfly Metamorphosis set for the Life Cycle of the Butterfly

(PS I love this so much I have just purchased a set from Rachel for Kye, I can’t wait for it to arrive!!!)

Giraffe Teether made from Maple Wood

Mama and Baby Squirrel made from Oak



Rachel is very generously offering these 3 giveaway items above to choose from.

Giveaway: Worldwide 🙂

One winner will be chosen and can choose 1 of these gorgeous giveaway items.

Rachel is also offering Natural Suburbia readers a 10% discount for the month of August, the coupon code to use when you visit her shop is Natural10.

To enter just leave a comment and let us know which is your favourite treasure from Rachel’s shop.

To earn more entries:

Share about this giveaway on Facebook

Share about this giveaway on Twitter

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest

Follow Little Woodlanders on Facebook or Twitter

Please remember to leave a comment for each share or follow for your extra entries.


The winner will be chosen and announced on Tuesday the 14th of August and will be announced in this post.


Congratulations to:

NinnyNoodleNoo August 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm # Edit

And I pinned one of the babywearing mamas – as they were my favourite from her shop.


Thank you so much Rachel for sharing your story with us and for offering your beautiful treasures to our readers. We really appreciate your support by being a sponsor on Natural Suburbia.


If you are interested in our very affordable sponsorship options you can email me at:

Natural Suburbia Sponsor Giveaway from GermanDolls

I would like to introduce you to Natural Suburbia sponsor Ulla from GermanDolls. Ulla makes the most gorgeous Waldorf style toys and dolls, her craftsmanship and eye for detail is impeccable.

This is Ulla’s story…

My name is Ulla. I am a German immigrant living in beautiful Colorado in the United States. I was born and raised in Germany. I moved to the US in 1996. Living your life and growing a family in a foreign country is like being on an endless roller-coaster ride of emotions. Creating art and making toys has helped me immensely in this journey.

Sunny, a 15 inch Waldorf inspired doll

Growing up in Germany I had a lot of handmade toys. A few of them were made by my grandfather in his wood workshop. Some other precious items came to me through a local toymaker. But most of my playthings were made by my mother who was a great knitter and seamstress. My 4 sisters and I always wore matching outfits. Our dolls were just as perfectly dressed.

After I had children of my own in the US, I was concerned that they would grow up without the same quality handmade toys that I had when I was little. I noticed how many toys here were made of plastic. Who wants to hug and cuddle a plastic baby? I started making Waldorf style cloth dolls after my daughter was born.  Naturally, I had to dress the babies and make doll clothes for them.  Some patterns I use have been handed down in my family. Others I created from scratch, inspired by my daughter’s play. My daughter has always been fascinated with little babies. Even when she was a toddler she would want to pick up other children who were younger. I invented my trademark pocket dress with the miniature doll because of my daughter’s need to constantly nurture little ones.

Doll Making has provided me with a perfect outlet for my artistic sensibilities. I used to be an oil painter but didn’t want to expose my children to the chemicals. So changing media from paint to fabric made perfect sense. I love the smell of the natural wool stuffing I use. It feels good to work with products from nature that are not harmful to my children or our planet. If a doll breaks it can be stitched and repaired. Broken plastic babies go to the landfill forever.

Sewing has helped me stay in touch with the Old World, my German roots, yet at the same time enabled me connect to people in the New World. Living in a small town in the US you can find many fine crafters and quilters. It’s always fun to talk to folks about sewing. Winning the title of the Weld County Overall Champion in the Department of Sewing and Home Decorating with one of my dolls was one of my proudest sewing moments here.

When I first started making dolls I made dolls for all my nieces and nephews. Next I made dolls for friends’ children. After that I just kept making them because I loved it so much. They began to take over the house. To the great frustration of my husband there wasn’t a place in the house to sit down, so it was suggested to me that I sell a doll or two online. That is how my little business got started.

It has been over a decade since I began making dolls. I still enjoy creating dolls very much. It gives me great pleasure when I receive pictures and wonderful notes from people who tell me how much their child loves a doll that I made for them. I greatly treasure the strong personal connection to many of my customers I have made through my work over the years.


Links for GermanDolls:

Etsy Shop





Congratulations to:

rebekah July 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm

I shared on my facebook!



Ulla is offering 1 reader a $25.00 Gift Certificate towards any item in her shop.

To enter, please leave a comment below in this post. To earn extra entries, please share the giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and remember to leave extra comments each time you share about the giveaway so you will have more entries.

The winner will be announced in this post on Wednesday the 25th of July and will be chosen by random generator.

Ulla, thank you so much for sharing your story with us and for offering this generous giveaway.

Have a wonderful weekend.


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