celebrating joy in the every day (& two give-aways!)

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I don’t know about you, but cooking three meals a day – every day – can leave me feeling, uh, rather uninspired.

I really do have a passion for healthy eating and cooking.  But doing it day-after-day-after-day in the midst of changing diapers, nursing, schoolwork, piano lessons, cleaning, folding clothes… I know you can relate.

It. gets. old.

So I’m excited to see that my friend, Leah, and creator of the Season’s Eatings e-course, is offering a new session.  I’ve taken Leah’s course in the past and I can honestly say that it’s one of my favorites because not only does she offer fabulous PDF’s full of easy and yummy recipes, but she is in-tune to how to make mealtime more meaningful while connecting more deeply to your children.

Cooking three meals a day doesn’t have to feel like a burden, and Leah, reminds you of that.

Her course will help you get grounded, centered and inspired so you can really enjoy the pleasure that comes from feeding and nourishing your family.

Leah says, “I believe that cooking can be a source of joy, fun, and connection in our lives. I know how good it feels to have a repertoire of delicious dinners you can whip together to feed a few or a crowd. And I believe that one of the secrets to enjoyable family dinners is to include everyone, especially the kids, in the preparations, rituals, and routines of the evening meal.”

Just from re-reading Leah’s course description, I can see that with the addition of our new baby, I’ve fallen into a bit of a rut over the last few months when it comes to mealtime.  I still cook healthy foods and have found ways to simplify my time in the kitchen – like prepping for the week on Sunday, buying similar ingredients for several meals, and making the trusted family favorites that I know everyone will eat.

But…I haven’t necessarily felt as much joy about YET ANOTHER MEAL that has to be prepared. Yes, it’s true, mealtime happens again and again, but rather then dread or lament it, there are ways to make it more fun.  And with Leah’s inspiration, you can bring back a sense of play, laughter, connection and JOY to this daily routine.

Are you ready to be inspired?

To learn more about Leah’s wonderful e-course, visit Season’s Eatings. (If you are ready to sign up for this course, use the discount code: FREESPIRIT.)

The Give-Aways – How to Enter:

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Leah is giving away one spot in her upcoming Season’s Eatings e-course.

AND…

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I’m giving away one spot in my NEW Mothering with heART e-course, that runs April 28th – May 16th. (Registration is NOW open!)

I’m SOOOOO excited to share this journey with mothers who are excited to bring more love, courage and joy into your life with your children while you follow your heart, TRUST your intuition and nurture your creative dreams!

For your chance to win a spot in one of these courses, leave a comment on this blog post and let us know:  Where do you find inspiration in the midst of motherhood?
For an extra chance to win, stop by and “like” A Free Spirit Life Facebook page.

I’ll announce a winner on Monday, April 14th.

Bring on the joy…

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17 Responses to “celebrating joy in the every day (& two give-aways!)”

  1. Amy April 10, 2014 12:10 PM #

    Hey Shannon! I am already signed up to take Leah’s e-course, Season’s Eatings, because of everything mothering-related, mealtime/food is what I struggle with the most. But, I thought I’d leave a comment and participate anyway because I just love your blog posts! Plus, since I don’t like meal planning or preparation or cooking or really eating now that I’m strictly following Weight Watchers, I have to really struggle (in a good way, of course) to answer the question “What’s one thing you love about mealtime?” I guess the one thing I love about mealtime is connecting with my son. Although he’s 4 and has trouble staying in his seat, I enjoy the time we spend at the table. I try to engage him in conversation, asking him my favorite question of the day “What was the best thing about your day?” It helps with the transition between work/school and home. That said, if you or any of your readers could recommend any simple, child-friendly cookbooks, I would be so very grateful! Thank you!

  2. Dawna April 10, 2014 12:36 PM #

    Hi lovely! I find inspiration in nature and honestly from within my heart. I’ve learned you really have to trust yourself, listen to your heart and it will speak sweetly. I would love to take the seasons eatings e-course as I love to cook up fabulousness and your e-course is always a joy.
    Already a FB fan of yours for life- hugs.

    • a free spirit life April 15, 2014 8:06 PM #

      Hi Dawna! Thanks for stopping by. Oh my, I love me some nature too. I’ve been getting more evening walks in around our neighborhood lake now that it’s warmer and I LOVE seeing all the new birds, buds, sights and smells. Fills me up. Cheers to trusting our hearts and getting filled up from the inside out. xo

  3. Layla April 10, 2014 1:25 PM #

    I find inspiration from others around me, in nature and in animals. In fact, inspiration is all around me constantly as I believe you can learn from absolutely everything and anything in life! I also draw inspiration from myself, knowing that, as a mother, I am now a different person, yet still the same, and it is in this respect that I am frequently in awe of myself! Kind regards x

    • a free spirit life April 15, 2014 8:07 PM #

      Hi Layla! Great to hear from you. I so love what you said…”frequently in awe of myself.” Now that is such an awesome place to be! Big hugs and thanks for stopping by.

  4. Nina April 10, 2014 1:29 PM #

    Where do you find inspiration in the midst of motherhood? By focusing on the good in my son. Sometimes when I’m away from him, I think of all the funny, sweet, cute things he has said or done so when I’m with him I can run those through my head and not the “I’m tired and burnt out” loop that sometimes tries to take over.

    • a free spirit life April 15, 2014 8:09 PM #

      Hey Nina! That sounds like such a great way to practice gratitude and living in the moment. It is hard to get out of that “loop” because it IS tiring…and yet, there is so much joy these kids give us on a daily basis. How wonderful that you can allow yourself to experience that. xo

  5. Nina April 10, 2014 1:29 PM #

    I’m a facebook fan! :)

  6. free trial of cialis April 10, 2014 1:52 PM #

    I try to remember to pay attention to the moment. Them playing with their toys, blowing bubbles, being kids. We’ve just moved into a new house with a yard and its awesome seeing them discover their new space! Would loveee to win a spot for mothering with heart :))) other course looks awesomeee too!! Thanks for the opp!

    • a free spirit life April 15, 2014 8:10 PM #

      Katrianna! Your wish came true. You are one of the winners of the random drawing. You won a spot in Mothering with heART. Woo hoo! Email me for more details. livefreely@mac.com

      • Katrianna April 16, 2014 12:10 PM #

        Eeekk!!! So so so excited!! Thank you SO much! :))))

  7. free trial of cialis April 10, 2014 1:53 PM #

    Fb fan here!!! :))

  8. Mel April 13, 2014 6:53 PM #

    Just seeing my daughter’s smile and hearing her joyful laugh makes it all worthwhile. All the stress melts away and I just let myself witness her pure joy. It helps put it all in perspective!

    • a free spirit life April 15, 2014 8:11 PM #

      SO wonderful, Mel. Thanks so much for sharing. It’s amazing how we can feel overwhelmed in one minute, and then our kids smile and it truly does make that stress melt away. Here’s to being more present with our kids! xo

  9. Nicola Dent April 14, 2014 2:30 PM #

    I find inspiration by getting outside into the countryside. I always feel my mind expanding when I get away from the city and am surrounded by fields. And when I have any child free time I love to go to a coffee shop with my journal and just write about whatever comes into my mind. It is so freeing. xx

    • a free spirit life April 15, 2014 8:13 PM #

      Hi Nicola! Oh yes, journaling at a coffee shop is one of my favorite recharge moments, too! Maybe we’ll get to share a cup of coffee in person one day. Thanks for stopping by. And you’ll be happy you did because you are one of the winners from the random drawing! You won a spot in Leah’s Season’s Eatings. I’ll email you with details. xo

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