Sacred Sanctuary

I read this beautiful poem, I like it so much I want to share it with you. ENJOY.

Sacred Sanctuary
My sanctuary awaits me, calling me to unwind,
Rejuvenate my energy, rest my weary mind,
I visualise my sacred space, a field of inky blue,
A big strong oak giving shade and a river flowing through,
The rays of sunshine glistening throwing shadows through the trees,
On bare foot I wander, through dew soaked grass and leaves.

I sit beneath the oak tree and listen to the sounds,
The serenade of birdsong, the stillness all around,
The smell of fresh green pastures, the perfume fills my head,
Of pretty scented blossoms, scattered across the earth.

I know I’m in a sacred place, where grace and love abound,
My God is very close by, my angels all around.
They whisper very gently, I hear them on the breeze,
I know, I’m love unconditionally,
And I treasure this gift I’ve received.

By Breda Mc Donald · Tech Balbriggan co Dublin

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Clapping Games for Little Girls

Do you remember the fun you had as a little girl? I was thinking back to the days I would play clapping games with my friends, making up rhymes and reciting old classic rhymes from yesteryear.

One of my all time favourites and one I can not wait to sing with my 4 year old daughter (my eldest is too old to play anymore, now she is a teenage) is “Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack”

Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack,
All dressed in black, black, black,
With silver button, button, buttons,
All down her back, back, back.

She asked her mother, mother, mother,
For fifty cent, cent, cents,
To see the elephant, elephant, elephants,
Jump the fence, fence, fence.

They jumped so high, high, high,
They touched the sky, sky, sky,
And didn’t come back, back, back
Till the fourth of July, July, July.

Another favourite is “Three Sailors Went to Sea, Sea, Sea”

Three sailors went to sea, sea, sea,
To see what they could sea, sea, sea,
But all that they could sea, sea, sea,
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.

And…

“One Potato, Two Potato”

One potato, two potato, three potato, four,
five potato, six potato, seven potato more.
Icha bacha, soda cracker,
Icha bacha boo.
Icha bacha, soda cracker, out goes Y-O-U!

(This chant is used to find the first person to be “It” when beginning a game. All players put their fisted hands together in a circle and one person starts the chant by tapping each fist in succession. When “Y-O-U” is said, the person whose fist is tapped puts that fist behind their back. Then the chant starts again with the chanter starting with the fist of someone else. As soon as one person has both hands out of the circle they are “It”. )

Enjoy!

Choosing Nursery Furniture

For most people, one of the first things they want to sort out when they find they are having a baby is the nursery however with the enormous range of nursery furniture available today it is very easy to get carried away. A basic nursery will need a cot or a cot bed, a dresser that may double as a changing table and possibly a wardrobe as well and it is particularly nice when the pieces all match. Below are a few tips that may help you to choose your nursery furniture.

Checking for safety

Although it is important to check the wardrobe and other units for safety, it is vital to check your chosen cot and changing table as these are the pieces of furniture that your baby will actually use and have contact with on a daily basis. Make a note of the wood from which they are constructed together with their method of construction as some cheaper options can wobble when shaken. Safety isn`t always the primary consideration for many of us when choosing household furniture but, particularly with nursery furniture, it should be a major decision factor. Any furniture chosen should have met European safety standards for materials and construction quality, usually denoted by CE markings. Also make sure that the bars of the cot are sturdy and are closely spaced so there is less risk of an accident (babies can sustain serious, if not life threatening injury if for some reason they manage to get their head trapped between the bars). Other safety factors include the absence of sharp corners, sharp nails or screws protruding and any fabrics meeting current fire safety standards.

Some nursery furniture can evolve as the child grows. Some cots can be converted into beds; changing units can be adapted into useful chests of drawers by simply removing the guard rail on the top of the unit — and so forth. By spending a little bit extra on your nursery furniture you may be able to prolong its life through your child`s early years.

Buying a mattress

Every new baby must have a new mattress covered with an appropriate waterproof covering and well ventilated to help in reducing the risk of cot death. You may also want to consider buying a hypo-allergenic mattress and of course one which is both comfortable and of an adequate thickness.

The nursery furniture you chose will hopefully be with your child for a number of years and so it is well worth buying the best quality your budget can support from the outset. In this way you will be both considering the safety of your baby and ensuring that you have a beautiful nursery for them to grow up in.