2015 Free Printable Family Calendar by Vita Di Mamma is here!

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Hi everyone! Christmas is coming and 2015 is just around the corner! What a better way for me to enjoy the festive season than giving all my friend readers a special gift?

Vita di Mamma 2015 Printable Family Calendar !

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You can download it for free just subscribing to Vita di Mamma’ s Newsletter,  writing your e-mail address in the form above at the right corner of the page.

This calendar is a life saver for our family! It really doesn’t matter how many apps and softwares we have purchased, downloaded, installed, shared…the old and steady paper calendar seems utterly irreplaceable! And this particular one, even more! Why? Because it has been projected with families in mind, so every member has its own column to fill, month by month, 365 days a year!

You can easily choose from 3 DIFFERENT VERSIONS

  • For a 3 members family:

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Or maybe you can just download the 3 calendars altogether as a Christmas present for your friends!

A simple, free, last minute gift, absolutely suitable for every family!

HOW TO GET IT?

Never been so easy: just subscribe to the newsletter filling the form above at the right corner of the page with your email address.   And, as an added bonus, from now, on you are sure to never miss a post! I absolutely care for your privacy and it is my duty to never share your email address with any other else.

If you are a subscriber yet, don’t worry, instructions to download all the 3 calendars would be automatically delivered to your inbox.

HOW TO PRINT IT OUT?

Choice is really yours. You can print the calendar out as an A3 format (the bigger version we currently are using) or in a A4 format, the smaller version. Both versions provide you have enough space to be filled by every family member.

I highly recommend to check if the “Shrink to fit page” option is flagged, so you are sure the calendar fills the entire page.

HOW TO HANG IT?

We have just opted for the simplest option: I have punched a hole in the middle of the higher center of the page and hang it in the living room… at children eyes level, of course! ;-)

We have also tied a pen at a cord to the hanger, so everyone can easily write on the pages with no fuzz. But options are countless and the sky is the limit: you can choose to bind it, staple it, secure it with paper pins… again, choice is really yours!

And it would be so great if you would like to share your customized version of the calendar on Vita di Mamma’ s Facebook page!

I hope this calendar might be useful and appreciated to your family! I wish all moms, dads and children who follow Vita di Mamma a very best for the New Year is coming!

I am so happy to spend next year with such a great companion!

If you have doubts, questions to ask or just for chatting, you can email me at info@vitadimamma.it

You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, as well! So much fun is happening there!

Santa-is-coming-to-town MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

 

DIY Advent Calendar

Nothing makes more Christmas season than the Advent calendar!

And there’s no real and true Advent calendar if there isn’t an everyday surprise and a chocolate gift!
Actually, we have never been so much interested in the ready-made ones, we highly prefer the DIY ones.
That’s why, since my children were just babies, we made our own versions of it.

This is our newest.
If you wonder how to to make it, here’s a tutorial.
Let’s go sewing!

Materials:

– about 10 m red ribbon
-about 3 m rick rack
– red thread
– about 110-120 cm of fabric (exceeded measure)
– Your own choice of colored felt numbers from 1 to 25, or some scraps of felt, to make your own appliqued numbers
Or, if you prefer painting to sewing, glittered fabric paint crayons.
– about 2m of thick twine
– 25 funny clothes pin

Step 1

Cut 10×20 cm 25 fabric pieces (fist make 5 20×10 cm strips, then cut every strip in 10 20×10 cm rectangles)


Step 2

On the piece of felt scrap, trace numbers silhouettes on the felt scrap. Or, just paint the numbers on half of the rectangles with the glittered crayons.


Step 3

Sew the rick-rack on the upper and shorter side of every rectangle. You can use chain sewing technique, to save time.

Step 4

About 12 cm from the top of the fabric, begin sewing the applique on the right side of half the rectangles, with a decorative stitch and a contrasting thread (I used red thread)

Step 5

Cut out 25 strips of ribbon (15 cm long)

Step 6

Pair all the rectangles right side together.
Insert one strip of ribbon in every longer side of paired rectangles, at about 4 cm from the top of the fabric, raw sides together, making sure the strip is parallel to the upper side of the fabric.

Step 7

Sew 3 sides of the paired rectangles, starting from one longer side, with 1 cm seam allowance, Make sure you won’t catch the rest of the ribbon in the sewing.

Step 8

Flatten both sides of the sachet, finger pressing the triangle you have made and sew a stitch at 7 mm from the top of the triangle, back-stitching at the beginning and at the end. Cut the upper side of the triangle at about 5 mm from sewing. Turn the sachet to the right side.


Step 9

Only for even numbered sachets, sew the handle: attach a strip of red ribbon on both sides of the upper edge of the sachet.

Step 10

Stuff the sachets with lovely cards, poetries, stickers, chocolate gifts, candies or other swets of your choices. Hang up the thick twine in place and pin up the sachet with the decorative clothes pins.

Practicing gratitude

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As every year, on the fourth Thursday of November, in a huge part of Western culture, and mostly in the United States of America, people celebrated Thanksgiving.
Although I don’t belong to the American culture, so different from mine, I have been feeling very close to that ceremony and to the profound meaning it has for millions of people around the world.
So, since last year, I have been inspired by Thanksgiving for reflecting on some particular cues of our family life and of the way we choose to live it.

What I mostly appreciate about Thanksgiving, is the mindful celebration of the abundance we have been conceded by, everyday and of the several blessings we can count, especially the ones coming from remarkable human relationships.
Thanksgiving , isn’t just about a dinner, an yearly get-together around the family table, laid with all kind of delicious foods. Actually, Thanksgiving is a way of living.

Indeed, pursuing Gratitude, is not a gift, or something related to a particular good nature behavior. But it’s a skill, everyone of us can practice, train and cultivate, everyday.
I really want my children to master it. In fact, it’s been said it is one of the most important aspects for building up happy lives.

I think there is no better moment than the Holiday season to help my children focusing on spiritual aspects. This path allows them to take the right distance form what can be called the abundance syndrome, that particular state of mind where the more you own, the more you want to get. Also, taking advantage of spiritual practices, helps children taking out pressure from media saturation, that, particularly during the Holiday season, wants to induct children in the need of owing useless and expensive items.

Last year, we made a small project about Gratitude. Every evening, right after dinner, everyone of us wrote a note on a card about the most significant thing to have been grateful of during the day and put it in a bowl placed on the family table. On Christmas morning, we read aloud together all the cards and thought about the huge amount of blessings we could count of, just in a month.
It was a simple and fun way to help children mastering the practice of gratitude. What I have noticed so far, is the fact children progressively and only led by their own instinct, expressed more gratitude towards get-togethers, emotional expectations or human relationships, than towards material items.

Additionally, it moved me so much looking at them as they showed up thankfulness to aspects they before used to perceive entitled, such food on the table, daily hot showers, dinners at family table, or a great afternoon spent at granny’s, just for noticing few.

Psychologists refer to this aspect as Economy of Gratitude, highlighting the skill of gratitude helps children and adults to feel happier and also stocks up such a huge added value as becoming an economy of proficts, where human energies are the main result.

This year, we have been thinking about some gratitude projects, as well.
One, is more directly related to preparing our hearts to Holy Christmas. But I will tell you about it, very soon.
The other is more about my own personal path through faith.

However, even if you are not Christian, you can perceive great value from practicing gratitude through several projects that involves you as a family and help it growing.

For instance, as parents, considering the fact our older children are now 6 and 8, we have been gradually involving them on focusing on aspects of our everyday life related to suffering: as children living in scarcity or orphans, children who are born in war lands, little babies in hospitals and so on, trying to answer the better we can to their specific questions about them.

These issues must be taken straightly, only if they are paired with mindfulness about our own privileged state of living.
Letting children mindfully practicing altruism, compassion and empathy in alleviating others’ sufferings, not only helps people in need, but also allows children to find a peaceful place in their soul, knowing every little crumb can comfort and lift someone who suffers.
And, what’s more, it helps children to face several inadequacies and injustices of our world, letting them mindful about the fact they can really make the difference, even if they are only 6 and 8 years old, and being part of a human movement of compassion and fraternity.

As a family we are slowly approaching to enjoy the Christmas season. Trying to savour every moment together and hoping to transform the waiting in a mindful path towards the Birth.
Do you want to join us?

Here is, just for cheering on you, a wonderful video about the inner meaning of Gratitude.

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