6 Meaningful Christmas Gifts for 2019

girl offering a wrapped gift

You know the drill. Your kiddo sees a toy. They want to have it. They need to have it. You secretly oblige in anticipation of Christmas. Morning comes. They tear through the wrapping paper so that shards of confetti fills the room. As paper flies everywhere, you see the smile on their faces. It’s exactly what they hoped for (insert excited shrieks)! And then weeks pass, maybe even just days, and that new toy they had to have is of no interest to them at all. Rather than storing unwanted toys in the closet this year, give the children on your list meaningful memories instead. Here are six connection-based gift ideas for ages two and up that we love for the holidays and all year long.

Big Life Journal (Ages 7+)

Big Life Journal for Kids helps children develop strong growth mindset skills through inspiring stories, colorful illustrations and engaging guided activities. Children discover how to believe in themselves and face challenges with confidence. They learn that mistakes are opportunities to grow and that they can achieve anything when they're persistent!

Big Life Journal

Why we love it: If you are a parent, grandparent, sibling, relative or friend, you can participate by being a child's  Journal Buddy. Spend quality time sharing, growing and connecting. Some of our inside favs include a gratitude scavenger hunt and the “Follow Your Heart” poem. And they have a special teen edition too!  

Silly Street Board Game (Age 4+)

Silly Street makes character builder games and toys that support cognitive learning and life skills. Silly Street Board Game helps to build qualities of confidence, creativity, empathy, adaptability, and grit.

Silly Street Board Game

Why we love it: This fun family game is pure silliness, just as the name implies. We love creating the board (yes, it’s a fun puzzle). Each card instructs you and your co-players to do fun, goofy tasks. This game gets the family thinking and moving. Be prepared for a good belly laugh!  

GoZen! (Age 5 to 15)

Feeling good is a skill! GoZen! uses animated videos to teach skills of resilience and well-being. Imaginative games, workbooks, cartoons, and quizzes help enrich this unique experience.  Why we love it: This innovative and interactive tool helps break down life’s big skills into bite-sized pieces for kids. It talks about sometimes complex things like feelings, stress and more in ways children understand! The animated characters help children learn to better understand what is going on inside of them using all of their senses and can be used with or without an adult.

Barefoot Books Mind and Body Set (Ages 4+)

This gift set includes two empowering practices that can be shared with children and adults alike. Yoga Pretzels includes 50 yoga activities and Mindful Kids includes 50 mindfulness practices that encourage kindness, focus and calming skills. These fun, powerful tools help build strength from the inside out to support all-around wellness.

Barefoot Books: Yoga Pretzels and Mindful KIds

Why we love it: Yoga pretzels is a great way to get moving (and laughing) with your favorite kiddo. The partner poses and movements are a fun way to build connection as well as inner strength and confidence.  We love Mindful Kids for its whimsical illustrations and easy to follow practices for cultivating focus, love, and stillness --- helpful for silencing the mind before bedtime. Some of our inside favorites are Sharp Eyes, Mountain Rising and Open Ears.  

Kids Cook Real Food (Age 2 - 13+)

This family-friendly cooking opportunity is a multimedia online course designed to help adults (yes you mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, etc) teach children how to cook. The courses are set up for a span of ages, from tots to teens, by offering beginner, intermediate and advanced level meals.

mom teaching her daughter to cook

Why we love it: This is such an amazing opportunity to spend time with your child and co-create meals from the heart. The recipes use real food from scratch, without the processed stuff. The Recipe Book is packed with recipes the whole family can enjoy. Food allergy? No problem. The course provides many substitutions for special diets. The focus of the course is less about the recipes and more about spending time together to learn, create and connect.

Generation Mindful’s Time-In-Toolkit and SnuggleBuddies

Ok, since connection is our jam, we would be a bit remiss if we didn't mention two favorites from our own community -- the Time-In-Toolkit and SnuggleBuddies. The Time-In-ToolKit is a step-by-step guide for nurturing social and emotional skills in children through mindfulness, child-led play, and positive discipline. This ToolKit includes PeaceMakers mindfulness cards and other playful activities that make learning about emotions fun, moving families and classrooms away from time-outs to Time-Ins! Generation Mindful Time-In-Toolkit The SunggleBuddies plush toy collection helps children name and share their feelings in daily playful ways, decreasing meltdowns and helping children feel safe. There are 7 different animals to choose from. Each plush comes with four mood emojis in a back pocket and a laminated feelings poster, calendar/journal. Generation Mindful SnuggleBuddies Why we love it The Toolkit’s superpower is in its Calming Corner, a space you create with your child (you too grandparents)! Together, you have the opportunity to design the space, choose calming tools and toys and further connection through naming and taming big emotions. Bonus, siblings love it too. We love the SnuggleBuddies because they are cuddly, relatable and engaging. The emojis make it easy for even young kids to share what they are feeling inside. The SnuggleBuddies are also great for military families and/or any family who has members living in different households/countries etc. PRO TIP: Grab a SnuggleBuddies and facetime your loved ones! This plush will get your child thinking and talking about their day. ----------------

Generation Mindful creates tools, toys, and programs that nurturing emotional intelligence playfully. Join 100,000 members and receive joy in your inbox each week including four free gifts when you join.

Which Is Better: Smoking Or Vaping?

Crazed Marijuana Vaping (e-Cigarette) Trend The vaping craze took the world by storm and caused a lot of fuss! It is one of the hippest trends and many people have started to use e-cigarettes instead of the traditional tobacco ones. The same thing goes with cannabis usage, as many users have walked away from traditionally [...]

The post Which Is Better: Smoking Or Vaping? appeared first on GC.

Cannasexuality Part 1

It is the goal of modern civilization’s invention for the necessities, such as food, sex, and other basic needs, to elevate the quality to the highest steps possible. Many tools have been developed from this desire for enhanced pleasure: the culinary world, toys and dolls, and otherwise. One such tool is becoming legalized further by the day, and has become today’s fastest growing industry. While cannabis is currently being explored within the realms of culinary expertise and enjoyment, there are various applications of such substances towards the realm of intercourse. Sex, intercourse, whatever the title, it is a healthy and natural action in the world we live in. How can it be enhanced in quality with the aid of the green wave?

When regarding the world of cannabis, there are a large variety of strains of which hold an entire spectrum of effects on the system, and that of the experience of sex. As with any medicine, it affects each individual differently, and may completely alter the feeling and mood of the interaction.

A strain for more peaceful intercourse, the feeling of looking into each others’ eyes and interacting gently, is commonly known as Bubblegum Kush. This certain strain is light, and provides pleasant tingling sensations, as well as a more relaxed feeling after a while. This citrusy aroma presents a more comfortable atmosphere during intercourse, and lessen the innate barriers from intimacy we people commonly employ.

Of course, more sensual and calm atmospheres are not for everyone. There are times in which subtlety is no longer an option, in which what matters is fiery energy and intensity. Perhaps the ‘Trainwreck’ strain is for you. It is a mostly cerebral high that induces a strange state of euphoria, and inhibits some amount of pain. Earthy and citrusy, this particular plant is quite useful to experimentation that may prove discomforting, such as BDSM, or otherwise.

Although, when referring to more relaxed encounters with one another, perhaps there are a fantastic amount of strains to be had. A destressing substance might be the tool that provides the ease and buzzed intimacy you seek. Granddaddy Purple is the name, a grape and berry aromatic sensation, and it boasts quite a reputation. Known as ‘green Viagra’ in some circles, the plant provides a stress-free, yet pleasure-enhanced mood.

Perhaps it is not the sensation of sex you seek, but to instead enhance the quality of the foreplay and buildup into the act itself. This might indicate a preferred strain for this use is the Jack Herer, named for a famous activist for legalization. Despite it’s honors, it is an enjoyable strain in it’s own right. It initially provides a powerful rush of adrenaline, that eventually declines into enjoyable tingling throughout the body. It provides excitement, and building tension to elevate the quality of foreplay involved in your exploits.

Within the scope of sexual sensations, there is a world that can be taken even further beyond with the aid of cannabis as a medicinal enhancement. This is, of course, experimental, kinky sex. These kinds of encounters, however, can be particularly nerve wracking to those of the more vanilla alignment. If such boundary-testing activities are your thing, consider the Jillybean strain. Mango pineapple scents serenade your loose tongue, and evokes feelings of euphoria that make that kink you’ve always sought to try seem that much sweeter.

These are not the limits of the green wave on sexual life, however. There are plenty of strains, and plenty of effects from each individual one. Luxury is merely the elevation of enjoyment. Perhaps it may be time to join the green wave, and attempt to elevate yours?

Better communication applies to self talk, too

Here is one exercise to begin developing positive self-talk:

Write down some of the negative messages inside your mind.  Be specific, whenever possible, and include anyone you remember who contributed to that message.
Next, to those negative messages write down a positive truth in your life.  Don’t give up if you don’t find them quickly.  For every negative message there is positive,  keep looking until you find them.

For example, you might write, when you make a mistake, you think, “I can’t do anything right.” Right beside that negative statement, your positive message could be, “I accept my mistake and am becoming a better person.”

Positive self-talk is not self-deception, positive self-talk is about the truth, in situations and in yourself.  When negative events or mistakes happen, positive self-talk seeks to bring the positive out of the negative to help you do better, go further, or just keep moving forward.

Better communication applies to self talk, too

Here is one exercise to begin developing positive self-talk:

Write down some of the negative messages inside your mind.  Be specific, whenever possible, and include anyone you remember who contributed to that message.
Next, to those negative messages write down a positive truth in your life.  Don’t give up if you don’t find them quickly.  For every negative message there is positive,  keep looking until you find them.

For example, you might write, when you make a mistake, you think, “I can’t do anything right.” Right beside that negative statement, your positive message could be, “I accept my mistake and am becoming a better person.”

Positive self-talk is not self-deception, positive self-talk is about the truth, in situations and in yourself.  When negative events or mistakes happen, positive self-talk seeks to bring the positive out of the negative to help you do better, go further, or just keep moving forward.

“Bedazzling Safely: Nipple and Genital Piercing After the Fact”

Piercing is a hobby that provides an entirely new realm of expression and bodily adornment, dating back for decades. People have grown a tender affection for the art of embedding such jewelry unto the body, in various positions as well. The most popular of this kind is the earlobe piercing, and ones scattered around. Following were facial piercings upon the nose, and some lip or tongue. However, in modern times some seek to specially adorne body extremities of unconventional sorts. However, when tended poorly, piercings and jewelry upon genitalia and nipples can often lead to malicious infections and ailments. How does one prevent such unlucky occurrences when seeking to express themselves?

Aftercare for such precariously placed piercings can be delicate, as infections of these regions lead to terribly uncomfortable consequences. The art of self care for these expressions begins with the first rule of tending to any sort of wound: clean and let it be. Especially when regarding genitalia piercings. Refraining from sex until the wound heals is most effective, and speeds along the process of healing the most. However, if push comes to shove, protection of some sort, even with a monogamous partner is necessary in order to protect the wound from agitation, irritation, or otherwise. Protection is usually in the form of condoms that cover the pierced area, and otherwise. Agitated movement of the pierced area is detrimental to the healing process of piercings, no matter the part.

Washes are a common mode of sterilization and treatment for wounds, including that of typical cuts, bruises, lesions, or otherwise. There is no difference here, as piercing is the art of safe wounding in order to adorn with jewelry on the body. The best sort of rinses are sea salt and saline solutions, as these are able to sterilize the area and clean the wound, without being too strong such as soap. Prevent infections, without irritation or aggravation, no? Another tip, provided by Infinite Body Piercing Incorporated, is the use of saline rinse during urination whenever one pierces around or through the urethra for the first few days. This is a stellar treatment to reduce uncomfortable or even painful feelings of the piercing during this period of healing and time.

The last step, while you let the wound heal in its own time without irritation, and the regular application of saline or sea salt rinses, is the acknowledgement that bruises and bleeding are normal. It may seem like a sign of wrong procedure when sudden bruises or bleeding occurs in the first few days after piercing, but this is not the case and is actually perfectly normal. Be prepared for this to happen, as the body requires time to adjust and recover from this procedure, and regrow itself accordingly. If you are highly adverse to possible bruising and bleeding, consider whether piercing is right for you, and recognize that these effects are only temporary.

Piercings are a wonderful expression of self, interests, or otherwise. They are a useful too in order to accompany one’s attire and overall presentation. But, health and safety are the most important factors in any procedure such as this. Be wary, and take care of your body if you choose to make use of piercings.

Sandtray Play Beings for Inner Healing

When these beings are used in a sandtray and a story is created it can aid in healing older psychic wounds. They are make beautiful art pieces for the home, office, altar, etc.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/HealingPsyche?ref=search_shop_redirect
Customs are welcome.

F*ck You Change

There is an undeniable power of the human spirit which can propel one through lifetimes of influence throughout the world. It is one that, no matter the trials, tribulations, or tragedy that it endures throughout life, it still perseveres, and grows as a result. From experiences of all sorts, we grow and change, rising all the while out of will and a desire to develop. But to overcome the trials of life, to become a brighter, bolder spirit, you must learn to change.

This lesson is not a new phrase. It is a means of life that has been internalized by the human race since as far as memory reaches: to live you must adapt and change. Within the confines of a safe, comfortable space, one is able to live contently, however cannot grow and surpass limits until the barrier is broken, and the outside is experienced. When the world changes dramatically, from a change of technology, age, or otherwise, one must change themselves in order to find enjoyment or happiness in the new world as a result.

But change is difficult, painful, and most of the time feels excruciatingly unfair or frustrating. Growing and changing as a person is necessary, but takes initiative and determination. There is much to be gained in the act of changing one’s own life, however a difficult first step is necessary. When making a change in your life, whether in your own routine, or a dramatic shift, the first step is to resolve yourself to make that change. Resolution is a fickle term, so allow me to explain how it pertains to this. Resolve in the face of change is an acknowledgment of the transition, and the taking of responsibility for the shift. It will be hard, it will be uncomfortable, but nevertheless it is your responsibility in order to undergo the growth necessary in order to move forward. Resolve yourself to finish the job, and you will eventually succeed; it is assured.

The most difficult part of change, however, comes with the maintenance of your resolution. It comes with the integrity of your change, the constancy of your decision. A change is only worth as much as you are willing to put forth the effort. There will come a time until it becomes second nature, however even then you must devote yourself to the thought, and to muster through the conflict that will arise from it. It is during this phase, in which you must remain steadfast, that change has the greatest chance of failure. Keep going, keep fighting, and you will succeed.

You will succeed in your efforts. Time may drag, and the troubles may only grow, however eventually the change will succeed depending on your resolve. Such is the essence of adaptation: time and effort. It can happen any time, anywhere, and the only one who can do it is you. You have the power to wake up one morning and totally change your life. You have the power to surpass being stuck in one place, in one job, in one time. You have the power to change.