Friday, May 15, 2015

Beautiful Yarn Balls Project

What You Need For Yarn Balls:
  • yarn (whatever colors you like)
  • balloons: Various size circular balloons to make different sizes
  • white glue: I used Elmers Glue

  • Pour white glue onto a plate. (It washes off the plate pretty easy, but if you are worried about  it, use a paper plate.) 
  • Lightly blow up one balloon, so it stays round and not oval. 
  • Pull the yard through the glue as you wrap it around the balloon. 
  • Continue wrapping until it covers a lot of the balloon. You want the yarn to resemble a ball. 
  • Let yarn balloons dry overnight. When you wake up the yarn should be stiff and hard. 
  • Pop balloon and pull through one of the larger spaces in the yarn ball. 

    These are so magically pretty! We hung ours on our indoor tree! You can put them in a basket, hang them in your bedroom or give them as a gift!

    Hope you loved this project! 
    Peace & Love, Dayna


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mother - Daughter Connection Art

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” 
― Pablo Picasso

"My Art is the hide-and-seek
Between my soul’s illumining smiles
And my heart’s streaming tears."
– Sri Chinmoy

Ivy and I both love crafts and art. I had the idea to create a work of art together, that represents our relationship and Oneness and expanding connection as mother and daughter. We began by gluing various fabrics to a piece of cardboard, almost like a quilt. It looked so pretty, right from the beginning. We immersed ourselves in the process while listening to some  positive, inspiring music that ranged from Amy Steinburg to Skrillex.

We talked, we laughed and we were totally Present.  I felt so close to Ivy during this time creating from our hearts to symbolize our love and relationship as mother and daughter. Her ideas flowed and I embraced them, and every single part of this art piece was discussed and agreed upon - together. My sweet daughter felt so special, because I was with *her* one on one, working together on a common goal of creating something beautiful that represented our relationship. 

The symbolism of our combined vision began to take form. Hours went by and we were getting more and more excited at how it was coming out. We began adding elements of nature and then added special gifts that we had received from others. Finally, Ivy had the idea of adding positive quotes. It was just what it needed to bring the energy of our vision together. When we were finished, we smiled and hugged thanking one another for such a beautiful co-creation. We were both feeling such peace and love in our hearts. 

I want to encourage others to co-create art with their children. The presence and connection takes physical form, as the art is born. It is peaceful, relaxing, memorable and powerful...

Friday, March 20, 2015

Devin's Looms & Weaving

Devin has a growing interest in Viking-age craft and clothing. He has been making his own clothing for several years. It started with modifying them, during his Steampunk interest. Slowly it grew to include designing his own clothes. He pretty much only wears things he has made himself. He hand-sews and hand-dyes with natural fabrics and dyes.

He has built a number of looms over the last few weeks. This point as a Radical Unschooling family is very interesting to me. I couldn't have predicted what life would be like with an Unschooled teen - now I have two of them!

Devin is such a motivated, creative person. I would say "genius," but in all honesty, I believe that every child has the potential for this creativity, drive and passion. Unfortunately, most young people today do not have the freedom to pursue what they are passionate about, because their lives are filled with everything that schools and parents feel are more important.  

As the years roll on and on, and our children grow and change, I grow and change. So much is shifting in the world in regards to education and parenting. The trust and confidence that I have for my children on their life path is unwavering.  The love in my heart grows as I heal from my own childhood and as I witness and experience my children's free, respected lives. My children have incredible talent, as does EVERY child, if given the freedom and respect they deserve.

This is a peg loom that Devin made. He makes scarves and blankets with it. 

Here is some cotton yarn that Devin dyed with turmeric, red cabbage and spinach. 

This is a Saami Rigid Heddle Loom that Devin built. It is attached to his floor and ceiling.

Devin wove this on his Heddle Loom. It is so beautiful!

This is a Warp-Weighted Viking Loom that Devin made, with the help from his Unschooled friend, Trystan. They worked on it for days and it is absolutely incredible.
Here is a finished woven project that Devin made with his Viking loom. 

Whenever I post about Devin on social media, I receive tons of incredible feedback from people who love, praise and celebrate him. Obviously, I think my kids are amazing and awesome, but I want to point out that ALL children and teens have this creativity within themselves. You just need to take your kids out of school, stop punishing and controlling them and give them as ENORMOUS of a world as possible, to learn and grow from. Support them and help them get what they want in life. Be their source of constant optimism and encouragement and LOVE them, unconditionally.


Monday, March 9, 2015

Unschooling MEXICO!!

Ivy and I just returned home from a trip to Acapulco, Mexico. I was a speaker at an event called, "Anarchapulco." I enjoyed connecting with such a passionate community and what I shared about Unschooling and Peaceful Parenting was well-received and appreciated. 

I believe in my heart, that what I share with people about living in partnership, rather than the traditional authoritarian paradigm, is something that most people know, deep down, on a cellular level of their being. I shared with my audience that they were right all of those years when their instinct told them that being controlled and punished as children was unjust. 
This brings about intense emotions of pain and anger, as well as peace, love and understanding. 

 Finally being validated, after years of distrust of themselves, people often shed tears. At one point of my talk, I saw people crying and I knew that their inner-child was finally being and understood and they had "permission" to follow their hearts and be kind, loving and respectful of children on a deeper level.

I loved speaking at Anarchapulco and it was an honor to be invited to share my work and this message with others who are ready to hear and integrate a new level of respect, peace and freedom.

I took Ivy to Mexico with me, and she had a great time! Here she is swimming with some new friends! 

After my main presentation, I was invited to take part in several interviews. Here I am being interviewed by, Luke Rudkowski, of We Are Change! 

Ivy and I swam with dolphins! It was incredible!
Watch us here!

Thank you, Mexico for having us! We love you!

Peace, Love, Free....... Dayna

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I've been MINECRAFTED! Meet Indigo Rose33!

My children have loved Minecraft for years. Devin played the Beta version and even met Notch, the creator of the game. All my kids play and now they are so excited, because *I* am playing! It was hard at first and I am still a total, "Noob" (what gamers call players new to the game.) I made my first Minecraft video with my Soul Sister, AmyLee33! It was SO much fun! 

Me amongst the Lovely-Jubbly's with a Googly staring at me!

Me and some cute doggies!

Amy Lee33 and ME!!

Myself and AmyLee33 ready with our bow and arrows!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Too Young For Zombies & Death?

Ivy, our ten year old Unschooled daughter has a burning interest in the show, The Walking Dead. Her love of the show has led us to facilitate her passion in many ways for her to learn and grow from. We gifted her a subscription to Walking Dead Magazine. She has created many crafts and recipes based on her interest. Using the Walking Dead as the nucleus of her learning, Ivy has learned and grown so much while we have supported what makes her happy and inspired.

Some may be critical of supporting this interest, saying Ivy is way too young to be surrounded by such horror and death. We disagree and know that with loving parents by her side, she will only benefit from us loving Who She Is. Fully.
Last month, we created her dream bedroom! It might be scary and unbelievable for some, but this bedroom makes her so happy. I know that through supporting who she is and seeing her interest as an extension of herself, I am modeling unconditional love and acceptance. This is one thing the world needs more of!

Ivy's Walking Dead themed bedroom!

Check out Ivy's Bedroom Makeover video! 

I also made Ivy this Carl doll to support her passion and love for the Walking Dead... She loved it and was so grateful.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tiffany Turns Thirteen: My Teen Doesn't Rebel!

Tiffany Rose, our sensitive, intense daughter turned thirteen! She is officially a teenager, but will never had to rebel. Why? Because there is nothing to rebel against!

Tiffany, Devin, Ivy and Orion live their lives in freedom and trust with us... their parents.
We help our children get what they want in life, and therefor we are never the brick wall between them and their desires. We help them get what they want. He give them information, support and facilitate their choices and in turn, they trust what we say. They believe us when we share our advice or opinion. They value our relationship respect what we share with them.

Root Beer Floats with Coconut Milk Vanilla Ice Cream. Pretzel, popcorn and candied almonds
Tiff has been vegan, by choice for almost 3 years. She inspired me to also go vegan and it has been an amazing 2 years! I have never felt healthier, and I have her to thank for inspiring me with this life choice. For Tiff's Birthday Party, she wanted some yummy vegan snacks. We researched several and came up with these ideas! 

Raw Vegan Cheesecake (made with raw cashews) and raw, mixed berries!

Candied Apples with Sprinkles!

Check out our Vlog of Tiff Turning Thirteen!

Peace & Love, Dayna

Friday, October 3, 2014

Forge Faciliation

Devin has been passionate about Blacksmithing for over a year now. It was last year at this time that 60 Minutes, Australia flew over to film our family for the day. Devin's passion was a big focus of the filming. Facilitating our children's passions are so important as Unschooling parents. In one year's time, Devin has built his own forge and is now bladesmithing knives that he sells in his Etsy Shop.

During our time in the UK, my step-father brought Devin to the Chain Bridge Forge.

"Chain Bridge Forge is an early 19th-century blacksmith's workshop, located in Spalding, Lincolnshire England.
It has been transformed into a living museum, open to the public on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, where visitors can learn all about Spalding's history, blacksmithing and the Forge through various displays, guides and videos. There are also opportunities to have a go at blacksmithing, watch demonstrations and buy iron-forged products.
The Forge is believed to have been purpose-built as a blacksmith's forge in the first half of the 19th century, when it was owned and run by Francis South.[1] The Forge derives its name from the foot-bridge which crosses the River Welland next to the building, and which was originally made of chains. Watercolours by Hilkiah Burgess in the Spalding Gentlemen's Society collection indicate that it was a draw bridge, designed to enable boats and barges to navigate up river from the Wash. At this time there was a working port at Spalding,[2] and the accounts for the period 1850-1860 show that the blacksmith of Chain Bridge Forge was servicing the boats here.[3]

In 1899 the forge came into the possession of Mr George Dodd [4] and remained in the family for three generations. During this period they predominately serviced the community by shoeing horses, and doing agricultural repairs. The twentieth century saw a steady decline in the blacksmith's role,[5] and adapting to this change Mr Geoffery Dodd, George Dodd's grandson, spent much of his career designing and building the frames for floats in Spalding's Flower Parade.[6]

In the 1980s, as Mr Dodd neared retirement and with the building in a poor state of repair, Mr Dodd approached the South Holland District Council to purchase the forge. After two years of discussions the site was purchased from him by the council for the nominal fee of £1, on 20 September 1988.[7] The building was restored in 1991 with the assistance of English Heritage, by Spalding builders R.G. Sharman, on behalf of the District Council."

Devin believes that the Art of Blacksmithing should be brought back and he is one of the youngest pioneers for focusing on this age-old craft. We have all learned so much from him during the time of this interest. Devin visiting the historic Chain Bridge Forge was very exciting for him! I am grateful for my parents for facilitating one of their grandson's passions in life.

~Peace & Love, Dayna

UK Peaceful Parenting and Natural Learning Conference!

Devin, Ivy, Orion and Tiff at the airport waiting for our plane!
The kids and I traveled to the UK in Sept. to host the Peaceful Parenting and Natural Learning Conference! Joe stayed back home to run the business while we traveled. We missed him so much!
The conference was a HUGE success!! I met so many fans of my work and of our family! I connected with coaching clients that I've had for years! It was powerful and the event inspired so many people.

Here I am offering the opening talk at the conference.

Part of our time in the UK was connecting with my best friend and Soul Sister, AmyLee!! The kids love her and she is like family! She is moving in with us next month! Her dream is to visit the US and we are helping her make her dream come true! We can't wait for the Sparkling Martin's to grow as I add my sister in on the crazy mix!!

Here is AmyLee giving the kids "candy class" in Tesco, UK!

Here is me and my Soul Sis shopping in the UK!

Devin, Ivy, Orion and Tiff in London! The graffiti was amazing in the city!

BIG BEN!!! We had to see the touristy stuff, as well as the local treasures!

I love this photo of Orion and Tiff as they enjoy the beauty of the Tower Bridge!

Traveling is such an important part of our lives! Not only for the kids to learn and grow, but for us to advocate for Peaceful Parenting and Radical Unschooling.This philosophy is reaching so many people, worldwide! We have only just begun as we embark on many new adventures and experiences to share with the World!

Thanks for visiting and Peace & Love, Dayna

Sunday, July 20, 2014

FREEDOM Shopping Challenge!

In the first episode of our new Reality Vlog Series, "The Sparkling Martin's," I challenged our viewers to allow their children to grocery shop for themselves, within a budget. Several families took this challenge, with every one of them having amazing results! Let me know how you all do on this challenge and be sure to watch the episode below and subscribe to our NEW Youtube channel for future challenges and episodes!
"We watched your shopping with the kids Vblog yesterday and loved it. So today I took the shopping challenge with my three little women The had so much fun and were buzzing afterwards,so was I and they made a variety of choices. This way of shopping will certainly be a regular thing now! Some of the food in the trolley is our dinner for tonight." Sandra Porter, Tasmania

Congrats to the Adams Family for taking my challenge!! With a budget of $20 per person, it looks like you all did amazingly well! I am glad you enjoyed the experience and hope you can integrate it into your life regularly!

 More feedback about the FREEDOM Shopping Challenge from "The Sparkling Martin's" episode:
 "After watching Dayna Martins video re the grocery store I couldn't wait until today - shopping day!! We have a large family and a small weekly budget for the 9 of us so I was trying to figure out how to let them choose without taking out of the budget. I decided to let them each have $20 limit to decide what the whole family can share. Some choose breakfast, snack, or dinner items or a combo. Some bought stuff to try new recipes. It was sooo fun!!! If they asked for something the answer was always YES and if it went out of their budget range they got to decide what was more important to them. We came home with a lot of the same foods we buy but also some new stuff. After 2 hours at the store with most kids I had ZERO melt-downs and pretty energized happy kiddos!!! It was great. With the rest of the grocery budget I used for stuff my husband and I like and other household items. It worked perfectly." Shannon Purdie Foust

 "These videos are the best Dayna x My whole family are getting so much out of them. We just did our first "freedom shop" & it really opened my eyes 3 kids all bought a mixture of breads, chips, chocolate & fruits...and they are buzzing from how much fun it was for them! A little frazzling for us as parents due to the amount of people irritated by their exuberance in the market aisles but we just breathed & were there for our kids. I'm loving the shifts I'm having!" Ellie Young

"We did this last week. We gave our 4yo a $5 budget. She immediately spent $3 on organic apple juice and then worked hard to try and figure out what to do with her remaining $2. She finally decided on $2 worth of bulk raisins. Hubby and I decided to make it a regular part of our shopping excursions."
Nada Leona Sheppard
Peace and Happy Shopping to you all!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Our Sparkling VLOG! First Episode!

The Sparkling Martin’s NEW: Radical Unschooling Vlog

Our family has begun a new Radical Unschooling Vlog series on Youtube!  Here is our first episode. Be sure to subscribe to our channel, The Sparkling Martin’s, on YouTube.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Wild Edibles: Eat Your Lawn!

This week, Devin and I took a Wild Edibles class. It was amazing and we learned so much! I thought I would share just some of what we learned with our readers. Please, feel free to share what wild edibles you have on your property!

Ground Ivy - Great for Pesto!!

Cleaver - Awesome for the lymph system! Dry and make into a tea

Germanium: A great antibacterial and antimicrobial
Horsetail: Primitive plant. Do not eat raw, but make into a tea. There are tons of minerals in this plant! Be sure to pick it before June.

This is Sedum and was my favorite wild edible. It is very abundant right now and all over my lawn!

Be sure to see what you have on your property! Get down and look closely at your lawn and see what is really there! It is an abundance of free, powerfully healthy plants just waiting for you to pick and enjoy!

Unschooling on 60 Minutes!

Our family was featured on 60 Minutes, Australia!
(photo: myself and Michael Usher, host of 60 Minutes Australia)
The show was fantastic and showed Unschooling in a very positive light. The 60 Minutes crew flew to America to spend a day with us. They also showed a few other families in Australia and they were all amazing.
In our introduction, Michael described us by saying, “If there were a global headquarters for this free-range education revolution it would be this unassuming home in the woods of New Hampshire in America’s Northeast.”
Michael Usher also says, when introducing me, “Dayna Martin is the inspiration to me.” He and I spent the day together and he was very open to learning about Unschooling.
The shows that we appear on just keep getting better and better in regards to being honest and balanced when sharing about Unschooling. We just keep showing up and saying, “Yes!” and positive change is happening as a result. Follow your heart and when opportunities come to speak your truth, take them, without fear!

Here is one of the ads for the show, featuring Orion and Ivy!

We received a nice Thank-you note from the Network for our appearance on the show. It was a fabulous experience and we are grateful for the opportunity to share about our unique and joyful lives!