Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Practical Feng Shui Tips For A Child’s Bedroom


Enhance Education, Success and Happy Relationships!

It’s almost mid-summer and a great time to encourage and empower your children to declutter and organize their bedrooms so that they can enter the new school year feeling refreshed and energized.

Applying Feng Shui to a child’s bedroom creates an inspiring environment that fosters enhanced education, success, and happy relationships with parents, siblings, and others. 

However, before you apply the below Feng Shui enhancements to the bedrooms of your children, it’s important that you bring them into the process. Start by discussing the benefits of a clutter-free, organized and inspiring bedroom environment; and then get their permission and full participation. After that, work together to design short and long term plans for creating and maintaining an inspiring bedroom environment that will empower them to thrive in all aspects of life.

Here’s your action plan for this project:

1.       Remove clutter. Partner with your children to support their efforts to clear jammed closets and drawers. Encourage them to remove toys, games, books and clothes no longer suitable for their age. To make this process simple and most effective, provide them with three boxes, 1) items for donation, 2) recycling and 3) trash. Creating space and visual openness helps your child sleep better and feel much more rested, which will lead them to be happier and more productive.

2.      Teach organization skills and maintenance methods. Provide storage systems, a laundry basket and trash can so that children can easily organize and store items, without having to leave them on their beds, desk’s and floors. These simple and practical measures will inspire and motivate your children to keep their bedrooms clean, clutter-free and organized resulting in fewer chores for you!

3.      Create an inspiring bedroom environment. Make sure there is adequate lighting in the bedroom. Also, bedrooms that are painted dark colors create too much oppressive energy. Bright colors, such as yellows, light greens, soft lavender and pinks are good energy and inspiring color choices.  Add inspiring and motivational posters and art to the child’s bedroom!

4.     Bed choice and placement in the bedroom. Make sure your child can see the door from his or her bed easily, but is not in direct line of the door. Bunk beds are not optimal. Children must have room to grow and the bed overhead exerts pressure on the child below. Because there is empty space below them, children on the top bunk may feel less secure. If possible, try to have a separate bedroom for each child. If this isn’t possible, there are many decorative ways to create division and privacy within a room for each child.

5.      Establish a space for study and accomplishments. Having a dedicated space, including a desk and lamp where your child can study demonstrates to your child the importance you place on education, your child’s success and achievement. Display awards, trophies, and tests with good scores in the child’s bedroom.

6.     Praise your children often. Throughout the transformation process and afterward, praise your children often. The practice of this amplifying self-esteem gesture will make them feel good, loved and appreciated, and will also encourage and motivate them to maintain a clean, clutter-free, organized and inspiring bedroom environment for years to come.

Lead by example for your children. Children are like mirrors, reflecting everything that happens in their environment. The examples you set have a significant impact on their present and future development and aspirations. Keep your home environment, clean, clutter-free, organized and inspirational.  

Happy Decluttering.
Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer

Inspired Transformation Story: “Ellie helped us to declutter, organize and Feng Shui our whole house, which was neglected for many years! Once, we declutterd, organized and applied Ellie’s creative and inspiring interior design’s solutions, our house was transformed into a beautiful home, a place of joy, comfort and relaxation. The two areas, which needed the most decluttering and organization, were our children’s bedrooms. The immediate positive impact became apparent when we stopped asking our 9 year old daughter and 12 year old son to do their homework, pick up their things, stop arguing, etc. Pleasantly, we noticed our constant nagging had turned into praising them for keeping their bedrooms clean and doing their homework. We are also delighted that every Saturday morning they bring their dirty clothes basket to the laundry room and empty their trash cans, which have helped to keep their bedrooms clean and organized. Our daughter and son are now much happier and calmer. They also sleep better, argue less, and are more focused on their school work. For this amazing transformation and so much more, we can’t thank you enough, Ellie!“ Cathy & Steve , Almaden Valley


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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Plum Lavender Galette Recipe

Take a trip to Provence! Make a Plum Lavender Galette!

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Plums and lavender are in abundance and together they make a heavenly galette! This is a very lovely Summer recipe, absolutely divine by itself, though lovelier with a shot of espresso, a glass of pinot noir or both.
Galette Dough Ingredients:  
      1.  1 1/2 cup spelt pastry flour (or 1 cup flour & 1/2 cup almond meal)
      2.  1/2 Tsp. organic culinary lavender flower dried or fresh
      3.  2 Tbsp. sugar
      4.  1 Tsp. Meyer lemon or lemon rind
      5.  5 Tbsps. cold sweet butter cut into 1/2-inch pieces (vegan or dairy butter)
      6.  1/4 cup cold water 

Galette Dough Instructions:  Place spelt pastry flour, lemon rind, lavender flowers and sugar in a food processor and pulse 3 times.  Add in the cold sweet butter and pulse a few more times until it forms a coarse texture.  Gradually, add in the cold water and pulse lightly until moistened. Place dough on a flat board and knead 2 or 3 times. Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Pic 1.
Galette Ingredients:
     1.  2 Tbsp. sugar
     2.  1 Tsp. fresh or dried organic lavender flowers 
     3.  7 large firm plums (I used pluot plums) , sliced into 1/4-inch wedges or use mandolin
     4.  1 Tbsp. Meyer lemon rind
Galette Instructions:
     1.   Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
     2.  Take out the dough from fridge and transfer it onto a baking sheet.
     4.  Arrange plums on the dough (pic 2).
     5.  Fold the 1.5-inch border of the dough over the plums and pleating together (pic 3).
     6.  Sprinkle the galette with sugar, lavender flowers, lemon rind and a few pieces of                  butter (pic 3).
     7.  Bake until the crust is nicely golden for about 35-40 minutes (pic 4).
     8.  Let the galette cool, garnish with the lavender petals and enjoy.

      Happy Baking! 
      Chef Ellie Lavender

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Pear Fig Lavender Tart Recipe


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Take a trip to Provence, the land of heavenly lavender, make a Pear Fig Lavender Tart!

Pears and figs are in season and with a touch of culinary lavender flowers they’ll make a heavenly tart! This is a very lovely recipe, absolutely divine by itself, though much lovelier with a shot of espresso, a cup of tea, or a glass of pinot noir. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1.    2 large Barnette pears
2.    3 medium-large fresh figs
3.    1 Tbsp. orange rind 
5.    1 cup fresh orange juice 
6.    1 1/4 cup spelt pastry flour (alternatively, you can use 1 cup of spelt pastry flour and 1/4 of            almond meal)
7.    1 1/4 stick sweet butter (melted and at room temperature ). Vegan version, use Earthbalance            butter.
8.    1/4  cup sugar
9.    1 Tsp. culinary lavender flowers (finely chopped)
10.  1/2 Tsp. culinary lavender flowers
11.  Tart pan (11 inch diameter) with removable bottom

Directions:

1.   Preheat oven to 375F 
2.   Place the tart pan on parchment paper and cut into a circle with additional 1 inch over the               size of the tart pan in order to cover the tart pan’s wall.
3.   Brush the parchment paper with the sweet melted butter, speckle a few orange rind, a few               lavender flower and 1 Tsp. sugar.  
4.   Wash figs and slice them gently. 
5.   Wash pears. cut in half, remove core and thinly slice them using a Mandoline. 
6.   Arrange figs in the middle of the tart pan and the pears around the figs. like a sunflower. 
7.   Sprinkle a few orange rind and lavender flowers on the figs and pears. Pic. 1
6.   In a bowl combine spelt pastry flour,1 Tbsp. sugar,1 Tsp. lavender flowers (finely chopped). Add       in the orange juice and melted sweet butter.  
7.   Mix lightly to incorporate all ingredients. Do not over mix. It’ll make the tart dense.  
8.   Pour the mixture over the figs and pears and with a spatula flatten it to cover them. Pic 2
9.   Bake the tart for about 30-35 minutes until golden. Pic 3
10. Let the tart cool for 15 minutes.

11. Flip the tart over on a plate Pic. 4, remove the parchment paper Pic. 5 and let it cool for 30             minutes before serving. Pic 6

Happy Baking!