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I love magic.
The type that makes an average day turn into a moment of fun.
The type that brings a smile to a child’s face and wonder sparkles from their eyes.
The type that brings cheer and is added to the collection of special memories we all carry in our hearts from our own childhood.
The type that is for no reason at all.
It ‘s so easy to make a day magical. And, it doesn’t require much effort either – hey we are all busy enough. A spot of magic can lift your heart and the hearts of those you love most.
I’ve heard it said that “the days are long but the years are short” and I find this true. My days are long and filled with my responsibilities of family life, career work, and the mundane repetitive chores that keep the household going. I don’t want to be lost in the everyday though, I want to create magic for my children amongst our normal as the years fly past.
Creating magic is as simple as taking something you are already doing and placing some fun on it:
It’s about making a big batch of cookies and sharing them with your neighbour, just because. It’s about a giggly pillow fight at bedtime because it’s international pillow fight day. It’s about lighting sparklers to celebrate the first day of winter, It’s about being generous and decadent for no reason but because you want to see your child’s friend, or lover’s eyes light up. It’s about fun. It’s about dancing in the rain.
“It’s about lighting sparklers to celebrate the first day of winter.”
Tips for Finding Magic in the Everyday
1. Keep it simple
A magical surprise or moment does not have to be a big drawn out affair. Save the ‘big effort’ for birthdays and special occasions worthy of the workload and time. Keep it little but different from the norm. Imaginative fun.
2. Let it fit into your day
You already have to make food, put kids to bed, dress, go out, etc… Make it work with your schedule and the things you already have to do, as well as the current season of the year.
3. Your calendar really is your magic wand
Your calendar is vital for ideas. Make sure you grab one that is marked with events, charity days, holidays, and special occasions (Diaries are good too, or just Google).
4. Just a touch of planning
Each month go through the days and notice what is happening. Play off these days, make up some ‘just because days’, then plan your simple, easy, magical ideas. You don’t have to go crazy, just do the days that work for you.
June 1st: Light some sparklers and dance to a funky beat to celebrate the 1st day of winter.
June 4th – Ice-cream surprise afternoon.
June 23rd – ‘just because’ blue day. Fun ideas, for example: everyone wear a blue item of clothing, serve blue milk porridge with 100’s and 1000’s for breakfast.
0r June 29th – Red nose day: Pre purchase red nose for family, donating some $ of support. At dinner time give everyone a red nose to wear, and serve red food. Talk about what and why red nose day exists and how we can support these families by buying and wearing a red nose. (Charity event days are wonderful to explain and teach children about the importance of helping or understanding others.)
I love magic.
What do you love to do to create magic in the everyday?
BIO: Elizabeth is found over at thedotdotblog. She loves to see people smile and enjoy life amidst the everyday. Fun, love, wishes, and cheer is dotdot, hoping to bring a smile to your face. Find food, fun, ideas, life loves, and the magic of the ‘everyday’ there.