This was a very special project for me because I was able to commission some entirely delightful artwork by the incomparable Natalie Wargin in order to bring these charming bears to (virtual) life. Meet Elia and Nicolas, the fine bears in question, and the nature-teaching and nature-sharing alter-egos of Deb Vail and Harry LeBlanc, the grandparents of the forest, themselves.
If there are children in your life and you’d like to help them fall (more) in love with Nature, please do visit Grandparents of the Forest. They offer the most exquisite flower essences that they prepare themselves from the flowers on their own land (and their Pink Elephant Creative-designed labels are pretty). They also offer mentorship programs for parents, and nature boxes to send as gifts to children. (Our three year old gets SO EXCITED to receive mail from Deb and Harry, her extra set of grandparents who send her milkweed seeds and found feathers and other beautiful things that delight her senses and imagination.)
In addition to the website design, the Pink Elephant Creative team designed the logo and a template for their learning resources. The first one they’ve released is free and I highly, highly recommend it; it’s called Growing an Edible Flower, Herb and Vegetable Garden With Your Child. I’ve already ordered our seeds so that our family can do this too. They include sample garden plots for larger yards and sample container gardens for those of us (like us!) who only have a little bit of space and will need to use pots. The plants they’ve chosen are good for less-than-patient little gardeners and the steps are all very simple for a first-time garden-grower like me.
You can sign up to receive their children’s garden guidebook here.
Tanya Geisler is one of those dear, dear women you meet and instantly wish she’d been born your big sister so you could have known her your whole life.
Tanya is a clarity coach, a genius one at that. (We can’t have a meeting that she doesn’t end up solving some problem for me, even though we’re meant to be talking about her. She just knows when something is up, and then turns it sweetly down in about a question and a half. Genius. Truly.) Tanya has a program called Board of Your Life. If ever you have wondered what you should be doing next, if ever you have felt like you weren’t quite on the right track, not quite expressing the fullness of your creative spirit or potential, you need to go to this page right now. Ditto if you know someone like this. Someone who is seeking answers, and who is maybe getting a bit tired of the search.
You can either hire Tanya to facilitate the experience or you can use her brand new Board of Your Life kit (that Pink Elephant designed the covers for – inspiring, non?) to do it yourself. I’ve read it. I’ve swooned. And so have some of the biggest names in coaching. Highly, highly, highly recommend.
Full disclosure: we ADORE coach and Board of Your Life founder Tanya Geisler. So we were bound to enjoy this project. And then she told us the name: The Joy Pages. How could we not have a good time?! Tanya wrote this e-book in honour of her mother, a woman who lived a beautiful and extraordinary and important life. Her mantra? “Don’t postpone joy.”
Tanya took her own coaching expertise, married it with her mother’s wisdom and turned it into a short exercise book that just might change your life. Take a few minutes to download it today and then find some quiet time to answer the questions over a mug of tea or glass of wine.
Pink Elephant designed the cover and one inside page as a template for Tanya (and her husband) to fill up with wonderful words.