The holidays are full of long days with family, good food, and for people with celiac disease, they are often full of anxiety. Worry creeps in, “will I be able to eat anything?” you wonder. Will Aunt Martha be offended again when I remind her …
Large meals, family gatherings, and spending time with loved ones. The holidays bring so many heartwarming memories and traditions that might be a struggle for those who are gluten-free or have celiac disease to keep up with. Traditions are nice because they allow us to …
Fun fact, I am a dual citizen of both the United States of America and of Sweden. Because of this, I studied in Sweden during middle school and during this time I was immersed and fell in love with Swedish culture.
I remember one of my favorite holiday traditions in the winter was to make this Swedish Clementine and Clove Pomanders. Tables would be set up at holiday festivals where kids could sit and decorate their citrus fruits with cloves.
I remember fondly how my hands smelled like cloves for hours after (despite washing my hands). The whole ordeal smells like Christmas (quite literally).
A fun and quite simple activity to do with kids, making these Clementine and Clove Pomanders would make a nice holiday tradition for families!
Enough about me and these Pomanders and on to how you make these amazing decorations!
DIY Swedish Clove and Clementine Pomander
- 1 bag clementines
- whole cloves
- lemon zester for etched designs
- rubberbands for perfect circles
- spices for extra scent
- needle and thread for hanging
- Using a toothpick, prick holes into the clementines in a design of your liking (I like doing zig-zags and hearts)
- After poking holes in the design you desire, place whole cloves inside planned holes
- Place your pomanders where you desire for decoration (for up to 4-7 days) and enjoy their lovely scents!
For Supervised Young Kids
- Place a table protector down to prevent markers from getting all over your table and place a bowl (or a few depending on how many kids you have) full of whole cloves out.
- Give the kids a marker an a clemintine (or a few) and let them draw DOTTED designs on the clementines
- When the kids are done with outlining their clementine design, using a toothpick, poke holes for them (following their dotted design)
- Give the clementine(s) back and let them fill the holes with whole cloves
- Place in a decorative bowl or thread a ribbon through it to hand on the Christmas Tree and enjoy their beautiful and practically mess-free creation.
Hacks for Decorating your Pomander:Use the corner of a zester or a potato peeler to "etch" complementary designs into the orange peel. Place a rubber band on the clementine to get a perfect circle. Roll pomanders around in a plate of spices for extra beautiful and strong smells.
If you want to Hang your Pomander:Thread a large needle with string or ribbon on it and run it through the orange center of the orange. Make a sturdy knot at the bottom and a loop at the top. Now it's ready to hang!
For Long-Lasting PomandersString completed pomanders on twine and let dry by hanging in a cool dark area for a few weeks (at least 2) and then hang around the house for beautiful and even more potent but delicious smelling decor!
When I was diagnosed with Celiac in high school, I had to say goodbye to the days of candy-filled stockings. While my mom tried to keep our previously enjoyed holiday traditions, we ended up having to adopt many new ones. Including new gluten-free stocking stuffers. …
We all go into the new year with plans to improve but come December do we even remember what our goals were? Why don’t we end our years as we start them?
Show up for yourself these last few days of 2018, and follow-through on a healthy habit you’ve been wanting to build. Maybe you don’t have enough time to achieve anything elaborate that you planned for the year, but taking some small steps towards improvement will help you end strong.
Not only that but it will set the tone for you 2019 New Year goals!
Finish 2018 Strong with These Goals
Step number 1 is to pick a goal and commit to it. Commit to it by developing a plan on how you will hold yourself accountable.
Here are some easy and actionable steps and goals you can easily work towards these last few days of 2018.
- Honor your hunger and fullness cues
- Be Active for 15-30 minutes a day (via physical activity you actually enjoy)
- Be Mindful (are you eating because everyone else is munching on cookies, or are you truly hungry?)
- Track Habits, not calories (write-up a list of realistic habits you want to start building and keep track of how you’re doing. My favorite way to do this is with the app coach.me (I am not affiliated in any way, I just truly love the app)).
It’s important that whatever goal you set for yourself (or decide to uphold) that you are realistic about it. Let’s be real, you aren’t going to healthily lose 10 pounds by the end of the year but you might be able to start incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet.
Remember to remind yourself of your goal daily and ask yourself throughout the day how you’re honoring your goal. This is an easy way to hold yourself accountable in everything that you do. However, this does not make up for not writing up a plan. You need a plan for how you will reach your goal these last few days.
Writing a Plan for Your Goals
Make it visible
Whether this means your goals are listed on your phone background or are posted on sticky notes around the house, make sure your goals are up and visible.
List Out Steps
Make a list of the steps you need to take in order to achieve your goals. This will make how to achieve your goals painfully clear. If you list out the steps on how to achieve your goals you’ll be 10x more likely to reach them because you actually know how to.
Identify & Plan for Boundaries
Make a list of things that might prevent you from reaching your goals. Now that you know what might stop you or create challenges, plan for how you’ll handle them. This will make avoiding derailment and staying on track so much easier.
Of course, these goals and my recommendation to end the year strong are made while also promoting the idea of enjoying the holidays. Don’t choose a goal that you know will limit your enjoyment during the holidays (meaning, now might not be a good time to cut out added sugars from your diet).
Let me know in the comments how you will be ending the New Year strong!