Come On Educators and Parents....Don't forget the CA Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights - Every child should have the opportunity to: Play in a safe place, Explore nature, Learn to swim, Go fishing, Follow a trail, Camp under the stars, Ride a bike, Go boating, Connect with the past, and Plant a seed!
Do you know a teacher or school who might be interested in a memorable outdoor experience?  Residential outdoor programs and free field trips for school groups are offered in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains!



Team Building in the Home

If team means any organized group working together to accomplish a common goal, that means that your family is a TEAM!

From better communication to just eating at the dinner table together, your Team-Family has goals and missions that you are always working on together. Simple teambuilding games build trust and help you all work together, get along, resolve conflict, and just have fun.

Besides various teambuilding games and activities, one easy way to help your kids learn team work at an early age is to incorporate it into your cleaning routine. Make list of the chores that need to be accomplished and assign each person a duty. Instead of the person being finished when their chore is done, encourage them to begin to help eachother until all of the chores are finished. Children will easily learn the value of helping and "TEAM".

We at Confetti and Coffee Coaching, LLC provide workshops and books to help you teambuild in the home and in the work place.

How do you team-build?
 Toya Jervay

25 Ways to Add Art to your Life

  1. Paint with your fingers
  2. Form a drum circle with friends
  3. Have an art party
  4. Sing in the shower
  5. Dance in the grass with no shoes on
  6. Paint a piece of furniture
  7. Take a yoga class
  8. Mosaic a frame
  9. Horseback the trails
  10. Make your own soap
  11. Paint with your feet
  12. Write a poem
  13. Watch an old movie or listen to classical music
  14. Scrapbook
  15. Try leaf printing
  16. Paint to music
  17. Have a dinner party
  18. Take a roll of black and white photos
  19. Make a recipe box
  20. Paint a flower pot
  21. Decoupage
  22. Bake and decorate cookies
  23. Chalk draw on the sidewalk
  24. Redecorate one space in your home
  25. Make photo collages of the people you love. Give them each one.
 Toya Jervay

Angel's Do Fly, Just Listen.

It was early morning and I looked up to the sky.  I couldn’t see angels and I wondered why.
So I turned to my mom and asked her the question: “Do angels fly?” 
She said, “Yes, just listen. 
They are all around us, you can barely hear, so listen with your heart, and not just your ears.”
We walked to the park where mom watched me play, 
and at the same time, she made bright someone’s day.
We went to the market for yummy foods to eat, 
and on our way there, mom helped a lady cross the street.
When we got home I played with all of my toys, and mom didn’t fuss about all of the noise.
I was all tucked in and ready for bed, when my favorite story was the book mom read.
Listening with my heart was so easy to do.  
“I love you Mom, the angel is you!"
 Toya Jervay

Keep Going....

Don't Stop Now...You are almost there!
 Toya Jervay


Handle conflict through peacemaking

Conflicts are normal and a natural part of everyone’s life.  They are the simple disputes and disagreements that occur between all of our relationships.  Most of the time we think of conflict as negative, but without conflict we don’t experience growth or progress.

The goal of Team Building is not to eliminate conflict but to help you learn how to use it constructively, and to avoid the destructive aspects of it. And also, help you develop your peace -making skills that are already inside of you.  

Romans 12:18 says that if possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone….  

That means it is possible to live in Peace, it also means its possible not to.  But as far as it depends on you, let the peace in your home and your work and your life, begin with you.  

 Toya Jervay


How to do art time with kids

Children’s art is always true-to-life and real.  They are not certain of how to write, draw, or paint fiction because it has not been introduced to them yet.  In our youth’s hearts lies the reality of life.  It is time we let them tell the story and do it honestly, the only way that they know how.  While working for an arts organization in  Los Angeles, CA, it was very important for me to remember that art most times tells a story.  Often the story of the children touched by their therapeutic programs was one that could not be conveyed verbally.  Judges in the children’s courts would sometimes allow the children’s art to talk for them and describe their traumatic experiences when they were too distraught to do so themselves.
It is never too late to begin living and thinking creatively.  Begin by saying out loud to yourself, “I am a creative person.  Creative ideas come to me daily!” then begin to say it with your children, “You are creative”, and “We are creative”.
 Here are 7 rules to apply when having “creative & art time” with your children:
  1.      Always have on hand variety of creative, artistic materials.  These materials can include, but are certainly not   limited to crayons, markers, paint, clay, various paper styles, glues, and scissors.
  2.      Let them experiment
  3.      Be specific with your encouragement.  Instead of simply saying “I like your painting”, say, “I like how you used blue for the color of your sun, and the stripes on your frog are amazing!”
  4.     Don’t guess what their art is; ask them to tell you about it.
  5.     Choose a time and place without any interruptions.
  6.     Don’t rush their creativity.  If they aren’t finished in the time allotted, let them finish it later.  Be sure to follow through with the finish day and time you both decide on.
  7.     Try not to introduce too much.  If the activity becomes too overwhelming, stop. Remember it is supposed to be fun, so be patient with their learning abilities. 

 Toya Jervay

How to reduce stress through art

Creative?  Yes, You!  If you don’t think so, think back to your childhood days when you made meals out of dirt and water: Yummy MUD PIES…   That’s simple creativity! You don’t have to be born with paint running through your veins to be an artist.  

When we open our hearts and lives to creativity, we also invite other feelings in like:   Stress Reduction, Self Expression, Inner Peace, and Self Confidence.  It is never too late to begin living and thinking creatively! The first thing to do is say out loud:  
“I am a creative person. 
Creative ideas come to me daily!"

Next, try these 5 suggestions for getting the stress out through creative arts:

1.  Paint a piece of furniture
3.  Form a music circle with friends
2.  Have an art party
4.  Take a class
5.  Paint to music

 Toya Jervay