International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality. It has been observed since the early 1900s and is now recognized each year on March 8. Is is not affiliated with any one group, but brings together governments, women’s organizations, corporations and […]Happy International Woman’s Day!
International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality.
It has been observed since the early 1900s and is now recognized each year on March 8. Is is not affiliated with any one group, but brings together governments, women’s organizations, corporations and charities.
How do you celebrate international woman’s day?
I am celebrating with family…and wishing I could spend it with my mother. She’s the greatest woman I know!! And as far as International Woman’s Day….she should be their poster child …I won’t go into her whole heartbreaking story but know this:
She is a wonderful inspiration to everyone she knows, her persistence, tenacity and unwavering faith keep our family together with “love” glue that won’t ever be unraveled. She is an amazing woman who’s taught me what it is to be my own woman.
I love her more than words can say.
Her beautiful spirit shines through in everything she does. And I only wish I could give her back even a little of what she’s given me. I try everyday to be a person she’d be proud of.
This is her high school picture:
And this is her with Dad a few years ago:
(( (Ok…more like 20 years ago…but who’s counting anyway???)))
She’s a beauty, huh?
Well, she’s even more beautiful inside!!
Thanks for all you do and have done for me MOM… I love you!!!! ❤
Have you hugged your MOM today?
Or any woman that you can say you are who you are because of them?
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
And blessings to you and yours. I sincerely wish you the best year of your life yet! ❤
Below is a list of the 10 things I’m going to do this year…I hope you consider them as well 🙂
The angel drawing below is one I’m currently working on. I hope to not only finish it, but also get it on canvas, and painted too! My niece said I should name it sun portal, and a friend named him Aaron, but since he’s an angel I had to add the -iel at the end, so he’s been named Aaroniel Guardian of the Sun Portal!
Ten things to do in 2017:
1. Take it a day at a time.
You don’t have to know what you’re doing the next day or even the next hour. I’ve learned that the more you think in the future, the shorter the day seems and the months fly past you and you’re left feeling discontent and unsatisfied. It’s almost like everything has been in a blur, and you find yourself saying, “the year went by so fast”, even though you haven’t accomplished much. So do everything in the moment of ‘now’, and cherish each minute like it’s the last minute you have.
2. Let it go.
You know nothing is going to change, because you can’t change people unless they truly want to and you can’t change the past either, and the sooner you realize this, you will spend more time being happy than in a constant battle with your mind and your heart. They need to rest too.
3. Take risks.
If you never take any, the moment that turned out for the worst could have turned out for the best. This works vice-versa as well, but either way, you will learn from these experiences. You won’t forget how rapidly your heart was beating in these moments and how electric you felt. It will be worth it in the end, trust me.
4. Call up that person that you didn’t spend enough time getting to know, simply because you were too distracted with somebody else or just didn’t feel like you’d become something more than acquaintances. Greet strangers and embrace the idea of diversity. Ask questions about different cultures, morals, ideas, beliefs; educate yourself as much as you can.
5. Go ahead and wear that outfit you keep telling yourself that it doesn’t look good on you.
You bought it because you liked it, yes? So, show it to the whole damn world. If you do it with a smile and confidently squared shoulders—even better. You are beautiful.
6. Instead of procrastinating and wallowing in self-pity, get up and do something.
Sitting around is not going to do much but make you feel horrible, and you’ll create scenarios that may not even exist or be as big in your head that will cause matters to become worse. You want this to be your year of explosive progress? Set goals and strive to achieve them. You want to look back at the end of the year and say, “I did good”.
7. Spend more time with your family or friends.
Build a support system so strong, that you will never feel lonely. In fact, this support system will lead you to feeling content even when you are alone, because you won’t feel the constant need to either be with someone or have somebody who loves you, because you know you’ll have people who love you and the more love you surround yourself with, the easier it becomes to love yourself too.
8. Be kind always and be angry when you need to be.
Stand up for the ideas that you believe in and don’t back down from them just because you have a different opinion. Learn to love the sound of your voice when it bounces off the walls of a classroom full of people, because your voice has the power to change a million minds. Remember, you are allowed to feel whatever it is you feel.
9. Go on more road trips or just take a few minutes to be outside by yourself.
Inhale and exhale the air around you. Watch the stars, the sunset, the sunrise, the birds flying in the sky, the cars passing by. Walk in the rain sometimes without an umbrella, instead of running. Let the sunlight soak your skin more often. God, isn’t the world itself beautiful?
10. Be faithful.
This is the year you hoped to be better. Don’t let anything stop you from achieving that, because you are limitless as long as you believe yourself to be.
– aawordthings via Tumblr
Angel drawing below by Candice
I had to share this amazing post to pass on the great savings to all those thrifty Amazon shoppers out there. And HONEY isn’t just perfect for Amazon, but for tons of online stores you’re already shopping with like, Target, Sephora, Dell, Priceline, Office Depot…and the list goes on!
(A BIG Thanks to Kate McConnel! for sharing!))
How to Get Better Prices on Amazon Automatically
If you think you’re already getting the best prices, you’ll be surprised.
As a loyal Honey user, I never shop online without it. So, when its new Amazon feature came out, I was thrilled! You might have already heard of Honey, the popular browser add-on that automatically applies coupon codes at checkout (if not, you’re welcome). Now, it also finds better prices on Amazon for you, immediately.
I know what you’re thinking: doesn’t Amazon do this already? Kinda, but you have to do a little digging first. Ever think you have the best price and then realize it’s $20 more at checkout after sales tax and shipping? Honey brings the best final prices to the forefront after automatically comparing every top-rated seller in the Amazon marketplace (so you know those poorly-rated sellers are filtered out).
Honey also lets you know if you can save a lot just by waiting a couple of days for delivery. Yeah, 2-day shipping is awesome, but so is having options. Especially if those options save you money.
Here’s how the new feature works:
Shop on Amazon as usual. If Honey finds a better deal, a little tag will appear showing you how much you could save by buying the same item from a different seller.
Honey takes into account the final price of the item (including sales tax and shipping), seller rating, delivery time, and Prime status–– so I can still get my Prime deals.
If you want the lower price, you can just add it to your cart with one click.
And if you do find the best price, Honey will let you know. It’s nice not to wonder if I got the best deal:
Of course, $200 savings on Amazon is on the high side, since most of the time I’m just buying day-to-day essentials on Amazon. But even saving a couple of bucks on paper towels every once in a while really adds up!
And the best part? It’s free. You can get Honey on your browser HERE.
What’s even better is for every person you invite, you get $5 on their first purchase!! WIN, WIN!
2015 was a pretty good year. I am so blessed with wonderful friends and family.
How was it for you?
WordPress always does a great job at putting together an annual report for my blogs. Here’s 2015:
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 29,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
My 2015 year in Review:
On a cool side note,
One thing Jim and I really enjoy is music (our music collection alone could tell you that), and what could be better than celebrating it with friends at live shows? This year, along with some like-minded friends, we enjoyed some great performances at some great venues such as:
- ***David Bromberg at the Capitol Theater in Clearwater, (yes, that’s marked with only three stars, he was good, even better than I thought, but of course Jimmy thought it was a five star concert, but he is one of his all-time faves, lol)
- *****The Who / Joan Jett at the big arena in Tampa (the Who really knows how to put on a show, it was a fabulous spectacle and one of the best I’ve ever seen!) photos here.
- **Puddle of Mudd at Leesburg bikefest. this one was pretty good, but it was so hot, and the band took forever to get on stage.
- ***The Fixx – box seats at the Capitol Theater! We love the Capitol. It’s so intimate, and a lovely place to see any musician. Plus, with box seats we couldn’t have been more spoiled! (photos here)
- *Jorma Kaukonen ( I promised Jimmy I wouldn’t say a word about this show, since it was his pick, but if it tells you anything, we all left less than 25 min. into it…)
- ****Colbie Caillait/ Rachel Platten –this one was my pick, and even Jimmy liked this show (and after the Jorma fiasco he was reallllllly wanting to hate it…, but he ended up loving it, and really, it’s only because both Colbie and Rachel are absolutely gorgeous, but believe me, they put on a great show!). See pics here.
- ***Collective Soul (twice) (once with Kick the Robot for Jimmy’s birthday at House of Blues in Orlando see photos here )
- ********Joe Bonamossa at Ruth Eckerd Hall. OMG! This blues guitarist is so good he’ll even make blues haters love it. He was on fire! His fingers blazed over the strings like nothing I’ve ever witnessed…it was the best performance I’ve ever seen. And I don’t say that lightly. If you ever get a chance to see him. Do it, you won’t regret it. Joe Bonamossa show Pictures here. Videos here, and Here. .
Well, that’s it for this crazy year. It was good.
Happy December angels!
I can’t believe it’s that time again. I know I say it every year, but truly, time is speeding up more and more each instance I look at the calendar on December 1.
It seems to fly by faster and faster… I mean, geez, at this rate, before I’m 60 time will be going so fast I’ll probably be making Christmas cookies on Easter! lol.
At any rate, it’s likely, and most probable that we all will get a little stressed out during the holidays.
This is some of the best and most manageable advice from a trusted source, that we could all use to help with a variety of life issues, like;
- give us a boost of energy when needed instead of grabbing a cup of coffee,
- or to relax when stressed or if feeling panicky and/or anxious,
- even for digestive disorders… (uhhh…especially after Thanksgiving, and pretty much during the entire holiday season)…ummmyeah.
And it’s all based on one of the most natural things we do all the time –mostly without even a thought about it — Breathing.
Yes, it’s just breathing. But it’s the way we do it that can have the desired effect. These breathing exercises will help a variety of issues.
And what’s better, these techniques will not only help during the holidays, but all year through.
It’s from Dr. Weil, and I, for one, trust Dr. Weil’s advice.
Dr. Weil is a well known Harvard trained physician, and successful author, spokesperson, and broadly described “guru” for holistic health and integrative medicine, he’s well trusted in the medical community and has some excellent advice for more natural therapies.
The following is from his website:
Three Breathing Exercises
The Stimulating Breath (also called the Bellows Breath)
- Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. Your breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible. This is a noisy breathing exercise.
- Try for three in-and-out breath cycles per second. This produces a quick movement of the diaphragm, suggesting a bellows. Breathe normally after each cycle.
- Do not do for more than 15 seconds on your first try. Each time you practice the Stimulating Breath, you can increase your time by five seconds or so, until you reach a full minute.
The 4-7-8 (or Relaxing Breath) Exercise
- Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
- Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
- Hold your breath for a count of seven.
- Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
- This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.
- To begin the exercise, count “one” to yourself as you exhale.
- The next time you exhale, count “two,” and so on up to “five.”
- Then begin a new cycle, counting “one” on the next exhalation.
Thanks Dr. Weil, and thank YOU, for reading. To learn more about Dr. Weil and his suggestions for better health, go to his website.
How to Make a Natural Travel Kit with Essential Oils
Plus Recipes For; Sunburn Relief Spray, Jet Lag, Migraines, Stress Headaches, Nausea, Travel Sickness, Queasiness, Fear of Flying, and Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis
Aromatherapy can be a very helpful companion
when embarking upona long journey,
or even just a short trip,
and may even effectively replace some other
traditional medicines for those that are looking for
a natural alternative.
If you suffer from travel sickness,
headaches or migraines,
queasiness, fear of flying, jet lag,
insect bites and/or sun burns,
read on to find essential oil remedies that help with those maladies.
Aromatherapy can be a very helpful companion when embarking upon a long journey, or even just a short trip, and may even effectively replace some other traditional medicines for those that are looking for a natural alternative. While traveling may be a part of our work and our play, for those that suffer from travel-troubles it can be a nightmare. If you suffer from travel sickness, headaches or migraines, queasiness, fear of flying, jet lag, insect bites and sun burns, here you will find essential oil remedies to help with those maladies. I’ve also included a recipe for a massage blend to keep deep vein thrombosis at bay, as well.
Important Notes for Using Essential Oils; Dilutions and Usage of Essential Oils:
Always dilute essential oils, as they are very potent and too concentrated to use undiluted on the skin. To use essential oils in a massage, use the following dilutions:
For most people ages 12-65 add no more than 20 drops of your chosen essential oil(s) per ounce of carrier oils.
For those aged 4-6 or those over age 65, do not use more than 10 drops per ounce of carrier, and those aged 1-4, no more than 5 drops per ounce of carrier of safe essential oils.
For pregnant women or babies, only minute quantities of safe essential oils should be used. For instance, only 1-4 drops of essential oils should be used per ounce of carrier.
NOTE: Only Tea Tree, Lavender, Roman Chamomile 3%, Dill, and Mandarin (be careful of phototoxicity with citrus oils), as well as Eucalyptus Smithii (the mildest of all the Eucalyptus’) are safe for children and the elderly, and are the only essential oils that should be used on pregnant women, or children under 4 years old.
Here’s how to make your own natural travel kit with essential oils:
First, gather ingredients. Here’s a list of essential oils and items you’ll need;
- Peppermint essential oil (peppermint supreme is best)
- Lavender (French Lavender is best),
- Ginger Root essential oil,
- Eucalyptus Globulus (or Eucalyptus Smithii if using on children) essential oil,
- Geranium essential oil,
- Cypress essential oil (French Cypress is best),
- Chamomile (Roman Chamomile 3% is best as it is less expensive than pure and is already diluted),
- Grapeseed oil (or other carrier oil such as sweet almond, fractionated coconut, olive, sunflower, or mixture of carrier oils),
- Aloe Vera liquid or gel (for insect bite relief roll-on)
- Aromatherapy Inhalers (empty inhalers you can fill yourself),
- 3.4 oz. (100ml) spray bottle (for sunburn relief spray), and
- 3.4 oz. (100ml) plastic disc top bottle (for massage blend).
- Small roll-on bottle for insect bite relief blend. I found a package of 12 roll-on bottles in 5ml size on amazon here.
Both types of empty bottles (spray bottles and massage blend bottles) can be purchased at Walmart or Dollar Tree, and Mountain Rose Herbs is a great place for essential oils and carriers . An easy way to label the aromatherapy inhalers is to write the title on a small piece of paper (about 1/2 in. by 1.5 in. will fit most inhalers), and cover the label with clear tape to prevent water ruining the label. Then attach the label to the inhaler with more clear tape. I use clear shipping tape, as it is wide enough to cover the label and reach over the edges, so it sticks to the label and the inhaler. Same goes for the massage bottle label, except for the size of the paper.
Recipes for Natural Travel Kit:
Sunburn relief spray – For the 3.4 oz (100ml) bottle
- 1 oz Aloe Vera Gel
- 2 oz purified water
- 20 drops Lavender essential oil
- 10 drops Vitamin E Oil (or 2-3 Vit. E oil caplets)
- 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 15 drops Roman Chamomile 3% essential oil
Mix, and shake well before each use. Spray over affected area whenever needed.
Here are a few extra tips to help heal sunburn quickly: Drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun until the sunburn completely heals, and avoid drinking any alcohol–because alcohol dehydrates you and your body needs water to repair the damaged skin. Also, wear loose natural clothing like light cottons, or silks.
Insect bite relief– For the 5ml roll-on bottle
- 25 drops of Lavender essential oil
- 20 drops of Tea Tree essential oil
- 50 drops of Aloe Vera liquid (or thinned-out aloe gel)
Add ingredients to roll-on bottle, shake well. Replace roller ball and cap. Roll directly on the bite to relieve itching as well as promote healing.
Jet lag aromatherapy inhaler
- 2 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops Geranium or Rose Geranium essential oil
Open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter. Place the cotton filter in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently whenever needed. Here are a few extra tips for naturally preventing jet lag: Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, no alcoholic or caffeinated drinks. Try ordering a ginger ale or a water when you are flying. Also, for some, taking two capsules of ginger before flying really helps. Also make sure to keep moving, it isn’t helpful to stay stagnant the whole trip. If you can’t walk around, just do some simple exercises while sitting. Try some leg raises, palm contractions, or roll your ankles and feet in circles with your legs stretched out as far as they can. Also be sure to eat healthy meals on time, don’t skip any meals.
Aromatherapy inhaler and massage oil recipe for migraines, stress headache, nausea and depression
- 2 drops Roman Chamomile
- 4 drops Lavender
- 2 drops Peppermint
Make an aromatherapy inhaler by opening the empty inhaler, adding the drops to the filter, replacing filter, and closing the inhaler tube. You can take this with you on any trip because of its small size. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. You can also make a massage oil by adding these oils to a carrier. To make this into a massage oil in the 3.4 oz (100ml) bottle, use 30 drops Lavender, 15 drops R.Chamomile, and 15 drops Peppermint essential oils to 3 oz. of carrier like Grapeseed oil. Shake well, and be sure to add a label to the bottle or inhaler, so you always know what’s inside. To use the massage oil, shake well, and massage about 1 tsp. of the blend into the mastoids behind the ear, as well as the temples (being careful not to get any in the eyes). You may also massage over the abdominal/naval area if you wish. Do this hourly. You can also place a warm compress over the stomach after the oils are applied. Use the inhaler 4-6 times per hour, or as needed.
Travel sickness aromatherapy inhaler
If you get travel sickness when you fly, or when on a cruise ship, make an aromatherapy inhaler and gently inhale before and during your trip. This will help to calm and relax you, inside and out, whenever you feel ill from traveling. This blend is also good for stress when dealing with flight turbulence.
- 4 drops of Peppermint
- 4 drops of Lavender
To make the aromatherapy travel sickness inhaler open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter, then put the cotton filter back in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently whenever needed.
Travel queasiness aromatherapy inhaler
If you are prone to your stomach leaping, turning and churning during a flight, make this blend for your inhaler as it really helps with queasiness. This blend is also good for stress when dealing with flight turbulence.
- 6 drops of Ginger
- 2 drops of Peppermint
To make the aromatherapy queasiness inhaler open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter, then put the cotton filter back in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently to help settle your stomach.
Fear of flying aromatherapy inhaler
This blend is perfect for those who suffer from fear of flying. Inhale for a few minutes before takeoff, and again during the flight.
- 4 drops of Chamomile Roman 3%
- 2 drops of Lavender
To make the aromatherapy fear of flying inhaler open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter, then put the cotton filter back in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently whenever needed. The calming properties of these oils will help you relax the entire flight.
Travel massage oil
- 3 oz. or 90 ml of grape seed oil
- 15 drops Eucalyptus globulus (or Eucalyptus Smitii)
- 5 drops of Cypress French
- 5 drops Ginger essential oil
Combine all ingredients in the disc-top bottle and shake well before use. Apply to the skin by pouring out about 1 tabelspoon in your palm, rubbing palms together to warm oil, and gently massaging your legs. Here are a few other tips for preventing deep vein thrombosis:
Try to move as often as possible during long trips to prevent deep vein thrombosis from occurring, (which is caused by blood clots forming in the legs due to the lack of movement). Exercise your lower calf muscles if you’ll be sitting a long time. Whenever possible, get up and walk around. If you can’t get up to walk around, try raising and lowering your heels while keeping your toes on the floor, then raising your toes while your heels are on the floor.
Extra Notes on Essential Oils for Travel:
Peppermint, Ginger, and Lavender essential oils are the best for relieving nausea, motion sickness, or just feeling queasy. Keep these close at hand for trips.
Lavender is one of those essential oils that you should always have for a multitude of purposes, as it can be used for almost anything because of it being a natural balancer,
Also, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Grapefruit are great for an invigorating blend that stimulates physical and mental energy.
Cypress essential oil is also great for cellulite, varicose veins, water retention, stress, nervous tension, menstrual problems, as well as a good anti-inflammatory.
Ginger essential oil is also useful for treating rheumatism, arthritis, nausea, hangovers, colds and flu, congestion, coughs, sinusitis, cramps, chills, fever, bruising, sore throat and diarrhea.
Resources & More Reading:
- Cautions & Warnings before Using Essential Oils, AND How to use Essential Oils:.
- ¹An investigation of the ability of elements to pass through the blood-brain barrier and its effect on brain carcinomas. J Pharm Pharmacol. 2009;61:1653–1656. [PubMed],Wu XS, Xie T, Lin J, et al.
- Prescription for Nutritional Healing
Esoteric Oils; http://www.essentialoils.co.za/treatment/jet-lag.htm
New Directions Aromatics; essential oils for travel
Find Ingredients and Supplies:
Yellowstar Essentials Essential Oil Travel Kit; http://sites.google.com/site/yellowstaressentials/Home/aromatherapy
More Reading on Essential Oils & Natural Remedies
- 5ml roll-on bottles; www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003FCL388/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=yellowessent-20&
- Aromatherapy Inhalers; where to find; www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EFXKKS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=yellowessent-20&
2016 is now come and gone, and we find ourselves at the beginning of a brand new year.
I love new beginnings. It’s like a fresh start; a way to press the re-start button on a whole new life.
We have the chance to put those things behind us that no longer work for us, or are unhealthy, or cause us negativity in our lives.
Whoo hoo! Out with the old, in with the new. I am ready.
Are you ready for new beginnings, a brand new start, letting go of the past and living for the now, for today?
Here’s a few essential oil blends that can help you get started from my recipe articles:
- Blessings blend
- Business Success
- Liquid Courage (not alcohol LOL)
- Uplifting energy
- Interview blend
- Ease winter depression
I originally had this linking back to my article at Yahoo Contributor, but since they have closed, I’ve decided to just post the whole thing here since I’m still looking for permanent homes for my articles. 🙂
The first essential oil recipe for new beginnings has to do with an over-all fresh blend to give us that ‘breath of fresh air’ so to speak, clearing out the old negative stuff and inhaling a clean, new start. I started with citrus oils of course, as they are so great for an uplifting, and happy feeling. And perfect for winter to aid in easing winter doldrums. Then added a bit of lavender for a super clean and lovely balance. Next is spearmint for a minty freshness and followed up with juniper, Atlas cedarwood, thyme ct. linalool and cypress.
Try this blend for your new year-New Beginnings blend:
- 7 drops grapefruit
- 4 drops lemon
- 4 drops tangerine
- 4 drops lavender
- 2 drops spearmint or peppermint
- 3 drops juniper
- 4 drops Atlas cedarwood
- 3 drops thyme ct. linalool
- 3 drops cypress
This blend can be added to many different things depending on how you want to use it.
For a body re-fresher or spritzer add 20 drops of this blend to 4 ounces of water with a splash of vodka, shake and use anytime.
For an anointing oil or perfume type, use 12 drops of this blend mixed with 1 ounce of sweet almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil or similar.
For a bath salt or body salt scrub, add 20 drops of the blend to 4 ounces of dead sea salts and 1-2 oz. of jojoba, sweet almond, olive, grapeseed or similar oil, mix and use as an exfoliating body scrub or soaking bath salts.
For a take-with-you-to-go style inhaler for freshness on the go, put about 25 drops or so of this blend in a small dark glass bottle, or you can make your own aromatherapy inhaler. You can find inhalers for pretty inexpensive all over the internet. Here’s a couple places:
Aromatherapy Inhaler – Plastic, Pack of 4 (w/caps & wicks)-These plastic inhalers are convenient and portable. Place a few drops of your favorite Essential Oil or Aromatherapy Blend on the wick, slip it into the base and cover. To use, simply remove the top and inhale.
Aromaticsinternational.com Here are a few more blends to help with new beginnings:
- 3 drops juniper
- 3 drops basil
- 6 drops jasmine
- 5 drops sandalwood
- 3 drops frankincense
- 3 drops rose
This blend helps when you want to bless someone, or set a protective blessing around yourself. Mix this blend of oils with a carrier like grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba, olive, or coconut oil…one to two ounces of carrier should do it, if you want to use it on your body. If it’s just for a diffuser for the air you don’t need a carrier.
- 3 drops Bergamot
- 1 drop Basil
- 1 drop Patchouli
- 1 drop Cinnamon
- 1 drop Frankincense
This recipe can be doubled, tripled, whatever, or however much you’d like to make. By all intents and purposes the properties of the oils in this blend should help bring you success in your business. I’ve yet to try this one, but hey, I’ll take anything that can help cash flow! Plus, isn’t belief in something half the battle?
Just mix the oils & add them to a base or carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, coconut, or jojoba. Anoint your hands, business cards, cash register, or the front door of the place of business to increase cash flow. Here’s to making a success in your business!
- 7 drops Tangerine
- 5 drops Peppermint
- 10 drops Grapefruit
- 5 drops Lemon
- 3 drops Lavender
This is a beautiful purifying home scent too. Just add this blend to a 4 ounce bottle of water (with a splash of vodka to help dissipate the scent), shake and use anywhere. Also great for your car.
- 3 drops Ginger
- 1 drop Black Pepper
- 1 drop Clove
- 1 drop Sandalwood
- 2 drops cypress
This is the blend to wear when you need liquid courage (no not a shot of vodka!). Wear this blend anytime you want to increase your fortitude, especially before being introduced to new people, or right before you have to do public speaking, or any nerve-wracking situations that cause you distress.
- 4 drops orange
- 2 drops mandarin
- 1 drop Cardamom
- 2 drops coriander
- 3 drops bergamot
- 1 drop spearmint
This blend is perfect to cheer you up and give you an uplifting feeling, whenever you are feeling depleted, worn out or just ill. This blend is also great when your energy reserves just seem empty and is especially useful after heavy work to ” recharge your batteries.”
- 4 drops Ylang-Ylang
- 3 drops Lavender
- 1 drop Rose
- 2 drops Bergamot or Mandarin
This is a perfect blend to start the new year off when going to an interview. Wear to any interview and not only will it help to calm you, but make a lasting impression after you leave.
- 3 drops Ylang-ylang
- 3 drops Lavender
- 2 drops Chamomile
- 1 drop Rose Absolute
- 3 drops mandarin
This blend imbibes the whole aura of peace. Perfect to wear when you feel nervous or upset. This blend will help calm you down.
- 5 drops orange
- 5 drops mandarin
- 7 drops bergamot
This blend works great for lifting depression; very uplifting and stress reducing. Just brings a smile whenever inhaled.Also read my article: https://yellowstaressentials.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/can-essential-oils-help-with-depression-using-aromatherapy-as-a-mood-regulator/
I hope these essential oil recipes help make your new year better than the last.
Best to you!
Dan said, “The Very Inspiring Blogger Award, is the first award I came across online. I don’t remember where I saw it winking at me from a sidebar, but I remember thinking to myself, how cool is this, a community of creative people, writing, blogging, sharing and creating community standards, and awards to promote those standards., hmmmmm, wouldn’t it be nice….. And now, well it is hard to believe folks! I feel honoured, flattered and a little tongue-tied.. They say Jupiter and Venus are kissing in the zodiac right now, and there are pleasant surprises for us all. So there you go. Thanks! http://apothecarysgarden.com/inspiring-blogger-award/”.
Thank you Dan for this honor you have bestowed upon my little blog. You are much too kind!
This prestigious award does come with rules though….
“Along with the honor of receiving the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, there are a few obligations. Most have to do with perpetuating the award, and passing it forward. Below, are the guidelines, or rules for any of you whom I have nominated, if you choose to accept the award. There is no obligation to accept it, however, I hope enough of you will carry the torch forward to the continued benefit of the blogosphere, by supporting and encouraging bloggers who inspire you and contribute to standards you would like to see.
One of the requirements is, one must nominate 15 other bloggers that one finds inspiring.
OK..so I picked 10:Apothecary’s Garden SuperInspireMe miraculousendeavors.org Aromamuse Scentual Soundtracks The Angel Whisperer Kai Moves (Kai is a beautiful creative dance fitness class by a remarkable woman and angel on Earth) The Eggless Tort Domestic Diva MD New Heaven on Earth
And without further ado…
here they are, RULES FOR THE “VERY INSPIRING BLOGGER” AWARD:
(Courtesy of Lonnie Miller http://thebelmontrooster.wordpress.com/)
1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
2. Display the award on your post.
3 List the award rules so your nominees will know what to do.
4. State 7 things about yourself.
5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.
6. Contact your nominees to let them know you have nominated them. Provide a link to your post.
7. Proudly display the award logo (or buttons) to your blog, whether on your side bar, ABOUT page, or a special page for awards. Let other bloggers see right up front that you are an award winner and HAVE participated in the award process (there should be an award for that all by itself!).
Here is a link for nominees that may provide some extra information on the award and how to proceed. Some of the technical bits. http://thebelmontrooster.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/my-very-inspiring-blogger-award/.
So now to follow all the rules I suppose I must list 7 things about me… really? is this part really necessary? LOL
ok, well, ummmmmm, I really love angels. And music…all kinds! I’m totally addicted to Spotify. Music is a constant inspiration for me!! And oh how I love essential oils…truly God’s healing gifts!. And dancing! I couldn’t live without helping someone at least once a day…it lifts my spirits! I also adore curling up with a good book and getting lost in a wonderful story. 🙂 If you like reading too… here’s a link to the best novels of 2013 on amazon. 🙂
Blessings to you and yours this holiday season!! xoxo
It’s almost December already, and time is flying by again this year. It seems no matter how many years pass I can never be completely ready for the holidays. I say to myself every Thanksgiving that this year will be the year that I’m going to have everything I wanted to accomplish finished by Christmas….yeah right.
In the meantime, I’ve done a bit of searching and found some great things to share for creative and inexpensive Christmas gifts.
Also be sure to read my Yahoo article; 10 best bargain Christmas gift ideas.
These decorative candles are great for your holiday mantel or table centerpiece. Wrapped with the sheet music of your favorite carol and pictures of your family, they’re a great family keepsake or seasonal decoration.
1. Photocopy music or photos onto regular printer paper. 2. Trim the paper so it’s no taller than the candle. 3. Affix the paper to the candle with straight pins. 4. With an embossing gun, heat the candle until the wax saturates and melts completely through the paper. Remove the pins. 5. Embellish the candle with ribbons, charms or other notions.
1. Wrap various ribbons around a candle. 2. Attach alphabet charms with adhesive dots.
1. Glue pressed leaves on candle. Coat with decoupage medium. 2. Adorn with ribbon and a mini tag.
1. Cut canvas to fit around candle. 2. Stamp “believe” on the canvas with StazOn ink. 3. Set a snap on the canvas. 4. Pin embellished canvas to candle. 5. Heat with an embossing gun until the wax saturates and melts completely through the canvas.
HOMEMADE COCOA KIT GIFTS
Layer 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 cup powdered milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips, and 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows. Makes 1 quart mix or 12 servings hot cocoa.
Per serving: 142 cal., 20% (29 cal.) from fat; 3.7 g protein; 3.2 g fat (1.9 g sat.); 30 g carbo (2.6 g fiber); 1 mg chol.
Layer 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 cup powdered milk, 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, and 3/4 cup chopped Mexican chocolate (such as Ibarra). Add a few cinnamon sticks to top of jar. Makes 1 quart mix or 12 servings hot cocoa.
Per serving: 158 cal., 14% (22 cal.) from fat; 3.4 g protein; 2.4 g fat (0.8 g sat.); 33 g carbo (2.1 g fiber); 1 mg chol.
PEPPERMINT STICK COCOA
Layer 1 cup powdered milk, 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips, and 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy. Makes 1 quart mix or 12 servings hot cocoa.
Per serving: 172 cal., 17% (29 cal.) from fat; 3.7 g protein; 3.2 g fat (1.9 g sat.); 37 g carbo (2.6 g fiber); 1 mg chol.
Layer 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup espresso powder, 1 cup powdered milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate or miniature chocolate chips. Makes 1 quart mix or 12 servings hot cocoa.
Per serving: 141 cal., 23% (32 cal.) from fat; 4.1 g protein; 3.5 g fat (1.9 g sat.); 28 g carbo (2.3 g fiber); 1 mg chol.
Photos by David Prince
Sources: Vintage straight-sided Ball canning jar. Rounded 1-liter French canning jar from the Container Store (www.containerstore.com or 888/266-8246). Vintage metal-clip jar. Glass 1-quart cracker jar with aluminum screw-top lid from the Container Store.
A perennial winter favorite, hot cocoa with all the trimmings (mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and a cherry-red gumdrop) sports an even sweeter look packaged as a cone. This makes a great gift for babysitters, teachers, and neighbors. Be sure to add a tag letting your recipients know the cone contains enough for four servings.
3/4 cup cocoa mix
2 (6- by 12-inch) cone-shaped cellophane bags (available at party stores)
2 clear rubber bands (we used ponytail holders)
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup mini marshmallows
1 large red gumdrop
1. Pour the cocoa mix into one of the bags. Close the bag with a clear rubber band, then trim the end of the bag 1 inch above the band.
2. Place the cocoa-filled bag into the second bag and flatten its top so the end doesn’t stick up.
3. Layer the chocolate chips and the marshmallows, then top with the gumdrop. Secure the bag with the other rubber band.
Christmas HOT COCOA KIT
You can make one of all of the above cocoa mixes (mocha cocoa, pepp. candy cocoa, mexican cocoa, etc) and put them in a basket with cute Christmas cups, Christmas Hershey’s Kisses and marshmallows…mmmmmmmm 🙂
Another Homemade Cocoa Kit
This easy-to-make kit, with cocoa mix as the centerpiece, is a fun holiday gift. Package it in a pretty gift box lined with tissue. Include Hershey’s Kisses — they further sweeten and deepen the chocolate flavor — and marshmallows for dropping into the cocoa, if you wish.
Spice-Kissed Hot Cocoa Mix For 8 cups
* 1/3 cup best-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1/4 cup superfine sugar
* 1 whole star anise
* 2 cinnamon sticks, each about 3 inches long
Mix together all of the ingredients. Place in a tin or jar that seals securely. Add a recipe card with the following directions: Hot Cocoa 8 cups whole milk Spice-Kissed Hot Cocoa Mix 8 Hershey’s Kisses (optional) Marshmallows (optional)
In a heavy saucepan over low heat, bring 1 cup of the milk to a simmer. Stir in the cocoa mix. Mix until well blended. Add the remaining 7 cups of milk and bring back to a simmer.
Remove the star anise and the cinnamon sticks and discard. Serve hot, along with the Hershey’s Kisses and marshmallows, if desired.
From Christmas Family Gatherings © by Donata Maggipinto. Used with permission of Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco. Visit chroniclebooks.com.
Brownie Mix in a Jar
Who doesn’t love brownies? Nobody, that’s who. That’s why a brownie mix in a jar makes a great gift: it looks cool, it’s easy and inexpensive to make, and it turns into brownies! I like to keep a couple of these on hand for “emergency” situations, like when someone gives you an unexpected gift and you want to look like you already planned something in return.
Basically, you layer all the dry ingredients in a jar, then add a tag explaining what wet ingredients (like eggs and oil) to add and how to finish the recipe. There are countless variations; this one comes from Allrecipes.com and includes pecans, which have no business in a brownie but can be replaced with chocolate chips or even coconut. In addition to the ingredients themselves, you’ll need quart jars and tags for the baking instructions. Buy everything in bulk and you’ll have enough lovingly homemade gifts for everyone on your list.
One final note: this doesn’t have to be a regular old brownie mix. Search Allrecipes.com for “in a jar” and you’ll find loads of brownie varieties as well as cookie recipes. Yet another variation: Family Fun’s Hot Chocolate Cones, which rely on cone-shaped bags instead of jars. Whatever mouth-watering mix you choose, don’t forget your favorite editors during this special season.
Holiday Peppermint Bark
Spray a large cookie tray with non-stick spray and then line it with a piece of way paper. Take several large candy canes or a bag of peppermint candies and crush them into small pieces. (How much peppermint flavor you like should determine how many you chop up.)
On the stove, melt two bags of white chocolate chips at a low temperature. When melted, add most of the crushed peppermint and stir it in. Pour the mixture onto the cookie tray and spread over the tray until flat and even. Sprinkle the remaining peppermint pieces on top, pressing them in with a spatula.
Let it cool. Peel off wax paper and break into pieces. Enjoy!
Here’s a site that offers ‘how to’s’ on making your own creative Christmas projects and crafts;
and here’s a cute project that’s great if you want to recycle those favorite Christmas cards;
How to Make Greeting Card Placemats
Recycle your Christmas cards, or other greeting cards, to make pretty placemats for your table. This is one way to keep and display some of your prettiest, or most memorable, greeting cards. Next year, you can bring them out for holiday entertaining; perhaps your guests will even recognize their own cards in your selection!
Christmas cards or greeting cards
clear contact paper or self-adhesive plastic film
drinking glass or cardboard circle template
optional: wrapping paper or card stock as a backing; glue stick
Craft Project Instructions:
Assemble your collection of greeting cards and a circle template. You can make a circle template from cardboard, or use a drinking glass to trace around.
Begin tracing four to six inch circles around key areas of your greeting cards, centering the most pleasing designs.
Cut out the circles.
For the backing, cut a piece of clear contact paper, wrapping paper or card stock in a rectangle that is approximately 20 inches wide by 26 inches long (or trace around an old placemat).
If using contact paper, peel away the backing and lay it on the table, sticky side up. If the paper curls up at the sides, find something to weigh it down at the corners while you proceed with the next steps.
Arrange the greeting card circles in a trial run on the table. You can use a layout like the one shown, with three circles in the top row, then four circles in the center row, and a bottom row of three more circles, with the circles overlapping so there are no spaces between them.
You could also try a pyramid (like the triangle shape of a Christmas tree), or maybe experiment with a wreath design.
Once you have a design that you like, begin placing the greeting card circles on the backing sheet. If you’re using wrapping paper or card stock, swipe a glue stick across the back of each circle, just to hold it still until the top contact paper is in place.
Cut a piece of contact paper the same size as your backing.
Peel away the backing paper of the contact sheet and carefully place it over your card design, aligning the edges as well as you can, and smoothing out any bubbles.
Trim the placemat all around, leaving about 1/2 inch to one inch of space around the card circles. You can keep the corners square, or place your circle template close to each corner, tracing around the upper section of it to round off the corners.
Cut the cards into different shapes – triangles, or free-form shapes, instead of circles.
To make a reversible placemat, glue two identical shapes together, with right sides out, so a design can be seen on either side of the placemat.
Write the year of construction on the placemat somewhere, to create a dated archive of your favorite card collections.
You can either make one or buy one made by AAA for pretty cheap.
Think of a friend or loved one stranded in the ditch while the snow continues to pile up. Not a pretty picture, is it? A homemade emergency kit not only helps ensure their safety, it also says you care.
Start with a large coffee can. Decorate it as you see fit, starting with blank or holiday paper wrapped around the outside. Now, fill it with the following:
* Rock salt, filling roughly half the can. If the car gets stuck in the snow, the salt will help give the tires some traction and, hopefully, get it unstuck.
* A few roadside flares.
* A couple granola bars (stranded people get hungry).
* A pair of stretchy knit gloves (which are very small until you pull them over your hands). Maybe a knit cap, too.
* A small flashlight and a pack of fresh batteries.
* A mini first-aid kit with bandages and aspirin.
* A small bottle of water. Yes, it may get frozen, but it’s still worth having.
* A pocket-size book of Sudoku puzzles to pass the time waiting for the tow truck.
* A small, laminated sheet of emergency numbers, like AAA, towing services, etc.
* If you’re really ambitious, add a compatible Energizer Energi To Go powerpack for the recipient’s cell phone. Because the battery will invariably die the moment the car gets stuck.
Everything but the rock salt should go inside an oversized Ziplock bag to keep it from getting mixed in with the salt. All told, the kit shouldn’t cost more than $10-15, unless you add the Energi To Go (which costs around $20).
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