My Favorite Things 1-15-17

I want to share with you some things that currently make me happy!  Perhaps you will find something here that makes you happy as well!

 

This week I read the first book in the Reverians series by Sarah Noffke, “Defects“.  It’s the start of a Dystopian adventure series with The Dream Travelers – a race of people who can travel anywhere they want in their dreams and also have other supernatural powers.  This secluded community of Dream Travelers seems to be the perfect place to live, but one “Defect” (a Dream Traveler who never developed her Supernatural Powers) is learning that things are not what they seem.  Check out Sarah Noffke – I love all her books so much!

My favorite body scrub is the Feature of the Week at Perfectly Posh!! When you go dark, you’ll reveal soft, clean skin. Our Love the Dark Body Scrub features black sea salt to exfoliate, and activated charcoal to help detox and rid your skin of dirt and other impurities. Then moisturizing shea butter and honey soften and calm your skin so it’s gorgeous and smooth. And if that isn’t enough to make you fall in love with the dark, its captivating sea breeze scent will have you hooked. Get yours on sale this week for just $23! www.perfectlyposh.com/wendyjoe/love-dark-black-sea-salt-body-scrub

My brother got me the 2017 Herbal Almanac for my birthday and I am really enjoying browsing through the many articles, recipes, and herbal based crafts here.  Great for herbalists of any level (beginner or advanced).

I love meditating with Turquoise.  This gemstone is a master Healer and has soothing energy while also opening up pathways for Visualizations and Spirit Journeys.  Sacred to Native Americans and also to the Ancient Egyptians it is one of my favorite gemstones!  This mala necklace with Turquoise gemstone accent beads and a dream catcher pendant & feather pendant is on sale in my etsy shop for just $15.  You or someone you love could use this mala as a meditation tool or wear it as beautiful jewelry and take the healing energy of Turquoise with you wherever you go!

 

My Favorite Things 9/8/16

I missed posting this on Sunday, and didn’t want to wait until next Sunday to share, so here are My Favorite Things!

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Other Things I Love:

What I’m Currently Obsessed With:

I started reading a new Fantasy Series!  I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the rest in the series.  When Kara Magari accidentally stumbles through some kind of Portal, she ends up in another world.  This world has magic and mystical creatures, different kingdoms of people who all pretty much hate each other.  And Kara is told she’s been chosen to unite the kingdoms!  The fate of this magical realm seems to rest in the reluctant hands of a woman who would rather just go home.
Hey, guess what?  you can grab this book for FREE… right here!
Also – the Author is hosting a Reading Marathon on facebook, with more giveaways!  Want to read the series with me and other people?  With insights and conversations with the author – and possibly win more free stuff?  Yes?  I will see you HERE  The reading marathon for this book starts on MONDAY!
If you’re on Facebook joining the book marathon, I have another group for you to check out!  As you may know, my oldest child and I are consultants for Perfectly Posh.  Natural, non toxic pampering products?  With Vegan options?  YES PLEASE!  We have a group where you can learn about all the latest deals, request free samples, participate in contests and giveaways, etc.  Come join the fun!
The latest thing at Posh I am excited about is the Pamper Your Cold set.  This is a limited time special product to prepare for Cold and Flu season.  Pamper your Cold with essential oils to help you breathe easier and relax.  The Skin Stick is a lotion bar made with Shea Butter and loaded with Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Pink Grapefruit essential oils.  You can apply it on your nose, upper lip, temples, neck, and chest to help relieve your cold symptoms.  The set also comes with Pamper Your Cold Shower Tablets – throw one of these in your bath tub or shower and breathe in the essential oils as they are released in the steam.  Opening up your sinuses and promoting a sense of relaxation will help you get better faster!  Order now at www.perfectlyposh.com/kenzijoe   This is a Limited item so I am not sure how long it will last!  Get yours while you can!
Meanwhile, Kenzi and I want to thank our customers!  Everyone who places an order BEFORE September 15th (that’s Thursday!) will get entered into a drawing to win this Chunk Bar.
Get clean and feel Enlightened with this lightly scented soap bar made with Palm Oil, Shea Butter, and Olive Oil.  Lightly scented, VEGAN, high quality soap that will last you a LONG TIME!
Enter to win by placing an order of any amount at www.perfectlyposh.com/kenzijoe by 8 pm PST , Wednesday September 14
Thinking of Cold and Flu Season coming up reminded me I should probably stock up on some other herbal remedies.  While I was searching, I found this and I just wanted to share it here for anyone interested.  I don’t know this shop owner, I’m just sharing something I think is awesome!
from OrganicHerbals on Etsy

What I’m Reading – Booknificent Thursday

I’m joining in at This Linky Party for Book Reviews – Booknificent Thursdays!

http://mommynificent.com/category/booknificent-thursdays/
 
What I’ve been reading;
 
The Codex Alera (series)
 
I just finished the last book in the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher.  I devoured this series of six books in about 4 or 5 weeks.  I love Butcher’s Dresden Files series and I wanted to check out his other series – I’m so glad that I did!  It has a different style and far different setting than the Dresden Files series.  The Codex Alera series is set in a world quite different than our own.  Alera is a realm of humans, yet each human has the ability to control a “Fury” – best described as an Elemental.  Some people can control more than one element, some people just one or two.  Except for Tavi – our main character who has never had any ability with Furycraft whatsoever.  In a realm where your position and level of citizenship depend on your level of Furycrafting ability – life isn’t going to be easy for Tavi. 
Very early in the series we learn that there are other races of beings in realms outside of Alera – beings that Alera has consistently been at war with.  Within the realm of Alera itself a Civil War is brewing as there is no clear heir to the throne and a power struggle to claim the throne begins.  Through the six books we follow several characters in their adventures.  There is war, subterfuge, mystery, action, love and more.  These books have it all and are a great series for anyone who loves fantasy fiction.
 
The New Vesta Secret
 
I began reading The New Vesta Secret by Debra may Macleod.  If you follow my blog you know I have an affinity for Vesta.  I was thrilled to find an author who is renewing and helping create a modern Spiritual path honoring Vesta.  The author walks you through her own life and how she discovered and reinvented this path for herself.  I’m very much enjoying this book and it has renewed and uplifted my own spiritual home practice
 
Grimoire For The Green Witch
 
I’m reading Grimoire For The Green Witch by Ann Moura with a Pagan Book Club.  I’m enjoying the perspective of Green Witchcraft.  There is a lot of helpful information and spells, rituals, recipes, etc in this book.  Will review further when I am finished.
 
 

Bathroom Blessings and Spells

Last week I started a De-Cluttering project – to get rid of clutter in the home.  Both for practical purposes and spiritual purposes.  I started in the Bathroom.

I created a sacred space in my bathroom by making a small altar in this window ledge.  Candles, seashells, a clay Goddess figurine, and my Yemaya Mojo Bag.

I cleaned my countertops and went through the cabinets and drawers and managed to get rid of quite a bit of clutter that had been hiding there!  It is amazing how much stuff just gets put aside to use or deal with “later”.  And “later” never really comes!  It felt good to let go of and release some things, and re-organize other things.  My bathroom truly feels like a relaxing retreat now!

An example of Before & After under the sink:

Before

After
 

Before

After

With my cleansing and blessing of the space, now when I go in my bathroom I am reminded of the importance of self-care.  And I’m reminded that many acts of self-care can be so magickal!  You can turn the act of bathing, showering, or washing your face into a simple ritual of cleanising, releasing, and banishing.  You can turn the acts of brushing your hair or applying make-up into simple rituals of beauty and self love!

If you’re interested in spells or rituals for your bathroom, here are a few links:

A really great book; Enchantments: 200 spells for Bath and Beauty

Here I have a Detox bath and Meditation with Yemaya

Cleansing Bath

Another Book; Wicca Spiritual Bath Spells

Book; Crossroads Mama 105 Spiritual Baths for Every Occasion

Book: Magical Herbal Baths of Santeria

If I add other Bath/Beauty type spells or rituals here after this blog post, they will be tagged under “bathroom” so you’ll be able to find them!  I have a few I want to share, I’ll add them when I have time! 

Monday Book Review; Red Rising

 
Joining in at Book Journey for this week’s Book Reviews!
This last week I read the book Red Rising by Pierce Brown.  I was browsing through e-books on Barnes & Noble and found this on sale.  It’s the first book of a Trilogy and the description caught my attention. 
 
 
“Pierce Brown’s relentlessly entertaining debut channels the excitement of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a miner and a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he digs all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of the planet livable for future generations. Darrow has never seen the sky.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better future for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow and Reds like him are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow joins a resistance group in order to infiltrate the ruling class and destroy society from within. He will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.”

 

What can I say?  I LOVED IT!  If you liked The Hunger Games Trilogy, you will like this book!  What sets it apart from the Hunger games is that it is more Sci-Fi – the setting is Mars, in the distant future.  Darrow is a Red, the lowest caste of people on Mars, similar to Katniss’ District 12.  The Reds are slaves to the Golds . . . as are all the other sects of people in this Hierarchy ruled government.  The thing is, the Reds don’t know they are slaves.  Living underground, they have been lied to and fed false propaganda.  There is a movement beginning, a group called The Sons of Ares who wish to create an uprising against the Golds.  Darrow is chosen to be an important part of this uprising and he is told the truth about The Golds and the way the planet is run, and then sent on an undercover mission to infiltrate Gold Society.  In order to gain an influential rank inside Gold Government, Darrow must first graduate from an Institute to become a “Peerless Scarred” . . . students are thrown into the wilderness and must fight for rank with battles against other students. 

The book is intense!  It falls under the category of Dystopian Fiction, much like Ender’s game, The Hunger Games, and Divergent.  As I stated above, it’s more Science-Fiction genre than some of those others are, and I should mention it’s not marketed as Young Adult like those other series are.  There are more adult situations, not just with violence – but including rape and murder. 

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series; Golden Son! 

What’s Next on my reading list?

I plan on re-reading Merrick by Anne Rice, and probably the rest of the Vampire Chronicles series after that . . . leading up to the newest installment in the series, Prince Lestat.
I’m also reading There Was An Old Woman by Hallie Ephron.

Monday’s Book Reviews

Joining in at Book Journey for It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

I have a couple different books going on right now.

First off, I am still reading “Child of The Dawn” by Gautama Chopra. While I am enjoying the subject matter (spiritual awakening and the Law of Attraction) I am just not getting into this book. The writing style and story telling just aren’t pulling me in. Perhaps I will change my mind after I finish it, but for now my review is just. . . “meh”.

Another book I am reading right now is  ” How To Hear Your Angels” by Doreen Virtue. I am enjoying this book! It gives advice for anyone who wants to increase and strengthen their communication with Angels, spirit guides, crossed over loved ones, etc. Really nice for those who do tarot or oracle card readings or any type of medium ship work, with practical excersizes to increase your intuition and empathy.

Thirdly, I am rereading “Guards! Guards!” By Terry Pratchett. I needed some lighthearted fiction and comedic relief in my life so I picked an old favorite from The Discworld series. Revisiting the introduction of one of my favorite characters, Sam Vimes and his encounter with Dragons as part of a political coup. Always enjoyable!

Monday Book Review

What I read last week;

The Ocean At The End of The Lane


By Neil Gaiman

As I stated in last Monday’s blog, I was thrilled to find this book at the library. It didn’t let me down! Gaiman’s books always capture my heart and imagination in unexpected ways. I try to give book reviews that give no spoilers for those who haven’t read the book, so without going into detail I will give a brief description.  Do you have any childhood memories that, as an adult, you just know they can’t be real? You figure, I was an imaginative child, there is no way this is a real memory. . . it must be something I dreamed or imagined. This story is about one man’s vaguely-remembered childhood, and the impossible truth he encounters as he remembers things that happened. It’s a ghost-story, a fairy tale, creatures from somewhere beyond our reality; and the creatures who defend that reality and hold it all together. There are people and things in this book that are so familiar, like they are taken from the very fabric of childhood’s fondest imaginings. . . and from it’s darkest nightmares; and finally given faces and names and a story of their own. The Ocean at The End of The Lane is a short novel, and it didn’t take long for me to read it, but it was rich in imagery, tastes, smells, and vivid emotions. Truly a great book for anyone who loves fantasy, myth, and magic! Yet not too “far out” from reality that it may also be enjoyed by those who don’t often read fantasy genre books.  I hope you will read it! If you have already read it, leave a comment and tell me what you thought!

And now; what I am currently reading or planning to read this week!
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Hey, it was on the library book shelf right next to the other one! Two Gaiman books I hadn’t read yet – I couldn’t resist! Already almost done with this one. . . and I love it so much! Check back next Monday for my review!
Child of the Dawn by Gautama Chopra
Found this one on a book sale rack for $2.00 and I couldn’t resist! Sounds somewhat similar to Hesse’s Siddhartha which I recently read, and it is written by the son of Deepak Chopra. Excited to see what this book brings me!

It’s Monday! I’m Reading….

Book Review; Last Week’s Book

Last week I finished reading Siddhartha  by Herman Hesse. I really enjoyed the story. The first half of the book was rather slow and hard for me to get into, but I found the second half to be interesting and enjoyable. I am glad I stuck with it to the end. It was interesting because I have been studying Buddhist and Zen philosophy. I think it helped that I have an interest in these subjects and a basic understanding of them; someone who doesn’t have that may not understand the book. I would reccomend this book to anyone interested in Eastern Philosophies and books that explore Buddhism and Zen concepts!

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I’m so excited! I found The Ocean At The End of The Lane  by Neil Gaiman at the public library today! I have been wanting to read this one for a long time and I have loved everything I ever read by Neil Gaiman. Check back next Monday for my review and the next book I am reading!

Have a great week! What are you reading?

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Joining in at Book Journey to share what I am currently reading!

“Siddhartha” 
By Herman Hesse (1951)
Following along with my theme of a couple previous posts here, I decided to continue reading this book. I had started reading it earlier this year, but then packed the book up when we moved. Since I am working on meditating more often and subsequently learning about Buddhism, I figured now would be a good time to finish reading this one!
From the back cover:
“This classic novel of self-discovery, set in India during the lifetime of the historic Buddha, has inspired generations of spiritual seekers.  The tale of a young Brahman’s quest for the ultimate reality follows his spiritual journey – from the extremes of excess and sensuality to the rigors of asceticism and self-denial. Ultimately he learns that wisdom cannot be taught – it must come from one’s own experience and inner struggle. Told in an evocative, symbolic style that gives the story a sense of the timeless, the novel is admired for it’s engaging prose, human sympathy, imagination, and ironic humor.” (Dover Publications, 1999)