Re-charging Your creativity

Winter is at its end and its time to energize yourself out of that slumber! How do you re-charge yourself? What is a good method to resetting your mindset and creativity? 

Creativity is a doorway to making wonders happen. It is what civilizations are made of and what keeps the human spirit alive. Its defined as a phenomenon where something new and valuable is formed. So if you feel like life is on pause or maybe you just cant reach that next level. Try boosting your creativity. You may find that new doors and opportunities will appear. 

A great way in which I like to re-charge is taking a walk outside and take in the natural energy of nature. I love how the sun can hit your skin just right and give you an instant boost in mood. How the wind caresses your skin and makes you feel as light as a feather. Also, carrying around the crystal citrine can help since it is said to stimulate creativity and energy. A powerful motivational stone that can encourage self-expression and individuality, while surrounding you with positivity. 

Another crystal I would recommend is a bloodstone. It is said to help enhance intuition and creativity. Great at dispelling confusion and the muddling of the mind. In turn, helping to calm your intellect and boost your decision-making process. Don’t forget to always cleanse your area and self before beginning anything anew by smudging with sage, burning cleansing incense, or even using holy/blessed water. 

Josh Beam, an illustrator, says he recharges his creativity by reading, watching movies, playing video games, and listening to music. So it doesn’t always have to be an intense process to be inspired and re-charge your creativity. Even daily things like watching a movie can jump start your creativity and form something new, and valuable.

Whatever way you find, let it be yours and yours alone. The building blocks to anything creative is always taking the first step. Whether that is walking in nature, sitting in a garden and just observing, or reading your favorite book that you’ve somehow forgotten about; take that first step and create something new. Leave winter behind and spring into a new creative you!!

Blessed Be!!

 

  

Best Photo

Niepce’s First Photograph From Bedroom Window

Photos have the ability to tell a story and leave a lasting impression on all walks of life. When you are long and gone with times final ending; your photo can endure through the ages.  We all have had that image that captivates us in awe, bringing in a rush of emotions and feelings beyond measure.

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce

In 1826/1827, French inventor Joseph Nicephore Niepce was the first to give trend to photography. The word itself comes from the Greek meaning light and writing. Niepce’s trials with heliography led to the creation of the earliest known surviving photo. He is one of the first photographers inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame in 1966.

 

 

For this months blog, I have decided to share with all of you a picture that I continue to look at till this very day, not just because I was the person modeling in it but the experience and feelings of magic it invokes.

The picture shown below was taken last year by a very talented photographer named Ashton Dundas. It was such a learning experience for me and continues to stay with me even now. Its a constant reminder that anything is possible with the power of creativity, hard work, and belief. Have you ever been inspired by an image/photo? Did it somehow change your life in any way?

 

 

“Harvest Lord” /Photographer: Ashton Dundas /Photo Credit: www.ashestoashton.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Super Blood Moon 2019

 

The new year is about to begin and what a great way to start it off with than a beautiful moon. The super blood moon will occur on January 20th, 2019 approximately at 9:20pm EST, and totality will happen at 12:12am EST on January 21st. So if you are in North America, South America or in parts of western Europe and want to see nature at its best; enjoy this wonderful event.

 

Since the moon will appear to have a reddish hue, it was called the blood moon. Another name given it since colonial times is The Wolf Moon and sometimes referred as the old moon. One of the stories behind calling it the wolf moon is that wolf packs would howl with hunger the most during this moon phase hence why it was named as such.

 

For all my magickal people, don’t forget to set your crystals out to soak-up some of the moons energy. Another thing I like to do is make moon water with quartz crystals in it or moonstones. During the year, I water the garden with some of the water and use it in my spellwork and ritual. Just remember that if you want to give your crystals a little “pick-me-up” sprinkle some of the moon water on them and sage. Also, don’t forget to sage your moon water after making it to give it some power and cleanse the energies.

Blessed Be! 🙂

 

 

 

DIY Fall Potpourri

The color of Fall has begun and the leaves of trees begin to change to beautiful, vivid colors. Crisp, cool air surrounds you as you walk outside. Lets make your home an unforgettable aroma that you and your guests will appreciate and love, with this easy to make potpourri.

First things first, find a container that you would like to house your potpourri. It can be as decorative and simple as you would like it to be. Stay away from plastic containers since the fragrance that we use could eat right through-it or warp-it. I tend to use a decorative glass container. It just looks great in my living room and matches the décor in my home.  

Next, lets go outside. Take a walk, go to your local park, or look around your surrounding neighborhood. Your goal is to collect dried leaves, pinecones, little dried twigs, acorns, pine straw, etc. These will be the materials that you will be putting into your container. Note, here is also where you can get creative and add dried apple slices, dried orange peels, whole cloves, etc. 

After you have gathered all of your materials, I like to set them outside in full sun for a day to allow the materials to fully dry and let the moisture dissipate out of them. Also, it will allow any little creatures that have made the materials their home, an opportunity to leave and find a new home.

Now, lets make some potpourri. Choose a great Fall scent! Essential oils can be really great here and tend to keep it more natural while adding a sense of aromatherapy to the home. Try out scents like cinnamon, clove, frankincense, etc. but make this your own. How does Fall smell to you?  Take all the materials you have gathered and place them in your container. Sprinkle your fragrance of choice on all the materials in the container and mix it around. Use gloves if they are handy or an unused utensil, so not to get the fragrance on your hands. The stronger you want the scent, the more you’ll want to cover the materials. Its really just personal taste from here and how strong you want to make the aroma.

Finally, place the container in the location of the home you want the aroma to be centralized in. If the aroma weakens over time,  just sprinkle a few more drops of fragrance onto the materials.  Your all done! 

 

 

 

Benefits of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

We have all seen coconut oil or have come across it in our daily lives. It could have been while you were grocery shopping, online cruising, or you just might know someone that uses it. Regardless, the wide ranging benefits are wonderful and I would highly recommend it. There is evidence that suggests the fatty acids in coconut oil kill harmful bacteria, pathogens, viruses, and fungi. It can even potentially help to prevent certain infections.

So what should you look for in the stores or when you are shopping online? What does virgin in organic even mean? Is there even a difference between virgin organic coconut oil vs coconut oil? To start with, virgin is labeled as such when heat is not applied in the extraction process of its creation. The appearance, taste, and composition help to make the “virgin” coconut oil higher in quality. Heat being used in most processes break down a lot of benefits in products. Personally, I use virgin organic coconut oil in all products needing it for Earths Curious Goods. I also choose unrefined because the process keeps the coconut oil “true” to its original form with all its benefits. Plus, I feel like the fermenting process adds moisture to the final process and think rancidity has a higher chance of happening. Daniel Regan, a father of one, says “I use coconut oil on my daughter from birth and only use the organic version since it has many beneficial properties. It has helped a lot.”

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is not only good for the skin but can benefit hair as well. Michel Rosa, a local Charleston resident, says “I use coconut oil daily on my beard. It helps to maintain it.” 

In summary, try to choose organic coconut oil. As a bonus, pick unrefined and virgin to get a higher quality. See if coconut oil can help improve your hair and skin. Also, as you are shopping for products, check the ingredient labels and see if you can choose the ones with it in it. I know I have already switched to it and even create products such as soap with one of the main ingredients being Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (unrefined).  🙂 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Composting In Small Spaces

If you have ever wanted to compost but don’t have the time nor space to do so; this is the blog topic for you! There are a lot of different options to explore but I would like to share the system I am using with great success. Although, I urge you to try out what best works for your lifestyle and living conditions, and make it your own which is what I have done. The system I chose to create is using the vermicomposting method. I created my own system for my apartment living conditions and busy lifestyle while making it space friendly and affordable.

So what is vermicomposting?  It is the breaking down of organic material using nature and its gardeners: different species of worms. The end result is worm castings which gardens and plants absolutely love. The little gardeners will literally create this “black gold” for you by giving them your leftover organic material such as old lettuce, banana peels, old newspapers, paper bags, eggshells, spoiled rice, etc. In doing so, you are feeding them and leaving less of a carbon footprint on the Earth and helping to reduce our landfills.

So lets get started!! You will need a container to house our little gardeners and compost. The container can be as big or as little as you would like but I encourage you to choose as big as your space will allow. Customize it to the space you are using: under the sink, in the closet, or even in the pantry. I chose a medium Styrofoam cooler with lid from my local store. You will also need to buy a tray to go under the container you choose; this will serve to catch any leachate or liquid that passes through the matter in the container. I chose to buy a second Styrofoam cooler and stack them in each other so that the second one will act as the leachate catcher. 

Next, lets get the gardeners. You can purchase worms online and at your local stores that sell bait and fishing supplies. I would highly recommend getting red wiggler worms as they tend to do well in this type of system and is what I decided to use as well. DO NOT use earthworms as they will not do well in this system. If you can get your hands on at least 100 worms the better but if not that’s okay too. I started with 30 worms but ended up buying 30 more worms two weeks later in order to help speed up the composting time. You will need to also get a small bag of compost to start the system off, if not at least get some old newspapers for beginning bedding for our friends. I used a combination of soil and newspaper as the beginning bedding since I didn’t have access to compost at the time. 

Now, you will need to punch holes or drill holes in the lid of your containers to allow air circulation as well as the bottom and top sides. This is another reason why I chose a Styrofoam cooler since it is easy to customize and make holes in, but choose what works best for you. I also went an extra step and bought screen door screening and cut and hot glued the pieces to over the holes. It helps keep pests out like flies and other bugs that may disturb our little friends and the eco-system, as well as keeping the population of fruit flies down. 

For the next step, cover the bottom of the container with soil or compost if you have some, if not, shred the newspaper and place that on the bottom. You want the soil/compost damp and the newspaper wet as well but not soaking wet. You want it to be the consistency of a well rung-out sponge. Now on top of this you want to add your food scraps and place more newspaper/soil/compost. You want a wet and then dry balance. Next, add the worms to the container and cover them with soil/newspaper/compost. Put the lid on your container and you’re done! Always keep in mind that our friends like the dark and a moist environment. I like to mix my container every two weeks just to check in on them, get air circulation, and to mist it with distilled water to keep the environment moist. 

 

Tips and Tricks I’ve Learned Along The Way: 

  • I like to keep my scraps in the freezer then take them out to thaw when I’m about to put it in the bin. Cuts down on the smell and helps it break down faster,
  • I cut up and make my scraps into smaller pieces so the worms can eat them better and faster
  • Keep a spray bottle handy or container filled with rain water/distilled water to mist the bin.
  • If the container starts to smell your balance is wrong and may need to add more dry materials like leaves, newspaper, etc. It should always smell like a fresh forest floor or rich dirt.
  • To keep fruit fly population down, cover food scraps with soil/compost after placing in bin
  • Watch how much your worms consume and adjust accordingly on the amount you place in the bin
  • NEVER put meat or dairy in the bin. Think of your worms as vegan. When in doubt, don’t place it in the bin. It will save you a lot of stress later.
  • You may want to have a second system going in case your current one gets full or need more compost soon. 
  • Pay attention to your worms behavior. If they are trying to get out or staying out of the bedding. Your balance is off and they are very unhappy. you may need to add water or dry material. They may also just be hungry and you may need to add more food then normal.

Composting is so rewarding and my garden is blossoming because of the wormcastings I place in it now; not to mention my trash waste is less and I feel good knowing that I’m doing my part in helping the Earth. HAVE FUN COMPOSTING!! 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring DIY: Indoor Herb Gardening

 

Have you ever wanted your very own herb garden? Well, now that Spring is approaching, it might be a good time to get one started. Here are a few tips to get you growing: 

LIGHTING: Before you even begin, you’ll want to choose a nice sunny location for your herbs new home. The area should be able to receive between 6-8 hours of light. A good East or West facing window is ideal. If the area that you live in is mostly cloudy, rainy, or you don’t have a window with good lighting. Its time to invest in a clamp light with a grow bulb or grow lights suited for indoor plants. I can’t stress how important it is to make sure to have sufficient lighting for our herbal friends. You don’t want our friends to become the living dead!! QUARANTINE!!! 

CONTAINER: Next, decide on the containers we want to put them in. I would recommend a terra cotta pot because of the excellent air flow it provides to the root system of plants. Just make sure that the matching saucer you choose is glazed over on the inside so the water doesn’t seep out onto any surfaces you place it on. However, any pot from recycled cans, plastic pots, milk jugs, etc., can make a great container as long as there are sufficient drainage holes. DO NOT LET YOUR HERBS SIT IN WATER. You will assassinate them!!  In fact, I even recommend putting gravel or pebbles in the saucer that you place your container on to help with air flow and drainage.

PLANTS: Now, lets go adopt our new friends! I would recommend starting with a grown plant rather than from seed. It will help speed up growing times by months and your more than likely starting off with a very healthy plant. Just make sure that when you adopt your new friends, they have healthy green foliage and are free from pests. You don’t want to invite aliens back to your home to multiply! Choose plants that you will want to use in your everyday life and even cooking. Not sure what to choose, don’t worry, at the end of this article, I will provide a list from easy to hard based on my own experience at growing.  

WATERING: Here is a step I notice a lot of people will skip over or don’t really place any emphasize on. Well, don’t drown your new friends!! Overwatering is a sure way to re-enact the titanic! DON’T DO IT! The best way to tell if they are thirsty is to stick the tip of your finger into the soil and if it feels dry…water it. If you just hate getting your hands dirty, I would invest in a soil water meter from your local garden center or online store. A warning sign is if your friends foliage turns a puke yellow, they are getting too much water. If their foliage turns limp as a noodle, they are stressed and not getting enough water. However, you never want to reach to any of those stages where it takes plant therapy to make them happy again!

SOIL: Okay! Lets put some new clothes on our new friends! When choosing soil, make sure to choose potting soil and not top soil or soil from the outside yard. Soil from outside can contain pests and may not be in good condition, not to mention, it is really thick so it can suffocate or strangle our new friends and you don’t want that. Geez! We just adopted them for goodness sake! If you are unsure about the soil, don’t chance it and just invest in buying soil specifically geared toward herb growing from your local garden center. 

FOOD: Lastly, I want to go over fertilizer. Make sure to provide food for your friends. If not, you will end up with friends that are nothing but skin and bones!! Being in a pot, your herbs will consume a lot of the nutrients in the soil and some of it will wash out between water sessions. I recommend using an organic fertilizer at least once a month. When you choose a fertilizer, make sure to choose one that promotes foliage growth and NOT bloom growth. If you can get your hands on fish emulsion or compost tea, all the better. Who knows, they may have allergies to some things, so the more natural and organic your fertilizer is…the happier your herbs will be.

HAPPY GROWING!!!

   

~List of Herbs~

Easy: Basil, Mints, Bay, Dill, Rosemary, Thyme, Green Onion

Medium: Cilantro, Chives, Parsley, Lemon Grass

Hard: Sage, Lavender, Tarragon, Stevia

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Hot Cocoa 

 

Hot Cocoa is a perfect drink on a cold, chilly day/night. A delightful companion to curl up with on the corner of a couch and escape with your thoughts. If your like me and love hot cocoa, and you’re looking to put a little twist on this traditional drink; here are a few simple ways:

  1. Peppermint– 2 tablespoons milk, 1 peppermint candy, 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  2. Peanut Butter– 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 tablespoon heavy cream, and 2 Hershey kisses.
  3. Cinnamon Cookie– 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1 tablespoon nutmeg, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  4. Caramel– 3 tablespoons caramel syrup or 2 caramel candies, and 1 tablespoon milk
  5. Ice Cream– 1 scoop of your favorite ice cream
  6. Coffee– 1 tablespoon of espresso or 2 tablespoons of your favorite coffee
  7. Alcohol (Drink Responsibly)– 2 tablespoons of Baileys Almande Horchata or Baileys la French Toast, 1 tsp of sugar, 1 tsp nutmeg, and top with whip cream

 

 

I hope these simple additions will spruce up your cup of hot cocoa and ward off any winter woes! Blessed Be! 

 

 

 

5 Ways To Be Thankful

Thanksgiving is a word that should give you a new start and be grateful. Could your life use a little more love and gratitude?

Here are five ways to be thankful: 

  1. Notice the little things in life. You might find that the little things you might have missed turn out to be the most important things.
  2. See things from another’s perspective. What’s it like to walk in their shoes?
  3. Realize that time is precious. Re-align your priorities and remember that time is free but its priceless. Its the one thing we all run out of and its up to you to be the navigator of your life. Set aside time regularly to be quiet and reflect.
  4. Send a thank you from the heart. That’s right! Take a moment to tell someone thank you. Show how much you appreciate them and all they do. Write a thank you letter, send a text, or create an e-mail. Be creative. Studies show that people feel 100% happier after doing so and people who delivered their thanks in person, found a greater level of optimism and fewer negative thoughts.
  5. Give Back. Volunteer some of your time at a local charity. Help out a friend/loved one in need. See if you can work at a food bank or local shelter. Be generous toward those with less and not envious of those with more than you. 

 

Be kind, Be loving, Be thankful!!