Hold Strong

Rainbow

Somewhere over the Rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true. – from Somewhere Over the Rainbow

The rainbow reminds us of her that all troubles will soon pass to new beginnings if we hold strong to hope and faith‬. We’re gently reminded to stay on our individual paths and to not rush or be distracted from what we seek. The treasures we seek along our journey are at the end of the rainbow and may come in unexpected forms of blessings. Let go of expectations and accept all treasures that are soon to come.

Are you strong enough in faith to let go of all expectations and to accept any and all you’re given without doubt? Are you holding true to your path and yourself? Are you holding true to promises you have made? Or is it time to slow down so you can enjoy those treasures?

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Once Upon A Zombie

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Look what arrived in today’s mail for a future book review‬. Yep, couldn’t resist, looks like I’m going to be sharing my thoughts about books‬ again! Apparently I can’t stay away from author’s, publishers, and book publicity people! They know I’m addicted to books!

With this new book series from Billy Phillips and Jenny Nissenson‬ we’ll be visiting the six kingdoms: Wonderland, Camelot‬, Enchanted Forest, Land Of Oz, Neverland‬, and Zenos Forest. Book 1 takes us “down the rabbit hole”.

All the timeless fairytale‬ characters who once lived forever are now the living dead – think Snow White‬, Cinderella‬, Rapunzel‬, and Sleeping Beauty‬. Even worse, they’re famished. Definitely not the ideal situation for a vulnerable young girl prone to panic attacks.

But what’s scarier – a blood thirsty zombie‬, a panic attack…or the truth?

I received a book copy in exchange for a future book review. 

Hello September

In the Latin language, septem means “seven” and September was originally the 7th month in the Roman calendar which had only ten months until around 153 B.C. (wikipedia)

Her stone is Sapphire, she is most commonly seen in blue, but also has shades of black, green, orange, pink, violet, white, and yellow.

“The magnificent and holy Sapphire, in all its celestial hues, is a stone of wisdom and royalty, of prophecy and Divine favor. It is forever associated with sacred things and considered the gem of gems, a jewel steeped in the history and lore of nearly every religion. To the ancient and medieval world, Sapphire of heavenly blue signified the height of celestial hope and faith, and was believed to bring protection, good fortune and spiritual insight. It was a symbol of power and strength, but also of kindness and wise judgment.

In Hebrew lore, King Solomon and Abraham both wore talismans of Sapphire, and the Law given to Moses on the Mount was said to be engraved on tablets of Sapphire. The Greeks wore it for wisdom at Delphi when seeking answers from the Oracle at Apollo’s Shrine. Buddhists believed it brought devotion and spiritual enlightenment, and the Hindus considered Sapphire as one of the “great gems” used in offerings in the temples for worship and to align astrological influences. In Christianity it was used in ecclesiastical rings, and was cherished by kings and nobility for its powers of protection and insight. [Kunz, 104, 241][Mella, 103][Eason, 247][Fernie, 96, 102-103]

As a talisman, Sapphire was thought to preserve chastity, discover fraud and treachery, protect its wearer from poison, plague, fever and skin diseases, and had great power in resisting black magic and ill-wishing. It healed ailments of the eyes, increased concentration, and would lose luster if worn by an intemperate or impious person. [www.sacred-texts.com]

Today Sapphire is still a Stone of Wisdom, a royal stone of learning, mental acuity and psychic activation, a seeker after spiritual truth. Its pure Blue Ray brings order and healing to the mind, lending strength and focus, and an ability to see beneath surface appearances to underlying truths and to utilize that knowledge. It stimulates the Throat and Third Eye Chakras, allowing one to access deeper levels of consciousness in order to gain a fuller understanding of self. Associated with the planet Saturn, Blue Sapphire embraces order, structure, and self-discipline, and is ideal for accomplishing goals and manifesting ideas into form. Sapphire’s power to transmute negative thoughts and energy also makes it highly effective for earth and chakra healing. [Hall, 253][Ahsian, 340][Simmons, 339]” from From http://www.bernardine.com/gemstones/sapphire.html

Aster is the lovely flower of September, a symbolism of love, faith, and wisdom.

“A Greek legend tells the tale of Astraea, the goddess of innocence, who went to live in the heavens as the constellation Virgo. A flood covered earth, created by Zeus to wipe the planet clean of corruptness. Two humans survived on Mt. Parnassus, which the flood did not reach. Astraea created starlight to guide the pair and as she wept from pity she had for them, her tears landed on earth. From those locations asters grew.

Folklore also states that the perfume generated from burning aster leaves was able to keep evil serpents at bay. They were also believed to bring luck and one legend points to the aster as being able to foretell a change in weather. When the petals are closed, it is a signal of oncoming rain.

Another myth involves magical fairies who were thought to sleep under the aster petals after they close at sunset and as the plant was ruled by Venus, it was a common ingredient used in love potions and referred to as the ‘herb of Venus.’” – from http://www.whatsmybirthflower.com/september-birth-flower/

September is the month that most children are officially back in school and in the old days it wasn’t uncommon for teachers to receive apples on the first day from students in hopes that they’d be in good graces with their teachers.

Did you know that apples have always been a popular tool for reading the future? One method of divination is by counting whole apple seeds after slicing the apple in the middle (transversely / longitudinally).

1 seed- you will have a surprise coming your way
2 seeds- you will have good luck
3 seeds- you will have bad luck
4 seeds- you will have wealth
5 seeds- you will have a happy relationship
6 seeds- you will have success with you work
7 seeds- you will travel someplace you have longed to go
8+ seeds- your life will be abundant

And who doesn’t remember twisting the apple stem as kids reciting the ABC’s with each twist and stopping when the stem breaks free from the apple? The letter we stopped with was supposed to be the first letter of the name of the one we loved or the one who loved us.

September is a month filled with great Summer Clearance sales. Be sure to check out TrueCouponing.com’s post on What to buy in September to find items to add to your shipping list this month.

If you’re curious of some observances that some in the United States observe with awareness campaigns during the month of September, they include:

  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Ovarian Cancer Month
  • National Prostate Health Month
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
  • Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month
  • Food Safety Education Month
  • National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
  • National Preparedness Month
  • National Sickle Cell Awareness Month
  • National Bourbon Heritage Month – “America’s Native Spirit”
  • National Better Breakfast Month
  • National Honey Month – promotes US Beekeeping, the beekeeping industry and honey as a natural and beneficial sweetener

Other observances the US and some internationally observe, include:

  • Sept 5: International Day of Charity (International)
  • Sept 5: National Cheese Pizza Day – Yes, a guilt-free reason to order pizza!
  • Sept 6: National Coffee Ice Cream Day
  • Sept 6-12: National Suicide Prevention Week
  • Sept 7: Labor Day – honors the American labor movement
  • Sept 13: National Grandparents’ Day – Note to self, don’t forget mom (aka Nana by kids) and Grandma
  • Sept 14-17: Constitution Week – promotes the study and education about the constitution which was originally adopted by the American Congress of the Confederation on September 17, 1787
  • Sept 18: National POW/MIA Recognition Day – honors those who were prisoners of war or still missing in action
  • Sept 20-26: Tolkein Week – We must celebrate the birth of our beloved Tolkein Hobbits, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins of course! It’s said that they were both born on Sept 22nd but several years apart.
  • Sep 26: National Public Lands Day – event of the National Environmental Education Foundation that promotes both enjoyment and volunteer conservation of public lands

September is also the first month of my favorite season, autumn. Where I live in North Carolina that means I can wear long sleeves and short sleeves without being too hot or too cold. The temperature is just perfect between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. LOVE it! In the United States, considered part of the northern hemisphere, the autumnal equinox is September 24th. I’ll be celebrating her presence indeed with soups, freshly made bread, and my first warm cup of apple cider of the season.

Be Patient

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Mr. Turtle decided to stop by this morning to remind us to slow down in life and to have patience so we don’t miss out on any opportunities or make an error. The greatest things don’t always come when we expect them to but when the time is right for us. And like the turtle who retreats into his shell when he needs security and peace, we too can seek our own inner peace and wisdom anytime we need to.

Waking the Bear {Book Review}

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Overprotective bearshifter, Griff Martin, reluctantly rents his mountain cabin to an artist, Amy Francis. He quickly realizes the plucky artist is mate. But danger is brewing in the forest, and Griff has to be ready to safeguard both his female and his den, at the risk of losing both.

  • Publisher: Earthshine Publishing
  • Release Date: April 24, 2015
  • Buy the Amazon Ebook
  • Book Series: Broken Chains Series, Book 1

MY THOUGHTS – Fun and sexy short story. I listened to the audiobook reading version which was narrated by Jason P. Hilton. At first I wasn’t sure I would enjoy the story read by a male because I was thrown off by how weird he sounded as Amy, the main female character. However, the moment we were introduced to Griff, the local ranger, I must admit, I fell for this Grizzly of a man, a man we later learn is a bear shifter.

I enjoyed the story but I definitely expected more than what we got in the end after they both gave in to their desires for the other. I expected the thrill of danger and excitement of a newly discovered love lust to keep going but instead it ended rather abruptly. Kind of like that orgasm about to final release and then stop before spilling over. I was left wondering what happened and wondering why it ended when I was really getting into it. Will I eventually find out more about the mountain lions trying to take over the bears territory?? Will more come to town to stir things up?? Will Griff keep coming to his mate’s rescue?? Overall, I’d say it was still worth a listen to, especially when you’re short on time or just starting a new series and looking for the quick and animalistic version.

** I ONLY received a free audiobook copy in exchange for an honest review. **

Coloring Dream Mandala’s {Book Review}

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TITLE: COLORING DREAM MANDALA’S
AUTHOR: Wendy Piersall
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PUBLISHER: Ulysses Press
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This coloring page came from Wendy Piersall’s latest coloring book, COLORING DREAM MANDALA’S. I couldn’t sleep so thought I’d start a new page. So far, I’ve enjoyed COLORING ANIMAL MANDALA’S, COLORING FLOWER MANDALA’S, and I’d have to say that this one has to be my favorite coloring book so far by Wendy Piersall!

Relax, focus, reach a higher state of mindfulness and simply yourself as you artfully turn the intricate shapes in this book into stunning works of art. Coloring Dream Mandala’s offers you an imaginative array of inspiring quotes and beautiful images, including: dream catchers, dragons, fairies, stars and moons, angels, birds, sacred symbols, castles, and dream catchers.

Coloring style meditations help me disconnect from the fast paced everyday chaos and allows me to slow down my turbo charged mind so I can be still to reconnect with other dimensions between the lines on the paper and in my mind. After some time of coloring, my mind is slowed enough that I can finally easily fall asleep.

I ONLY received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Coloring Flower Mandala’s {Book Review}

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TITLE: COLORING FLOWER MANDALA’S
AUTHOR: Wendy Piersall
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PUBLISHER: Ulysses Press
BUY THE BOOK: Amazon

My morning meditation sometimes consists of coloring and this morning I colored some flower mandalas to help zone me out for a bit before the busy day began. It’s also great to unwind after a long day. I love coloring and really enjoy Wendy Piersall’s mandala coloring books for grownups.

[Coloring is a great way to] relax, focus, reach a higher state of mindfulness and simply enjoy yourself as you artfully fill in the intricate shapes. COLORING FLOWER MANDALAS offers you a garden of inspiring blooms…

I ONLY received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.