Wednesday, October 1, 2014

my latest fashion crush: jamberry

So have I shared my latest obsession with you all lately? Jamberry Nail Wraps:

Black Nail Polish + Mind Games wrap

Mind Games + Black and White Chevron
Seriously, I'm in love. I have spent so much money on stupid nail polish. Toxic and non toxic. I've done gel. I've even dabbled in a few acrylics. These are by far my absolute favourites.

I'm actually hosting a party, so if you're interested in trying them, you should write my friend Meghann and see if she'll send you a sample. Tell her Marya sent you (ooohh... real life name). I'm pretty sure you'll love them. Added bonus, despite being a disposable consumer good, they are made in the states and free of a ton of that toxic junk (see side photo).

I realize that I'm coming across as spammy, but honestly, I'm just really in love with the product and want everyone to be in the know about they.

They have some awesome Halloween designs. I'm just saying...


Friday, September 26, 2014

What I've been woking on lately...

This project is finally done! Woo hoo!

It only took me a year.


It's not perfect. But I'm ok with that.

It's about to go up on our washroom door. And I'm pretty stoked that all my hard work is going to be on display and help add some unique charm to our home.

Most excellent!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

September Gratitudes

I've been working, slowly but surely, behind the scenes to reconnect with some of my favourite mindful practices lately.

Creating Monthly Gratitude Journals is one of them:

And here's the same calendar, a little further along into the month. I've been doing pretty well about taking the time to remember gratitude. I know that the act of logging gratitudes might seem odd to some, but for me it's a practice that helps me remember to be mindful. There are far more things that happen on a daily basis to be grateful for but I am someone who tends to over analyze and criticize, so this is a practice that helps me break that pattern to some extent by remembering that there are more good things happening daily than I tend to remember if I don't take the time to jot them down. 

The thing I love the most about the practice is that when I look over the calendar, I'm often struck by the things I choose to write down. Often I find there tends to be themes. September's theme seems focuses mainly on Baby Faye and his amazing leaps and bounds development lately. Seriously, this kid is just amazing right now. And instead of remembering the long car ride home in traffic when he was a douche (yeah, I said it), I'm choosing to remember how his giggles immediately made me smile and lose my road rage on another trip. And for me, that's a really good thing.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

#SabbatGoals : Mabon

Happy Autumnal Solstice!

For me, Fall always marks a time of chaos and excitement. I think it might be years of going to school and working in education that does it for me. I associate Fall with change and fresh starts. It's a time of paper and organizing and I just love it.

So in the spirit of fresh starts and lists and paper, here are my goals for this turn of the wheel:

I've been working slowly on weight/health issues. I've lost 8lbs since August (I fluctuate a bit though between 6-9lbs). I've been paying a lot of attention to food and what I eat. Some days/weeks are better than others. But I'm still plugging away at it. I've gotten a little sidetracked as work has gotten busier, but I'm recommitting to doing the work and planning my food/exercise for consistency.

Magically/Practice speaking, I'm going to work on my studies a bit more than I have in a while. From spells to journaling, daily practice to reading, it's time to get back into a consistent habit. Thankfully I have support helping me get back on track. :)

And in an effort to be a bit more frugal and eco conscious, I'm purging my wardrobe, setting some better, more sustainable clothing goals (from recycling & upcycling to buying less, but more ethical clothes).

I'm looking forward to it. Bring it on Fall, you're my favourite season!


Monday, September 15, 2014

#paganlists : apples

Fall is in the air, and with it, the fall harvest, which, to me at least, means apples.  With that in mind, I thought I'd share some of my fav apple recipes in a list:

I love fall. I think it might be my favourite season. I love the crisp air, the warmer clothing, the desire to stay inside and snuggle up with a good book or a loved one. And I love all the delicious apple goodies that I'm tempted to make at this time of year.

One of the best are beer battered apple rings. It's a Dutch goodie but really not healthy. Go google it if you're interested (I won't be responsible for teaching to you fry your food!)

Now... to decide which apple goodie I'll be making for the Solstice, that is the question!