Thursday, October 30, 2008

New Blog Design!!

As a Birthday present for myself.. I bought my Blog a new Design!!

I love it!

Lauren at Restored 316 Designs did a Beautiful Job for me (don't you think?!?) and she did it all in less than 24 hours!

She also did my Reiki Website & Blog for me - Living Earth Reiki; which I'm slowly adding classes and workshops to as time allows.

Now that I have a new Blog Design... I think I feel a CONTEST coming ON!!!! You'll just have to wait and see!

Don't let the Bed Bugs Bite!

Yesterday was my Birthday.

I had a very nice, relaxing (which is good!) day.

I chopped off ALL of my Hair.

I shopped online... all day long.

And my husband took me to a fun dinner at Benihana!

After dinner we both couldn't sleep and decided to watch our shows (Pushing Daisies & Dirty, Sexy, Money) well, all of a sudden my neck starts itching like crazy!!! Of course, I think I'm having a (very delayed) allergic reaction to the hair dye and that my throat will soon start to swell closed and I'll stop breathing.

But.. the sane part of me remembered that I had some very fabulous calendula herbal salve right in my bed side table! I put some of the salve on and in about 15 minutes the hive was gone and I wasn't itchy any more... what more could you ask for? (besides a no bugs allowed in the bed sign??)

My little story is actually an introduction to a new section of my blog - Wise Witch Wisdom.

Woman have been Wise One's through most of history. Using the plants and herbs around them to heal (...and possibly to harm). So, with my new section I'm hoping to pass along some useful herbal information that might help you with find relief after being bit by a spider.. or one of the other 100 things that make us uncomfortable throughout the day!

Nature is just waiting to help us, we just have to know how to listen to her...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Item of the Day - FREE SHIPPING

I'd like to start something new here on my Blog, which will mean more great benefits for being a member here at Hocus Pocus!

I sell at various places online (which you can track most of them at
Plum Drop) and I'm going to start posting an Item of the Day that will include a special discount offer for all of my Blog Readers!

Sound like fun?

Sort of?

Come on.. at least a little, right?


Today's Item of the Day is a 4 oz bottle of
SIMPLE PLEASURES Pomegranate Body Lotion. I thought Pomegranate would be fitting for the Season considering it's the Fruit of Persephone, Queen of the Underworld and Samhain (aka Halloween) is this week!

Now for the Fun Part! The Special Deal will be FREE SHIPPING if you mention that you're one of my Hocus Pocus Blog Readers! So, you'll be saving $3.50 just for reading the first Item of the Day Post!

If Body Lotion isn't your thing, be sure to check back tomorrow to see what the Item of the Day is going to be (I'm open to suggestions... just in case you have your eye on something from one of my shops!)


Wordle ~ October 28th

I was reading the New Age Bitch's Blog and found this really cool site called wordle that can generate these fun tag cloud images. Here's mine from October 28th, I want to see how much I can get it to change over time...

Do one for your site too and post so I can see!

Have a Wonderful Day~

Monday, October 27, 2008

Pushing Daisies!

This is one of my favorite shows and I just found out it might be cancelled due to lack of viewers!

So.. if you haven't seen it yet, be sure to check out Pushing Daisies this week! It's such a unique show.. I think you'll really like it!


Stuck in the Web!

Do you ever have days where you still just get absolutely lost in the world wide web?

I’m having one of those days today. It’s proving very fulfilling yet very overwhelming all at the same time.

I’ve found some totally fantastic new blogs like MagPie Girl and Dreamer Girl and some fun new blog networking sites like Biznik and BlogHer.

Have any fun sites you'd like to share??? Feel free to post them here so I can check them out!

Hope you're enjoying the Day!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

C O N T E S T ~ Mine & Martha's ~ W I N N E R

Hi Folks ~

Sorry it's taken me SO long to post the Mine & Martha's Contest Winner (I'll post all about the reason for the delay later..)

So.. Without any more delay... the W I N N E R is...........

From The MoonlitSea!!!

Congrats Lady! I'll be contacting you to get your address!!

Bright Blessings~

Saturday, October 04, 2008

One of Thoses Days...

Have you ever had one of those days where you just need to watch the same movie about 15 times??

{ i know, i'm weird }

Today was one of those days for me. As you may have guessed, I love Fairytales and right now I just can't get enough of Penelope! It's one of my favorite movies.. so I watched it on repeat all day. I did manage to get some work done, updated some of my social networking pages, fixed the tomato plants (they needed a little help standing up) and took the kids out to play... but mostly I just watched this movie...

{ i love rainy saturdays }

Friday, October 03, 2008

The Next Chapter

I'm so excited (yes, again!)

While I was out-and-about last night browsing Blogger-land, I found
Suzie's Sacred Space. What an incredible blog! Suzie, at this point, probably thinks I'm stalking her since I posted a few comments and signed up for a class she's taking part in starting in November (i swear, i'm not a stalker!)

The wonderful class I found is called The Next Chapter: Soul Coaching. Here's a bit about the group for more info:

The concept behind a book-blogging group is that a community of bloggers work
their way through a book, sharing their experiences by posting on their own blog
and by reading what other participants are sharing. You can choose to share as
much or as little as you like.

We're starting out with Soul Coaching and my hope is that we will [have] such a magnificent time full of connection and growth that The Next Chapter will become a regular place to blog through books on various creative and self-development topics.
I don't always do very well once the cold weather comes and the class is going to be on-going through the month of November. I figured it would be a perfect time to do some digging around my soul--maybe I can figure out why I hate the dark half of the year so much (among other things!)

I'm posting a link to the book, in case any one is interested in checking it out. I just ordered my copy today and starting in November I'll be posting relating to it and my journey.. if anyone would like to join me please visit The Next Chapter and sign up too!

Everyone is in bed already.. I should probably get there too....

See ya in the morning!

F R I D A Y F U N !

Ok.. October is just FULL OF FUN!!

There are CONTESTS to enter ALL OVER THE PLACE.. and I'm going to post a few of them here for you!

1. Celtic Goddess - Indie Reviews is giving away lots of goodies from Divapixie of Fools & Jewels!

2. Mrs. B's 31 Days of Halloween - New giveaways are happening EVERYDAY!! Be sure to join in the FUN!!

3. Joanna from An Altered Fairytale is hosting her First Ever All Hallow's Eve Fairyland Carnival Contest - she makes the BEST goodies, so don't miss out on this one!

4. Black Box Reviews is hosting another FUN contest -- This time you have to tell a story though, so get creative and post, post, post!

5. Shelle at Blok Thoughts is getting ready to host her Don't You Hate It When Contest, so get your stories ready!!

Ok.. If I missed any contests (I'm sure I did) please leave a comment here and ADD YOUR OWN!!

{ i love contests }

Hope everyone has a BLAST joining in the FUN!


Take a Deep Breath and Get Back in the Boat

For most of my life I’ve known that I was a little different—a little more sensitive than the average person, a little more aware of my surroundings and the people in them.

It’s strange to me, with my knowledge of my heightened awareness (notice how I didn’t say understanding!), that astrology has just recently become a part of my life (well, within the last year or so). It never occurred to me before then that I should be paying attention to the sun, the moon, the stars and the planets because if the weather affects me that the heavens probably do too!

I’ve signed up for this wonderful email service that sends me updates whenever there are changes going on in the sky along with little summaries of how those changes might affect us here on Earth. So far the email warnings have been great.. I don’t know what I’ve done without them my whole life! Well, I take that back, I do know what I’ve done without them… SUFFERED! It’s so much better going into the day being a little more prepared with the knowledge that yes, Mercury is in Retrograde (until the 15th), that the moon will be in Sagittarius for the next two days (good for goal setting and completing) and that for the next six weeks Mars will be in Scorpio (so watch out for being over emotional and letting your ego get the best of things).

See… I feel more prepared already! And now, when my emotions try to get the better of me I can take a step back, take a deep breath and know that it’s not ME that is having the problem.. that I can just get back in my boat and float on downstream (Abraham would be SO proud!)

Have a Great Day!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Stress Management

I got this in my email box today and figured it would be something good to remember since we're in the middle of a Mercury Retrograde (and I mean REALLY in the middle, it won't be over until the 15 -- Goddess Help Us!!)

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to
an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, 'How heavy is this glass of

Answers called out ranged from 8oz. To 20oz.

lecturer replied, 'The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long
you try to hold it.'

If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If
I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it
for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.'

In each case it's the same
weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.'

He continued,
'And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all
the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be
able to carry on.'

'As with the glass of water, you have to put it
down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can
carry on
with the burden. '

'So, before you return home tonight, put
the burden of work/life down.
Don't carry it home. You can pick it up

'Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a
moment if you can. Relax; pick them up later after you've rested.

is short. Enjoy it!

And then he shared some ways of dealing with the
burdens of life:

1. Accept the fact that some days you're the bug,
and some days you're the windshield.

2. Always keep your words soft and
sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3. Always read stuff that will
make you look good if you die in the middle of reading it.

4. Drive
carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5. If
you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6. If you lend
someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a
warning to others.

8. Never buy a car you can't push.

9. Never
put both feet in your mouth at the same time,because then you won't have a leg
to stand on.

10. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and

11. Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep
til late

12. The second mouse gets the cheese.

13. When
everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

14. Birthdays
are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

15. You may be
only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

16. Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

17. We
could learn a lo t from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are
dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to
live in the same box.

18. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the
scenery on a detour

New ~ Witch Hats

I'm so excited!!

I just finished a new project that I've been thinking about for a while now... Witch Hats! This is the first one, I'm not quite finished yet (I still have to paint the bottom), but I was SO excited I wanted to take some pictures and post them to share.

They are a BLAST to make, my son even made one with me yesterday (a Sponge Bob one.. lol).

I'll be posting more pictures and adding the finished hats to my Etsy Shoppe over the weekend (plus I have to finish my Gritty Jane Doll!)

Hope everyone has a Great Day.. and don't forget to Check out Mrs. B and her 31 Days of Halloween -- she's got tons of fun going on over on her Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom's Blog, be sure to visit and tell her Sage set Ya!


Wednesday, October 01, 2008

C O N T E S T ~ Mine & Martha's ~ U P D A T E

I've got a mini update for this weeks contest...

You can still earn an entry for EVERY COMMENT you make on my blog (from posts starting on 9/28 through 10/5), but NOW you can earn an extra TWO entries for F O L L O W I N G my blog as well!

Just so my current F O L L O W E R S don't feel left out they will automatically be entered into the contest drawing (just one of the PERKS for being a Follower of Mine -- more perks to come later!!)

Hope you're enjoying the FIRST DAY OF OCTOBER!!