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Last Night I Also Decided to Start a Blog Specifically About Dreams and Divination/Astrology/Numerology

dreamsanddivinations.wordpress.com

I also remembered an old Wix site I started years ago but kind of stopped and it didn’t get nearly the views I get on here, so I deleted it and am moving all the dream blogs to this page. I’ll be doing daily divinations, stuff about dreams and all that.

 

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I started a page to specifically share recipes and kid craft ideas.

Since I have so many DIY ideas, crafts and converted recipes I decided to create a smaller site and Twitter account to share those on. I’m no longer posting recipes and such here and I’ll be doing updates towards Nano and during November on that blog.

It’s https://diymommy171078038.wordpress.com

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Only the end of September and I’m starting to plan for November 1st

This is my 6th year doing Nano and I’m planning on it being my second win. My first was my first year.

My first year was a breeze, my oldest was 1 1/2, I stayed at home and had nothing else taking time. Now I have 2 kids, a job, freelance work and an Etsy. I’ve been working on schedule issues to work on everything (mainly at night after the kids are in bed and I’m home from work) and I can easily take a notebook to work and work on that during my hour long lunch break.

I already know I’m working on parts 2-4 (or higher) of a short story series I started back in 2014 (accidentally- the story ended at 11 pages and I decided to make it into a total of 7 worlds in the fantasy series.)

Book 1 is fully finished, I’m just working on editing it. Next month I’ll be going through and finalizing what worlds he will be entering and mapping things out.

I’m also planning several different Christmas decoration designs for my Etsy and I’m in the full swing of the Halloween season.

 

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Halloween and Fall Decoration Ideas

With the Fall Equinox coming in 2 days, and around here we are getting ready to experience some cooler weather, the thoughts of fall and everything related are filling peoples’ heads. There are pumpkin spice everything put out (and being bought), pumpkins selling fast and ideas for all types of DIY decorations in magazines. (I’ll be posting some pig pumpkins once we finish decorating them today I got from Country Living Magazine later)

I am a decoration fanatic. I only have a tiny bit of yard to use, but I make sure it’s decked out year round.

41992169_336285123792278_3721611096381980672_oThis is currently the beginning of decorating my garden, I had no idea how big the Gecko blow up would be when I bought it and I’m currently searching for the perfect location. I’m planning a few DIY decorations but sadly, my pumpkins will have to stay inside. We bought a total of 7 small and 1 big but the paint we used washes off too easily with water (although, that was good for me yesterday)

42135621_336544230433034_2756593049470500864_o.jpgIt took me about 1-2 hours to clean it all up, but we still have a few patches of yellow paint my shampooer didn’t get on the carpet. I also got a nice, big hug while she was covered in it so I ended up with paint all over my pants.

 

One DIY my kids have LOVED over the years are hanging ghosts. I made a small family years ago and my seven year old grew so attached to hers (she named him “Boo,” that she slept with him for over a year. These ghosts are super simple and super cute. You can get kits here with all supplies and instructions and there’s even bulk options for groups.

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Another cute idea is to buy several pumpkins and paint them up like animals, I am in the middle of making those. I got the idea from Country Living Magazine

These pumpkins will be finished today, I did buy the wrong paint (the paint is coming off too easily and is water soluable. It was good for cleaning up the kitchen and my two year old BUT bad for outdoor decorations. We will have to find places inside for all 8 pumpkins. These are not finished yet but this is what we have so far. The three fully pink are going to be pigs (like the introduction picture in Country Living’s article^)

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Don’t forget to stock up on your favorite fall scents over the course of the entire holiday season. There are classic fall scents,  you can even find leaf scented candles and there are tons of other fun, fall and Halloween related scents, like these Pumpkin Spice melts pictured.

20180913_085232587203506696025851.jpgAnother idea along the DIY route is to go to the store and buy a wreath base with some flowers, leaves and ribbon (and anything else you want to use) You can even go out in nature and have your kids pick up sticks and acorns. (if you’re really crafty, make your own wreath base but I’m not that crafty lol)

This is the wreath my kids and I made. I’m still thinking about adding to it, but I’m not 100% if I will or what to add.

20180904_1520389069768312919863801.jpgDecorative pillows are always a fun way to add some fun into a living room or bedroom as well. My kids are pillow fanatics so we are always tripping over one or two

You can get these here, and here

 

20180913_0906071641335795828449305.jpg19250582_142716789815780_8861833127993851175_oThere are also party favors or small decorations

Take an egg carton, paint it black, add black pipe cleaners and paint on eyes- and you have a cute little spider infestation, ala Pinterest

Take small chap sticks or lip glosses, wrap them with white tissue paper or fabric and tie them off. Draw on eyes and a mouth and you have party favor ghosts for Halloween parties.

Take pencils, wrap small peices of burlap around the eraser, tied off and pull out like broom bristles and you have little witch’s brooms.

Those ideas also came from Country Living, same edition as the pumpkins.

 

Some other party favors for kid’s parties- sucker ghosts. Take suckers, wrap white tissue paper around and tie off with a rubber band and there are so many other ideas on sites like Pinterest.

I’ll be posting more of the crafts my girls and I are working on over the month and I’ll be posting recipes for Halloween treats and desserts- always gluten and dairy free.

I’ll be doing the same for Christmas.

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Meditation for Beginners

You have heard about mindfullness, meditation, even thought about trying Yoga. You have read a lot of self help books, tried downloading meditation apps and tried everything you could but you can’t stay with it and nothing seemed to help- the voice on the app was too distracting or the music was too loud, the app was full of ads and you couldn’t get it to load properly.

All of those are issues I had when I first started. So I started looking for blogs and sites to help, bought several magazines and in the end, stopped reading and started trying.

There was one daily Yoga app that helped, but I don’t like paying for apps unless they are truly gold- the beta only covered a few weeks and after those weeks, I lost touch. I tried buying a Yoga DVD, I have a yoga ball, bricks and a mat- the mat collects dust, we had to throw the bricks away and the ball was a play toy until we finally admitted it was too big for our house. Now it’s in storage.

You do not need tons of stuff- a mat could come in handy if you have hard floors. Mine  are carpeted, so I need nothing.

All you need to start a daily routine- yourself and the will to do it. Determine if you’re wanting to learn mindful meditation, Yoga or normal meditation. The next step is to just start- find a chart on Pinterest with beginner Yoga moves and start doing it.

Find some time in your day and just sit down, close your eyes and clear your mind. Clearing your mind isn’t as easy as it seems at first, when I can’t clear my mind for any reason, I start counting. It works well for getting me to sleep. If you can’t find a good time of your day, put yourself to bed, lie there and count. Start at one, slow yourself down and each time you inhale, count. Focusing on your breath is the first step and once you start feeling your lungs inflate, deflate, chest rise and fall and the air going in and out of your nose/lips it will clear your mind.

I already wrote a tried/tested guide to making meditation part of your everyday routine when you’re too busy to just sit down

All four of those methods are things I try to do on a regular basis because I’m not living a lazy, laid back life (although I’d LOVE to slow down a bit).

 

I’ll be writing more on the topics of Yoga and meditation, I’d like to know what types of advice would you give beginners?

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I’ve been trying to get more involved in my daughter’s school

But there is a big difference between our family (young, not rich but not poor, just not upper class) and the majority of the other parents (richer area- which is one huge factor in us wanting to keep her there and make sure her sister goes to that school). It also seems like our lifestyles are different- neither of us drink. At all. We went to a charity event and almost everyone there seemed to have drinks in their hands.

We are also an estimated 10 years younger than most of the other parents I have seen. I have actually been trying to research how to socialize with people of totally different lifestyles and all that and found very little but I’m at a point, I’m modeling being nonsocial to my kids- spending my “social” time talking to friends online instead of seeing people in person. My two year old wants a playmate and my older daughter is now starting to shy away from other kids (but she is also showing interest).

I’ve been trying to put myself in situations to talk to the other parents, so this year I volunteered as the homeroom parent.

So, I have my day job

My 2 side Etsy shops

My side freelancing

Making PTA meetings, school meetings with her team at school, doctors appointments and therapist appointments (she’s in speech, occupational and physical)

and now, making sure I’m able to help out with all the things the HP is supposed to help with- not too much, only a few things and I got one knocked out yesterday afternoon.

There are two coming up next month and after that, not really much until the next party so it’s not going to be time consuming. This is the year I need to sign her up for something- something to get her around other kids her age.

This is what happens when you take someone- give them a type A along with the ADHD attention span, make them a perfectionist- take away all idea of what they want to do career wise then plop them in the middle of motherhood and give them only a part time job and very little choice with what they went to school for.

You get someone like me- the career mindedness of a Type A but with very little direction and a short attention span (unless I’m writing or talking about something like tarot or astrology, or sewing)

Finding out what my outter limits are will be fun, but I’m very far from hitting it. My kids still get attention, I still get sleep (most nights) and nothing important gets neglected. I’d much rather have a full schedule and always be heading out than a laid back day filled with nothing-

I’m still looking for that magical formula for fitting in and figuring out how to socialize with people so much different from me. Just my clothing and tattoos make me stand out- add in religion and even age and I blank when I try to figure out how to start conversations. (and the fact my daughter is special needs makes it that much harder)

I was trying to get to know another mother in a similar situation but heard her talking about church playdates. It had me thinking about looking into local places around here for Pagans- found a few groups and learned we have a larger community than I thought- now it comes down to finding the time to make it to any of the gatherings. If it’s not trying to find stuff, it’s always feeling like I’m on a time crunch- even though most of the time I’m not.

 

This should be a fun year, though. I won’t be able to attend the first PTA meeting but I’m hoping I’ll be able to make all the others and I’m hoping I’ll be able to actually volunteer this year. I may also find a way to have a little “me” time without keeping myself up this late (I need to go to bed, but I’ve been off 3 days- so that means I’ve been with my girls nonstop) I’m living for this weekend (we’re taking our anniversary trip that we had to call off last month). For 3 days, it will be just me and my husband- no certain time to get out of bed and no certain time to do anything else. I cannot wait for some true relaxation.

 

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Coming up on my 3rd holiday in retail

I’ve worked many other retailers but this is my third holiday season at this particular retailer. I was a cashier 2 years- now I’m working in seasonal and garden center- so I’m now working in the center.

Our holiday decorations aren’t out yet, but they will be coming in soon and yesterday gave me a short sample of how busy we will be.

My hours are cut next week but I’m thankful for the break right now- I’m seeing lower hours as the “calm before the storm”

I can’t wait, though- I love fast paced and busy.