Love is the Key to Abundance

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When you are tuned into love, you are vibrating with the frequency of the Universe. That’s where all of your money is waiting for you. Love is the key to abundance. Love destroys the fear of not having enough. Love is the end of struggle and agony. Where there is Love, there is no resistance. It’s focusing on the solution, not the problem. And this doesn’t mean, you only need love, not money. It means, when you love, you have money.

Infuse your life with wealth. Infuse your life with love. Love money. Love your body. Love your morning coffee. Love the birds singing in the trees. Love the fresh air coming in through the window. Love your self, love your life.

6 Steps to Manifesting More Money

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6 Steps to Manifesting More Money

  1. Self-Care! Find ways to feel good. Pamper yourself. Be kind to yourself. Practice extreme self-care. It’s absolutely important if you want to create anything that you desire. When you feel good, you attract more things that make you feel good, like financial abundance, good health and wonderful relationships. It all starts with self-care and self-love.
  1. Get friendly with money. Appreciate it, love it for all the wonderful things it can be traded in for. Write a list of happy things that money can buy for you: like a latte on your afternoon break from work, an umbrella when it’s raining, flowers to brighten up your home, delicious food, your electricity, write a list of money love! :-)
  1. Visualize what it’s like to have all the money you need and want. Close your eyes, and think about what your life would be like if you had all the money you really want. What would be different? Would you still work in your current job? Would you travel? Donate to charities? Invite your friends to celebrate life? What would you wear? What kind of car would you drive? Visualize it in detail and feel what it would be like to live a life of complete abundance.
  1. Use affirmations. Write down your top 5-10 worries in your life right now. Then reverse them into affirmations. For example: I really hate my job and wish I could quit. Change to the affirmation: I earn a great income doing what I love. Change: I worry that I will never lose weight. To: I love my body and enjoy having my ideal weight. One of my favourite affirmations is this one by Chellie Campbell: ‘I am rich and wonderful’. Write it on your bathroom mirror with a dry erase pen. Have fun with this!
  1. Set a deadline for your money goals. Or any goals for that matter. If you want to increase your income, write down the exact amount and add a date to it by which you want to accomplish it. This really strengthens your intent. The Universe will rush to complete your order. Use a date that is believable to you, so your mind doesn’t come up with too many resistant thoughts.
  1. Let go and let God. Ask God and the Universe for what you want and then let it go. Let the Universe figure out all the details. Trust. Have Faith! And let it go. Walk through your day in a state of joyful expectancy.

Today’s Mantra: I am in a state of joyful expectancy.

How to Make your Life more Fun!

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  1. Add little joys and pleasures to your everyday routines.
    • Listen to your favourite radio station while you cook.
    • Have your morning coffee on the balcony.
    • Listen to something inspiring or funny in your car.
    • Cuddle with your pet (or child or honey) while you watch fun movies.
  1. Pick up a hobby.
    What do you really enjoy doing, but has absolutely nothing to do with your work? Find out what that is and make time for it. Or take a course and learn to do something you always wanted to learn, like playing the ukulele or speaking and writing Chinese. Get out a jigsaw puzzle and let your mind enjoy some much-needed break from internet surfing or watching TV.
  1. Simplify your chores.
    • Clean your home only once a month, set aside 2 or 3 hours and get it all done at once, so you don’t have to worry about it for another 4 weeks. Or hire a cleaning service! Done and done.
    • Go grocery shopping only once a week, after you wrote down items on your shopping list on the fridge. Go get only the things on the list. Done and done.
    • Delegate some chores like mowing the lawn or taking out the garbage. Get your kids or spouse to take over some responsibilities. Declare them ‘Director of Waste Removal’. Make them a name tag, maybe, too! 
  1. Make time to play.
    Now, what you considered fun when you were 4 or 8 is obviously something entirely different from what you consider to be fun now. Pushing toy cars around or baking cupcakes in your EasyBake oven might have lost its luster by now. So, think about what kind of games you like to play now that you’re older. Then make time for that or maybe get your friends together for an evening of Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble or Jenga or whatever else gets you excited. I find certain online games fun, then after a while I lose interest and need to find something new. Find out what is really fun for you. Playing games is something very personal and different for everyone.
  1. Remember to keep your sense of Humour. Always.
    Forward funny emails to your friends or share them on Facebook (http://cuteoverload.com/). Subscribe to funny websites. Follow the New Yorker Cartoon on twitter or RSS. http://www.newyorker.com/cartoons/daily-cartoon . Follow Dilbert on twitter for daily cartoons: http://dilbert.com/ . Be witty, not sarcastic. Sarcasm is almost always hurtful or offensive for someone, it’s not really funny at all and leaves you with a bad feeling. Witty humour is delightful and sees negative situations in new light. For example: It could be worse, ……. then insert something really outrageous that could never happen.The other day I was sitting in the pizzeria waiting for my take out order, being bored. So I texted my son: I’m bored waiting for pizza, send me something entertaining. And he sent me this video. It made me laugh out loud… and made my day. http://imgur.com/rBevVBy
  1. Plan a vacation or a staycation
    Dedicate a new savings account or even a mason jar as your vacation fund. Then do some research online and decide where to travel to next. If you’re opting for the staycation, make a real plan. Pretend you’re a tourist in your own town and your home is a hotel. No cleaning allowed! Visit places like museums and art galleries, get ice-cream in a cone. Make sure you wear sunglasses and shorts at all times! Take pictures of everything that is vaguely interesting. See your neighbourhood with new eyes!

Pamper Yourself: 12 Natural Home Cosmetic Recipes

Set the mood: easy listening music, something relaxing whatever that may be for you. Light candles. Light your essential oil diffuser. Dim the lights everywhere. Get all the ingredients of the recipes you want to try the day before. Get containers, small bowls, utensils, food processors, whisks etc. from the kitchen and towels from the bathroom. Invite your BFFs over or simply enjoy a quiet evening at home pampering yourself.

12 Natural Home Cosmetics & Spa Treatments

1. Honey Oat Sugar Scrub

  • 2-3 tablespoons organic, raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon organic cane or brown sugar
  • Wedge of lemon

Mix ingredients together until the scrub becomes thick. Squeeze in lemon juice. Add more sugar as needed to thicken the mixture. Apply a small amount to wet skin and massage gently in a circular motion. Avoid eye area. Let the scrub sit for 3-5 minutes. Rinse face well and pat dry.

2. Face and Body Cleansing Scrub

This invigorating ubtan (cleansing paste) scrub improves circulation and helps tone muscles. In a large bowl, combine

1 cup oat or chickpea (garbanzo) flour
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 tablespoons each ground mustard and crushed fresh coriander leaves
3 tablespoons rose water
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup water

Stir to blend. Work the scrub all over your face and body. Rinse with warm water.

3. Coffee Body Scrub

A skin-softening body scrub made from coffee grounds and aromatic plant essences is a traditional treatment that’s used in Thai and Balinese spas, and it’s a luxurious way to start the day. This recipe couples a rich, smoky coffee aroma with the sweet scent of peppermint – known in aromatherapy for its mentally stimulating, energizing properties. Thanks to raw sugar crystals and olive oil, which exfoliate and moisturize, your body gets a pick-me-up, too. It makes enough for two to three applications.

1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup pure turbinado sugar
15 drops peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita)
1/2 cup used coffee grounds from a freshly brewed pot

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; using a fork, thoroughly blend. Transfer the scrub to a wide mouthed jar, and store in a cool place until ready to use. The scrub will keep for one to two weeks, longer if refrigerated.
  2. While showering, apply handfuls of the coffee scrub to wet skin in circular motions, starting at the feet and working up. The scrub contains oil, so it’s best to do this over a rubber mat to avoid slipping. Pay particular attention to rough spots such as heels, ankles, knees, and elbows.
  3. After scrubbing, cleanse skin as usual using a mild natural soap or body wash. Pat skin dry with a fluffy towel, and follow with lotion to seal in the moisture.

4. Natural Lip Balm

1 tablespoon beeswax pearls (also called pellets or pastilles)
1 tablespoon pure shea butter
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
10-15 drops essential oils

Melt beeswax, shea butter, and almond oil together in the top of a double boiler or in a heat-safe bowl set over a pot of simmering water; stir continuously with a whisk. Once the ingredients are liquified, remove them from heat. Whisk in essential oils. Working quickly, transfer the liquid to a measuring cup or a container with a pour spout and then divide it among four 1/2-ounce lip balm tins. Let balms cool completely until solid, about 20 minutes. Store in a cool, dry place.

Variation: Vanilla-Rose Lip Balm
Use 10 drops of rose oil, also called rose otto, and 5 drops of vanilla oil, also known as vanilla absolute.

5. Teabags for your Eyes

Chamomile, Green, or Black Tea Bags

Chamomile tea, a natural anti-inflammatory, helps ease redness and puffiness around the eyes. Green and black teas contain compounds called tannins, plus caffeine. Tannins have an astringent effect on the skin and shrink swollen tissue, while caffeine constricts blood vessels to reduce swelling.

Steep two chamomile, green, or black tea bags in just-boiled water for three minutes. Remove them from the water and place in the refrigerator until cooled. Place one bag over each eye and relax for 15 minutes.

6. Cucumber Slices

A classic remedy for puffy, irritated eyes, cucumbers contain ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid, both of which help reduce swelling.

Rest two 1/2-inch-thick cucumber slices on a bed of ice to chill. Once cool, place one slice over each eye, lean your head back, and relax for 10 to15 minutes. Remove the slices and rinse your face with cool water.

7. Natural Manicure

  1. Trim Hangnails.
    Using small nail scissors, clean up any ragged skin around the nail. Do not cut cuticles (the delicate area where the skin meets the nail), as they help protect the nail bed from infection.
  2. Soften Rough Skin.
    Soak hands in a basin of warm whole milk for several minutes. The lactic acid in milk helps remove dead cells and soften cuticles; the natural fats help replenish dry skin.
  3. Push Back Cuticles.
    Using an angle-tipped nail stick, gently push the cuticles back toward the base of the nail, clearing the nail surface for buffing.
  4. Shape Nails.
    Using a nail file, shape nails into squares with rounded corners, which makes them more resistant to cracks and tears. To avoid misshapen or split nails, file in one direction only — no sawing back and forth.
  5. Buff Nails To A Shine.
    Using a smooth-surfaced buffing block or buffing disk (not a filing block, which will scuff nails), buff the entire surface of nails using a side-to-side motion.
  6. Moisturize And Massage.
    As a final step, rub hands with warm almond oil, avocado oil, or light olive oil, or apply an oil-rich hand and nail cream. Pay particular attention to the nail and cuticle areas.

8. Orange Spice Foot Mask

1/2 cup whole oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 tablespoons warm water
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
4 drops sweet orange essential oil

  1. Using a food processor, grind the oats to a fine powder. Transfer to a medium-size bowl, add the remaining ingredients, and stir until blended into a thick paste.
  2. Prepare two warm, wet washcloths or hand towels, either by wetting them and placing them in the microwave for one to two minutes or by soaking them in hot (not boiling) water. Wring out excess water and set aside.
  3. Sitting with your feet in the tub or a large basin, use your hands to spread a thick layer of the mask over each foot, covering them completely up to the ankles. After wiping hands clean, wrap each foot in one of the washcloths to seal in the moisture from the mask. Sit back and relax for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. When you’re ready to remove the mask, carefully lift off the washcloths. Rinse your feet thoroughly using warm water. Pat dry with a towel.

9. Mood Mists

These mists are the simplest way to experience aromatherapy for yourself. Spray the air around you, mist your hair and skin, or spritz them on linens to leave a light scent. (They won’t stain.) Whether you’re stressed or sluggish, one of these mists will suit your mood.

The Pick-Me-Up
1 drop eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
2 drops geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
3 drops peppermint (Mentha piperita)

The Calm-Me-Down
2 drops bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
1 drop frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
3 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

  • Fill a clean, dry mini spray bottle with 4 ounces of pure distilled water.
  • Using a dropper, carefully put the selected blend of essential oils directly into the spray bottle.
  • Tightly close the bottle and shake vigorously to combine. Be sure to shake it before each use, as the water and essential oils tend to separate.

10. Facial Steaming

Facial steaming can be as simple as heating up water in a large bowl in the microwave or on the stove, draping a towel over your head and letting your skin absorb the steam for 5 minutes. For a rejuvenating steam add green tea and some herbs such as rosemary, thyme, or mint to the water. Facial steamers will open up the pores providing a deep cleansing by steaming out embedded dirt, as well as hydrates the skin.

11. Natural Face Mask

Oatmeal contains beta-glucans, which are very skin-soothing, and it also has a tightening effect when you apply it as a mask. Mix 1 tablespoon oatmeal (preferably not the instant kind, which is more finely ground) with 3 Tbsp plain yogurt—which helps exfoliate and moisturize the skin thanks to its lactic acid—and 1 Tbsp soothing honey. Apply this blend to your face and leave on for about 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Your skin will feel soft, smooth and refreshed.

12. Natural Loose Face Powder Foundation

2 tbsp of cornstarch
1½ tsp cinnamon, nutmeg or cocoa powder, add more as necessary
5 drops of an essential oil for your skin type or a carrier oil like jojoba or sweet almond, more if you want pressed powder

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined. Add more tint (cinnamon, nutmeg or cocoa powder) until you reach your desired color.

Oils Good for Oily Skin and Acne:
Cedarwood, Chamomile, Lemon, Tea Tree, Lavender, Patchouli, Palmarosa, Rosemary

Oils Good For Aging Skin, Fine Lines and Wrinkles:
Frankincense, Neroli, Lemon, Myrrh, Patchouli, Palmarosa (very hydrating)

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Today’s Video: Queen Latifah in ‘Last Holiday’ (2006) – Spa Scene
This is one of my favourite movies ever. If you haven’t seen it, please do! It’s profoundly existential and funny. :-)

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sources:
Sara – My Merry Messy Life
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-18225/a-3-step-diy-facial-for-radiant-skin.html
http://www.wholeliving.com/136432/home-spa-guide#134461
http://www.wholeliving.com/134880/wake-scrub?center=0&gallery=136432&slide=134880
http://www.wholeliving.com/134994/diy-eye-soothers?center=0&gallery=136432&slide=134994
http://www.wikihow.com/Create-Your-Own-Spa-Treatment
http://www.womansday.com/style/beauty/a1454/10-kitchen-pantry-beauty-ingredients-105485/

Give your Closet a Makeover

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Give your Closet a Makeover

  1. Take EVERYTHING out of your closet and spread it out on your bed.
  2. Make three piles:
    – It fits, I love it and it looks great on me.
    – Toss or donate.
    – Not sure/Maybe pile. Put those in a cardboard box or bag for 1-3 months. If you haven’t missed it after 3 months, donate the items.
  1. Go shopping for anything that is missing from your wardrobe. Before you go shopping, get clear on what your ideal style actually looks like. You could create a mood board of clothes you love on Pinterest or cut out pictures from old magazines and collect them on a pin board. Know your style, then go shopping for only that. Remember: Never buy clothes just because they are on sale. If something is 50% off, it’s still 50% on! It’s better to spend a bit more, but own something that you absolutely love and wear often, than to buy something cheap that you’ll never wear. Ask yourself: on a scale of 1-10 how much do I love this? If it’s not a 10, don’t get it!

Today’s Mantra: Edit! Then edit again!

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I See this Day as a Positive New Beginning

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“Today and tomorrow can be very different from yesterday if you can let yesterday go and focus on today. Today and tomorrow are about your now vibration, and you have complete control over that. Look for things to feel good about, and watch how everything in your life will unfold to reflect that good-feeling vibration.”

~ Abraham-Hicks

Today’s Mantra: I see this day as a positive new beginning. It’s never too late to have a new beginning.

Real Neat Blog Award Nomination

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Thank you to Tracy Martin from Soul Set in Motion for nominating my blog site for the “Real Neat Blog Award.” I am honoured!

Below are my answers to the award’s survey questions.

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?
Most are from the US.

2. What is your favourite sport?
Finger exercising on my keyboard – does that count? Other than that, it’s dancing, definitely.

3. What has been a special moment for you in 2014?
Meeting ‘the Minimalists’ in Vancouver was special (Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus). It broke down that barrier between internet relationships of people you know through blogging and tweeting and real life encounters. It was a magical moment. Also, they’re lovely. :-)

4. What is your favourite quote?
‘Focus on the solution, not the problem.’

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?
Art.

6. Anything you wished to have learned earlier?
Learning is a constant journey, so I believe everything I have learned so far came to me at the right time and will continue to do so.

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?
I have been playing guitar since I was 12 and I played drums in a band in my 30s. I have “tried” to play the piano, but I’m still working on that. :-)
But, to quote one of the zen masters of the 20th century, we all know, you “do or do not, there is no try”! ;-)

In appreciation, I want to nominate the following “Real Neat” and awesome blogs to receive this award as well.

Michelle Martin Dobbins at Daily Alchemy
Sharon Cavill at Awakening Angels
Lisa van Reeuwyk at Bloom Lisa Coaching

Here are the rules for those who accept the game:

1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you (same ones I answered).
3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

How to a turn your Balcony into a cozy Retreat

Happy Summer Solstice! Summer is here, yay! Decorate your outdoor space, your balcony, patio or yard in a way that is perfect for your lifestyle. Create your own personal retreat to relax and recharge at the end of a busy day. Here some inspirations. Enjoy!

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1. Flooring
Get a natural fiber outdoor rug made of sisal, jute or bamboo, that’s the right size for your balcony. Or consider buying bamboo deck tiles, which are a great way to cover an ugly cement floor.

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2. Seating
Make the most use of your balcony space by getting a bench that is just wide enough to fit against the side wall or railing. It will probably sit two. Or just use some wooden crates and put pillows on top. Add lots of colourful pillows and blankets for extra comfort and to keep you cozy in the evenings. Get one bench and one chair for a cozy conversation area. Get a round table for the balcony to make moving around easier.

Hang a hammock for extra fun. Your kids will love it. Just install two hooks on either side of your balcony and hang your hammock with big carabiner clips so you can take it off anytime you like.

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3. Plants

Get some big and/or small plant pots, add flowering plants and put them in the corners. Geraniums, sunflowers and gardenias are all great choices for balconies.

Hang railing planters on the inside of your balcony (for safety).

Put up a wooden lattice screen on one side of your balcony for extra privacy. Then get a rectangular planter or 2 or 3 pots and create a green wall. Plant ivy or any other climbing plant. Ivy is especially long-lasting and remains green even during the winter month. If you don’t want to invest in a lattice, simply hang wires from top to bottom and side to side, or use a piece of chicken wire, anything that makes it possible for your plant to climb and create a green wall.

Have one container especially for herbs for your kitchen. Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme (just like the song by Art & Garfunkel :-)

To save space, mount a hook on the wall and display hanging planters with colourful flowers.

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4. Lighting
Mason jar lanterns look magical in the evenings. Just add some sand or pebbles and put a candle or tea light in your mason jar. Display them on the floor, table or hang them with a piece of wire.

Put your christmas light to good use and hang your string lights on the wall, from the ceiling or wrap them around the balcony railing.

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5. Sun protection

Hang bamboo blinds from the ceiling that you can roll down when the sun is getting too hot and to add some extra privacy.

If you don’t have a ceiling, get a beautiful umbrella for your balcony. You can get one that attaches to the railing or to the wall to save space.

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