Saturday, March 15, 2014

MARCH 15th....

I am so pleased to announce this lovely Saturday... that my favorite and most requested traditions are now on my web site in the form of easy to follow e-courses for you to create at home.

Just click on my web site ...  on my side bar on the right... Feminine Living... then click on the button TRADITIONS...and you can view as well as order my new e-courses.

Blessings always and thank you for your support,
Victoria..

Monday, March 3, 2014

FEMININE LIVING TRADITIONS FOR YOUR ...HOME...HEARTH...AND HEART MARCH 2014


MARCH musings...

March is just one of those months that really light up my heart... because with each breath I take... I breathe in the sweet air of new life... all around me... filling me up with the hope and promise of rebirth and new beginnings.

I feel refreshed and energized this month of March... ready to create new beginnings... and embrace my life...my passions... and my inner spirit with more gusto than I have ever felt in my life. I gave myself lots of reflecting and pondering my life time... this winter cycle... and I am clearer and more focused on my vision for myself and and what I want... that my soul calls out to me to be... do  and create.

The March air finds me at peace... with myself... finally...and all my "would of...could of...should of " baggage was cleared out within me this winter... after deep inner digging... tears...sadness... and anger was felt by me... and released.... until... one moment I felt the loving cloud of compassion and self acceptance... gently clothe me... knowing for certain ... a road of completion on many levels... was accomplished by me...for me... in the rainy... cold days... of this winter cycle.

This wonderful and enlightening frame of mind and heart... lead me to take the steps to complete many of my home projects... that I had left undone... such a symbol for issues and problems that I had left undone within me. My new and healthy way of seeing myself... motivated me to finish up a paint project and clear out my closets...and rearrange furniture to my liking. As I purged and cleansed within myself... I purged and cleaned my own body... mind... and spirit... and began to see the light at the end of the tunnel... so to speak.

All of this purging and clearing out in the physical and emotional world... has opened me to new ventures.... not only with Feminine Living Traditions... but also a new family business... that much to my joy... I am finding rather fun...and have taken a liking to. I know that if I had not done my emotional purging this winter cycle... I would not have opened up... to the new and unknown.

I am not saying that I am perfect or that my life is... but I do believe and know that when you are holding on to negative beliefs or patterns... they can keep you in chains...and once YOU really decide that you have had enough of whatever holds you back in life...and take the steps to create change... a feeling of liberation and self confidence fills up your heart. You truly get... "I deserve better" And you truly get...YOU are responsible for making better choices and taking the steps to create a better you. No one else will or can do it for you.

So this month of March... my wish for you is that you decide to change... for you...and then take the necessary steps and action that you will need to do... in order to open yourself... so you can accomplish your new healthy beginnings...and above all else... have hope...have faith... that at the end of the tunnel... you will find light...and that light will be you!

Blessings,
Victoria


AFFIRMATION FOR MARCH

"I am willing to do the work... to open myself to new beginnings".


MARCH CEREMONY

Begin each morning lighting a candle... and asking for guidance how you can be a better person and woman... and give thanks for another day.



MARCH HANDCRAFTING

There is something so wonderful about making your own essential oils...for your personal use...as well as giving to others as gifts. Once you have all your supplies... oils are very inexpensive to make...and so good for your self care.

SPRING OIL
1 drop cedar oil
6 drops lavender oil
3 drops rosemary oil
3 drops cypress oil
4 drops vanilla oil
1 drop patchouli oil

In a base of 2 tablespoons Jojoba oil...add drops of all the oils... shake bottle well... and allow to blend for a few days. You can wear this as a scent or place small amount in your bath to soak. You can double or triple this recipe for future use. Just be sure to buy pure essential oils...and you can purchase small bottles with tops for your oils at a local health food store or on-line at www.mountainroseherbs.com




WORLD TRADITIONS AND CELEBRATIONS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH

March 4th ....Mardi Gras...March 5th...Ash Wednesday...March 17th...St.Patrick's Day...March 20th...Easter...March 20th...Spring Equinox

FULL MOON...March 16th
NEW MOON...March 30th



FACTS ABOUT THE MONTH OF MARCH

Flowers of March...The jonquil...daffodil...and violet
Gemstones of March...The aquamarine...bloodstone

The natural teachings and lessons of this month are opening yourself to new beginnings... just as you see new life... blooming in nature.  



FEMININE LIVING TRADITIONS

...FOR YOUR HOME

March is the month to begin your spring cleaning... just take one room at a time... and mindfully... dust...clean windows...inside and out... clear out clutter and give to charity... vacuum... thoroughly.

Put fresh flowers in each room in your home... I purchase one large flower arrangement at the store...and then divide the flowers...so I can place flowers in at least 3-4 rooms in my home... from one large arrangement.

And don't forget... all those lovely branches and big leaves found in your own back or front yards... cut them... and bring into your home...placed in a pretty vase...they look wonderful set out on tables and kitchen counters.


... FOR YOUR HEARTH

In honor of St. Patrick's Day and my love of the Irish... and their really good food that I have had the pleasure of eating while in Ireland... I have included below a few Irish recipes I thought you would enjoy. Both recipes are from the cookbook....The Food and Cooking Of Ireland by Biddy White Lennon and Georgina Campbell.

APPLE SNOW
serves 6

1 1/2 pounds cooking apples
a small lemon...that you thinly peel for the lemon rind
1/2 cup caster sugar ( superfine)
3 egg whites

Peel and core the apples.Then slice the apples into small pieces.Place apples into a medium pan with 3 tablespoons water and the lemon rind.Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the apples become fluffy.Remove from heat...and take out the lemon rind. Sweeten with the sugar. Beat the apples well with a wooden spoon to make a puree or run through a sieve if you want a smoother texture. Leave to cool.

When the apple puree is cold...whisk the egg whites until stiff. Fold the egg whites...into the apple mixture... gently...with a spoon. Mix until the mixture is light...and has thickened. Place in pretty  bowls and enjoy!!!!

CHAMP
serves 2-3

This is a traditional dish of Northern Ireland...and a real comfort food.

1 1/2 pounds potatoes
1 bunch spring onions (scallions) chopped
1 1/4 cups whole milk
salt and pepper
Irish butter

Peel and boil potatoes in salted water...until tender.Drain and return to the pan. Boil the spring onions for 5 minutes in the milk.Cover the potatoes with a clean cloth and dry them at the side of the stove for a few minutes before mashing well.Beat in the boiling milk and spring onions.Working over the heat so that the champ is kept very hot..beat until the consistency is like well creamed potatoes.Add more milk if necessary.
Season well with salt and pepper. To serve...make a well in the center of each Champ serving and add a pat of butter. Yummy!



... FOR YOUR HEART

Dance as if no one's watching.Sing as if no one's listening, and live everyday as if it were your last.
- Irish proverb

A light heart lives long.
- Irish proverb