Friday, May 23, 2014

MAY ANNOUNCEMENT....NEW SERVICES FOR FEMININE LIVING TRADITIONS FOR YOUR... HOME...HEARTH...AND HEART

I am so pleased to announce to you... a few of my new services...that I know in my heart...will add more meaning...to the way you celebrate milestone events in your life...and give you... a deeper connection to your own feminine spirit.

I am aware that women from every walk of life...are seeking ways to return to a more simple...heart based way of living...including stepping away from mass produced...high cost...and cookie cutter celebrations. Women are longing... instead... to fill their spirits and hearts...with authentic...creative...and spirit filled celebrations... that include honoring milestone changes and transitions that any woman...experiences in her lifetime.

For many years I facilitated locally... personal  Blessings... which is an old-fashioned... unique celebration that honors a milestone event  for you...that signifies an important change in your life as a woman. I experienced first hand how much these Blessings touched women's lives in such a positive way...and made their milestone or personal change a more memorable occasion for them...as well as all the women who were invited...to participate in the Blessing. Perhaps it is the handcrafted... homey feel of a Blessing...the use of your own creativity...or the nostalgic touch... reminiscent of years gone past...or the sharing with other women that personal Blessings resonate...that make these special Blessings...such a life affirming venue that touches a woman's spirit...and always open hearts.

And in a world that is constantly changing...and often at speeds that can leave you feeling disconnected...and pressured...simple traditions that you can practice and share with family and friends...is more important than ever before.

Because I value...and know first hand...  how fulfilling...bonding... and heart- opening these traditions are... I have created for you...simple...easy to follow feminine traditions...in the form of personal Blessings... that come to you...in your inbox as an e-course. All you have to do... is read the personal Blessing...you order...follow the simple instructions...and then use your own creativity to add those special touches to make it yours...or to give as a gift... or be the hostess to a loved one or friend.

So take a step back into time..to honor and celebrate... all those special milestone changes as a woman...that are so deserving of lasting memories...with personal Blessings... by Feminine Living Traditions For your Home...Hearth And Heart.

To order... as an e-course...you are offered

Young Lady Coming Of Age
Pregnancy Blessing
Baby Blessing
Home Blessing

www.feminineliving.com or click on Feminine Living on my blog links
click on button TRADITIONS
to view and purchase


 CONSULTATIONS WITH VICTORIA

I now also offer you CONSULTATIONS with the most requested celebrations... that I have facilitated for many years.

My consultations ... via telephone... or upon request via Skype...will give you expert advice on how you can create and plan...a lovely and naturally elegant... HERBAL BRIDAL SHOWER...from start to finish...as well as consult you on how you can plan a MILESTONE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION of your 30th...40th...50th...and beyond decade birthday...that focuses on paying tribute to your uniqueness and celebrating your life...instead of the usual store bought...cake and ice cream venue.

My consultations can be adapted to hold for a loved one or friend also...so whether you are wanting the Consultation for yourself or another... I will guide and assist you from start to finish...including follow up support...to create the most fulfilling and heart warming experience...for you...that I know will create lasting memories of a lifetime.

To order your Consultation With Victoria
www.feminineliving.com or click on Feminine Living on my blog links
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Celebrate this month with traditions,
Victoria












Saturday, May 3, 2014

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

MAY musings...

As I gaze out my kitchen window...into my backyard...I see life and beauty in every nook and corner. The big oak tree my husband planted when we bought this house 15 years ago... is huge now... so strong and beautiful it is... always faithful standing guard in our backyard. A few years ago... a honeysuckle vine found it's way into the branches... and taken root... amongst the leaves... and the honeysuckles fragrance perfumes the air... smelling like an exotic island paradise with each breath I take... when I venture into my yard.

My white roses dance daintily in the breeze... making me smile each time I gaze at them. I planted them myself... nurturing them each long... hot summer here in Texas... including sending them loving energy...and talking to them too... and they have survived... beautifully.

Squirrels dance and romp... under the oak tree...and climb the back fence... faster than I can blink my eyes...and give me constant chuckles... for they are natural clowns. I leave them food each day... unsalted sunflower seeds and nuts... and they stuff their cheeks with them...looking like they could pop...they are so full of the food I leave them.

My herbs... I grow... bring me the greatest pleasure. To me they are priceless Earth jewels...ready to pluck and pick for medicine... culinary use...and healing baths. Or to place in small glass vases...to decorate my home with.

I cannot help but feel a little sad for people who do not believe in a Higher Power... or a God... when I look out at my garden... or pulling weeds...or just sitting outside listening to the quiet sound nature makes. Something amazing...and all powerful and all loving created this immense beauty and wonder. It certainly wasn't humans... it was and has to be something MORE...something beautifully... incredibly... WONDERFUL.  

But that's just my belief... in my heart...that I hold close. I do not judge anyone for what they think or feel... it is not my job...or my responsibility... to make others believe in a Higher Power...or have faith... like I do.

I just know... that the Earth is beyond lovely... and a miracle... for me...for you...and for everyone to honor and take care of... because the truth is...the Earth is home. And worthy of nurturing...and being mindful of. No matter what you believe or don't believe created all this wonder...and life sustaining place called Earth.

This month of May... the month we honor Mother's Day...stop for a minute... and become more aware how much Mother Earth... gives you...and your loved ones each day. It is amazing when you stop and ponder... just how MUCH you receive each day from the Earth... that keeps you and those you care about...alive.

Start giving back... and nurture Earth. Do your best to cut back... stop doing...and all together cut out things and products that are harmful to the air...water...land... people and all other living creatures.

Care for the Earth...as you would your own children or family pets... beginning today... and by doing so...you will be making a difference in the world...for today...tomorrow...and for future generations.

Blessings,
Victoria


NATIVE AMERICAN WISDOM

Will you ever begin to understand the meaning
of the very soil beneath your feet? From a grain of
sand to a great mountain, all is sacred. Yesterday
and tomorrow exist upon this continent.
We natives are guardians of this sacred place.
Peter Blue Cloud Mohawk


*** My lovely friend Bea Kunz is an Earth steward in the highest form. Please visit her website and sign up for her monthly newsletter... for a wealth of trusted information about organic and natural living...and helping the environment. www.sagehillfarmsandvintagestore.com



WORLD TRADITIONS AND CELEBRATIONS IN MAY

May Day...May 1st...May 5th... Cinco e Mayo...May 10th... Census Day... in Canada ... May 11th...Mother's Day...May 26th...Memorial Day


FACTS ABOUT MAY

FLOWERS... The lily of the valley...rose...and foxglove

GEMS... emerald...malachite...and amber

FULL MOON...is May 14th


DID YOU KNOW?
In ancient Greece it was the custom to perfume every part of the body with a different scent...and mint was used on the arms.

Mint leaves are said to relieve the pain caused by bee and wasp stings.


MOTHER'S DAY CELEBRATION

This Mother's Day... give your Mom life affirming gifts... that will last and make a positive impact. Below are some ideas that would make for lovely... more natural gifts for Mom.

Plant a tree in your Mother's honor or a sweet herb garden.

Take your Mom to a local farmer's market... and purchase organic seasonal veggies and fruits for her to take home and eat.

Take your Mom out to eat at a farm to table eatery... these are amazing and the food is so healthy.

Fill a recycled basket with organic hair and skin products for your Mom...and tuck into the basket a pretty fragrant soy candle...for her to enjoy also.

Buy her a book that has a positive message...and encourages her to grow or heal.


MOTHER YOURSELF

Take time for yourself... and savor alone time as well.

Take time to nurture your feminine spirit... with creative pursuits that you love.

Exercise... and dedicate yourself to this self-care practice.

Meet new people.

Let go of toxic...negative people in your life.

Learn to meditate.

Garden.

Get to know yourself.

Pray.

Walk barefoot.

Eat when you are hungry.

Go to sleep when you are tired.

Read more.

Say "no" to others demands on you... more.

Fall in love with yourself.

Embrace your femininity.

Open yourself to receive.

Be mindful how and who you spend time with.

Be your own best friend.

Take long soaks.

Buy more flowers for yourself.


FEMININE LIVING TRADITIONS

...FOR YOUR HOME

Plastic is not furniture... so clear out plastic furniture...and when you can...shop flea and antique markets for wood pieces to decorate your home with instead.

This month be sure to nurture your houseplants...by taking them outside...to completely hose off to rid of dust and pests...and give them some much needed fertilizer.

Take different sized recycled glass bottles and jars...and then fill them with different shaped leafs and branches you cut from your own yards.

Mop your floors with pure lemon essential oil...just add about 12 drops to a bucket of warm water...and then mop like you usually do. This wonder essential oil cuts grime and dirt...and your home will smell wonderful.


...FOR YOUR HEARTH

There are so many culinary uses for herbs...and mint is so easy to grow... do not be afraid of growing this versatile herb for yourself.

MINT SAUCE
a small bunch of mint
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon  boiling water
1-2 tablespoons vinegar

Place the mint and sugar on a cutting board and chop finely.Put in a saucepan and add the boiling water.Stir until the sugar has dissolved.Stir in vinegar to taste.

Make at least 1 hour before serving.


...FOR YOUR HEART

Nurture yourself by slowing down... understanding you do not have to be perfect...or please everyone...or do it all.

Take long walks...by yourself...and just take in the beauty of nature.

Next time you see an elderly person with shopping bags... offer to put their bags in their car for them.

Unplug from your electronics for a day... and read...garden...or make a handcrafted item instead.