Sun, moon, stars ~ essential oils

Sun, Moon, Stars ~ Essential Oils Diffuser and spirituality Universe Astrology

Sun, moon, stars ~ essential oils

You may have read how I’ve started my sun, moon, stars journey.
Part of that journey is to use essential oils each month to compliment my monthly intention-setting, manifesting and moon work.  Last month I used Laurel essential oil by literally wafting an open bottle under my nose because I’m yet to get a diffuser!  On one occasion I did use my old oil burner and it’s an amazing scent.
Sun, Moon, Stars ~ Essential Oils Diffuser and spirituality Universe Astrology

 The search for the right diffuser

I used essential oil burners years ago and got out of the habit.  But then my sun, moon, stars journey began and I found the much more pet-friendly contemporary diffuser option.  I say pet-friendly because you don’t need a candle to heat the oil with the diffusers.  So nothing for the cat to knock over or the dog to swish her tail at!  This month I’m using Patchouli and my next step will be to use an essential oil diffuser, when I’ve got one!  Then to get one of those handy and cute essential oil bottle holders to keep them in!  A tidy house is a tidy mind after all.
I’m looking forward to trying one out and also to hopefully feel the benefit, alongside my work with chakras and angels.
  
Do you use essential oils?  Have you got a diffuser to recommend?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere. Thanks.

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #87 ~ 20th April 2018

It's time for a dose of Happiness in HighlightsofHappy Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff

Your weekly dose of happiness… 

Welcome back to my regular readers and also to those who are joining for the first time or just browsing.  Let’s have a little reminder of what #HighlightsofHappy is all about…

Put simply, it’s somewhere to link up your happy posts.  As many as like, the more the better!

Because it’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

“Bad things come in 3’s”

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it because everyone deserves a little happiness … (you know how I love to spread happiness and turn a negative into a positive with positive thinking !)

Let’s spread that happiness and find 3 things to be grateful for (or even more… well, why not?!)

It's time for a dose of Happiness in HighlightsofHappy Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff

If you’re a blogger, why not share your happy post or posts from the last week or so in the linky below?

If you’re on instagram, why not tag your happy snap #HighlightsofHappy and link up your pic in the linky below?

If you’re on twitter, why not tweet your happy with #HighlightsofHappy ?

If you’re all 3, why not do all 3??  The linky is below. (To link your insta happy snap, simply click on your insta pic, copy the url and paste into the linky tool!)

(If you join in with my #HighlightsofHappy community on instagram, I post up my favourite snaps every Friday on instagram.)

 

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In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal because that’s the great thing about gratitude and using my gratitude journal – it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂  And that’s what I do here, in my weekly feature, I look back on my #HighlightsofHappy.

I round it off with one word that sums up my happy…  why not do the same in my #HighlightsofHappy blog linky?

…so what’s been making ME happy?

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Sun, moon, stars ~ working with the moon

Sun Moon Stars ~ Working with the Moon and Spirituality Universe Astrology

Sun, moon, stars ~ working with the moon

I’ve always been someone who follows my gut, someone who doesn’t necessarily conform to what society ‘expects’ of me but someone who knows my own mind.  Some of this has come with age and maturity (!), some has come with life experience and some of it has come from a ‘need’.
By that I mean that depression led me on my spiritual journey.

A journey to the sun, moon and stars

Reiki opened up a whole new world of understanding of how the energies around us work.  Usually in harmony with us, if we would only let it in….
So, depression led me to self-help and to self-discovery.  Ironically, I’ve got a lot to ‘thank’ depression and anxiety for!  It’s been over a decade since myself and my doctor recognised I had depression.  But the beginning of my spiritual journey didn’t start straight away.  In fact, over 10 years later, I find myself more and more drawn to astrology and the moon and their effects on us all.
Sun Moon Stars ~ Working with the Moon and Spirituality Universe Astrology

Simplifying my journey 

To that end, I’m going to try to simplify my journey (thought I’m certain it’ll go quite deep at times) and share my sun, moon, stars journey.  It’s an exciting adventure that I’m looking forward to.
The first thing to share is how I’ve been using the new and full moon information sheets by astrologer and moonologer, Yasmin Boland.
This is not a collaborative or affiliated post; I just believe in sharing the good work of amazing people.  To take a step back a little further, in July 2017 I attended a new moon manifesting session hosted by Yasmin.  It was a total game-changer.  I can happily say that the moon worked its magic (with my help) and the intentions I set (or ‘wishes’ as Yasmin prefers to call them) came to fruition.  It’s definitely worth adding here that though the moon is most certainly ‘magic, you absolutely have to put actions behind your intentions too…

New and full moon info sheets

To go back to these info sheets then, we’re now at the start of the zodiac with the new moon being in Aries and I’m about to embark on my full 12 month new and full moon journey for the first time ever.  Of course, you can start at whatever sign of the zodiac you like and this post is just as relevant when the moon is in any sign of the zodiac!  The idea of working on a full 12 months is that I’ll be working on all 12 ‘houses’ in succession and therefore all of  Yasmin’s ‘cosmic extras’ such as essential oils, chakras and angels.
There’s so much more to all ‘this’ of course and over the next 12 months much of it will be mentioned and, to some degree, explained on my blog.  However, I don’t want to risk information overload for you or me!
As I say, it’ll be an exciting and interesting journey.

To find out much, much more…

visit moonology.com which is Yasmin Boland’s site.  It’s through this site that you can also find your zodiac rising sign.
Are you as fascinated by the sun, moon and stars as me I wonder?  If you are, why not share your thoughts?  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere. Thanks.

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Why you should get on your bike

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Why you should get on your bike

Before we moved house, I used to bike to work.  It took around 30 minutes and although I would often feel sluggish and have the can’t-be-bothered mentality before I started out, once I’d arrived I felt great.  There’s nothing like a good bike ride to wake you up!

 

That feeling of being invigorated from biking before you start work is something else.  It helps to lower your blood pressure and therefore reduce stress for starters.  I’d cross paths with colleagues in the corridors after locking my bike up in the secure bike shed and they’d be heading straight to get a coffee.  Not me.  No need with all that fresh air pumping through me!  If you could bottle the ‘just biked’ feeling, you’d never look back.  Once you’ve started biking and you remember that feeling, it makes getting into gear so much easier.  You don’t have to go far to get kitted out either.

Why You Should Get On Your Bike Wellbeing Mental Physical Outdoors Biking Cycling

Admittedly, it took me a while to get used to biking after however many years of driving.  First there was getting used to the saddle, which I changed to a more comfortable one.  Boy do you know about it when your saddle’s too hard!  Then there’s making sure your helmet’s the right fit and is actually fitted on your head properly.  Not forgetting the lights of course.  It’s useful to get the sort that you can easily snap on and off, making them portable and not open for the taking…  talking of which, you can get kits to security mark your bike too.  Very handy and good to know.  The security markers are often only visible under infra-red but you can of course put a visual deterrent on your bike too.  A good lock is essential for any bike owner.

 

You can accessorise with a pretty bell and you can even get bluetooth speakers for your bike now too… with rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, she shall have music wherever she goes!

It’s a good idea to build your bike ride into your routine if you can, that’s when it becomes a habit.  And what a great habit to have.  There’s no easier way to build a bike ride into your routine than pedalling to and from work!  That habit loop lifts your spirits and is the perfect antidote for our busy lives, helping to keep us in top condition, mentally and physically.  All in all it’s great for your wellbeing.

 

Why stop at the weekend?  With a range of bikes for men, women, kids and also unisex, there’s really no reason not to get out and get into the fresh air!

Have you got on your bike lately?  Comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere .

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy #86 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy #86

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In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal because that’s the great thing about gratitude and using my gratitude journal – it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂  And that’s what I do here, in my weekly feature, I look back on my #HighlightsofHappy.

I round it off with one word that sums up my happy…  why not do the same in my #HighlightsofHappy blog linky?

…so what’s been making ME happy?

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #86 ~ 30th March 2018

It's time for a dose of Happiness in HighlightsofHappy Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff

Your weekly dose of happiness… 

Welcome back to my regular readers and also to those who are joining for the first time or just browsing.  This linky will be open for 3 weeks until 19th April because of various other commitments.  But it’s the same linky where you can link up as many posts as you like in that time.

You’ll notice a slight change to this week’s linky.  From now on, my happy post will be linked up separately by the linky tool.  So nothing major, and it’s still the same me and the same happy!

Now let’s have a little reminder of what #HighlightsofHappy is all about…

It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

“Bad things come in 3’s”

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it because everyone deserves a little happiness … (you know how I love to spread happiness and turn a negative into a positive with positive thinking !)

Let’s spread that happiness and find 3 things to be grateful for (or even more… well, why not?!)

It's time for a dose of Happiness in HighlightsofHappy Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff

If you’re a blogger, why not share your happy post from the last week or so in the linky below?

If you’re on instagram, why not tag your happy snap #HighlightsofHappy and link up your pic in the linky below?

If you’re on twitter, why not tweet your happy with #HighlightsofHappy ?

If you’re all 3, why not do all 3??  The linky is below. (To link your insta happy snap, simply click on your insta pic, copy the url and paste into the linky tool!)

(If you join in with my #HighlightsofHappy community on instagram, I post up my favourite snaps every Friday on instagram.)

 

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy #85 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy #85

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In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal because that’s the great thing about gratitude and using my gratitude journal – it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂  And that’s what I do here, in my weekly feature, I look back on my #HighlightsofHappy.

I round it off with one word that sums up my happy…  why not do the same in my #HighlightsofHappy blog linky?

…so what’s been making ME happy?

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #85 ~ 23rd March 2018

It's time for a dose of Happiness in HighlightsofHappy Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff

Your weekly dose of happiness… 

Welcome back to my regular readers and also to those who are joining for the first time or just browsing.

You’ll notice a slight change to this week’s linky.  From now on, my happy post will be linked up separately by the linky tool.  So nothing major, and it’s still the same me and the same happy!

Now let’s have a little reminder of what #HighlightsofHappy is all about…

It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

“Bad things come in 3’s”

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it because everyone deserves a little happiness … (you know how I love to spread happiness and turn a negative into a positive with positive thinking !)

Let’s spread that happiness and find 3 things to be grateful for (or even more… well, why not?!)

It's time for a dose of Happiness in HighlightsofHappy Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff

If you’re a blogger, why not share your happy post from the last week or so in the linky below?

If you’re on instagram, why not tag your happy snap #HighlightsofHappy and link up your pic in the linky below?

If you’re on twitter, why not tweet your happy with #HighlightsofHappy ?

If you’re all 3, why not do all 3??  The linky is below. (To link your insta happy snap, simply click on your insta pic, copy the url and paste into the linky tool!)

(If you join in with my #HighlightsofHappy community on instagram, I post up my favourite snaps every Friday on instagram.)

 

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5 reasons to use fake grass in your garden

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5 reasons to use fake grass in your garden

 

When we moved house a couple of years ago, as is often the case, we sorted out the inside of the house and the outside area got neglected.  It was October too, so no surprises there.

Apart from sweeping the leaves away from the drain and sorting the bins out every week, we spent very little time out there.

Part of the reason is that our garden is more of a back yard and really not very pretty to be honest.  To make it more inviting, we’re considering ‘prettying’ it up into a more useable space with fake grass.

5 Reasons to use Fake Grass in your Garden Wellbeing Artificial Grass Outdoors

Our friend has artificial grass and wishes she’d done it year ago.  Her recommendation, out own research and our own common sense mean that we’re now in the first stages of our planning project.

And here are our top 5 reasons for choosing fake grass for our garden:

No more mowing!

While I never used to mind mowing the lawn as an activity in itself, there’s no denying that it took time.  With our electric mower, there was always the very real danger of mowing over the electric cable too… a thought that I never used to relish!

And then of course, there was the emptying of the grass box, the disposal of the grass itself and stowing the lawn mower away.  This always involved taking a jigsaw puzzle apart and putting it all back together again in our outhouse-come-shed, which could be frustrating at times because there was always something that couldn’t be shoe-horned back into place as easily!

Then there’s the edging and weeding…

I could think of a better way to spend my time than mowing a lawn, then trimming the edges and that’s even before we mention the weeding!  One look inside my house will tell you that although the surfaces are generally clean, they’re not always clutter-free and it’s definitely ‘lived-in’ but I do tend to know where everything is.  Yes, everything has it’s place.  After that little insight into my personality, it might not surprise you that weeds drive me (or used to drive me) a little bit crazy!

No matter how hard we tried, there would invariably be a weed, or 10, spoiling our lawn!  Again, I can think of better ways to spend my time.  Lounging around on a weed-free lawn with my family for starters!

Safe for the pets 

Since we moved house, we’ve lost a cat and gained a dog, leaving us with one of each.  And so having a pet-safe garden is a priority.  Which means no toxic plants and somewhere for Daisy the dog to use her energy in what we call her ‘mad half hours’!  (or which she has several a day!)  To be able to throw her a ball to play with and be able to easily clean up mess is another box ticked.

No more sneezing! 

You may have noticed that I’ve been referring to ‘me’ a lot up to now!  Family time has featured, which of course includes hubby.  But the mowing always came down to me.  Why?  Because of pollen!  Yes, hayfever always meant that I was the mower and indeed he would often struggle outside.  Not with fake grass!  It would benefit out 8 year old daughter too because she showed signs of hayfever for the first time last Summer.  I see quality, outdoors family time on the horizon again!

Outdoor space

We all need time outdoors.  A dose of fresh air and topping up vitamin D is essential for our physical and mental health.  There’s little more inviting as the weather gets warmer than stepping out onto grass with barefeet.  Bonus points if I can do in my dressing gown with a decaf!  Personally, it’s what I really miss during Autumn and Winter.

Creating a zen-space is so important to me and with that comes barefeet; with that comes meditation and with that comes a happier me!  The hippy-at-heart in me loves going barefoot.  And that’s another thing about artificial grass.  There are different softeness levels (and different wearability levels too).  Now to decide which variety to choose!

 

What do you like to do in your garden?  I’d love to know!  Comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere .

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