Two Warm Hearts For Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day my husband and I gave each other two warm hearts – nestled inside two soft, furry bodies with twitchy ears and little noses. That’s right, we gave each other the wonderful gift of adopting two sweet kittens.

This is Quinn…she’s a bundle of energy with a loving purr and the most beautiful soft, gray and white coat.

light gray kitten

light gray kitten

This is Harley…she is the less brave of the two, with white feet and a more tortoiseshell coat. You have to wait for her to come to you but once she does she will shower you with love.

tabby kitten

tabby kitten

Their names are separated parts of the word Harlequin. Harley and Quinn. Cute, huh?

Have you rescued/adopted any pets?

Wishing everyone a love-filled Valentine’s Day!

Photo Challenge: Love Comes in All Shapes & Sizes

The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge is to focus on Love and what it means to us. I find love in several ways and thought I would share with you a few of them.

  • The love of a spouse – This is my husband when we went to Niagara Falls, NY this year, for our 30th wedding anniversary. It takes love to last that long 🙂  Jim at Niagara Falls
  • The love of children – I’m beginning the process of “empty nesting” with one boy done with college and one just starting.  boys in suits
  • The love of pets – There is nothing like the unconditional love of a pet!  cat
  • Skipping the next obvious loves of parents, family and friends we come to the love of life –  we enjoy life by camping and traveling
    camper

    Our summer home

     

What are some of your loves?

To check out the last Weekly Photo Challenge, click Weekly Photo Challenge: My State of Mind.

#Girllove Challenge

Recently, Marje over at Kyrosmagica tagged me in the #Girllove Challenge.

friendship

The girllove challenge was launched by Lilly Singh, known as Superwoman on her YouTube Channel. A beautiful, 27-year-old Canadian vlogger, actress and rapper, she became fed up with the hatred girls can show to their fellow females in schools, jobs and definitely on social media. She created an empowering video with women sharing their respect for other women in their lives. Click to watch this great video The Girllove Challenge. All proceeds from the views go to The Malala Fund, helping educate girls around the world. (Loved her book I am Malala, by the way! A must read for women and men)

The Girllove Challenge asks women to compliment other women over social media using the hashtag #Girllove.

friendship 2

For blogs, the challenge includes:

  1. Tell your followers who inspires you, a famous woman who may be dealing with negativity on a daily basis.
  2. Tell your followers who inspires you in real life. Someone you interact with quite often.
  3. Tag 5 women bloggers who you feel some girllove for and compliment them. Tell them why you love them then comment on their latest post with a link to your #Girllove post.

If you get tagged, follow these steps on your own blog and if you’d like to do it anyways – then do it! More love to spread around!

I have been enjoying Marje’s blog for a few years now and I thank her for the love! She is a fellow author and has tons of good writing tips on her blog. She also has book reviews, author interviews, inspiring images, quotes and her own poetry and Haikus. You could spend hours just reading her posts and what an enjoyable time it would be.

So, here goes:

Princess Diana always inspired me with her grace, generosity and elegance. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Royals, but I don’t think I could deal with the rules and protocol day in and day out. And I really think Princess Diana got the short end of the stick from the Royals and the press. Then she eventually finds some true happiness with Dodi Fayed and is killed shortly after. I am inspired by her strength in the face of negative press (even in the Royal household) to do so much charity work and raise two sons, then by her courage to seek a divorce and true happiness for herself.

Courtesy of Biography Online

Courtesy of Biography Online

“I’d like people to think of me as someone who cares about them.” Princess Diana

To learn more about Princess Diana and her life, click Biography Online.

The woman who inspires me in real life is my mother. I’ve always been close to my mom, but it wasn’t until I had a family of my own that I really understood all she went through to raise my two sisters and me. To raise kids, you need a big bag of patience from which you can draw an unlimited amount to see you through each day. My mom taught me patience but also to treasure each and every day with my sons because all too quickly kids grow up and move out. Following her example, I’ve learned to remember those less fortunate than I, that forgiveness is important and to seek out my dreams despite any obstacles. Thanks Mom!

5 women’s blogs I’ve recently discovered are:

Friendly Fairy Tales – Brenda Davis Harsham writes kid-friendly stories and poems. If you’re still a kid at heart, like me, you will enjoy her site.

The Linda Life finds the all important humor in life. She’s also pretty crafty 🙂

Gypsy Life – “Life is a journey not the destination.” I can relate to her gypsy tendencies for I love to travel, too.

Musin with Susan – Susan Gutterman has wonderful photography, bringing more beauty to the world.

The Ninth Life – K. L. Register is a fellow writer and spaghetti lover. Her blog shows her journey through life with all its ups and downs to encourage others.

That is my post on #Girllove. Now, go out there ladies and show a little love 🙂

red lips

 

Let Feng Shui Make Your Wedding Lucky

Do you have a wedding planned for 2016? Is this the year you will “tie the knot?” If so, here are some simple ways that the Chinese balance of energy, Feng Shui, can help make that wedding lucky and lasting.

Plenty of natural light

Be sure to have the wedding and reception in a place with plenty of natural light to signify the bright future ahead for you and your spouse. If you’re having a beach or garden wedding you will probably have the natural light taken care (as long as the weather cooperates).

wedding at the beach

wedding at a botanical garden

If your nuptials will take place indoors, then shoot for lots of windows rather than the harsh, overhead fluorescent lights. Churches usually have beautiful, stained glass windows but if you’re stuck with a dingy, basement reception hall because your dear Uncle Fred is an elk or moose or something – don’t fret. A warm atmosphere can be created with light-colored tablecloths and decorations. If possible, candles give off a softer more natural light than the dreaded overheads.

No clocks

Even though everyone has the time on their cell phones these days, be sure there are no actual clocks at the reception, because you want your union to be timeless.

Round or oval tables

At your reception, try to arrange for round or oval tables to signify the endless union of the ring and to encourage socializing and harmony among your guests. If you must use the standard, rectangular renter tables cover them with tablecloths to soften the edges.

wedding reception

Lucky color schemes

  • Red – Red creates a strong atmosphere of romance and love. Just what a wedding is all about, right? Chinese women’s wedding dress may be red, but if you are not comfortable with that, having the bridesmaids in red and groomsmen in black suits with red accents is a great look. wedding dress with red sash
  • Purple/Violet – This color scheme is best for the smaller more intimate wedding giving off plenty of sexy vibes. Imagine a spring wedding with the bridesmaids in soft violet dresses. Very pretty.
  • Black & White – Think yin and yang. Black and white represent a strong balanced relationship. This color scheme gives weddings elegance and style. yin yang symbol
  • Blue & Green – Nothing promotes calmness more than blues and greens. Think of the tall, green trees swaying in the breeze or the blue of a lake or ocean. So calming. If you are concerned with battling family relations, maybe using this color scheme will help smooth the troubled waters. This is also the color scheme suggested for a 2nd wedding.
  • Orange – If you will have a wedding of 250 guests or more, than an orange color scheme will promote a sense of warmth among your large gathering.

When you leave your wedding, consider having your guests:

  • Blow bubbles – this would bring the water element into your wedding. Water is the most powerful force in nature and will bring flow and freedom to your wedding.
  • Throw flower petals – this always looks nice especially rose petals symbolizing love.

rose petals

 

If you want to dive deeper into using Feng Shui to plan your wedding, even to the point of picking the perfect date, there are websites and books available.

For instance: Wedding Feng Shui: The Chinese Horoscopes Guide to Planning Your Wedding by Laura Lau & Theodora Lau

Websites to learn more about Feng Shui:

Chinese.weddings.com

Fengshuiforreallife.com

If you have any advice from your own wedding for someone planning theirs – please comment below. Something that worked extremely well or something you wished you had done differently.

Feng Shui Resolutions for 2016

As the year dwindles out, my thoughts turn to the new year and resolutions. A brand new year can be a fresh start. A new beginning. A new you.

clock

If you’ve read my Feng Shui posts before, you know a little bit about how it works. If you haven’t, click here. Or check out the websites listed at the end of this post.

What do you want in the new year? A new love?

couple on a bench

If what you want in 2016 is a new and lasting love – concentrate in your bedroom.

  • Is your bedroom cluttered? Is your closet so jammed packed you can’t even close the doors? Is you bed practically held up by everything you have shoved underneath it?
  • Is any art work or knickknacks in your bedroom of singular persuasion? In other words, do you have a picture hanging above your bed of someone walking on a beach alone? Or a ship in a storm? Or a single cute little giraffe statue on your dresser?
  • Do you sleep with whimsical bunnies on your sheets? Or dangerous jungle animals?

To attract love, you need to have an uncluttered bedroom with decorative items in pairs and “room” for that new someone. Make room in your closet, leave space on both sides of your bed and have matching night stands.

bedroom with 2 nightstands

 

Do you want a new job in 2016?

If you are seeking new or better employment – concentrate on your front entry.

  • Is your front door obscured by shrubs and overgrown trees?
  • Has the light above your front door been burned out since Reagan was president?
  • Is your inside entry cluttered with shoes, coats and bags?
  • Is your entryway dark and shadowed?

With a well-tended and brightly inviting front door opportunities will come knocking. Trim the plants around your door and mend any broken steps or pathways leading to your door. Make sure your front step is brightly lit and welcoming, inside and out.

painted front door

 

As with all resolutions, they can become overwhelming. If you can only do one thing, resolve to clear out the clutter in your home. Clutter signifies “baggage” both physical and emotional, that can interfere with our quality of life. You don’t have to do it all in one day. Start small. Start with one room then move to the next. You’ll be surprised at the changes in yourself and your life.

cluttered garage

Have you made any resolutions? If so, what are they? Could Feng Shui help you achieve those resolutions?

For information, tips and suggestions on Feng Shui, check out these websites:

http://www.fengshuidana.com

http://www.msfengshui.com

 

Simple 2015 Feng Shui For Better Health, Love & Wealth

2015! It’s a new year, so many possibilities ahead. Maybe this is the year you will find a new love, a new job or improve your health. Almost anything can happen. So, why not use these simple Feng Shui tips to help you achieve your goals.

Feng Shui Tips for Love & Marriage:

love

Display sensual artwork in your bedroom, such as

couples embracing, mandarin ducks or doves.

Pair of Mandarin ducks in love

If single, be sure to sleep in a double bed to have room

for love.

double bed for love

Remove all items from past relationships to concentrate

on your existing or new love.

Feng Shui Tips for Health:

clutter disturbs your health

Clear clutter from your environment. Your mind, mood and health

are improved by a clean and simple home.

clean your stove for better health

Keep your appliances and electronics in good working condition.

Get rid of or fix anything broken, to symbolize good health.

Doorway

Keep your front door neat and unobstructed to attract

good energy into your home and life.

flowers

Keeping fresh flowers and lush green plants to clean

the air will symbolize good health.

bamboo in water

Be sure to araete your environment, by opening the

doors and windows regularly (even in winter).

Feng Shui Tips for Wealth/Luck:

broken pathway is bad for wealth

Keep pathways to your front door or business unblocked

and in nice shape to encourage good energy to enter.

Be sure your front entrance is bright and inviting, no

flaking paint, no rusty handles or broken window panes.

fish tank is good for wealth

Place an aquarium in the South East section of your home or business

with goldfish in multiples of nine to attract prosperity.

Sources: http://www.feng-shui-vibes.com and fengshuiabout.com

I really hope these tips help you in the new year. If you try anything be sure to let me know how it worked. Of course if you have any additional tips, I would be interested in hearing those in the comments.

Next Month!

Chinese New Year! Hong Kong Treasure released! February 19, 2015.

Blue_Eyes

A deadly Philippines typhoon stole Annie’s memory. And now, can a handsome Chinese stranger save her from the danger she has forgotten?

To read an excerpt: Hong Kong Treasure