Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Recent Reads and Current Scents volume 3

The Henna Artist + Breathe Blend
Last month I finished reading The Henna Artist which was a wonderful story of female independence, the struggle the journey of becoming ourselves.  Choosing our paths, finding forgiveness, recognizing the situations we can not change and moving on.  I had a lot in common with this character, not all but a lot.  She's forced to be self made, she doesn't have a support system in the beginning, and it's up to her and her skills and knowledge to really set herself up.  Unfortunately there's a dash fo self sabotage mixed in and she has to navigate that all with a new sister who shows up on her doorstep.  Their relationship and her unraveling was intriguing.  And for her extensive knowledge of plants and herbs, her amazing skills as an artist, even the magic of henna can not fix what she does not acknowledge.  I really found the whole story of her experiences so believable, and relatable.  If you're interested in looking at another culture in historical fiction novels, I can absolutely wholeheartedly suggest this book. 
& for my current essential oil blend let me tell you about breathe. Breathe is a blend of Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Cardamom Seed, Ravintsara Leaf, Ravensara Leaf essential oils.  The Ravintsara, Melaleuca, and Eucalyptus oils are often used in henna paste and this blend brings up all my favorite memories of Eucalyptus henna designs I've ever done and worn - this one is really common especially in my Henna Huddle experiences in London.  I also love the Cardamom seed which reminds me of a decadent cup of warm chai tea latte - my current favorite Autumn and Winter day drink of choice.  You can get your own bottle here or message me for a free sample. 

But going back to the magic of henna, if you follow along with my instagram page you'll know I recently was asked to do henna at a book club for an amazing group of women who also just finished reading the book.  I'm not kidding when I say henna is a magical plant that brings people together exactly where they need to be.  

Friday, December 4, 2020

Full Moon Birthday

This past week was one of my best friend's birthday and we celebrated under the full moon.  I helped her decorate her cake, but she strategically placed each and every one of the blueberries herself.  We made the frosting using the Blue Lotus from Anima Mundi Herbals and added edible flowers.   We drank flower elixir mocktails and snacked on vegan cheese and organic pizzas.   The men built us a fire and then watched the kids while we sang and shared stories under the full moon, it was magical and I'm sharing a few images from the night here. Happy Birthday Emily many blessings this year. 
Recipe here. 
edited with my portland presets. 
Discussing the 5D awaking map.
adding Lotus Wei Flower Elixirs to all the drinks. 
Birthday Moon Goddess
activating her third eye. 
sharing eye art favorites. 

What is your favorite way to celebrate loved ones and full moons.  Join our conversations on IG.


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Campsgiving | a photo essay

I don't share camping locations anymore, so if you know, you know.  Leave no trace, clean up your trash, pack out what you pack in.  Here's a look at our recent campsgiving adventure.  Got additional questions? ask me on the insta

p.s. If you're into my photo edits, I just launched my lightroom presets at otherwise enjoy the images...