Euphoria Friday: April 4, 2014

It’s 4-4-14….20140326-101512.jpg

Why Tom Hanks is awesome. (Just a few reasons of MANY) The gif at the end!!

Here’s everything that makes us happy in one infographic.

How to stop feeling like an imposter at work. (This is great for those of us who own our own businesses.)

Have you heard of neem? Here’s 14 uses for the oil.
Make adorable little bows, using a fork!

Create a year-round salad garden. Don’t forget separate containers for tomatoes! (Tomatoes are vital for yummy salads….)

Speaking of yummy: how DELICIOUS do these Spring samosas look? I can’t wait to try them!! Samosas are magical….

Also: hash brown waffles. (yet another use for my Cinderella waffle maker!)

Mint-infused honey….so lovely!!

Spring is here….20140326-101402.jpg

Malady Monday: Burning feet

20140318-103339.jpgHave your feet ever gotten really hot at nighttime?

It’s actually a form of neuropathy caused by impaired circulation and weakened nerves.

What can you do to make it stop?
Most importantly: GET HYDRATED!

You need to improve any kidney deficiency and the best way to do that is to up your intake of water.

Make sure to take:

•Vitamin E

•EFAs (essential fatty acids)

****B vitamins, especially B-3 (niacin) which will strengthen weakened nerves and prevent them from breaking. B-6 and B-12 will eliminate any pins and needle sensations.
20140318-102213.jpgDo a foot soak or oil massage with ginger:
Improves circulation and also actually contains B vitamins including B-3!20140318-102221.jpg

You can also take:
Dandelion (look for it in tea form)
Gotu kola

Avoid alcohol as it messes with your circulation.


Euphoria Friday: March 28th, 2014


🌸Amy Poehler is such a wise and lovely woman!

🌸Did you know?! Taking too many pictures affects our ability to form detailed memories! So, maybe it’s a good thing that I didn’t take any pictures at my 2-year anniversary spaghetti dinner party….

🌸A painting tells us how to be less selfish. The website has other topics that art can help with as well.

🌸Ever wanted to disappear? Here are step-by-step instructions for deleting yourself from the entire INTERNET.20140322-121629.jpg


🌺Ellen + funny tweets = 💕

🌺Cats are liquid and these pictures are proof.

🌺I love old quirky/strange inventions….

🌷People painted as flags eating the food of their country. Bizarre and beautiful.

🌷A birds-eye view of different countries. Stunning.

🌷The world’s poorest coolest president. “It’s not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, who is poor.”
•Learn how to screen print! (Click)

•Create a springtime atmosphere in your home!

•Turn a bottle into a tumbler glass! (Click)20140322-121654.jpg


Quick guide to improving your heart meridian

20140318-095850.jpgBelonging to the element Fire, the Heart Meridian is associated with warmth, laughter and enthusiasm.

When balanced:

Tranquility, gentleness, emotional balance, spirit, love, integrity, optimism, emotional and spiritual growth, zest for life, control of thoughts and senses, conscience and wisdom.

Peak Hours: 11 am – 1 pm

20140318-095912.jpgBecomes distressed when you’re not following your heart but are doing something just “to pay the bills”

Physical Imbalances:
shortness of breath, cold feeling in the chest and limbs, palpitations, cold sweat, inability to speak, memory failure and restless sleep.

Emotional Imbalances:
The heart is the ruler of all emotions. Signs of imbalance include sadness, absence of laughter, depression, fear, anxiety, hysteria, erratic behavior, alternating joy and melancholy, dullness, yearning for love, jealousy and sorrow.

20140318-095920.jpgSince your heart meridian is related to anxiety:

Don’t drink any more coffee; green tea is much easier on your heart.

Also add Ginseng, currents, & corn into your diet.

Quick guide to improving your Gall Bladder meridian

20140317-142257.jpgGallbladder: courage and initiative 20140317-142109.jpgPeople who are timid, indecisive, and easily discouraged by slight adversity, are said to have a weak Gall Bladder

Decisive and determined people are said to have a strong Gall Bladder.20140317-142143.jpgYou can negatively influence your gallbladder by:
Holding onto resentment

The result:
Tension headaches, fatigue, discouragement

What if I don’t have my gallbladder?

You still have your gallbladder meridian.

Having the Gallbladder removed effects the ability to make decisions, this type of person can get overly concerned about small details and lose the big picture of things.
Quick dietary tips for strengthening your gall bladder meridian:

To release stagnation eat more:
•leafy greens

Drink more:
•apple, lemon, and ginger juice
•Dandelion tea
•nettle tea

eating sugar
fat consumption (and reduce oil)
late-night eating

20140317-142117.jpgFind even more gallbladder help here (just in time for spring!)

Euphoria Friday: March 7, 2014

This week:20140306-202245.jpgI’m dog-sitting the cutest dog in the universe.20140306-202151.jpgMy friend Anne came over to help me give him a bath!20140306-202204.jpg

Random fun:20140306-202254.jpg20140306-202305.jpgI don’t totally agree with this list of favorite Whedon characters: no Angel?! No Giles?

My favorites list would be:

21) Adelle (badass)
20) Kaylee (adorable)
19) Victor (so much fun to watch)
18) Oz (terse and deep)
17) Echo (and all of her roles in Dollhouse) (I loved watching her change--really made me respect Eliza Dushku)
16) Fred (because she's Fred!)
15) Lilah (badass)
14) Harmony (clueless)
13) Alpha (insane)
12) Druscilla (insane)
11) Buffy (adorable)
10) Willow (funny and sweet)
9) Topher (geeky and lovable)
8) Glory (insane)
7) Xander (sweet and goofy)
6) Giles (awesome & British)
5) Cordelia (speaking her mind--and winning my heart)
4) Angel (sexiness)
3) Wesley (for becoming a badass)
2) Anya (always speaking her mind)
1) Spike (cheekbones, sexiness, EVERYTHING)

**that was my geek-out moment of the day**

•I’m so in love with Random Acts of Kindness (like these ones). Maybe when I pay off my loans that’s what I’ll do the next month: just leave money around for people to find and pay for the person behind me :)
•Along those same lines here are 100 ways to tell your child (or anyone, really) how much you love them. Because love is important!
How to know you’re in a really good (even sacred) relationship. 20140306-202224.jpg20140306-202233.jpg
•Have you ever taken the Meyers Briggs personality test? I’ve actually recently become more of an ESFP but for a long time I was an ENTP so I love this article on the care and feeding of your ENTP. (some of it still really resonates with me)

•Also I still can relate to this one about ENTPs and their awkwardness when it comes to love. 20140306-220933.jpg

Make it!
•I love this super cute gift tag DIY.

•I’m kind of obsessed with easy-to-make food that looks totally complicated like braided Nutella bread and eggs with heart-shaped yolks.
20140306-220847.jpg20140306-220903.jpg•If someone makes me these lasagna cups I will know they love me!!

Pure Happiness:

Massage time!20140306-202033.jpg20140306-202212.jpg

Debt-free by July 2014: progress report

I’m less than $1000 away from the halfway point!

At this point I’m starting to wonder what I’ll do to celebrate and how much it will change my life to be debt free.

My ultimate goal is to be debt free by my birthday in July. But I know that it’s more realistic to expect to make it happen by November.

If you’d like to help there are two ways to do so and there will be more ways coming soon!

1) If you live in Staunton, schedule a massage!

My current specials are: 20140305-122121.jpgcontact me at to schedule.

It’s not too late to sign up for this either:20140305-122326.jpg

Or maybe a gift certificate?20140305-122347.jpg

2) The second thing you can do (especially if you aren’t local) is shop in my etsy shop!

I’ll be posting my March bath crystals soon! (Aromatherapy Epsom salts which are awesome for sore muscles and detoxifying your body!) I have new ones every month and specially crafted for every zodiac sign.

Nourishing Your Kidneys, Part 1: What 4 things to drink for healthy kidney filtration and kidney detox

If you're suffering from kidney stones makes sure to check out this post as well (click)

“The solution to pollution is dilution”

The more you drink, the more waste your kidneys will be able to remove from your body!

**Make sure to drink warm or room warm temperature drinks instead of ice-cold drinks. **


#1) Water:
Try to drink at least 2 litres of water/ day.

Drink water in large quantities (instead of little sips here and there) throughout the day– this flushes your kidneys more effectively.

(Your bodies’ absorption of water can be further improved by taking a pinch of high quality Sea Salt at the same time as drinking.)

**Add a squeeze of lemon juice to your water as well for extra detox: it actually alkalizes your blood!**

#2) Fruit juices:
•Drink cranberry concentrate with water each morning.

•Drink plenty of fresh sweet or sour fruit juices (pineapple, orange, apple, lime, grape etc.)

•Apple juice will energize you

•blend: watermelon or pineapple+green apple+mint

#3) Vegetable juices: (Have a vegetable juice each day to encourage liver detoxification and kidney filtration.)

•Carrot juice+wheat grass+celery+parsley

•celery+parsley+cucumber+half a lemon+water

•fresh beetroot+carrot+celery+ginger

•carrot juice+spirulina (energy boost and the cleansing power of chlorophyll)

•carrots+beets+cucumbers (refreshing and cleansing)


#4) Herbal teas: (gentle diuretics)
•Dandelion Leaf

•Green Tea

•Parsley tea:boil 2 cups of parsley and let it steep

(**parsley detoxifies the kidneys and is beneficial in treating an preventing kidney stones**)

•Watermelon seed tea made with 2 tsp. of watermelon seeds in a cup of hot water

(For information on preventing kidney stones click here)

March is Kidney health awareness month (which is actually kind of awesome because I've been TRYING to get these kidney posts finished and it just wasn't happening and now- hey! It's the perfect month for them, yay.

If you are interested in kidney health I have LOTS of information I’ll be posting all month long so keep coming back!

Euphoria Friday, February 28th

20140227-170701.jpgI hope your week was lovely!

Things to make:
make your own sugar cubes

Instagram photo strips DIY

make your own photo magnets

DIY golden honey bears20140227-173048.jpghello, super cute owl dress

make your yoga mat sticky again

Things that make you think:
Have you heard of tiny houses? I want to build one for myself. I’m very excited about this plan:tiny houses for the homeless.

Learn how to defend yourself against emotional muggers. Stop letting anybody steal your joy, make you feel defeated, or deflated.

Steal these creative rituals. I especially love what Ze Frank has to say. (I love that man.)

Have you seen this?! aerie: American Eagles’s lingerie brand uses UNPHOTOSHOPPED MODELS. They have ALL my respect. Hopefully this will be a bigger and bigger trend. (I know Dove has been doing this as well for a long time) 20140227-172935.jpg



Awesome animals:
Compassionate living: because animals are awesome.20140227-173133.jpg
Speaking of animals: Holy Cuteness: puppy cannot catch the ball (click for video) ….the music makes this video EPIC.

meet the mantis shrimp (“it’s pretty much my favorite animal”) I freaked out when I saw one at the Monterey Bay Aquarium last summer.

ALSO:Harlem Shake: dog edition (click for video) That dance trend died too soon, I feel. The music makes me happy and the videos make me laugh. This one is the BEST.

Get a massage:20140227-172749.jpgEmail for more details:

Don't forget! This Sunday is the books and media swap: 3-5pm at 16 West20140227-171651.jpg20140227-171711.jpg

Financial Peace Cliffs Notes: My new savings plan

Just skimmed through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Revisited book. (A friend loaned it to me because I’m attempting to get out of debt by July of this year.)

The book was too wordy for me as I am a more “just do it” kinda gal.
I did like the Baby Steps section as it is an easy to follow action plan.

Here’s my new plan for my finances:

Step 1: save $500 in emergency fund (high interest account which I won’t tap into except for emergencies

Step 2: pay off all debt (in the book he talks about paying off the smallest debts first–I’ve been paying off huge chunks at a time to all of my loans:

I only have 4 loans left and I’ve been putting all of my income–after paying rent, setting aside $25 for emergency spending, and tithing 10% to charity (now I’ve started giving 15% instead of 10%, by the end of the year I want to be giving 25%)– into paying off my loans. I divide the money into 4 chunks — 2 large chunks for my high interest loans and 2 smaller chunks for my lower interest loans. (At this point I’m totally disregarding any payment amounts set by my loan lenders– I’m just hacking away as much as possible every single month) Once a loan gets hacked into a small enough piece where I can pay it all off, I do that and divide whatever is left over among the remaining loans.

I’m almost halfway done paying my loans off and I only started in November.

Step 3: once my debt is gone (hopefully by July, definitely by December) save 6 months worth of living expenses in high interest account

Step 4: open a Roth IRA and place 15% in the account every month

Step 5: get insurance–full coverage!!!!

Step 6: save for trip

Step 7: look for house

Step 8: give away everything else.
(In other words:
•I’ll have no more debt
•I’ll have a quietly growing emergency fund
•I’ll have 6+months of living expenses accumulating interest
•I’ll be actively saving 15% for my retirement every month
•paying a premium on insurance
•saving for travel every month
•paying rent
….and the rest can all be used to help other people: my loved ones, my community, and globally (at this point I want to give 10% to each)

It feels good to have a plan. Do you have any tips for saving money or spending it wisely?

Feb 26th Balsamic Moon: Reflection Questions

Reflection Questions

When you think back upon the last month what sticks out for you?

What were the most significant experiences, successes, challenges?

What would you like to create, or put your energy into, this coming month?

Did you write down your intentions for the year 2014? if so review them and see if these intentions are working for you. If not, it is not too late!

My Answers:

When you think back upon the last month what sticks out for you?
Nothing really went the way I intended it to go but organically it continued to flow together. Life will keep going regardless of my plans.

It was an emotional month and I learned how best to reach out and receive (as well as give) support.

What were the most significant experiences, successes, challenges?
*Client party with my friends (so much laughter!)
*Internet-free weekends
*Opening ceremony for the Olympics
*Found out about the Vida savings program
*Fabulous evening making seed-bombs at the HourEconomy potluck
*Was asked to house-sit for my old house for 5months
*Dinner with Caity’s family
*Moms birthday
*Amanda moved out
*Connecting with Katy
*Naked Lady swap

What would you like to create, or put your energy into, this coming month?
I want to go out and connect outwardly. Because it’s winter I’ve been staying in and connecting from home but I really want to be out and about.

I seriously want to MAKE things. I’m experiencing a blockage and need to just begin!

Did you write down your intentions for the year 2014? if so review them and see if these intentions are working for you. If not, it is not too late!

For March:
•Visit animals at SPCA
•Get crafty

•Give 15% of income to charity

•Set timer when working
•Make at least $1250/month (trying to be debt free by July)

•No phone Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday
•Ask friends to come over and walk downtown with me

Zodiac Men: Pisces


February 20-March 19th
God help me with the Pisces boys (early March, especially) they are carved by Michelangelo with troubled, poetic souls they’ll make you laugh and totally blank out at important moments–flakey, always late, beautiful boys with lips and necks and jaws….oh, yes.

Euphoria Friday, Feb 21st

Happy things from my week: 20140220-235156.jpgHappy birthday to my mom (yesterday!) 20140220-235321.jpgMade me laugh.

Be Healthy

•Do you know what NFT stands for? Here's all you need to know: the NFT digest.20140220-235030.jpg






Upcoming Staunton Event:20140220-235137.jpg

20140220-235127.jpgAnd last minute reminder: Naked Lady Party is THIS WEEKEND.
Sunday, 3-5pm, 16West on Beverly Street