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5 Tips to Declutter Your Life and Home

By: Gloria Marie

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All objects carry energy. By clearing the clutter in your home, you are also changing the possibilities in your own life. Remove obstacles and create energy that flows. Do you own your clutter or does it own you?

Try these 5 tips to declutter your home and you will begin to see changes in your life.

When you are finished, open up your windows to let all that fresh energy flow.

Declutter Your Life

By: Gloria Marie

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Clutter is stuck, stagnant energy. By changing your home, you are changing the energy in your home and allowing more possibilities to enter your life. The Universe fills voids, by, creating the physical space in your home, you are also creating the mental, emotional and spiritual space for your dreams and desires to manifest. Try these steps to declutter your life.

One wonderful question to ask yourself; Do you own your clutter or do you clutter own you? Take a stroll through your home and contemplate that question. Why do we keep things that we do not like, use or need? Are you keeping something “just in case?” This is a fear based response. It is a lack of trust in the future.

Inherited clutter could be a problem. This is like the “just in case” syndrome. Inherited clutter is also guilt-ridden. How could you get rid of that vase that your Mother loved? She would be upset. Sound familiar? It could also be a gift from someone, and you feel guilty getting rid of it.

This past weekend, I decided to declutter. When I moved into this home four years ago, I bought stuff that I did not need or like, but, it was expensive stuff, so I kept it. This past Sunday, I went and bought large moving boxes and got started. There was no stopping me, and when I was finished, it felt so great. The energy in my home felt lighter, and I felt so proud that I was able to release many things from my past.

I went through the box of my deceased mother’s knick-knacks. Most of these have been in a box in my closet for the past four years. My Mother loved these knick-knacks, but, I did not and realized I was keeping them out of guilt. My Mother is in spirit, and she will always be in my heart. I know someone will love to have them and appreciate them, so, they got donated.

If you are going through a divorce or a relationship breakup, it is important to clear the energy of your ex. It is a time to clear and emotional bring in new energy.

When clearing, look at your home and surroundings in a new way. For many years, I always kept large baskets above my kitchen cabinets. Why? Because that is what I did in the past. Well, this weekend all the baskets were put in bags for donations, and the clean look in my kitchen makes me smile. That expensive brass lamp that I never liked also went. I know someone will enjoy my discarded things and I feel like a rebirth.

My Five Steps to Declutter Your Life:

1. Put in on your calendar and get the supplies you need: boxes, tape, large trash bags.
2. Decided on the time of day you will do this. Are you a morning person or do you do better at night?
3. Play upbeat music. Get your game on!!
4. When going through the clutter ask yourself two questions. Does this object bring me joy? Why am I keeping it? If you are not sure about some objects, set one box as a “maybe.” Put a date on it and revisit after six months.
5. Reward yourself. When you are finished, pat yourself on the back. Take a stroll around your home and feel the difference in the energy. Open the windows to allow fresh air to come in.
Transform your life. Set the day to declutter.

A Must Have Cookbook

By: Gloria Marie

the new american heart association cookbook

“The New American Heart Association Cookbook” needs to be your go to cookbook. It has over 800 recipes in all areas; including vegetarian entrees and slow cooker chapters. If you want to be healthy and cook healthy, this cookbook will provide you with all the recipes you need. It is not only for someone that wants to improve heart health but, these recipes will help reduce blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and weight.

In this updated 2017 version you will find delicious recipes that reflect current trends in food preparation from ingredients, to herbs to cooking techniques. At the front of each chapter, there is a list of recipes and corresponding page numbers, to make your selections easy to find. There are 12 sections of recipes with categories from appetizers to desserts.

The vegetarian section is comprehensive for an all-around cookbook. The recipes use many different grains, tofu, tempeh, and beans. I made the Portobello with polenta and tomatoes is was delicious and the recipe was easy to follow.

The fish section has recipes for a large variety of fish and has many different sauces that can be used on any fish. I made the broiled salmon with mint citrus relish for a dinner party, and it was a hit. Simple to make, yet impressive for a dinner party. It was healthy and had a beautiful presentation.

If you want to invest in one new cookbook this year, I highly recommend “The New American Heart Association Cookbook.” It will have all the recipes you need for any occasion.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in order to write this review.

Emile Coue Method for Affirmations

By: Gloria Marie

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“When you believe yourself to be master of your thoughts, you become so.”

 -Emile Coue´

Affirmations are statements that help us practice positive thinking. Your mind cannot have two thoughts at the same time. You may have thoughts that follow one another, but there is only one thought at a time. Affirmations help us replace any negative or undesirable thoughts with a thought that will empower us. Affirmations can help us become strong, happy and whole. There are all types of affirmations: for love, prosperity, good health, happiness, self-love, the list can go on and on. The Emile Couse method for affirmations was revolutionary for its time.

An interesting point about affirmations is that they have been used for a long time. In 1922, Emile Coue´ published a book titled, “Self Mastery through Conscious Autosuggestion.” He was a French psychologist who developed a method for attaining health, success, and happiness through the use of autosuggestion. He did 20 years of scientific research and experiments with thousands of people to develop his method.

This is the Emile Coue´ method:
1. Sit in a relaxed position with eyes closed.
2. Repeat in a monotonous tone, the magic words:
“EVERY DAY, IN EVERY WAY, I AM GETTING BETTER AND BETTER”
3. Repeat these magic words 20 times in the morning and 20 times in the evening.
4. Do not think about your illness or your troubles while repeating these words.
5. Your desire must have absolute faith and confidence.

That is it! This is simple to do. You do not need any special props or need to be in any particular place. What you do need is confidence in yourself and to believe firmly that all will be well.

Try it for a month. See if there are some positive changes in your life.

Terrific Emotional Read

By: Gloria Marie

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A beautifully written novel that you will have trouble putting down. “The Tea Planter’s Wife” by Dinah Jefferies is rich with descriptions of Ceylon in the 1920’s, both historical and visual. I was mesmerized by the vivid images of the landscape, homes, and clothes of the era. The novel is filled with love, suspense, heartbreak, and mystery.

Gwendolyn Hooper, just nineteen years old marries Laurence, the owner of a tea plantation in Ceylon. She leaves her home in England and begins her new married life in Ceylon. Life in Ceylon is not as she has hoped. The plantation workers are resentful, and her sister-in-law is trouble. Gwendolyn has many unanswered questions about Laurence’s first wife and her mysterious death.

Gwendolyn becomes pregnant, and with the birth, she makes a decision that will haunt her the rest of her life. She also finds the racism in Ceylon hard to understand and want to try to change the conditions for the plantation workers and their families.

There are many family secrets that are interwoven throughout the book and finally, in the ending are exposed. This is a page turning novel that will not disappoint you. The only disappointment will be when you are finished reading it; you will want for more.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in order to write this review.

Mesmerizing Novel for Summer Reading List

By: Gloria Marie

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“The Little French Bistro” is a mesmerizing novel that needs to be added to your summer reading list. The beautiful descriptions of the French Rivera, the landscape, and the food will entice you to plan a trip or at the very lease enjoy a glass of wine with a baguette and dream of the area. Nina George’s new novel is filled with romance, passion and second chances.

Marianne is 60 years old and stuck in a loveless marriage. She tries to kill herself, unsuccessfully and instead finds her way to the sea and a new life. She begins working at the Ar Mor restaurant and meets the various characters in the town. There is Yann, the handsome painter, Genevieve, the restaurant owner, Jean-Remy, the chef at Ar Mor and many others.

Marianne for the first time in her life begins living with passion. She does a complete makeover of her wardrobe, her hair, and her makeup. She finds new love and no longer wants to end her life because it is now rich with relationships and interests.

However, her past does catch up with her, and that is when Marianne must make a choice whether to go back to her old life or continue with courage on her new path.

This is one of my favorite passages from “The Little French Bistro”:

“I don’t know why we women believe that sacrificing our desires makes us more attractive to men. What on earth are we thinking? That someone who goes without her wishes deserves to be loved more than she who follows her dreams?”

Pick up, “The Little French Bistro” and travel virtually to the French Rivera.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in order to write this review.

Try These Fun Creative Projects

By: Gloria Marie

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If you are looking for a book to give inspiration for creative projects, “Make It Yours,” is the book you need. There are many easy to follow projects that will help you bring personal touches throughout your home. “Make It Yours” by Christine Schmidt, will teach you how to print, stamp, stencil, and dye.

Each project is accompanied by a color photograph of the finished project. Also, for each project, there is, the time involved, the level of difficulty, “what you will learn,” a materials list and step by step instructions. Even someone with no previous experience can complete the projects.

There are numerous projects which include: abstract painted scarf, recipe cards, monogram leather clutch, fondant decorations, roll stamp table linens, custom monogram, stamped Moorish tiles and dry iron-on applique. Everyone with any level of experience will find a project to suit them.

There is a complete section with stencils and templates to trace. One of my favorite sections is Appendix A. I am a novice when it comes to these projects, but, Appendix A takes care of that! It goes into detail about the supplies by techniques. For example, one project I like called for an inking plate. I imagined I would go to the local craft store and pick one up. The author suggests using a clean baking sheet that you can buy at a thrift store! This section discusses what fabrics to use and the factors to consider when choosing the fabric.

You will want to stop what you are doing, get some materials and have some fun doing these diverse creative projects.

Perfect Gift Book

By: Gloria Marie

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This adorable book is filled with inspiring messages and beautiful, uplifting illustrations. It is the perfect book to give someone that you want to comfort, support or encourage. The messages are timeless and can be read over and over. Some of the topics include: happiness, growth, karma, forgiveness and calm. “Open when: Letters to lift your spirit” is also a great gift to give to yourself and keep it on your desk. Sometimes we need to think more positively, but, we get stuck in old habits and ways of thinking. This book will help you become unstuck with the uplifting passages. The book is arranged with envelopes that you unfold in an origami-like way to find the inspirational reading. There are twelve different envelopes to explore. The author, Karen Salmansohn, is considered a happiness expert and her newest book will have you find happiness and support. This will be my go-to gift book. It is a treasure.
One of my favorite messages:
Open when you need a booster shot of motivation……. When feeling overwhelmed by a faraway goal, repeat the following: I have it within me right now to get me to where I want to be later.

Inspired by the trend of “open when” letters sweeping the nation, Instant Happy author Karen Salmansohn has created a bound collection of 12 notes for readers to flip open whenever they need a pep talk. With categories like “Open when you need a laugh,” “Open when you’re feeling stressed out,” and “Open when you need courage,” these little happiness-boosters are based on Salmansohn’s viral posters that combine witty sayings with colorful graphics.
I received this book from Blogging for Books to write this review.

The Hum of Angels

By: Gloria Marie

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Most of us believe in angels for three main reasons: references in the Bible, experience with angels and Christian art. In the Bible alone, there are over three hundred references to angels. “The Hum of Angels” is filled with hundreds of references from the Bible and real-life stories of people that encountered angels.

Scott McKnight, the author, believes that angels are messengers from God and that angels are active in our world and all around us even when we do not take notice of them. It was fascinating to read that not all angel experiences are the same. Most people see angels as the traditional figure dressed in white. However, other experience angles as human-like figures, a scent of some sort or a bright light.

Angels provide God’s presence by expressing God’s love, confirming God’s presence, and they bring God’s comfort. The many stories were fascinating. Angels provided comfort during death and rescued people. McKnight writes, “That angels are all around us even when we don’t take notice of them. We are wise to believe they surround us, rather than expect them to announce themselves.” They appear when God thinks something special is needed.

One story gave an example of a women that did not listen to the hum of angels. She was scheduled for a cosmetic surgery procedure. She had to keep delaying the time because her baby sitter was late and got a flat tire. The sitter finally arrived over two hours late and she had the procedure. Of course, it went into complications. The angels intercede, but, we must listen to the hum.

The core teaching from the Bible about angels:
God is Love.
All that God does is loving.
God sends angels to us because God loves us.

I recommend this book. It will fill you with hope and love and you will most likely pay attention for the hum of angels.

I received this book for Blogging for Books to write this review.

Wishing You Peace and Love

By: Gloria Marie

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could keep the holiday feelings and sentiments alive all year? I do believe it is possible. How wonderful it would be, to be filled with joy and peace all year? Let’s take this a step further and wouldn’t it be wonderful if all beings were filled with love and peace all year? This joy and peace begins with you. As I spend time with my family during the holidays, I am going to focus on my feelings of love and try to keep that thread throughout the year. The Discourse on Good Will is one of my favorite passages. Wishing you peace and love during this magical time of year.

Discourse on Good Will

May all beings be filled with joy and peace.
May all beings everywhere,
The strong and the weak,
The great and the small,
The mean and the powerful,
The short and the long.
The subtle and the gross:

May all beings everywhere,
Seen and unseen,
Dwelling far or nearby,
Being or waiting to become:
May all be filled with lasting joy.

Let no one deceive another,
Let no one anywhere despise another,
Let no one out of anger or resentment
Wish suffering on anyone at all.

Just as a mother with her own life
Protects her child, her only child, from harm,
So within yourself let grow
A boundless love for all creatures.

Let your love flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.

Then, as you stand or walk,
Sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake,
Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring heaven to earth.

-The Sutta Nipata

May you be filled with joy, peace and love during this magical time of year.