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Friday, December 11, 2009

My New Business with Sensaria


I wanted to let you all know that I have started my own business with Sensaria Natural Bodycare. It's products that I love so much, and would love to share with all of you! Please stop by my web page and check it out... and click Here to be a fan of my Sensaria page on facebook! I am going to be having a giveaway of some of the awesome products in the next couple weeks also!

Since I am starting up, there are some great promotions that I can take advantage of, and I'd like to make a few goals that I've set for myself this month so I can earn free product and an awesome Sensaria branded calender/planner in a gorgeous shade of soft green. If you would like to help me earn this, please please place an order in the next week! You can order on my website, and it will be shipped directly to you, or place the order with me, and I'll send it to you once it comes in. I'm having a raffle to make it worth your while to help me reach my goals!

Here are the raffle rules:
If you place an order you get one entry.
If you get someone else to order you get two entries.
If you book a Spa Party you get five entries.
If you have a Spa-By-The-Book (that closes by December 17th) you get ten entries.
If you sign up to be an Independent Representative you get ten entries and a free gift from me!

The prize for the raffle will be a gift basket of all kinds of Spa Yumminess!

Thanks for reading, following, and supporting me! You are all wonderful!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Celebrating the Season





This year the Holiday's are turning out a little different than last year. This year we are still living with my boyfriend's brother, because I still can't find work yet. Last year we had our own place. Part of me is very sad that we can't go all out with our decorating and cheer... but I must admit part of me is loving how simple things are. We have had to be very thrifty this year, so our shopping is done, and presents are wrapped. We will be putting up our tree, but only a few days before Christmas, and even then, we weren't planning to decorate. Well, being myself, I couldn't stand a completely empty tree... so I got some pretty blueberry candy canes, and a silver star for the top of our white tree. It will be very simply, but still elegant.
I also think doing the holiday on a smaller scale will be good for me, because I am still struggling with how to incorporate the traditions of my life with the beliefs I embrace now. Because I am not focusing everything on Dec 25th... I can spend more time celebrating Yule, my first one. Anyone have any ideas or thoughts on how to incorporate both into your celebrating? I'd love some input.
The pictures included are from last year, so you can see our lovely tree. I have to admit, the white tree wasn't my first choice, it was Chris's... but I am completely converted now!
May the Goddess bless your seasons!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I have been awesome!

I just got the new issue of Glamour magazine, and I just finished reading it from cover to cover. I have to share some of what I love about it! Well, I loved everything about it, but I will only share a little, because if I share it all, you have no reason to read it! :) This is their annual Women of the Year Issue and I am so inspired!

First, I have something political to say. And anyone who knows me knows that I have a strong opinion about politics. If you are not educated and informed about politics, you have no right to have an opinion about them! That being said, I don't usually have much to say, because I am not informed and don't want to be ignorant. However, in this one case, I want to say this. Whether everyone likes them or not, the fact that the Obama's are in the White House is such an amazing leap forward for our country. The fact that Michelle's great great ancestor was a slave who sold for $475 at an auction in the 1850's (pg 60, Dec 09 Glamour) and she is now the First Lady shows how far we have come.

OK, on to less political speak. In an article about finding the best dresses for your body, Glamour actually included Plus Sizes... and they put them first! Usually us bigsexytypes rarely get mentioned along with the dress-your-big-butt-small-boobs-high-waist-short-legs-body articles at all, and if we do, its at the end of the article. But this time, we are first! (pg 138) This is another way that we have advanced as a country, as women, as a culture, and in the media. We wont be the last acceptable stereotype any more! (I'm sorry, I'm seriously on a soap box today. I wont be offended if you stop reading now!)

You need to read pg 84, the story at the bottom of the page. It is a tearjerker! One last thing and then I promise to stop typing!

I am going to lift a quote straight from the magazine. Have you heard of Precious? It is a movie I have planned to see, but haven't yet. It stars a BBBW... a Big Beautiful Black Woman and this was her first movie roll ever! She is quoted (page 94) as saying, "The press paints the picture that I got this role and now I'm awesome. But the truth is that I've been awesome, and then I got this role."
HOW FUCKING FABULOUS IS THAT????
I am so inspired but those two sentences that I texted it to my friends, and put it on my Myspace and Facebook. She is so real and so right to say that. And WE ARE. We are fabulous already. Before the great job, the great man, the great family, the great movie roll, the 200 followers, etc. Already. We "have been awesome" and it sometimes takes those other things before other people realize it. But we should realize it now. And never forget it.
OK shameless (unpaid) advertising complete. I really think you should pick up this issue though, you wont be disappointed.
PS. You are already fabulous!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Isaac Wrote His Name!!!


I can't tell you how proud I am! My son was drawing yesterday, and I noticed that across the top of the page he had written his name! He switched the S and the C so it was more like Icaas... but still recognizable! I don't want to be one of those mom's who has a child dumb as a post, but still thinks they are a genius... but my son is a genius! OK so he is nearly 14... hahaha, just kidding, he is actually 4. Since we have moved back to Moses Lake, I had to find a new daycare, and this one has a built in preschool, which I love. He is doing so wonderful there, and the kids all seem to love him too. When I drop him off, I can hear the kids screaming his name, excited. It reminds me a little of Norm's big entrance on Cheers. Of course with out the beer and nuts!
On another note, I have been really trying to refocus on my Spiritual education and learning and studying more. I have a huge collection of books that I plan to read, but of course they are sitting in boxes in the storage until we get our own place! I have a dear friend who is learning and exploring right now, and she has found herself drawn to Wicca. It has been really nice to have some deep conversations with her about it. Especially considering I don't have anyone in my day to day life that is Wiccan. I know she is still trying it on and making sure it fits, but I can already see it making positive changes in her life, like it did in mine! I have also been trying to reach out into the Pagan community more, I have a deep need right now to feel connected.
I hope all of you are having a lovely November!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

What Did He Say Now Part... (Who the Hell is Counting Anymore????)......

Triplets!
Isaac Iron Man
Triplets Again

My family had a Halloween Party on Friday night this week... My sisters and I dressed up as triplets... which people thought we were all the time as kids. This was of course due to the fact that our mom loved to dress up her three blond haired, blue eyed daughters up in matching dresses and swimsuits... But we pulled it off quite nicely. I have decided that I am the fat one of us three (sad I know, but true... FOR NOW :) ) but we all decided when sitting side by side.. that I have the perkiest boobs! Go me! Or maybe its Go Lane Bryant for the fabulous bra! Either way... I'll take it. Ok that was a little off subject... but I had to share since I've missed TMI Friday for two weeks in a row... But I digress...
Isaac and I spent the night at my parents house, and drove home the next day. It is only a half hour drive, but a great chance for us to talk. He has become so imaginative that it amazes me all the time! He was telling me this crazy story about how we needed to get home into the sky, so we needed a ladder, a big tree, a cannon, a fire gun, and a rocket to get home. He laid them out perfectly into steps also...(Step one... ladder, step two... big tree.....) Then he started just talking and telling the story like a true story weaver. I was just getting lost in his magical little world and enjoying the drive, when all of a sudden I hear him say "Holy Shit its a meteor!"
I almost had to pull over I was laughing so hard, and yet so appalled! And then I tied a little string around that moment so I wouldn't forget it. Ahhhh Good times!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Introductions

I would like to introduce all my lovely bloggety friends to a dear friend of mine. She has recently started a blog about her struggle to define herself, and I'd love it if you would all stop by and welcome her to cyber land! I have her button over on the right... Irish Goddess (I helped her make that too!) Thank you all darlings! And Samhain blessings to you all!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Carve Your Pumpkin!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Welcome Fanciful Twist Halloween Partiers!


Hello all you crazy partiers! I had hoped to pull off a major blog-olution between Mrs. B's Party, and The Fanciful Twist party... but life has that sassy way of getting in the way! So welcome to my festive Halloween page! Please stay a while... I hope you will find something funny, shocking, entertaining, and educational to read here! And if you just happen to be stopping by to say hello... please swing on over to A Fanciful Twist... This is one crazy chick with an awesome creative blog!

TMI Friday!

Hello all... hopefully all of you Walking Tour Fans will stop by again! Thanks so much for stopping by! It's Friday again... time for another TMI Friday! To start I will say that I posted this much later than I planned on today, because I was busy making up some more TMI stories to share! :) That's right ladies and gents.... I was getting bizzy! :)
Now... what about you....?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Welcome to my Gypsy Caravan!

Because Mrs. B is on the East Coast, and I don't get up that freakin early!.. I am posting this Thursday night... for Friday the 16th.

Thank you for following the fabulous Mrs. B's Haunted Walking Tour to visit! She is a doll isn't she? My name is Kristina, and this is my blog. I write about whatever seems to come to mind usually. I hope you will look around and stay a while!

I want to share a little bit about Halloween… and the day that actually started it all. Then I want to share some old-witches tales about Halloween.

Halloween was formerly known as Samhain. The name and the holiday evolved over the years to become what we now know. You may be surprised to learn that Halloween is, to many modern-day witches and pagans, the most sacred night of the year. And contrary to many misunderstandings, Samhain/Halloween is not a holy day of the Devil, (most Pagans don’t believe in the Christian Devil) or an evil holiday. For many cultures, throughout many centuries, Samhain has been celebrated as a harvest festival, a time of mirth and magick, a night of ancestors, as well as a New Year’s Eve celebration. Hundreds of years ago, the Celtic people followed a calendar that began and ended with October 31/November 1st, and they believed that on this last day of the year, the veil between the living and the dead grew very thin, allowing contact across the veil both ways. Many of the traditional decorations of ghosts, skeletons, and skulls have long been used to signify those who have passed before. The same symbols are now used to delight and terrify us!

Over the years, many traditions and old-witches tales were developed for Halloween night, believing that the ancestors who have passed before would help you to divine your future. Many of methods are still around: tarot cards, scrying, crystal balls, runes, etc. Many more customs have not passed the test of time. These lesser known methods of divination were often believed to reveal your future husband/wife/lover. I found them so intriguing I knew I had to share!

  • In England, it was once believed that when hemp was tossed over the shoulder at midnight on Halloween, a vision of your future husband/wife would appear.
  • To learn the initials of your future spouse, peel an apple in one long piece, then toss the peel over your left shoulder or into a bowl of water. If a letter of the alphabet is formed, this is the first initial of the first name. Repeat for the first initial of the last name.
  • To find out how many kids you will have, pluck a stalk of oats on Halloween. The number of grains is the number of children you will have. However, if the top grain is missing, this is a sign that you will lose your virginity before your wedding!

Halloween has such a rich history! It is by far my favorite holiday… and I can’t wait! Also, I promise I’m not nearly this educational on a regular basis! Please come back again and visit!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I am a BBW!!

It was brought to my attention recently that I am a BBW...Typically BBW stands for Big Beautiful Woman, and it's a phrase I'm quite fond of. I'm also fond of Cutie with a Bootie! But BBW in this case stands for Big Bitchy Woman! I's have always believed that women should be nice to other women. We have had enough things holding us back and selling us short... we shouldn't do that to each other. But lately I have been feeling a bit jealous and insecure...and apparently taking it out on the skinny bitches I have been running into! See...I just did it again! I mean no disrespect! I know it isn't easy for most women to maintain a slim physique, and for some they try very hard to GAIN weight and have trouble with it... In my mind and my heart I don't really think badly of anyone for their shape and size. But apparently there is somewhere inside of me that can't help but make snarky remarks when I catch my honey looking at these honeys! I hope I can start practicing what I preach now that I've been shown the error of my ways! Please tell me I'm not the only one who finds them self feeling this way!
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Friday, October 2, 2009

TMI Friday

Hello again! This is week 2 for my new feature... TMI Fridays... I have one to share that I borrowed, and one to share that was sent to me to be shared annonymously... but you know who you are you naughty girl ;)! So far I'm loving this... and I love that some of you shared last week...
Remember... though Sex is definitely sensational, TMI Fridays can be about anything. Honestly, the point behind it for me is that Chris likes my stories to be short and sweet... not padded with details... and I find that I like to tell stories with details, and I like to read stories that way too... For me the details make the story. The back story makes the story. All those details that most men can live without... are absolutely necessary to me! Now for the stories. First, a naughty little tidbit from 'Annonymous!'

I once met a guy at a hotel who I'd only talked to on-line...for just a few hours. Needless to say, we got to know each other better that afternoon. I can't even remember his name! And I never saw him again.
But he was oh-so-hot. :)
Looking back, I can't believe I was so stupid. He could've been an ax murderer! Eeek!

Now for the story I have borrowed from a friend. She has a serious craving for Dark Chocolate Dove Bars. She likes to eat them very slowly while watching her favorite shows, savoring the two things she loves. Often times she will end up with little chocolate bits on her, not so little-now-chocolate-covered-bits. All you busty ladies out there probably know what I'm talking about. Her husband came up with the sweetest way of playing this down and not embarrassing her. When he sees it when she is undressing he likes to savor and lick each little chocolate bit from her bits, as if she had put them there on purpose! How sweet is that? Chris would probably just tease me for being so messy!!!!

Now ladies, please do share your own little TMI stories... I promise not to laugh unless you give me permission too!

A Fabulous Giveaway!

There is a stop you simply must make today while blog browsing. Over at Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom she is having the 31 Days of Halloween and it is FABULOUS! There are giveaways, stories, guest bloggers, a Haunted Walking Tour (which yours truly is going to be a part of!) and many other delightful treats and tricks! Today one of the giveaways is truly special. A 16 year old boy from Brazil took part in the 31 Days of Halloween last year, and wants to give something back this year. His contribution is a giveaway of a sweet little divination kit. Click here for details!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Oh S&#$ What Did He Say Now???

So we have officially moved.. I am now in Moses Lake, Washington. One of the last days I picked Isaac up from Daycare, I had an interesting conversation with one of the daycare staff. Apparently, Isaac was out on the playground with some of his friends, and was overheard using some very colorful language... Specifically... "What Mother Effer... You want some of this?... What.. Huh... Mother Effer..." (OMG!!!!) I was literally floored... but I have to tell you, the part that shocked me was the "You want some of this?" I don't talk like that! We don't let him watch TV like that! I am guilty of dropping the F-bomb occasionally... ok maybe everyday... but I don't use that combination of words, and I don't say anything like "You want some of this?" Seriously! I know, its horrible that I am bothered by that part more than the fact that my 4 year old was swearing.... but whatever! I forsee many more days of interesting words coming out of my child's mouth... I guess I have to learn to deal now huh!

Friday, September 25, 2009

TMI Fridays!

I want to start a feature on my blog... and I had a moment of brilliance last week while commenting on girlichef's blog. So my new feature is TMI Fridays! I am leaving this open to interpretation, but I'd really like it to be based on reader contributions. Share something. Share anything. Share a postsecret worthy secret, (If you'd like to be annoynmous, email me at gyspyangel@ymail.com and I will keep your secret safe!) share a cosmo confession, share a Hustler worthy moment, share your best recipe secret, etc etc etc. The point is, share, and share anything, nothing held back. If anyone out there is afraid of what they might read, please skip the TGI Friday posts please.

Ok, to get us started, I will share a little something. I once dated a guy who put new sod in on my spare nasty lawn. He finished half the job in one day and I wanted nothing more than to "christen" the new sod! And we did! The lush sweet grass was amazing. He was not so much! He ended up never finishing the other half, and getting arrested within 2 days!
There, that is my dirty little secret reeking of toooooooo much info for you all!
Now don't leave me hanging...share and share alike!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Sad Story of my Beloved Couch

Er...rather...loveseat. I found this darling love seat at a second hand store a few years ago. It was only $40, and I didn't have the money on me. I left, disheartened, and convinced that some other lucky girl would get to take it home. A few WEEKS later I returned to the same store, and there it sat, and for only $15 due to a sale! I couldn't believe it. Good furniture never lasts at a second hand store! And this one was a beauty! It was a gorgeous vintage loveseat in a soft green and aqua damask fabric. It has a lovely button tufted back and tiny little arms. It really isn't the kind of couch that you lounge on to watch tv. I had dreams of making a sweet little seating area in my boudoir where I could rest my queenly self while getting ready for an elegant evening out. I bought the delicious little love seat and took it home to my tiny bedroom. It ended up in the living room, and has served itself very well. However, when Chris and I moved in together he made no secret of the fact that he hated my chick couch! I must say, it is the sort of vintage item that only women, and generally gay men would appreciate. At least I hope so! However, the girly monstrosity stayed because we needed the seating area. Now that we are moving again we decided to upgrade our furniture. We decided to donate the hideous old couch and chair we had, but I didn't want to see my beauty go that way.... I've grown quite attached. I tried to sell it for a week and had no response. I decided to just let it go to charity where maybe someone else would appreciate it. I can't say that I am not sad though! Chris thinks I'm a complete nutter for missing a piece of furniture! But he just doesn't understand! Alas, I am appealing to you, my lovely blogging friends for the sympathy I can't find at home. Also, I am including a picture, because I guess I'd like someone else to agree that it is a beauty.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Rainbows

A few days ago I saw a gorgeous rainbow while driving to work... and it gave me a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. You might wonder why something so beautiful would make me unhappy? This is something that I have struggled with for a long time now. I grew up LDS, and I grew up with certain items, and topics having certain symbolism and meanings. In LDS as well as Christian teachings the rainbow is a symbol of God's promise to never wipe out the earth with a flood as he did in Noah's time. I was taught that every year you see a rainbow, it is not last year of the earth, and it is not the year that Christ will come. As far as teachings go, this isn't a negative one. So you might still be wondering why this would make me unhappy. To me, it is a reminder of the things I grew up learning. Now, I mean no disrespect of any kind to my LDS family, or anyone else. They are wonderful people in general, who have great love and belief in their God. I can't and won't fault that. But for me, remembering the things I learned, good or bad, also remind me of the years of loneliness and shame I felt at never being good enough, and not feeling close to or loved by my God. Since I have found Wicca, and embraced the Goddess, I have felt loved and accepted exactly as I am, not as I should be, perfectly following the tenants of this book of scripture or that. I have made a connection with a higher power that loves me wholly, in my imperfection, and doesn't judge or leave me because of my choices.
I decided today that I wanted to learn a new symbolism for rainbows, that will remind me not of my past, but of my present and future. Something that will make my heart happy, and my tummy less grumbly.. :)
I found many beautiful references to rainbows in mythology, but the one I chose is a Sioux belief that rainbows are 'where all the bright flowers stay before and after their brief blooming period on the earth.'

I hope that from now on when I see rainbows, this is what I will remember, and be happy.
xoxoxoxo

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Creative Cooking Sunday Morning

This morning I woke up craving something yummy... so I made it up...
I made a Pancetta Mascarpone Quiche.... and boy was is yummmmmy! I am an avid follower of Top Chef and Iron Chef... so Pancetta and Mascarpone are ingredients I have heard of, but never seen or worked with. I found them one day at my grocery store and thought I'd like to give it a try. And there they have sat in my fridge for a few days... Don't worry the Pancetta was vacuum sealed! I added some eggs, heavy cream, sauteed onions, nutmeg, freshly ground peppercorns, and paprika. Also a little bit of Havarti just to give it silkier texture. I must say, I was quite impressed! Here is a picture of my handiwork...
The only think I would change next time is that I chopped the pancetta fairly large because I didn't know how much it would shrink when being sauteed. Otherwise, I don't think that's bad for a day of creative cooking.
xoxoxo

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Stolen Poem

Ok I found this over at Wicca for Everyone and I had to steal it. I absolutely love it!

Butt Prints In The Sand

One night I had a wondrous dream,
One set of footprints there was seen,
The footprints of the Goddess they were,
But mine were not along the shore.

But then some stranger prints appeared,
And I asked Her, "What have we here?
These prints are large and round and neat,
But much too big to be from feet"

"My child," She said in somber tones,
"For miles I carried you alone.
I challenged you to walk in faith,
But you refused and made me wait."

"You would not learn, you would not grow,
The walk of faith, you would not know,
So I got tired, I got fed up,
And there I dropped you on your butt."

"Because in life, there comes a time,
When one must fight, and one must climb,
When one must rise and take a stand,
Or leave their butt prints in the sand."

Author - Unknown


Poem retrieved August 27, 2009 from http://www.meadowmoon.com/

This really hit me in a big way because I have fought and struggled for much of my life with my ideas about religion and god and love and forgiveness and acceptance.. . always making my own butt prints..

But since I have started on my new path... I find that I am walking along the shore myself... Finally finding fulfillment within myself and in the earth and elements. And it's damn funny too... so I hope you all enjoy it like I did!

Darling Blogs and Special Giveaways!

There are two more giveaways that I want to share with you all.... and the blogs they belong to are darling too! First... Over at Rue and Hyssop it is her birthday and she is celebrating by having a giveaway! How amazing is that? What a sweetheart... and check out her blog while you are there! Click HERE for her giveaway! OK the next giveaway is over at Domestic Witch she is having a giveaway to celebrate her 100th follower! Now she must be doing something good over there to have that many followers.... definitely must be worth checking out all my bloggety friends! Click HERE for her giveaway! So... good luck to all of you... and I really mean it this time! :)
Ok I'll be back in a few minutes to post something I've written myself.... xoxoxox

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Something Fun and Crafty... For Me and You:

Ok I found this fun thing on Daily Dose of Diva... and I wanted in... so I am offering the same thing here....

The first 5 people to respond to this post will get something made by me, especially for you.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
•I make no guarantees that you will like what I make but I hope you will.
•What I create will be just for you.
•They say I have a year to get it to you. But I promise it will NOT take that long!
•You have no clue what it's going to be. It’s a surprise to both of us at this point.


The catch? You must re-post this on your blog and offer the same to the first 5 people who do the same on your blog.

XOXOXO

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Yet Another Fabulous Giveaway... and I want in!

Over at Magickal Enchantments she is giving away one of her lovely Perfume Oils. This one is described as: "spicy and enticing and enchanting all rolled into one." I am dying to try it... and I plan to buy one... if I don't win this one that is! :) Click HERE to get yourself entered as well. She also has a lovely little etsy store where she sells her darling creations... click HERE for shopping heaven! PS... I promise to write this week... an actual blog post that is...not just a notice of another giveaway... but ya'll should know already that I can't resist a giveaway!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mrs B Gives Away Everything But The Kitchen Sink!

Mrs B over at Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom is having yet another giveaway! I'm starting to think that if it isn't nailed down in her house... she might give it away! Poor Mr B! :) This time its a very delicious sounding novel... and I would love to win it! Check it out!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Bewitched

Bewitched.. isn't that a breathtaking word? I just finished watching a bit of a Jane Austen marathon... first the British miniseries "Lost in Austen" and then because I was already in the mood, "Pride and Prejudice." I've read the book before, but somehow it escaped me just how deliciously wonderful Mr Darcy's exclamation of love is to Elizabeth! "You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on." Wouldn't you just melt like cheap chocolate???? This got me thinking about what some of my favorite movie lines are... and my all time favorite still has to be the last line of "Some Like it Hot." Nobody's perfect! That's all. It seems like such a small line, but it had me in stitches for an hour! Anyone out there in blogger land feel like sharing their favorite movie quotes???

Friday, August 21, 2009

I Have a Button!!

Ok thanks to some help from the fabulous Mrs. B, and a google search, and photobucket, I finally have my own button! I may be assuming a lot here... but if you would like my button.... please help yourself! I will happily include your button on my blog as well! XOXOXO
Click here for where I found the fabulous tutorial for how to do it!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Pagan/Wiccan Reads

I am really looking for some help here... I am in the midst of my research and education about Wicca and Paganism... and I think I always will be! I'm wondering what books/authors/websites/etc have been really helpful and inspirational to all of you... and would you mind terribly recommending them to me? I have a bookshelf overflowing with books already...and I really need a reason to need another one!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Halloween is a-comin!

I am so excited for Halloween this year! We should be moved and getting settled into our new place just before then, and I hope to be able to go all out! In bloggety world, I am taking part in two special Halloween events that I am so excited about! The first is over at Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom she is planning Mrs. B's 31 Days of Halloween... it is a 'Walking Tour' of the Blog world, with a different blog featured for every day of the month. I am going to be one of the 31 days! Mrs B is such a sweetheart, with such a great blog, I was thrilled to be able to take part! Also, I found another awesome blog today that is a new favorite of mine! It is A Fanciful Twist and she has a darling party scheduled for October 17th. I immediately became a follower, and begged her to let me in on the party! I have been wanting to shake up my blogs design a little bit... I probably will as the start of next month to prepare for my own Halloween themed post... and I have a few fun things planned too... I'm not above buying followers! :) I hope if they come for the prizes, they will stay for the content.... at least I dream they will! I hope that you all (by that I mean the faithful followers I now have, and the ones I am shamelessly hoping to lure) will stop by and check it all out... See the buttons on my sidebar to go directly to event pages...
Lots of love! xoxoxox (The last photo is just because the skeleton guy in Mrs. B's poster reminds me so much of Achmed the Dead Terrorist... who is by far my FAVORITE puppet of all time!)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Happy Sunday Morning

I realized that I haven't written a full post in a while, so I thought I'd try to. I have a list somewhere of all the things I want to blog about, and for the life of me... I can't find it! Yes, I am the creative-I-don't-know-where-my-shit-is-but-I-have-a-system type....! So far life has been very interesting the past couple of weeks. Chris quit his job (it was horrible) and I lost mine (damn economy) so we have decided for sure we are moving back to Moses Lake (where we moved here from a year ago) as soon as our lease is up and we have moving money. Which translates to probably the end of September. However, Chris started looking for work in Moses Lake since he has family there he can stay with during the weeks, and now he is starting a new job this week. I also found a job through the temp agency I have been working with, so I start on Monday. We plan to round up some boxes today, so that when we have time we can start the packing process.... which I always loathe. But it does get me into a bit of a Spring Cleaning jump, because I find there are things that I don't think are worth the effort of moving, and that's a pretty big sign that I don't need it anymore. I love to thrift shop, so I usually acquire too many tchotchkes everywhere I live! But new cities, means new thrift shops! Speaking of which, we burned up our drink blender a while back and decided to hit a few thrift stores yesterday to find one cheap.... no such luck. But we did find something else that I think is fabulous! An adorable pop-corn popper! Here it is:

It's just an air popper, but how cute is that!!! Since all of our kitchen gadgets are red, black, or white, it fits in perfectly!
On a different note completely...
I have volunteered for Mrs B's 31 Days of Halloween event... and I am trying to decide on a delicious giveaway to feature... I have a few crafts that I dabble in and I thought I'd share some pictures and see if anyone likes them, and can suggest anything... Please comment if you read this... I know I have followers, but I'd really like to hear from you if you are reading my words...
Below are the pictures... and I have much love for all of you!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Great Blog Giveaway

Over at ~~The Tale of a Southern Belle~~ there is a fabulous giveaway going on, and I hope I win! I've been entering these like crazy and I am determined to win... but in order to lower my chances, I am telling anyone who happens to read this all about it... click here to check it out! And be sure to check out her blog while you are there.. it's absolutely darling!
xoxoxo

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Harry Potter in Seattle circa 1993?



I just watched Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince at the theater, My family treated me for my upcoming birthday. And while I will keep my opinion to myself about the movie itself, unless you ask of course, I did notice and disturbing trend in Harry's wardrobe! Flannel! Really I found 4 places in the movie where he is wearing a hideous plaid flannel shirt! Harry there is a reason that 'trend' died with the 90's... IT SUCKED!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pagan Soccer Mom Giveaway

Over at Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom she is having an awesome giveaway for for Smelly Washer. You have to check it out! Click here !

Monday, July 27, 2009

Weekend Moments

This weekend was a busy one. We had the girls for Friday night, so we all watched the new Transformers movie, and of course all the kids fell asleep! I loved it... even more than the first one! I also made a recipe that Chris loves, for a Raw Apple Cake. His Mom used to make it, but when she died, she took the secret for the perfect recipe with her. I researched online and tried a few, and finally found one that he deemed as close as anybody is going to get. It was delicious! I'm not skilled in taking food pictures, so I will spare you there, but here is the recipe. It's a delicious dense moist cake with a slightly crunchy top. The next time I'm going to make a glaze for the top, and hopefully I will own a proper bundt pan by then.

Raw Apple Cake
4 cups grated or chopped apples
2 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
3 cups flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
Beat eggs. Add sugar and oil. Mix in dry ingredients and blend well. Add apples and mix thoroughly. Bake at 325 for an hour in a greased and floured bundt pan.

On Saturday I finished a craft I've meant to do for a bit. It's a Dreamcatcher kit that I bought from Amazon (one of my all-time favorite websites). I took pictures of the kit, and the finished product. I didn't pay very much, so I am ok with the fact that it is a bit kid-ish. But Isaac had a great time watching me make it.
Sunday night Chris made some delicious BBQ Chicken on the grill. It was perfectly crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. I loves me my man who makes me yummy food!
That was my weekend. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!

Friday, July 24, 2009

What I Am Thankful For

This post is for a contest on Hocus Pocus , one of the many darling blogs I follow. She is asking people to blog about what they are thankful for...
So here goes...
I am thankful for everything.
I know, what a cop-out. But I really mean it. I am thankful for all the happy moments my life has held, all the wonderful people it has brought to me. I am thankful for all the trying times, and shitty people it has brought to me too; for without both, I wouldn't be the person I am today. If I hadn't experienced the deep, soul-tearing heartache of an abusive relationship, then I wouldn't truly appreciate today how wonderful, loving, and respectful Chris is to me. Oh, and I wouldn't have my beautiful adoring son either. If I hadn't been raised in a very strict, personality crushing religion, then I wouldn't now know how important it is to raise my children to be loving and respectful of all peoples, of all religions, and to give them the choices I was not given. I thank the Goddess for all the friends that I have had, for however short a time, that helped me, guided me, and simply loved me through the good times and the bad. I'm so thankful for the beautiful Moon and the strong Sun that give me balance of light and dark and teach me every day. I'm thankful for the food that so many people work so hard to produce so that my family and I can eat. And I'm especially thankful for the person somewhere in the world right now that made a decision that will touch one life, and another, and another, that will somehow touch my life eventually and help me to keep growing and living. I'm thankful for it all!

XOXO Kristina

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bad Mommy Blunder



I was picking Isaac up at daycare a few days ago, and as usual, they gave me a report of how he was that day. I've been taking him there for a while so I know the girls there very well. It went like this:


Teacher: "He was really great today. The only thing is that he said a swear word this morning."


Bad Mommy: "Oh Shit! What did he say?"


Teacher: "He said shit."

This is where I blushed ten shades of red and got the giggles. Wowsa I had that one coming didn't I? Chris and I feel very strongly about teaching our kids that certain decisions and behaviors are appropriate for adults, and not for children. We don't want to be hypocrites and tell them, "Drinking is bad," while we are drinking Pina Coladas. So we explain which things are OK for adults but not for kids. Swear words are known as 'Adult Words' so they know that we are going to say them, but they, as children, are not allowed to. I really do try not to swear around the kids, but unfortunately, they have to ride in the car with me, and that is one place I have to be allowed to swear when traffic drives me crazy! Anyway, all attempts at non-hypocritical parenting aside, I still feel pretty silly when the girls at the day care see me, because they are giggling and mouthing adult words at me!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I Suppose I Could Introduce Myself

Hello all! Thanks to Mrs. B (who shares the same first name as me!!!) I now actually have followers, and comments on my blog. I'm tickled pink with tiny white polkadots! I figure if anyone actually cares what I have to say, they might like to know who it is that is saying it. My name is Kristina (with-a-K). I'm 28 yrs old, very soon to be 29. I live in Spokane, Washington State. I have a four-year-old little boy named Isaac-Ian, and a 38-year-old man named Chris who live with me full time, and a five-year-old girl named Ariana, and a 10-yr-old girl named Alyssa that live with us every other weekend.
Chris is my boyfriend, and Ariana and Alyssa are his daughters. We have been together for almost two years now, and living together for almost one. We live in an apartment, but it was built in the 70's (complete with wet bar and gold crackled mirrors), so it seems to sprawl everywhere and feels more like a house. I am madly in love with decorating, reading, crafting, and fairly recently, cooking and baking. I grew up LDS and then defected, so for years I balked at anything that screamed of "sweet-little-woman-at-home-making" but have recently embraced my domestic side. I have recently discovered a Wiccan/Pagan path and it was though I found my authentic self. I work full time, but truly enjoy going home at night and vegging. I really don't even like going out on the weekends, for it gives me more time to enjoy the home we have created.
I am a very passionate person. I'm passionately in love with Chris, I love Isaac in such a strong weird mommy way that I still go in at night and make sure he is warm/cool/comfortable/still alive. The girls are so sweet and wonderful and I absolutely love having them home. The fact that I get to unleash all my unabashedly girly decorating desires in their bedroom and no where else in the house has absolutely nothing to do with it! :)
I have one desperately unmet desire: I need a room for all my crafts, my books, my fabulous Victoria magazines, and all the half-completed crafts, and scraps of paper with ideas on them. I would say studio, but I don't have one specific art that I am dedicated to. I'm a Jane-of-all-Arts!
One last thing about me, I am very long-winded, I tell elaborate, overly-detailed stories, and I drive Chris crazy. He just wants me to get to the point. So I go online, and I blab, and blab and blab, and imagine that someone out there likes a very fleshed out story like I do. If I've managed to keep you interested this long, you might find me very amusing. Even if it's in a car-crash-on-the-freeway-so-freaky-that-you-can't-stop-looking sort of way. I also promise you a few laughs, because my life without laughter, wouldn't be a life at all!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Crabbe-y "Pot"ter

Ok that was a terrible pun... but I have to share this delicious tidbit! The actor who plays Vincent Crabbe in Harry Potter was just sentenced for growing pot! Now, who thinks this is just "character study" for the next movie??? Yeah, I thought so too! :) I loves me some dirty celebrity deeds!
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090721/ap_on_en_mo/eu_britain_potter_actor

Monday, July 20, 2009

Dragon Tales

My Sweet Baby



My baby Isaac turned 4 yesterday. I can hardly believe he is so grown up already. So many people warned me about how time flies so fast once you are a parent, but I swore it would be different for me. I promised myself. But some things even promises can't change. At first I tried to write down every detail of my pregnancy and labor process so I wouldn't forget a single detail. Then I tried sharing my story with anyone who would listen, thinking that retelling the story would implant it further into my memory. I still find myself sitting still, sifting through the memories, picking out the ones dearest to my heart, and tying little strings around them so I wont forget to remember. When Isaac was a baby, I would sing a song to him, wanting it to be a sensory memory for him long after his childhood was forgotten. I sang it any time he would let me hold and cuddle him. He wasn't a clingy baby. He resisted me holding on to him. But just tonight, before putting him in bed, we cleaned the room, and I grabbed him "babystyle" as he calls it, and he looked up at me with his big brown eyes. He said, "Mommy sing me a rock-a-baby song." I started to sing Rock a Bye Baby, and he said "No, sing Dragon Tails!" The song is actually "Godspeed" by the Dixie Chicks. The first line is about dragontails, which is why Isaac calls it that. I had to swallow back the tears before I could start singing to him, and when I started, he laid in my lap, looked up at me, and put one hand on my cheek while I sang. That moment is one that I will tie a string around to remember forever. And I know now that he didn't seem to like it when I sang to him then, but the memory is there forever for him, and for me.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

New Blog Yet Again

I have previously been writing two separate blogs, for two separate parts of my life. I have made the decision to combine those two parts of myself, and I have shared my "other self" with my family and friends, who previously didn't know I was Wiccan; which is why I had two separate blogs. Starting this one is my attempt at sharing all of myself with everyone, and not partitioning off parts of myself and parts of my life. I will include links to both of my previous blogs, but from here on out, all of me is on this page. If anyone is actually reading this, thank you for being so interested in me.... I'm flattered!