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The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Some of you may already know that I have embarked on a spiritual journey this year. Like any journey of faith, I have no clue what I am looking for. I am simply following my intuition and guiding forces. Last week, my good friend "Irish Lady" started to tell me more about her extraordinary talents and precognitive abilities. She had a dream or "vision" that we would meet and details of our conversation months before we actually "talked". Her demeanor was one of disbelief wrapped with nervousness. It really freaks her out and as I suspected, this is not the first time she has had this precognitive experience. In fact, she has been able to predict personal major life events(some a year or more in advance) before they ever happen. Our conversation about her precognitive abilities last week led me to the Google, which led me to Jenny Cockell.

Her book, Past Lives , Future Lives is something I felt drawn to. Her book is not available as an E-book, so I had the hubs order it on Amazon immediately. I am half way through it and I just got it yesterday! Her visions of past and future lives are nothing short of incredible. She has a very refined psychic ability. Jenny can touch personal objects and retrieve details about the previous owner as well as the object. Needless to say, Jenny has incredible job security. Many of her experiences, I have felt on a very low level. I am just now exploring my potential past lives and(if I am honest) I have never even considered future lives as a potential exploration. The whole thing is mind blowing. The snippets I get through meditation are circulating very fast.

I have gotten a close up of two distinct images. One was a Civil War soldier on a horse. He was charging, holding a sword, and in the middle of battle. I felt he was a Union soldier. The second image was actually "zoomed" into my head. It was that of an adolescent girl. She was very pretty with wide "doe-like" eyes. She looked a bit like the princess from Frozen...the blonde one. The rest of the images were fast moving and I could not tell what belonged where or if anything belonged anywhere. My current life had a very dark beginning and I feel many of my previous lives are probably very similar. I feel a great deal of trepidation in the exploration process and like Jenny, I may seek the assistance of a past-life hypnotherapist.

You see, I am an open person, but I am of an extremely analytical mind. I do not defer to the paranormal immediately. Instead, I think about it...analyze it. My visions have all come to me right before sleep. Last night, we all had a restless nights sleep. Especially, my five year old son. I could tell he was a fright and I certainly did not want to ask him if their was a ghost walking around his bedroom. I simply asked him if their was something bothering him. First he said, "Yoda is in the bathroom" and then he said, "I see monsters". I did the mom thing and told him that nothing could hurt him, your dad and I are right next door, and to think about "happy things". I knew he saw something, but we all needed to go to sleep.

This morning my eldest came to me and he mentioned Yoda again, but I pressed him and asked him if he saw anything else. He said he did. He said their was a man covered in mud and a little girl in the bathroom. Well, the man is new, but I knew about the little girl. The little girl is very playful and happy according to my close friend "Organic" who can see auras. We were sipping wine in the family area one night and she just stopped. I said, "Are you okay?". She began to ask if I have ever felt a presence. I said yes and she asked if I thought it was a child. I said yes. I then asked her about the energy and she then commented on the child's playfulness...that she seemed happy. *Please note: My children and I do not sit around talking about ghosts or spirits. I want my children to make their own conclusions about life and faith.

I want to do more research on our home, but I don't. We only know about 20 to 40 years of the house's history from a neighbor. He died from a self-inflicted wound recently, which has been weighing heavily on my mind. Our house was built in 1870 and that was a long time ago. I have to make a trip to the court house and library to see if I can dig up any additional information regarding the previous owners. Also, I want to know about any potential tragedies, deaths, and bad energy that has transpired.

Last night on 8/28/2015, I had a vision of a waxing crescent moon and snarling wolf. The symbols bounced one at a time in the background and then foreground. This was a vision, not a dream. I was trying desperately to get back to sleep after awakening suddenly in the middle of the night. The waxing moon symbolism is a time for new beginnings. The wolf normally appears as a spirit guide animal. I decided to give up my past life meditation recently due to the overwhelming energy that I have been feeling. It does scare me. As to what the defensive position of my wolf, I do not know what it means right now. I do know that I must listen to my intuition. I never run from a fight.

Met with "Organic" 8/30/2015, I had two margaritas. Full moon. That means I am taking everything I saw last night with a grain of salt. Upon returning home, my German Shepherd was acting extremely submissive. She piddled on the floor a bit as well. Very unusual. While meditating, I saw a man with salt and pepper hair, a kind smile, blue eyes, wearing an apron? I felt he may be my husband from a past life. I saw my current husband in his blue eyes. The wolf remains present.

Fresh Wave "Natural Odor Removing" Giveaway
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What is the smell like? The scent is very clean smell with perhaps a hint of Frankincense.

Do you have boys? Kids? Pets? Spouses? Then look no further. Fresh Wave has you covered, so open your noses once again to a naturally fresh home! I love the odor removing packs. The inside is filled with plastic beads and plant oils. I place these packs in the car, back packs, shoes, toy bins, laundry baskets, and just about anywhere an unpleasant odor may linger. Recycle when finished.

The next natural odor-removing lifesaver is the gel. I have a small bathroom. No further explanation necessary. The gel works for a 30 to 60 days. When the gel disappears, you get a new one! Also Earth-friendly and recyclable.

Fresh Wave "Natural Odor Removing" Giveaway
Lastly, the odor removing spray. This is fantastic for refreshing your space...any space! The family room, kitchen, bathroom, and a great travel companion. The best part? Fresh Wave is safe for the entire family including the fur babies.

Who is ready for a Fresh Wave "natural odor removing" giveaway??



I'm back with another edition of "So you think you can thrift?". This week we are talking eclectic vintage! I really scored some awesome finds last week and today it is show and share! I found one vintage piece and the others were modern finds. The most important point is that I got a fantastic deal on everything. I am going to start with my large Pfaltzgraff khaki-colored bowl. Priced at $10 with 50% off, so I got it for $5! Pfaltzgraff manufactures American kitchenware and is known for their practically indestructible dinnerware. "Practically" being the key word.

When you have a house full of boys, "well made" and virtually indestructible matters. Comparing the size of this massive bowl with prices online, I would say this bowl has a retail value of $50+. This is a great bowl for parties and would make a fine salad bowl. Right now, my large Summer squash has taken up residence and it looks quite smashing!

So you think you can thrift? Eclectic Vintage.
The next find is not very exciting, but I saved lots of money with this one! I found a three-section canvas laundry sorter. $80 estimated retail value. I paid $10. We sorely needed more than one laundry bin and this heavy duty laundry holder will ensure that we do not have laundry scattered to the fore winds! Cleanliness is not the ultimate goal at our house, but we are looking for a standard above "hobo status". The photo above is not the actual find, but it is very close. This is a Crate&Barrel number, but you get the point. Mine has an attached canvas lid, so you do not even have to look at the dirty laundry! This find will help me take laundry procrastination to a whole new "unsanitary" level.

The last, and perhaps the best find, is a 1970s "India Imports" dress! There was a small hole on the seam underneath the armpit that I quickly mended. This dress is 100% cotton and makes you feel like royalty. The dress is tailored beautifully with a free waist. I did not know when I picked up this dress that it was vintage. Closer inspection of the "India Imports" tag, with additional Google research, revealed that similar dresses were circa 1970s . So, it is my suspicion that this dress is indeed circa 1970s as well. I believe this dress would sell for at least $100+. I paid $10.

So you think you can thrift? Eclectic Vintage.
One more thang! If you live in Northern Virginia or close to Frederick, MD then you have an amazing eclectic vintage shop near you called Sweet Clover!! They are having a "Back to Style" event September 5th & 6th next month. If you love vintage shopping, you must stop by!
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: Cabinet and Floor "Small Space" Makeover
Annie Sloan is the master of chalk paint. I have used many different chalk paint brands and I always come home to Annie. I am, however, looking to replace her clear wax. The fumes are noxious. The Annie Sloan clear wax works wonderfully, but I am worried about my long-term health from excessive use. van Gogh has a clear wax alternative that is non-toxic and "safe to use on baby toys" according to the van Gogh Furniture Paintology website.  I chalk paint way too much to be using a wax that is potentially harmful to my health. Anyhow, I plan to do a major chalk painting project every week until school starts at the end of August. I have already made major progress with this incredible Annie Sloan "small space" makeover!

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: Cabinet and Floor "Small Space" Makeover
We live in a very old home closer to 200 than 100 years old. Civil war era. It makes for fun, yet challenging chalk paint projects. One of the most challenging areas is a teeny hallway that is both our laundry room area and adjacent to our tiny bathroom. The bathroom is so tiny the previous owners added a partial mirrored wall to give the illusion of a larger space. This space is highly trafficked when we have family or guests over. The goal was to create an enjoyable space to "feast your eyes on" while walking to the bathroom and I think that goal was achieved! At our local Annie Sloan emporium, I found the minty ladder of my dreams. This rustic ladder gave me the inspiration for the entire teeny area.

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The mint ladder is being using to hide the wicker laundry bin. I am also going to buy some Turkish or perhaps hand printed towels to hang on the steps. My fresh drying lavender gives off a beautiful herbaceous scent and the rustic chicken feeder turned light adds a warm glow to the dark hallway. There is one thing I forgot to take a photo of....the floor! I ended up having to paint it with old white and chateau grey. You will have to watch the above before and after video to see it. It was hard enough taking the photos you see here. The lighting is atrocious in that hallway!

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: Cabinet and Floor "Small Space" Makeover
I painted the surrounding walls with Annie Sloan Old White, which is a neutral that adds warmth to any room. The cabinets were painted with Chateau Grey and accented with the dark wax. I sealed the cabinets with the Annie Sloan Clear wax and then used the dark wax to pull out little details. Because the area is SO dark coupled with the darker chateau grey paint, the dark wax is absolutely necessary. The chateau grey was darker than anticipated and blends "into the shadows" of the wall. The dark wax gives the cabinets the depth and added rustic element they sorely needed. Dark wax tip: If you use too much dark wax, take your clear wax to remove the excess. The adorable candle in the corner is a botanical soy candle from Oh So Good Organics!

Please leave any questions or comments below. I would be happy to answer them. Happy chalk painting my friends!

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