Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Unboxing The Mindful Souls Tranquil Box

It's always an exciting time when the Mindful Souls box arrives. What will be inside? Necklaces? Bracelets? Everything is always lovely. If you're into crystals and tranquility, this is the box for you. 




First we got a beautiful spoon with a clear crystal. It's almost too pretty to use, but Natalie says she wants to use it when she has tea. 




This Lapis Lazuli necklace is stunning. Apparently Lapis Lazuli is a gemstone that has been around since the beginnings of time. It helps to release stress, bringing deep peace which is always a win. 




Check out these Labradorite bracelets. Apparently Labradorite has a mystical energy and banishes fears and insecurities. I am a huge fan of the color. 




This is a lotus flower incense holder. Natalie needed one of these. Plus it's cool!




I love how smooth this Labradorite Palm Stone is. Apparently you're supposed to sit quietly and hold the stone in your hands. Then you breathe and visualize your intention for the stone. 




This Mahogany Obsidian Point is a protective stone that helps to instill confidence. It protects the wearer from the doubt and scorn of others. Basically, this is a helpful stone to have!



The boxes usually come with a booklet. This was another good one:



This sticker was awesome as well. Great message:



You can get your own Mindful Souls box for 35% off here. You'll receive a box full of items that will help with self-love and inner peace. These boxes ship from the US and it's free shipping. If you aren't happy, there's a free 30 day return. If a box isn't for you, they have many other items you can purchase, from rings to singing bowls. Plus my daughter's favorite, crystals. If you need to ask questions, there is 24/7 customer support. 



What was your favorite thing this month? We were both in awe of the spoon with the clear crystal since it's so unique. 

(Oh and that's Stubbs, the stray cat that hangs out at the house. He's friendly.)

Monday, May 16, 2022

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. It's rude and I'll delete the link.


HEY, IT'S OKAY....


.....to have not seen the eclipse because I was sleeping. My kids stayed up though and got some photos! They said it was pretty. Judging from all the pictures I've seen of it, I agree.


.....to currently be reading The Last House On The Street by Diane Chamberlain. It alternates between 1965 and 2010. It's1965 in North Carolina Ellie is supposed to be a proper Southern lady. But she decides to spend her summer volunteering to register black voters. Her family does not understand and things don't go well for Ellie. In 2010 Kayla is still reeling from the loss of her husband who died in a freak accident. She begins to learn more about the neighborhood her house is being built at and it's not pleasant. I only have a few chapters left of this book and I am worried for Ellie. 


....to have finally seen Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It was entertaining. I'm not surprised that there will be another Dr. Strange movie. Also, it was nice seeing John Krasinski. Briefly.


.....to hope Natalie's last play of the school year is a fantastic one. It's Thursday. Friday, and Saturday. She plays Third String in Still Life With Iris. 


.....to be proud of Tommy for finishing up Spring semester of college. He hasn't gotten all his final grades yet, but he thinks he might have all As. If all goes well, he'll graduate from community college next spring and then transfer to a 4 year college and live at the dorms. This is a BIG DEAL since he has autism, but I know he can do it:





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Sunday, May 15, 2022

A Unique Dress For A Unique Girl

Natalie does not play sports in high school. I never believed in forcing my kids to play a sport. I knew she'd eventually discover something she enjoyed and she did: theatre. When she was a little girl she loved dressing up and her imagination was incredible. I'd watch as she came up with elaborate plots as she played with her My Little Ponies. So it really wasn't a surprise when she gravitated towards theatre. 

Over the weekend she had her theatre banquet. She's been in multiple school plays during her first year of high school. Her latest and final of the year is this week. She knew she wanted to find a unique dress for the banquet. She didn't want something from a department store. She found one on Etsy:




A talented store called NalikaCraft had this. I'm not exactly sure what Natalie was searching for. All I know is she showed me this dress and was in love.



I reminded her that it would be tough to find a dress that would arrive in 3 weeks on Etsy, because that was when she found out there would be a banquet. Many dresses take at least a month or so to create. But Natalie told me this dress was already made and ready to ship. I worried about the fit but when it arrived, it was perfect:




It was perfect. It fit perfectly, like it was made just for her. She was excited about the banquet--in fact, when she found out about it, she immediately sent me a text that said WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR? because of course she'd be attending. If there's a party where you have to dress up, she's there. 




Accessories are always important to go with the dress. She found this fabulous telephone purse from Amazon as well as these fingerless gloves




She did her own hair and makeup. I am not help in these areas. I barely know how to do my own hair and makeup but Natalie figures it out. 



I love how she checks for twirlability whenever she gets a fluffy dress:



She's done this since she was small:



I am so glad she found her people in theatre. Her place. Sometimes it can be difficult to find that in high school. But she's met an incredible group of people and I think--I hope--she sticks with this throughout high school. She lights up on stage. She belongs there. 

She ended up having a wonderful time at the banquet. And she was given an award for Best Debut Performance for her portrayal as Betty Parris in The Crucible:



Oh, and yes, that's a cloak. We had just seen Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and was inspired to pull out OUR cloak. Everyone has a cloak in their homes, yes? 




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