It's that time of year once again -- time to start thinking about getting the kids back to school. But have you stopped to consider the financial strain that back-to-school time can turn into? School supplies and new clothes alone can seemingly break the bank!
So, why not engage in a little prosperity-bringing Feng Shui that will have you laughing all the way to the bank instead?
Begin by locating the "wealth" area of your home -- it's in the rear left corner of the main floor. Once you find it, place an indoor water fountain in this special spot. Think of it as an alternative to an aquarium, and one that will bolster your bottom line.
Taoist magical Feng Shui indicates that placing a small statue of a dragon (or simply an image of one) near this fountain will activate additional money-making energies!
Either way, once you enact this adjustment, you can expect a flow of financial opportunities to come your way -- just in time to afford everything your kids need in time for the first day of school!
Are any of your wee ones experiencing first-day-of-school jitters? If so, use the power of scent -- specifically, a blend of lavender and chamomile essential oils -- to relax your kids and help keep them quiet and happy.
Put ten drops of each of these oils in an atomizer spray bottle, then fill the rest with distilled or filtered water. Spritz this sleepy-time spray around their bedroom(s) at night to give the sandman a huge helping hand!
Also, place a few drops of this blend in their bathwater; you can even drop some in the washing machine before doing their laundry. Then, when school begins later this month, spray their backpacks and clothes so that throughout the day, they'll have a scentual reminder of home (and you!), bringing them a sense of calm and peace.
Now's the most appropriate time to offer the following Feng Shui cure that's used for warding off illness and anxiety. Why now? Well, with summer winding down and school ramping up, this is an ideal adjustment for this particular time of year!
Go ahead and hang a small metal wind chime directly inside your front entryway to strengthen your health, as well as alleviate anxious energies. By using this cure, Feng Shui even promises that you'll recover more quickly from any illnesses -- and that they'll be less debilitating, too.
This cure will even work wonders for those of you getting back into the swing at work after a summer spent enjoying lots of sun and fun -- just in time to start working towards that end-of-year promotion and/or bonus!
The Celtic sun festival known as Lammas falls on or around August 2 and celebrates the waning "Sun King," as those who participate in this holiday now anxiously await the upcoming harvest. Lammas is a Saxon term meaning "festival of bread," so naturally, one of the most traditional foods to enjoy during this holiday is cornbread, a treat believed to bestow magical blessings when eaten with this same intention!
LAMMAS CORN BREAD
2 cups of flour
2 cups of cornmeal
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
3 tablespoons of sugar
2 cups of buttermilk
1/2 cup of corn oil
1 cup of corn kernels (fresh or canned)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a small bowl, blend flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
3. Beat eggs in another bowl, then whisk buttermilk, corn oil, and corn kernels into eggs.
4. Add wet egg mixture to dry ingredients until fully combined. Be cautious not to overmix (if you do, you will see bubbles).
5. Pour this mixture into buttered baking dish; bake for one hour. Remove from pan and cool before serving. Enjoy!
College students returning to school ... end-of-summer vacations ... short road trips ... whether by plane, train, or automobile, there are lots of opportunities to travel this month.
Of course, there are a few important items you should always keep on hand as you travel to ensure your trip is as comfortable as can be. And for anyone who may get a little queasy on the road or in the air, you'll definitely want to have some ginger handy.
Ginger is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal, but the biggest and best reason I always take it with me is to quell nausea -- it works almost immediately! It's also known to relieves stuffiness from stale air on a plane, shake off indigestion and motion sickness, and even help relieve migraines!
Over the next few months, I'll detail other invaluable items I carry with me when I'm on the road. Next month, for instance, I'll discuss what to keep with you if your luggage is somehow lost, so stay tuned!
There's always excitement in the air during the last "dog days" of August! Many college kids have packed up and gone back to school; bosses and employees are back at their desks on a regular basis; yellow school buses are gearing up to pick up their student charges each morning. It feels like a new beginning ... and that's exactly what it is.
To that same end, it's important now to clear any clutter that's piled up throughout the summer. This time, however, you're going to clear tech clutter. That's right -- old texts, e-mails, voice-mails, and even articles you've bookmarked to read at a later time can weigh down your psyche.
Parting ways with all these virtual items will clear the way for other exciting opportunities to come your way. So, delete the old -- and get ready to welcome the new!