Pancake Day

I often think Pancake Day is well placed and enjoyed; if not least, because it falls six or so; weeks after New Year’s resolutions start. Many resolutions would have been well-being and health-related. So, for many, Pancake Day provides the perfect excuse to break some rules after weeks of being ‘good’!


Pancake Day is, of course; Shrove Tuesday – which precedes Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of lent, 40 days of fasting in the run-up to Easter. The date varies each year, and in 2023 it will be on Tuesday 21st of February.

Why pancakes

Shrove Tuesday was a chance to use up eggs, fats and other products that could not be eaten or nowadays would be too tempting to have around in a fasting period.


Habit Stacking

From year to year and around the globe, it is funny that the main New Year Resolutions that people strive for don’t change very much. Topping the list is usually losing weight, reducing alcohol, exercising more, stopping smoking, spending more time with family, improving work/life balance and learning something new – like an instrument or foreign language!

So, despite these good intentions and a whole concept wrapped around making changes – why are New Year Resolutions so doomed to failure?

Well, often, the goals are large, and people may lack a clear plan on how to make changes. They start with good intentions, but willpower and enthusiasm quickly wane. People often try to change too many things, all in one go, and so they get overwhelmed, to name a few…


Spread a little Joy this Christmas

It is fair to say that recently things have felt a little bit bleak, both home and away – and we could all do with a bit of festive joy this Christmas season.

The spirit of the time is one of giving; there is no better gift than one’s time and thoughtfulness.

If you have the time and means, then; why not carry out an ‘advent calendar’ or ’12 days of Christmas’ acts of kindness for others, and spread a little joy to those around you?

I’m sure you will have your own ideas, but here are some to get you started:


Now, more than ever – people are visiting food banks. Why not check where your local bank collects from; and if there is anything specific, they need? At this time of year, they are often; short of non-food items like toiletries, household cleaning supplies, and some festive treats.


Amber: Crystal Healing

What you may not realise is that Amber isn’t a crystal. Instead, it is a resin from a tree that has solidified and then become fossilised. However, that does not lessen its usefulness as a gem in your healing crystal collection.

Amber has been popular for a long time, especially for jewellery pieces. Larger gems are often set into necklaces or chunky bracelets, giving wearers the perfect opportunity to have the stone close to them.


The Magic of Dandelion


Dandelions – now, most people’s first thoughts when it comes to these plants are ones of annoying weeds that pop up in perfectly manicured lawns and borders. But I am here to tell you all to fret not, next time you see one, or even better, see a whole lawn of them!

Honestly, over the past couple of years, dandelions have become one of, if not my favourite plants, to use spiritually and magically. They have many uses and benefits to health, healing, cleansing and spiritual meaning; it’s hard to know where to start, so let’s go with the obvious one.


Emotional Intelligence: Intentions versus Actions

emotional intelligience

Do you often find yourself saying things; but not following through with actions that would give you the desired result?

For example, you might say; to family and friends that you want to lose a few pounds in weight. But then, you don’t plan any meals, food shop a bit haphazardly and then resort to takeaway quite a bit…

Or, maybe you have an intention – like wanting to exercise more, but follow through with an action, that you are highly unlikely to meet. E.G, saying you will set your alarm early and go to the gym, but come the morning time – sleep is just more valuable to you!


Green Aventurine

Green Aventurine

If you feel like you need to bring abundance and success into your life; with a sprinkling of luck, then Green Aventurine is for you; this gem is the ultimate prosperity crystal!


If you consider things you try in life; that don’t work out – to be failures then working with Green Aventurine could help you. This crystal teaches us that failing is okay; it is part of the process of trying new things. Not all failures are mistakes; the whole process is part of learning. Without some failures we do not learn what not to do; from disappointments comes change and learning from the past.

Over time, working with Aventurine means you can recognise when you have been setting expectations too high. This stone is about having goals – but ones that you can realistically achieve and aims that can be realised.


Festivals are Back!


There is no doubt that for many, the pinnacle of music festivals is Glastonbury. However, it is expensive and very difficult to get tickets.

Many events have been cancelled in the last two years, due to Covid.

So, if you would like to know what is on offer in the UK during July – then read on:

24th June – 10th July – BST – Hyde Park

Who can you see: Adele (sold out), Duran Duran, Eagles, Elton John, Pearl Jam and the Rolling Stones to name a few.

8th – 10th July – ALSO – Warwick

There is something for everyone – from talks, comedy, woodlands, food trucks galore and London Afrobeat Collective, Nuha Ruby Ra and Pynch.


Summer Solstice: King of the Woods

Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice

The month of June, of course, brings Midsummer’s Day! In the UK, the Summer Solstice occurred this morning (21st of June 2022) at 10.13 am. The ‘sol’ in Solstice translates to Sun. As we advance towards the solstice, the sun gets progressively higher in the sky until it reaches its peak.

For us in the UK, it ironically marks the beginning of nights drawing in – although thankfully, this happens slowly and so; we can still enjoy warm, light summer evenings in June, July and August; before transitioning to autumn. However, if you live far from the equator, the summer solstice marks the highest amount of day light hours. Some people will visit countries like Finland, Norway and Sweden around the summer solstice period to experience 24-hour sunlight, sometimes called midnight sun or night-time day-light!


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