Friday, August 26, 2016

Happy National Doggie Day from Teddy the shi tzu

See his whole album here...
https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/6hii4dgzz0tVcNOy4PtgQrxNBBCmZtY0ZKgKIZr0amu

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Easy Pasta Fagioli Soup

I threw this recipe together on the fly trying to think of something not boring that would go with porkchops and applesauce. 
After tasting it, I realized  it turned out so good, I figured I better write it down so I wouldn't forget it!!
Then I found a few recipes for "pasta" fazool"  that matched most of my ingredients. Who knew it was an actual dish!! Or at least my version. lol.

In less than 30 min. you can have an easy side dish, main dish or soup for lunch, dinner, or snack.

Easy Pasta Fagioli Soup

1 to 2 tbls olive oil to hot skillet
1tbls garlic minced
Quartered 6 to 8 san marzano baby tomatoes, (heavenly brand)
Diced 5 to 6 baby sweet peppers, 
You may also add mirepoix if you like :
1 large chopped carrot, 1 to 2 stalks celery chopped, 1/2 sweet onion diced. ((I've made it both with mirepoix and without, both are d-lish))
Italian seasonings to taste-
oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion powder
Sautee all above till soft
Deglaze pan with:
1 to 2 tbls balsamic vinegar,
1 to 2 tbls sherry
Add
1 can cannellini beans ((may use kidney or northern beans))
1/3 lb broken spaghetti,
1.5 cups chicken broth
1cup boiling water
Boil till pasta is all dente, then stir in
4 to 6 oz fresh baby spinach
Salt, pepper to taste and serve.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Breaking the Story


Breaking the Story
 
Passion, peril, and a scandal that will rock American politics.


Scottie Darden is a train wreck. Her personal life is falling apart, and her career as a photojournalist has stalled out. To attract the attention of the main players in the news industry, she needs a standout story with a unique perspective. What she finds is a scandal that could turn the 2016 presidential election upside down. But before she can release her damaging images to the media, Scottie must uncover the truth behind the photographs. She turns to handsome mystery man Guy Jordan for help. When they join the campaign trail in search of answers, their investigation quickly becomes deadly.



Hop on board for a wild ride of adventurewhere desire ignites,lives are threatened,and secrets are revealed. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

amazing real life love story


Justin Pounders and Amy Giberson.


I'm sure you've heard about them by now, as their story has been flying all over the internet and TV, main stream media in the last couple weeks.

What you may not know is the whole story. It seems most reports are missing vital elements of the real story.

All I can tell you is...

these two are the real deal! !♡♡♡  you're missing out on the whole story .



#sharethelove
#breaktheinternet
#ellen
#jimmyfallon
#writteninthestars

http://www.examiner.com/article/amazing-love-story-of-pre-k-sweethearts-brought-together-again-by-guardian-angel

Friday, October 30, 2015

Book Review and Angel quotes from Embers Wings of War Bk1 and Gaia Wings of War Bk2

Good morning fellow angels of the blogosphere!
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Have you ever thought, "Wow, this one is special, I must have it in hardcover" even before you could get through the first book in the series?

 I recently finished reading both books in The Wings of War series by Karen Ann Hopkins 

The first book is called Embers, and the second is called Gaia.



 MY REVIEW:

I just finished book 2, GAIA, and all I can say is it's really gorgeous....not just the cover, but the story is amazing! And if you love angels as much as I do, than buckle up for a thrill ride full of romance, drama, and action-packed epic saga that will leave you on the edge of your seat. 

I love the author's way of drawing you into her sizzling story-line, and before you know it, you are seduced into reading the entire thing in a short span of time. 

Embers Wings of War Book 1 didn't grab me by the throat from the first paragraph, but by the end of the first chapter, I was simmering in contemplation about Ember's Guardian Angel's (Eae's) portentous narrative he passed on to the priest to warn Ember of the impending Apocalypse, and that she is not really human, (whaaaa???) but a creature from the line of Angels who mated with human women. That's it...I was completely hooked. 

I  love how we get to hear both points of view from Ember AND Sawyer. It truly gives the story more depth and a wonderful insight into each of their flaws, weaknesses and strengths-- and understanding why they do the things they do.  Ember is an amazing girl, one who would do anything for those she loves, and fights with everything she's got for what she believes. She's an inspiration. I would love to see her really come into herself and believe in herself, she'll need it for what's to come.

I've even fallen in love with many of the side characters....they seem to have snuggled into my psyche as well.

So now, after speeding through both books...I simply must-have more! I really am going to have a hard time waiting for the next book. 

Simply sensational series!!!

Please, hurry with the next installment Temptation (Wings of War Book 3) Karen Ann Hopkins!!!


 To pass the time I've put together a Spotify playlist for Embers  as well as the angel quotes from the book. Read on for more about these amazing books and see how many of the angel quotes you've heard of below:


https://open.spotify.com/user/yellowstar2000/playlist/5ZXE0TBOGYrSiETr8nkewL
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MORE About these books:

Embers (Wings of War Book 1)


There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them.

Embers is an epic paranormal adventure/romance about an eighteen year old girl who discovers that she's immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. Following a violent episode with her aunt's boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember's exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she learns that she's a Watcher, a descendant of angels.

While Ember is instructed about her heritage and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two teenagers who live inside of a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicably drawn to one of the young men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it’s cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war that's been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil, and the grayness in between.

Kirkus Reviews: “An impending apocalypse provides a compelling backdrop for romance in this page-turning first installment of a new YA series. Hopkins expertly weaves her plotlines together in this compulsively readable teen romance story…Hopkins delivers many successful elements of young-adult romance—appealing lead characters, high-voltage chemistry, repressed sexuality—which will win her ardent followers. A paranormal YA tale that’s highly recommended for fans of the Twilight series; move over, Bella and Edward, there’s a new set of kids on the block.” 

GAIA (Wings of War Book 2)


Gaia (Wings of War Book 2)

Watchers and Angels are at war. Which side will Ember choose?

Humankind is on the precipice of the apocalypse.

As the Demons grow bolder and the walls between the planes of existence weaken, Ember is forced to develop her powers as quickly as possible, and she seeks out a powerful earth Watcher to continue her supernatural lessons. Her glimpse of the future demands she fight the dark forces spreading across the earth.

But her new mentor has his own agenda, making her question everyone and everything she ever trusted.

When Ember is thrust into the world of the Watchers, she learns of their plans—ones that defy the scripture and make them enemies of the Celestial Host. Ridding the world of evil gets complicated when it becomes impossible to take sides.

As Ember struggles with morality, she soon discovers that there’s something more frightening than anything she’s faced before.
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LOVE this review:



Gaia was an explosive read full of action and suspense. This is the second book in the Wings of War series and Mrs. Hopkins does NOT disappoint. Her writing style is pure joy with just the right amount of detail that this plays out as a movie would in your head. We are taken along on a wonderful escape I can honestly say everything I’ve read written by Mrs. Hopkins is awesome-sauce! Paranormal world watch out this is sure to become a favorite in this genre. All of the feels were there from the very beginning to the very intense end!

The Story, wow talk about starting off with a bang! Ember is thrust into chaos right away. After learning what is to come Ember decides to prepare as best and as fast as she can. With her friends by her side the threat of the world ending doesn’t seem so scary. Ember is forced to make several difficult decisions but she has to follow her heart and it is telling her to stay the course. Having just a bit of guidance Ember must follow her heart. Through despair and loss she finds the strength within to do what is just. We are taken once again on an epic adventure of sorts while on the edge of our seats waiting to see what happens next. I’m not sure how this can have a happy ending with so many opposing forces but if anyone can do it it’s Mrs. Hopkins. I can’t WAIT to see how everything continues in the next installment.

The Characters, as I mentioned before Ember is a strong confident lead. She does not hesitate when it comes to protecting her friends or her loved ones. He strength shows with every move she makes and everything she represents. Sawyer loves her and there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for her. My heart breaks for these two because I don’t see a way that they can be together. I will say the focus of this installment was strengthening Ember’s faith in herself. Although she learned at a great price I knew the power was within her the whole time. There was a great tragedy that shocked me and provided an enormous twist I just hope Ember finds a way through the pain. Who knows what’s next but I certainly can’t wait to find out!! I had my doubts about many of the new characters and I can’t wait to see where we go from this point.

The End, ba da boom ba da bing! BINGO BANGO!! Talk about CRAZY! Mrs. Hopkins does a marvelous job of not only starting this read with thrilling excitement she uses that very same element to bring it to a close! Is it a cliff hanger ending not per say but it is very much…OH MY Word…Did that just happen? Wow so many questions were answered and yes she has set up the next installment very nicely. This is unlike any other read that has to do with angels, I don’t know how it will end but my heart has high hopes. All of the YA elements are covered and our very amazing lead character overcomes obstacles and impresses left and right. I am highly anticipating the next and what will happen when the show down of all show downs take place!! Eeeeeeeeep!
 
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Praise for Embers, the first book in the Wings of War series: "An impending apocalypse provides a compelling backdrop for romance in this page-turning first installment of a new YA series...Hopkins delivers many successful elements of young-adult romance—appealing lead characters, high-voltage chemistry, repressed sexuality—which will win her ardent followers.” -Kirkus Reviews


“Embers is the start of an action-packed paranormal YA series. Ms. Hopkins draws the reader immediately in with her richly drawn prologue that introduces the lurking evil in a breath-taking manner. a must read for YA, paranormal, fantasy and suspense fans. Make that a delight for any reader!" Ind'Tale Magazine

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Compilation of the angel quotes ;

all from the book series, they're also all quotes from the BIBLE:

   -----> Did you know there are over 289 verses in the Bible with the word angel in them?



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The first set of Angel Quotes is from the first book  Embers (Wings of War Book 1):


Embers (Wings of War Book 1)


Genesis 6: 1-4 Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

2 Peter 2: 4 For God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment.

Dead Sea Scrolls, Song of Sage 4Q510, fragment 1 “And I, the Instructor, proclaim His glorious splendor so as to frighten and to [terrify] all the spirits of the destroying angels, spirits of the bastards, demons, Lilith, howlers, and [desert dwellers…] and those which fall upon men without warning to lead them astray from a spirit of understanding and to make their heart and their […] desolate during the present dominion of wickedness and predetermined time of humiliations for the sons of light, by the guilt of the ages of [those] smitten by iniquity – not for eternal destruction, but for an era of humiliation for transgression.”

Revelation 14: 19, 20 So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

Hebrews 13: 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.

Isaiah 6: 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.

Psalms 103: 20 Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word.

from Chap. 7:    Psalms 91: 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

Jude 1: 6 And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own habitation, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day.

Matthew 24: 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Jude 1: 9 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

Luke 15: 10 “Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Matthew 13: 41 “The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness.

Daniel 6: 22 “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him.

Psalm 91: 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you.

Hebrews 12: 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels.

Acts 7: 53 “Who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it.”

Genesis 16: 7 Now the angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur.

Matthew 26: 53 Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?

Acts 12: 23 Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God.

John 1: 51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

Mark 1: 13 And Jesus was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.

Hebrews 1: 7 And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire.”

Luke 20: 36 Nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.

Luke 1: 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth.

Matthew 13: 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire.

Luke 1: 11-20 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

Matthew 4: 5-6 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge concerning you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.”

Psalms 35: 6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the Lord persecute them.

Psalms 35: 5 Let them be as chaff before the wind, and let the angel of the Lord chase them.

1 Chronicles 21: 15 And God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it. As he was destroying, the LORD looked and relented of the disaster, and said to the angel who was destroying, “It is enough; now restrain your hand.” And the angel of the Lord stood by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

2 Kings 19: 35 And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses— all dead.

Exodus 14: 19 And the angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them.

Exodus 3: 2 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, but the bush was not consumed.

2 Thessalonians 1: 7 And to you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels.

John 20: 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

Mark 13: 27 And then shall He send His angels, and shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.

1 Kings 19: 5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.”

Revelation 12: 7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought.

2 Corinthians 11: 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.

Matthew 13: 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire.

Luke 2: 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.

Matthew 25: 41 Then He will also say to those on the left hand, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Revelation 7: 1 After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree.

Revelation 5: 2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loosen its seals?”

Revelation 8: 7 The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.

Revelation 9: 15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.

Revelation 12: 7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought…


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 The second set of Angel Qutoes is from GAIA: Wings of War Book 2 :


Gaia (Wings of War Book 2)

And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own habitation, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day. Jude 6

And then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” Revelation 5:2

Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands. Revelation 6:11

After these things, I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. Revelation 7:1

And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Revelation 8:2

The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. Revelation 8:7

Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. Revelation 8:8

And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!” Revelation 8:13

Then the fifth angel sounded. And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. And to him was given the key to the bottomless pit. Revelations 9:1

Then the sixth angel sounded. And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden alter which is before God, saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” Revelation 9:13-14

So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. Revelation 9:15

And I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. Revelation 10:

Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth.” Revelation 10:8

And war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. Revelation 12:7-8

Then another angel came out of the temple, which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. Revelation 14:17

And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” Revelation 14:18

“Raphael holds one of the highest angelic stations. He represents providence, repentance and prayer.

So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. Revelation 14:19

Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete. Revelation 15:1

“And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands.” Revelation 15:6

Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels, seven golden bowls full for the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. Revelation 15:7

Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died. Revelation 16:3

Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. Revelation 16:4

Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. Revelation 16:8

Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. Revelation 16:10

Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. Revelation 16:12

Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. Revelation 16:12

Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” Revelation 16:17

Then one of the seven angels, who had the seven bowls, came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters.” Revelation 17:1

But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.” Revelation 17:7

After these things, I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. Revelation 18:1

Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying “Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore. Revelation 18:21

Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.” Revelation 19:17-18

Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. Revelation 20:1

Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. Revelation 22:6

“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” Revelation 22:16



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p.s. Do yourself a favor and buy these books. I sure wish they were available in hardcover, I'd surely add them to my bookshelf. The covers are absolutely gorgeous, as well as the story!


Have you read these books?
Let me know what you think!







More about angels:

Embers; Wings of War book 1 spotify playlist;

The Top 65 Pop, Rock and Alternative Songs About Angels

 

A Guide To Connecting With Your Angels




Monday, August 3, 2015

New songs to love summer 2015

I just Shazam -ed   Freedom by Pharrell Williams. http://shz.am/t269479639

Awesome new song.

Here's more from this summer's playlist:

http://open.spotify.com/user/yellowstar2000/playlist/55qK4x1mmcXHlrd1bphVZn

Monday, July 27, 2015

Fighting for the future of Florida's most precious resource

Have you ever dove into a spring so clear blue and refreshing that it changed everything you ever thought you knew about natural springs?


This photo was snapped looking over the edge of the diving platform at Blue Springs March 2015

There is nothing like it in the world; the exhilaration and pure delight of jumping into 72 degree clear cerulean springs on a hot day in the secret places and sacred spaces of Florida’s hidden treasures.
I’ve never felt such pure euphoria and connection to my surroundings as those times swimming in the natural Florida springs. There, bubbling and gurgling out from below, tickling my toes - daring me to dive into its depths I witnessed the primordial bubbles gushing volumes of our most precious resource on Earth, and I was in awe of  nature in its purest form. From the first time and after each subsequent visit to our state’s liquid gems I still feel as though I am witness to something so sacred that I have no choice but to protect it, and share my love for these amazing places. 

Check out the slideshow of some of my photos from Blue Springs here; http://www.examiner.com/slideshow/blue-springs-high-springs-florida-1 

I recently visited  a string of natural springs that blew my mind, and I don't put that out there lightly.

In the past my comrades and I  have not only visited, but camped and canoed or kayaked many of our state's most beautiful springs.

This amazing gem needs our love and protection, as well as all Florida's precious resources, but for those of you who have seen this precious sapphire sparkling in the sunlight....you wouldn't forget it - ever, and you wouldn't mind offering whatever kind of protection it needed to stay the way it is.

Read about this place, and the vital importance of saving our springs in this poignant article and beautiful slideshow on Examiner.com here.

We tend to gravitate to the places that resonate with us the most, and when it comes to tourism, we can't help it, we end up visiting many of the same places over and over again.  Now, more than ever we need to be aware of our 'footprints'. They could be annihilating the very things we hold so dear. 

Florida boasts many of the world best beaches, but we also have a little secret....there are more natural springs in Florida than anywhere else in the states .
(See http://www.floridasprings.org/learn/questions/). 








Also see my other article and blog post; http://love-light-laugh-dream.blogspot.com/2014/09/are-we-loving-nature-to-death.html


fun with gadgets; feed the fish and tree frog gadgets

How are you this fine day?
Thanks for visiting my blog!

I love sharing cool or fun things found around the net, and today here's one I thing you'll love.

If you haven't seen it already, check out the cute little "feed the fish" gadget to your right ---->
Fun huh?
You can use it on any webpage or blog.

By moving your mouse around, it prompts the hungry little fishes to follow your every move.
Each click of your mouse will drop "food" for them to gobble up.
The best part is you can edit this gadget to suit you likes, i.e.:

  • change how many fish you want in your tank, 
  • change the color of the fishes
  • change the background picture

 This amazing little gadget originated at: http://abowman.com/google-modules/fish/#gadgetSWF
Thanks abownam! Love it!

If you want to use the same picture I have as my background click here (it takes you this pic on my photobucket page) http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y197/yellowstar2000/coral%20reef%20med%20450_zpsiuelt8qe.jpg



http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y197/yellowstar2000/coral%20reef%20med%20450_zpsiuelt8qe.jpg?t=1437923099

Enjoy feeding your fish!

And if you love frogs, or rather TREE frogs, lol, then check out this other amazing little gadget by the same guy called "Tree Frog Gadget"

Here's the background photo I used for my tree frog gadget:

 http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y197/yellowstar2000/misc%20Earth/tree%20frog%20in%20a%20tree_zpsn67hfr80.jpg


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enjoy and have a gorgeous day!


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cosmic love video Playlist

Loving this playlist
Check it out
Cosmic Love: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7oHd4n7YYPMh_TI626Jk-_YSJmuwdc9b

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Happy New Year diy wrinkle reducer


2015 happynewyearHappy New Year!!!
Can you believe a whole year has whizzed by?! I can barely keep up!
What better way to bring in the new year than with a fresh start for your skin? Feel great from the inside out and let your light shine!
It’s much easier to help those around us when we feel better, so take good care of yourselves…yes, you! Take some time to pamper yourself a bit and you’ll be able to give those you love more of your precious self.
And who doesn’t want a great all natural wrinkle reducer and line eraser?
For those that love pure beauty products free of chemicals, but can’t always afford them, and dream of simple DIY projects….this is for you.

Read my full post at YellowstarEssentials blog: https://yellowstaressentials.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/happy-new-year-best-all-natural-anti-aging-wrinkle-reducer-and-line-eraser/

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Holiday gift ideas for your favorite friend or sister

Holidays are fast approaching, and if you are still looking for holiday gift idea for your bestie, read on....I've got a great idea.
It comes on the back of a review I wrote:
Old Factory Candles sent me three free candles to try for a review of my honest opinion. I can say they are truly great. They burn clean with no soot, and very evenly, as well as True-To-Scent for hours. With a really great scent throw....better than I would have thought.   I received HAPPY HOLIDAYS set that comes with Christmas Tree, Gingerbread (my fave), and Candy Cane.

Love them! And they really do burn for over 20 hours. Mine lasted for even longer....more like 30-32 hours. But I didn't burn them all at once, just for about 10 hours at a time (3 times).

They come in awesome scents too...like "50 Shades" with Leather, Jasmine bubbles, and Vanilla Sex. LOL! Just in time for the movie!!

And "Man Cave"; with Leather, Mahogany, Straight Razor....
or "High as a Kite" with Cannabis, Incense, and Bag O' Cookies... ROTFLOL!!!
as well as traditional scents like; "Spa Day", "Vacation", or "Coffee Shop"
And tons of other great scents.

See photo below with examples:

 (btw...Every purchase is 100% Guaranteed, Hand poured in the USA.)

Thank you Rachel Cross from Old Factory Candles!  Thanks for sending me these gorgeous candles. I truly love them.
They are all natural soy that burn so clean, and have a great scent throw. They also burn even longer than 20 hours. Mine burned for over 30!


 Ok, so back to the gift basket idea for a Girls Night In:
Make a pamper hamper full of girly treats for the perfect girls night in! Include a couple bottles of nail polish, some spa essentials like; hand cream, homemade face mask, etc... Give yourself manicures, pedicures, and facials. Don't forget the romantic comedy DVD or magazines, popcorn, Godiva chocolates basket and other indulgent treats! There are so many ideas for this. Just go with what your friend/sister likes.
There are tons of great ideas strewn across the net for making your own all natural spa night with stuff from your own kitchen too.
 See this pinterest board for homemade spa products; http://www.pinterest.com/leannhensley/homemade-spa-products/

Here's some recipes I found on WEBMD;

All-Natural Chocolate Facial Mask
This decadent facial mask, ideal for normal skin, will leave your face smooth, soft, and silky. The cream and honey add moisture, and the oatmeal sloughs dead skills, perfect for smelling romantic and deliciously edible. Enjoy!
1/3 cup cocoa
3 tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoons cottage cheese
1/4 cup honey
3 teaspoons oatmeal powder
Mix all ingredients together and smooth onto face. Relax for 10 minutes; then rinse with warm water.
* Courtesy of Bliss Spa, New York City

Apple Pie Spa Treatment Skin Polish
Apples are notorious for their nutritional benefits; they're 85% water and high in potassium and vitamins A and C. Perhaps even more beneficial is the malic acid, an exfoliating enzyme in apples that is useful for removing dead skin cells and surface dirt.
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon fresh apple puree or apple sauce
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix all ingredients, stirring well. In the bath or shower, apply scrub to skin in a circular motion, using a washcloth, bath gloves, or a loofah sponge. Pay special attention to rough spots like elbows, heels, and knees. Rinse well, and follow with a rich body lotion.
Note: If using on the face, omit granulated sugar. Brown sugar, because it dissolves gently, is a more appropriate choice for the delicate skin of the face.
* Courtesy of The Bachelor Gulch Spa at The Ritz-Carlton

Papaya Rejuvenation Home Spa Skin Refresher
Exfoliate your skin gently with natural papaya enzymes, and leave the house with a gentle glow.
  • Wash face thoroughly.
  • Bring large pot of water to a boil.
  • While water is heating, mash 1/2 of a papaya into a paste.
  • Move pot to table and place face over steam, holding a bath towel over your head. Adjust to be sure skin is at a comfortable temperature.
  • Steam face for 5-8 minutes.
  • Apply papaya mixture, carefully avoiding the eye area.
  • Lie down and relax for 5-10 minutes.
  • When you feel fully rejuvenated, rinse your face and apply moisturizer for a radiant complexion.
* Courtesy of Nob Hill Spa, San Francisco.
 See more here; http://www.webmd.com/beauty/spa/9-home-spa-makeovers-body-soul


Dr. Sabina DeVita ( an international speaker, author, a holistic energy practitioner, registered nutritionist, environmentalist, energy psychologist) wrote; “…Frankincense …known for centuries for its beautifying properties. The restorative, regenerating and rejuvenating actions are especially useful for dry, mature/sensitive skin…smooths lines and wrinkles…soothes and softens raw, chapped skin.. Balances oily skin,,, accelerates the healing of blemishes, inflammations, sores, scars, skin ulcers and wounds…”. Frankincense has the ability to tighten and uplift skin which helps prevents wrinkles.

Rejuvenating Facial Mask Dry / Mature Skin
  • 4 teaspoons honey or agave
  • 1 drop Frankincense essential oil
  • 1 drop Sandalwood essential oil
  • 1 drop Rose essential oil
  • 1 drop Lavender
  • 1 drop neroli
  • 1 drop patchouli
  • 10 dps. rosehip seed oil
Mix well in the palm of your hand, or a non-plastic bowl, and apply to clean skin. Relax for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm, then cold water. Makes enough for 2-3 applications.
 
Dry Skin Toner / Balancer Mask
  • 4 tsp. honey or agave
  • 1 drop Frankincense
  • 1 drop Rosewood
  • 1 drop Vetiver
Mix together with 4 oz distilled water and 4 oz. witch hazel, apply with cotton swab or natural cloth.
For another awesome recipe for a natural winter skin anti-aging facial creme click here ; http://yellowstaressentials.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/natural-diy-winter-skin-anti-aging-facial-cream/


 
 

Most of all, have fun and make it personalized!
Happy Holidays to you!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Are we loving nature to death?


We all love nature... and we just might be killing the very thing we love. 

photos by: http:/www.theconstantrambler.com



It reminds me of that cartoon "I will name him George, and I will pet him, and love him and squeeze him......." remember that one?  ...a joke, but seriously, sometimes our love of something can literally obliterate it.

A fabulous comment /quote from an amazing person--Kevin Love, former district employee and land manager
It means recognizing that these lands are something much more important…they are our storehouses of biological diversity, of genetic information, the last places where wild things can be wild. They are our natural endowment for the future. They are all we have and they must last us forever.- Read more of his comments here.

We tend to gravitate to the places that resonate with us the most, and when it comes to tourism, we can't help it, we end up visiting many of the same places over and over again.  Now, more than ever we need to be aware of our 'footprints'. They could be annihilating the very things we hold so dear. 

Florida boasts many of the world best beaches, but we also have a little secret....there are more natural springs in Florida than anywhere else in the states .
(See http://www.floridasprings.org/learn/questions/). 

Also a great book to read about the springs:
 ----->>The Springs of Florida- The deepest and largest known springs in the world are found in Florida. The photographs are the result of hundreds of hours under water. The new edition is completely updated to serve as a guide to Florida's many spring parks and their inhabitants. Vital for canoeists, kayakers, divers, snokelers, and visitors.

We fight over water.  (https://www.southernenvironment.org/cases-and-projects/tri-state-water-wars-al-ga-fl). 

awesome blog about saving our water--->>>>SWFWMD Matters: Silver Springs Dying? Are You Okay With That?


And the fight goes on over bottled water--->.Bottling Up. Our Natural Resources: The Fight Over Bottled Water. --->>www.law.fsu.edu/journals/landuse/vol18_2/rooy.pdf

These natural beauties are reeling from our misuse, over-use, and indirect pollution by too much fertilizer, along with so many other things we should be aware of that harm our springs.  Read more on how we can help here.  

 Are we loving our springs to death?



See video----> An outbreak of toxic algae red time has killed more than 200 Florida manatees. This breaks the record of deaths set back in 1996....Are we loving our springs to death?

·how to help:


       http://www.ilovesprings.org/

Springs and Water Conservation Links http://www.floridasprings.org/education/links/

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Springs Initiative
Florida's Water: Ours to Protect
Florida Springs Locator
Florida Springs Database
Florida Geological Survey
Northwest Florida Water Management District
St. Johns River Water Management District
South Florida Water Management District
Southwest Florida Water Management District
Suwannee River Water Management District

Water Education Links

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Office of Environmental Education
Florida Project WET
EPA Water Information Site
The Groundwater Foundation
United States Geological Survey

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