Join us for Made in Middlewich this #ValentinesDay Weekend

Are you searching for a special, personal, handcrafted gift for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Come along to Made in Middlewich on Saturday 13th February, and I am sure you will find what you are looking for.

Made in Middlewich Feb 2016

We are bringing together the Middlewich Creative, a group of very talented local artists, makers, crafters and authors. Yes, that includes yours truly!

See you on Saturday! *kisses*

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Hello World! Here I Am

I recently enrolled on the WordPress Blogging101 online university course. Having been registered with my blog for over 5 years, and having not achieved the world domination that I originally (and naively) expected, I decided to seek help. And help was offered, in the form of a free training course for blogging. Perfect!

This post is my first official task, my homework, if you like. The request was to write a post that introduces me to new readers. I decided to look back at my very first blog post, and oh my goodness, it is terrible! I mean, I didn’t event write anything, because I didn’t know what I was doing. My second blog post was better, and my third offered some idea of what I was trying to convey. Eventually I got the hang of it, and I am quite proud of my blog as it stands now. I simply need to learn how best to share it with the world.

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And so, in response to the official Blogging101 task, here I am: SpookyMrsGreen, the pagan housewife. It has taken me several years to finally pinpoint my brand, my USP, my title. Whatever you want to call it, this is me. I am a housewife, a published author, a pagan, a mother and a hobby crafter. This blog covers all of those aspects. although originally it was only supposed to support my new writing career and my ghost hunting experience.

You see, I am so much more than simply a housewife, or an author, or any of those things I mentioned. Over here on SpookyMrsGreen, I will share news of my public speaking events, updates on my domestic challenges and adventures, details about my pagan practices including meditation and spell-casting, and what it means to be a pagan housewife. If any of those topics interest you, then please sign up for the newsletter! See you soon…

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In Praise of Libraries

A little late, but I had to share this tribute to our libraries because they hold a special place in my heart…

SHARON BOOTH

Today (February 6th) is National Libraries Day, and the internet has been full of articles about the importance of libraries, and information about events that are being held to celebrate this special day. Which got me thinking about my own experience of libraries, and also made me realise that my relationship with them has changed dramatically. And not in a good way.

My first experience of a library – that I can remember, anyway – was when I was around four or five years old. Having sat through an assembly at school and hearing the Nativity story for the first time in my life, I was so enamoured of this miraculous tale that I wanted to know more about it. My dad simply said, ‘Well, let’s go to the library and you can get a book about it.’

The library was above the Town Hall The library was above the Town Hall

Now, I may or may…

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Get Your #ValentinesDay Romance with Mind, Body and Soul Healing

Ah yes, it is that time of year! We all publicly loathe #ValentinesDay, and yet secretly I am sure we mostly love it. Personally, I am a big old romantic soul, deep down. I try to hide it behind a tough, practical shell, but I do wish for a little hearts and flowers indulgence, romance and loving from my husband. I know he loves me, but still, a kind gesture here and there goes a long way when you are stuck in the cycle of young motherhood…

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Anyway, I am pleased to announce that I will be at the annual Valentines Weekend Mind, Body and Spirit event in Stockport, brought to you by Rosemary Douglas. This is a very popular event, where you can indulge in some personal love and romance, serenaded by the gentle sounds of singing bowls, shaman drums, and the healing power of the didgeridoo. There will be pyschic healers, mediums, crystal therapists, holistic therapists, fairy and angel folk, and many more beautiful people to meet and make friends with. And, of course, you can see me and my books (and maybe even a brand new book, if I’m feeling generous!)

See you on #ValentinesDay for our secret date!

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Crewe Steampunk Convivial

Oh, this kind of festival would be fabulous for our county! And I would be there dressed in my finest Victorian Gothic costume…

Jules Hornbrook

Steampunk (2)The gas-lit Victorian streets feeding the town square were shrouded in fog. The clank of empty beer barrels rang out from the cobbled yard behind The Crown public house. The landlord’s ornate pipe rocked rhythmically as another steam engine thundered by heading for Manchester. Theatre goers streamed out of the Lyceum foyer having enjoyed the latest burlesque extravaganza. A well-dressed couple in flowing capes entered the pub, arm-in-arm. Gothic elegance was very much à la mode.

This is make-believe, but it could be a scene acted out in Crewe in the not-so distant future. It’s very much part of the sci-fi sub-genre that is Steampunk; an amalgamation of Victorian fantasy and futurama still obsessed with steam. A festival celebrating its many idiosyncrasies could be coming to Cheshire’s engine room, hopefully across the end-of-May Bank Holiday weekend later this year.

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I’ve Discovered #Arbonne Beauty Products!

I recently made a new friend locally, and she just happens to be a representative for a company called Arbonne, who create fabulous cosmetics and beauty products for women who care. Their code of ethics is very high, and the products are vegetarian friendly, which is something that attracted my attention straight away. Rebecca offered a few samples for me to try, and now I am hooked!

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My personal favourites were the Arbonne It’s a Long Story Mascara, the Awaken Sea Salt Scrub, and the Ultra-Hydrating Hand Crème. Firstly, when it comes to eye make-up, I really struggle. I have a rare genetic condition that leaves my eyes scratched, sore and extremely dry. Consequently, if I try and put make-up on, the pain increases and my eyes feel really heavy and gritty. This mascara was really lightweight, and it did not make my lashes feel sticky, which often does happen. I definitely need to add this to my make-up collection.

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The Awaken Sea Salt Scrub was really refreshing, just like it says! I used it in the shower and it left my skin tingling and super-soft to touch. It smells lovely, and I could feel the aromatherapy element working for a long time afterwards. It was a similar story with the Ultra-Hydrating Hand Crème. This smells absolutely divine, and the cream feels soft and light on my skin. Some hand creams can be sticky and gloopy, but this one is perfect for regular daily use.

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If you are in the Middlewich-Northwich area, then meet your local consultant, Rebecca Barry. She will advise, inform, and give you the best customer service. If you are not local to this area, she will put you in contact with the right person.

Discover #Arbonne for yourself today!

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Heal and Release as the Season Turns #Imbolc

A glance at social media has shown me some beautiful images of our Great Mother stretching her limbs and releasing her healing warmth back into our frozen landscape. I love those images for their stark contrast between hot and cold, sunshine and darkness. That reflects my mood perfectly at the moment. I was plunged into the dark, cold, barren winter when my beloved grandmother died three months ago. Although we have actually had a very mild winter here in England, I have felt very cold in myself. There has been a lot of inward turmoil that even I struggled to understand.

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Now we welcome the turning of the wheel as we move into Imbolc, leading us back down a joyful path towards warmth, lighter evenings, and the Spring season. I am cheered to see pretty, white snowdrops and cheerful, yellow daffodils showing their faces at long last. Some of the trees are beginning to grow delicate blossom, which is worrying because they seem to be waking too early, but I somehow feel that we need it at this time. Mother Nature has her ways. She knows what is needed. She brings us warmth, colour, and a chance to heal and release the pain and discomfort of Winter.

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I leave you with two Angel Therapy Oracle Cards from Doreen Virtue: the first is Cut Your Cords – ask Archangel Michael to help cut the cords that keep you restrained, and welcome the freedom and independence that you deserve. The second card is Release – again you can ask Archangel Michael for help. He can assist you as you take a brave step forward into your true life, and towards your true destination.

Blessed Imbolc, my friends!

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From the Wild Cornish Coast, to Your Local Library #NationalStorytellingWeek

Meet me in the library on Monday 1st February, and I will tell you a tale of supernatural secrets, vampires, witches and werewolves, all hidden in a seaside town in Cornwall, and previously concealed in my very own mind… See you there, at 11:00am sharp!

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Shake Up Your Wake Up with #NationalBreakfastWeek

Good Morning everybody, how are you on this fine Monday morning? I am enjoying a peaceful day of work at home while my children are entertained at school and preschool. This week we are celebrating #NationalBreakfastWeek in an effort to encourage people to start off their day the right way. Personally, I rarely skip breakfast. My mum drilled into me from a very young age that I must always eat something before I leave the house for school or work. And now that habit is being passed on to my children, who will not do anything before they have had their morning cereal.

#MissionBreakfast

Join the conversation this afternoon on Twitter from 1-2pm with #MissionBreakfast in association with @Britmums and @BreakfastWeek, and you could win prizes, discover new recipes, and learn the importance of eating your breakfast. I scoffed a croissant before I went on the school run this morning, but I was still hungry, so when I got home I prepared a very tasty snack of tinned tomatoes and fried egg on toast, sprinkled with a little black pepper. Delicious!

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Cheers to My Local Cafe!

The birthday celebrations just keep on coming this week! Today I have learned that my favourite local cafe, Drinks and Bites at 35, is 3 years old! This cafe is central to our daily lives in Middlewich, since the proprietors are always ready with a cheerful smile and a hot mug of coffee on a cold, wet day. We often stop there after the school run, while we are waiting for our various toddler social activities to begin.

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Drinks and Bites have been very good to me personally as well. They are always very welcoming when I look for a venue to share my books and to do reading events. They run our local book group. They will always support other local businesses to help the community thrive. I just want to say thank you Holly and Gemma, for all that you have done, and all that you do. Your support is appreciated.

Happy Birthday, Drinks and Bites!

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