Christmas Tarot Card Reading #Blogmas

Merry Blogmas! It’s been a few years since I attempted the feat of writing a blog post every day in the month before Christmas, but I feel ready for a challenge. Today I bring you a Christmas Tarot card reading using my Inner Child Tarot Card deck. I wanted to do a fun Tarot card reading, reflecting the spirit of Christmas. It didn’t work out that way, as you will discover…

The Child Spread

Remembering You, learning, growing, and moving on.

1, You – Guardian of Wands

Archangel Raphael is here to share compassion and divine love with you. Accept this gift and carry it with you, sharing yourself with friends and family. Recognizing your ability to heal will help those around you. Be gentle to yourself. Call upon Archangel Raphael for support and strength.

2, Goal – Six of Hearts

Now is the time to heal a rift with someone close to you. Accept that you cannot change what happened and you cannot change their behaviour, but you can change your response to it. Embrace the deep connections you have with people around you. They will help you to heal. They will hold space for you.

3, Ego – Four of Swords

You seek a deeper knowledge of the world, a real understanding of How Things Work. There is a lot happening in the world, but you need not run to keep up. Take it slowly, be patient, and accept all the life lessons that come your way, even if they seem harsh or irrelevant. Everything you need will be available when you need it.

4, Future – Cinderella

Feel your feelings. Cry and rage if you feel helpless. Sob tears of grief and wallow in the loss that has befallen you. Eventually you will see a glimmer of hope, and you will lift those tear-stained cheeks to the night sky, marveling at the moon. The world that you know is crumbling, but the moon and the sun are always there, always shining. Where there is light, there is hope.

5, Doorway to a New World – Guide of Crystals (St Nicholas)

This is the season of giving and here is Santa Claus in one of his many guises. It might not feel like it, but you have been blessed in many ways. You can find what you desire if you just open your eyes and look for it. People will help you. There is a huge opportunity for growth, but you must be open to the possibility and prepare to do the work. For now, simply enjoy the season. Indulge your inner child. Merry Christmas!

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Happy Gotcha Day, Marley!

Celebrating our first year with Marley the rescue dog.

Marley loves his walks

This week we celebrate one year with our dog, Marley. He came to us via Warrington Animal Welfare following my three-month search for a new family companion. Our previous dog was a stray from the Stoke city dogs’ home, but since we now have young children, my search to rehome a dog took longer and proved more stressful than I anticipated. Many dogs’ homes cannot rehome to families due to the unpredictability of the dogs in their care. In my family experience rescue dogs make the perfect family pets, and I was determined to find a dog that needed a home.

Summer visit to Leasowe Beach

Marley-Mischief, as he has come to be known, burst into our lives like a whirlwind of chaos. He never spent time in the dogs’ home, but his previous owner approached Warrington Animal Welfare for help. Marley had lived in a small home previously and it soon became obvious that he needed some behavioural training. He was overwhelmed with all the dogs in my circle of friends and family, and we had to take slow steps to introduce him to all of the dogs. He is still getting used to them now, because of course we had the pandemic and subsequent lockdown to contend with, so poor Marley was unable to receive the proper kind of training that he needed in a time-sensitive manner. I had to train him at home, with help from my daughters, using online tutoring from our local dog training experts.

Roadtrop to see Blackpool Illuminations

We managed some training in the end, and Marley’s behaviour has certainly improved in twelve months. It took a while and we are still working on some issues (barking at people outside our house, aggressive behaviour towards wildlife), but he is my little boy and I love him unconditionally. I know that Marley joined our family at the right time. He nursed me through a period of bereavement and grief, and he has become my little dog-limpet, always by my side, following me around the house, accompanying me on walks, and welcoming me home when I leave him. Happy Gotcha Day, Marley. We love you, little Mischief!

Muddy-Pup Marley

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Letters from Santa at Lapland Letters

Have you sent your letters to Santa Claus yet? I had my annual meeting with the elves earlier in November, and my daughters were excited to receive a very prompt reply. They each received a personal letter from Santa, complete with activity packs, reindeer food and even cookie mix. We must bake cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve, which I think is a lovely idea and could become a new family tradition.

Our letters came from Lapland Letters, and there is a wonderful selection available on the website that can be signed from Santa Claus or Father Christmas depending on your preference. Each letter is personalised for the individual child, and my elder daughter was immensely proud to receive praise for how well she trained our dog during lockdown this year. My younger daughter received a letter to say that she coped very well with the lockdown and the pandemic, and Santa is glad she recovered from her hospital treatment earlier this year. These small touches make a huge difference. You can tailor your letters depending on the age of your child, including one for older children that might need reassurance about Santa and how he manages his deliveries.

The activity packs include a Christmas card that you can colour in and gift to a loved one, a postcard you can send to Santa, a colour-in place mat, a Santa’s secret map of Lapland, a colour-in advent calendar, a Santa Stop Here poster, a Good Child certificate, and the most important item, the letter from Santa. One of my daughters received a packet of reindeer food in her letter, the other received a packet of Mrs Claus’ special cookie mix.

My girls were delighted to discover that they are on the Good Child List for Christmas gifts, and they have the certificates to prove it. Staying good up until Christmas might be tricky, but my girls do like a challenge…  

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Playing in the Park – A Poem by Georgina Green (age 7)

As I watch kids

playing in the park

I hear kids saying

I don’t want to go home.

You may want to ask

Why am I not playing?

Well I am sitting down

Writing my lovely poem.

Poem written by Georgina Green, age 7.

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#WATWB Local Schoolgirl Saved Mum’s Life

We Are the World BlogFest (#WATWB) celebrates special people and small stories of inspiration and hope in the world. Let’s face it, we need some inspiration and hope during this time of pandemic and social distancing.

This month I bring you a story from the Middlewich Guardian newspaper. My friend had a seizure at home and her daughter, who attends school with my elder daughter, saved her life. She remained calm in the face of emergency, made her mother safe, put her baby sister in her cot, and called an ambulance. She has now been recognised for her brave efforts in the local press and by receiving a rare gold Blue Peter Badge. It’s just the kind of heartwarming story we need in the run-up to Christmas!

We are the World BlogFest (#WATWB) focuses on positive stories no matter where they’re found. It is all about spreading peace and humanity on social media. All participants post on the last Friday of the month, sharing a positive news story that contributes to making our world a happier, safer, and better place to live.

You can find more about #WATWB over on Belinda Witzenhausen’s blog.

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Children Playing – A Poem by Elliot Green (age 9)

As I sit there

I see children playing

And children running

And screaming and shouting

(No I don’t want to go home!)

But why aren’t I playing, you may ask?

Well I’m happy to sit here

Writing this poem.

And now I shall say goodbye

To write more.

Poem written by Elliot Green, age 9.

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Let’s Talk About Books: The Redcliffe Novels by Catherine Green

Today I talk about Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel), book 3 in the Redcliffe Novels series set in Cornwall, England.

  1. What is the working title of your book?

Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel) – Book 3

  1. Where did the idea for the book come from?

It came naturally after I wrote the first book, Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel) and the sequel Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel).

  1. What genre does your work fall under?

It is paranormal romance, with a little dark fantasy and some horror elements.

  1. Which actors would you choose to play your characters?

Hmm, so far, I am struggling to decide on the right ones. For my heroine Jessica Stone I need a British woman with a convincing Manchester accent, long auburn hair, and green eyes. For the Mason brothers I need identical twins from Dublin with black hair and blue eyes… Any up and coming actors interested in the roles please?

     5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Emotion runs high in this fast-paced paranormal adventure, where secrets unfold, and friends are not as they seem…

  1. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It will be published in partnership with Mirador, who produced my first two novels in the series.

     7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About four or five months, I think. Once I had written the first two, this one just couldn’t wait.

     8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

It probably has elements of the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris, but I aspire to write like Laurell K Hamilton and her Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, but with less horrific violence and a British perspective.

      9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I can’t really remember. My first novel, Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel), was cultivated in my mind for around ten years before I actually wrote it down. It first came about when I read the Nightworld series of novels by L. J. Smith and decided I wanted my own version of a vampire story with characters I could more easily relate to. Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel) is a natural progression from that, using experiences gained from my life during recent years.

     10. What else about your book might pique the readers’ interest?

It is set in Cornwall and describes the rugged coastline and old smugglers’ caves. There is a best friend with a new baby, two women running a business, and some interesting moral issues explored.

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Chalkola Chalk Markers + Giveaway #chalkolamom

My daughters and I were very excited to receive a box of Chalkola Chalk Pens + Metallic Markers for review last weekend. They arrived at the right time, just as we were self-isolating due to my younger daughter having a cold. The girls couldn’t wait to try out their new Chalkola markers on the whiteboard, and I even allowed them to decorate a couple of wine glasses – what do you think of their designs?

The markers are nice to handle, and the colour is beautiful. It glides on like paint but dries to a chalky texture, and because they are water based, the ink washes off clothes and children, phew! You can use them on whiteboards, chalk boards, glass surfaces, plastic and any non-porous surfaces. They will make perfect stocking fillers for children and adults alike, and I can’t wait to use them with my stamps when I make Christmas cards and birthday cards. Chalkola Markers would be a great gift for the craft enthusiast in your life. Use my special discount code when you order: SPOOKY10.

This week I have a special giveaway for you. Head over to my Instagram page and join in for your chance to win a pack of Chalkola Chalk Pens. Good luck!

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Healing Your Inner Child

How to take care of your inner child, even when you don’t know what they need.

Earlier this month I signed up for an online Reiki Summit, where I listened to recordings with guest speakers about a variety of topics centred on the use of reiki healing energy for self-care and good health. Some of the speakers offered short meditations during their talks, and I tried a few of them.

One meditation I did was led by Ashwita Goel, who works with people to release childhood trauma and heal the inner child. It was a short meditation, but it made quite an impact on me. Ashwita guided me (us) to think about a situation that stayed with me from childhood; a small incident that had a lasting impact on my life. I couldn’t think of one straight away, so I sat with the question: what traumatic event from childhood do I need to heal? Then Ashwita asked us what age we were at that event. I was 4 years old and I was at preschool. I may have wet myself but I’m not sure. It might have been the day that I fell into the water tray and got sent home in spare clothes that were too big for me. My mum never tires of telling that story!

In this memory, I felt humiliated and I hated the way everyone patronised me. Being of short stature, I was always small for my age, and as a child I hated it when adults talked down to me, and especially when my peers tried to do the same. On this day, at that time, I know the adults were just trying to be kind, but I didn’t like it. Ashwita guided us to heal that child; to allow her acknowledgment for what happened. I sent distance reiki healing to her and affirmed that I will no longer allow embarrassment to control my feelings. I can accept help when it is offered, and I need not worry about how I am judged for it.

When the meditation ended, I felt compelled to chant SHK, a Japanese Reiki healing kotodama. It connects to the heart and higher self, creating a harmonious balance within and without. I felt calm and content, and suddenly very cold! I had to put the fire on. Such is the nature of energy work, and especially working with Reiki. I have a collection of capes and warm slippers specifically for these situations. Have you worked with your inner child recently? What did they say?

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Early Black Friday Half Price Books

With so many great books being published this Autumn we just couldn’t wait any longer to give you some amazing deals on the top titles. Here you will find the biggest books slashed to HALF PRICE – so snap up your Christmas gifts early while these great offers are still in place!

You can also order the Redcliffe Novels series direct from Waterstones, so treat yourself and your loved ones this Christmas season. The perfect way to relax during lockdown!

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