Clarks Mid-Season Sale

The Clarks mid-season shoe sale starts on 1st April, finishing on 14th April. You can get up to 50% off lots of shoes from all ranges: men, women, children and bags. There are great offers on seasonal boots (and let’s face it, we still need boots to combat the cold mornings), party shoes (wedding, anyone?) and school shoes for the kids. Here’s your link: Clarks mid-season shoe sale.

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My Spiritual Journey: Something is Shifting

Life has settled down after several years of drama and challenges. I can’t remember life before children, but since we had them, it feels like we have been constantly on the move. I don’t mean physically, I simply mean moving along with the rhythm of life and children. During the past eight years we have experienced births, deaths, career development, personal tragedy, moving house, money worries and all the other nuances of modern life. We are just an average family trying to get by. But inwardly I have changed. I am still changing. And now I can feel the shift. You might understand what I mean by that. We all experience mood swings, many of us are familiar with mental health challenges in all their forms. Sometimes we feel settled and happy in our lives, other times we feel restless, bored or even angry with our situation. I have experienced all of that during the past fifteen years, and now I am ready for a break.

Something is Shifting

I am very proud to report that I have now completed my coursework requirements to qualify as a reiki practitioner. I will be certified in Okuden 2nd Degree reiki, with Japanese lineage. I have worked very hard to develop my connection to Source energy, and I continue to do so. Reiki isn’t something you pick up for a session and then put away until next time. Once we are connected, we will always feel the energy. What we do with that connection is up to the individual, and I intend to continue my work and progress along my spiritual journey. My life has changed again recently, and this time definitely for the better. I feel settled, more in control, and more understanding about the way events have unfolded. I feel I have centred myself and am finally a part of the world I inhabit, rather than being an outsider. Does that make sense to you? It is hard to explain, but I feel that perhaps I never really settled on the Earth plane until I developed my meditation practice. Gradually I learned to ground myself, and now I finally feel a real connection to my place, both physically and spiritually. I will continue to practice reiki and see where the journey leads next. But first, I will enjoy my current place in the world. It is a very happy place!

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I Need More Eyedrops! #Spoonie

Last week I had to visit my doctor to review my repeat prescriptions for medication. All of them are treatments for severe Dry Eye Syndrome. I have three types of eyedrops available on prescription. None of them contain specific medicine, they are all a variation of artificial tears, but I cannot buy them over the counter in a pharmacy. I have to request them, and that is causing some frustration at the moment. For some unknown reason (as my doctor said), the eyedrop suppliers are struggling to meet demand. I never know when I will receive my prescription, and so I must plan as far in advance as I can, to ensure I don’t run out of eyedrops. But then, if I try and order too many repeat prescriptions in a short space of time, my doctors will withhold them on the understanding that I don’t need them at that time. It is becoming quite a problem, to be honest. My doctor increased the number of bottles on one of my prescriptions, which will hopefully ease my dilemma.

The only item I have control over is the overnight eye ointment that I use. I have to order this from my local pharmacy, but conveniently I can order it from Amazon, which has helped enormously when I run out during a weekend or public holiday. The amount of ointment and eyedrops I use varies depending on the severity of my dry eye and ingrowing eyelashes. The weather can affect my eyes, if I have a cold they are more sore and irritated, and if I am sleep deprived they can be painful. Well, they are painful almost all the time. I don’t really know how it feels to go a day without eye pain. But this issue with obtaining my prescriptions is an added stress that I just don’t need. I have tried all sorts of different eyedrops over the years, and discovered that I am allergic to preservatives, which is why I must have the more obscure products for my condition. General eye washes and refreshers just don’t work, they are too watery. I need my specific mix of Hyabak eyedrops that have a gel-like consistency and lubricate my dry eyes, and I use Minims artificial tears to refresh and soothe the burning pain. Does anyone else use eyedrops regularly? Do you have any recommendations or tips to help with severe Dry Eye Syndrome?

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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any sexier… they’re back. But this time Max needs Brooke’s help.

When Max receives a phone call from his step-brother, Thomas, inviting him to their parent’s tenth wedding anniversary party, their rivalry for one another comes straight into play. A barbed comment from Thomas forces Max to tell one hell of a lie and now he needs help. Cue Brooke Knight and a very awkward conversation for Max.

Will Brooke accept his proposal and help him carry out his charade…? Of course she will. But she has conditions.

It’s a weekend full of sex, booze and lies. But at the end of it will Brooke be glad she went along for the ride?

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Welcome, Spring!

Today we celebrate Spring Equinox, and what a long-awaited time it has been. Our winter seems to have gone on forever, and yet we didn’t really experience a prolonged cold spell. It was just grotty, and dull, and miserable. We had a very bizarre week in February where the temperature leaped, and we had sunshine. Indeed, it felt more like a British summer than winter, but it soon passed, and we were straight back into the storms. And boy, those storms were intense. I had to retrieve our bins when they got blown about the garden, and one hit my car a couple of times, but that was about the extent of it. We don’t really experience any extreme weather here in Cheshire. It’s quite boring by comparison.

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And now we welcome Spring. There are buds on the trees, some of the cherry blossom is already blooming, and there are daffodils everywhere that look very cheerful on dull days. It is much nicer to walk the dogs when the sun is shining, or at least when the temperature is warmer. I am now looking forward to Easter, a break from school, and the start of festival season. Let the parties commence!

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I’m Just Mummy, or Mum, or Mam

Hello! Last week I wrote about my frustrations regarding going to work and feeling pressured to do a “proper job.” I’m not sure if it relates to my ongoing reiki practice (ok, I am sure), but I received some insights towards the end of the week that really helped with my dilemma. One of the reasons I feel a desperate need to be a working mum is so that I can be a real feminist. But of course, that is not what being a feminist is all about. I believe that we should all have the right to choose how we live our lives, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or other. And I choose to be a stay at home mum; a housewife.

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The job isn’t easy, but it has its perks. For example, on World Book Day I visited my daughters’ school and read a book to my youngest daughter and her class. She loved it, and so did I. Late last week I was able to meet with some friends for coffee while they had a day off work. That gave some of the insight I mentioned above. A couple of my friends are feeling too much pressure between their demanding jobs, and the needs of their families. There is not much left for themselves as individuals, and now they know they need to change something. I knew that I didn’t want to do any old job while my children were in nursery. If I had already established a career, it would have been different. But I hadn’t. I only became an author shortly before my eldest child was born. Before that it was just a hobby.

This weekend I had my niece over to stay with her cousins for the first time. They all played together happily, enjoyed some time in the garden between rain showers, and I could relax knowing that they were happy. My husband worked overtime all weekend, so I was basically a single parent, but that didn’t matter. Twelve months ago I would probably have fallen out with him and been angry about him abandoning me with the children. But now I recognise how fortunate I am to be in this situation, with no pressing demands on my time, and able to give my children the attention that they need. I feel that I have finally relaxed into the role of Mum, or Mummy, or Mam, or, well, you get the picture… and it only took eight years to achieve!

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Mother’s Day Gifts at English Heritage Shop

Treat your mum this Mother’s Day and make her day really special with our unique and inspirational Mother’s day gifts at English Heritage Shop. Choose from pretty jewellery and trinkets, exclusive gifts inspired by some of our greatest sites and beautifully fragranced toiletries. Raise a smile with our range of peacock gifts or prepare breakfast and afternoon tea using our delicious curds and coffee. You’re sure to find something she’ll love this Mother’s Day!

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Energy Healing with Reiki

There is a lot to learn about energy healing. When I first began to explore holistic health and mindfulness about fifteen years ago, I found energy healing practitioners with all sorts of specialist systems. Some had developed their techniques using reiki practices combined with psychic guidance. Others developed more scientific methods, utilizing crystal technology, computer software, and machinery that responded to metallic frequencies. I cannot explain much of it because I do not have a scientific mind. But I do know what I feel, and I trust my instincts.

Energy healing with Reiki

Reiki healing is basically working with natural energy. We as humans accept that we breathe air in order to survive. We can explain it in all sorts of practical and scientific ways, but we still can’t physically see it. We just know that it is there, and that we need it. This is where energy comes in. We use the energy of air to keep our human bodies alive and functioning, along with the energy of water and the nutrients we extract from food. But somewhere along the line, we forgot to treat our mind and spirit as a being that must be cared for. We ignored our emotions, we fought to hide them, we tried to be strong.

Being strong is not about hiding your emotions or working at full pelt every day of your life. In my experience, to be strong is to accept when you are weak, and to care for yourself. As I recently completed the coursework to achieve my Reiki Okuden 2nd Degree accreditation, I realised that I needed a rest. I needed some time out. I am busy being Mother, Wife, author, carer, supporter, and sometimes I just need to be me. If that means I come home from the school run and I sit down for half an hour without doing a job, so be it. That is what my body needs. I need to be quiet, to rest, and to meditate. Since embracing the practise of reiki energy healing, I have become peaceful, accepting of my situation, and happy that I am simply a human being. Isn’t that what we all need, deep down?

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Go Back to Work? But my Children need Me! #IWD19

“Mummy, you can’t go out to work,” my daughters cried in horror, “We need you!”

So began a recent conversation with my children, aged 8 and 5, when I tentatively suggested that I might have to go out to work soon and they might have to be collected from school by somebody else. My husband will be redundant in a couple of months, and so both of us are working hard to keep the family finances safe. Unfortunately, my freelance work has all but dried up, and my books are not selling. That is another story. Suffice to say, I might have to sacrifice some writing time and do another job, away from home, just to earn some money when we need it.

Last week we celebrated International Women’s Day, and I came across an infograph on a tweet. It explained that women have made good improvements with their position in the workplace since 1980, but we still have a long way to go. That makes complete sense to me. For starters, I want our culture to start appreciating the more nurturing and essential jobs in society. I’m talking housewives (that’s me), nursery workers, preschool assistants, early years carers. These are generally dismissed as basic, unimportant jobs, and in my experience, jobs that women can do but men are far too important to take on. That is my lived experience, as a 30-something woman from North Staffordshire.

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What do you think about this idea of women in the workplace? I want to be paid for the work that I do, very important work that involves caring for my family and our home, so that it frees up my husband to do his very important work in the waste management industry. But I want to be paid as a writer too, and a decent wage. That is my career, a job that I know I am good at, but one where I am struggling to battle past gatekeepers, industry snobs, and social mobility factors. I am stuck in a cycle of not being good enough, but I don’t know who decreed that fact, or even what makes them better than me. Perhaps there simply aren’t enough decent jobs in the UK? Or perhaps I have an over-inflated ego, and I should simply accept my place in the world and be grateful.

All I know is that I want to be here for my children while they grow, I want to be available and present in their lives, and I want to help them grow into independent, confident, articulate women so that they may follow their dreams and see them realised. Isn’t that what we all want, at the end of the day?

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Paranormal Reader Appreciation Giveaway

In honor of reader appreciation month in March we are going to celebrate the best way we know how … with books! Check out this hot new giveaway with over 50 paranormal books and be seduced by a new author.

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Download your FREE copy of my Redcliffe short story It’s Complicated and discover a whole new world in beautiful Cornwall.

Sally Frost is a mild-mannered NHS hospital nurse by day (and night). When she is not at her human job, she follows a rather more exotic path as lieutenant for the Redcliffe werewolf pack. Her alpha, Danny Mason, battles to hold his pack together, and he calls upon his lovelorn, reliable right-hand woman to get the job done.

This short story compliments the Redcliffe Novels series that is widely available in bookshops and online.

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