Today we toured the historic Rock Castle mansion and I fell completely in love with it and its warm history. I have to say, I am a sucker for old tales and old things…Tennessee, at least these small nearby cities , Gallatin, Hendersonville, Portland and Goodlettsville are full of civil war history and museums, amazing green rolling hills and farms and the friendliest of people. If you have ever considered vacationing here I would highly recommend it, especially with littles. I shared with you all the reasons why we decided to homeschool our boys last week and I’m just so lucky that the husband is working in such a history rich town, as I can use many of these “fun outings” to keep us from going mad from being in a tiny hotel room all day and as field trips to teach them a little history; they have been having such fun answering tour questions and learning fun details about past US presidents. We’ve definitely incorporated more history into our homeschool plan that’s for sure.
You can learn a little about Historic Rock Castle here and you can check out their website here for more information.
I leave up with some pictures from our tour, thanks for reading.
Today I want to share how to make your very own smudging feather wand.
If you’re not familiar with cleansing rituals or smudging rituals then you probably have NO idea what I’m talking about. Let me give you a very basic crash course. Smudging is the burning or “smoking” of a smudge stick, a bundle stick made up of dried healing herbs, this ritual is done to Purify a space, place or person. This started out as a ritual in Native American culture and other indigenous cultures hundreds of years ago, and it is done so to Cleanse a space, person or place of negative energy. I’ve been smudging my home since I learned about it about 8 years ago and I LOVE the peace I feel after my home has been cleansed. Sometimes people’s bad vibes or negative energy rubs off on us and we bring it into our home, other times it lingers in your home after their visit. Sometimes just someone’s bad vibes towards you will be enough to make you and your home feel burdened and just negative. I will try follow up this post with a smudging ritual so you can see this amazing feather wand in action. For now, I leave you with this fun and quick tutorial on how to make a smudging feather wand.
The feather wand is used to spread the smoke into every inch of a room or space. The reason a feather or feather wand is preferred is because in many cultures birds are admired for their “closeness” to heaven
Feathers of your choice
Wooden beads (optional)
You’ll want to start by breaking off 2-3 inch pieces of the dowel to create “spacers” between your feathers to make it “fan out”, otherwise your feathers will basically overlap each other.
Grab a feather and a spacer and use the floral tape to connect them, then add another feather and another spacer. I used 2 spacers and 3 feathers for the base
You can simply stop here, or add more feathers to adorn your wand. Remember that you are creating your own feather wand, so make sure you give it some personality and have fun with it. My feathers were pretty skinny so I went ahead and added 2 more white feathers on the sides to give it a little extra width and some smaller colorful feathers on the front to give it some contrast. I also wrapped embroidery thread to support the “handle” and to add a little charm made of wooden beads.
Your feather wand is ready for smudging
Hope you liked this quick tutorial…Adios!
Today I want to share my little niece’s first birthday party because it has been one of my favorites I’ve ever done. We went with a bohemian vibe/Coachella inspired/festival theme because we wanted cute, unique and not too played out. My mom & I hand made every single decor and prop for this party and we had a blast doing it, like always.
For the main table backdrop we used artificial boxwood squares zip-tied together. The flowers are made from inexpensive tissue paper and the colorful woven baskets are all from the dollar store.
PS: The watermark on the pictures is from my late event planning business
Green smoothies are all the rave these days, when I first heard of them I immediately assumed green smoothies had to taste bad in order to be healthy…although some are, I slowly learned that they can be healthy and delicious at the same time with a little bit of creativity and research; It really helps to actually learn the healing and powerful properties of various fruits, veggies and seeds, with all this info you can put together a pretty awesomely healthy concoction. With trial and error I’ve become a bit of an expert in avoiding MOST of the bitterness of green smoothies because well…yuk. I have a really bad gag-reflex to bitter tastes in my mouth, so I always try to keep my smoothies smooth tasting, no pun intended.
Here’s one of my all time favorite nutritious and delicious green smoothie recipes, I hope you enjoy it.
1 cup H2O
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/2 cut peeled and sliced cucumber
1 nickel size slice of ginger root
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup papaya
1/2 small Apple
2 tsp chia seeds
1/2 squeezed lemon
Enjoy this delicious smoothie! It’s healthy, yummy and very satisfying.
I love to start my morning with a nutritious breakfast, usually that includes eggs + other sources of lean protein, however when in a rush or when the groceries for some reason don’t get purchased before something runs out, smoothies are my go-to-meals. Sometimes I crave sugar first thing in the morning so I will whip up a naturally sweet smoothie like this deliciousness here. When I don’t crave sugar I will whip up a nutritious green smoothie like this one.
1 ripe banana
1 med/large mango
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 stevia package (next time I’ll skip this as it was a little too sweet)
1-5 ice cubes
*add some chia seeds and cinnamon to spice it up a little*