Do you know if the Law of Attraction is working for you?

I’ve been practicing the Law of Attraction for 15 years. Doesn’t seem like it’s been so long ago, but it’s been an interesting journey that I can explain with a few of my first hand experiences. It’s definitely a practice that needs your realization and focus to achieve, especially on a grander scale. When you find out that you really do have the power to manifest things in your life through the Law of Attraction, things just seem to flow.

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(I do not reserve the rights to the photos I’ve included. They were found through Google)

Remember: You cannot control the lives of others or their actions. You must be aware of your surrounding and the people you have involved in your life. As hard as it is to manifest your own positive intentions, the toxicity of others in your life can also halt positive results until you are back in a good vibrational harmony with yourself and the universe. You can however manifest the “right” people into your life, but you have to know when enough is enough with the people who do not make you feel good.

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First of all – Harmony

I noticed that the more aligned I was with myself and the universe the more I saw the signs clearly that meant I was on the right path. These signs were given to me by putting people in my life who made me feel good about myself, helped me find love, led me to successes, finding financial abundance and even found greater happiness within myself and in life.

It almost feels magical, when things just flow positively, everything seems to unfold before your eyes and that continuous realization and harmony keeps me feeling good which brings more positive manifestations to life. It’s almost unstoppable.

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Another is – Heightened Impulses

I have impulses that lead me to a strong feeling of intuition. I’ll end up getting jynxed yelled at me for saying the same thing at the same time as someone else. It would feel like I already knew what they were going to say and I’d just spit it out. I’d find myself thinking about someone and then they would call or text. This happens in many ways for me, I’ll bump into them at the grocery store, see them while driving down the road, sometimes depending on who it is will even surprisingly show up at my front door.

If I wanted an item whether it was lost or if I was just too “lazy” to get up and get it. I would sit down and focus on that item, in most cases it would come to me like a vision of where that item is… and strangely in a few instances of my laziness, my children would walk up to me with the thing I was thinking I wanted to get. Example: a pen, my purse, a bottle of water.

All of that is suppose to mean I am on the right vibrational path, which means the same for you. It’s the beginning of realizing the power of your intentions.

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Seeing Your Spirit Guides

I love seeing wild rabbits and turtles. Sometimes people feel a connection with certain animals, possibly even from a young age. There is usually a certain animal that means something special to you and those are the ones that make me feel good. Perhaps that animal gives you feelings of happiness and peace, maybe even an object that reminds you of that animal.

For me when I was younger I had a hot pink rabbit foot keychain. It was my favorite and I felt it gave me good luck. I feel joy when I see a wild rabbit eating and hopping around in an open patch of grass, free and peaceful. Recently during a family hike we came across an old turtle shell that we brought home and put in the garden. Also any time I see a turtle in the road I immediately stop and put him on the other side where he was heading. Some people may have the same feeling from objects like a stone, feather or seashell. Whatever is personalized with you and your vibration.

When you are on the right vibrational path, you’ll be more likely to see more of these spirit guide animals or items. If you don’t know if you have one, you can do some meditation and search within yourself for your symbol.

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Make a wish

I’ve believed this for years, my mother used to tell me to make a wish when it was 11:11. You’ve probably heard someone tell you to make a wish when the clock read 11:11 too. Well that’s because sequences of 1’s are suppose to mean that things are aligning and flowing into the right direction and that “wishes” are suppose to come true.

These wishes can easily be the manifestation of your intentions. I would see them almost daily both morning and night. It was like something drew my eyes to the clock, even if I went to sleep before 11, it was like I was jolted awake only to find the clock on 11:11. These numbers could be noticed anywhere though, not just a clock. I’ve seen them on license plates. I’ve seen it on TV. I’ve seen them on house numbers I’ve passed 11, 111, 1111. I’ve even seen it on receipts and in the paper. No matter where they are seen, know that it is a good sign that your attractions are working. You’re probably on the right path.

Where the Mind Goes, Money Flows

I found that when I am on the right vibrational path, money finds me. I’ve found money in some strange places over the years. Back when I used to waitress I was given a $100 tip on a $40 meal. Over the past three years I’ve found $10 in my car, $20 in a pair of jeans I hadn’t worn for 2 months, $30 in one of my notebooks, $5 in my couch cushions, $2 in my dryer. Sometimes it would be by spending less money than I was suppose to by something ringing up less or by a surprise discount. Even when bills end up less than expected is a form of money coming back to you.

Before long with positive intentions it could be cash given to you randomly or as a gift (this has happened to us as well) or by winning the lottery (which we have also done in small amounts). If you’ve experiences things similarly to this, then you were attracting and manifesting. When you express gratitude to the universe, you will attract more abundance no matter if you find a $1 or $100. Always be grateful and feel joy. The feeling of joy helps greatly with your vibrational path.

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Do you know if the Law of Attraction is working for you?

First Time Pickler

I followed an online recipe for dill pickles and I really hope it turns out alright. I made a dozen jars with this recipe. For the next dozen though, I’m going to follow a different recipe just in case.

We were given a bunch of pickling cucumbers fresh from the farm. We went through and found all the cucumbers that could be baby dills. I found some good looking ones to make spears and slices. After putting some away for our own use. I sorted through the cucumbers to share with family, neighbors and husband’s co-workers.

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Then I set out to brew the brine from a few different recipes I found. Some didn’t exactly have a length of time to set. When I used this recipe, I just bulked it up to fill more jars. This one alone only filled 2 small jars.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. spices (dill seed, peppercorns, ­coriander seeds, ­mustard seeds)
  • 2 cups water

STEPS:

  1. Cut the cucumbers the way you want them.
  2. Place them in the jars. (I put the jars in the sink to make less mess)
    If you are making spears make sure they are 1/2 inch from the jar lid.
  3. Bring all the ingredients to a boil in a saucepan.
  4. Pour the brine over vegetables in jars.
  5. Close the lid to seal.
  6. Let cool
  7. Label and store

 

With this recipe I’m going to let them ferment for about 6 weeks before testing. I’m really hoping they turn out delicious. My husband and kids are addicted to pickles.

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If you have a good recipe to recommend for my next batch, feel free to share in the comments. Thank you.

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What I do to feel refreshed and focused

I use many home remedies when it comes to treating myself and my family. I have a morning routine that allows me to feel revitalized by a lemon sugar facial scrub I make myself to wake up my face, a cold shower or hot bath depending on my mood and of course who can forget coffee. A big role in my morning, but what do I do when none of these things seem to be working for me? I use one of my  favorite supplements  Freeman Formula Upgrade.

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I wrote a short e-book explaining a little about the caffeine energy products versus the FF Upgrade product and you can access that e-book free right here EnergyShots(1)

If you don’t like the “crashes” of the other energy shots you’ve used or are currently using, then you should try FF Upgrade. One of my favorite things about it is that I can have the refreshing boost of energy and focus, makes me feel more alive and awake, without the crash that I’ve had with other brands I’ve tried. My husband and I also have used it to help with other ailments we may boast.

Other ailments we’ve used Upgrade for successfully.

  • Headaches/Migraines that I suffer from regularly
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  • Fatigue when we just feel absolutely drained
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  • Energy boost & focus to complete a specific task mentally or physically
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  • Motivational energy boost when down with a cold
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It really is a great product. You can find out for yourself by purchasing online through the Freeman Formula website or in person at the following NY stores.

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***(This is NOT a paid advertisement. Freeman Formula is in no way affiliated with the e-book or this blog. The information I’ve shared is simply because we’ve personally tried this product and it worked for us, we just want to spread the word.)***

What I do to feel refreshed and focused

Why I’ve chosen to homeschool on a schedule

I know a lot of parents who unschool and homeschool without a schedule. I panic when unorganized. I don’t function properly without a schedule and with a constant erratic system. I’ve chosen to homeschool on a schedule because it will help keep me and my daughter continue to revolve around the schedule around us, with the other kids in school and other things within our day to day.

The curriculum I chose for her is a complete 36 week lesson plan. I’ve scheduled her at 180 days with room for reviews and supplementing before the other children are out of school. Of course just because I’m doing it on a schedule does not mean I am rushing her. I plan to allow her the time she requires to catch up at her own pace. Simply because she may excel in one topic/subject and be behind in another. I will never force her to go onto another thing if she’s not ready.

She will be starting her schooling August 1st. The other kids will be getting up and ready for school at 7:00am Mon-Fri (when school starts August 10th) The other kids will be getting out at 2:45-3:00pm every day. I want her to be done with her work before the other kids come home to distract her. However, if she isn’t done, we’ll work on a quiet place for her to work.

I’ve organized all her notebooks, I’ve labeled her folders and binder. I’ve prepared my own folder and the academic books. I’m excited to be finally homeschooling. Something I’ve always dreamed of doing but never had the courage to do.

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My soon to be 5th grader is now my homeschool guinea pig. We’re both excited and we know it’s going to involve a lot of love, sweat, tears within the fun and frustration that we know is sure to come.

She’s going to be learning:

Writing, Reading and Spelling
Mathmatics
Science
Social Studies
Economics
Art
Physical Education

I’ve mailed out the NOI (notice of intent) for our state, Virginia, to the Public School Superintendent per the requirements. She is officially a homeschooler.

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It’s definitely going to be quite the journey and we’re excited about it. I have five children, one of which is being homeschooled (my oldest) because I think she will benefit most from it. Has anyone else homeschooled only one child while having the others enrolled in regular school? Comment below, let me know how that went.

Why I’ve chosen to homeschool on a schedule

Kid approved BIC #2 Pencils Xtra-Fun

So I usually purchase the regular yellow or solid colored BIC pencils but recently I  was given the opportunity to test some new pencils from the brand I like for free from BIC through BzzAgent.

They are called BIC #2 Pencils Xtra-Fun Stripes! Pack of 10. They are neat and colorful additions to any book bag supply list for school or to just have at home or the office.

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One cool thing about these besides the way they look, I’m a fan of stripes and color, is that they come already sharpened! How awesome is that? I couldn’t tell you how many times I wish the pencils I bought already came sharpened because when it was time to use a new pencil I had to go dig for a pencil sharpener that I may not have found because children misplaced it. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve had to use a pocketknife to sharpen a pencil. OH and when it is time to finally sharpen them, they sharpen so smoothly! It’s amazing how quick and easy it sharpens on the first try every time, no breaking no having to start over. It’s great.

My daughter liked that they were easily erased. Some pencils seem to be impossible to erase off a piece of paper without leaving the writing visible. These pencils on several different pieces of paper have all erased very cleanly. Another reason why I already purchase BIC brand pencils.

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She has been using it today for her summer reading quizzes and she really likes them. The tip doesn’t break easily like some other brands. They are comfortable to hold. She likes the way they look and she said she wants me to get these ones from now on. So they will definitely be on my shopping list for pencils when the kids go back to school and for home especially since coupons came with the campaign package.

My son asked specifically to send blue striped ones to school with him. I think the kids find these more fun than the yellow or solid colored #2 pencils.

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  • Kid approved
  • Affordable
  • Comes pre-sharpened
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Fun to look at
  • Colorful variety
  • Easy to erase
  • Strong lead
  • Writes good
  • Great brand

 

 

Kid approved BIC #2 Pencils Xtra-Fun

Shaping the Next Generation

We grew up being told “Don’t make the same mistakes I made”, “Don’t follow in my footsteps”, “I expect more of you”. You put all this pressure on the children and sometimes it can make them feel like they just can’t measure up to all of our expectations.  That’s why we make it easy for them.

As parents we always feel under pressure to do things the right way. Teach the children right from wrong. Guide them so they don’t make the same mistakes as you, probably end up disappointed if they do. The past often gets thrown in our faces. “Well you did it as a kid” or “you were doing worse things at my age” or “you’re not better than me” It’s hard for them to understand that just because we did things in our past doesn’t mean they need to do the same thing. We learned a lot of the times, the hard way. I’m all for letting children make their own mistakes and follow their own paths, it’s also our job to simply show them the way the best we can. All you can do is let go of the reigns and hope for the best, hope you did at least something right all those years. You can’t keep all the bad at bay. Your protection is limited. I admit I vow to always do my best to try and protect them for as long as I can in any way they will allow, but not to the extent that it causes strife in our relationships as a parent and child.

I don’t have any teenagers yet, but I’m not far off. This is my observation of my life experiences and the life of someone close to me. I do not negate the fact that it will be walking in those shoes soon enough.

I’ve obviously had my own skeletons in my closet. Unlike some parents I don’t deny that I’m not perfect, as no individual truly is. I’ve been straightforward and honest while raising my children, because I believe that this is the best trait to instill in a child, honesty. In simple non-specific terms I’ve told them the pros and cons of some of my past actions that are similar to things they go through. I’ve explained to them the cause and effects that everything has. I want them to understand and weigh their own options when they reach certain points in their lives. Of course, because I’ve done this I have created a bond with my children where they know they can come to me or their dad if they ever struggle with what the right thing is. Quite frankly, the right thing to them may not be the right thing to us because they are not us.

I didn’t have a strong communication with my parents growing up, I felt rebellious for always being told what NOT to do. I don’t tell my children not to do things necessarily, I explain some things that could happen if they do; The circumstances, the consequences. So rather than that compelling feeling that something is taboo or constantly being told no, it’s wrong, etc. They can now exercise the choice to either do it or not do it, knowing exactly what awaits after making their choice.

I can only hope that this strategy will work out for us as parents in the future. That we have raised intelligent optimistic individuals who will do their best to make their own right choices. Whatever flows best in their lives and hoping that joy and success come from their actions in all aspects. I can’t be there to hold their hand forever, but I will be there whenever they need me, I promise them that.

My children are learning that there is always either a positive or negative or even neutral reaction to every action. I have taught them honesty, respect and dedication the best I can and I’ll continue to do that. My husband and I have instilled these qualities in our children so that they can have these tools when they are growing into the young adults they will become. So they can pass down everything we taught them to their children and hopefully continue to teach good qualities into the next generations.

Everyone parents differently, everyone lives differently, everyone wants what’s best for their children and everyone wants it differently. Our goal as a parent is to educate our children the best we can to their actions and hoping we’ve done something right so that they continue to learn and develop into strong responsible individuals.

So maybe the key isn’t to keep them from making the same mistakes we made. Hell a lot of the mistakes we made would mean they possibly wouldn’t even be here. Everything I’ve done led me to where I am in life right now. I’ve come a long way. So I believe I shouldn’t be trying to stop them from not doing everything I’ve ever done, but to make sure they are educated to what it means for the choices they do decide to make. I cannot judge them. I cannot shame them. I cannot disregard them as my children for following their own path.

They are the next generation. All I can say is. I’m doing my best to make them the best part of it.

 

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Shaping the Next Generation

RV Owners – Pros & Cons Observation

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Ever since I was a young child I wanted a motorhome when I was older (back then I thought I’d be in my 40’s before I’d get one so that my children were grown), something I could make my own, something to shelter me and transport me to save money and sight-see with a possible partner. As a young adult I realized that I could make that dream a reality more sooner than 40 and that it would be even more adventurous to travel as a family. I’m 26 years old and my husband is nearly 39 and we bought our very first RV this week so that we can take extended family trips with comfort and connection!

I love being and feeling connected as a family. The kids, my husband and I all have a strong family connection and we work well within our family dynamic. Our first big family trip where we took ALL the children surprisingly went well and that was a much more primitive experience and in a confined space as our van for nearly 4 hours with no fighting! It was great. However, sleeping on the ground did not appeal to my husband. We decided to add a more leisurely option to our camping, while still having a camping experience. We’re still keeping our tent and mattresses, because our kids are ever growing-up and they may choose to have their own space plus they like tent camping.

We don’t really know anything about RV’s let alone have either of us ever drove one. The largest thing I’ve ever driven was a 24′ moving truck. I read the owner’s manual cover to cover. I’ve learned it in text but in actuality it will be a learning progress. We’re taking a close trip to NC to Falls Lake State Recreation Area the last weekend of July. We’ve never been and it will be fun while we visit family. It will also be our trial run before a further trip to Hungry Mother State Park in VA in the next few months.

We purchased a 1994 35′ Coachmen Santara, and for a 22 year old recreational vehicle, it is in superb shape. With low miles on engine, everything in working order, new tires and many great features. It has a washer/dryer combo, 3 burner stove, convection oven, microwave, fridge, queen bed, full size shower, 10 places with seatbelts in the back which was a great selling point for us since we have 6 kids plus those areas double as sleeping space, it has updated speaker system wired for a television (though this will still be limited as majority of our family time is spent screen-free) and new flooring throughout. It was an opportunity we just couldn’t pass up. We’ll probably add all our own little touches here and there to make it our own which will be fun.

Here’s some things off the top of my head that we’re going to have to learn and a list of 10 total Pros & Cons.

Things we’re going to learn.

  • Strategic ways to maneuver such a large vehicle
  • How to run and operate all the features inside the vehicle
  • How much it will cost to fill a 50 gallon tank at our current gas rate (estimate $100)
  • Exactly what our MPG will be during travel (estimate 8-10 mpg)
  • What it’s going to be like traveling in a mobile home-like vehicle.
  • How it’s going to be living in a tiny space for a period of time. (my husband and I always dreamed of going tiny when we retire, so who knows, this might sway our decision or confirm it)
  • Setting up the RV on a site for the first time.
  • Tips and Tricks of the trade.

Pros

  1. Cutting our stopping times considerably since we have a mobile toilet for the children and us to use.
  2. Having a shelter sturdier and more resistant than a tent in the event of heavy rain or a storm.
  3. Not having to “set-up” camp or a tent in the dark if we got to a site after dark.
  4. Having everything we need locked and secured inside against animal and people theft.
  5. Enjoying the luxury of having a home on wheels for vacation.

Cons

  1. We have to park it at a family member’s property because we don’t have parking space at our home.
  2. It’s a rather large bulky vehicle, but I think it’s fun.
  3. It gets less mpg than our actual vehicle. (which on hwy was 18mpg)
  4. It needs a fresh exterior paint job, also possibly fun once it gets done.
  5. It will potentially be more stationary than not once we camp because of it’s size in consideration to getting around our vacation spot. So…

Eventually we’re going to want to drive away from our site if we go places where the campsite is not close proximity to sight-seeing or places of interest. We’re going to invest in a tow dolly to bring our van along. I found one online for $825 with $259 shipping at The USA Trailer Store – Tow Dolly

I’m going to let this post go for now, but I’m sure I’ll be blogging more about our RV adventures and findings as new RV owners in the future. Thanks for reading, OH and if you have any tips for us, advise or hacks are welcomed.

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RV Owners – Pros & Cons Observation