An Eve of Spendor

I have some work to do, but I limit myself per day to preserve my sanity. I’m sure my creatives can attest to this maddening cycle of self-doubt and anxiety. Right now, I sit with wine while making casual glances at the oh-so drool-worthy cuisine in one of my favorite local magazines. I kind of feel like a ritzy local. Kind of.

So, naturally what feels like a Sunday is actually a Monday and on Sunday’s I would normally be questing my toon in a game that I escape to every now and then (this little gamer girl over here!). I didn’t last night and I am not now because I am pleasantly and surprisingly inspired to empty my colorful thoughts in digital ink, pressed into a format that, well, hopefully reaches the best of my readers.

This is the open-thoughts part of my blog- a rarety, at that.

Lately I have been longing for a scene much different from the last 9 months. All I wanted was a clear blue oceanscape with sea water as my perfume and comforting sand as my footstool. Within the last week or so, my mind had detoured into the carefree west, driving until pavement turn to dirt and hiking up mountains so high that all you know is what’s infront of you. It litterally stops your breath, breaks your concentration, forces you to feel the penetrating glow of natures swan song. It’s really an invigorating effect.


So, because I have the most amazing husband ever, that’s just we did for four days. We explored the untouched parts of Maine and all of its spendor. We ate authentic seafood from places off the beaten path, we hiked up mountains and hills and rocks that lined the ocean, ate wild raspberries and blueberries and just lived. We live. This is the importance of where we are now verus where we were a year ago.

This evening, home is so present. Its form is real and alive and welcoming and branching out. I love where I live. I wish this for everyone in life. It is so important.




5 Wonders of Successful Creative Writing

Whether you’re creating a masterpiece for a client or a novel for your own pleasure, the core of your success comes from your own creative voice through consistent flows of inspiration.
Here are five tips for successful creative writing.
1) View it Differently

Give into the idea that you do need a break from your everyday routine, and take a hike, take a scenic drive, or a relaxing swim. Spend time in another location, and just write.

2) Play with Children

Kids say the darnedest things…and do the darnedest things too! Draw, play on a playground, take your child or godchild out for a walk in the park. Play at the museum, or a library. I believe that every adult learns unique and valuable lessons from every child they interact with. Plus, did you know that spending time with a wee one can reduce everyday stress? I know that when I break from my ‘adult responsibilities’ and take my son to the park and run around with him I am feeling refreshed and energized. image

3) Meditate

Before I had my son, I used to meditate at least 20 minutes prior to my work day. I noticed a huge mental gap when I did not meditate and I had to work an 8 hour shift. As a mom, a wife, and an entrepreneur, you kind of have to make time to clear your mind. Meditation can help increase the immune system by allowing your mind to let go of the stress, frustration, anxiety, and depression that you may not know you have. That list goes on! Meditation is for everyone…everyone!

more goodies about meditation here !
more goodies about meditation here !

4) Go to the Theater

My brilliant and most amazingly talented cousin has been in the theater since she was old enough to know she could act. I love to attend her plays at our local theater because it gives me a fresh perspective of life around me. I always leave feeling inspired by my favorite character of that play. Going to the theater helps one gain knowledge for new words, lifestyles, and cultures. It also helps you understand different emotions and connections that are portrayed through each skit. Check out some local college theater programs, where students are at their beginnings, and most raw emotional state during their performances.

5) Drive

Shut up and drive! No really šŸ™‚ When I was 19, I would take my forest green ford escort out for a long drive, early in the morning, coffee in hand. I wouldn’t stop until I found just the right spot to pull over and write. It was invigoration, to say the least. I didn’t have a cell phone, a lap top, or any other mentally numbing device to distract me. It was euphoric. I am so glad I allowed myself those moments of fresh inspiration to overtake me, and I had nothing to stop it. Driving without a destination or purpose recreates that excitement that tends to get dull and useless. Long commute to work? Leave a few minutes early to take a different route (that’s if your partial to long drives). Sometimes a fresh perspective and new adventure leads to less stress while at work and gets those creative juices flowing again.

Please share your tips or tricks that you find helpful when needing a creative boost! I would love to hear them!!


The Strep Throat Cure

Strep throat. It is one of the worst viruses. Mentally, your ready to take your head off with a crowbar; physically, your throat is on fire with tiny demon bumps that almost sound like they’re laughing at you every time you open your mouth to eat or drink. You’re nauseous, sometimes dizzy and completely exhausted. In my opinion, it’s worse than labor and birth…

Breakdown the Basics

Strep (streptococcus) throat is a bacterial infection that is extremely catching through person-to-person contact. Sneezing, coughing and even talking with a person who may be a carrier of the virus are ways that you can catch strep. Symptoms mimic a common cold at first but then gradually get worse as you begin notice swollen tonsils and red hard and sore bumps on the back of your throat. If it continues to go untreated, you might experience extreme nausea or vomiting and fatigue. Your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic that will usually clear the virus in 3 to 7 days. Unfortunately, for most people (myself included) the virus usually returns 2-3 months later. According to Dr Alvarez (my local doctor in the state of Florida), this is because the body builds up a resistance to penicillin after a while and it’s effect is of no use to the body anymore. How do you combat this? Well, easy.

The Formula

So, I was driving home from work and the symptoms just multiplied. I had heard about this concoction from a friend who’s husband is a naturalistic doctor. Well, it turns out that there can be 3 reason why I am getting this over and over again:

1) The consistent usage of antibiotics for a quick fix

2) Someone in my immediate reach is a carrier of the strep virus

3) My immune system sucks

Hard to believe but I blame my poor eating habits during the last month. So, here’s what I made!:

1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

5 crushed garlic cloves

honey to taste

a large wedge of lemon.

And I just kept filling the glass with purified water every 2 to 3 hours as needed. By Sunday night, one side of my throat had completely cleared up and by Monday afternoon, the entire virus was gone.Ā  So, I swear by this amazing concoction!

What types of detox drinks do you make when your ill?



You CAN Make More Money At Home!!

OK, people. Don’t worry, I am not going to promote something I am not involved with, I think ya’ll know that about me by now šŸ˜‰Ā  Who Wants to make more money? Who wants a better career? and who wants to stay-at-home with baby? If you have answered, “I DO!” with a heap of excitement, boy have I got some news for you….

Whilst settling in my own deception, sifting out jobs (local and out of state), applying and getting nowhere, I have stumbled across two websites that lead me in the direction I wanted (and needed) to go. Low and behold, I was quite surprised and relieved to see that nowadays, you CAN work from home, get that extra income and become successful! I know a while back (like 15 years or so), if you saw ‘work-form-home’ you would immediately think “SCAM!” because it usually was. Well, these lovely ladies (and gents) have put together entire websites dedicated to WAH jobs. They go out of their to find the best, legitimate way to make a solid income at home!

Take me, for example. I am writer, published author of many articles. Without an major degree in writing, it is hard for me to find legitimate writing jobs but with these two information sources, I was able to find entry level positions to jump-start my career as a writer. So, now not only am I stay-at-home mom BUT I am a work-at-home mom too!

So, without further ed due, please welcome the two of the best sources (so far) on the web:

Work At Home Adventures

Work At Home Mom RevolutionĀ  – (same people as the one above, just different name, different set up)

Just search within their options for the “New Job Openings” tab and you can find what you are looking for. Here is a general breakdown of what they might have.

  • Customer Service call center jobs
  • Online Blogging
  • baby/house/pet sitting
  • Mystery Shopper
  • Writer/editing
  • Tech/computer call center

and more!Ā I didn’t even begin to brush the surface so take a look for yourself! Like I said, everything is entry level with room for improvement. There is something for everyone out thereĀ  you just have to look!



Ok. so I am not the first to post about toothpaste BUT Swain and I decided we are making everything and by everything we mean…toothpaste!

This toothpaste is rich in flavor, organically grown and completely healthy. I am excited about this toothpaste! Here is the recipe!

1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, finely ground
1 dropĀ peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil
A few drops of water



When he visits, it is genuine and natural. It’s the very last night that he is here that just plunges a knife through my chest and twists and turns for hours of heavy sobbing. It’s knowing that I can get along just fine when I have to but coming to grips of the reality of that he will probably just visit and hope we “find the right place”. I am tough. Tough woman don’t show the emotion in that happen when these things occur. Tough woman don’t look for appreciation, they just “are”. tonight, im not tough. My teara are heavy, energy depleted as I wait to sleep to consume me so that when 3am hits I can hazily say goodbye in an anxious fight to sleep till morning sorrow wakes me and its back to square one.


Welcome to the world, Elijah <3

On April 12, 2012 at 6pm baby Elijah Keeden was born safely in my home, in my bathroom, surrounded by my loving family, fiance and amazing birth team. I labored for 27 hours, in which 8 of those hours were pure exhaustion lol Everything was perfect and beautiful. No pain, just intense emotional awareness. It was as if I knew exactly what to do, when to do it. well, I kinda did, since I spent ten months preparing my mind, body and soul for this fabulous, life changing event. I couldn’t be more happy and proud of myself for sticking it out, even when I thought it was so exhausting that I actually felt like giving up.

Well, here he is!Image

Next trip? You better believe it’s soon! On Mothers Day to be exact! I’m strapping him in my Moby wrap and we are heading to my home town to attend my best friends wedding. Ahhh the excitement ā¤