Soaps and Reiki

My soaps receive reiki lovin’ by yours truly before they are wrapped up and ready to ship.  🙂 

In Florida I was much more involved in reiki. It definitely helped my friends either physically or emotionally!  I love it, and honestly should do more of it..especially to myself! 

What is reiki?  Well, according to the online dictionary = “..a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.”  

Reiki is a form of alternative medicine developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. Since originating in Japan, Reiki has been adapted into varying cultural traditions across the world.  Through a Master Reiki teacher you receive special attunements after training and study.  Thankfully, reiki does not drain your energy; your energy from reiki comes from the universe itself. No dogma involved, reiki energy can come from where you believe it comes from; God, Jesus, Goddess, Universe, etc..  A great website for continued learning is

So..why reiki soaps? Because I can! Reiki energy in soaps, I believe, could just simply make you feel better in the bath. That has always been my goal, and hope in even a little way it does. ❤ 

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German fun :)

218Don’t get me started on how much I LOVE this beautiful country! I have been three times (twice as a soldier), and had the wonderful pleasure of taking my son with me this fourth time to see my Deutsche Freundin (German gal friend!). We visited Dresden and Frankfurt. Dresden was particularly exciting, as I have never been able to visit the eastern part of Germany before this. Like every other place in Germany, Dresden is amazing and requires a week to see everything!!

The food..just everything is wonderful. In our favorite town of Oberursel, my son even got to play Magic the Gathering one night with a great gang of boys at the local Computer Store. Really miss it there always. ❤

Almond butter & Sunflower Love


Our one and only sunflower! We planted the seeds like 2 years ago!

Hi all! My son is allergic to peanuts. Not a strong allergy- it is mild. So I usually buy almond butter or sunflower seed butter. Yum, but it can be pretty expensive though!

We have a Vitamix refurbished so we bought it really inexpensively thru Target, and I decided to make our own almond butter. I had some almonds, added a little salt and little oil to make it creamy, and we had some sunflower seeds so I added that as well. It turned out great wow! Here’s a couple pictures. I’ll post the recipe from Vitamix book that I have. To be honest I don’t exactly measure when I cook except for when I bake I winged it and luckily it usually turns out pretty well!!


No matter which blender are you using be careful you do not burn out the motor. Adding a little oil to make your almond butter creamy also helps keep the motor running smooth. According to the Vitamix cookbook blendies ingredients together. You can turn the blender off and on periodically to rest your blades and motor as well. Delicious! I plan to do this with peanuts for Mark and myself! When making peanut or cashew butter you do not have to add as much oil because of the natural oils. A favorite blend is one part each cashews, almonds and sunflower seeds. It is always a good idea for at least one of the nuts to be salt free, or the butter may get pretty salty.

Almond butter:

3 cups almonds ( virtually any kind of nut)

1/3 to 1/2 cup oil

Blend! Store in the refrigerator for one month, if it last that long! 😄

Sage, Sweetgrass & Olio’s

Uses clean, fresh rain water in North Carolina 🌸
Olio’s restaurant in Gastonia NC. Brunch time !

Hiiiii!  I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday. Haven’t posted in a while! It is so beautiful out and I got to spend time out today with the family on the deck.

North Carolina weather is so unusual; could be snowing and freezing one moment, next few days it could be warm and 70. I love the weather here!

We did have a bit of snow.



We kept Buddha warm.



Winter Medicine: Delicious & Warming Tonic Syrups

Wonderful post! I plan to make my elderberry cough syrup very soon! 💚 You can skip the alcohol but it won’t last as long even in the refrigerator.



When dark, winter days challenge our bodies as well as our spirits, nothing makes a better remedy than old-fashioned tonic syrups. Time tested & true, these potent preventatives and remedial healers call on the nourishing, medicinal powers of tonic plants and adaptogenic herbs, berries, honey and warming spices. And not only will they help fortify your body, bolster your immunity and strengthen your heart, they will even uplift your spirit!

Plus they’re just darn delicious splashed into sparking water and cocktails or drizzled on pancakes, oatmeal, yogurt and ice cream. And if you’re already under the weather, take heart, served straight up by the teaspoon or mixed into hot tea, tonic syrups not only help soothe symptoms of colds and flus, coughs, congestion and sore throats, they make the medicine go down in the most delightful way!


Created by extracting and preserving plant’s nutrients and medicinal properties, in sugar, honey…

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Holidays 2016 ! Gianni Painted counter tops!

Taliesin at Crowder’s Mountain NC

I am happy to announce new WONDERFUL shops who are selling my soaps! Smart shops!!


Anthony’s Salon Barbershop in Twinsburg, Ohio, Olio’s Restaurant Gift Shop AND Gastonia Greenhouse Gifts in NC!

I’ve been cooking and making tons of soap for my shops. Taliesin is really happy in his art class, plus Middle School gaming. He has D&D with his friends too. 🙂 Dungeons and Dragons! He volunteers off and on at Stowe Botanical Garden too, in Belmont, NC. A lovely place to go, especially now with all the Holiday lights!

Olio’s in Gastonia is one of the best places to eat, probably in all of NC. I thought I would have to eat Italian or Mexican to have a great meal, but no more!  They are having a Christmas Tree donation for charities so we at Faerykiss donated this:

Sugar Plum Fairy Tree!




I have NO idea why this photo is sideways like this when the computer has it upright.

We bought Gianni paint for our countertops cause we can’t afford the real thing right now! Our countertops were old 1980s white and showed EVERYTHING. I am really happy with this! I added some fine glitter to the clear top coats for that expensive diamond look! Much easier than we though it would be. Try it out!

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My pumpkin pie! Secret: use sweetened condensed milk instead of evaporated milk. 😉

Hummingbirds and Old English..back to school!


Summer time is fun time..also some school time…which we make as fun as possible. Really, anything is a learning experience, right? 😀

We have these old, really old books from Piccolos in Belmont, an awesome antique store. $20.00 for all those red books on children’s classics. Dated 1912.  Really, not THAT old. I love old books! Dated similar is that smaller brown book; it belonged to my grandfather. It was his elementary math book! Now it’s Taliesin’s, and he uses it!  The larger brown book on the left there is from England (also from Piccolos) and it is dated 1806. Title, The Guardian, from London. The book is old to the point where the ‘s’ are ‘f’. Pretty cool! I love old books!! I think (or hope) Tali appreciates, too.

I’ve been trying to take photos of birds, particularly, hummingbirds at the feeder. I’ll be out on the deck, and not have my camera at the best moments!!  So here are a couple for you!  I took the one of the hummingbird hanging out on the clothing line today. Hurricane Hermine is around here but we are only getting the tail-end of it. Some wind, some rain here near Charlotte, NC. I really hope everyone else is alright.



Rankin Lake & Turtles..

So the family’s been trying to be more spontaneous; especially myself and my son. We love to plan things out before we do them– I’m talking at least a couple weeks in advance!

When I saw a Rankin Lake in Gastonia North Carolina and I realize it’s just a few miles from us, we decided let’s go check it out even though it’s pretty hot outside it was almost noon .

What a beautiful place and felt very safe! There was even a ranger who explained everything to me about the paddleboats, kayaks, canoes, and a beautiful trail, very clean one mile .6 around the beautiful lake. Turtles and fish everywhere!  People looked healthy jogging or paddling canoes. Our type of place. We plan to go often! 🙂

 It’s always nice when you find a place close by you never always have to travel far to enjoy life.

Soap Revamped!

This year I haven’t added any new soaps to my line, not including my temporary summer soap, Bora Bora.  However, I have noticed my Charcoal Aloe soap, with skin loving activated bamboo charcoal, is a low seller. It has a few die-hard fans though; and there is no way I wanted to dismiss a soap with charcoal ! !

Bamboo charcoal: Make pores smaller and cleaner, Take care of oily skin, Deep clean your skin, Soothe and heal bites, cuts and skin irritations,  Rid your hair and skin of toxins. Yes, try this in your hair!  (from Best Health magazine)

I gave the soap a new look (no more green-it always looked odd to me) and ADDED HEMP OIL.

Some hemp oil benefits – Regenerates & Energizes The Skin’s Protective Layer: Due to its high content of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, hemp oil has a composition similar to skin lipids, which makes it an excellent natural emollient and moisturizer. It is especially useful for dry, tired or dehydrated skin and nails. It increases the skin elasticity and water retention capacity in tissues. Also, known to help against varicose veins and psoriasis. Great for luscious hair!

13502574_1025092007587396_984157333479945158_oNew name: Activated Charcoal & Hemp soap.  Same wonderful, fresh scent!  Smells a bit like Irish Spring soap to me.  **I’ll add photo once I get my Gmail working correctly!!**  Here it is!! ^^^

Cucs, Jalopenos, & Tomatoes

Our 2016 backyard little garden is growing better than last year..not sure why.

Well, this time we have the powered egg shells and some lime mixed in with the soil for the tomatoes to prevent them rotting out from the bottom.  See those jalapeños?? I NEVER have trouble with them, they grow SO well and fast!  I slice them thick and store them in a jar in the fridge with white vinegar. They’ll keep for almost-ever, and the vinegar itself is great for flavoring Mexican style dishes.

Son Taliesin and I went blackberry picking! Yum! I am searching for raw blackberry recipes because I don’t feel like cooking in this North Carolina’s heat.

Homeschooin’ & Winter

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Taliesin had the best time here! So did the adults!


I had stopped posting blogs as I was (still am) very busy with homeschooling Taliesin..but I decided to start up again! Woot!

It’s soooo cold here in southern NC..trying to keep warm. We were in Florida with the in-laws last week..Lego Land! Warm and lovely, but I do NOT miss the heavy traffic! Orlando that must be all year I would predict.

I want to say, the Lego Hotel there was AMAZING. We all didn’t want to leave…so fun!  Please bring your kids there before they grow up! Everything was a blast!

So, I will write more, I just wanted to say hi. 🙂


I heart lemongrass

lemongrassI was washing the floor with the best mixture of floor soap in the world: baking soda, white vinegar and a squirt of dish soap with plenty of hot water in the bucket, and I wanted to add a little something.

I have many essential oils, but especially own a huge (too huge) freakin bottle of lemongrass I use for lip balm. I added a capful, like a tsp. in the bucket and what a great scent it added to the home! 🙂

Here’s great website for oils, and some excellent info on lemongrass:

Isn’t that amazing?  Have a great weekend!

Homeschoolin’ Time and Want Some Fall Weather!

We are ready for some fall apple picking at Skytop in NC! This pic is a few years old. 🙂

I haven’t posted in a while…family from Ohio coming to visit and my son’s 13th birthday party. Seems like yesterday he was just a baby!!

When I went to school, we Always started that glorious day (I used to like school lol) the day after Labor Day.   Ah, school in the 70s! Anyway, it was good enough for me, so it’s good enough for Tali to start at that time as well.  However, I decided to start school today! Yeah! I have some awesome workbooks by Spectrum and a couple Lit books from used homeschool fair, so why not, I am too excited!

Taliesin, however, is not…lol.  To be expected, I guess.  I play some relaxing, but not sleepy music, and set a nice mood for learning. Maybe some Native flute, or Asian themed music. Such a nice way for continuing to bond with your child!

There is a lot of info. out there and the computer for reference is a homeschool mom’s (and dad’s) best friend.  Here are some links I hope you find helpful.  Cheers!  ***music to help concentration. Taliesin says it works!   ***Tali grew up with brainpopjr. He has SO much applied knowledge due to watching these fun videos   ***this has been an absolute dream for math!

I am REALLY looking forward to fall. August in southern NC is buggy, humid, and hot. Fall is long and gorgeous!! Cool weather, beautiful trees…and learning with hot cocoa on the deck.

meme Fall

Tomatoes and Summer Fun

blog pic3Mondays are the best time for my blog posts, since Monday’s are my energy days!  Much to the annoyance of past office colleagues I would stroll into work with a huge smile on Monday and greet everyone enthusiastically; I have NO idea why I am like this, but I have always been like this. 🙂

North Carolina has had some record hot days this summer! I think everyone has! Thankfully, we have gotten a LOT cooler, 78 degrees now as I write my Roma’s and cucumbers are doing well again…tomatoes can take a lot of heat, cucs not so much.  I have the basil along the tomatoes so they are happy, growing a little bush! 🙂

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Can you see the cucumbers? Kinda like, Where’s Waldo..

I want to say something about tomatoes..they love egg shells  (powdered in blender) and soil without so much nitrogen. There is special ‘tomato soil’ sold for this reason, but this year we forgot and so there were a LOT of little green tomatoes with black rotted spots on the bottom. Also, this year, I did not blend the egg shells to a powder..I just crushed them up..I think that wasn’t enough?  😦  a spray took care of this thankfully!!  We now have lovely, meaty Roma tomatoes.


As an ‘unschooler’ (no rigid schedule) we school off and on all summer long. Summer is so much fun for homeschoolers…so much time with his homeschool friends in this wonderful, happy secular (accepts families of ALL faiths) group, swimming, playing games, eating out and movies.  Today though, Taliesin, after playing with a friend down the street, is doing some math. I can’t believe he will be in 7th grade! !

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Vitamix and Spring Gardens

We finally did it. We bought a refurnished Vitamix. You would never know it was used though-swear!  Even came with a cookbook to get us started.  We’ve been using it every day, twice a day at least:

SAM_0147We’ve been making juice instead of buying it. ^^^Above is strawberry lemonade, yum!  A couple lemons peeled, water, and a couple handfuls of frozen strawberries.  Gotta add a touch of sugar too. Still so healthy and fresh tasting. I’ve been making my version of ‘V8’..but I haven’t been counting the veggies/fruits in it so…a couple apples cut in half, piece of lemon, tomato, kale, celery..I think that’s it. So it’s a VF5:  veggie fruit drink.  I add water and some ice too. Lots of water, as I want a drink, not a veggie smoothie. That just sounds gross to me.  Here is some salsa I attempted:

homemade salsa

We’ve been making hot soups, and tomato sauce also. Taste so fresh, if you use fresh tomatoes, or at least hot house fresh smelling ones from the grocery store.

Homemade dough and sauce..can you tell I love sauce?
Homemade oatmeal dough and sauce..can you tell I love sauce?
Cashew butter! Tastier than almond butter to my family.

That leads me to my next subject:  Spring Garden!! 🙂

SAM_0036My dear hubby made 3 raised plant beds for me. No more stooping forever pulling weeds!!  Thanks, Mark! We have cucumbers in one of them, roma tomatoes in another, and lettuce in the third one. We plan to add one more next year.

We buy our plants from Fords on Main Street in Gastonia. Always strong, healthy plants! I’ll post more photos as they grow.


Took this from my backyard a month ago. Pretty?
Took this from my backyard a month ago. Pretty?