Monday, January 31, 2011

30 MORE Days of Blogging -- Day 13

Day 13 - A guilty pleasure

To name a few…

• Sparkly purple nail polish!
• Hershey’s Nuggets with almonds and toffee – so dang fattening but OMGosh so good!
• Dog the Bounty Hunter
• Time to just take pictures of the things I want to shoot!
• Going tanning and getting your nails done – yeah I am THAT girl -- or I was at least.
• Coconut Lime & Verbena salt scrub from Bath & Body Works -- ♥ ♥ ♥ it!
• Hello Kitty
• Cashmere ANYTHING...

Blessed Be…


If you love GiVeAwAyS! as much as I do… please check out Domestic Witch’s Blog.

Amazing stuff for free only makes her blog even that much more MAGICKAL!

Blessed Be…

Sunday, January 30, 2011

30 MORE Days of Blogging -- Day 12

Day 12 - A song that you want played at your wedding (or was played)

While the meaning behind the song may not pertain...
The title certainly does and I just adore Ms. Amos!

Blessed Be...

Saturday, January 29, 2011

30 MORE Days of Blogging -- Day 11

Day 11 - A photo of you taken recently

This is me...
Taken by me!

(And of course I *edited* some tiny lines that may or may not have formed around my 40-almost-41 year old eyes... I have to practice using my editing tools after all. *heh*)

Blessed Be...

Friday, January 28, 2011

Skylar & The Purple (Goddess) Bra...

Pagan Meme: Who's That Witch?

Found this meme over at Sabine’s Path! and thought it was interesting.
Thanks Sabine for sharing and graciously allowing me to share!


Do you have a magical/Pagan name?
Yes… Jovanna -- but I have never formally used it and honestly feel a bit *weird* about it – BUT I love what it means and represents. Does that make ANY sense?
What does it mean?
Depends on what you read or whom you ask – Some (okay a lot) of things I have read say that it means *majestic* -- which I do happen to love. But I also know it is the female version of Giovanni which means *Father to the sky* so I determined Jovanna to mean the opposite; *Mother to the sky*. Ironically enough – I AM Mother to the sky – Skylar that is! So for me – Jovanna means *Mother to the sky*!
How did you find Paganism?
I firmly believe Paganism found me!
How long have you been practicing?
*Officially* practicing since September 2010 but Pagan at heart for longer than I can recount…
Solitary or group practitioner?
Mostly solitary – but I do attend the occasional ritual with some like-minded friends.
What is your path?
I am without a doubt an eclectic witch!
Are you out of the broom closet?


Who is your patron God?
I am not sure… still waiting for that specific connection.
Who is your patron Goddess?
The Mother Goddess – I feel a strong connection to Yemaya.
What Gods do you worship?
I cannot say I *worship* any…
Do you fear darkly aspected Gods/Goddess, or rather respect them?
I am not afraid of the dark -- rather find it comforting in a weird way.
Do you worship the Christian God?
No, but I respect the belief in him and those who do.
Do you ever worship animals?
Or plants?


Do you regularly commune with nature?
YES, love nature and being outdoors – but not nearly enough since Rhode Island decided to become the icy tundra.
Ever walked barefoot in the woods?
Indeed – one of life’s little pleasures!
Taken a camping trip just to talk to nature?
Well no, not a trip JUST to talk to nature.
Describe the moment you felt closest to Mother Earth?
I feel closest any time I am at the beach or in the ocean – I have ALWAYS had a connection to the water!
Do you have a familiar?
Have you ever called upon the powers of an animal in ritual?
Or a plant?
Do you hug trees?
Give them gifts?
No, but I should!
What is your favorite flower to work with?
I love lavender and have recently started working with hydrangea’s which happen to be my personal favorite flower.
What is your favorite tree to work with?
I haven’t worked with any trees as of yet – but I would like to!

W H E E L . O F . T H E . Y E A R

What is your favorite holiday?
Samhain & Yule
What is your least favorite holiday?
Ummm… I love all holidays!
Have you ever held a ritual on a holiday?
Ever taken a day off work to celebrate a Pagan holiday?
Do you celebrate Yule on the 21 rather than the 25?
I happily celebrate both days.
Have you ever felt the veil thin?
Ever danced the Maypole?
Know what the Maypole symbolizes?
To borrow from a previous poster, who borrowed from a previous poster: "Phallic symbol! Phallic symbol!" (Absolutely classic and my first thought every time the whole Maypole discussion arises!)
How do you usually celebrate the Pagan holidays?
Prayer, offering, rituals, blessings, reflection, and CELEBRATION!!!


Do you use Tarot?

YES! I am very rusty but hoping to learn more about them via a class very soon!
Do you use runes?
No, but I would love to learn about them more
Do you use a pendulum?
I have but do not currently own one.
Do you use dowsing rods?
Do you use astrology?
Any other form of divination?
My own intuition and I have dabbled with mirrors.


What was the first spell you did?
A simple wish spell.
What was the latest?
A prosperity spell.
Ever done a love spell?
No – I am currently engaged to my soul mate!
A job spell?
A healing spell?
What was the most powerful spell you’ve ever performed?
The prosperity & job spell – the manifestations were amazing!
What deities do you usually call on?
Always Yemaya -- Oshun, Brigid, Sophia, Artemis


Do you believe in Vampires?
I believe they are visually and sexually appealing and fun to fantasize about!
No, but we often have cookies, chips, and other various snack items go unexplainably missing in my house – and NO ONE takes responsibility – we MUST have kitchen elves!
Nope… but my daughter often dresses as one!
I have to say yes – simply because I love mermaids so very much and once again have a connection to them. Every time I see a mermaid I instantly think of my daughter -- so that makes them real and believable to me. Plus Yemaya is often portrayed as a mermaid – so the connection comes full circle once again!
Ever “seen” any of the above?
Nope, sadly!
Ever talked to any of the above?
Ever used any of the above in magic?
No… but I often use things associated with mermaids.
Do you have one of them as a personal guardian?
Yes and no – back to the mermaid/Yemaya connection.


Do you see a rabbit, a man or a woman in the moon?
I see valleys, hills, craters, and beauty!
Own a cat?
Not at the moment, but I have owned many since I can remember. Sadly my DF is not a *cat person* but my daughter and I are working on him…
When you meditate, what does your happy place look like?
Crystal blue water, warm ocean breeze, crystal white beach, palm trees, the smell of coconut, me barely clothed and the sun basking on every inch of me! HAPPY. HAPPY .HAPPY!!!!
Do you work with Chakras?
No, but I am really anxious to learn!
Do you believe in past lives?
If so, describe a few briefly:
Sadly I cannot – but I have ALWAYS, for as long as I can remember, felt a connection to the 1940s…
Do you believe in soul mates?
Absolutely – and I believe we have MANY! They are the people we love and cherish the most in every life.
Do you have a spirit guide?
Is it always love and light?
More than not and that is ALL that matters!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

CrAzY 'bout FaCeBooK...

Oh yeah...
Just a head's up.

If you look over to your right (scroll down a little maybe) you will see the little box to follow on Facebook if you so choose.
I follow some of my favorite blogs on FB and find it a useful way to keep up.
But that's just my two cents.

Would love for you all to follow along!
(You know how special it makes me feel... tee-hee!)


ShE sPeAkS...

Thursday Blessings!

So I figured I might actually write something on my blog today…
Like for example – Saturday is my first photog gig.
And I use the term *gig* lightly as it’s my cousin’s little boy’s 3rd Birthday Party – so yeah, another photo session with my family that I am basically doing for free. Okay I am TOTALLY doing it for free…
I am treating this event as though it were a legit paying gig and will produce a beautiful cd of gorgeous memories for my cousin.
And who knows?
My cousin and Aunt know tons of people –a nice testimonial, word of mouth, more clicks on my website – you get the gist.
So while it’s a gift – it could potentially progress into future work for me.
A win/win situation!

And honestly, even if it doesn’t pan into future work– I am happy to do this for my cousins because she NEVER takes photos – just not her thing.
She needs some nice candid photos of Brady!

Let’s see what else is going on… ?
Oh yeah, Weight Watchers.
Or my lack thereof…
Well, that isn’t entirely true. I think when you have been on Weight Watchers, or any weight loss program/regimen/journey as long as I have (8 months and 40 lbs. down) you can’t just revert back to old, horrid habits overnight – nor do I plan to!
But I do need a breather from it all.
I need to stop overthinking and stressing about the whole counting points and accounting for every morsel I put in my mouth or even the amount I move.

And ya want to know something bizarre… ?
In this past week that I have been on a *tracking strike* -- I haven’t snacked late at night – something that is a HUGE issue for me.
When you stop thinking about it all the time it becomes a second thought.

I am not saying I am quitting my journey to get to my goal weight – I WILL get there! I am just regrouping and changing things up a bit – because the way I am doing things right now just isn’t working. I have been losing and regaining the same 5lbs since SEPTEMBER!!!

Moving along…

I have really been focusing on my business and my path lately – and it feels *right* to put emphasis on these aspects in my life. My spellwork and such fell to the wayside during the holidays, I hate to admit. But I am back to doing my daily rituals and my occasional spells. Even have some new ones in the works – I will update on the outcomes and such.

I can say this much – my self-doubt has diminished greatly since being back in the groove of my path.

Goddess Group has been a no-go for the past THREE weeks (all due to nasty weather) and I am missing my Goddesses desperately. The weather in these parts has just been nothing but COLD, ICE, and SNOW. Seriously, we have had at least one mega-storm a week since Christmas. But I digress…
Missing my chickie-pow-wow sessions like mad! I need my female empowerment fix something fierce. So much so I am on the verge of casting a weather spell… anyone out there know any good ones????

And with that being said…
Let me close with this:

Cosmic Mother

Oh Goddess Mother
You are the mystery of Night
Your radiant shine is the Day
Infinite realms cascade within You

Abundance is Your essence of Being
Blessings flow from You Limitlessly
Your Universe is harmony and tension in Balance

Within each of us, You are Alive

~ Abby Willowroot © 1998

Blessed Be…

Motivational Monday... (or Thursday if you are forgetful like me!)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

So What Wednesday...


• I have barely worn my contacts this week – sometimes I just feel more productive in my spectacles and actually accomplish way more? I just wish my spectacles were a wee bit more stylish…
• I spend way too much time on Facebook – I just found three of my oldest dearest friends in the whole wide world and it is AWESOME to catch up with them!
• I haven’t painted my toenails since late September – no one ever sees them!
• Skylar eats yogurt and fresh fruit for lunch every day and has for MONTHS now – it is the one meal I know she will eat without protest and truly enjoy!
• I secretly LOVE coloring with Skylar – it’s fun and as of late, the Hello Kitty coloring book is my fave!
• I am still wearing my Frosty the Snowman jammie pants – they are so dang soft and comfy and I have *officially* deemed them as WINTER jammies instead of XMAS jammies.

What are you saying SO WHAT to?
Let us know… join the fun on Shannon's page --
Life After I "Dew"!

Blessed Be…

The Littlest Purple Goddess...

Always dancing...
Sky ♥'s music and dancing!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Brian's *TrAnSfOrMeRs* Birthday Bash!

30 MORE Days of Blogging -- Day 10

Day 10 - A person you admire and why

I admire ANYONE who is living their dream with no apologies to the rest of the world who may or may not think they are insane.
I think so many people live their lives based on expectations and what others think – so few people out there are true to themselves and fully live their life based on their own wants and needs and what they know in the depths of their soul will make them happy!
Anyone who does – has the utmost respect from me!

Blessed Be…

30 MORE Days of Blogging -- Day 9

Day 9 - A talent of yours

Like every single person on this planet – I have at least one talent… several actually. They may not fall under the category of *traditional* talents; but they are indeed talents nonetheless…

• I make a killer tuna salad sandwich… no really, even people who typically don’t care for tuna salad LOVE mine. (I have a secret ingredient or two and a method – maybe someday I will share?)
• I NEVER forget a face – ever!
• I am intuitive about many things – especially people!
• I have a good eye and great taste!
• Animals and children love me instantly…
• I can sell anything…
• I can tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue…
• I have very neat handwriting…
• My memory is vast and detailed…
• I can walk in MEGA heels in the most crazy of places and situations…


Blessed Be…

30 MORE Days of Blogging -- Day 8

Day 8 - A thank you letter to someone who has changed your life

I feel this topic so vast and personal – I honestly choose not to participate.

But had I – it would have been a letter to my three children who’s births have definitely changed my life in so many different and absolutely wonderful ways!

I will just keep those sentiments and details to myself and in my heart of hearts where they belong…

Blessed Be…

Sunday, January 23, 2011


If you love giveaways as much as I do… please check out Domestic Witch’s Blog. (Borrowed the above pic from her.)

Amazing stuff for free only makes her blog even that much more MAGICKAL!

The latest GiVeAwAy is just wonderful – check out the link!

Blessed Be…

Saturday, January 22, 2011

BiRtHdAy BoY!

A VERY Happy 37th Birthday to the love of my life!

Brian I ♥ you!!!!

Love Always,


30 MORE Days of Blogging -- Day 7

Day 7 - Five things you could not possibly live without

This specifically says *things* -- so obviously my children and Brian are not things and it goes without saying that I cannot live without them…

1. My camera
2. The internet
3. Coffee
4. Bathing/Beauty Products
5. Popcorn – no really, I eat it every single day!

Blessed Be…

30 MORE Days of Blogging -- Day 6

Day 6 - A moment you wish you could relive

I would love to relive the exact moment each of my three children were born.
I would also love to relive the moment I met Brian.

Just so I can fully appreciate how momentous each of those moments in my life really are...

Blessed Be…

Friday, January 21, 2011


Day 175

I have been contemplating writing out resolutions since before the New Year – now it is almost the end of January and I am just NOW finally getting around to actually writing them down.
I have had them swirling around in my noggin…
‘Bout time I make them *official*.

1. Start and successfully run my own photography biz – live the dream by making some money doing that which I love.
2. Get to my goal weight on Weight Watchers – 29 lbs. to go – I GOT THIS.
3. Pick my battles – with everyone, about everything, including myself!
4. Continue on my path as being here feels so amazingly right.
5. Spend quality time with my family.
6. Move!!!!

And there you have it!
Welcome 2011!

Blessed Be…

30 MORE Days of Blogging -- Day 5

Day 5 - A motto or philosophy of yours

*If you see it; you can attain it.*

I believe this more than anything!

Do I always live by it?
I am flawed like everyone else and am guilty of underestimating myself probably on a daily basis in some form or another.
But in my soul of souls… I know this philosophy to be true.
I know the when I put my wants/needs/desires out into the Universe and EXPECT them to be fulfilled – they WILL be.

I am the ruler of my own destiny!

Blessed Be…

Thursday, January 20, 2011


I did some candle magick today; the first in a long time.
(Thank you Citrine for reminding me of where to turn…)
I also charged some fluorine, crystal quartz, and amethyst. Always the amethyst.
It felt good to be *there* again…
If nothing else – I needed that energy boost!

I made my notes…
Entered some thoughts into my “Witches Datebook”…
And felt really happy and blessed.
I am so very blessed – in ways that simply amaze me at times.

Oh Goddess I thank thee today, for all that is wondrous and good.
Goddess my spirit lifts so high, with thy beautiful design so abound.

Blessed Be…
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