Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween/ Samhain - What is it?

Halloween started as the Pagan holiday Samhain. This is the celebration of the new year in Paganism. However, it"s slowly be changed into a wonderful children"s holiday here in the United States.

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So, how did this holiday come about? Well it appears to have started as Celtic Pagan tradition of celebrating what is the new year. The harvest should be done by now so everyone would come together to have a feast and celebrate the ability to rest a little bit over the winter months. Treats came about because the veil between the living and the dead is at it"s thinnest on Samhain and treats are put out to appease these spirits.

Samhain/halloween-decorations

This became the tradition of giving out treats to the children that we follow today. During this time, one could possibly see and/or talk to ancestors much easier than most nights because the veil is so thin on this night. This is one of the major Celtic holidays or Sabbats of the year for the Pagan tradition.

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In this Celtic tradition, started in what is now Ireland, feasts were held to honor the dead and celebrate the end of the harvest. It is also believed that Celtics would dress up in costumes to scare away the evil spirits. So, how did Samhain become Halloween as we know it today?

Halloween

pumpkins

On Samhain, people would go door to door collecting food that would be repaid on All Soul"s Day. This practice was called "souling" and it is this practice that turning into trick or treating. This change occurred because Christians felt that converting some of the holidays of the Pagans would help their transition to Christianity rather then just banning their rituals outright. The Jack-o-Lantern became a tradition because it was used to scare away "Stingy Jack"s" spirit on Halloween. Stingy Jack, according to the legend sold his soul to Satan, but in the end tricked him and he kept his soul. However, when he passed, God would not let him into Heaven so it is thought that Stingy Jack is stuck between Heaven and Hell.

And that is how Halloween came to be. It is a mix of Pagan and Christian rituals.

Have a great day!

Renee

Resource:

https://www.bu.edu/today/2013/how-did-halloween-get-started/

https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/1959803/how-did-halloween-start-what-does-it-mean/

Pacifier Clips - Glow in the Dark


These pacifier clips can be used with most pacifiers which is nice and they glow in the dark too! You will never lose these clips because they even glow in the dark.

Pacifier Clips http://fave.co/2ejyZDF

According to Amazon, these clips are specifically for boys, but honestly with the designs, the could be used for either gender. One has anchors, one has robots, and one has cats so even though they say for boys, I think either gender could use them.

Pacifier Clips http://fave.co/2ejyZDF

These clips can be used with most pacifiers because of the plastic pieces on the end of 2 of them. You would use the plastic peice for pacifiers with a knob on the end like Mum or use just the elastic part if the pacifier has a handle on it.

You can get these pacifier clips here on Amazon.

I received this item for free or at a discount for my honest review.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day for October 31, 2016

 
Grateful souls focus on the happiness and abundance present in their lives and this in turn attracts more abundance and joy towards them. ― Stephen Richards, Think Your way to Success: Let Your Dreams Run Free

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Wax Dye


Kira and I had so much fun with this today. I got the opportunity to try out some wax dye for making candles.

wax-dye

This dye is amazing! The color came out beautiful and it didn"t take long for it to melt into the wax. You also only have to wait until the temperature of the wax is down to 120 degrees to add the scent of your choice. In this case my daughter chose Dragons Blood and I used Cucumber Lavender with Sage. Both came out looking beautiful and smelled amazing!

Wax Dye http://fave.co/2egxNku

We had not made candles since she was a little girl so it was a lot of fun being able to actually do something like this with her again. I would highly recommend these dyes to anyone who wants to do a family activity. It was not hard at all to use which was a plus!

Wax Dye http://fave.co/2egxNku

You can purchase this wax dye here on Amazon.

I recieved this item for free or at a discount for my honest review.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day for October 30, 2016

 
Grateful souls focus on the happiness and abundance present in their lives and this in turn attracts more abundance and joy towards them. ― Stephen Richards, Think Your way to Success: Let Your Dreams Run Free

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Bento Box


This bento box is really nice. When you put your food into the sectioned places, the lid keeps them from mingling which my husband really likes.

Bento Box http://fave.co/2dIQqBw

So, hubby should like this because it will keep all of his food separate. I"ve never understood this, but hey, to each their own right. I love him anyway. The lid has like a silicone edging around each section so if you have to transport it somewhere for say, lunch at work, it should still keep all the food separate, which for some like my hubby is probably is a must.

Bento Box http://fave.co/2dIQqBw

You can get this item here on Amazon.

I received this item for free or at a discount for my honest review.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day for October 29, 2016

 
Be patient. Your skin took a while to deteriorate. Give it some time to reflect a calmer inner state. As one of my friends states on his Facebook profile: "The true Losers in Life, are not those who Try and Fail, but those who Fail to Try. ― Jess C. Scott, Clear: A Guide to Treating Acne Naturally