Magic in Marrakech

Magic in Marrakech

Magic in Marrakech by cmalone628

I entered this set into a contest for Ugg Australia on Polyvore. Hope you like it!

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Random Wednesday Dinner

¬†Tonight I am cooking a mustard chicken dish that is pretty much galic mustard aoli and hot wing sauce mix basted onto chicken breast halves! I’m pretty hungry so I hope it comes out well. I’ll tweet a picture with the verdict once it’s in.

I hope you are having a good night my 20 WordPress followers! Thanks for checking out my blog. ♥


February

Whooaahhh!!! Time is going by so quickly! I can’t believe that February is almost over. I am ready for March, though! Lots of good things are lining up. ūüôā

What have I been up to lately? Last I wrote here I was filling out my 2013 Planner, and I have been busy ever since trying to get my Dreams going and my goals met.

I set out at the beginning of 2013 with the plan to make at least 14 new meals, and I am proud to say I have made 4 so far! First I made the Meatloaf, a basic recipe, but it was really yummy! Comfort Food, although, I haven’t made it since. Next was the crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken Chile, which was ok the first time, but the SECOND time, I added a serrano or two and it was much tastier with the kick. My third recipe was Chile Verde con Pollo, made as taught to me by V and Slim, who are always treating me to homemade Mexican food.

I have the Best Teachers!

I have the Best Teachers!


It came out pretty well! I will probably be making this a couple times a month until The End of Time.

Last night I made a really good Mexican Shepherd’s Pie. It was basically ground beef, corn, salsa, refried black beans, cheese, sour cream, and spices underneath a cornbread crust. That ALSO came out pretty well. In fact, I am heating the last of the leftovers in the oven right now! I think what’s unique about this recipe is that it has cumin, cinnamon, and called for allspice, but I didn’t have any. I just like using spices in new ways, and this was definitely flavorful in that comforting, cozy way. A good introduction to use of Spice!

You may have noticed that my taste preference lands in the Mexican Food Zone of Comfort.
I blame my SoCal upbringing! In looking for recipes, this was sort of brought to my attention, because so much of what I was drawn to was Mexican food, and things that have so many of the same ingredients: rice, beans, cheese, meat, sour cream! Maybe some new twist or a particular combination I had never considered before, but nothing too drastically different from “what I always eat”. So in Spirit with this sweet image:
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I am hoping my next recipe will be something a little more daring. I have a couple of ideas, but I am not ready to share just yet. ūüôā

I also finally finished my Word of the Year project! Here is the finished piece, it hangs above the entry to our Home:
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THRIVE is my Word of 2013! I chose THRIVE because I am so ready to keeping growing and growing into myself, I am SO excited to watch C Grow and Thrive in her World, and I am excited to create a garden space in which my plants will also THRIVE! So far, I still feel like I am an itty bitty seed, but I know as the year moves forward, if I keep my eyes set forward, I will Thrive and see a Life I had never imagined before. It feels good.
**ALSO, there is a group of people who have started the Thrive Movement and I really resonate with their mission. Check them out here.

Anyway, that is all for me today. Just wanted to check in and share! XoxoX


Peacock Forest

Peacock Forest
Peacock Forest by cmalone628 on Polyvore

**November Challenges**

October is winding down (can you even BELIEVE that?!)¬† and November is just around the corner. The holidays are going to be in full swing before you can even blink an eye, and then the New Year will be here. 2013 Baby!!! I am excited for all of it: The “official” debut of C’s costume, cozy fall evenings curled up in bed with a book or¬† an excellent movie, Thanksgiving at Madonna Inn, hunting for perfect presents, and of course, spending time with the whole fam damily¬†at Christmas ( it is a BIG year for us; I count 14 just with Mom, Dad, Kids, Grandchildren, and significant others. Add another five or six for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and a surprise¬†guest or two). Our large family gatherings are CRAZY, and my favorite! ūüôā With all this madness¬†going on there will hardly be time to do any bit of self nurturing, and sadly, sometimes the holiday “cheer” takes its toll and turns us into grumpy Grinches.

I¬†guess that is why I feel called to not one, but TWO different group programs starting in November. I will be participating in the Goddess Haven e-course created by Leonie¬†Dawson for her¬†Goddess Circle, as well as Celestine Chua’s¬†14 Day¬†Kindness Challenge.

The Kindness Challenge is a two-week group activity/experiment where we will be given one  Act of Kindness to complete each day. After we carry out the task, we can react and reflect with other participants in a private forum. I am excited to participate, because although I try to be kind to everyone I come into contact with, it can be easy to be in your own little bubble and never reach out to others who may benefit most from your kindness. Sometimes we have to step outside of our la-la land and place ourselves in unfamiliar situations, where we can make the most difference. Step outside the comfort zone, make more magic. My intention in participating in the Challenge is to spread Light to others by completing the daily tasks, and to strengthen my own Light, by giving me tools that I can use after the challenge to treat others kindly all the time.

The Goddess Haven¬†e-course is a program I have dabbled in a little bit on my own time, but I haven’t yet had the chance to explore the program in a group setting. The Goddess Haven course is a six-week¬†program created to help you declutter¬†and spiritually clear your space for optimum good feelings and productivity. In short, this course is designed to make YOUR space tuned in to YOUR Needs, YOUR Desires, YOUR Spirit, YOUR Heart. It is designed to give you the tools needed for self nourishment and inspiration. As a Cancer, I am SO excited for this course to help me turn my home into the bright, shiny, cozy little shell that I am constantly longing for it to be. I am excited to de-junk, revamp, and thoroughly bless my sweet home. I am also excited to share this journey with other women from¬† all over the world who are ready to do the same!! In a similar fashion to the Kindness Challenge, each week you are sent an email with decluttering tactics, space clearing tools, workbooks, meditations and more! As you employ the tasks you can join in on the conversation with others in the Goddess Circle. We learn at least as much from others as we do on our own, and Goddess Circle women are very wise women! I totally invite you to take this course with me and turn your home into¬†the Goddess Haven of your dreams. Let me know in the comments section that you’ve joined up too, and we can keep each other accountable and on task. Sharing is caring. ūüôā

If you have not yet discovered Leonie Dawson and her many, many Life changing gifts that she shares with the world, you need to head over to LeonieDawson.com ASAP! One of my most inspiring role models, she is absolutely amazing. I am a proud affiliate of her Goddess Circle and all of her products, and I am so happy to now be promoting her work here on The Light of Love.

Celestine Chua is another great inspiration to me. I stumbled upon her Personal Excellence¬†site a few years ago and my Life has grown by leaps and bounds with the help of her 30 Days to Live a Better Life program, and I would not even have this blog if it weren’t for her Blogging Intensive Bootcamp! She is the Ultimate Go-Getter, and she will help you be too.

I hope you join me in these Life altering courses. Both programs begin on November 1, so you only have a day or two left to sign up. I will (hopefully)¬†be posting my experiences here on The Light of Love, and I’d Love to read about your experiences too! If you decide to join in on one or BOTH of the programs, don’t forget to let me know in the comments!

Love, Light, and Awesomeness,

C


It’s My Party

It's My Party

It’s My Party by cmalone628 featuring gold handbags

Once

Once

Once by cmalone628 on polyvore.com