Spirituality vs. Religion
October Expo In Connecticut
Here's a little peek at yesterdays trip to Bridgeport Conn for the WOMEN OF POWER, INC EVENT...
Yesterday morning my sistahfriend Elsie and I took a nice ride out to Connecticut on the Metro. My other sistahfriend Rhoena (of Red Feather Wellness) invited me to present my Ancient Blends products and expand my brand at the Women Of Power, Inc event she's affiliated with. The ride wasn't bad at all, we got a chance to appreciated some Fall foliage along the route. After the train ride, we arrived at The Trumbull Marriott on Merritt Pkwy a few hours before the event was due to start. Having to travel from Bedstuy Brooklyn, with two suitcases and a shoulder tote of products is no easy task. My husband is super supportive and he usually make sure that my travel plans go as smooth as can be. As a vendor, it's always best to be arrive earlier than later. If the event offers first come pick of space to set up, that's most favorable. We checked in and had ample time to snap a few pics, sit outside and enjoy the warm afternoon sun kissing our faces. I loved the inside of the hotel, walking through the lobby reminded me of a scene in several movies I've seen and it just made me smile inside...ready to share Ancient Blends Natural Hair Care & Body Care products!
THE EVENT AND THE MISSION
WOPN's mission is to inform, inspire and empower women and girls to address issues affecting their educational, health and wellness, financial and social well-being. We aim to develop the unique talents of public high school girls by providing academic and professional development resources, to recruit professional women to use their expertise to aid in the development of students to promote excellence for generations to come.
So excited!!! Later this room was well attended with lots of supportive people, with inspiration, warm acknowledgements, presentations and talent galore!...at Women Of Power, Inc Expo (I'll add another image of the event in full swing as it becomes avail)
Setting up my table is always different each time I present my products at an event. I simply feel the energy in the space and that gives me guidance as to which one of my products should be featured...
Yes, Ancient Blends 'Morning Glory' was a winner last night! This blend has been my personal daily moisturizer for many, many years. At every event, folks always compliment my youthful skin. I have to admit that along with using this as my morning regime, practicing healthy living and stress management is my secret.
Also, I've reformatted an old tried and true product...Ancient Blends 'NEW' Herbal Hair Tea Rinse was a winner at this event as well! This is the very same formula made from the same 17 dried herbal blend I have been using as a leave-in treatment (a service in my Cowrie Shell Center salon) and offering on my etsy.com store for many years...the difference is, now I've steeped the blend and bottled it for your convenience. Since it is a NATURAL tea, IT'S BEST REFRIGERATED. It smells AMAZING too! http://www.cowrieshell.com/products
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new massage therapist to The Cowrie Shell Center. Tameeka Bacchus is specifically trained in Swedish, deep tissue, pressure point, pregnancy, and medical massage. She is a wonderful massage therapist who offers a range of skills and techniques to help her clients. She is perfect for those needing a compassionate yet firm therapeutic touch. Tameeka has gained an abundance of experience while offering her services at Hibiscus Day Spa, DKY Day Spa and Body By Brooklyn. Her interest in the body’s ability to heal itself (especially when allowed to relax) is what continues to drive her passion for massage and healing touch. Also, later this year, she plans to offer reiki, stone and reflexology massage.
Tameeka is available by appointment only
Schedule your appointment today and experience her wonderful combination of techniques that can loosen muscles, increase flexibility, ease aches and pains and relieve stress.
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The 4-hour walking tour in Prospect Park begins at 11:45 AM, Saturday, March 16, at Prospect Park's Grand Army Plaza entrance. Call (914) 835-2153 at least 24 hours ahead to reserve a place.
For more insight visit: http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/
Prospect Park is a great place for foragers to celebrate the approach of spring. Like Central Park, this Olmstead-designed park features a variety of habitats filled with native and exotic plants. Cold-weather greens abound throughout the park. We'll find goutweed, which tastes like parsley, celery, and carrots; andchickweed, which tastes like corn-on-the-cob. Both sweet-sharpdaylily shoots, and chive-like field garlic, will be producing bumper crops in partially sunny areas throughout the park.
Field Garlic (In the photo)
Field garlic leaves are best from September through April, before they get tough and coarse. The bulbs are mild in the winter and early spring, and especially most spicy from mid-spring through summer
We'll also be finding garlic mustard galore. This foreign invasive species produces garlic-flavored leaves and horseradish-flavored taproots. It also contains nutrients that reduce the risk of both heart disease and cancer.
The first tiny leaves of wild parsnips, growing alongside the skating rink, will clue us in to the location of the large, sweet roots. The same species as commercial parsnips, the wild version of this European biennial adds way more flavor to soups and stews than its domestic forerunner.
And the abundant, green, fragrant twigs of sassafras saplings will let us locate roots you can use to make your own wild root beer, or a sweet seasoning.
The first shoots of Japanese knotweed will also be up. This invasive plant tastes sour, like its relative, rhubarb, so it's great to make bland ingredients more exciting, or to contrast sweet fruit.
On the first tour of Prospect Park in 1982, I got lucky and discovered a huge stand of curly (yellow) dock growing along the lake. The same plants are still alive and well in the same location 3 decades later! The sour leaves, full of vitamin A and iron, are delicious raw or cooked, and the root is a major liver detoxifier and tonic. Its relative, bitter dock, grows throughout the park. It's as delicious cooked as it's awful raw!
In an area of loose, recently overturned soil dwells a wonderful stand of burdock, with roots that taste like a combination of potatoes and artichokes. Usually very difficult to weed, the deep taproots grow in unusually soft, rock-free soil here.
A Sunny Afternoon In February
Many of you may already be familiar with Lush Curls Hair Box! This company was founded by a Canadian natural who is obsessed with her curly mane and the abundance of product that is now offered to natural girls across the globe! Lush Curls Hair Box is an affordable monthly product subscription service for the Naturally Curly Girls! Launch Coming Soon! The goal at Lush Curls is to take my product line Ancient Blends Naturals...to the next level! With them I will be able to tap into the Canadian natural hair care market and the masses of natural girls south of the border. While most curl box services do not cater to Canadian naturals their box will! They are Canadian and American friendly!
With Lush Curls Hair Box, I will also be able to tap into a huge natural hair following in Canada and get my products known to Canadian naturals! As a Lush Curls Hair Box Affiliate, I plan to provide them with my products so that I may be featured as well as marketed by them. Their future goal is to launch this spring! So be sure to lookout for my product line Ancient Blends Naturals as affiliate partners of Lush Curl HairBox! They will also be providing a SHOP section to their website where you all can buy my products that you have already tried in their hair box. This will be a fantastic venture and a great opportunity for our Canadian Naturalistas to be introduced to my products- Ancient Blends Naturals!!
My products are plant-based and homemade. My mission in creating this product line was to really provide a natural alternative to today's harsh, commercially driven products which contain so many toxic chemicals and preservatives. I definitely wanted to supply and maintain the health of kinky, coily and other hair types/textures in between with a moisturizing, nutritious and revitalizing hair care system to meet their personal needs. My products have been used, loved and approved by my clientele and many other customers internationally for almost three decades.
My company has grown from humble beginnings and I still create these products in my kitchen. These days, my passion for creating and sharing these special products with others, who can truly appreciate them and benefit from using them- is still as strong as the first time I blended my very first hair and scalp oil!
Ancient Blends Naturals are available here on my website: www.cowrieshell.com
I'm so grateful, thank you all kindly for your loving support.
Last Friday evening was September 21st, the autumn equinox!
I decorated my altar for the Sabbat (Holy Day) Mabon, paying tribute to the return of the Autumn equinox. During this time of year, the sun's strength starts to diminish, until the winter solstice in December, when the sun becomes stronger again and the days start to become longer than the nights. The symbols which I placed on my altar include veggies and fruit to represent the harvest for which we should all give thanks and praises to the Goddess, Mother Nature for the abundance and to share the joy that we have received during the past year. It's like the 'first' thanksgiving before the one we acknowledge during November...that is the second thanksgiving. I also have a statue on my altar which represent The God and The Goddess, polarity and also continuous life. On my altar I have the elements air, fire, water, earth and ether in the form of plants in soil for earth, water and sea shells for water, orange and yellow candles, citrine and amber crystals for fire (to bring the sun's energy back to you). Feathers and incense for air and clear quartz and amethyst crystals for ether (spirit)
Mabon is a good time to pray for and meditate on balance and harmony. It's also a time of change. Protection, wealth and prosperity mantras are appropriate as well. I went to the farmer's market the next morning really early to gather the other harvest items I needed to complete my altar. I picked up fresh apples, apple cider and cinnamon cider donuts...during this season, any foods made with cinnamon and cloves (ruled by Jupiter) represent ingesting the sun. I also got some gourds, mini pumpkins, and two yellow/orange beeswax candles. Of course, broccoli, kale, onions, potatoes, etc were in my basket. I left the market with only the funds on my metro card! So, I'd be at the mercy of public transportation to get home, two buses. The trip was going to be long and I was a bit pressed for time...clients to see on Saturday morning and all that! Making a pretty long story shorter- when I got off the bus to transfer to yet another bus, I found a twenty dollar bill laying at my feet!!! I didn't bother looking around, I understood that it was all in divine order lol. So, I hailed a cab, hopped in with my early morning harvest. Told the driver where I needed to go and handed him the money. He only charged me fifteen dollars for the ride. I told him to keep the change...To me, that was my blessings for my good intentions and getting up early to take care of my ancestral duties. I continue to do my spiritual work, acknowledging the wonders, grace and mercies that I am granted every day....Ashe'
Autumn Season's Blessings
Fall started today and it's going to be a weekend of Mabon celebration! This is my favorite time of the year, although I do love all of the seasons. It is a time to honor the bounty of our harvest and also the cycle of life. There's something really special about this time of the year. Maybe, it's because I can really appreciate 'going in,' reflecting and then manifesting what I've received in the quiet creative womb space of my soul...
Tomorrow, I plan to put on my prettiest fall fashions, moccasin boots, colorful scarf and a huge smile to go to the farmers market. I have to gather some healthy treats for my kitchen pantry and my autumn altar. Hopefully I can find a friend to share the early morning experience with me ;-)