Friday, May 26, 2023

Gardens & Works by Ebony G. Patterson …things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molting…begins May 27 at New York Botanical Garden #EbonyGPatterson #EbonyGPattersonNYBG

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Butterflies!

For my New York City Butterflies, here is a memorial day weekend recommendation for you!

Visual Artist Ebony G. Patterson, Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago; Photo: Frank Isman

Contemporary Visual Artist and winner of the 2023 David C. Driskell Prize, Ebony G. Patterson's latest exhibition "things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molting…" is set to open to the public starting May 27 and run through September 17th, 2023. 

New York Botanical is showcasing creative women of color twice in a row, first with this year's Orchid Show with designer Lily Kwong and now with this exhibition by Ebony G. Patterson - and I am entirely here for it!

Ms. Patterson is the first visual artist ever to embed within the institution for an immersive residency. She worked directly with NYBG's gardens and collections to form a new body of work that brings her unique perspective on formal gardens to life within the 250-acre National Historic Landmark Landscape.

Visual Artist Ebony G. Patterson, Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago; Photo: Frank Isman

Gardens tend to be celebrated when they are in full bloom, when they are fragrant and colorful. They don't get the same love when they are dormant or worse still decaying. But they are nonetheless an important part of the process and life, and this is what is explored in this new exhibition.

The exhibition reflects a deep engagement with the concept of gardens as human-made interventions in nature while shedding new light on the Botanical Garden. It aims to provide new pathways for engagement with the garden and the natural world. It explores that the processes of molting, shedding and decaying are actually revelatory processes that give way to healing, regeneration and ultimately beauty. Are gardens really burial grounds for history?

Outside of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory there are hundreds of vulture sculptures each doing something different but many are focused on flowers, flowers that include zinnias, sunflowers, and cosmos rendered in blood-red hues, with ruptures that are being tended to by the vultures.Vultures remove dead and decaying animals from the environment. Patterson reveals that while they don't have the most glamorous job in nature, their work is nonetheless important. She refers to their essential ecosystem service as an "act of care".


In addition to the glitter encrusted vultures, there is also a monumental peacock sculpture! Patterson's work explores the entanglements of race, gender and colonialism while inviting visitors to contemplate their own relationships with gardens and the natural world.


Adults: $35

Students (with Valid ID) and Seniors (65+): $31

Children (2-12 years of age): $15

Children under 2: FREE

Patrons/Members: FREE

Wednesdays all day grounds access pass is FREE to NYC residents! Remember that Grounds Admission does not include admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Special Exhibitions or Tram Tour. Visit for more information on event calendar and ticket pricing.


As a butterfly lover I have always marveled at Nature's ability to transform itself. A butterfly starts out as a caterpillar. Not the prettiest creature, but it transforms itself into a thing of delicate and graceful beauty. As you explore, make it a mindful meditation on ways you can shed what no longer serves you to emerge into a more beautiful version of yourself. (inner beauty and grace, not just outer!)

Readers Sound Off: What are your weekend plans?

Also, are you NYC central or will be this summer? If you would like me to host a giveaway for tickets to this exhibition, let us know in the comments and I will try my best to make it happen!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

#ad May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Let's explore ways to elevate mood and enhance mental health! #PureAmbassador #DollSquad

Mental Health Awareness Month!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month (MAHM). Some people are calling it *Mood Awareness Month* as well. I strongly believe our Mental Health greatly affects our Physical Health. While it is certainly not as simple as 'mind over matter', our mental health is as important to our well-being as our physical health.

Are you the strong one in your social circle? The one who everyone relies on, looks towards for solutions or help? Is anyone checking in on you?

The weight of caring for others can greatly affect our mood and our mood correlates with our mental health. I just want you to know I see you! I am that person in my circles, and over the past few years where my chronic pain has reached higher levels than I could handle, I often mentioned that I was not OK, and sadly was never met with the sympathy/empathy I have shown others. I had one person on Facebook that I have known for years tell me "Do you think that you are the only person in the world with problems?" I thought I felt alone in 2011 when I was in a hospital bed deathly ill and no one seemed to care, but having someone say that to me so pointedly cut to the quick. Not only was it a painful revelation but also one that made me turn inwards and become even more stoic than I already am. Bottling things up is never good!

*Self Care* has been my New Year's Focus Phrase/Intention for a number of years now. Do you know why? Because I haven't been doing the best job of it. Not a lack of knowledge but a set of catch 22 circumstances that hasn't made it easy to be kind enough to myself.

There are three sets of circumstances that share something in common, weight loss, developing healthy eating habits and mental health - people can shove pat answers and platitudes down your throat but until you yourself take the reins, nothing changes. They all also need to start directly with seeking the right Doctor to rule out organic issues for the problem. Provided you have already done that, let's explore ways to improve mood and mental health, not just in May, but everyday! That is exactly what the Ascending Butterfly Empowerment Community is all about.

Which heart are you today?

Before I delve into some ways I am using to improve my mood, I have to start by reminding you that if you are in a dark place, if you are feeling suicidal reach out! Pick up your phone and dial 988, it is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. You matter. You are not alone. Tomorrow is a fresh start - but you

Money is NOT your identity - if you are experiencing financial insecurities there are ways out, if you are experiencing food insecurities apply to the supplemental nutrition assistance program to help get you and your family meals until things turn around. If money is not your issue but too much time is or loneliness has you feeling down, there are tons of not-for-profit organizations who still need volunteers. Look into community organizations in your neighborhood to make an impact on your community!

I am a long time mushroom lover and have been exploring finding more ways to incorporate mushrooms into my daily routine - I do cook with them but was never sure if I was getting enough of their benefits that way.

Here are some mood boosters I have been greatly enjoying!

🦋 If you spend too many hours in front of a digital device - computer, phone, laptop, you are going to be interested in this product! I am currently trying the ScreenProtect Gummy from Pure Encapsulations - I spend all day in front of digital devices. I do have my laptop on the setting that protects me from blue light but since I am in front of a screen literally all day long I thought I could use more help! These papaya flavored gummies are a nootropic blend that support mental endurance and visual function during extended computer use. These support visual acuity & comfort with lutein + zeaxanthin.
They promote mental endurance, support mental alertness for up to 5 hours, and they contain EnXtra Alpinia galanga extract for a caffeine-free mental endurance support. They are indicated for individuals with 3+ hours of screen use daily and are also over 18 years of age! I just started with these so I will report back in a bit on how they are working for me once I have had more time taking them. This is my first nootropic supplement ever so I feel like I have so much to learn. I am trying to get better at taking care of my eye health. I put way too much strain on my eyes both writing and doing photography editing.
🦋 This one says it all in the product's name: Daily Pure Pack - Mood Balance - I felt a difference in three days, and considering I am in constant chronic pain - currently having a Rheumatoid Arthritis inflammation pain flare that my Rheumatologist described as 'the worst I have ever seen and I have been doing this for a very long time' for this supplement to help me balance my mood this quickly is nothing short of amazing. This product helps to: promote positive mood, moderate occasional stress, maintain healthy eating behavior, and support emotional and mental well-being. Results will vary, but I am very optimistic about these for myself so far. I also really like Pure Encapsulations SAMe which I have featured here before.
🦋 Mushrooms are also appearing in beauty products and I have one that belongs on your radar! Doll Skin Genius Hyaluronic & Reishi Mushroom Repairing Serum. This hydrating and repairing serum with reishi mushroom and five weights of hyaluronic acid penetrates deeply and fills skin with hydration for a visibly plump effect. This bottle of serum is definitely vanity worthy and pairs perfectly with my next reco:
🦋 Yes you can apply any serum with your hand, but how about a method of application that in and of itself has multiple benefits? I am obsessed with my new A&G Stone Gua Sha Facial Massage Tool that I purchased at World Market (yes, I bought this one, it was not gifted!) Gua Sha has origins in Chinese Medicine, the smooth edge of the Gua Sha is used to lightly scrape the face and neck to stimulate blood circulation and lymphatic drainage and is thought to lift and tone the skin. It is recommended to use it with you favorite skincare, I prefer using it with serums. Rose quartz is considered the love stone so I selected this stone to help enhance my self-care and self-love healing vibes for 2023! They also have this one in Jade if welcoming in prosperity as you manage your self care is more your vibe. Either way, you can't go wrong. Just remember, be gentle, don't tug at your face!
🦋 Scent, Rest and Sleep - I have recommended a few CBD, Melatonin and Teas on these pages that help with sleep. As well as aromatherapy options like lavender that help with relaxation. I don't get enough sleep and I am actively working on getting better with this aspect of my self-care.
🦋 Music - A cheap and easy way to elevate your mood! Have you updated your playlist lately? Try making mood playlists. You don't have to listen to the playlist that reflects your current mood you can listen to the one that reflects the mood you *want* to be in.
🦋 Pets - The benefits to your mood from welcoming a pet into your life are numerous. Pets will return your love and affection ten fold.
🦋 Pay it forward/Good deeds. Pay for coffee for the person behind you on line, or a fast food meal, or for gas, etc. Knowing you are bringing someone unexpected joy will bring you joy as well. And you never know when that good karma will come back to you. More than likely it will be when you least expect it and most need it. 
If you are in the mood for a more comprehensive read on this topic, check out this great article on Food Revolution Network entitled "How Mushrooms Can Help with Depression, Anxiety, and Your Overall Mental Health" published June 22, 2022.
So many things can affect our mood positively or negatively, but actively working on what triggers your bad mood and learning to adjust how you react to those stressors will go a long way to preserving a more balanced mood and ultimately your mental health and well-being. Just like with weight loss and developing healthy eating habits, you have to start with small steps and build so those positive new behaviors become a new habit. A new *healthier* behavior!
I am trying every avenue I can to improve my mood and my mental health and being more aware of my mood, of my need to take breaks, and my need to be more disciplined with healthy habits. It's a process and journey, not a silver bullet or an overnight fix.
And yes butterflies, we all just have blah days - those days where we can't put a name to why we are less than our usual selves. It's OK. Take that mental health day. Give yourself permission to rest, to put off the things that can wait until tomorrow, to talk it out with a friend, a therapist, a family member - there are so many ways to elevate your mood.
So don't let that HBO show turn you off to the power of mushrooms! And remember with a supplement you don't have to worry about taste issues for those of you who would like the benefits of mushrooms but don't care for the taste. No, you don't burp up a mushroom taste in your mouth with any of these supplements! 🍄☺
Readers Sound Off: How do you elevate your mood? What heart are you today from the Mental Health Check In Graphic?

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Sunday, May 14, 2023

Beautiful Mother's Day Wishes from your friends at Ascending Butterfly! #MothersDay #MothersDay2023

Happy Mother's Day Butterflies!

Happy Mother's Day Butterfly, whether you are:

🦋 A Mother of one or many!

🦋 A mother who has lost her children.

🦋 An adoptive mom who brought a child who needed love into her home!

🦋 A grandmother

🦋 A great-grandmother

🦋 A pet mom!

🦋 A plant Mom!

🦋 Someone who wants to be a mom.

🦋A Godmother!

🦋An Aunt who is raising a niece or nephew


Me and mom weren't in the mood for crowds this year so I took her to dinner on Friday and plan to cook today, and I also surprised her with a card from Fresh Cut Paper called 'Pink Tulips' I love how they look like an actual bouquet of flowers, her last name 'rosado' translates to pink in English. The bouquet comes with a note card, but inside the notecard I put in an Asian Money Envelope for this year - the year of the rabbit - because my mom was born in the year of the rabbit and in the money envelope I put money in the exact amount of the years I have walked this earth - I knew that would make her smile. She actually made me laugh by saying she can't wait until I turn $100! I ordered her favorite cake but sadly it won't be here on time.

Here is the card:

(And NO dolls this is not sponsored, they have no idea I am featuring them today!) 

I am sending one out to my Lawyer soon as a thank you for her efforts in my case in a different style!

I love this idea so much! They truly make thoughtful gifts and the notecard is perfect for writing your sentiments and also slipping in a gift card should you choose to add something additional. And they only take four forever stamps so you don't have to run to the post office provided you have stamps on hand of course!

I always try to put together thoughtful and fun ways to make my mom feel celebrated and appreciated.

Readers Sound Off: How are you spending Mother's Day this year?

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Sunday, April 30, 2023

#ad A #SelfcareSunday for your Gut! Show your tummy some love with amazing products from Pure Encapsulations. #PureAmbassador

A Self Care Sunday for your Gut!

NOTE: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

I know the internet tries to sell you on a SelfCare Sunday that's all face masks and wine, but taking a step toward a healthier you is important too! Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the joys of a good mental health day too, but I am also here for taking small steps towards my physical health.

If you have been considering doing a 'cleanse' I am trying to two products from Pure that you should definitely consider!


PureDefense Collagen with Bone Broth Powder The hardest part of a cleanse is feeling *deprived*, but how about a way to enjoy your cleanse and still get protein in addition to these benefits:

🦋 Immune system support with fermented EpiCor postbiotic

🦋 Promotion of barrier integrity - specifically your G.I. mucosal lining

🦋 Cell health and joint support from natural, bioactive compounds (including plant-based flavoniods)

🦋 15 grams of protein from grass-fed beef bone broth AND collagen peptides

Includes immune-supportive mushrooms (fellow Horror/SciFi loving entertainment watchers, no worries you won't turn into a cordycep zombie), enhanced absorption turmeric extract, fermented black garlic extract (this is not my first time featuring black garlic extract, it is incredibly beneficial in so many ways) and an organic vegetable blend, offering both flavor and immune-supporting phytonutrients

Combine a scoop of this powder with hot water for comforting and savory goodness that has health benefits and won't leave you feeling deprived. I would do a smoothie for breakfast, this for lunch and dinner on your cleanse days. If you are trying to reduce meat in your diet, this is also an excellent option for your *meatless mondays* or a meal for Fridays during Lent.



Probiotic G.I. - Helping to promote support digestive function and immune function is something I personally do daily. A Probiotic is definitely helpful before, during and well past a cleanse. This one helps:

🦋 Promote G.I. health

🦋 Helps maintain healthy cellular activity in the G.I. tract

🦋 Supports healthy barrier function, cell health and immune function in the G.I. tract

Provides 10 billion colony forming units (CFU) per capsule of the beneficial strains Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus casei, Bifidobacterium lactis and Streptococcus thermophilus

Note: It is suggested to refrigerate this one and it arrived to me cool (the package had a ice pack in it) - so put this in your refrigerator or beauty fridge if you have one!

Pill Size:


The only other thing I would add to this list is keeping a pot of ginger tea brewed and at the ready (I like to buy organic ginger and make this tea myself but you can also buy a Ginger tea on the market!)

I enjoy bone broth even when I am not on a cleanse of any type. This is a perfect product to keep in your desk at work, especially in winter when you don't want to go out or get so busy you do not have time to order in. Just get a cup of hot water from the water cooler and add a scoop of this to it, instant lunch that has protein, is super comforting, and won't weigh you down!


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Readers Sound Off: What does a typical Selfcare Sunday look like for you?

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Thursday, April 20, 2023

A #420 that is three years in the making! Happy 4/20 day! Here is a round up of brands and products that stand out!

Happy 4/20 day butterflies!

Chronic Pain Warriors, Anxiety Suffererers and Insomniacs This Post is for YOU!

Note: This post does not make medical claims, and you must discuss incorporating CBD into your wellness plans with your physician!



Three years ago I attended a favorite conference, the conference had a ton of lifestyle brands there in addition to their core focus which I definitely loved, and someone urged me to visit a booth called "VERBÖDEN" and try the 'chocolate'. Me thinking it was an artisanal chocolate maker I headed over there as quick as my feet would take me! I met the team and realized the truffles were a little more than I expected. I have to admit this lifelong nerd has never smoked, anything, ever. And while that is still the case, I got a crash course in CBD from the owners who paid very close attention to my very long list of chronic pain issues, insomnia, anxiety and more and suggested I try their CHILL sublingual oil (Full Spectrum) and their no triflin truffles. (I took home the two piece sampler that day and I can tell you just go straight for the 9 count box!)


Those two products will always hold a special place in my heart as that is where my CBD journey began! Just getting started I found the truffles a bit more palatable than the oil at first, over time I got used to just how much quicker you get the benefits when using the sublinguals which I already had some experience with as a sublingual ginseng user.

I want to try more products from their line for sure. For anxiety I lean more toward CHILL and for Insomnia I lean more toward their truffles (not to mention if you have a sweet tooth it is a great way to wind down your evening). I am proud to report they are a Certified B Corp. and they are women led, their CEO Jena Min is such an amazing person and I am so glad to have met her in person. I only wish we would have had the chance to nab a quick photo, but needless to say with them being the only CBD brand there, her team definitely had their hands full that day.



Ancient Nutrition Organic CBD Hemp Oil - 20 mg. (Full Spectrum) This is literally the second sublingual I tried and I was lucky to be able to say this was another winner. Now when I say something is a *winner* I mean 'efficacy' - it works for me! And every time I tried a new brand or product I learned something new, they suggested adding theirs to coffee which I thought was a great idea, since I was having tea the day this arrived I put it in my tea and I didn't find that it altered the taste of the tea much (yes you'll be aware of the mct oil that is used as a carrier) and I enjoyed it a bit more in the tea than as a sublingual. They have this product with caplets in their intermediate kit or you can purchase the oil alone using the link provided at the beginning of this paragraph. I spent awhile with this brand as it was the only one available near me in retail (once the pandemic hit I branched out with ordering products online)



Winged Wellness - (affiliate link, be sure to use the discount code Tracy20) I won an international women's day contest via Instagram this year. It was a perfectly curated combo of some power house brands and Winged Wellness was one of them. I am just starting on a super wide assortment of their products and they are definitely going to need to their own dedicated post, but the first thing that stood out is they are as butterfly centered as I am as you can see on their packaging! They are also women led, founded by Jessica Mulligan.

"The idea to start Winged came after plant medicine saved me from a dark place. I wanted to share the relief I felt with other women and set out to design a product line formulate for women" ~Jessica Mulligan

This literally spoke to *directly* to me. It perfectly encompasses how I feel!

I am literally just starting with the line so a full review is forthcoming as I go along trying out the different products, but I did want to also single out that they have a Dark Chocolate THC Free, Vegan and sugar free ingestible that I want to put on your radar - Dark Chocolate Hibiscus Infused Relaxation Bites with Maca (a female specific adaptogen grown in the mountains of Peru, nourishes glands throughout the body responsible for hormone production and improves mood and stress response) & 5-HTP (an amino acid precursor to serotonin, the brain's "happy" neurotransmitter that is linked to feelings of wellbeing and positive mood) I tend to lean toward Chocolate anything as I have a late night sweet tooth and these are perfect! Crafted by a 4th generation chocolatier utilizing certified organic cacao ethically sourced from a female run co-op farm. Organic CBD that is sourced from broad spectrum hemp extract to help minimize the feelings of stress. Hibiscus flower petal extract adds antioxidant protection and a floral tang to each dark chocolate bite. The reviews are high for these for 'that time of the month' hopefully I have some left by then so I can report back on that specific benefit!

I applied for their ambassador program so keep your fingers crossed butterflies. I'd love to be able to work with them directly - there is just a very strong synergy I feel for the products and brand and what they are trying to achieve. 

I am happy to report that I am an affiliate and if you would like a 20% discount on this product or any other at Winged Wellness enter the code: Tracy20


Medterra True Full Spectrum Deep Sleep CBD Gummies - so you know those ads on Facebook that offer a full size product for the price of shipping the item to you? I pressed on one and discovered this hero product! I read the reviews and the complaints that the shipping was kind of high, but decided to proceed anyway and I am so glad I did. This product definitely delivers and should you see this offer show up on your meta/facebook page, do not hesitate! It was NOT a subscription, just a one time shipping charge for a full size product that arrived to me in perfect condition. Note: my mom, affectionately called "mama butterfly" around these parts, has been stealing these from me and asked me to re-order some! So in one sampling they gained two customers! (By the way I have tried a few beauty products this way since trying this and I have been greatly enjoying these types of offers. Please be careful and do your research make sure when you find these types of offers that they are legit - not all are!)



Highline Wellness CBD Body Oil - I also tried their CBD sleep gummies with melatonin which I did like as well, but the oil is definitely the hero product in their line, it is a combo of marula oil, Jojoba seed oil, vitamin E and Neroli oil, in collaboration with Health and Wellness Guru Hannah Bronfman's HBFIT, it will nourish and soothe your skin it is powered by a potent blend of oils paired with the relaxing and therapeutic qualities of hemp-derived CBD, you will find that your skin will drink it in! I personally would have appreciated a bit of scent with this one, but it is definitely hydrating and I use it while my skin is damp post shower. I do apply a squirt of my fave perfume in my hands and mix it with the oil before applying it onto my skin. (Full disclosure: I was a brand ambassador when I got to try these products. Sadly my affiliate codes expired as I was biting off a bit more than I could chew at the time. I will definitely have to re-apply and hope they will welcome me back!)



For the 'format I never knew I needed award' comes canibrands! This is not a perfume sampler spray bottle, this is a sprayer version from their Cani-Sleep family of CBD sleep products which are natural and non-habit forming, they target all three key sleep phases: relaxing before sleep, falling asleep and staying asleep.  For those of you like me who have issues with your hands, be it Rheumatoid Arthritis, Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia you will find this spray format by far the easiest way to use a sublingual. If you drop it, there is no bottle to break and you won't lose product. You can spray it with more accuracy, no fumbling with a dropper and aside from gum or ingestibles is an amazingly easy way to travel with your favorite formulation in your pocket or purse!

They offer four sprays, see collections:

cani-boost for Focus and Energy

cani-mend for Repair and Recovery

cani-fresh for Relaxation and Revitalization

Cani Sleep CBD  for rest + sleep


Over the years I have slowly but surely tried a wide variety of brands and products. Some gifted/sampled and others I have purchased.

Regular readers may know that during the pandemic I spent time studying. First I did a certificate program in Women's Entrepreneurial Studies at eCornell and recently I graduated from NASDAQ's Milestone Circles program. Both of them together felt like the most well rounded, near Masters Degree Level experience out there. And both allowed me to interface and learn and grow from a wide variety of entrepreneurs and study with fellow entrepreneurs. It was a time consuming but totally amazing experience. I have been trying to start writing again more this year. Oddly at the time where I had the most going on, the most to share and the most to say, I genuinely did not have the time. But I did have a ton of sleepless nights studying again, and was glad that I was already well enough into my CBD journey to be able to find products that helped me.

I have been trying to make a conscious effort to support women led brands. Helping other female entrepreneurs succeed be it by supporting them on these pages, or on social media, or of course by purchases, just feels right after spending two years immersed in women's entrepreneurial studies.

If you are asking yourself  'butterfly if these products are so great why do you keep trying others'? Simple, I am still very much learning and trying out different products helps me learn what works best for me, remember dosing might be different from brand to brand as it will be from person to person. If you have questions about dosing always check out a brand FAQ page and feel free to use contact us to ask questions to a rep when you don't see an answer on their page or a review that addresses your specific type of issues. You will find that the brands are always happy to help and will steer you in the right direction.

I have been enjoying the wide range of ways/products that are available and most importantly how effective they are for me. The benefits of the cumulative effects of taking them regularly, and find the topical, ingestible and spray formulation by far to be my favorites.

Readers Sound Off: Have you tried CBD yet? If so what brands and products do you recommend?

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