Showing posts with label Candles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Candles. Show all posts

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Three Places You May Be Forgetting to Add 'Intention'

We tend to approach 'big' things with intention, but we sometimes forget to speak intention on things we do almost on 'auto-pilot' when we do them like:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Lighting a Candle
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Lighting Incense
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Go To Sleep At Night/Our Dreams

You can add intention to all three of these.

Light a Candle or Incense with Intention - We tend to have a reason when we light a candle, but open the door to only positive energy by lighting it with intention. Whatever your belief system is should be what guides you. I have observed some who are Christian open the lighting of a candle by stating they are lighting the candle in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as they believe that lighting a candle symbolizes the light of Christ. Others feel that lighting a candle brings light to our wishes and desires, used by some as a request for healing or peace.

Taking a moment of silence before lighting a candle or incense for that matter to clear your head of negative thoughts and energy is important. Try sitting for a moment with your eyes closed, if you are a good 'visualizer', visualize white light all around you, if you are more of a voice person, affirm either silently or out loud postive words of affirmation to put yourself in the right place (mentally and spiritually)  to light your candle or incense.

When you feel ready, open your eyes, light your candle or incense (or both) bow your head and direct your intentions and/or prayers to the Universe, God, Allah, Buddha, the Angels or your higher self for that matter and ask that the energy created by your candle or incense serves your highest good and the highest good of your environment and those around you.

The hardest part will be the letting go, release any need to have the prayers answered in a specific way, allow spirit and the universe to help you find the best path to your answer.

Put intention to your sleep and dreams -  Yes you can do the same for your sleep, and while this might feel the most strange to you at first, doing this with consistency may just change your sleep forever. Take some time without noise, turn off electronic devices, tv and music too. Sit for some time in silence, whether you keep a gratitude journal or not, focus on 3 good things that happened to you in this day. Express gratitude (silently, or out loud your choice) - then focus on your top three goals for yourself, personal would be better, but professional are OK too, Affirm to yourself be it out loud or silently that you charge your dreams to help you see clearly those goals you wish to manifest, ask your subconscious mind to be vibrationally aligned to those goals so you may see clearly how to reach them.

When you master these, try adding intention to other simple daily tasks, add intention to your eating patterns, television viewing, and one of my personal favorites your shower, I really do believe we can change our lives by changing our thoughts and our own responses to the mundane/routine and to those things that may not be so routine.

What have you put intention to today butterfly?

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Motivation: Hugs Edition - Just wanted to put a little pretty in your Monday!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day: Jewelry, Scent and Spa, OH MY! Edition

Left: Pictures on Gold Butterfly Pendant, Upper Right: MOR Cosmetics Blood Orange Bliss Duet, Lower Right: H2O+ Purifying Sea Salt Body Collection

Happy Valentine's Day Butterflies!

I hope you are all having a fantastic love day! I thought I'd share how I celebrated mine. As you know Butterflies factor heavily into everything for me they represent change, growth and transformation. This year is a year with many big changes and transformations ahead that are already underway. For me, there is no better gift than one that is personal, personalization can go beyond simple engraving, and when I hit upon Butterfly Pendant it was love at first sight. You can have a picture of your choice put in the center, or your child's thumbprint. I selected a picture of me and mama butterfly for my custom pendant, and when I saw the finished result I knew it would be my first pick as a Valentine's Day Buying Item, and I personally think it would also be fantastic for Mother's Day, Birthday's, Easter Gifts, or a special gift for a special Grad. It's pictured on the left hand side of the collage picture above.

My second Valentine's Day swoon item (on the upper right hand side of the collage picture above) is the MOR Cosmetics Blood Orange Bliss Duet, it comes packaged in a Peach colored heart coffret, the duet consists of a nurturing Shea Butter Hand Cream and Blood Orange Scented Soy Wax Petite Candle. The scent is ruby red Italian Blood Oranges infused with soft summer floral notes of Jasmine, Rose and Lily of the Valley resulting in a very fresh, delicious fragrance.

My third Valentine's Day swoon item is pictured on the lower right hand side of the collage above and it's the H2O Purifying Sea Salt Body Collection. The best way I can describe the body wash for this spa set is that you feel like you are in the inside of a champagne glass, the body wash lathers so well and it's so bubbly in a tingling and refreshing way that it feels sort of like the bubbles of a champagne glass! This set also helps to restore skin's mouisture balance and it feels super rich and indulgent. I began using H2O years ago when I discovered them in my local Bed, Bath and Beyond. In fact a lot of friends and family know I'm obsessed with their products and I get their kits often as gifts. I love their footcare sets as well.

My Take:

Valentine's Day is a day where we get to tell those we love just how much we appreciate them and vice-versa. I love personalized gifts and think that offerings of personal photo's on Gold or Silver Jewelry is such an amazing gift idea, and not just for Valentine's Day, but for any gift giving occasion! While Pictures on Gold was new to me, MOR and H2O+ definitely weren't as I've been using their products for a long time now. MOR products have wonderful scents and the most gorgeous packaging, and H2O+ products are also wonderfully scented and equally good for the skin, both of them feel like an indulgent spa day in the comfort of your own home!

Didn't get what you wanted this year? Our gift picks above are also a great way to say I Love You to YOU! So check them out for yourself as well as using them as gift ideas to give others.

Get Social With It:
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @PicturesOnGold1 on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like Pictures On Gold on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @MORcosmetics on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like MOR Cosmetics on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @H2O_Plus on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like H2O on Facebook

How was your Valentine's Day Butterfly, Did Cupid Surprise You with something fantastic this year? Do Tell, leave us a comment and let us know!

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FTC Disclosure: No monetary compensation has been received to share our product reviews. All opinions are 100% my own. Pictures on Gold and H2O+ provided samples for editorial consideration, please note the Blood Orange Bliss Duet Kit by MOR Cosmetics was a prize that I won in a competition that they sponsored, I had NO obligation to share about it, I chose to do so because I truly love the products.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Put a little pretty in her Holiday with @BorgheseBeauty

As we swiftly approach the holidays, figuring out what to get everyone on your list becomes mission critical as we are literally in the final hours. You want something thoughtful and useful, but how about it also being something that can transform her skin too? Something that will make her see herself in a new light as she awakens to prettier skin each day, now that my friends is a 2013 to look forward to!

Borghese Beauty literally has Christmas in the bag with really awesome beauty kits that even the most discerning on your list will absolutely love!

Here are the two I tried:

Gift Set Includes:

  • Collezione D’Oro Occhi Eye Treatment
  • Collezione D’Oro Siero Reparative Serum
  • Satin Shadow Milano Trio – Splend’Oro Green
  • Superiore State-of-the-Art Mascara, Black
  • Double-sided Travel Bag
The packaging is fantastic, and I can tell you that the entire kit is phenomenal, I have been using Borghese Serum's for a long time now and I just love what they do for my skin, and with the year I have had this year, Eye Treatment is a MUST! And I love the Satin Shadow Milano Trio, all the colors are perfect and the products coming in a double sided travel bag which just makes it even more useful, it's the gift that keeps on giving. Not to mention, Mascara should be changed every 3 months and if you have sensitive eyes like mine, even more often than that, I don't know about you, but I can always use a good mascara!

Gift Set Includes:

  • Fango Ferma Firming Mud Mask for Face and Body – rehydrates and immediately firms skin (7.5 oz)
  • Insta-Firm Platinum Advanced Wrinkle Relaxer – helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines while improving skin resiliency from within (1 oz)
  • Crema Intensiva Intensive Firming Creme – hydrates, smoothes and helps skin regain its youthful looking tone and vitality (1.7 oz)
This comes packed in a beautiful logo embossed silver cosmetics case, again super useful 'wrapping' that can be re-purposed, and I love the Fango Mud Mask, I had no idea they had a firming mask, and this is definitely a re-buy! Following the mask with both the Insta-Firm Platinum Advanced Wrinkle Relaxer and the Crema Instensiva Intensive Firming Creme, leaves you with smooth, firm and baby soft skin. I can't think of a better gift than Happy Skin, can you?

Some honorable mentions I didn't get to try include the Effortlessly Extraordinary set, the Borghese Gardens Candle Coffret candle set, and the Bella Bacio Lip Gloss set!

Get Social:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like Borghese on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @BorgheseBeauty on Twitter

My Take:

Borghese is a always a great beauty bet, it's like bringing a high end spa home with you. You get to pamper your skin in the comfort of your own home with the same high quality products you'd experience in a spa. While the kits I got to try are $79 and $75 respectively, they are worth every penny, they are beautifully packaged and the products are fantastic. My mom was the one who introduced me to Borghese many years ago, and it's a brand I constantly find myself coming back to because I love the efficacy of the products. I do see a difference in my skin when I use it, and I certainly see the difference when I stop using it!

We weren't able to squeeze in a giveaway with enough time to get fulfilled by the holidays so we invited Borghese to come back and do something fun with us in the New Year. But in the meantime, I wanted to get these kits on your radar, whether you are hitting the department stores for some last minute shopping, or just thinking about a treat for yourself after playing Santa for everyone else, these beauty kits are a great choice!

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FTC Disclosure: Borghese supplied the Tuscan Treasures and ReaFIRMing Beauty kits for editorial consideration and for the purpose of facilitating this review, all opinions expressed however are 100% my own.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Luminique Personalized Scented Candles Review & Giveaway!

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This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks so much to our wonderful sponsor Luminique! We look forward to working with you again! The winner is Terri142. Remember: There are great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page!
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Ascending Butterfly's Mother's Day Buying Guide Editor's Pick sponsored by:

I am a candle lover, and over the years I've purchased and received a fair share as gifts. Candles are used in different ways for many different moments. They light our birthday cakes, and mark milestones. They accompany us during a warm bath. They are left near the windows to help someone find their way home safely. They are lit in rememberance. They are lit to send our prayers to the heavens. They are used for scent to create a mood.

Spas use them to help create a relaxing environment, and so do we at home. As much as I do love them, if you are on the receiving end of them often, they can become a bit boring after awhile.

Where can you find a candle gift that is eco friendly, sophisticated and most importantly PERSONAL? If a CUSTOM candle with an intention is what you seek with a price that will not break the bank yet will still very much impress, look no furthur than Luminique! They offer a very simple, fun 5 step process to creating a gift you will be delighted to receive for your home (or altar, or meditation space) and that friends and family would be very touched to receive from you.

About Luminique:

Lumnique gives new meaning to the experience of giving and receiving a beautifully crafted candle. Unlike conventional, off-the-shelf candles, Lumnique's soy candles are highly personalized and exceptionally thoughtful. Each custom-designed by the customer especially for the unique personality and lifestyle of the recipient.

Each Lumnique personalized candle is manufactured using a clean-burning soy candle wax blend and cotton wick, environmentally friendly color dyes, and natural essential fragrance oils that retain their scent while the candle burns. We do not house any premade candles in our inventory. All of our soy wax candles are created and poured individually after an order is placed.

Creating your Candle - My Experience!

Step 1 - When I sat down to design my candle, I had a lot on my mind. The year had already begun and thoughts of where I was at that particular point, where I wanted to be and the possibilities the year contained all played in my mind. Step 1 in designing the candle asks you to pick an intention. And this shouldn't be taken lightly whether this is for yourself or a gift. While there were various 'intentions' that spoke directly to me, I chose 'New Beginings' because that is what I want to create. I want to welcome new experiences both personally and professionally in my life and this selection is meant to 'inspire positive feelings about change and welcome a new direction'. Perfect!

Step 2 - Select a color. I read through them all, and again various color choices appealed to me for different reasons including the 'wine' color, but ultimately I chose 'Red' which is 'Fire' - Representative of excitement; energy; strength; health; vitality; courage; power and willpower; enthusiasm; overcoming obstacles; passion; speed; strength; all elements of love throughout your life'. This greatly appealed to me because I wanted to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way to the 'New Begining' that I seek for myself. It's amazing how well both the 'intention' (Step 1) and 'color choice' (step 2) tied in to my particular wants and needs! I will admit I couldn't help but read every option with great care and enthusiasm. I haven't found myself this excited about personalizing a gift in quite awhile!

Step 3 - This is a fun step, this is where you pick your fragrance preference. There are a ton of scents to choose from, I selected 'Frankincense and Myrrh - This warm, woody, balsamic aroma blends the mystical resins of frankincense and myrrh.' - It's a personal favorite of mine and I was very excited to see it included among the options!

Step 4 - Personalize Your Candle - This is where you say who it is to and from and enter a personal message.  This will appear in the customized certificate that is included in the box.

Step 5 - Choose a Gift Set - Options:

Standard Gift Set Details

Includes your Lumnique Personalized Candle and Customized Certificate.
Price: $25

Deluxe Gift Set Details

Each candle is delivered in a unique Lumnique gift box that includes the Candle, a Lumnique Matchbox and the Customized Certificate.
Price: $30

I received the Deluxe Gift Set and found the packaging to be impressive, this is certainly the option I will choose when giving this set as a gift!

When you light this candle, it's a very different experience, the customized certificate is a visual reminder of the intentions behind the candle, you literally feel like you are lighting the way to something. That you are creating something you want for self, in my case it is new beginings, you may choose to create an entirely different intention for yourself (like abundance for example!), but the scent transports you, and between the scent, the packaging, and the certificate reminding you of the intention,  it's a total sensory delight on a variety of levels. I can tell you no other candle out there can offer you this expeience!

If candles are a favorite signature gift of yours to give, then UPGRADE immediately, because you truly will be remembered for giving this gift! And if you are lucky enough to be on the receiving end of this gift you will remember it always!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - WIN IT! - Ascending Butterfly and our friends at Luminique would like to provide one lucky winner with the opportunity to win the Deluxe Gift Set! (ARV $35)

Candle Detail:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - BURN TIME: Up to 40 Hours
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - DIMENSIONS: 4 5/8" tall, 3 1/2" wide, 2" thick
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - WAX BLEND: 8 Ounces of Lumnique Soy Wax Blend
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - APPROXIMATE CANDLE WEIGHT (With Glass Jar): 1 lb, 13 oz

Don't you just ♥ Luminique I know I do!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - How to Win: (1) You must be a PUBLIC follower of Ascending Butterfly to be eligible for this and all giveaways. Indicate in your entry that you follow (if your 'comment name/user id' differs from your profile id, please let me know what name you follow under) and (2) Visit Luminique- and customize a candle! Then come back here and tell us your intention, color, and scent choice, as your comment entry! You will not be ordering at this time, only following the first three steps in the process and sharing them here for your main entry. (3) You must also leave your email address somewhere in your comment. (You can format it this way for security, example: ascendingbutterfly AT mail host DOT com, If it is visible in your profile, just say so, that's OK!). Please follow the easy 1, 2, 3 steps to winning! This giveaway is open to USA residents who are 18 years of age or older.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Please follow directions or you will be disqualified! All comments are moderated, they may not appear on the site right away (comments like "I want this" or "I want to win" will not be entered). You have from Tuesday, May 13, 2010 until Tuesday, May 27, 2010 at 03:00 PM (EST) to comment and be entered for a chance to win. You will have 48 hours to confirm if we do not hear from you we will be forced to move on to an alternate. (We only notify winners DIRECTLY via email, so if your profile or your comment does not have an email address your entry will not be processed.)


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NOTE: Readers have asked us to make entering the contests and giveaways, faster and easier. Your wish is our command! We have moved our 'Today's Butterfly - Featured Site(s) of the day, which is where we host our giveaways, to the upper right hand side of the page. It will be located here from now on to make entering the giveaways faster and easier. Keep the suggestions coming, remember we also have a community group page with real time chat, you can give us your comments and suggestions in REAL time, how cool is that?

NOTE 2: Twitter followers: please remember you must also follow Ascending Butterfly using Google friends connect on the upper right hand side of the page for your entries to be processed. And remember if your profile does not have an email and you don't leave your email in your entry, we will not accept your entry. Make sure your entry or your profile have your email address!

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Please look to the upper right hand side, where the follower pictures are. (Note the number of followers before you start this process)

1) press the follow button - the google pop up wizard will open, this is not an ad and your pop up blocker will not block it

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Are you getting the dreaded 'Your Entry Can't Be Processed' message when leaving an entry or comment? Before hitting enter, highlight your comment and COPY it. If you get that message after hitting enter and your comment is still there, just ignore the message and hit enter again, then you will get a screen with a captcha code, enter the captcha code, then submit and VOILA. If after you hit the submit button the first time, you get the dreaded message and the comment 'disappeared' no worries, that's why I asked you to copy it in the first step. Paste it back in and submit again. This has worked for me when comment boxes have glitched on me, and I hope it helps you too!

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FTC Disclosure Info for this Giveaway: This is not a paid insertion. This is a non-compensated post and all opinions regarding the products are expressly my own experiences. I was provided product to review and for the giveaway. The sponsor is fulfilling directly to prize winner, this in no way influenced my opinion of the product. Once a winner is selected and their information has been forwarded to the sponsor, the responsibility of prize fulfillment rests with the sponsor.