What if I told you the solution to all problems is simply visualization. By nature I’ve always been a visual learner. Now as a special education teacher, it’s my job to teach students how to use visual aids especially in math to solve complex problems. In Reiki, we look to our third eye for wisdom, clarity, and guidance, this is the gateway to visualization.
What if we aligned all of our thoughts and our words to the images we desire? If its success you crave write the word prosperity, hang it up, look at it daily, and align your feelings. Tell yourself I am worthy of success, I am successful. Close your eyes, picture how you would feel, and then smile let your body relax. You have now welcomed positive energy and are in the mind frame to achieve success, and it will come. This can be done for all aspects of your life, love, health, wellness the list goes on. What we focus on we create. Your thoughts and words can affect our nervous, system, our energy, and our entire life experience. We often block ourselves from what we want by the energy we put out into the Universe. Instead, we need to welcome it.

A vision board is a powerful tool in your wellness survival kit. By simply identifying your goals, setting an intention, cutting and gluing words and images that correspond with your desires, you are on your way to achieving what you most desire.


This is a daily practice. The things you want most will not simply come to you because you made a pretty colleague. (lol) You must activate your board and do the daily work. Remember the words you say have power, I am (fill in the blank), I welcome (fill in the blank). Check out @visionworksny on Instagram. They are a new small business based on Long Island. They host vision board workshops and help others learn the secret to becoming the best version of themselves.





Deck the Table

In keeping with my Farmhouse Tradition décor, I embarked on a fun, quick and easy DIY project to enhance my Thanksgiving dinner table.

Goodbye Victorian, formal, handwritten place cards and party crackers and hello brown paper gift bags filled with happy, useful items for all!


What did I include?

  • Dove body wash
  •  Talcum powder
  •  Deodorant (these items in travel size, great for the gym bag)
  •  Jingle bell necklases
  • Dionis Goat Milk Hand cream (also travel size, great for the purse)
  •  Samll tree ornament
  • Nature’s Garden healthy trail mix snack packs
  •  DIY deck-a-tree kit



  • Fill each bag with goodies
  •  Use ribbon to tie tree ornament to each bag
  •  Stuff with bling tissue paper
  •  Use stamp pack to personalize each bag


Place each bag aside a place setting and there you have it, goodies and a seating card all in one!


Happy day!





Home for the Holidays


The holiday season is upon us, which always brings with it a cause for reflection and planning.

Winter temps have come early to my neck of the woods.  Each morning the kitchen fireplace hosts a roaring fire creating a cozy environment where my creative thoughts blossom and flow as I sip on morning coffee.


Due to our many travels my husband and I have purchased sculpture, art, and artifacts from places near and far.  As a result, our home is an eclectic mix of Italian, Parisian, Asian, and Mexican style (if you can imagine that!).  Recently, I have fallen in love with Farmhouse simplicity.  Dare I say, “I would like to redecorate?”  I think not.  Rather, I am going to work on implementing touches of what I call, Farmhouse Traditional, and I am going to begin with holiday décor touches.


For our family it is Christmas.  But implementing new décor and/or tradition to any celebration can be fun and fresh.  Whether one celebrates Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or Winter Solstice the holidays provide a great opportunity to introduce a new style or change in tradition.

solstice (courtesy

I’m beginning my revamping plan by nixing much loved Victorian Christmas wrappings and updating to a Farmhouse theme.  My journey started on Amazon with a purchase of butcher brown paper for gift boxes and continued on with a shopping spree at Michaels’ with items that included brown paper shopping bags in assorted sizes, red and green raffia ribbon, and buffalo plaid tissue paper.  Next, I’m going to adopt the method of placing my Christmas tree with stand inside a thatched woven basket that will soften the design and eliminate the need for a tree skirt.  Awesome!


It’s not an entire redecorating splurge,  but it sure is a new approach that will pave the way to implementing other Farmhouse Traditional touches to my current décor theme.  Taking special care to not overdo and to choose just the right pieces will open up a whole new look where broad and diverse belongings will get along quite nicely.

Happy Decorating, Happy Holidays!