Fitness Friday – Motivation & After Gym Thoughts

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As I’m getting ready to go to the gym, I thought for our first #fitnessfriday post I would talk about motivation. What do we really mean by motivation, because I feel it’s different for everyone. We know scientifically motivation results from the interaction of both conscious and unconscious factors. I know for myself if I feel rushed I almost feel less motivated and maybe that’s one of my conscious inhibitors, I also know I struggle with my body image and depression and sometimes those feelings are there unconsciously, which is why I am pushing in a healthy manner to try and learn to love my body which for me includes working out and more physical activity. I don’t just want to talk about the inhibiting factors though, there are things such as friends who offer to go with me to the gym or ask to go hiking that often gives me that push I sometimes need. Let me not ramble on though, what pushes you and what do you feel holds you back? 

After Gym Thoughts

It wasn’t much for #fitnessfriday, but I’m also about to go walk a gorgeous pup. My theory lately even 30 minutes is enough, is it where I want to be no, but I’m working back to where I want to be. I used to almost live in my gym, but I also wasn’t happy with my body even though I “looked great”. As I said I’m trying to focus on mind, body, and spirit and I know it will all come together.

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Teaching Thursday – Pentacle Tarot Spread

So today for #teachingthursday we will be talking about a specific type of tarot card spread.  The spread I will be talking about is a five to six card spread known as a Pentacles spread or as it’s called for the deck that I use the Da Vinci deck, a Vitruvian Man spread. Each card represents different portions of the body such as the first card being the head, the second the right hand, the third the left hand, the fourth the right foot, and the fifth the left foot, you can add the optional six-card as the naval. The first card will represent yourself, fears, desires, and current questions. The second card represents actions or attitudes that could help you overcome your fears or answer questions. The third card suggests things that may hamper your success. The fourth card shows an outcome or event that will happen if you take action now. The fifth card shows the outcome or event if you do nothing or you retreat from your problems. Finally, the sixth card which is optional is mainly a conclusion card. Imagine it as if you were receiving a message from a trusted friend or guide. This spread is helpful when you’re at a crossroads in your life or are looking for answers and direction after a big event. I usually use this spread for people who have general questions about their life and I use it personally maybe 3 to 4 times a year or if it calls to me. As always if you have any questions, comment, email, or drop us a message on our Facebook or Instagram @motherearthhearth. Note: each deck and each person will teach/do spreads differently this is just one of many options.

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Witching Wednesday – Black Moon

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Happy #witchingwednesday! I’m excited this subject fell on today because we can talk about the Black Moon 🌚 This moon brings in change and fresh energy! I also found it interesting how our tarot card reading from yesterday aligns with the black moon’s properties of surrounding yourself with a positive circle and strong foundation. As you may have seen this black moon brings a new chapter and you may have to allow many things to exit your life. So start shaking off that Mercury Retrograde, cleanse yourself and your space, and be ready for the new things ahead 🖤

Tarot Tuesday – Da Vinci Deck 3 Card Pull

🗝 Hello lovelies and welcome to #tarottuesday. This was a general spread done with the thoughts for today. On my other social media, I posted these cards throughout the day to help with on-going guidance for our second day of the workweek. Below is the spread I pulled early this morning and the explanations below!

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Card #1 The Queen of Pentacles Reversed: The Queen of Pentacles is a representation of a motherly figure who shows support, and self-made independence and wisdom. When reversed it can go against is nurturing nature and show selfishness, lack of care for oneself and those around them and misplaced priorities. It’s not all bad as it may indicate it’s time to do some serious grounding work and reevaluate your need for material gain.

Card #2 The Three of Cups: The three of cups represents happiness, reunion and spending time with loved ones. It can also mean reconnecting communications and opening up to your circle of friends when you have been recently closed off. In relation to card number one, it’s again showing us that support and re-grounding are important. Don’t be afraid to open yourself back up to those you love.

Card #3 The Fool Reversed: The Fool usually depicts connotations of awe, inspiration, and risk-taking. Reversed it indicates that we may have put ourselves into dangerous situations by taking certain risks, not that the risks were inherently wrong but, the way we went about them was probably not the best path. It also deals with the connections as we talked about in both of the previous cards and making sure you really know who your circle of friends are and that you’re not being taken advantage of. If this may seem to be the case step back and focus on that re-grounding. Also as the saying goes if it’s too good to be true it probably is.

Overall this reading has told us to be aware of our actions and surroundings, reach out for support, and re-ground yourself with the nurturing nature as depicted by our first card the Queen of Pentacles.

If you would like a personal reading they are available at http://www.etsy.com/shop/motherearth. You will be able to see the multiple options we have available and even purchase our Tarot Journal and Meditation Guide, which can be used for not only ours but other readings you may receive or the general readings we post every Tuesday!

Much Love – MEHA 🗝

Mental Health Monday – What are Mental Illnesses?

Hello, all it’s #mentalhealthmonday. Since this is our first topic post and our first mental health post we are just going to do a little overview of mental illnesses.

“Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities” (American Physiatrics Association, 2018). Some key stats: 19% of US adults experience some form of mental illness, it often negatively affects family life, relationships, and ability to adapt or change. However, friends, IT IS TREATABLE. Most times (not all) mental illness can stem from childhood and it is important to be aware of signs of anxiousness or being worried often, poor concentration, self harm or harm to others, changes of eating habits or overuse (start of use) of harmful or even over the counter substances, and many more behaviors. Today’s post is a message to speak up for others and yourself, if you feel you may be struggling with your mental health please reach out to a medical professional, or if that may seem overbearing ask a friend to help with making these arrangements with you. You are not alone. You are enough, You are worthy, and You are loved. Today’s resource is NAMI or the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and you can find more information and resources at https://www.nami.org/. Please feel free to comment with additional resources and information. 

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We’re Rebranding and Redesigning

If you are a follower of our Facebook or Instagram you already know we are doing some major redesigning and rebranding of our business. In doing this, this means we will be making an larger effort to incorporate all aspects of our social media and online presence when doing things. This also will include broadening the topics we touch on as a business. We have decided not only we will still sell specific products and services, but we will also be taking a more educational, and progressive stance in our business. So this is just a little brief on our new approach.

Our Products and Services

We will still be providing tarot card readings along with continuing to sell our e-book and looking into publishing a physical copy with updated items, this will be one of our main focuses.

We will still be selling our customized Intention “smudge”  bundles during our growing season. All items are grown locally, so product availability is very much determined by season and weather. This will also still be the main focus but will shift these items to a more local audience as we have decided to hand deliver items to the following areas, Norfolk, Virginia, Chesapeake, Virginia, and Virginia Beach, Virginia, those on the border of these areas are asked to meet us in a closer location, but will not have to pay the service fee unless they plan on the item being shipped.

To bring back more of the Apothecary aspect to our business we will also be working on a new book which will involve our knowledge and local experts knowledge on herbs in a certain form and for certain uses. More details will be revealed soon.

Educational and Informational Daily Posts

Our Instagram has stated we will be covering a specific topic each day of the week, which we will cross-post to our Facebook and to here as well. The schedule is as follows: Mental Health Monday, Tarot Tuesday, Witching Wednesday, Teaching Thursday, Fitness Friday, Savings Saturday, and Soulful Sunday. The goal is to focus a more mind, body, soul approach to our business. Each topic has room for multiple sets of items to be presented and will be looking forward to possible collaborations with other pages on informational and educational posts, and sales on like items.

Overall we have decided to bring forth our original mission of the business “Helping you to Help Yourself”. This means more than just selling a product, it includes actively assisting in the growth of a person as a whole. Thank you so much for your time and we look forward to being able to serve you better.

Always in Love,

Mother Earth Hearth & Apothecary

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Small Business Saturday (Thanksgiving Weekend) Tarot Card Readings!

Hello, all I wanted to let you know if you visit our Facebook page Black Friday through Cyber Monday and book a tarot card reading you are paying by Donation! At least one dollar is needed to book an appointment, and up to as much as your generous heart desires.

To book an appointment you must go to our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/motherearthhearth and go to the services tab. Click on the tarot cards reading service and follow the instructions from there. Link here: https://www.facebook.com/1401360160178387/services/?service_id=1576413695713580

After it has been sent I will see it for approval or needed changes. Please also note your time zone in the appointment. Once your appointment has been approved, you will receive a PayPal link for donations. All those who book a reading will receive it in a detailed format example here: https://motherearthhearth.com/2018/11/20/tarot-card-readings-explanation-example/

Wishing everyone an amazing holiday weekend and I hope to assist you on your life journey!

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Tarot Card Readings Explanation & Example

I like to be straightforward with what my customers will be receiving, so unless you book a local face to face appointment with me, below is an example of what you will receive. I want to firmly stress I DO NOT claim to be a psychic but only someone who has put in the time, education and am spiritually open enough to receive the information the cards layout in front of me. Tarot Cards are meant to be a guide, and I do not give yes or no answers. This is just how I operate. Every person and practitioner is different. I will never claim the title of mastery as life is a forever learning journey. The deck I use is the Leonardo Da Vinci Tarot Deck designed by, the Bulgarian illustrators Lassen Ghiuselev (the major arcana) and Atanas Atanassov (the minor arcana), they were inspired by the great Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci in creating this deck which, through the immortal images of the Italian artist, has a profound symbolic and artistic significance (Lo Scarabeo, 2018). All readings will be sent via email, and you will receive the example pdf as shown below with purchase. http://www.etsy.com/shop/MotherEarthHearth

Much Love ❤

*The example was one catered to a love life situation & possible twin flame, it is also only a three-card spread; readings will be catered to your intent and preferences discussed*

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Here’s What’s Cool

I stumbled upon the photo below this evening and it made me think.

What has happened to the simplest ways of interacting with another? 

It’s all about the next like, the next follow, the next “hit” status or post that will raise your social media engagement.  I am luckily to have seen sincere civility among small niche groups on social media sites, and will admit I am privy to the pull of meeting that next goal, or follower marker, but are we still applying our selves in our best light day to day?

Do we hold the door open for the woman holding three bags and trying to drag her children out of the store? Do we stop to help the man that has dropped his bag, briefcase, or toolbox? While they may seem small they can make a larger impact.

The biggest concern I’ve seen in our social media life is the inability for

  1.  People to admit they may be wrong, even if it is opinion, some are yes incorrect. Belief is great, passion is great, being informed and passionate is greater.
  2. Apologizing when you have realized you were wrong. It takes a simple “what you stated before was right, I apologize, I was misinformed”, to change the flow of a negative conversation.

Unfortunately, it seems our pride is too big for us to admit our mistakes, for us to grow from them, when the whole wide web can see them. We won’t back down, and for what?

I can guess, many others have asked themselves this too in the past. Maybe we can ask ourselves, when we are in the situation, where our opinion may just truly be our opinion or we may be wrong, not to take it to heart, but look at it from the point of view as a way to grow. Take a step back from the consuming pressure of social presence, and take the time to learn. Find ways to support your beliefs or change or grow those beliefs for the better. Do not be so hard headed as to not evolve yourself.

A phase I use often is: Always a Student, Forever Learning

There is always something to learn, explore, change, become skilled at, or help someone with. As I feel I can learn from my own writings, let us take a challenge before a new year, to be the best we can be in all aspects.

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Tarot Card Readings by Donation for the month of October 🍂

UPDATE 10•23•18: “Amazing news all! The VA came through on their end! So with your help, their payments, my funds, and moving around some credits, I am set to graduate on time with (hopefully) no more set backs! I’m going to deactivate the go fund me but wanted to again thank everyone for your donations!!!

I will still be doing readings by Donation for the remaining days in October.

Past story 10•07•18: …Due to some unforeseen hardships, I will be offering tarot card readings by donation for the month of October. You can access them by going to our Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/motherearthhearth and click on the services tab. You can also email us, or look us up on Instagram at our handle @motherearthhearth.

For the story on why please visit:

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Anything helps and is received with the upmost gratitude.

Auntie “Roads” Chocolate Chip Cookies

Growing up with these cookies, my favorite thing about them is that this recipes keeps them fluffy and soft days after making them

Ingredients needed

  • 3/4 Butter Flavored Crisco Sticks
  • 1 1/4 cups of Firmly Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsps milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup semi sweet Chocolate Chips

Step 1

  • Mix first four ingredients, beat egg, and set oven to 375 degrees.

Step 2

  • Mix the remaining ingredients in by hand and roll into small balls and place on lightly coated or non-stick baking sheet.

Step 3

  • Cook for 8-10 minutes *They should look slightly undercooked*

Step 4

  • Allow to cool on baking rack and enjoy with your favorite beverage! From experience they taste great with a big glass of cold 1% milk or vanilla almond milk.

Note: To help maintain freshness and softness place in an air-tight Tupperware.

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“I think this is my Dad’s Recipe” Chili

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Ingredients needed

  • 8oz can of tomato sauce
  • 2 onions
  • 1 packet of fresh garlic
  • 2 Bell Peppers
  • 2 Jalapeños
  • 2 tsp of Paprika
  • 2 cans of Rotel™ green and red chili
  • 1 can of beans of choice
  • 1 tsp of Curry
  • 3 tsp of chili powder
    • Can add ground beef or be eaten as a vegetarian meal

Other items to add to taste; a pinch is only necessary however add to your preference.

  • Cumin
  • Black Pepper
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Salt
  • Soy Sauce (sounds odd but it’s good)
  • Cayenne Pepper

Step 1

  • Sauté Garlic and Onions.
    • If adding ground beef brown in a separate pan

Step 2

  • Mix all dry ingredients and fresh/canned ingredients separately.

Step 3

  • Place all canned, fresh, and sautéed/cooked ingredients in a large pot and set the stove on medium heat stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.

Step 4

  • Now add all your mixed dry ingredients, add water lukewarm water for preference on thickness.

Step 5

  • Cook on high until bubbling. Reduce heat for 45 minutes to an hour on a simmer or low,  do not let it come back to a boil. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking to the pot.

Step 6

  • Top with your favorite items!
  • We suggest shredded cheese, sour cream, Fritos™ or Saltines and we hope you enjoy!

*Edit: My husband’s side of the family enjoys their chili over white rice*

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