Monday, March 7, 2016


Hello, dear friends! I've been excited to share this post with you! Recently Cody got me these beautiful mala beads, as a little belated birthday gift. I absolutely love them! I'm so happy to be incorporating them into my daily practice. 

 I've gotten a couple questions about what mala beads are and how to use them, so I wanted to give you a little bit of info about them. Maybe you'll find yourself interested in a set! 

The run down on mala is this: Mala is a string of 108 beads (sometimes less) with a focus bead (called the Guru bead.) in the middle. This is the largest bead on the string and often has little tassels etc (you can see mine above, tapering off with a silver bow bead and smaller coloured beads.).

Now, mala beads are beautiful, so you could just wear them as an accessory, but they are so much more than that! Most often they are used as a tool for meditation and yoga. 

They are used to count your mantras during meditation, and then (if you'd like) can be worn as a reminder of whatever intentions you are working towards. 

You can wear them around your neck, or wrap them around your wrist. 

Why 108 beads?  There are tons of explanations out there as to why the number 108. A few being: 

-There are said to be 108 Earthly Desires in mortals. 
-9 & 12. 9 and 12 are considered to be sacred numbers with spiritual significance in many traditions. 9 times 12 = 108. 
-Heart Chakra. The chakras are intersections of energy lines and there are said to be 108 converging to form the heart chakra. 
-8 extra beads. reciting a mantra 100 times is considered completed. The extra 8 are there for errors or omissions, also said to be an offering to one's higher power, Guru, highest truth. 

There really are tons more! 

 I really don't think there is a right or wrong way to choose a mala. Typically the one that draws you most is meant for you.

There are different meanings for the material each mala is made with, or the gemstones used. So its best to just choose the one you gravitate towards most.

Once you get a mala you can "bless" or "cleanse" it, if you'd like . some people get them blessed by a lama (not a llama..) but for everyone else, you can pray over it to your higher truth/power/god/universe etc. you can hold it over sage or juniper smoke while setting an intention over it.

Honestly though, it doesn't have to be fancy/religious/ hippie ish at all. I simply lay it in the window sill to soak up the moon or sunlight. You could do nothing though and that's cool too.

You can be very traditional in the mantas you use during your meditation. Or you can use modern mantras like these:

  • “I change my thoughts, I change my world.”
  • “Every day in every way, I’m getting better and better.”
  • “I surround myself by those who make me better.”
  • “Where I am right now is exactly where I need to be.”
  • “I am at peace with what is, what was, and what will be. I forgive you. I forgive me.”
  • “I have a purpose in this life.”
  • “I am open to the abundance of the universe.”
  • “I am enough.”
  • “I am a magnet for joy, love, and abundance.”
  • “Money flows easily and effortlessly to me.”

  • But really, the most important one and really the only one you need is


    Using your mala beads is really simple. you just start at the on closest to the big (guru) bead, and use your thumb to "count" each mantra, gently pulling it towards you when the mantra is completed and moving on to the next bead. there are more technical ways to hold it, but that's entirely up to you if you'd like to look into that. 

    If your mala happens to break, no worries, it's considered good luck. A sign of progression or a breakthrough in your personal growth. 

    I got this one (for a steal) on amazon right here if you want to check out this particular one. 

    I hope you enjoyed this little chat about mala beads. Do you use them? have you been wanting to? 



    Saturday, March 5, 2016


     Hello dear friends! How have you been? 

     I've been pretty quiet on everything in the last month. The kids were hit with a cold, which brought down everyone's immune systems, and then we were slammed by that terrible flu going around. I hope you all escape it because it is genuinely awful. Thankfully, Grayson was spared (THANK YOU BREASTFEEDING🙌🏼) and I got it the worst. 

     This was two weeks ago. Now, I won't go into detail, but I was the most sick, the most times. To the point that my throat bled 🙊. 

    Skip ahead to earlier this week, I was doing dishes, blasting Italian opera and Italian-American hits, singing along with full gusto. As one does... Well apparently my throat was not completely healed, because the following morning I woke up and could hardly talk. 

    Today's the third or fourth day and I'm able to mostly talk, but I still sound pretty rough. As you can imagine, making videos is pretty tough without a voice.

    *croak* "word...Wo-cough/weird puberty noise-rd... W-odd goose call- or....d"  NOPE!  

    It's not all bad though. I've actually been really enjoying getting back to the simple (most important) things. Really focusing on the kids and enjoying each interaction. Organizing and brain storming the coming months of homeschool. Laughing and cooking and just not stressing about getting videos up or anything of the sort. Put my eggs back into my basket if you will. 

    So, I guess in a weird way, thank you flu. Sometimes it takes praying you don't shit your pants, to appreciate those little moments again. That could be on a hallmark card... 

    In other news, I've downloaded an app to blog on my phone which, turns out, is very productive. So expect more in this space. 

     Also BIG shout out to Cody! He built me my computer this week, and as soon as the editing program is on there and ready, videos will be back up on my YouTube channel. Woot-woot 🎊

     Sharing a computer with your avid gaming husband, in the small space of "kids are sleeping, mom will pass out soon", is quite challenging. Now thanks to his hot nerdiness, problem solved. My computer is beautiful. I got stickers for the case and have named him Wall-E (seriously you have to call your computer something when you set it up. Why not give the poor thing a name?)

     Alright friends, there is a little update for you. I will see you soon. I have some videos that have been waiting to be posted, and lots of things I want to talk to you about here. 

     I hope you are all keeping well, and enjoying those little moments as much as you can. 

    ✌🏼️ Xx