An Eco Friendly Halloween

As Samhain is about to welcome itself into being, thoughts from many parents turn to pumpkin carving, costumes and sweets. Here I have a few tricks up my sleeve I wanted to share with you for a Eco Friendly Halloween!

Pumpkins. If you can buy from a local farm. Not only will the farms really appreciate this but you are helping to give to local business’ in your area. Plus you know that your pumpkin has come from a local source. The pumpkin you get may also not look like supermarket pumpkins which are made to measure for a particular audience. Your pumpkin from the farm may be a lot larger or a different shape to the supermarket ones. Its great that you engage your children and their friends with what real fruit and vegetables look like!

Just a little thought, for those that are really creative you can construct a pumpkin out of felt!

After the delight of carving a pumpkin for Halloween, and you have had fun with it, you can easily dispose of the pumpkin by putting it in your compost heap. Oh you thought after you carved it that would be the end of it? Why not try the left overs in a soup, or stew? There are lots of pumpkin recipes on the internet for you. Don’t forget that if you live near a big park or woods you can leave the pumpkin in the tree’s for wildlife to eat. Don’t leave it on the ground though as hedgehogs cannot use a pumpkin as it doesn’t make a very good home and acts as a laxative!

Costumes, well it’s all about getting creative with makeup. Did you know the makeup brand Barry M is cruelty free and inexpensive? Try their makeup jewels and makeup to create some spooky creations!

Trick or Treat. You can in theory use baskets made out of felt or wool for this activity. They would take some prepping in advance but it would be worth it to save on those plastic buckets. And what to do to save on those plastic sweet wrappers for trick or treating? Well if you are a resident to Southampton like me you can visit Vegan Store Rice Up for some healthier sweets that don’t leave a nasty sting in the tail when it comes to dental health. Vegan friendly sweets at reasonable prices. Their is also fruit! How many children will be given a custard apple for a treat?

Fireworks displays. I know pets can become quite frightened before fireworks commence and during. Bach Rescue Remedy in their water bowel may help especially if their vet has said yes to this. A trip to your vet may be helpful in getting some tips to calm animals before fireworks take off. A warm bed and you nearby are whats really needed for any pet. I would not recommend cats staying outside during firework season either.

Let me know your best pumpkin recipes and what you get up to when it comes to Halloween/Samhain.

Sam.

Images are from Google Search, they are not mine. If you know whose images these are please let me know so I can credit them!

The first day.

Today I started to work on a course I am writing for this website. It is called Zest! and will be a FREE course! It is all about eating,drinking,meditating, and working more spiritually and consciously.

I am offering the course for free as I want everyone to feel better about themselves. It is a 30 day course and readers are encouraged to keep a journal about themselves. It says 30 days but in reality you can take as long as you like. I will be writing the course over a 30 day period, so it will grow as each day passes.

I will put the free course on this website when I am ready to add the rest of the courses I am offering. I have a lot of work to do, and I am working each day to achieve all of this for you, the viewer.

When undergoing any work that is taxing it is important to take regular breaks and eat and drink right. One thing that often goes unspoken about is sleep. Sleep is crucial for a good days work and play. You need to get as much sleep as your body needs without oversleeping. You can keep a sleep diary to see how your sleep is going over the days. If you are not getting enough sleep, you may want to question why? If you are oversleeping again ask why?

Looking forward to hearing from those who take Zest!

Every Blessing.

Sam

Winter

It slowly creeps up on us each year. Christmas…yes I said it! We have not even finished autumn, not that we even had a summer, but yet here we are coming up to winter. I like the nights of winter. The heating being on, the darkness encroaching on us as we slump around the house in onesies and slippers. Children love this time of year because they know that they will get Cozmo for Christmas…if they are good.

Sweet treats and alcohol are tempting us in, ignoring the warnings from the doctors and dentists to keep a good routine with our health. There is just one thing that is missing when it comes to winter/yule and Christmas in particular.

Advent.

We know advent exists because we have advent calendars. Little paper boxes of joy being keenly torn open; a chocolate treat inside. Or for those who are more traditional, the advent candle that is burned down each day. But what about Advent? Not many want to do the whole sleeping, silently following the Christ child’s journey. Not many seem too bothered about the hope that is about to burst forth onto the earth in the form of a baby. Christ incarnate, The God- child that is Emmanuel.

This advent I encourage you to spend time in scripture and in prayer, thinking about Christ and His coming upon the earth. It’s good to spend time alone with God, especially with all the busyness of the world whizzing around us. How will you spend Advent? Who are you waiting to see at Christmas? Waiting…it’s not something we are that good at. Advent is a time of patience and reflection. It’s a time of peace, and that is what is so desperately needed in this world. So while you are sipping on an eggnog latte, just have a quiet conversation with God about Advent, and see what it is you need to say or do to make this Advent memorable.

Pax.

Sam.

Psalm 142

As I cry out to God in those moments of anguish, I realise that there is always an answer that is to be found in scripture. His voice yells loudly sometimes, sometimes a faint whisper. Either way you have to listen, listen to what is not there and what is.

Psalm 142[a]

maskil[b] of David. When he was in the cave. A prayer.

I cry aloud to the Lord;
    I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
I pour out before him my complaint;
    before him I tell my trouble.

When my spirit grows faint within me,
    it is you who watch over my way.
In the path where I walk
    people have hidden a snare for me.
Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
    no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge;
    no one cares for my life.

I cry to you, Lord;
    I say, “You are my refuge,
    my portion in the land of the living.”

Listen to my cry,
    for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from those who pursue me,
    for they are too strong for me.
Set me free from my prison,
    that I may praise your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
    because of your goodness to me.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 142:1 In Hebrew texts 142:1-7 is numbered 142:2-8.
  2. Psalm 142:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

It’s your breath in our lungs

Verse: You give life, You are love You bring light to the darkness You give hope, You restore Every heart that is broken Great are You, Lord

Chorus: It’s Your breath in our lungs So we pour out our praise We pour out our praise It’s Your breath in our lungs So we pour out our praise to You only

Verse: You give life, You are love You bring light to the darkness You give hope, You restore Every heart that is broken Great are You, Lord

Bridge: All the earth will shout Your praise Our hearts will cry, these bones will sing Great are You, Lord

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