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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Afternoon Tea and Amaretti Cookies

Welcome to Over a Cup of Tea With Celia M.

When I started blogging almost 4 years ago I couldn't have imagined the many wonderful and positive ways that this virtual world we call BlogLand would have on my journey of healing and re-discovering (creating) the new me. Meeting wonderful new people, (strangers) who some how were able to encourage and inspire me when friends and family sometimes just didn't know how has been a beautiful blessing - along my journey. 

One of these wonderful ladies has been Mariette author of the blog Mariette's Back to Basics. Perhaps it was her own journey in facing a life changing health challenge that she understood and related to my journey or perhaps it was just her caring personality. Over time I came to learn that she also had an on-line boutique also called Mariette's Back to Basics. Over time we have develop a true friendship and hope one day to meet in person.

For today's tea I'm steeping Egyptian Licorice from Yogi teas and using this garden mug - dreaming of spring after so much snow and cold temps.

To go with our tea I'm sharing with you some beyond delicious  homemade amaretti cookies, which Mariette bakes with love - and included in a wonderful care package she sent me  along with some scrumptious chocolate and a darling vintage book on French Tea...an amazing read. Along with all the goodies ... I received a handwritten note that I will treasure. Mariette thank you for your generosity and inspiration.

Tea was set in the kitchen at our country home ...

Help yourself to an amaretti cookie ... (they do not last long around here).

And just a little furbaby cuteness to get your day going ... Dolce was making sure he came for a car ride to the market.

Wishing you a beautiful blessed week...

P.S. if you have not stopped by Mariette's Back to Basics blog - you are missing out on some fabulous inspiration. And Mariette's Back to Basics Boutique is a fabulous place to find the most elegant treasurers for gifting and for yourself too! (I know I have found many great finds).

Hugs and Blessings,

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Looking Stylish in the Rain ...

The calendar says SPRING has arrived !!! and once the snow finally disappears and the temps start going above zero - the rain will come. But that does not mean we can't dress stylish. Whether you opt for wellies or heels I hope these images will inspire you to add a little fun into your rainy day outfits.

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Sarah Jessica Parker not letting the rain dampen her style...
Wellies like Hunters or Burberry easily turn a dreary wet day into a fun stylish day...

And who says you can't wear heels in the rain???? ...

Classic trench coat inspired ...

A little red twist on a classic ...

My Pasotti Purple Dahlia umbrella with its double canopy which conceals the frame work of the umbrella with a large dahlia on the inside is how I add a little style and fun to my rainy days. I surprised myself when I splurged on it a couple of years ago, but it was worth every penny - not only is the hand made quality perfection! Seeing the dahlia inside on rainy days brightens my day and I smile.

How do you add fun and style to your rainy days?

Hugs and Blessings,

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Connecting With Your Higher Self -

Welcome to Over a Cup of Tea with Celia M.
Chakra Series ~  7 of 7

This week I have chosen this beautiful china teacup for its amethyst/violet colour which is the same color of our seventh chakra known as the Crown Chakra.

Seventh Chakra - The CROWN Chakra ~ aka  Sahasrara, is located at crown of your head. The Crown Chakra is associated with God (or your particular belief system), connection to the universe.

If the crown chakra becomes unbalanced, you may feel unconnected spiritually and as though you are living without any direction or purpose.  A blocked crown chakra can lead to depression and nervous system disorders and feelings of being lost and incomplete.

Symptoms of Imbalance:
Emotional : depression, confusion, loss of faith, mentally disconnected, dementia, 

Physical :  light sensitivity, headaches, dementia, autoimmune disorders, neurological disorders,  (the crown chakra affects the health of our brains and therefore our entire mental, physical, and spiritual health).

Three simple ways to help balance your Crown Chakra:

~ Meditation is a great tool to help balance the crown chakra: Imagine a golden light is illuminating the space just above your head and surrounding the top (crown) of your head (think of images of angels with their golden halos). Close your eyes and feel this glow illuminating and recharging both your physical body and your spirit.

Steep a cup of white tea buds and leaves, tangerine, orange and lotus petals and as you sip your tea repeat the following affirmations: 

I am balanced between earth and heaven 
I am connected with God
I am complete and one with the divine energy
I walk the path of enlightenment

Sit comfortably, feet flat on the ground, close your eyes and visualize a amethyst/violet ball spinning just above the top of your head- feel the vibration and motion of it spinning, gently breath in and out - with each breath the disc/ball becomes stronger and spins at a consistent speed smoothly and balanced.

Benefits of balancing and opening the CROWN chakra: achieving a deep, spiritual connection within ourselves, the universe, and God.  

This concludes the Over a Cup of Tea Chakra Series, I hope you have enjoyed reading along and learning about the role your chakras play in a balanced lifestyle.

Click on each chakra ROOT SACRAL SOLAR PLEXUSHEARTTHROAT, THIRD EYE to see previous posts in this series.

Love and Blessings,

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring is in the Air (or at least it is at the Market flower shop)

Welcome to Over a Cup of Tea with Celia M.

Though the calendar says spring is less than a week away ... I don't think the mountains of snow that still linger and the cold temps quite got the memo. Let's hope they get it soon. Thankfully the local flower market is filled with wonderful potted tulips, daffodils and SHAMROCKS !!! Nothing quite says spring like the color GREEN!

In honor of St. Patrick's Day and spring (even if it does not quite feel or look like it) I have chosen some Yogi Kombucha Green Tea.

And what better than some delish chocolate to accompany our tea... 
don't worry the pieces are small bite size (ok ... maybe 2-3 bites size). 

This little darling with shamrocks and petite roses is perfect to sip our tea.

There is even a little rose on the handle...

Aside from the fabulous tasty tea ... I always enjoy the messages Yogi tea share.

Today's message ~ is a good reminder to be kind to ourselves ...
I am beautiful, I am bountiful, I am blissful

After reading such wonderful affirmations - helps set a positive tone for the rest of the day.

I couldn't resist the dark chocolate and delicate raspberry ganache with rose petals and the white chocolate and pistachio praline, to accompany my cup of tea.

Which chocolate did you choose?

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all my wonderful Irish readers across the miles
and to all who are Irish for the day!!

Hugs and Blessings,

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